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  1. P_Wop

    Ashes 21/22

    England need 271.  Any bets?
  2. P_Wop

    Ashes 21/22

    Fair enough.  But my point was to use this opportunity as a rare red ball long-thinking training exercise.  They don't crop up with the weeds.  
  3. P_Wop

    Ashes 21/22

    I really hope Australia will use this as an exercise to practice their red ball game, and build a good long strong innings tonight and tomorrow.  It will be good for morale, good training, and good for the Hobart crowd. The weather looks OK, so there will be plenty of time to massacre the Poms...
  4. P_Wop

    Ashes 21/22

    Root gone.  81/4.  Trouble for England.
  5. P_Wop

    Ashes 21/22

    Well, Australia are 301/9, and two splendid sixes from Lyon, the first one right out of the ground into someone's back yard.  England will have it "all on" to bat this evening. EDIT, Lyon bowled, so 303 all out.
  6. P_Wop

    Ashes 21/22

    If England skittle Australia  out, I really wouldn't want to be England batting on that green track tonight under the lights.  Carnage.
  7. P_Wop

    Ashes 21/22

    Finally a tight match for the draw or Australia win.  5 overs to go, and 2 wickets.  Any bets? Now 270/9 with 2 overs to go.  Amazing
  8. P_Wop

    Ashes 21/22

    Come on!  Declare!  Australia 388 ahead.  388 has only been done once in a 4th innings in Test history.  England may escape out through the rain tomorrow otherwise. But a splendid two centuries from Khawaja.  Very rare!
  9. P_Wop

    Ashes 21/22

    Revised.... Australia will wait to declare until Khawaja has his second match century, or is dismissed.  As above, serious bowling attack at the end of the day.
  10. P_Wop

    Ashes 21/22

    So Australia declare at 270 or so, 390 ahead, and put England in late today for a few torrid overs, hoping to shatter some opening bats.  Then it's clean up on day 5, assuming the weather holds.
  11. P_Wop

    Ashes 21/22

    Boland's astonishing effort, from dismissing Bairstow at MCG to now:  W....W..W.W..............W......W..... His current numbers 4 4 0 2 And the Australian bowlers have 53 dot balls in a row, including 3 wickets. What a mess.
  12. P_Wop

    Ashes 21/22

    ^^^ Thanks, mate!
  13. P_Wop

    Ashes 21/22

    Yes, I forgot that 200+ requirement for the follow-on.  In any event, Australia need to make a good score quite quickly, and skittle out some poms tomorrow and on the last day to avoid a draw because of the weather. Strategy and tactics, but the weather will dictate a lot of things.  Just like...
  14. P_Wop

    Ashes 21/22

    OK, prediction time again.  Despite the continuing interruptions for rain, Australia get to 350 at end of play today, and declare.  England start tomorrow, lose 3 or 4 key batsmen early, and struggle to 175 all out at the end of day 3.  Australia make them play on, and skittle them out again...
  15. P_Wop

    Ashes 21/22

    Thanks for putting up this thread, mate.  I'm in California, so the possibilities of watching this live are zero point zero.  But I'm on the cricbuzz.com (by Times Of India of all people) website, where there's ball-by-ball written commentary.  Better than nuffin. Having both UK and Oz...
  16. P_Wop

    Ashes 21/22

    Fourth Test at the Sydney CG.  Miserable weather forecast, on and off rain for the whole five days.  A possible reprieve for England. Anyway, Australia won the toss, and quite correctly elected to bat, despite the slow outfield.  Hopefully a start in ten minutes, half an hour late. Any bets?
  17. P_Wop

    Ashes 21/22

    English first class cricket has been lured away from five day Test matches by ODI and T20 sport.  The Test format requires a totally different physical and mental discipline.  That's why it's called a "Test." Discuss.
  18. P_Wop

    Ashes 21/22

    Any bets for Sydney and Hobart?  Now the Ashes are gone, might there be a resurgence of spirit among the touring side? I fear not, and that it will be a clean sweep, 5-0.
  19. P_Wop

    Ashes 21/22

    An innings and 14 runs.  Sadly my prediction wasn't far out.  But all out for 68!!!!  That's a schoolboy side score.  Ouch.
  20. P_Wop

    Ashes 21/22

    You may be right.  Australia 219-8 now. The tail isn't wriggling too much.
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