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philsgone

Oman is a great country, been there a few times. What the middle East is really all about.
This bloke is right. The batsmen are cheating, so take off those bails boys. Shakran.

Lou

A call to Mankad. Just what this WT20 needs.

Lou

WI beat the Aussies in their first warm-up match today.Very close match but the Aussie middle order fell apart.

Haze got a hat-trick.

Bruce

I too fall in the pro Mankad camp.

Cheating bstard batsmen.

Tony Tea

If you really really don't want someone to win you predict they are "unbackable favourites". Good work so far, cricket pundits.

Carrot

Jeez, I love it when India lose. I think they've become my most hated team now, surpassing even Chelsea FC.

Tony Tea

How good would it be if Leicester won the EPL. Would be one of THE great sports stories. Go Foxes.

Carrot

It would be an extraordinary achievement. I wonder if there will be Moneyball-esque implications following their success moving forward, or whether it's just a perfect storm of the right people in the right place at the right time - and as always in football, for the right price. I do have slightly mixed feelings about it all given that It would have been great for Arsenal to actually win something this year, and prove that you can be a big club that wings trophies without being run by some oil-baron dickhead.

I have noticed that I revert back to my childhood when watching T20 cricket. When I was ten I had zero interest in watching the opposition, or a side I didn't like, bat. I've got England vs West indies ticking away on my iPad at the moment and will only start actually watching when the Windies start their chase. Even though England are a halfway competent side in shorter formats these days, they still bore me.

Carrot

So India and England lose in consecutive days, my cup brimmeth over!

The West Indies are a really good side, you know. We always think of them as the sort of "sick man" of cricket, but in shorter formats they can be dynamite. They're obviously still producing players, too. It could be a question of perception and priorities - I remember in the nineties India went through long periods of not playing Tests at all on account of prioritising one-day cricket hugely. With our Test cricket bias at the AGB and in Australia in general we see them as being a perennial joke and/or embarassment, but I wonder whether they're seen that way in the Caribbean, and whether the average punter pretty much ignores Tests now.

Lou

Gayle was doing what he liked with the English bowlers. It was them v him. He hit sixes off all of them, he wasn't particularly targeting any one player.

They are a good T20 side. They should be they have extremely experienced players in that format.

Professor Rosseforp

+1 in favour of Mankad

Tony Tea

The entertainment factor in a Mankad is manifestly undeniable. Like an umpire calling a chucker.

Big Ramifications


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Big Ramifications
How good would it be if Leicester won the EPL. Would be one of THE great sports stories. Go Foxes.

Tony, not sure if you caught my Facebook post, but yep, I'm well and truly on board. Not a soccer fan, so when I checked their Wikipedia page.... Wow. For a club that's been in the top 2 divisions their entire history bar 1 season, I was amazed by their complete lack of major success in over 120 season of English footy. And no, the League Cup doesn't count. It's a poor man's kick and giggle NAB Cup that was introduced in the 1960s for political reasons. As far as Europe goes, I think they've only qualified for one fixture – which they lost.

Here is the post again for alls your reading pleasures. It's from March 10.

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Is everyone on the Leicester City band wagon? It's fairy tale stuff. The last round went perfectly for them with a win, while the 2nd vs. 3rd clash finished in a draw, with main rivals Tottenham and Arsenal only getting 1 point each.

Linked is a great summary and analysis of the run home for the 4 teams that remain in contention for the title. It also has a couple of match highlights videos from the round just gone.

Using the old parlance of 1st division, 2nd division, 3rd division etc....
* Founded in 1884, Leicester City have never won a 1st division title.
* They came 2nd once, in the 1928-29 season.
* They were wallowing in 3rd division only 7 years ago.
* About 3 months ago, late bloomer and unlikely hero James Vardy broke a league record when he scored in his 11th consecutive match.

http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/premier-league/english-premier-league-title-race-leicester-tottenham-arsenal-and-man-city-runins-analysed/news-story/11581b89d2a68145c1e2b4f5ceec382b

Carrot

Use the facilities, Ashton!!

Carrot

Well, at least we made more than 79 (or 47, for that matter).

Carrot

Wow, South Africa 229/4 - ouch. We could be looking at another early exit for England from a global tournament, recent limited overs improvement or not.

In all of the discussion about modern bats, has there been much mention of what it's like fielding against them? Even some of the relatively straight-forward fielding on the boundary rope makes me wince. We don't seem to get any more broken fingers from fielders than we used to though, which surprises me.

Carrot

Jeez, what a match! Extraordinary stuff.

Two moments stuck out for me though - one from each side. De Kock's stumping of Butler, and Joe Root holing out on the boundary, from a full toss that he thought might be over waist-high. Both of them very clearly asked the umpire to review the decision, when it seemed like the on-field decision would stand. Surely that's dissent? Or have things changed, lately?

Tony Tea

Australia beaten by New Zealand early in a tournament - get your money on Australia.

Lou

They haven't even played the teams with really good spin options yet. They are gorn for all money.

Anyone watch the match? Impatience and idiocy on display by the Aussies, though some of the Kiwi batsmen were not far behind.

Warner expected Ussie to be able to run as fast as him, and then even though the run-rate was 7 and the pitch was stick and slow, got out trying to lash a six.

The less said about Steve Smith's Clarkesque run down the pitch, the better. And they are supposedly our best batsmen.

Smart bowling by the Kiwis though on a slow pitch.

The South African bowling continues to defy belief. It was diabolical and this is a format that lends itself to the diabolical.

Tony Tea

I didnt see the match, but I'm reliably informed (even in the media) that we basically chucked our wickets away with boneheaded batting.

lou

It's worth watching Maxwell's innings for the amusement factor. He didn't middle a single shot despite trying everyone of his flash harry shots (maybe due to that) but scraped his way via the inside and outside edge to 20 or so.

It WAS really funny.

philsgone

when the bloke with hamstring history is scoring the most runs gets runout and the asking rate isnt that much, you just know its not our day

Carrot

Early signs are that this match might not be high on quality.

Tony Tea

Not having seen last night's match but having read some reports, I'm guessing it didn't set the tone for a rollocking run at the title.

Carrot

What's frustrating is that we really should be a better side than this. There's no reason why we shouldn't be able to dominate in this form of the game like we do in the others - conditions, fitness, schedules allowing, etc etc. There seems to be a pretty regular pattern - we bowl and field well for the most part and we're good at the top of the order, but then we fall away in the middle which either results in tense wins or tense losses from dominant positions. It could be a balance issue. We've been experimenting with as many as four openers in the same side - Warner, Watson, Finch, Khawaja - and when it works it's great, but when it doesn't - well. Do we miss players like Bailey or Shaun Marsh?

philsgone

I'd suggest its unaustralian to miss Shaun Marsh

Big Ramifications

Wouldn't it be funny if Joe Root started batting off?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InycO9GoI1s

Lou

Carrot, they seem to have got sucked into the 'must dominate the bowling' bullshite even when there is no reason to play that way.

Lehmann is to blame for that, I'd say.

Bruce

How did the Bangers lose that???

Carrot

Bruce, that's racist. They're clearly the Bangles. And because they're choking bastards. I thought they were going to do us a favour by beating the Injuns, but sadly not.

Tony Tea

I hate missing a good choke.

Tony Tea

Lou's right, by the way. Australia never seem to be able to change gear. Swing through the line, boys.

philsgone

So the Southernm Stars look good for the semi. Perhaps the men should have put Meg Lanning in the middle order, better value than wavy Davy. Lesson - drop Warner from t20, hasnt had a decent innings for a while.
Vale Papercut, he COULD play the short form.

Carrot

I love it when India lose. I'm cheering both sides in the final now, cricket has been the winner. I don't think I've ever seen a luckier innings than Lendl Simmons' effort last night, though - caught three times, twice off a no ball, once on the boundary rope, and any number of head-in-the-air boundaries down to third man that could have gone anywhere.

philsgone

thats t20, more arse than class. Except for Kholi, he is all class

Carrot

Kohli is pretty much exhibit #1 as to why I I hate the Injuns even more than usual at the moment. He's clearly class with the bat, but he's got to be the most dislikeable man in world cricket. He's symbolic of the latter-day Indian hypocrisy of players, support and press alike where they justify any sort of schoolyard behaviour by saying something ridiculous like "b,b,but Australians!!!!" Because it is all our fault, after all. There's nothing wrong with having a bit of mongrel about you, but the send-offs and the carry-on and the getting in people's faces thing is just first-class dickheadery. The hipster beard and the Bollywood good looks don't help, either.

I'm in WA at the moment. Flew in through Dubai, Jesus what a shithole. Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye and Ashton Agar where on the Dubai-Perth leg. Jeez, they're big fellas! Even Agar. Looking at them I realise why I was never going to be any good at sport. I suppose when I was growing up there were guys with the physiques of David Boon and Greg Ritchie playing the game, so you can understand why you'd think you were still half a chance.

Carrot

What. The. Hell. Four sixes to win a World Cup! What did I just witness? I still gave England half a chance, even after the second one, but..... wow.

Marlon Samuels lost his shit when the fourth one went over the rope. It was hard to tell from the coverage, but he looked like he pretty much had to be restrained by his team-mates, or he would have done himself or someone else an injury. There was a delay after the second six and the umpires got involved, too - I think he must have said something to Stokes. Not the best behaviour when a guy is playing out his worst nightmare, but he's clearly a nutcase so no surprises there, really. Stokes and Samuels haaaaaaaate each other, and that sort of thing is always fun. Hope we get to see them play each other soon.

Tony Tea

I was hoping the Windiez would win because I can't stand it when Poms win. Pity cheaty psycho Hurlem Samuels had to ruin the win.

Carrot

Ah yeah - I'm not sure he ruined it. It might seem like a contradiction given my above opinion of Kohli, but I quite like Samuels. Not sure I'd want him in my side, or even the opposition side, but anyone who calls out Warne for being a turkey is ok by me. The feud with Stokes IS lots of fun, too - and I'm sure even Stokes would admit that it's far from one-sided. Samuels is a nutter and nutters can be entertaining. If he acted like that and was Australian I'd cringe everytime he came on the tv, mind you.

Besart Berisha

Δεκάρα! Τόσο κοντά, τόσο μακριά.

Ghost of Mosley

Congratulations, Tones and m0nty, on Brexit!


Tony Tea

Thanks, Ghost Ozzie. But I don't remember ever mentioning Brexit.

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