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Do not get carried away with this England side, if Harris had played the first test we may well have lost it, and the rain saved us at Manchester you might say, so what would have been the series score then.

 

Neither side are playing well, England are maybe a tad better, not much, we maybe have 4 or five players with any kind of form.

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Do not get carried away with this England side, if Harris had played the first test we may well have lost it, and the rain saved us at Manchester you might say, so what would have been the series score then.

 

Neither side are playing well, England are maybe a tad better, not much, we maybe have 4 or five players with any kind of form.

 

Boooooooooooooooooooo :lol:

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Laws are that the umpires have to go with the light meter.

 

Must gave been disappointing for the fans who were there, but the booing of Clarke was unacceptable. If it hadn't rained, Australia would probably have won. Clarke did the only thing he could have done to make the last day's play exciting. The umpires were similarly blameless.

 

An exciting draw was probably the best outcome in the spirit of justice.

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Justice?

Yeah. Until the last day, England did nothing to try to win or to entertain the crowd. Australia made the running throughout and were thwarted by the weather. Over the course of the summer they weren't far behind England. England wasted enough time in this test and by their own admission they would have been on to the umpires about the light if the boot had been on the other foot.

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Yeah. Until the last day, England did nothing to try to win or to entertain the crowd. Australia made the running throughout and were thwarted by the weather. Over the course of the summer they weren't far behind England. England wasted enough time in this test and by their own admission they would have been on to the umpires about the light if the boot had been on the other foot.

oh sorry, I thought you were talking about the reason they were Australian.

My bad.

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Laws are that the umpires have to go with the light meter.

 

Must gave been disappointing for the fans who were there, but the booing of Clarke was unacceptable. If it hadn't rained, Australia would probably have won. Clarke did the only thing he could have done to make the last day's play exciting. The umpires were similarly blameless.

 

An exciting draw was probably the best outcome in the spirit of justice.

It was a shame all around that those last few overs weren't played. The rain ruined the match for a fantastic crowd, and thankfully Clarke decided to give it a go. Even if Australia lost it would have been better for the game to play it's course, but oh well. They really need to do something about the rules with low light.

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Our bowling is fine. Broad and Anderson have been terrific as usual with Bresnan, Swann and even Root there to pick up the rest of the wickets. We have an abundance of options with Finn and Onions too.

 

However with regards to batting we have a lot of improvements to make otherwise I can't see us getting anything better than a series draw in Australia. Cook's been poor as an opening batsmen but he is a great captain so in a way it's a price we're willing to pay. Pieterson seems to have a season ticket in the squad despite not having a great series. There are others such as James Taylor who could take his place. Maybe Bopara even deserves a chance in the Test squad.

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Our bowling is fine. Broad and Anderson have been terrific as usual with Bresnan, Swann and even Root there to pick up the rest of the wickets. We have an abundance of options with Finn and Onions too.

 

However with regards to batting we have a lot of improvements to make otherwise I can't see us getting anything better than a series draw in Australia. Cook's been poor as an opening batsmen but he is a great captain so in a way it's a price we're willing to pay. Pieterson seems to have a season ticket in the squad despite not having a great series. There are others such as James Taylor who could take his place. Maybe Bopara even deserves a chance in the Test squad.

 

Pietersen had the second best average of the england batting (excluding Woakes cameo), got 1 hundred and 3 fifties, not sure why he would be dropped IMO only of course :-)

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Have been a bit underwhelmed by the series in truth. Had some great moments but wont go down in history as a classic. England were fortunate to have won 3-0 it could easily have been 3-2 or even 2-2.

However, some of our bowling was outstanding and Bell showed his quality and determination when it mattered most. The underachieving batsmen like Cook, Trott and Prior will hit form at some point, hopefully they can repeat their form from the last tour in australia. Root is a quality player and needs persevering with. The no.6 position is a concern. Bairstow is a good player but struggled at times, dont understand the point in dropping him for the 5th test, could have been the perfect opportunity for him to find some runs.

I knew the aussies wouldn't be as bad as the media made out. Despite the loss they finished the series strongly and will go into the home series confident and believing they can challenge.

Like England i can't be arsed with the limited overs stuff now. Massive anti climax, really dont see the point.

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