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*Official* Fifth Test (The Oval, London) 27-31 July

Skipper Pup

U19 Cricketer
Yeah I remember when people had a whack at Clarke for doing roughly the same thing. Like ****, the bloke has taken 600 wickets for his country, won a **** ton of series for them, been their best bowler in this one. Let him have his moment in the sun, he's earned it. There's a real mean-spirited pettiness about these sorts of criticisms IMO.
Seems people have missed the key point I made in jumping to respond.

There's no pettiness about it, I agree he's earned to go out on his terms. The difference is here he could have announced it before the series (and given us all 5 tests to enjoy the last of him) or alternatively at any other point during the series when he realized this was it. I choose to believe this is something he's been thinking about for a while.

Instead he decided to make it public once England were on top, in the process he has taken the spotlight away from the other legends who also won't ever play another Ashes test.
 

GIMH

Norwood's on Fire
Seems people have missed the key point I made in jumping to respond.

There's no pettiness about it, I agree he's earned to go out on his terms. The difference is here he could have announced it before the series (and given us all 5 tests to enjoy the last of him) or alternatively at any other point during the series when he realized this was it. I choose to believe this is something he's been thinking about for a while.

Instead he decided to make it public once England were on top, in the process he has taken the spotlight away from the other legends who also won't ever play another Ashes test.
What a pile of drivel
 

Qlder

State Captain
Seems people have missed the key point I made in jumping to respond.

There's no pettiness about it, I agree he's earned to go out on his terms. The difference is here he could have announced it before the series (and given us all 5 tests to enjoy the last of him) or alternatively at any other point during the series when he realized this was it. I choose to believe this is something he's been thinking about for a while.

Instead he chose to make it public once England were on top, in the process he has taken the spotlight away from the other legends who won't ever play another Ashes test.
Who are you to say what a great test Bowler should do. You're worse than Halba for stupidity
 

Socerer 01

International Captain
Seems people have missed the key point I made in jumping to respond.

There's no pettiness about it, I agree he's earned to go out on his terms. The difference is here he could have announced it before the series (and given us all 5 tests to enjoy the last of him) or alternatively at any other point during the series when he realized this was it. I choose to believe this is something he's been thinking about for a while.

Instead he decided to make it public once England were on top, in the process he has taken the spotlight away from the other legends who also won't ever play another Ashes test.
who gives a ****

this isnt like Raina randomly announcing his own international retirement 30 mins after Dhoni did his when he wasn’t even in contention for any callup
 

ripper868

International Coach
Annoying mizzle is hanging around my place, interspersed with occasional heavier flourishes...I'd say it's playable if it's just this mizzly stuff, but it'll be a slow outfield and a wet ball...going to need to use the legs to get these runs.
 

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