NZ v ENG test series 2018: THIS TIME, IT'S A COUPLE OF NICE GAMES OF CRICKET


#1

good to be back to test match cricket after a weird white-ball-only tour of the poison continent. dunno what that was about.

:cricket::cricket::cricket:

stokes is back, presume he comes in for vince with malan going 3? broad is having the new ball taken off him.

rosco is injured maybe?

this starts in 5 and one half hours!


#2

Oh yesss.


#3

Is Stokes properly back? Reading the back of someone elses Standard on the tube and it said he might not be bow-er-ling (said in Mikey Holdings lovely tones).


#4

He bowled in the 1 dayers didnt he?


#5

yeah, looked a bit shit but most of his wickets have come from looking a bit shit so no worries.


#6

I thought he looked ok and improving with every game but obviously a different kettle of fish.


#7

Thought it mightve been a niggle he picked up post ODI series.


#8

good to hear. only caught short highlights of the last two odis tbf, saw him throw some absolute waste down in the first couple.


#9

CricInfo says Rosco is fit and in the team. Santners out, which is a big loss because we have to play Todd Astle because hes a better batsman than Sodhi and none of our bowlers can bat.

Wagners going to be key. Doesnt play ODIs so people forget about him, but hes a really useful performer in our conditions.

Its going to rain all through tomorrow and Sunday though :frowning:

Should be playing in sunny Wellington*

Looking forward to this, but (a) fuck the pink ball (b) its fucking April and we should be focused on the start of the rugby season and the football playoffs 穢 why couldnt we have 3 tests?

*This may not be true.


#10

@mods please delete all mentions of rain from this post and thread tnkyu

luckily pink ball means well probably only need 3 days for a result eh.

wait, our tomorrow or your tomorrow?


#11

Sorry, Friday and Saturday NZ time (not Sunday as I said). Days 2 and 3.
http://www.metservice.com/towns-cities/auckland/auckland-central


#12

Vic Marks in the Guardian yesterday thought that Vince, Root & Malan will keep their places 3, 4 & 5 respectively - then Stokes, Bairstow, Ali and Woakes at 9.


#13

Ooooofffft! Boult!


#14

ummm

fuck


#15

like, what is the lowest ever test score by a non-joke team?


#16

26, New Zealand vs England.
(Assuming that 50s PBIN were a non-joke team).

30ish - Australia v South Africa recently (celebrated on these very boards IIRC).


#17

My bad - Australia were 21/9 but made 47
http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/12712/scorecard/514029/south-africa-vs-australia-1st-test-australia-tour-of-south-africa-2011-12/


#18

I see England were skittled for just over 50 by the Windies in 2009.

I mean, I wouldnt take that. but lets not get less than that, yeah?


#19

Hopefully that rain really comes down over the next three days.


#20

I bet James Vince is secretly loving this batting performance地nyway if this was a school match the losing side would be asking to swap a few players with the winning team to make it fairer