Jump to content

Search the Community

Showing results for tags 'test'.

More search options

  • Search By Tags

    Type tags separated by commas.
  • Search By Author

Content Type


    • Total Rugby League News
    • The General Rugby League Forum
    • The International Rugby League Forum
    • The French Rugby League Forum
    • The Australian Rugby League Forum
    • The Community Rugby League Forum
    • The Women's & Girls Rugby League Forum
    • The National Conference League Forum
    • Any Other Business / Any Other Sports
    • Rugby League Collectors Forum
    • Castleford Tigers
    • Catalans Dragons
    • Huddersfield Giants
    • Hull FC
    • Hull Kingston Rovers
    • Leeds Rhinos
    • St Helens
    • Salford Red Devils
    • Toronto Wolfpack
    • Wakefield Trinity
    • Warrington Wolves
    • Wigan Warriors
    • Batley Bulldogs
    • Bradford Bulls
    • Dewsbury Rams
    • Featherstone Rovers
    • Halifax RLFC
    • Leigh Centurions
    • London Broncos
    • Oldham RLFC
    • Sheffield Eagles
    • Swinton Lions
    • Toulouse Olympique
    • Whitehaven RLFC
    • Widnes Vikings
    • York City Knights
    • Barrow Raiders
    • Coventry Bears
    • Doncaster RLFC
    • Hunslet RLFC
    • Keighley Cougars
    • London Skolars
    • Newcastle Thunder
    • North Wales Crusaders
    • Rochdale Hornets
    • West Wales Raiders
    • Workington Town
    • Hemel Stags


There are no results to display.

Find results in...

Find results that contain...

Date Created

  • Start


Last Updated

  • Start


Filter by number of...


  • Start





Found 1 result

  1. Time for a new thread and what better than Boxing days encounter at Centurion in something akin to a normal viewing time. Surprisingly after a turgid loss in New Zealand, the Fourth estate have decreed that England will be winning this series, I disagree with the Proteas strong favourites on home turf Just break down the two sides and South Africa have the edge even before the plague ravaged England man for man England Sibley not a Test match Player - comparisons to KP and Trott ignoring the fact that both the latter players had an offside game Burns - Rory may be sorted out on a faster bouncier track than the slow pudding wickets of New Zealand .Expect a barrage of short balls and slips and gully will be interested Denly = It grieves me to post this as a man of Kent but the wrong Kent player is in the side. It should be Zak Crawley. Future history will prove me right on this. Root - Not a fan of his captaincy and a sneaking feeling that he could end up doing a Cook with one big score per series making up his series average. Looked Englands most potent spinner in the New Zeraland series which is alarming. Stokes - Technically England's best batsman and handy fourth change bowler. Good to hear Ged's pulling round so hopefully in the right frame of mind for centurion. Bairstow - Technical flaw defensively outside off stump wheras in his earlier career it was playing across the line. Still people tend to forget that two years ago on the Australian tour no less than Ricky Ponting saw him as the best of the English Batsmen. Jonny B has never let England down and everyone has a bad run sooner or later. He needs to get back the Gloves from Jos Buttler. He is the better keeper, not a better technician than Ben Foakes behind the timbers, but not that far behind him. The next few years in Test Cricket (and possibly ODI) will be a repriese of the old Knott v Taylor / Stewart v Russell debate as Bairstow v Foakes. Buttler - Sorry Jos, 1 century in 37 Tests matches pales in comparison with his 9 centuries in ODI cricket batting lower down the order indicates why he was brought into the test side. To whack a few runs down the end of the order before the tail is blown away. this by and large he has not done. Jos is a one day player like Jason Roy. This tour will confirm it. Sam Curran / Woakes - I am amazed that Curran the younger is seen as an all rounder bearing in mind that he has yet to score a first class century. He may do so in time and he may also gain a yard in pace bowling left arm which wiuld make him a viable option in a four man attack but at the moment Sam, if picked, is there rather as an indicator of the paucity of available left arm options in England. Woakes by contrast is a player that did gain a yard from Test debut so that by 2017/18 was an inked in pick. Rumour has it his pace has dropped which would be a concern. His batting also seems to have fallen away so England's Mr Reliable needs to up both dimensions to his game. Archer - Jofra still starting out in Test Cricket and has a lot of unrealistic expectations placed on his shoulder and an equally unrealistic workload given to him by Root. Anderson - Sorry Jimmy but along with Michael Vaughan and Sir Geoffrey, I took do not believe having Anderson and Broad in the side is bneneficial bearing in mind both are now at the end of their careers. It's said Jimmy wants another 25 Test wickets to retire on 600 But he is not going to Australia on the next tour. It's time to move on - Jimmy is an all time great and will be in the conversation when it comes to picking an all time England XI but as Steve Waugh put it there are no fairytale endings in sport. Broad -Being placed below Anderson should be a mark of where SCJ Broad stands now as a batter. His bowling is as a good as it's been over the past few years. and the hope has always been that post Jimmy's retirement, "Broadie" would hang around for a couple of seasons to ease the transition but the box in the SKY beckons. Hanging on to Broad and Anderson is like the West Indies sticking with Walsh and Ambrose at the turn of the century and look where it got them Ollie Pope has succumbed to influenza and again is a tyro batsman starting out Jack Leach is a cult figure, a sort of reverse Monty Panesar, Monty's charm was in his Patka, and batting and fielding eccentricities but he could bowl. Jack by contrast, also has his bald pate and glasses , his batting durability and adequate fielding but people forget - He is in the side to bowl.and he is not that good away from the turning pitches of Taunton. South Africa will open up on the fast track at Centurion with Kagisa Rabada a champion quick who one day may be surpassed by Jofra but not this series, Vernon Philander accuate to the core and either Andrich Nortje or Dane Patersen both reputed to be fast. with Keshav Maharaj providing the spin option - Think about it South Africa have a spinner an we do not - who would have thought it.. Quinten De Kock wearing the gloves behind the stumps and a top 6 of the durable Dean Eglar, Captain Faf Du Plessis, Rassie Van Der Dussen one of the few bright spots in the World Cup Campaign, Aidan Markram SA oplayer of the series v Australia, Newcomer Pieter Malan as opener and Andile Phehilukwayo as the all rounder. Seems a strong line up though SA politics may degree more non-white players in the XI which is where the loss of Temba Bavuma may be felt. KP going to be good listening on TALKSPORT 2 commerntary - Klaxon alert
  • Create New...