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  1. If they’re the same as the championship rules, then yes, they’re stupid as well.
  2. This test side has absolutely no character when the going gets tough. Typified by how the captain gives up on getting Smith out once he gets into double figures. Denly and Bairstow aren't good enough at test level. Ali is shot to pieces. Buttler is also hanging by a thread, as he hasn't done a great deal. Wouldn't be surprised to see England revert back to 6 bowlers, given workload of this test. For Lords I would go either; Burns, Sibley, Root, Roy, Stokes, Buttler (wk), Woakes, Curran, Leach, Archer, Broad or Burns, Sibley, Root, Roy, Stokes, Buttler, Foakes (wk), Woakes, Leach, Archer, Broad
  3. Can’t see how Ali can possibly be selected for the next test. Been the case for too long where a captain has had to rely on broad and Anderson to get some control of the run rate as well as needing them to get wickets. Leach for Ali, and Bairstow has to go as well. If it’s a turning pitch then I’d pick Foakes, if it’s more for seamers then I’d pick Curran and let Buttler keep.
  4. It doesn't help that Moeen isn't the sort of bowler that can bowl long spells to tie up an end. Also, Stokes' bowling seems to be regressing as well. He's already bumped back to 6th bowler in ODI, wouldn't surprise me if he ends up batting at 4 and concentrating more on his batting.
  5. I hope not, but I fear so. DB might point to one year contracts as an indicator that he’s learned his lessons, but still seems to have an ethos of just replacing players rather than improve them. I think a lot of Leigh fans would’ve been much more enthusiastic about us renewing three of the existing squad for next year, rather than three new signings.
  6. Yeah, the idiots based their definition of highest ranked team on what someone from the RFL told them. Crazy.
  7. No they don’t. There’s a case for saying your better off conceding a life in the play offs and finishing fourth
  8. But the other two are really signings for next season, just that they’re available now. Suspect DB is more concerned with next week’s semi final than this year’s play offs
  9. The goings on at the end of last season have been done to death. Fact is DB found himself in a position where he couldn't personally afford to plug the shortfall in funding after failing to make the top 4, and dealt with it in the way he felt best. Some disagreed with it, some understood it, nobody particularly liked it. But the club continues, and still need to make signings. I'd suggest the 2020 playing budget will be roughly half of what the ultimately unsustainable 2018 budget was. We've signed two players on 1 and a bit year deals, plus one till the end of the season, which is to replace a retired player. DB will be putting some money in, but nothing like the levels of previous years. As for SL push, not a chance this year. Toronto will be playing Toulouse or Featherstone in the final imo.
  10. The reason RL is behind sports like cricket and tennis is nothing to do with player referrals, and more to do with the investment in the technology used. In cricket they took years to get it to the point they are in now. They replaced hotspot with RTS, they improved the accuracy of ball tracking to improve confidence in the technology. Protocols have been brought in to solve problems rather than confuse them, which seems to be the RL way. "Umpire's call" now doesn't lead to a review being lost for example. In rugby league, we still rely on slow motion replays and different camera angles. Nothing that can take subjectivity out of a decision, which is where the technology would work. Should scrap it imo.
  11. Seeing a few people in various places trying to reduce the win because it was a tie, the extra overthrow etc... but when it’s that tight you can always find something to point to. Maybe some harsh wides given for example. I do like boundary count rather than fewest wickets as a decider. It reflects the changes the 50 over game has had to take to regain some relevance after losing it to t20 for a spell. It’s more about scoring runs, not occupying the crease. If it had been fewest wickets, we wouldn’t have had two kamikaze run outs in the last two balls, and stokes might’ve smacked the full toss into next week. We’ll never know, the game was played to the rules set. Just like NZ concentrated on their net run rate in the last two group games, to make sure they get through to the semis. NZ were desperately unlucky in the final though.
  12. But the term “highest ranked team” has become ambiguous. An article screenshotted earlier in this thread cites that the first team to qualify would be highest ranked. Now it’s based on regular season league position. This in turn means we’re not guaranteed to know where it will be until very late in the day.
  13. The MPG wasn’t a divisional final to determine league champions, it was a play off between to mid placed teams in that end of season league. Hardly the same. RFL could and should be selling tickets to the grand final now, but they can’t because the venue isn’t known until a week or two before the event. It’s ridiculous
  14. Because you're making sweeping generalisations without knowing any individual's circumstances.
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