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(BBC)   Will England's openers finally get runs? Can Australia's bowlers back up a fine batting performance? What will Stuart Broad do today to enrage an entire country? It's Day 3 of the final Ashes test   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 19
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2013-08-23 08:58:21 AM  
Nice session from Joe Root so far this morning.

But having trouble after lunch getting runs - Australia's slip/gully setting doing very well.
 
2013-08-23 08:58:48 AM  
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Anything where the following is perceived as coherent strings of words doesn't deserve anyone's attention:

Eng 105-1 (Root 60*, Trott 9*)I opened a 'physics can of worms' yesterday evening when I suggested James Faulkner hits the bat harder than Chris Woakes. The young left-arm seamer gets us under way after lunch and Joe Root continues where he left off by late cutting four past backward point before driving another boundary straight down the ground. Class. In other news, on the players' balcony, Alastair Cook and James Anderson are swinging about on office chairs.
 
2013-08-23 09:14:11 AM  
England are batting themselves out of trouble here.

Curse their oily hides.
 
2013-08-23 09:21:50 AM  
It's not that hard ffs

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2013-08-23 09:28:40 AM  
God Warne is such a homer.  "Cook's not in charge. Watson's a better captain".  What hogwash.
 
2013-08-23 10:13:05 AM  
As someone who hasn't been paying attention to this all I can say is This is still going on?!
 
2013-08-23 10:47:15 AM  

ShadowLAnCeR: As someone who hasn't been paying attention to this all I can say is This is still going on?!


Sorta. England won the series already, but everyone still wants to earn their participation ribbon.

Less snarkily, gate receipts are what pay for all this, so they play every match of the tour no matter what.

Also, too: people like watching cricket, especially First Class cricket. You, though, are welcome to return to not paying attention.
 
2013-08-23 10:58:40 AM  
I would love one of those apartments that peak in on The Oval. How's Kennington for a neighborhood?
 
2013-08-23 10:59:11 AM  

aaronx: ShadowLAnCeR: As someone who hasn't been paying attention to this all I can say is This is still going on?!

Sorta. England won the series already, but everyone still wants to earn their participation ribbon.

Less snarkily, gate receipts are what pay for all this, so they play every match of the tour no matter what.

Also, too: people like watching cricket, especially First Class cricket. You, though, are welcome to return to not paying attention.


Also, most years a country like Australia only plays against 3-4 opponents for 10-15 tests total. So to get a large enough sample size to rank the countries and let people in different parts of the home countries see the games they play them all. For example in Australia there are 6 states spread out over a huge area, so having 5 or 6 home tests per year gives each region a chance to have a test.
 
2013-08-23 11:04:37 AM  

ShadowLAnCeR: As someone who hasn't been paying attention to this all I can say is This is still going on?!


As I understand it, the winners of the "Rose Bowl" (which is actually a place) and the "Fiesta Bowl" (which sadly isn't an actual place) will meet some time in January in a "Super" Bowl.

I can't even describe how excited I am about two teams from North America going head to head for the "World Championship" of American Football.

Gotta love that Toronto Purple Sox/ Montreal Redskins rivalry.
 
2013-08-23 11:56:53 AM  
Aussies need another wicket soon, if not a draw seems pretty unavoidable.
 
2013-08-23 12:15:41 PM  

chakas: Aussies need another wicket soon, if not a draw seems pretty unavoidable.


England certainly isn't racking up a stellar run rate...
 
2013-08-23 12:16:13 PM  
I think that if Cook deserves any criticism as captain, it's that he tends to be boring. Bell and Pietersen are both capable of huge numbers, but the way they're batting today looks like Alastair has recommended they play for a 3-0 series result.
 
2013-08-23 12:39:45 PM  

FrancoFile: chakas: Aussies need another wicket soon, if not a draw seems pretty unavoidable.

England certainly isn't racking up a stellar run rate...


jonathan_L: I think that if Cook deserves any criticism as captain, it's that he tends to be boring. Bell and Pietersen are both capable of huge numbers, but the way they're batting today looks like Alastair has recommended they play for a 3-0 series result.


Yeah. The (somewhat still) recent great Aussie sides won 16 tests in a row (twice) with a little luck from the weather, and an extremely attacking attitude in all circumstances. You might argue their teams were better, but I can't imagine Steve Waugh or Ricky Ponting taking the sort of approach Cook is here.
 
2013-08-23 12:57:41 PM  
Well there goes KP. Maybe too little too late though. Really need to role through them now to be any chance of waking this match up.
 
2013-08-23 01:53:14 PM  
Stumps at 247/4.  Sllllooooowwwww day by the Poms.
 
2013-08-23 02:03:52 PM  
Doubtful that today would have won too many new neutral fans for cricket. And if tomorrow gets washed out then the draw will basically be a formality.
 
2013-08-23 03:46:19 PM  
What the hell ever happened to Trott?

Seems like the 2010/11 England team would have beaten the hell out of this one.
 
2013-08-23 11:26:33 PM  

chakas: FrancoFile: chakas: Aussies need another wicket soon, if not a draw seems pretty unavoidable.

England certainly isn't racking up a stellar run rate...

jonathan_L: I think that if Cook deserves any criticism as captain, it's that he tends to be boring. Bell and Pietersen are both capable of huge numbers, but the way they're batting today looks like Alastair has recommended they play for a 3-0 series result.

Yeah. The (somewhat still) recent great Aussie sides won 16 tests in a row (twice) with a little luck from the weather, and an extremely attacking attitude in all circumstances. You might argue their teams were better, but I can't imagine Steve Waugh or Ricky Ponting taking the sort of approach Cook is here.


I think Cook is defensive to the point of being a bad captain. He needs to grow a pair.
 
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