Cricketer Of The Year
JFC Scaley, you seriously are dire at the best of times but this is quite possibly the worst post you've ever made.........I can smell the salt and vinegar on that chip on your shoulder from here FFS.The ICC rule that you're not allowed fresh pitches for a semi final is utterly farcical - do they want attractive cricket for the biggest games, or do they want arguably the best all-rounder in the world to be scoring 30odd off 60odd balls and unable to hit a single boundary? That'll spread the game won't it.
I'm not surprised the ECB decided to go with the useless ovine botherers as one of the three grounds, despite every other Test (or suspended Test) ground being a cut above. Without England playing there it is empty and devoid of atmosphere. Playing at the Ashes-stealing venue is a sure way to provide as little home advantage as possible as it is never a quick pitch conducive to high quality cricket, and at its worst it's a horrible tired dog of a wicket, as England found out yesterday. But they should have known to expect that, because the Ashes-stealing venue is consistently and predictably ****e.
Every breath in your post there is about the North East..........get over your ****ing self, it's boring and it''s wrong. I'm not even going to get into the second paragraph of your diatribe.........but as for the first, Ben Stokes had a bad day at the office, nothing to do with the wicket........he'll score runs and take wickets on far worse. Just because he is arguably the best allrounder in the world doesn't entitle him to 100 off 60 balls and a 5 fer every game. I love him as much as the next England supporter but he's not Bradman and Marshals love child FFS.......the bloke has had great games and some ****ing **** games, that is not going change over night.