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The teenage No.11 Agar out for 98!

"Agar out" must make some RL fans feel nostalgic, eh? ;)

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England two down for next to nowt, still 54 runs behind, and Starc on a hat-trick. Not going well, is it? Cricket… bl**dy hell!

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There has been more interest and excitement in this match so far already than most T20 matches.

 

This is sport at it's best.

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This is sport at it's best.

And its nuttiest! I was planning to go to the shopping centre on the way home, but I don't know if I could bear to miss the highlights on C5. :)

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And its nuttiest! I was planning to go to the shopping centre on the way home, but I don't know if I could bear to miss the highlights on C5. :)

Definitely worth watching. I've only seen bits of the game today, but what I have seen has been excellent - or at least very entertaiing

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Definitely worth watching. I've only seen bits of the game today, but what I have seen has been excellent - or at least very entertaiing

There's no way he's a No.11. That wasn't a plucky knock; he was playing shots that had even Boycott in raptures. Agar was interviewed afterwards and seemed like a nice guy, too.

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The ICC has apologised to England on behalf of their incompetent third umpire and his useless technology.

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"Agar out" must make some RL fans feel nostalgic, eh? ;)

 

 

The ICC has apologised to England on behalf of their incompetent third umpire and his useless technology.

 

As does this :)

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Pinched from fb

 

Stuart Broad is Staying Alive

Well you can tell by the way I didn't walk
It's an Ashes Test, no time to talk
Snicko loud and weather warm
My dad beat the Ozzies before I was born
Now it's alright, it's ok,
Aleem looked the other way
You can try to understand
The third umpire's an Ozzie fan

Whether you're a walker or a sledger or a talker, I'm staying alive, staying alive
Ozzie hearts are breaking and Darren Lehman's shaking but I'm staying alive, staying alive

Well, now I bowl fast and I hit high 
and if I can't do either, I really try 
Got the wings of heaven on my shoes 
I'm a Trent Bridge man and I just can't lose 
You know, it's all right. It's OK. 
I'll live to bat another day 
We can try to understand 
With Ian Bell I've made my stand 

Whether you're a walker or a sledger or a talker, I'm staying alive, staying alive
Ozzie hearts are breaking and Darren Lehman's shaking but I'm staying alive, staying alive
staying alive

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Just missed the Agar wicket trying to light the bbq - man came to take over

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Great game. A full house for a match where they may have seen less than half an hour of play. The importance of international cricket, at least in England, cannot be overstated.

 

On the same day another full house for a county T20 game in Chesterfield.

 

RL bosses must be very jealous of this, but seemingly nothing they can do about it. (*)

 

(*) Note - bringing back GB isn't the answer.

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Five days of my nerves being shredded. Massive win in terms of the psychology of the series

 

If England had lost a game that, like the Champions Trophy final they were expected to win, this would have been a massive psychological downer

equally had Australia as the underdogs pulled off a win then that would have set them up for the series. It is a bitter pill to swallow coming so close more so that a 100 run defeat and this may open up the rifts in the Australian dressing room.

 

On the Agar first innings dig no one mention two important facts, firstly Broad was unable to bowl until the end of that innings and extending the lunch interval by 30 minutes meant he and Hughes could flog a tiring attack.. It points out the need for England to have four fit and firing bowlers.

 

The other point is despite batting all the way from 1 to 11 Austalia only mustered 280 and 296 neither of which are match winning scores.

 

The positive energies are with England and a strong showing on the first day at Lords on Thursday could seal the series in England.

 

Where is JWAD these days :tomato:

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Great game. A full house for a match where they may have seen less than half an hour of play. The importance of international cricket, at least in England, cannot be overstated.

On the same day another full house for a county T20 game in Chesterfield.

RL bosses must be very jealous of this, but seemingly nothing they can do about it. (*)

(*) Note - bringing back GB isn't the answer.

Not sure that's an entirely fair comparison.

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Great game. A full house for a match where they may have seen less than half an hour of play. The importance of international cricket, at least in England, cannot be overstated.

 

On the same day another full house for a county T20 game in Chesterfield.

 

RL bosses must be very jealous of this, but seemingly nothing they can do about it. (*)

 

(*) Note - bringing back GB isn't the answer.

 

It's not the answer but I think we were mistaken to drop it.

 

The Ashes are pretty much the only cricket events that I have any interest in. I enjoyed the test but I'm just not going to watch our tours against anybody else with anything like the same enthusiasm.

 

Whilst it didn't have the same national appeal obviously as the cricket, I can't help but feel the RL Ashes series were the only equivalent that we had. Competing against the Aussies in a tournament with history behind it was the only time we captured the publics imagination internationally. For some reason playing the Kiwis never replicated the interest and other subsequent tournaments don't quite have the same feel. I don't think we can simply bring them back and it have the same effect but in hindsight we should never have dropped them.

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

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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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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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Oh blimey... :unsure:

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