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    Quote Originally Posted by greg View Post
    Isn't it obvious what England are doing in this innings? They are simply trying to make the Australian quick bowlers bowl as many overs as possible in the expectation that at least one, preferably Harris, will be tipped over the edge and ruled out of the next series? 115 overs to date and no end in sight.
    No need to overthink it, they're just trying to secure a draw.

    I mean someone getting injured is obviously a bonus for them but I hardly think that's their primary strategy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruckus View Post
    I mean you could kind of have said the same about Johnson, but I guess at least Starc gets most of his wickets with very good deliveries.
    Mitchell 'caught down the leg side' Starc?

    Starc seems quite hard to get after, England have struggled to put away even his filthiest deliveries all series. His filth tends to be too full rather than too short, he doesn't drop short and wide a lot the way Johnson did, which suited England really well. He's just shocking at making the batsman play. Wastes the new ball and gives the new batsmen sighters.

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    If we've scored 500 by close today (which seems unlikely given the weather, but) then for me that puts us in a situation where we can't really lose but could well sneak a win. Oz will want a win and need to go for it, couple that with them being prone to collapses and I don't think our strategy is that bad.

    That being said I think we could have taken more runs that were on offer but it was pretty good bowling from Oz, given the deck.

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    I don't think it's a bad strategy at all, but it does make for some undeniably boring cricket.


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    It was pointed out to me yesterday, rather harshly I thought although that's beside the point, that I had spent the whole of the period between 1989 and 2004 being upbeat and positive about England in the face of adversity, and that ever since 2009 all I have done is whinge about them notwithstanding all the success against Australia. As I conceded that may well make me a perverse ****, but I'm still distinctly unhappy with much of what has gone in this Test match, which is pathetic for a taem that are 3-0 with one to play

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    I presume it's raining in London?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIMH View Post
    I presume it's raining in London?
    Yep, it's grim

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    Covers are on.

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    Looking very grey where I am a few miles away - have had to flee Reading due to the plague of the great unwashed

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    Not actually raining just North of the Oval, but it's very wet and grey.
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    Cloud seeding? How low will these ****s sink :/
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    Eh

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    Given how England batted yesterday I'm surprised the rain bothered turning up.
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    Flicking in and out of Sky's coverage but I don't think we're expecting any play any time soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    It was pointed out to me yesterday, rather harshly I thought although that's beside the point, that I had spent the whole of the period between 1989 and 2004 being upbeat and positive about England in the face of adversity, and that ever since 2009 all I have done is whinge about them notwithstanding all the success against Australia. As I conceded that may well make me a perverse ****, but I'm still distinctly unhappy with much of what has gone in this Test match, which is pathetic for a taem that are 3-0 with one to play
    Yeah it's a bit ridiculous. I can't see Eng ever truly dominating if they keep up this mentality...it's like they are content with being good, but don't care for taking it to the next level.



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