English & Irish Cricket Summer 2018

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  1. Apr 3, 2018
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    ArmchairCritic You got pets me too mines are dead

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    After my fantastically successful winter thread where England kept true to form overseas and did sod all in the tests whilst playing some fantastic shorter format stuff I thought I might as well give the summer a crack too. So we have:

    2 Tests vs Pakistan at the end of May and start of June

    9 ODIs and 4 T20's through June until mid July vs. Scotland, Australia and India

    5 Tests vs India through August and September.

    No D/N tests as far as I can tell. Shame there was no one-off India/Pakistan test scheduled for June/July.

    England will knock over Pakistan quite easily in early summer conditions, do well in the shorter formats as per and then I fancy India to beat them 2-1 over the tests with Kohli cementing his all-time great status. As for England I predict Root will get over his conversion woes and score a bunch of runs, Hameed will replace Cook and there will still be loads of questions around the 2nd opener slot, no.3, no.5/6 and the 3rd seamer spot.

    Obviously there is more to the English cricketing summer than the England cricket team and the County Championship season begins next week just in time for an apparent heatwave. Williamson's signed with Yorkshire, Kohli wants to sign with Surrey for a game or two and Smith's got a lot of spare time on his hands so there's a very, very, very small possibility that all of the 'big 4' could be batting at the same time in the same country.

    T20 blast kicks off in July with finals day on the 15th September at Edgbaston and the Royal London Cup runs from mid-May with the final on the 30th of June at Lord's. All in all it should be loads of fun.
  2. Apr 3, 2018
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    ArmchairCritic You got pets me too mines are dead

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    Oh I also forgot the small matter of Ireland's inaugural test match vs. Pakistan on the 11th May which should be a fantastic ocassion. Title amended accordingly :D.
  3. Apr 3, 2018
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    Di Maria's angel Captain of Moanchester United

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    Lords test for India already sold out... This summer is going to be a good one.

    I find it a little odd that Pakistan are back in England just two years after their last tour.
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    KM I’m afraid I just blue myself Staff

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    Not sure about winning against England as Anderson is a beast in those conditions but we're giving ourselves a very good chance by sending the likes of Pujara, Kohli to county season to get themselves acclimatized.
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    I find it a little odd that after this summer Pakistan would have played 6 tests in England since 2010 while India will be on 14 tests in the same period.

    I also find it a little odd that the unattractive May test series is never given to India, Australia or South Africa.
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    KM I’m afraid I just blue myself Staff

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    Genuine question why is the May test series unattractive?
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    Samid follows Pogue around, fixing his images

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    Mostly conditions. No foreign team wants to play in average temperatures below 15 degrees. Also they put the matches far up north which makes it even more ridiculous. Last time SL were playing in Leeds and Durham in May which is crazy. Secondly the May series has the feeling of being an undercard. It's just a build up for the main event.
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    Well I've got my Derbyshire membership sorted and booked loads of days off so I get maximum value for money. I will be taking in a hell of a lot of county cricket and focusing my attention on that much more than the national team. I'm not sure which of Derbyshire or England will lose more matches :lol:
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    Well, to be completely honest, the India series is always going to be the bigger attraction hence why tickets were sold out for days 1-4 for the first test within days of going online.

    As for my initial comment, I'm surprised as I always felt repeat tours didn't take place until at least 3 years and England hadn't been to the UAE since Pakistan were last here.
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    Pakistan had the headline prime summer slot with 4 tests in 2016, 2010 and 2006. 2010 was notable for the spot-fixing scandal and 2006 was notable for Inzamam taking his team off the field at protest for ball tampering accusations and forfeiting a test. Pakistan and England have always had a really rocky relationship so I can see why there was such a big gap between the 2010 series and the 2016 one.
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    My point was that they're just playing the matches agreed upon in the Future Tours Programme. The reason they're touring again so soon is that the gap between 2010 and 2016 was bigger than it was supposed to be. As for the bolded part, Australia had full tours in 2013 and 2015.

    I'm assuming Pakistan were originally planned for 2015 but England didn't want the 2016 Ashes to clash with the Euros so they just switched the years on those two series:

  12. Apr 13, 2018
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    Glad they didn't invite the annoying cnut Ramiz Raja.
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    Apparently Harbhajan Singh is also on the panel. Would be interesting to see.
  15. Apr 19, 2018
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    http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/23243551/ecb-propose-100-ball-competition

    Love me some T16.66666666666666666667.
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    Depends how good your calculator is.
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    England play too many tests. No wonder the likes of Broad and Anderson rack up so many wickets.
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    Just the 127 wickets in the County Championship across 9 games yesterday, Aiden Markram got a pair, still no scores over 300 thus far through 1 and a half games.
  20. Apr 22, 2018
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    Proper lean spell for Hameed at the minute.
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    Yep and still cannot believe there are ppl out there who think he should be called up to England.
  22. Apr 22, 2018
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    TheGame Full Member

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    Yeah its nothing to do with them being good bowlers :rolleyes:
  23. Apr 22, 2018
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    They are good bowlers. Just not as good as the wickets column suggests.
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    Is that not why averages were invented?
  25. Apr 22, 2018
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    Well the averages aren't that great. Just the wickets column places their names in the company of the likes of McGrath, Steyn, Marshall, Akram - when they obviously aren't anywhere near as good as any of them.
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    Seconded. He is insufferable.
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    Rain interrupting a cricket match in Ireland? Well I never!
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    Can’t be many better opening bowling pairs than Anderson and Onions

    Unsurprisngly Notts are 52-3 (all three to Onions)
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    Hameed with another failure :(.

    Ollie Pope making some serious noise down at Surrey, probably a tad to early for him in the England side though.
  30. May 12, 2018
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    Burns & Pope should be in the next England test team
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    Love how quaint this venue looks.
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    What do you reckon, do we have a chance? There's a Pakistani lad at work that I can't stand... always on about cricket, fingers crossed we do them so I can gloat at the cnut for the next year! :lol:
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    Absolutely. This is Pakistan we are talking about, equally capable of the sublime and the ridiculous.
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    Keaton Jennings with another 100 and Joe Clarke currently on 61* after scoring a 100 last week. If I was a betting man I'd wager these two will be in the squad for the first test vs Pakistan.
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    No thanks. Not interested in playing against those stupid cnuts.
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    Hopefully Burns gets a chance before Jennings gets his 2nd, if it was up to me for the 1st test match

    Burns
    Stoneman
    Root
    Clarke
    Stokes
    Pope
    Bairstow
    Woakes
    Broad
    Leach
    Anderson
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    7-4 now, Ireland will lose easily. Our bowling is too good for their batting.
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    87/8 now... This is like England v Australia during the summer test down here. :lol:
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    Only been watching this game in bits, annoying it's been behind the red button so no HD.

    Looking ahead, Hassan should come back in the side for the England series. I'm a big fan of Shadab but I'm not sure if he's ready for Test cricket & Yasir will be a big loss. I fully expect that our batting will get dismantled by England's bowlers.
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    They don't look test quality, unfortunately.