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Dominant display today, great fightback from the boys, should be a pretty easy job to finish this off by lunch tomorrow

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Heck of an innings. Unless root can deliver a riposte, that will probably be a match-winning innings. Huge first session today.

 

Are we just going to pretend that the wallabies haven't been absolute garbage in the autumn internationals? No shame in losing to Eddie's England, but getting battered by Scotland is just embarrassing.

nice trolling attempt mate :)

Scotland have had a good Autumn tests.  Narrowly missed out on winning against a cheating Kiwi side and destroyed the wallabies. 

Englands result against the wallabies last week was flattering. 

Actually looking forward to the 6 nations with the way our forwards are playing.  Just need to tighten up at the back.  No doubt England will have luck on their side as usual.

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Lol, I'm cancelling both bets effective immediately.

 

Yeah, I was messing rasta. Your performance was better than England's. I would say Scotland have had the 2nd best autumn internationals of the home nations behind Ireland.

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Lol, I'm cancelling both bets effective immediately.

 

Yeah, I was messing rasta. Your performance was better than England's. I would say Scotland have had the 2nd best autumn internationals of the home nations behind Ireland.

I dunno -Wales have exceeded all expectation. ..

England ducked NZ

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I dunno -Wales have exceeded all expectation. ..

England ducked NZ

Wales lost to both Australia and nz. They've definitely had a worse series than England/Scotland. We were garbage against Argentina which is why I'd give you the nod.

 

Ireland always look awesome this time of year though because they don't play much rugby. They basically beat knackered opponents. Don't think they'll be so good in the 6 nations.

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Wales lost to both Australia and nz. They've definitely had a worse series than England/Scotland. We were garbage against Argentina which is why I'd give you the nod.

 

Ireland always look awesome this time of year though because they don't play much rugby. They basically beat knackered opponents. Don't think they'll be so good in the 6 nations.

I was joking about Wales :P they got royally pumped.  which makes me happy as I have Jonathon davies, his pish commentating and whiney voice....

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I was joking about Wales :P they got royally pumped. which makes me happy as I have Jonathon davies, his pish commentating and whiney voice....

perfect example of Jiffy being a fook knuckle. AB's get penalised, Barnes says 'you were fine, Sam(Cane), the other player wasnt', Jiffy 'Sam Cane got away with one there, he should've got carded for that'

 

Me:STFU, Jiffy

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nobody wants to help me out here  alright then screw you guys ill go find some other dumb sport to get into

You can google it as easy as anyone else.

 

We just won the first test of the ashes btw

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i tried to but it says pakistan isnt even playing in this ashes tournament.   you know what? to hell with you guys. you better not let me catch you stepping foot in my mens badminton thread. im not going to tell you when the next big uzbekistan game is on, or who you should be chearing for, so dont even ask.   youre all on your own now. 

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i tried to but it says pakistan isnt even playing in this ashes tournament.   you know what? to hell with you guys. you better not let me catch you stepping foot in my mens badminton thread. im not going to tell you when the next big uzbekistan game is on, or who you should be chearing for, so dont even ask.   youre all on your own now.

 

Pakistan never plays in the ashes because its a tournament between Australia and England.

 

They will be playing someone soon though so you can still get your team Pakistan fix

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Pakistan never plays in the ashes because its a tournament between Australia and England.

 

They will be playing someone soon though so you can still get your team Pakistan fix

 

 

**** that i was stoked for ashes cricket for ps4 but now i dont even want the stupid game any more.

 

no pakistan = no buy.   i'm off to go play Badminton League instead.

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http://www.newindianexpress.com/sport/other/2017/oct/31/tamil-nadu-gives-green-light-for-pro-badminton-league-final-in-chennai-1687663.html

 

Tamil Nadu gives green light for Pro Badminton League final in Chennai

 

By Swaroop Swaminathan | Express News Service | Published: 31st October 2017 08:03 AM |

CHENNAI: Even as one racquet sport leaves the city, another one is coming to Chennai. The Chennai Open may have found a new name and a new home from next year and the same can be said for the Pro Badminton League (PBL) — which will finally come to the city after two near misses.

The semifinals and final of the upcoming edition of the franchise league will indeed be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium (it recently hosted the Pro Kabaddi League), a Chennai Smashers source confirmed to Express.

The venue was penciled in to host the knockout stages when PBL organisers unveiled the new season in August but they were yet to formally receive an in-principle approval from the State government. That point had, internally, raised a few red flags as the Smashers had never played at their home. In the first two seasons (2016 and 2017), they were forced to play their home matches in other states because of one reason or another. This time, though, PV Sindhu & Co, if they do qualify for the semifinals, will get to play in front of their home crowd.

“We did get the approval (from the concerned authorities) around 25 days ago,” the source added. The 2018 edition begins on December 23 and culminates with the final on January 14.

While two new franchises have joined the fold — Guwahati and Ahmedabad — only four of the eight cities (Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai) will host matches this year. Smashers host the final on account of them being the defending champions.

At the recently held closed-door auctions, HS Prannoy and Kidambi Srikanth emerged as the costliest buys. While Prannoy was picked up by Ahmedabad Smash Masters for Rs 62 lakh, Awadhe Warriors bought Srikanth for Rs 56.1 lakh.

 

 

 

this is HUGE!

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Congrats Aussies.  Given your record at the Gabba I'm not remotely surprised we lost.  Took some encouragement from the fact we were right in it after first innings; a bit of a worry that we basically gave up and didn't seem to fight for it.

 

Still plenty to play for, but our attack is looking as toothless as expected when there's not much lateral movement.  We don't have many options either, unless the mighty Stokes can get himself out there.  We are definitely missing him.

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FREE BEN STOKES!!

 

I blame myself. Stayed up to 6AM watching the fights/cricket. Had you 310/7. Thought we might skittle you for <350 when I went to bed.

Personally I think he should be there but it is what it is. 

 

Cook and Stoneman are off to a good start so far, but its getting darker and 442 is monstrous chase to have over your head

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Personally I think he should be there but it is what it is.

 

Cook and Stoneman are off to a good start so far, but its getting darker and 442 is monstrous chase to have over your head

Yeah...innocent until proven guilty and all that jazz.

 

They've been solid...but we need to have 4 consecutive good sessions. You only need one and the cracks will show. Wouldn't surprise me if we follow on.

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That was a top game. ;)

jeeeezus more intense than I can remember any SOA from the last few years at least!

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I feel I'm betraying my northern routes by saying this but I've got no time for rugby league. Too much like American football. Only but of the wc I watched was the last 5 minutes of the tonga game...incredible.

 

Congrats though mates.

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Smh.  England finally start playing on day 3.  52/4 looks like a decent effort until you realise it's basically 268/4.  There's a lot of hoo-ha about Smithy not enforcing the follow-on, but when you guys win by 200+ runs tomorrow it won't look like a bad idea.

 

Meanwhile Stokes scored 2 and went 0-26 off his 4 overs in his come back game.  No sure he's he answer to our problems!

 

Suspect you'll bat for a couple of sessions and declare before the evening session with a lead of 400+.  This one's done.

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I was gonna go tonight but I got home and crashed hard and just saw the score. thank fook I chose to nap instead LOL I'd be uber rustled watching that chit

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3 reviews all going in our favour....Root given out, successfully reviews.  Malan given not out twice; Smithy unsuccessfully reviews twice.  Is there a bit of desperation creeping in?  Dare we believe?

 

The answer to that question is a resounding no.  This is English cricket.  We'll be all out for less than 200, but it's been fun while it lasted.

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well England's Rooted.

 

 

Bubba double or nothing for whitewash? 2 months name or forever Bubba? until next time at least

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Good fightback from England, turned what could have been a snoozefest into something far more entertaining.

Nearly one for the record books

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Good day's cricket that.

 

Session with the new ball was crucial.  One wicket would have been honours even, two advantage Australia, but surviving those 9 overs and putting on 50 odd runs makes that England's day I think.  Great to see Malan knuckle down and get his first century.

 

Big first hour tomorrow morning.  If Johnny and Malan keep their wicket we should be able to threaten the 500 mark.  Early wickets and we'll be in danger of falling for <400.

 

Game on.

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Good day's cricket that.

 

Session with the new ball was crucial. One wicket would have been honours even, two advantage Australia, but surviving those 9 overs and putting on 50 odd runs makes that England's day I think. Great to see Malan knuckle down and get his first century.

 

Big first hour tomorrow morning. If Johnny and Malan keep their wicket we should be able to threaten the 500 mark. Early wickets and we'll be in danger of falling for <400.

 

Game on.

lol it will be 3for by 1pm

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What does that even mean?

Australia are gonna be 3 down by 1pm tomorrow? That'll mean a bad collapse and the mini collapse by the aussies. I can't see it happening tbh

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Australia are gonna be 3 down by 1pm tomorrow? That'll mean a bad collapse and the mini collapse by the aussies. I can't see it happening tbh

It almost made me think Oz is a casual who didn't even realise what the actual score was.

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Top notch performances from Bairstow and Malan, set England up well before we got the breakthrough. Moving Bairstow up the order was a smart move.

Smith looking brilliant, if we can dig in tomorrow it will be anyones game, but Im hearing talk of rain on Sunday and Monday so I'm going out on a limb to say draw lol

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Top notch performances from Bairstow and Malan, set England up well before we got the breakthrough. Moving Bairstow up the order was a smart move.

Smith looking brilliant, if we can dig in tomorrow it will be anyones game, but Im hearing talk of rain on Sunday and Monday so I'm going out on a limb to say draw lol

Yeah, two great centuries, but that collapse....370 for 4 to 400 all out is poor.  If even one of Ali, Woakes or Broad had knuckled down a bit we could have threatened 500.

 

Smithy is just too good against our fairly predictable attack.  FREE BEN STOKES!!

I make you favourites now.  You'll post 500; we'll be all out for 200 and you'll knock off the winning runs with 4 overs to spare.

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Yeah, two great centuries, but that collapse....370 for 4 to 400 all out is poor.  If even one of Ali, Woakes or Broad had knuckled down a bit we could have threatened 500.

 

Smithy is just too good against our fairly predictable attack.  FREE BEN STOKES!!

I make you favourites now.  You'll post 500; we'll be all out for 200 and you'll knock off the winning runs with 4 overs to spare.

Being honest your tail end has been particularly poor this tour, making the Bairstow move gives you a lot more room to breathe with a credible partnership.

 

Marsh is going to need another big innings tomorrow, if he can support Smith and chip away we'll be well on our way.

 

Saw Stokes just had a good game, who knows mate, he might just get roped in yet lol.

 

Anyway its game on!

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Being honest your tail end has been particularly poor this tour, making the Bairstow move gives you a lot more room to breathe with a credible partnership.

 

Marsh is going to need another big innings tomorrow, if he can support Smith and chip away we'll be well on our way.

 

Saw Stokes just had a good game, who knows mate, he might just get roped in yet lol.

 

Anyway its game on!

Yeah, it's frustrating; at the end of the summer, our tail was statistically the world's strongest by a country mile.  Ali's form worries me; if he's not scoring runs he's just a passenger because he will not get many wickets.

 

Just been watching the highlights.  Hard to single out a guy who got 140....but Malan's wicket to Lyons was soft as they come, and sparked the collapse.  Heads were down at that point; had him and Bairstow batted to lunch could have posted a huge total.

 

Like you say, game on.  First day belonged to England, second day to yourselves....whoever wins day 3 should win the test.

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Massive day for Smithy and Marsh, just not the Marsh I thought it would be. 

 

Momentum has shifted completely for us, England looking like they have no answers.

 

If the weather holds we have the urn.

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Massive day for Smithy and Marsh, just not the Marsh I thought it would be.

 

Momentum has shifted completely for us, England looking like they have no answers.

 

If the weather holds we have the urn.

Same old garbage....if it doesn't swing, we don't have the pace to trouble a set batsman. Smithy too good, England bowlers toothless.

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Same old garbage....if it doesn't swing, we don't have the pace to trouble a set batsman. Smithy too good, England bowlers toothless.

Yeah, its fair to say that your attack has the skill, but not he pace to match us. Like you said if the ball swings you can do the damage.

 

Ali should have been dropped, finger injury has crippled him, hes not playing up to standard with bat or ball.

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just reading the bbc coverage from earlier and this comment made me lol

 

Shot! Mitch Marsh steps onto a short ball from Stuart Broad and sends his figures past the 0-100 mark.

And another! Four more to Marsh, now batting like Gilchrist, Botham or Flintoff. He wasn't even the best batsman in his house this morning. Now he's carting England from pillar to post.

He could well overtake Steve Smith soon...

 

lol

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Yeah, its fair to say that your attack has the skill, but not he pace to match us. Like you said if the ball swings you can do the damage.

 

Ali should have been dropped, finger injury has crippled him, hes not playing up to standard with bat or ball.

Yeah, Jimmy and broad can bowl the ball on a sixpence but there's no good place to bowl at 80 mph when the ball isn't doing anything.

 

Fair play to Smithy and Marsh though...it wasn't doing much when Malan and Bairstow were set but they didn't give their wickets away. Tremendous concentration.

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just reading the bbc coverage from earlier and this comment made me lol

Shot! Mitch Marsh steps onto a short ball from Stuart Broad and sends his figures past the 0-100 mark.

And another! Four more to Marsh, now batting like Gilchrist, Botham or Flintoff. He wasn't even the best batsman in his house this morning. Now he's carting England from pillar to post.

He could well overtake Steve Smith soon...

lol

Lol. Reminds me of that classic sledge when mark waugh was taking the piss out of someone and they replied "at least I'm the best player in my family"

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Just read a piece on Smudger's past 4 years. He's got the highest average over 4 years of anyone not called Don, more centuries than anyone...he's reached 22 centuries 3rd quickest (quicker by 2 tests than Tendulkar) and is only the 4th player to score 1000 test runs 4 years running.

 

Funny thing...I remember when he debuted he was meant to be the next Shane Warne until it was obvious he couldn't really bowl. In the series when Cooke scored a million runs I remember Ponting defending his selection by basically saying he was a good fielder and entertained the rest of the players. Some English paper labeled him a specialist joker.

 

Question is....is he the greatest batsman of the modern era (let's say 1990 onwards)? Other notables would be Ponting, Tendulkar, Kallis, Gooch, Pietersen, Hayden, Waugh, Lara, maybe Amla. Can't be bothered to look up the stats but there's a strong case for him being right up there. For me the best of that lot is Lara, for his elegance and ability to make huuuuggggeee scores but Smith is probably a clear second.

 

Thoughts?

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Just read a piece on Smudger's past 4 years. He's got the highest average over 4 years of anyone not called Don, more centuries than anyone...he's reached 22 centuries 3rd quickest (quicker by 2 tests than Tendulkar) and is only the 4th player to score 1000 test runs 4 years running.

 

Funny thing...I remember when he debuted he was meant to be the next Shane Warne until it was obvious he couldn't really bowl. In the series when Cooke scored a million runs I remember Ponting defending his selection by basically saying he was a good fielder and entertained the rest of the players. Some English paper labeled him a specialist joker.

 

Question is....is he the greatest batsman of the modern era (let's say 1990 onwards)? Other notables would be Ponting, Tendulkar, Kallis, Gooch, Pietersen, Hayden, Waugh, Lara, maybe Amla. Can't be bothered to look up the stats but there's a strong case for him being right up there. For me the best of that lot is Lara, for his elegance and ability to make huuuuggggeee scores but Smith is probably a clear second.

 

Thoughts?

Yeah Smiths evolution over his test career has been nothing short of extraordinary, started as a leggy who wasnt very good and became captain of the team and a record breaking test batsman comparable to the all time greats. And he's just hitting his prime.

 

His technique is unorthodox but effective, he can play a wide variety of shots and has patience and mental fortitude, but he does have a weakness against the swinging ball, if he can work on that hes pretty much complete.

 

He and Kohli are the two most exciting players in test cricket today imo, and honestly if Smith continues at the rate he is going now he will be unquestionably the best since The Don, hes young, hungry and fit and has the drive to succeed.

 

Out of the other notable greats Ill always admire Tendulkar and Ponting, both one in a million players.

 

Some of Laras scores were ridiculous lol

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