๐ŸThe glorious New test dawn cricket thread ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ™„

So here we are, after a clatter of metaphorical wickets on the coaching, and administration side, a shuffling of the deck chairs on the batting deck and a brave / foolish / necessary โ€œrestingโ€ or retiring of the most successful new ball partnership weโ€™ve ever had, a new dawn, learning from the one day renaissance. Except Root is still captain.

Obviously the Windies are not Australia, and something had to be done, but thereโ€™s more than a few eyebrow raisers here, probably enough to make it legitimate to wonder if weโ€™ll manage to win a test.

Thereโ€™s 4 bowlers in the series who average under 30. None of them are English. 2 of our 3 experienced seamers have recent fitness issues, and the 3rd only really doesnโ€™t as we barely let him play cricket for the last 18 months.

A lot of the batsmen thrown in at the deep end for the nightmare in Oz are back out again, some fairly, some not really.

But weโ€™ve picked an actual wicket keeper.

So who is hopeful that this is the start of a march towards the top of the yes rankings? Who thinks itโ€™s going to be a shambles and weโ€™ll be doing this all again in a year? Who is going to be first to jinx an English batter as they get into the 30s?

httt hmmm: :cricket:

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To add to all the woes above, itโ€™s on bloody talk sport rather than tms :roll_eyes:

Oh and BtSport as wellโ€ฆ Iโ€™m never getting a subs to that ever again. Total rip off and they made it so hard for me to leave last time.

Big series for plenty of these guys - pretty much everyone outside of Stokes and maybe Woakes in fact. Would probably have preferred to see Mahmood in over Overton (and under Dunne) but otherwise itโ€™s more or less as the chosen squad dictates.

Yep. Talksport have never got close to replicating TMS, canโ€™t afford Sky and BT so have to stick with Sky, very annoying when BT keep snapping up the rights to overseas tests.

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Harmison reverting to pitch chat after one ball

Bishop equating Shane Warne dying to the war in Ukraine.

'kinell :man_facepalming:

Some genuinely heinous mockers from Pearcey here

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Lovely resetting, this.

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canโ€™t believe the openers below burns and hameed in the pecking order are a bit shit

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โ€œSo. We wont play our two biggest name bowlers. Weโ€™ve made sure itโ€™s only watchable on a channel no one has. Weโ€™ve taken the rights from the beloved tms programme so that causal listeners have to hunt for itโ€ฆ before I call this meeting to a close, is there anything else we can do to reduce engagement with this test series?โ€

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Is there anything to be said for having another reset?

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regular ads for cremation in between the action?

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40 individual innings and counting since an England opener made a century. 19 single figure scores in there, 9 of them ducks.

Canโ€™t wait to get home in a couple of hours to watch thisโ€ฆ just as we lose our 5th wicket for 85

Forgotten how fucking annoying following our test team is.

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Root is now top scorer for England this series and Iโ€™m trying to find a bookmaker whoโ€™ll let me bet on that never changing

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Loose drive at one that wasnโ€™t really there for it is it Zak?

FFS Root

Would still take this bet

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Still get a few wildly over-optimistic fans after all this time

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Good to see Root displaying such commitment to getting out, having failed the first time.