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Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 12:03 Wed 09 Sep 2015
by DRT
A big thanks to England for ensuring that the game I am going to watch on Friday isn't completely meaningless.

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 19:55 Fri 11 Sep 2015
by LGTrotter
Good day out Derek? Looks like it might have been.

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 10:09 Sat 12 Sep 2015
by DRT
A very good day and a well executed victory by England. Morgan's innings was masterful and I particularly enjoyed watching Maxwell's innings and spectacular catch, which happened right in front of where we were sitting. It was a challenging (Stag) day which started with a Weatherspoon's breakfast and a pint at 09:30 and ended in a hotel bar with a double Talisker at 23:30. I'm getting to old for this.

This was my first visit to Headingley and I suspect that the tribal chant of Y-o-o-o-rkshir' Y-o-o-o-rkshir' Y-o-o-o-rkshir' Y-o-o-o-rkshir' will be difficult to remove from my head, as will the image of a wizened old chap with bandy legs dressed as Snow White.

All still to play for at Old Trafford, which is good.

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 22:08 Mon 14 Sep 2015
by djewesbury
RIP the great Brian Close, about whom Derek and I were chatting only last night.

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 23:32 Thu 08 Oct 2015
by LGTrotter
AHB wrote:The Daily Telegraph can now ignore the rest of the RWC and instead focus on the England-Pakistan series that starts with the first test next Tuesday.

We can now start to debate whether Ali or Hales should open with Cook.
Not Hales, but maybe not Mo either. How does tiny Taylor strike anyone as an opener?

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 08:58 Fri 09 Oct 2015
by AHB
LGTrotter wrote:Not Hales, but maybe not Mo either. How does tiny Taylor strike anyone as an opener?
He would have the great advantage that he would be impossible to york since he is already so close to the ground. He'd also be able to leave anything over shoulder height knowing that he's barely taller than the stumps.

I did see a great picture from one of the one day games when Finn was walking with his arm round Taylor's shoulders. Quite a comical pair.

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 09:05 Fri 09 Oct 2015
by djewesbury
In that vein, I have a photo of Stuart Broad standing next to Matt Prior at Belfast City Airport the day after a slightly 'humiliating victory' against Ireland (you know what I mean by that phrase). A comical pair indeed.

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 14:23 Thu 15 Oct 2015
by AHB
Ian Bell to open. Promote him up the order. Who else in the side has made over 40 half centuries when playing for England?

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 13:57 Fri 16 Oct 2015
by AHB
Is it just me, or is it weird to be playing test cricket in the UAE in front of empty stands? About as much atmosphere as a county game in May.

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 15:38 Fri 16 Oct 2015
by DRT
I haven't been able to pluck up any enthusiasm to watch it for exactly that reason.

Has Cook got to 200 yet?

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 16:13 Fri 16 Oct 2015
by AHB
DRT wrote:Has Cook got to 200 yet?
Yes, he was out for 265 (or something like that) after having batted for the longest time any England batsman has managed in a single innings.

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 17:03 Fri 16 Oct 2015
by DRT
AHB wrote:
DRT wrote:Has Cook got to 200 yet?
Yes, he was out for 265 (or something like that) after having batted for the longest time any England batsman has managed in a single innings.
Very impressive.

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 18:18 Fri 16 Oct 2015
by djewesbury
AHB wrote:Is it just me, or is it weird to be playing test cricket in the UAE in front of empty stands? About as much atmosphere as a county game in May.
Maybe safer than playing in Pakistan though. I speak as one who thoroughly enjoyed watching England in Lahore a few years back; but then a couple of years later the tour bus got fired on at the roundabout outside the stadium. Chris Broad was extremely lucky to survive. Others were not so fortunate.

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 19:04 Fri 16 Oct 2015
by DRT
djewesbury wrote:
AHB wrote:Is it just me, or is it weird to be playing test cricket in the UAE in front of empty stands? About as much atmosphere as a county game in May.
Maybe safer than playing in Pakistan though. I speak as one who thoroughly enjoyed watching England in Lahore a few years back; but then a couple of years later the tour bus got fired on at the roundabout outside the stadium. Chris Broad was extremely lucky to survive. Others were not so fortunate.
That's all fair, but there are plenty of countries where cricket is actually played that could be used as an alternative "home" venue and ensure there was some sort of atmosphere.

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 07:44 Sat 17 Oct 2015
by DRT
What is the point of playing on a pitch where it takes four and a half days to complete one innings? How boring.

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 10:18 Sat 17 Oct 2015
by djewesbury
There's plenty of atmosphere today. It's not been so quiet in UAE in the past. And this is their base.

Am I the only one who believes that Derek only watches cricket so he has something to grumble about?

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 12:29 Sat 17 Oct 2015
by DRT
djewesbury wrote:There's plenty of atmosphere today.
Twelve fat blokes singing a dodgy version of Jerusalem is not what I call "plenty of atmosphere".
djewesbury wrote:Am I the only one who believes that Derek only watches cricket so he has something to grumble about?
Isn't that the whole point of why cricket exists? If not, how can anyone explain the existence of Geoffry Boycott?

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 12:33 Sat 17 Oct 2015
by djewesbury
DRT wrote:
djewesbury wrote:There's plenty of atmosphere today.
Twelve fat blokes singing a dodgy version of Jerusalem is not what I call "plenty of atmosphere".
Interesting. It must just be the singing that you don't like then, because I usually only see you in a room containing twelve fat blokes and you seem to enjoy yourself well enough.

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 13:12 Sat 17 Oct 2015
by DRT
djewesbury wrote:
DRT wrote:
djewesbury wrote:There's plenty of atmosphere today.
Twelve fat blokes singing a dodgy version of Jerusalem is not what I call "plenty of atmosphere".
Interesting. It must just be the singing that you don't like then, because I usually only see you in a room containing twelve fat blokes and you seem to enjoy yourself well enough.
We rarely book rooms that take 50,000 people. I think even our tastings would lack atmosphere in such circumstances.

Is it just me who thinks Daniel only comes to this thread to have a moan at me for grumbling about cricket?

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 13:13 Sat 17 Oct 2015
by DRT
The game has just got a bit more interesting. Pakistan now 6 wickets down and only 84 in front. Are we about to witness Cook's finest tactical victory yet?

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 13:28 Sat 17 Oct 2015
by djewesbury
Glad to see you've brightened up a bit, Cassandra.

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 13:29 Sat 17 Oct 2015
by DRT
8 down with a lead of 93.

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 13:30 Sat 17 Oct 2015
by DRT
djewesbury wrote:Glad to see you've brightened up a bit, Cassandra.
Does that make you Rodney?

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 13:37 Sat 17 Oct 2015
by djewesbury
You'd put Root and Stokes in to get these runs surely..?

Re: It's just not cricket

Posted: 13:39 Sat 17 Oct 2015
by djewesbury
A clean 100 to get and a deserved 5-for for Adil!