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    (Original post by eminkinza)
    thats wrong its Anderson cook
    He said that's a prediction for the future, not the captain at the moment and it's Alistair Cook.
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    Liam ****ing Plunkett everybody.

    Haven't laughed that much at a 6 since Plunkett took us to 400 vs New Zealand last year.
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    Awesome game of cricket. I have to be honest, I didn't expect a lot from this 'Super Series' - but today's match has made the ODIs entirely worthwhile.

    I thought England did really well to restrict SL to less than 300. Remember, the team batting first has hit 400+ in every List A fixture at Trent Bridge this season. Sri Lanka were definitely light with the bat, but England's bowlers didn't hit their lengths well - but the score was chaseable.

    Willey and Woakes keep plugging in with good wickets, 2-56 are solid figures for the latter, who is really enjoying this series and his 2016. Despite that, Plunkett looked rusty with the ball. SL targeted him and Moeen, and racked up runs as a result. Both half-centuries were expertly executed for SL - but Mathews and Prasanna delivered two very contrasting innings. One was a slow burner, one was explosive.

    Prasanna definitely took advantage of Plunkett, utilising the pace well to nip the ball away to relatively tight boundaries. Moeen was susceptible to reverse sweeps, too, and will need to improve. Prasanna's half century is the second quickest of any SL player vs England, after Thissara Perera in 2014. He scored a remarkable 95% of his runs via boundaries.

    He didn't impress me bowling, but his batting at the death was excellent. Woakes is my man of the match, but take a bow Plunkett. It may have been easier had Willey's dismissal been judged as a no ball, but England just about got there in the end. Pradeep bowled really well - nailing yorkers consistently - but he dropped a few inches with that final delivery and was duly punished.

    Buttler was a huge positive (though that's twice he's been out in the 90s now) and SL's competitiveness was good for the series and the sport. A decent day of cricket all round.
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    Christ that was phenomenal. Why the **** was i watching the football instead :sad:
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    It's a shame it wasn't on terrestrial TV - but such is the way of the modern world.

    SL can take heart from today. They enjoyed two very good victories over Ireland, which is a banana skin of a series. They showed limited over experience and panache today, too. Sure, they should have scored more and they handcuffed themselves, but they'll likely win a couple of matches this series tbh.
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    (Original post by Louis.)
    Liam ****ing Plunkett everybody.

    Haven't laughed that much at a 6 since Plunkett took us to 400 vs New Zealand last year.
    i kind of jumped in joy at least they didnt loose he was awesome
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    (Original post by moment of truth)
    He said that's a prediction for the future, not the captain at the moment.
    #oh ok
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    Bailey's wicket could be huge for the Windies.
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    (Original post by moment of truth)
    He said that's a prediction for the future, not the captain at the moment and it's Alistair Cook.
    opps made a mistake in the first name
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Awesome game of cricket. I have to be honest, I didn't expect a lot from this 'Super Series' - but today's match has made the ODIs entirely worthwhile.

    I thought England did really well to restrict SL to less than 300. Remember, the team batting first has hit 400+ in every List A fixture at Trent Bridge this season. Sri Lanka were definitely light with the bat, but England's bowlers didn't hit their lengths well - but the score was chaseable.

    Willey and Woakes keep plugging in with good wickets, 2-56 are solid figures for the latter, who is really enjoying this series and his 2016. Despite that, Plunkett looked rusty with the ball. SL targeted him and Moeen, and racked up runs as a result. Both half-centuries were expertly executed for SL - but Mathews and Prasanna delivered two very contrasting innings. One was a slow burner, one was explosive.

    Prasanna definitely took advantage of Plunkett, utilising the pace well to nip the ball away to relatively tight boundaries. Moeen was susceptible to reverse sweeps, too, and will need to improve. Prasanna's half century is the second quickest of any SL player vs England, after Thissara Perera in 2014. He scored a remarkable 95% of his runs via boundaries.

    He didn't impress me bowling, but his batting at the death was excellent. Woakes is my man of the match, but take a bow Plunkett. It may have been easier had Willey's dismissal been judged as a no ball, but England just about got there in the end. Pradeep bowled really well - nailing yorkers consistently - but he dropped a few inches with that final delivery and was duly punished.

    Buttler was a huge positive (though that's twice he's been out in the 90s now) and SL's competitiveness was good for the series and the sport. A decent day of cricket all round.
    woakes finally got his first half century after 44 odi matches
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    Great stuff from Mitchell Marsh to send Australia through to the series final.

    You imagine enjoying such a positive day at the Kensington Oval will set them up well for the decider, which will be played at the same venue.

    Windies made a decent score - and started well with the ball. I was surprised Australia decided to ignore spin, opting to omit Adam Zampa especially, and when Samuels made his century I expected WI to seal the victory.

    As it was, Marsh enjoyed a match-winning knock - and he really targeted Sunil Narine to good effect. It was a game of missed chances for WI: Bravo missed a run out chance to dismiss Marsh, but Australia weren't perfect either. Wade dropped a one-handed catch when Samuels was on 65, before he and Ramdin flexed their muscles.

    Great knocks from Marsh and Smith, though. Starc, Hazelwood and Faulkner bowled really well, displaying the selectors' canny selection, with combined figures of 6-147 that got us home.

    West Indies never had enough.
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    Ansari is back! What a wake up call for the selectors. They'll definitely be tracking him now - and he richly deserves an England place. Six wickets today.
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    Sad to hear about Nick Compton having to take a break from cricket but good in a way that he's taken the decision to seek help and time out rather than continue and more pressure heaped on him.
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    I hope Compton is OK.

    Regardless of the way the series against SL has gone (and, yes, the decision is correct to drop him), some things are more important than cricket.

    He's clearly struggling mentally - like Trott before him. It'll be interesting to see whether this happens to the likes of Vince, if he struggles in the series against Pakistan, and Borthwick, who achieved paltry scores in the County Championship this week. Is the pressure already getting to him?

    The cutthroat nature of the international cricket scene is unforgiving. No matter what happens with Compton (his Test career is clearly over, given his age), he'll always have those match defining knocks against SA to remember and cherish.

    The Durban Test towards the back end of last year was defined by him, with impressive tallies of 80+ and 40+ in each innings respectively.
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    I'm sorry, this is brilliant

    https://mobile.twitter.com/CharlesDa...2860311552?p=v

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    Big game for England tomorrow. The move regarding white-ball has been positive, and rightly so, with encouraging displays against NZ, Australia, SA and the World Twenty20 in the past 12 months.

    But there's plenty of talking points - not least the poor performances of the upper order. Morgan continues to struggle, but his 40+ the other night will hopefully give him confidence. Bairstow didn't perform the other night at Trent Bridge, Joe Root looks utterly burned out (no surprise, given his propensity to be the key man in all three formats) and there seems to be a penchant for a collapse.

    Still, with the batting depth England have - Woakes, Willey, Plunkett, Rashid can all smack it about - it's a scary proposition for SL at Edgbaston, especially without their talisman, Mathews.
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    I'm massively upset by the Brexit vote from a cricketing point of view. The only Test cricket nation in Europe and the EU.
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    The Kolpack ruling is no longer viable in the UK, which makes rugby/cricket bound to be more affected than football, owing to the fact the former two sports don't have the accessibility to the same kind of riches as the latter.
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    Another huge game in the Tri-Series today, in what will prove to be an eliminator to see who joins Australia in the final.

    SA will be confident after their massive 139-run win last time out against the West Indies, but they need to be wary of Samuels, who has batted magnificently throughout the series and seems to be really enjoying this twilight stage of his career, and Narine, who has bowled expertly with turn.

    Regardless, the batting depth SA boast is scary. They remain the only side to have scored 300+ in this series. It hasn't been one for the batsmen, with slow surfaces across the Caribbean helping the slow armers.

    You imagine that, if anybody can get Samuels out cheaply these days, it's Tahir. He leads the bowling charts for the tournament, and Samuels has got out 3/5 times via spin thus far.
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    Excellent 10 rocket win over Sri Lanka today. Well done centurions Alex Hales and Jason Roy.

    Kolpack ruling ending soon is a concern.
 
 
 
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