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    I am expecting India and Australia to win both series fairly easily. Indias may be a bit tough, but they should pull through.

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    (Original post by sachinisgod)
    India went down because we did not have the pace bowlers who could exploit the swinging conditions properly to their advantage. And our batting has always been bad in England since Dravid/ Sachin retired. So in that sense Pakistan have more chances of drawing the remaining matches rather than being thrashed ( like India were)
    Most of our team were playing their first series in England so it's fair that we lost, but not in the manner. We hardly put in a fight in the last 3 test matches which was the most disappointing thing.

    Agreed about Pakistan. Hopefully they draw or at least put up a better fight than we did.

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    Pakistan will continue their push-up celebrations after each win - nice to see Eoin Morgan dismiss any offence to them but can't believe the minor fuss England seem to be making. It's created a good feeling between the opposition and home fans and cut though some tension yet not lost its competitive edge on the pitch. With England's returning players hardly short in the fiery department!

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    Pakistan will continue their push-up celebrations after each win - nice to see Eoin Morgan dismiss any offence to them but can't believe the minor fuss England seem to be making. It's created a good feeling between the opposition and home fans and cut though some tension yet not lost its competitive edge on the pitch. With England's returning players hardly short in the fiery department!

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    What was the fuss about? I thought it was a harmless celebration because of the Army training?

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    England have no reason to complain after the sprinkler celebration down under.
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    What exactly is the offensive part in all this, am I missing something?
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    (Original post by The Wavefunction)
    What exactly is the offensive part in all this, am I missing something?
    Absolutely not.

    There's nothing offensive - it's England being England. Middle-class lads who can't take it when others stick it up 'em.

    And I say that as a fan...
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Absolutely not.

    There's nothing offensive - it's England being England. Middle-class lads who can't take it when others stick it up 'em.

    And I say that as a fan...
    Thats always been the case with Aus and Eng over the years. Ready to dish out sledging and what not but cant digest the fact that someone can do the same to them and make fuss like cry babies. Thats what puts me off supporting England in cricket even though I am British Asian.

    But im curious to know what fuss was caused by England? someone please let me know*
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    Rashid set to come into the XI, by all accounts. You imagine the track at Old Trafford which really suit him. It's a decent pitch, according to reports, but the outfield is a bit of a marsh apparently (owing to the fact it's hosted Rihanna and Bruce Springsteen crowds in the last month alone).

    Really looking forward to the second Test.

    England have only fielded a two-man spin attack at home six times in the last 20 years, so you imagine it'll be either Moeen or Rashid. Saqlain Mushtaq has been working with England, so hopefully his presence will help.

    Rashid has a healthy Old Trafford record - 29 wickets in five matches at 23.48 with four five-wicket hauls.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    Rashid set to come into the XI, by all accounts. You imagine the track at Old Trafford which really suit him. It's a decent pitch, according to reports, but the outfield is a bit of a marsh apparently (owing to the fact it's hosted Rihanna and Bruce Springsteen crowds in the last month alone).

    Really looking forward to the second Test.

    England have only fielded a two-man spin attack at home six times in the last 20 years, so you imagine it'll be either Moeen or Rashid. Saqlain Mushtaq has been working with England, so hopefully his presence will help.

    Rashid has a healthy Old Trafford record - 29 wickets in five matches at 23.48 with four five-wicket hauls.
    What are the chances of both Z. Barber and Y. Shah playing together? Same with both Moeen and Rashid together? Would be exciting!

    Not long left now!

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    (Original post by Enginerd.)
    What was the fuss about? I thought it was a harmless celebration because of the Army training?

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    You'd think that but Cook, post-match, said he didn't take offence but that it wasn't nice to see it straight after the game. Weak as hell - just comes across whiny.
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    (Original post by Aky786UK)
    You'd think that but Cook, post-match, said he didn't take offence but that it wasn't nice to see it straight after the game. Weak as hell - just comes across whiny.
    Just trying to get the press to talk about anything other then their loss. Petty really from Cook. I really respect him as a player aswell.

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    (Original post by Enginerd.)
    What are the chances of both Z. Barber and Y. Shah playing together? Same with both Moeen and Rashid together? Would be exciting!

    Not long left now!

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    I think the chance of both Rashid and Moeen being deployed is very slim, largely because you imagine England will push for Stokes AND Anderson to play, especially the latter on his home ground.
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    (Original post by Mackay)
    I think the chance of both Rashid and Moeen being deployed is very slim, largely because you imagine England will push for Stokes AND Anderson to play, especially the latter on his home ground.
    Surely, you should base your team around the nature of the pitch? OT I've been told is a turner.

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    (Original post by Enginerd.)
    Surely, you should base your team around the nature of the pitch? OT I've been told is a turner.

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    It'll benefit seam and spin, I think. In short: it's a good cricket wicket.
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    Anyone at Lords tomorrow?
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    Yorkshire finally showing some T20 pedigree, absolutely thrashing Durham tonight. There was a really peculiar moment when the white ball got stuck in the Sky Sports pod, but apart from that, it was a decent couple of hours of cricket.

    Lyth made 87, Willey chipped in with 30+ and it shows their strength in depth when they've got Bresnan and Plunkett reaching double figures at 7 and 8 respectively.
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    It'll benefit seam and spin, I think. In short: it's a good cricket wicket.
    Excellent!
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    By the way, while I'm here: I have to admit I have sympathy with the selectors over Anderson. Ignore medical advice at your peril - especially with such a key cog in the England red ball machine.
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    South Africa risked a 90% Steyn when they played England, and he hasn't been the same since. Fair call imo.
 
 
 
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