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#41 Johnoco

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 08:12 PM

The reality is that most people would say 'why do you call them The Ashes that's a cricket thing'.
Most people don't even know that the RL team had an Ashes series and would probably think they were bogus.

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 08:18 PM

Cricket can't even replicate the success of the Ashes with either ODIs against Australia or tests against other countries.

 

That was, however, one of the great Test matches.  Five days of fluctuating cricket - both teams with moments when they were in control and times when everything seemed to be heading their way, only for everything to change ...  and two legendary performances: Agar's 98 and Anderson's 10 wickets.


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#43 Maximus Decimus

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 08:22 PM

The reality is that most people would say 'why do you call them The Ashes that's a cricket thing'.
Most people don't even know that the RL team had an Ashes series and would probably think they were bogus.

 

They would now but we did used to get good publicity for them and they were big within our community and the floating fans. I remember after the first 1997 test, we bought the Telegraph and the front page of the sports section was a huge photo of Kris Radlinksi going up for the bomb with a headline about it.



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 08:36 PM

They would now but we did used to get good publicity for them and they were big within our community and the floating fans. I remember after the first 1997 test, we bought the Telegraph and the front page of the sports section was a huge photo of Kris Radlinksi going up for the bomb with a headline about it.

When I first heard the term in relation to RL, I thought 'why do they call them that? '
And the 1997 series was full of negative coverage but I won't derail a cricket thread with the details.
Nb I haven't seen one second of the ashes so far and only know that England won because I have read it on here.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 08:26 AM

Cricket can't even replicate the success of the Ashes with either ODIs against Australia or tests against other countries.
 
That was, however, one of the great Test matches.  Five days of fluctuating cricket - both teams with moments when they were in control and times when everything seemed to be heading their way, only for everything to change ...  and two legendary performances: Agar's 98 and Anderson's 10 wickets.


Bell's century was also key. Anderson, though… what a bowler. Swann was a bit hit and miss, Finn scattergun, and Broad only bowled a relatively limited amount of overs. Yet Anderson somehow dragged England over the line at the death… he deserves all the praise coming his way.

Managed to miss the end of the game as on All Golds duty - checked the over-by-over BBC sport live commentary thing while waiting to find out what was happening with the game, and we'd won. Cue restrained celebrations in the press box (I.E Chris Wilson, myself and the All Golds' young media man).
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#46 Futtocks

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 09:44 AM

Another highlight; Henry Blofeld letting slip that his nickname at school was 'Bl0wj0b' and the collapse of everyone else in the commentary box. :D

Edited by Futtocks, 15 July 2013 - 09:45 AM.

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 11:31 AM

The Daily Mash on Test Cricket. I like it! :D

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 05:03 PM

Lancashire v Glamorgan 2nd day today. Lancs 93 for no wicket despite one of the umpires being Alex Wharf.

 

Alex, I know you're new to the job, but remember you are from Bradford and played for Yorkshire and Glamorgan. Literally and figuratively, pull your finger out.

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 09:30 AM

Second test (Lords) - England win the toss and elect to bat. Finn out, Bresnan in. Late start this morning as Mrs H.M.Queen is popping in for a visit.

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#50 Futtocks

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 10:50 AM

Oh blimey... :unsure:

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#51 Shadow45

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 11:12 AM

28-3 on a batting wicket.

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 11:33 AM

28-3 on a batting wicket.

We've got to give the Aussies a chance though, give them three top wickets early as a "handicap" and they might get close ;)


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#53 Just Browny

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 11:49 AM

and two legendary performances: Agar's 98 and Anderson's 10 wickets.

 

I love cricket, but it seems to be reaching union levels of hyperbole. Almost any impressive feat or slightly surprising event must be described as 'legendary', 'sensational', or 'unbelievable'.

 

Is someone getting 98 on a flattish wicket really 'legendary'? It was a good knock for sure, and almost won them the game.


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Posted 18 July 2013 - 01:10 PM

Is someone getting 98 on a flattish wicket really 'legendary'? It was a good knock for sure, and almost won them the game.


For a teenager making his test and Ashes debut, getting 98 (and a very stylish one too) is pretty special. Breaking more than one all-time test record in the process is also worth a mention.

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#55 Shadow45

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 03:15 PM

183-4 at tea and a nice call back for one of Yorkshires finest, gotta love a no ball

#56 gingerjon

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 04:31 PM

I love cricket, but it seems to be reaching union levels of hyperbole. Almost any impressive feat or slightly surprising event must be described as 'legendary', 'sensational', or 'unbelievable'.

 

Is someone getting 98 on a flattish wicket really 'legendary'? It was a good knock for sure, and almost won them the game.

 

I picked those two and chose the phrase 'legendary' carefully as I think those performances will enter the game's folklore.  Agar broke pretty much every known record for a number 11, a debutante and a teenager.  He turned a heavy first innings deficit into a useful lead - and whilst the pitch *shouldn't* have been causing problems it was 117-9 when he came in.  And he made it look easy.

 

Anderson's final morning exertions were incredible.  To bowl that many overs and to take crucial wicket after crucial wicket...  again, it's a performance that people will refer back to as long as the Ashes are contested.


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Posted 18 July 2013 - 05:09 PM

For a teenager making his test and Ashes debut, getting 98 (and a very stylish one too) is pretty special. Breaking more than one all-time test record in the process is also worth a mention.

It was phenomenal even on a batting wicket, he was 11th man so any mistake by his partner would have ended the innings, that tends to make people hit out.



#58 Northern Sol

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 05:10 PM

I picked those two and chose the phrase 'legendary' carefully as I think those performances will enter the game's folklore.  Agar broke pretty much every known record for a number 11, a debutante and a teenager.  He turned a heavy first innings deficit into a useful lead - and whilst the pitch *shouldn't* have been causing problems it was 117-9 when he came in.  And he made it look easy.

 

Anderson's final morning exertions were incredible.  To bowl that many overs and to take crucial wicket after crucial wicket...  again, it's a performance that people will refer back to as long as the Ashes are contested.

Agreed on both counts.



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Posted 19 July 2013 - 12:56 PM

The Aussies haven't quite got the hang of this review system yet...


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Posted 19 July 2013 - 01:08 PM

The Aussies haven't quite got the hang of this review system yet...

3 wickets now, 3 poor uses of review.  First was reviewed when it shouldn't have been, second was not reviewed when it should have, third was reviewed but not allowed despite the batsman thinking he didn't hit the thing.

 

Ah well, the umpires can have a shocker for the rest of the innings and nowt the Aussies can do about it.


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