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The Cricket Thread

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The Cricket Thread (Sponsored and loved by the Banned Bully & the Norwegian Hobbit)

Worthy of a separate thread for me. This is the ultimate series, and I love a bit of convict bashing. Lets have it all in here.
 

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The heady days of the E&S forum in 2005, followed by its own specialist forum, followed by this place, followed by this thread. Quite the journey.

Word is that Finn will get the nod for the third seamer spot. I have absolutely no idea what Australia are planning as they have picked a squad full of not very good openers and fast bowlers who are good but break all the time.
 

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That 2005 thread was on new mol mix I think. As I contributed to it, it must have been. Wonderful series, was it jinky who went to old Trafford for day five and couldn't get in as the gates shut at stupid o'clock?

Just such an amazingly tight and exciting summer.
 

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The E&S shut mid-series - middle of July I think. I'm sure I was still posting on there at the time of the Edgbaston Test.
 

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Yes. That makes sense. So I joined in on the new site halfway through. 'twas mobnet locked out I think
 

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Finn should be starting. The ground will be rock hard and the extra bounce he will get will cause the Aussies major trouble
 

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Can't wait for tomorrow, hopefully Finn gets the nod even though he hasn't been great recently he's better than Bresnan.
 

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The argument for Bresnan would be 1) lengthens the batting and 2) can be trusted to bowl economically with the old ball should Australia win the toss, bat and bat long.

1) is a non-argument for me, we shouldn't need that, but I can see the merits in 2).
 

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I just wish we still had jones the bowl. Equally I am glad we don't have to rely on jones the glove any more. Duckhams was fooking rancid.
 

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Which side is better, do you reckon?

Trescothick
Strauss
Vaughan
Bell
Pietersen
Flintoff
G Jones
Giles
Hoggard
Harmison
S Jones

vs

Cook
Root
Trott
Pietersen
Bell
Bairstow
Prior
Broad
Swann
Anderson
Finn
 

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God that is tough!

Prior better than duckhams. Anderson better than hoggard. Harmison v Finn a toss up. The batting line up is incredibly tough.
 

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Pietersen 2013 is better in my book than Pietersen 2005, but a different player.

Bell 2013 is miles better than Bell 2005.

Swann is obviously better than dear old Gilo.

I think I'd take the current team, though the 2005 outfit was more explosive with both bat and ball on its day.
 

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I want trescothick in there for root.

Or Marcus for Bairstow and Root to six.

I wouldn't have Flintoff in a composite team, as odd as that sounds.

Incidentally Trescothick has made four successive ducks for Somerset!
 

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I'd agree with that, the current team won't be scoring 400 in a day and we also won't ever have that satisfaction of getting the runs against the likes of Warne and McGrath but it is a better overall team.
 

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Tres
Cook
Trott
Vaughan
Pietersen
Root
Prior
Swann
Anderson
Jones
Harmison

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It's actually quite embarrassing for Australia if you do the same thing.

Hayden
Langer
Ponting
Martyn
Clarke
Katich
Gilchrist
Gillespie
Warne
Lee
McGrath

vs

Watson
Rogers
Cowan
Khawaja (?)
Clarke
Warner (?)
Haddin
Siddle
Starc
Pattinson
Lyon
 
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