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Original post by Aky786UK
Pakistan v the World XI T20's over the next three days in Lahore - hope it goes well and there's competitive games for the cricket-starved Pakistani public to savour.

Immense respect for all the opposition players who've put their time in to go and participate.

The matches will be on Prime TV in the UK, think it's 792

Hopefully this is a step in the right direction and helps bring cricket back to Pakistan. Respect to all the players that have gone.
Original post by The Wavefunction
Time?


It started at 2pm today and think (although may be wrong) the time is same for the rest of the two games.
Reply 3982
Right, next stop Gabba.

Who should play? That’s the question. The key question is whether Root moves up to No 3 or stays at No 4. I’d have him stay down the order, with Cook, Hameed and Stoneman in front of him. If Root did bat at 3, I’d be tempted to deploy Hales at 4 for a bit of explosivity. He’s having a tremendous year in all formats, too, and probably deserves a recall. He was unlucky to lose his place after Bangladesh/India. What England need is somebody to watch the ball and somebody to cope with the environment.

I’m not sure Westley and Malan can, if I’m honest. Westley seems a man who is trying to portray a Test cricketer, rather than trust his natural instincts and play his natural game. Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins and Pattinson will relish facing the likes of Jennings, Westley, Ballance and Malan. Sam Robson is perhaps the other name who should be in the mix. When he was thrust into the English XI, it probably came too early. Famously, he was picked after Strauss clamoured for his selection - because he knew Chris Rogers, who was opening with Robson at county level, was on at Australia to call him up and seal his international future. He has been in terrific nick this season and has grown up playing Aussie tracks. At some stage, he simply needs to play for England again. I really hope he’s given another chance soon.
Original post by Mackay
Right, next stop Gabba.

Who should play? That’s the question. The key question is whether Root moves up to No 3 or stays at No 4. I’d have him stay down the order, with Cook, Hameed and Stoneman in front of him. If Root did bat at 3, I’d be tempted to deploy Hales at 4 for a bit of explosivity. He’s having a tremendous year in all formats, too, and probably deserves a recall. He was unlucky to lose his place after Bangladesh/India. What England need is somebody to watch the ball and somebody to cope with the environment.

I’m not sure Westley and Malan can, if I’m honest. Westley seems a man who is trying to portray a Test cricketer, rather than trust his natural instincts and play his natural game. Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins and Pattinson will relish facing the likes of Jennings, Westley, Ballance and Malan. Sam Robson is perhaps the other name who should be in the mix. When he was thrust into the English XI, it probably came too early. Famously, he was picked after Strauss clamoured for his selection - because he knew Chris Rogers, who was opening with Robson at county level, was on at Australia to call him up and seal his international future. He has been in terrific nick this season and has grown up playing Aussie tracks. At some stage, he simply needs to play for England again. I really hope he’s given another chance soon.


My team for 1st Ashes Test:

Cook
Stoneman
Root
Browne
Stokes
Bairstow
Ali
Woakes
Broad
Anderson
Crane

What do you think?
Reply 3984
Original post by cricinfo
My team for 1st Ashes Test:

Cook
Stoneman
Root
Browne
Stokes
Bairstow
Ali
Woakes
Broad
Anderson
Crane

What do you think?

Is Mason Crane even near the England XI? He's quite young and has quite an average first class record.

If you want a wrist spinner in there why not stick with Rashid? Sure he got battered by India but he took wickets despite the odd loose ball and has a far superior record to Crane.
Original post by SGHD26716
Is Mason Crane even near the England XI? He's quite young and has quite an average first class record.

If you want a wrist spinner in there why not stick with Rashid? Sure he got battered by India but he took wickets despite the odd loose ball and has a far superior record to Crane.


Yeah - he got picked for the 13-man squad for the West Indies tour about a month ago, but was left out because the tracks were generally better suited to pace bowlers (hence Moeen Ali got considerably less wickets than against SA).

As for Rashid, in India he took most of those wickets against tailenders who couldn't pick his variations and was found out by top order batsmen. Plus his Test average, albeit based on only 10 matches, isn't great - 42.87.

The fact is that, while I'm not one to obsess about spinners providing control, if you have Moeen at one end (who can leak runs), and then another expensive bowler at the other, then that's just a recipe for disaster. I think there was an interview with Graeme Swann in which he said he couldn't control the red ball and was more suited to white ball cricket, which I personally agree with. He has the second worst economy rate of any England player to take more than 20 wickets.

Crane just seems to have something about him. He puts a lot of spin on the ball and that will suit him well in Aus. What is more, he has already had a stint with New South Wales, so the pitches won't be completely foreign to him. He was originally only suppose to play grade cricket there but his form was so good he got picked for the NSW side.
Reply 3986
Cook remains a key cog - he made 572 runs this summer at 44.0, as well as 12 catches. His highlight, of course, was THAT double-ton at Edgbaston. He was at the crease for 10 hours and made key contributions against a very fierce attack - Morkel, Philander - vs SA. Root, too, was exceptional, with 729 runs at 60.8 and nine catches. He made 190 at Lord's vs SA to rescue the hosts from 76-4. He was busy as a captain too, with lots of bowling changes and well stocked slip cordons. Stokes - 527 runs at 43.9, 16 wickets at 31.3, 16 catches - has developed into a pure match-winner. Moeen Ali, with 361 runs at 32.8, 30 wickets at 21.3, four catches, had a landmark summer, too.

Jimmy - 27 runs at 9.0, 39 wickets at 14.1, five catches - became a record-breaker, and Broad - 129 runs at 16.1, 20 wickets at 33.9, two catches - deserved ten more wickets, had England showed better catching. TRJ seems made for Test cricket, too, with 82 runs at 20.5, 17 wickets at 19.6. Sadly, Woakes - 84 runs at 84.0, two wickets at 61 - was plagued by injuries, while Wood - 34 runs at 8.5 - is probably made for the red-ball game, rather than Test arena.

There are plenty of questions. Jennings (127 runs at 15.9) was dire, Ballance (85 runs at 21.3, two catches) even worse, and question marks remain over Stoneman (120 runs at 30.0) and Westley (193 runs at 24.1, no wickets, one catch). Malan's 61 at Headingley took England from a deficit of 75 to a lead of 143 and will serve him well. The other question is who serves as keeping back-up to YJB, who made 389 runs at 32.4, including 26 catches and two stumpings, this summer. I'd also rather Crane was taken than Dawson, who took 5 wickets at 33.8.
I think England's Ashes side is pretty much nailed on, the only real issue being who plays between TRJ and Woakes. Westley, Malan and Stoneman have just about done enough to warrant a place in the first test.

Pakistan looked really good yesterday, and brilliant to see them playing on true home soil. 18 year old leggies called Khan are doing well for themselves at the moment.
Reply 3988
Mahmudullah recalled to Bangladesh's Test squad series against South Africa, with Subhasis Roy and Rubel Hossain also added. Shakib has been granted a break from the red-ball game. Nasir has been excluded, too, and this will be the first time Shakib won't be part of the Test team since the series in 2014 against West Indies. Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes kept their place in the squad, while Mosaddek Hossain is injured.

This will be the first time that a Bangladesh player will voluntarily miss a Test, but Shakib is one of the busiest players in the country's history. He has so far played 51 Tests and missed seven - four since becoming a regular member of the side. He had missed two Tests in Sri Lanka in 2013 due to an injury and two more in the West Indies in 2014 due to a suspension.

Shakib has missed only seven of Bangladesh's 58 Tests since his debut in 2006 - so a break is well-deserved and overdue, imho. Obviously, him playing three formats does not help. He has played for eight franchises and teams across six T20 comps. He is an all-rounder, too, and a bloody good one at that, which means his workload is increased. Since 2006, among allrounders currently playing international cricket across all three formats, only Mathews and Moeen have played more days of top-level cricket. Think of his contemporaries, too. Cook, Broad, Ross Taylor... they don't play ODIs or T20s anymore. Mushfiqur plays all three formats, sure, but Tharanga is currently on a break from Tests too. Shakib has so far played 51 Tests and missed seven - four since becoming a regular member of the side. He had missed two Tests in Sri Lanka in 2013 due to an injury and two more in the West Indies in 2014 due to a suspension.

Bangladesh have three different captains for each format, though the nucleus in all three first XIs is largely the same: Mashrafe, Shakib, Mushfiqur, Mahmudullah, Tamim. But the former is already limited to ODIs having stopped playing Tests, to manage his leg injuries since 2009, and having retired from T20Is earlier this year. Shakib deserves a break - he has bowled 300+ overs this year and, with Bangladesh becoming a stronger Test side, they are playing more and more. In SL, he bowled an average of 31 overs per innings. At home vs Oz, he sent down 90.5 overs. Mehedi and Taijul's emergence can help lessen his spin workload.
Looks like congratulations tomorrow for Essex, first county championship win since the days of Graham Gooch.
Reply 3990
Dhawan will not play the first three ODIs against Australia. A press release from the BCCI said the India batsman has asked for leave to take care of his wife, who has taken ill. KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane are already in 16-man squad. Dhawan had missed the ODIs against New Zealand in 2016 - and played only two of three against England that followed - but since his return to the top of the order in the Champions Trophy, he has made two centuries and four fifties in 14 innings. He had to miss the final ODI and the only T20 in the Sri Lanka tour earlier this month to fly back home to attend to his mother who had been unwell. It is likely that Rahane will now take over the opener's spot. He had been excellent in the West Indies in June and July, named the Man of the Series for his 336 runs in five innings. Four of them were fifty-plus scores.

India's schedule is ridiculous. From September to December, they play 23 internationals - three Tests, 11 ODIs and nine T20Is - against Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Soon after the Sri Lanka series winds down, India are scheduled to tour South Africa for four Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is in January and February 2018. There are then two demanding tours to England and Australia later in 2018. Rotation will be key - Jadeja/Ashwin were rested for the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka and the first three ODIs against Australia.
Original post by KingHarold
Looks like congratulations tomorrow for Essex, first county championship win since the days of Graham Gooch.

Funny you should say that... all of Essex's County Championship wins technically came in the days of Goochie.
Reply 3992
Finch has a calf problem - and that could mean Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Hilton Cartwright and Marcus Stoinis could deputise at the top of the order with Warner.

As for Rohit, stats show his favourite opponents are the Aussies. He has a 50-plus average in each calendar year since 2013, and vs Oz, in 13 ODI innings against them since the start of 2013, he has scored five centuries and averaged 110.40 at a strike rate of 102.88. He missed a sixth hundred by a run when he was dismissed for 99 in Sydney in 2016. He scored just 193 runs in his first ten ODI innings against Australia, but managed almost six times that tally in his next 13. In seven innings against them in Australia, he has scored 613 runs, including three hundreds; at home, he has 491 in six, with two hundreds, including a double. In the first ten of those 13 innings, his scores read 42, 141 not out, 11, 9 not out, 79, 209, 138, 34, 171 not out, and 124 - 958 runs, at an average of nearly 137. That aggregate is the highest by any batsman against a single opposition in ten successive innings, going past Tendulkar's 778, also vs Oz, in the mid-90s.

Rohit has managed 1200+ runs vs them from just 23 innings, at an average of 68.26. Only Amla vs WI and Yousuf vs Zimbabwe beat that rate, among players to have scored 1000+ vs certain sides. 2013 marks the shift in form, really.Before that, he averaged 30.43 from 81 innings, at a strike rate of 77.93. But since the start of 2013, he has averaged 56.10 from 76 innings, of which 75 have been at the top of the order, at a strike rate of 89.50. Since the start of 2013, he averages 56.10 in ODIs, which is fourth highest among all batsmen who have scored 2000-plus runs during this period. Since the beginning of 2015, his average has been even higher - 60.15, which is again fourth with a 1000-run cut-off; only Kohli/Warner and AB have done better. His balls per boundary rate has improved dramatically, too. He has 11 tons in 78 innings since moving to open. His rate of 7.1 innings per century is next bettered by only de Kock/Amla among openers with five or more centuries.
Reply 3993
Really disappointing to see England lose that. Windies win by 21 runs, skittling the hosts for 155 after posting 176-9. Williams and Brathwaite claimed three apiece; the former had Buttler, Rashid and and Jordan caught by Powell, Walton and Brathwaite for 30, 1 and 6, while the latter bowled Hales for 43, had Bairstow snaffled for 27 and Plunkett clean bowled for 18. Narine had Willey stumped, and Morgan caught by Lewis for 2. Nurse had Root caught by Brathwaite for 17, after Lewis and Taylor combined to send back Roy.

Earlier in the match, Gayle hit 40 before he was run out, and Lewis made a half-ton before Root snaffled him off Plunkett. The two also combined to remove Samuels for 10, and the same bowler had Pollard caught by Curran for 6. Rashid bowled Brathwaite and trapped Narine, and had Walton caught by Willey. Jordan trapped Taylor and Curran sent back Powell via a Jordan catch as Nurse and Williams remained unbeaten.

The hosts did well to claim WI 7-80 after a 106-1 opening partnership. Of the 14 previous T20 internationals between the sides starting in 2007, West Indies had won 10, including the most recent, the final of the world championship.

India vs Oz, then. The tourists' recent ODI form has been so poor away from home. They have lost their last eight away from Oz, last winning one in September 2016, against Irelan. India, though, have lost just three of their last 15 ODIs, all away from home.

But they have issued - does Rahane, who could open in Shikhar Dhawan's absence, have the quality? Rahul, Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav haven't yet really nailed a place down either and with Dhawan absent for the first three games, Rahane should slot into his opening spot. Axar Patel is out of the squad after injuring his ankle and Jadeja has been named as his replacement. India will therefore have to choose between him and Yuzvendra Chahal for the second spinner's slot, behind Kuldeep, who has impressed so much.

Finch has been ruled out of the first few ODIs, so Head might open. With Glenn Maxwell's offspinning ability, Australia may stick with just one spinner. In the last year, India's top three batsmen have contributed 57.6% of the team runs, while tourists' top three have accounted for 54.5%. Since January 2013, the average first-innings score in games between India and Australia is 321. In that same period, Rohit Sharma has scored 1104 runs in 13 matches against Australia, at an average of 110.4 and a strike rate of 102.88.

Jadeja had also been left out of the limited-overs leg of India's recent tour of SL, and has not played any competitive match since the second Test vs SL in August. He is currently ranked No. 2 in the ICC Test bowling rankings, but has suffered in ODIs recently. He took four wickets at 62.25 while conceding 5.92 per over in the Champions Trophy in June, and followed that up with two wicketless matches during India's tour of the West Indies. With 11 wickets from seven games at an economy of less than four, Kuldeep has already proved himself and Oz may find it difficult to pick him.

Whatever happens, the two captains will be crucial. Kohli already has 47 international hundreds. 30 of those have come in ODIs, only Tendulkar has more. None of Kohli's contemporaries - Smith (28 international hundreds), Williamson (26) and Root (23) - come close with only de Villiers (45) threatening.
Reply 3994
India, who posted 281-7, win by 26 runs via D/L after reducing Australia to 137-9. The first innings was really dramatic, with the hosts left reeling at 11-3 before recovering through Hardik and Dhoni, and after the rain delay, Australia never really got going in their pursuit of 164 from 21 overs. Chahal claimed 3-30: Wade stumped on 9, Maxwell caught by Pandey on 39 and Cummins snaffled by Bumrah on 9, too. Warner was caught behind off Kuldeep for 25, and Bumrah skittled Cartwright on 1, before Hardik struck to send back Smith and Head for single figures, via Bumrah and Dhoni catches. Kuldeep returned to combine with Jadeja - the sub fielder - as Stoinis fell for 3, leaving Faulkner 32 unbeaten alongside Zampa on 5, after Coulter-Nile had fender B Kumar to Jadhav on 2.

Coulter-Nile had earlier claimed 3-44: Rahane, Kohli and Pandey caught by Wade, Maxwell and Wade for 5, 0 and 0. Stoinis sent back Rohit and Jadhav via Coulter-Nile and Cartwright catches, for 28 and 40, while Hardik fell for 88, fending Zampa to Faulkner, who had earlier sent back Dhoni on 79, caught by Warner. B Kumar ended 32 unbeaten. So, it was Hardik's career-best score - in a century stand with Dhoni, before the lengthy rain delay saw Australia’s target revised to 164 in 21 overs. Oz never really threatened, if we're honest. Five of their top seven were dismissed in single figures. The series continues on Thursday.

Hardik/Dhoni managed to lift India from 87 for 5 to 281, and Smith had a shocker, dropping two catches at slip, including Pandya. Dhoni and Hardik's partnership was racked up at a run rate of 6.10 in 19.2 overs. Pandya managed his career-best off 66 balls, at a strike rate of 125.75, and Dhoni struck at 58. Even more impressively, 228.57 was Pandya's strike rate off his last 21 balls, after being 35 off 45. He began with 23 runs off Zampa and today was the fourth time he has hit three consecutive sixes in international cricket this year. 161.53 was Dhoni's strike rate - he scored 42 off 26 balls - after Pandya's dismissal. He managed to hit his first boundary off his 67th delivery and then hit another five in his last 20 balls. 100.25 is now Dhoni's average in ODIs in Chennai. He has two centuries and a fifty at the venue. Dhoni has hit eight maximums off James Faulkner in ODIs - the most he has hit off any bowler - and he has scored 182 runs off Faulkner at strike rate of 134.80 with two dismissals. He managed 30 from 27 balls off Faulkner today and had 241 unbeaten runs scoredbefore getting out in this innings. He was not out in each of his last four innings, vs SL. He has got out only twice in his last nine ODI innings.
Reply 3995
Bairstow’s high-class unbeaten 100, his maiden ODI century, helps England win by even wickets in a rain affected ODI. Windies limped to 204-9 but England racked up 210 for the loss of just three. Bairstow fired 100 off 97 - ending not out alongside Stokes on 23 off 10 - after Williams bowled Root on 54 and had Morgan caught on 10, by Hope. Lewis snaffled Hales off Taylor for 19, too. Earlier, Stokes had claimed three: Hope, Samuels and Taylor caught by Bairstow, Buttler and Buttler again respectively, for 35, 17 and 2. Woakes had Gayle caught by Root for 37, and Powell by Willey for 23, while Rashid mopped up Mohamed, via Hales' catch for 18, and Nurse via Root's snaffle for 1. Willey bowled Bishoo on 5 and Hales caught Lewis off Mo for 11, leaving Holder and Williams unbeaten on 41 and 0 respectively.

Root’s career average (in all positions, not just No3) is creeping towards 50, and only Trott boasts a better record, but he needs to start converting. England win with seven wickets and 67 deliveries to spare. So the hosts lead 1-0 with four to play and the West Indies will need to play in the qualifying tournament for the 2019 World Cup. The next match is on Thursday at Trent Bridge. Gayle, playing his first ODI since the World Cup of 2015, should have been dismissed for a duck but Root shelled him. Gayle hit three sixes but couldn't inflict too much damage. England's fielding was much improved - Root and Hales taking excellent catches and the hosts will be pleased only Hope with 35 and Holder with unbeaten 41 managed anything of note. Stokes' old adversary Samuels failed to impress: his 17 occupied 46 balls. From 43 without loss after five overs, West Indies made 161 for 9 in the remaining 37. Stokes' 3-43 were the best figures for the hosts and they could have been even more impressive without a penultimate over which saw him concede 15.

England secured their 13th victory in the last 14 completed ODIs between the teams and it was absolutely emphatic. YJB and Root added 125 in 19 overs for the second wicket to ensure a canter for England in their first ODI since the semi-final defeat against Pakistan at Cardiff.
Reply 3996
England/WI abandoned after just 2.2 overs. Gayle tweaked his right hamstring in the warm-ups and was omitted, with Cummins replacing Devendra Bishoo to provide another pace-bowling option.

The tourists may miss out on the 2019 WC, which is a scary prospect when you think of their brilliance in yesteryear. Gayle marked his first ODI appearance since the 2015 World Cup with 37 from 27 balls last time out but WI can't make the WC now, and must have to go through qualification. The difference in class between the two sides last time out was stark: England wrapped up the win with more than 11.1 overs to spare. Remember, though, the quality the Windies possess. That innings defeat in the first Test at Edgbaston is not long in the memory, and we all remember how they bounced back from that setback in the second Test at Headingley. WI have 12 defeats from their past 15 completed matches.

They need more from Samuels, whom Stokes claimed last time out. He hit 17 from 46 balls with no boundaries and a wasteful 31 dot balls. England were exceptional with the ball and bat - and even in the field - despite that Gayle drop by Root. Even Stokes' penultimate over - costing 15 runs - didn't harm the hosts. Morgan probably needs to deliver sooner rather than later: he captained their T20 team to an underwhelming seventh place in the Blast South Group, and has just returned from scoring 2, 2, 5 and 0 in the CPL. He made just 10 in the first ODI. Windies may swap Bishoo for an extra quick, likely Joseph or Cummins. Mo Ali needs two more wickets to reach 50 in ODI cricket and Rashid boasts 72 victims from 50 caps equal to Graeme Swann at the same stage of his one-day career.

The break may do some good. The only internationals Root has missed this season were in the T20 series against South Africa after the Champions Trophy, but he featured in the pink-ball round of County Championship matches during the time away from England duty. If England are able to close out the one-day series with matches to spare - and there was a significant gulf between the teams at Old Trafford once West Indies' opening stand was broken - it could create the opportunity to withdraw a few players early. Overall, there were 142 dot balls in West Indies' 42 overs at Old Trafford - 56.34% of the innings - and if they don't improve that, they're done for.
Reply 3997
Kuldeep Yadav's hat-trick inspires India to a 50-run win over Australia in the second ODI. The hosts posted 252 all out before reducing the Aussies to 202. Stoinis was impressive with an unbeaten 62 and Smith had it all going on as well for 59, before holing out in his 100th ODI. But it was his wicket, reducing Australia to 135-5, that brought Kuldeep into the game. He had a brilliant 33rd over, claiming Wade then Agar then Cummins.Bhuvneshwar laid the groundwork - bowling through Cartwright’s gate then knicking off Warner. Chahal - the second of India’s wrist-spinners - did his bit, deceiving Maxwell and Head, too, before Australia’s last seven wickets fell for 96. The Aussies have lost ten of their last 11 ODIs.

Cartwright was bowled by Kumar for 1, and Warner fended to Rahane on the same number off the same bowler. Chahal had Head caught by Pandey and Maxwell stumped, for 39 and 14, while Smith holded out to Jadeja, the sub fielder, off Pandya for 59. Stoinis finished 62 unbeaten after Kuldeep had Wade bowled, Agar trapped and Cummins caught behind, for 2, 0 and 0. Pandya had Coulter-Nile caught and bowled for 8 and Agar was trapped by Kumar. Kumar ended with 3-9, Pandya 2-56, Chahal 2-34, and Kuldeep 3-54. That came after Coulter-Nile and Richardson claimed 3-51 and 3-55 respectively: the latter having Dhoni, Pandya and Kumar caught by Smith, Warner and Maxwell for 5, 20 and 20; the former had Jadhav caught by Maxwell for 24, Rohit caught and bowled for 7 and Kohli bowled for 92. Agar bowled Pandey for 3, Bumrah finished 10 unbeaten, Chahl was ran out on 1 and Rahane ran out on 55. Cummins had Kuldeep caught behind.

India's attack contains so much variety - it's borderline unplayable. They have two wristspinners, awkward seamers, good allrounders. The fact India made 15 off their last 15 and lost four wickets during that period barely mattered. Ahead of today, Kohli had only 46 runs against Australia in six innings this year. Three times in those six innings he got out driving the full and wide ball early in his innings. Three Indian bowlers have now claimed ODI hat-tricks - and Kuldeep, after Sri Lanka's Wanindu Hasaranga against Zimbabwe, became the second wrist-spinner and first to take hat-trick in Under-19 youth ODIs as well as ODIs. It's not seven hat-tricks against Australia in ODIs, including Kuldeep's. Five India players have taken a hat-trick in International cricket now.
Reply 3998
Disappointed to hear India and South Africa will now only play 3 test matches. I believe it's now 3 tests, six ODIs, and 3 T20s. IMO should've reduced T20s to a one off game and have 5 ODIs rather than lose the test.

Zimbabwe and SA are considering the first 4 day D/N test match.
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Original post by cricinfo
My team for 1st Ashes Test:

Cook
Stoneman
Root
Browne
Stokes
Bairstow
Ali
Woakes
Broad
Anderson
Crane

What do you think?


Crane isn;t even a regular in the Hampshire side ...

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