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well what a start to the 1st day of the  The ashes 1st Test at the Gabba

on a very green wicket and over cast day   with England winning the toss  that a wicket is looking to suit the bowlers
boy has it  proved a wrong choice from Joe root to elect to bat

Burns 1st ball duck  on the 1st ball of the innings
milan not making much more
vital wicket of Joe Root very cheaply  for a quacker
stokes   making 5 which was another vital wicket

I think this could be an interesting game 

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3 hours ago, kmar92 said:

Did not understand Root's choice to bat 1st. Also I do not understand them leaving out Broad and Anderson on this wicket.

 

Great start by Australia!!

Cummins if he had of won the toss was going to send england into bat  , but thats was a great toss of the coin  to lose


All out for 147   and rain delay's   and are just about to come on  to the ground so warner and harris will have to put up with an hour or so of play where they can destroy the new ball on a wet field

 

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England have put themselves on the back foot before a ball was bowled with silly decisions. My old man being a devout English cricket supporter is livid.

Only rain will save  England in this first Test. If we win, i can see a white wash on the cards.

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4 hours ago, ozdevil said:

Cummins if he had of won the toss was going to send england into bat  , but thats was a great toss of the coin  to lose


All out for 147   and rain delay's   and are just about to come on  to the ground so warner and harris will have to put up with an hour or so of play where they can destroy the new ball on a wet field

 

147 is a perfect score for England.

What?  It's Cricket?  Not the Snooker?

Oh bugger.

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4 hours ago, Aussiekraut said:

Why do they all it the ashes?

Because I'd rather be cremated than watch cricket for days on end 😂😂😂

SCNR

 

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Ashes, symbol of victory in the usually biennial cricket Test (international) match series between select national teams of England and Australia, first staged in 1877. Its name stems from an epitaph published in 1882 after the Australian team had won its first victory over England in England, at the Oval, London. The epitaph lamented that English cricket was dead and that its body would be cremated and the ashes sent to Australia. The following year an urn containing the ashes of a wicket bail was presented to the captain of the touring English team in Australia. The urn is now kept at Lord’s Cricket Ground, headquarters of the Marylebone Cricket Club, long the foremost British club.

i  cant sit down and watch every ball being bowled   but  its not to bad in dribs and drabs 

in ways  20/20  cricket has ruined test match in ways ,    as test matches is about endurance and not about slogging  
and protecting your wicket as long as you can in test match.

once a pon a time a test match was like 8 day  some even say a test match was until you completely bowled out the oppisition twice or won th the match..

just the same though   watching every ball is something i cant do, i once wouldnt miss a ball..

but each to their own with cricket

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4 hours ago, ozdevil said:

i  cant sit down and watch every ball being bowled   but  its not to bad in dribs and drabs 

in ways  20/20  cricket has ruined test match in ways ,    as test matches is about endurance and not about slogging  
and protecting your wicket as long as you can in test match.

once a pon a time a test match was like 8 day  some even say a test match was until you completely bowled out the oppisition twice or won th the match..

just the same though   watching every ball is something i cant do, i once wouldnt miss a ball..

but each to their own with cricket

All good mate. Some people like Cricket and some thought WWI was a neat idea 🙂 

I'm just a bit of a stirrer. 

I'm a little disillusioned with sports on telly, since all we hear is the Harvey-Norman score board or the Keno replay. Maybe we can have the VB try line, the Toyota goal posts etc? I'm just so sick of all this commercialisation that I don't want to watch ANY sport on TV anymore. 

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1 hour ago, Aussiekraut said:

All good mate. Some people like Cricket and some thought WWI was a neat idea 🙂 

I'm just a bit of a stirrer. 

I'm a little disillusioned with sports on telly, since all we hear is the Harvey-Norman score board or the Keno replay. Maybe we can have the VB try line, the Toyota goal posts etc? I'm just so sick of all this commercialisation that I don't want to watch ANY sport on TV anymore. 

I totally agree even the News is a waste of time - 8 minutes of news & then they cr... on about sport/weather & I get bored & move on. It is all about money & product branding.

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7 hours ago, Aussiekraut said:

All good mate. Some people like Cricket and some thought WWI was a neat idea 🙂 

I'm just a bit of a stirrer. 

I'm a little disillusioned with sports on telly, since all we hear is the Harvey-Norman score board or the Keno replay. Maybe we can have the VB try line, the Toyota goal posts etc? I'm just so sick of all this commercialisation that I don't want to watch ANY sport on TV anymore. 

That crap annoys me too but you don't get it on the test broadcast, at least not on 7. Maybe Fox does it. They do it with the big bash though, or used to. I rarely watch that because it's not cricket to me. 

It's the same reason if I have it on the radio I go with the ABC grandstand instead of SEN. They're better commentators anyway but they obviously don't do all that sponsor nonsense every sentence. 

However I can certainly sit there and watch every ball of a test match 😂 loved it since I was a kid. This series has been good, and while I want Australia to win it'd be nice to see a bit of a contest from the poms. 

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7 minutes ago, Otto Von Blotto said:

However I can certainly sit there and watch every ball of a test match 😂 loved it since I was a kid. This series has been good, and while I want Australia to win it'd be nice to see a bit of a contest from the poms. 

Same.....if i have my beer, i can hibernate and watch from start to finish. I've done a full Test Match live at the ground twice.

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6 hours ago, Otto Von Blotto said:

That crap annoys me too but you don't get it on the test broadcast, at least not on 7. Maybe Fox does it. They do it with the big bash though, or used to. I rarely watch that because it's not cricket to me. 

It's the same reason if I have it on the radio I go with the ABC grandstand instead of SEN. They're better commentators anyway but they obviously don't do all that sponsor nonsense every sentence. 

However I can certainly sit there and watch every ball of a test match 😂 loved it since I was a kid. This series has been good, and while I want Australia to win it'd be nice to see a bit of a contest from the poms. 

i say   its basicly borderline  harrasment  with over the tp advertising, yes they are obligated to mention sponsors  but they dont need to incorporate into everything they talk about n
yeah its big money to help bring the broadcast to us .  i regard this advertising as bad as jehovahs knocking at the door

20/20 version of the game i agree with you there ovb  ,  i actually think it has ruined test cricket 

love the test matchs
 

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As much as I like to sit on holidays with a beer and watch most of the test cricket I think all forms of the game have their place. But I can agree to a certain extent the 20/20 has taken over too much as we now see less day games each year. I remember when the 50 over games had 3 teams played each other 3 times each in a season after the test ended. Now we lucky to get 4 total for a season rushed in at the end of summer. The day games are my favorite but sadly probably had a limited life span I think 50 overs for each team is the sweet spot.

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8 minutes ago, Otto Von Blotto said:

Yeah those tri series were great. ODI games are pretty meaningless now outside of the world cup. 

Yes its like they just do them for the sake of it now but don't think it will be long and they will disappear 😢 

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I only glance at T20 cricket but I can understand the popularity. Took my kids to a game at Adelaide oval about 10 years ago. Fireworks, music, dancers. There was a lot going on but contrary to what some of you have mentioned, T20 hasn't ruined Test cricket. It's popularity and income streams have actually help fund it in recent years. It's no coincidence that India have become a force in Test cricket ever since they formed the world's leading T20 competition (IPL).

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I only watch the t20 these days. Many years ago I'd put the tests on a second tv while playing video games on my big tv and only glance over to catch the replay of a great shot or a wicket. with ODIs I only really got interested when the game would come down to the last few overs, and with t20s, thats almost every game, so I love it. Also short enough to have a few bevvies with a mate during the week without being dead the next day. when the ipl started I'd stay up late and watch the early games. 

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T20s are fun but not memorable. Good during the Christmas break but the comp needs to be a little shorter. 

I can't even remember who won a T20 game a couple of days later and I can't even remember who won the last few comps.

I understand the appeal though. I could get my kids to watch a T20 but not a Test match, whereas I could watch a whole Test match.

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On 12/20/2021 at 6:36 AM, jamiek86 said:

As much as I like to sit on holidays with a beer and watch most of the test cricket I think all forms of the game have their place. But I can agree to a certain extent the 20/20 has taken over too much as we now see less day games each year. I remember when the 50 over games had 3 teams played each other 3 times each in a season after the test ended. Now we lucky to get 4 total for a season rushed in at the end of summer. The day games are my favorite but sadly probably had a limited life span I think 50 overs for each team is the sweet spot.

IMO I think ODI's were a great innovation against tests, but they've also spoiled a large part of test.  See, (again IMO) tests are more a strategic game and ODI's are tactical. T20's are aptly called 'big bash' - while it takes skill there is no time for finesse, planning or tactics other than hit the F***er over the fence.

But ODI's also spoiled tests. It was thrilling to watch a player like Gilchrist come out as an operner and sit the opposition back on their heels with 60 or more in 10 overs, but once that caught on, straegy dwindled. IMO Ponting was never the strategist that Waugh or Border was, (which is why I think he had issues between being a batsman and a captain) but in the new version of tests the lack wasn't so obvious.

Now, I think in tests the straegies are set by the previous greats - kinda like playing out a game of chess according to moves made by 'X' grandmaster. Without the possibility of watching a good strategist directing a win, tests are a lot less interesting.

And, TBH, I think big money ruined the game as much as it has in footy. Although cricket had another sin to help it down the hill - the partisanship of the selectors where good players would be ignored or dropped for one poor innings while others could fail time and again and keep their place. Thje Boys Club is strong in that committee. e.g. Warne versus McGill or how long it took for the Hussey's to get a foothold despite their performances in State level.

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9 minutes ago, terminal2k said:

It's easy to remember when your team won the last two big bashes, bring on the threepeat

I don't even have enough passion for T20 to have a team.

The Thunder are my local team but I don't really care whether they win or lose.

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I miss Ritchie Benover (12th man) and all the  boys on channel 9. I lost interest in cricket after the sandpaper debacle but I got back into the tests last year against India that was an awesome series even though we lost. I used to love the one day tri series was interesting and also seemed to mean something just a run of the mill 5 game series now and wouldn’t even know who won last year. I find the big bash boring it’s just game after game and I forget it’s even on. I would rather it be state 20/20 at least it would mean something and build a tradition.

 

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