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    My, my looks like Bangladesh are going to beat South Africa, bit of a surprise there surely?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Window Cleaner View Post
    My, my looks like Bangladesh are going to beat South Africa, bit of a surprise there surely?
    Yes, SA batted OK but bowled horribly, was a used pitch where cutters were more useful than the volume of bouncers we have seen so far although with short balls as a variation. Bangladeshís spinners bowled a bit quicker and made the ball grip off the surface. Shakir was quality.

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    We won't be winning this today, at this rate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabbage_Face View Post
    We won't be winning this today, at this rate.
    We'll see, although it looks like bumper warfare might not have worked so well this time.

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    Fielded like morons, batted worse.

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    Buttler gone. Not good

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    Quote Originally Posted by whelk View Post
    Buttler gone. Not good
    Total looked pretty gettable actually but with the 2 early wickets it was always going to be a big ask.

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    South Africa look as if they could be up against it again today. Both openers gone already with just 24 on the board. Is Markram just dropped or has he some sort of injury? Would have thought he'd be among the first on their list with the match being at the Aegeas and all.

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    Going to post a decent total on this ground

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    It is now 5 times in the tournament that the stumps have been hit by the ball but the bails have not come off. The David Warner one today was ridiculous, but the 'best' one was Chris Gayle being given out caught behind against Australia, only for the decision to be overturned on review because the ball hit the off stump rather than the edge of his bat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badgerx16 View Post
    It is now 5 times in the tournament that the stumps have been hit by the ball but the bails have not come off. The David Warner one today was ridiculous, but the 'best' one was Chris Gayle being given out caught behind against Australia, only for the decision to be overturned on review because the ball hit the off stump rather than the edge of his bat.
    Was just watching the ladies against the windies - ball hits off stump 2 thirds of the way up and the bails stay on? Ok the spinner was on but Not one bit of movement - surely the cricketing authorities cannot let it continue.

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    Not much of a contest today. Despite England having two of their top batsmen injured and the WIndies supposedly having such a ferocious attack, England are strolling to an easy victory and the only concern is if it'll all be over before Root brings up his ton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norwaysaint View Post
    Not much of a contest today. Despite England having two of their top batsmen injured and the WIndies supposedly having such a ferocious attack, England are strolling to an easy victory and the only concern is if it'll all be over before Root brings up his ton.
    Root is the first English batsman to score 3 centuries in World Cup matches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norwaysaint View Post
    Not much of a contest today. Despite England having two of their top batsmen injured and the WIndies supposedly having such a ferocious attack, England are strolling to an easy victory and the only concern is if it'll all be over before Root brings up his ton.

    A fair few of these matches aren't really contests. Sri Lanka looked to have Australia under control today but the Aussies are just showing that they can up the rate whenever they want with their top order. They'll make about 330 no doubt and bowl Sri Lanka out for about 260. England, Australia,New Zealand, India for the semis. Might as well cut to the chase and start on best of 3 semis .

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    James Vince yet again flatters to deceive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badgerx16 View Post
    James Vince yet again flatters to deceive.
    Ah but pulling and not driving this time. Bloke needs to watch hours and hours of Chris Smith videos if he really wants to be an opener. I'd say Bazza and Gordon but they weren't always that disciplined but they had talent that no coaching could ever instill.

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    Never thought we’d have a nail biting last ball.

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    I can't believe after that innings, I'm left a little disappointed and that they came up short...

    I don't think I heard them mention it, but he scored over a hundred runs just in sixes. That's an insane first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norwaysaint View Post
    I can't believe after that innings, I'm left a little disappointed and that they came up short...

    I don't think I heard them mention it, but he scored over a hundred runs just in sixes. That's an insane first.
    Just proving that there's no place for sides like Afghanistan in the final stages of a world cup. Need to have yet another sub-tournament before the final round robin stage, think they do that for some olympic events, basketball etc. 8 teams is quite enough.
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    Hope this weather doesn’t make it to Manchester before we bowl them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Window Cleaner View Post
    Just proving that there's no place for sides like Afghanistan in the final stages of a world cup. Need to have yet another sub-tournament before the final round robin stage, think they do that for some olympic events, basketball etc. 8 teams is quite enough.
    To be fair, if it wasn't for England's total, they're putting on a pretty good batting display.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jawillwill View Post
    To be fair, if it wasn't for England's total, they're putting on a pretty good batting display.

    260 on that wicket is poor.. That's why England made just shy of 400. You'll not win many WC matches with 260, and they might not even make that.

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    Also worth pointing out that Afghanistan have the number three rated ODI bowler in the world, who had a VERY bad day today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Window Cleaner View Post
    Just proving that there's no place for sides like Afghanistan in the final stages of a world cup. Need to have yet another sub-tournament before the final round robin stage, think they do that for some olympic events, basketball etc. 8 teams is quite enough.
    I disagree- one of the annoying things about this format for me is that there are only 10 teams- kind of puts to shame the notion of a 'World Cup'.

    I would have liked to have seen 14 teams with 2 groups of 7 like before- cricket shouldn't be a closed shop and Afghanistan did okay considering we have one of the best bowling attacks in the world. I do hope Bangladesh can make it into the top 4 at the expense of Australia- can't stand those cheating Aussies and be good to mix things up in the world of Cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nta786 View Post
    I disagree- one of the annoying things about this format for me is that there are only 10 teams- kind of puts to shame the notion of a 'World Cup'.

    I would have liked to have seen 14 teams with 2 groups of 7 like before- cricket shouldn't be a closed shop and Afghanistan did okay considering we have one of the best bowling attacks in the world. I do hope Bangladesh can make it into the top 4 at the expense of Australia- can't stand those cheating Aussies and be good to mix things up in the world of Cricket.

    T'is true. World Cup is misleading. They should call it the British Empire (Former and Present Members) Cup.

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    Every team playing every other team is both the fairest and the most ridiculous thing I've seen.

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    SA v NZ the best game so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LGTL View Post
    SA v NZ the best game so far.

    Apparently Williamson should have been given out on 76, might have made all the difference. Still it's up to SA to review it I suppose and they didn't.

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    The Aussies are going to hit top form as this competition goes on. You really couldn't call this between the top 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norwaysaint View Post
    The Aussies are going to hit top form as this competition goes on. You really couldn't call this between the top 4.
    Some of these games are just batting practice for them. If Maxwell hadn't been run out they'd have probably easily made 400 today.

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    Pretty clear that the top 4 will be England India NZ and Australia. All becoming a bit pointless until the semi final stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LGTL View Post
    Pretty clear that the top 4 will be England India NZ and Australia. All becoming a bit pointless until the semi final stage.
    yes games are now practically dead rubbers with no genuine incentive for topping the group.

    in effect England's last three games against Australia, India and NZ are like warm ups before the knockouts.

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    Ahh! Thought Stokes was going to do it there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nta786 View Post
    yes games are now practically dead rubbers with no genuine incentive for topping the group.

    in effect England's last three games against Australia, India and NZ are like warm ups before the knockouts.
    Ok so if England lose their next game to Australia, and Sri Lanka beat South Africa & Bangladesh beat Afghanistan, the England & Sri Lanka are level on points and Bangladesh are 1 point behind....then we have India.

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    England have not beaten any of Australia, NZ, or India in World Cup matches since 1992.

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    Well I may be wrong now with the way Afghans are bowling thus far!

    Is a competitive world cup back on after England’s horror show yesterday, and now potentially the Indian’s today

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    Quote Originally Posted by nta786 View Post
    Well I may be wrong now with the way Afghans are bowling thus far!

    Is a competitive world cup back on after Englandís horror show yesterday, and now potentially the Indianís today
    Afghanistan will probably be all out for 97. Good effort though.

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    England are back then.

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    You just know we’re going to be 45-2 in reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lighthouse View Post
    You just know we’re going to be 45-2 in reply.
    You wish !
    It's about time Vince's international career was put out of it's misery.

    England at risk of not making the final 4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badgerx16 View Post
    You wish !
    It's about time Vince's international career was put out of it's misery.

    England at risk of not making the final 4.
    I wasn’t including Vince in those wickets, that’s already a given.

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    We are terrible. How are we no 1?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabbage_Face View Post
    We are terrible. How are we no 1?
    Because we can beat everybody, when it doesn't matter.

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    well angry right now with this display urrgh

    The saving grace is Bangladesh have India to play which I'd like to think is an easy India win, but trust us to blow the race wide open again just when it all looked settled.

    SL and PAK also looking up too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabbage_Face View Post
    We are terrible. How are we no 1?
    Because our team is very good, but sadly, like most England teams, not under pressure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norwaysaint View Post
    Because our team is very good, but sadly, like most England teams, not under pressure.
    Over rated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nta786 View Post
    yes games are now practically dead rubbers with no genuine incentive for topping the group.

    in effect England's last three games against Australia, India and NZ are like warm ups before the knockouts.
    Love this. Got the lottery numbers?..yeah?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabbage_Face View Post
    Over rated.
    Agreed, because that ability to function under pressure, that mental strength, is vital. We don't have it. We have powerful hitters and decent bowlers, but we don't have that grit you see in the aussies.

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    Disgrace with the bat again bar Stokes who is the only one seemingly really trying. Vince is simply not an international level cricketer, even with a nice cover drive. The only saving grace is Roy, who can play at the highest level against proper fast bowling, is back hopefully for the last two games to do a man’s job. You can’t trust a boy to do it. The stance with Hales looks more than a bit OTT now.

    Root and Morgan need to step up and rapidly. Practice and more practice. If Morgan’s back is an issue, do the decent thing for the team and step back. Buttler needs to get his finger out as well and play the conditions and opposition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saint1977 View Post
    Disgrace with the bat again bar Stokes who is the only one seemingly really trying. Vince is simply not an international level cricketer, even with a nice cover drive. The only saving grace is Roy, who can play at the highest level against proper fast bowling, is back hopefully for the last two games to do a man’s job. You can’t trust a boy to do it. The stance with Hales looks more than a bit OTT now.

    Root and Morgan need to step up and rapidly. Practice and more practice. If Morgan’s back is an issue, do the decent thing for the team and step back. Buttler needs to get his finger out as well and play the conditions and opposition.
    Vince may well be an international cricketer but he's just not an opener at that level in any form of cricket. But as England are short an opener they keep giving him a chance there. He'd probably be OK at 4'ish but that place is already taken.

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