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Tony Tea

Awful referral on the Broad/Rogers LB. Always looked leg.

Russ

Gower seems to think that was a good deliver to get Clarke. That wasn't what I thought. What I thought, about the shot, isn't printable.

And Tony, in answer to your twitter question about unprofessional journalists who can't be arsed reading the DRS. It is a disgrace. Everybody professionally employed in relation to cricket - player, journalist, coach, administrator, social media consultant, umpire (for preference) - should know the laws and playing conditions. They aren't that complicated.

lou

Fvckien awful swish with lead-feet by Clarke. Gower is just being kind I suspect.

Look at what is left to scramble us to around 200 in this innings with Rogers.

Watson - no form
Haddin - sort of form but little between ears.
Smith - who can fight but loves a good cross bat swipe.
And a rotten tail. Anybody who can bat has been dropped or injured.

lou

Russ, some of the journalists probably have read about DRS but would rather be sensationalist and part of the squealing pack than provide anything resembling reason.

Sports journos seem so terribly and unashamedly unprofessional these days.

Tony Tea

I did not see Clarke's dismissal live, but I can see it in my imagination. Swaft.

Henry Blovfeld

Gower's not being kind, he was out swishing every other inns and thus thinks that is good bowling. Actually, taken as a whole it wasn't bad: Broad set Clarke up. If only he could bowl this poorly all the time (or take this wicket with him).

Rogers looks a cross between a limpet and a crab.

Big Ramifications

Anyone catch Warnie's "I used to get a sore wrist [unusually long pregnant pause] from bowling lots of overs" double entendre just then?!!

What gave it away was Ather's audible muffled guffaw during the pause.

Classic TV! Warnie, I love your naughty schoolboy ways.

Henry Blovfeld

Big Rammers - yes. I chortled too.

Henry Blovfeld

"I aways wake up stiff, Straussy."

Henry Blovfeld

"You big powerful man... Take me downtown."

He's on a roll.

Big Ramifications

Is it a big firm, Dick?

Big Ramifications

Was it Straussy who guffawed? Cheers for the heads-up, Henry Blovfeld.

Russ

Watlotto time! Get your numbers in. 67 for me.

David

So close Russ

lou

Nice one by the Buckster. At fvcken last, someone other than our not very esteemed leader can get a ton.

David

Nice to see a good old fashioned grafted ton too.
On a difficult pitch in not the best batting conditions.
Proper cricket.

Tony Tea

Proper cricket indeed. If only the NSP group had valued proper batting to x-factor over the last few years.

Tony Tea

Big swinging nick.

m0nty

Roger Rogers.

m0nty

Funny how we bag England for batting slowly, but Rogers makes a ton off 233 balls and it's just proper cricket.

Russ

He still scored 30 more runs than Cook would have at the rate he was going. Not that I cared that Cook was batting slowly.

Professor Rosseforp

Momentum seems to have stopped swinging -- have we reached stasis?

lou

Cook"s innings was good. Never looked in but didn't get out for bloody ages.

Tony Tea

I just hope we can grind out another 100+. And more. Realistically, a lead of anything under 150 and we are cooked. We will not chase anything closely resembling a challenging target.

Tony Tea

How much will England lead by on the first innings?

David

U can see us getting exactly the same score as England.

Tony Tea

If we do that we will get trounced.

David

Prior is lucky there. He couldn't have known for sure.

lou

Ahhh, fvckit. Best hope now is for a draw.

Tony Tea

I just saw how Watson got out. Sigh.

Russ

I must need a better tv because I can't for the life of me see the mark people are claiming.

David

Wio hoo - a lead.

David

Did you expect any different from Watto Tony?
The bloke is a clown.

Tony Tea

Botham is sure certain about Rogers' nick.

Russ

Maybe an existing mark got whiter, but not really very good evidence. Sicko shows a sound on one frame, and then nothing then a massive sound when the ball is in mid-air, then it hitting the pad. Brilliantly compelling evidence all around.

Tony Tea

The third muppet has gone from too inconclusive to over-rule the first muppet to just about almost conclusive enough to over-rule the third muppet.

lou

Getting cleaned up this morning.

Our tail couldn't keep up with the rescue jobs though. It's not strong at all now.

David

And aleem dar gets it wholly wrong again.
Why does he still have a job?

Tony Tea

Has umpiring always been this bad?

lou

Yes.

Jeez, Bird is Chris Martin all over again.

Tony Tea

That is what I think too. The umpiring has always been shit, but tv has revealed it for the farce it has always been.

David

Bit sure its been quite as bad as this series.
This lot seem to be particularly bumbling.

David

Not sure I mean. Stupid iPhone.

Tony Tea

It feels like there is an umpiring mistake every over.

Shep

Imagine how bad the umpires that are that can't even make the elite panel.

David

Easy to imagine.
Billy Bowden.

Russ

That'd be Billy Bowden, who was apparently in line for a recall, but as I read that article he gave someone in the CPL out for noone-was-sure-what when it was missing everything. A few other nations need to lift their umpiring game.

lou

Cook will be on a go slow again.

Tony Tea

Remember when Bowden gave OJ not out in India in 2010? Plumbest LB ever.

David

Rooted

lou

Wasn't that wuvwy?

Tony Tea

Uprooted.

m0nty

Maybe Cow Corner has the right idea, just hit the umps with the ball to see if that knocks some sense into them.

David

I reckon he'd have to hit them a shitload of times.

Russ

Lunch, women are 1/84. Men, let's not talk about it.

Tony Tea

Mark Waugh is on drugs vis-à-vis the Aussie batsmen. If, if, if, if...

Russ

Ah, Gough's infamous end-of-the-day hat-trick. Not sure where Miller's wicket got the nine insignia from, all I remember seeing was the news.

Russ

Paul Reiffel... was never picked for an Ashes squad.

Tony Tea

It was probably on Nine in Perth.

Tony Tea

BJ, AB and MW all reckon the 1993 Ashes team was pretty good. Mandy Rice Davies anyone?

Russ

Yeah, and Adelaide, unless they cut to an afternoon game-show or Days of Our Lives.

Tony Tea

The Price is Right.

Russ

Fascinating fact about the '93 Ashes team. This is the list of (permanent) batsmen Australia used in the 14 months prior and the first Ashes test (14 tests):
Openers: Marsh, Taylor, Phillips, Boon, Moody, Langer, Slater
No. 3: Boon, Waugh.S, Langer
No. 4-7: Border, Waugh.S, Waugh.M, Jones, Martyn, Moody, Healy, Matthews

The 18 tests from the 1st Ashes test to the 3rd Ashes test of 94-95 noone was dropped except for injury (Martyn and Hayden filled in).

Eight tests prior they won 2, lost 3. The bowling attack without McDermott was Hughes and Warne (at least until Reiffel turned up).

Twelve tests after the Ashes, won 5, lost 3. But take out the New Zealand at home flogging and it is 2 and 3.

The safe and reliable conclusion about the '93 Ashes squad is that they were a) made to look really good by England and b) really lucky to have played England because it locked down their spot.

The current Australian squad would be in with a chance against any of the '89, '93 and '97 squads. The '97 series would have some short games.

Soups

2 for effectively 10. Cook following Clarke's lead

Soups

3 for effectively 17. Joosty strangled by a ripping short one from Spearmint. What can KP and Bell do?

Russ

There is some proper cricket being played in the women's game. 9 off the last 10 overs. And Lanning got runout FFS.

lou

They play so few tests. Must feel quite strange for them.

David

Oh good. Paper cuts groin has fallen off.

Big Ramifications

Ha. Lyon didn't wanna know about that c&b.

Not saying he woulda caught it, but he definitely didn't wanna know about it.

m0nty

The bells, THE BELLS.

Tony Tea

Will we take the match into the fifth day?

Russ

Well it might rain. Or England might bat until tea.

I drifted in and out of sleep last night, but the bits I saw weren't impressive. Were they trying to bounce KP out? The tight lines weren't there and we can't win if the runs are flowing.

Seems unlikely Australia can win from here, full stop.

nick

We'll take the match into the filth day,which will be when we bat.

m0nty

The filth day, nick? But Finn isn't playing.

Tony Tea

Our own filth will step up.

Big Ramifications
We'll take the match into the filth day, which will be when we bat.

Completely awesome how you phrased that, nick, if it was intentional.

gillysgone

Conspiracy theory for the day - Watson is injured because he batted at no.6, and wants to open. Pulls the groin/hip/insert muscle here and lets the team down. As has been his modus ooperandi for any time he doesnt get what he wants. Not a team player.

Russ

This pitch. It is up and down a bit. But it is mostly just slow. Which is good, because slow turn is playable. A decent morning session and Australia are not dead yet. A 300 chase is hard, but feasible.

Russ

... well feasible with a half decent lineup.

Remain in Faith

Geez, how good is Harris?

Remain in Faith

Hope you fellas are watching this. Harris on a hat-trick, then gets carted twice by Broad (flinching as he hit him to the boundary) then gets a bumper which he gutto's to Smith in slips.

Top stuff Rhino.

lou

All I wanted for this series was for Rhino to be fit. Class above anybody else we've got.

lou

Russ, considering how poorly they've been playing Swann, I can't see this being anything other than a loss or with luck a rain-affected draw. They've got too many runs already. Durham is not a high scoring ground.

Plus Broad is having one of his one-in-five good matches so he'll probably clean up in the second innings if Swann doesn't.

Tony Tea

Rhino is having a blinder.

m0nty

How's Yer Father giving us a bit of how's yer father.

Russ

The 40 runs Bresnan has slogged has probably decided it. 240 was not out of the ball-park, 270 is a stretch. Another 20 or 30 and it is calling for a miracle.

Tony Tea

Pity the match is good as over.

Tony Tea

But let's face it, the match was good as over the instant Australia failed to post a sizable lead on the first innings. Which means that the match was over the instant we became a dreadful batting side. Whenever that was.

Remain in Faith

Come on fellas, it's not over yet. Khawaja may make a sublime 30 the likes of which not seen since his last sublime 30.

Russ

Tony, only because England are better. I maintain the pitch is - for the most part - getting easier to bat on. George Dobell just tweeted that 4th innings here have been bigger than 2nd all season. 280 is very chase-able. If only Australia was a side that averaged 300 in a match, not 220.

Nick

I await the filth.

Tony Tea

Russ, as Nick says, it's all coming up filth.

Remain in Faith

At this rate, I just hope we can get out there soon to have a chance of batting some filth.

Russ

Agreed, we'll be rolled for 100. But it won't be the conditions.

lou

Bird is not doing his chances of bowling at the Oval much good considering what our selectors are like. They may fly someone over from SA, such itchy trigger fingers as they have.

Tony Tea

I just saw Bresnan's non-LB. How in the name of John Arlott's wine cellar did Aleem Dar not give that out? The umpires have frozen. Or they are cheating. You watch the muppets fire us out at ever single opportunity, until we are nine down and 200 behind and the maggots decide to even up with junk time decisions in our favour. Cheating arseholes.

Russ

Speaking of which... Cummins is injured again

Tony Tea

Pat Cummins - the greatest one-Test wonder in the history of cricket.

lou

Well, Cummins getting injured has saved a plane fare for CA anyway.

Just waiting for Rhino to be stretchered off and that will be the set.

lou

Wicket is going to look like it's spitting cobras when Aus bat.

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