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    Vernon Philander to call it quits

    It's a disappointment as is still performing beautifully at test level and is a point of difference from Rabada, Nortje and Ngidi. They'll need Pretorius and Mulder to provide that role in the team. Having said that, being almost 35 and now a one format player with South Africa only playing a...
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    Siddle retires from international cricket

    Yes that was a huge effort, he couldn't get up for the next test sadly so the entire attack got changed out and they copped a belting over in Perth. That debut by du Plessis has claims as the greatest of all time for a batsman given what he did up against it in the first innings and then the...
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    England tour of South Africa (4 Tests, 3 ODIs, 3 T20s)

    Did you watch van der Dussen? He's a guy who looks right in the mould of a Hussey or du Plessis being made to wait until his early 30's for test cricket after coming through the short form sides. Hamza looks to have an impressive game too - based on that first innings and his performances in the...
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    England tour of South Africa (4 Tests, 3 ODIs, 3 T20s)

    The wheels looked to have fallen off England after that first session, but pretty good effort to remain in the match. Presumably this will be the final day.
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    Cricket bat porn

    GM still has the classic look - I absolutely love the blue of the version de Kock and Head have been using. But yeah other than that not much stands out at all. Bring back the Woodworms!
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    BBL|09 Game 14: Sydney Sixers v Sydney Thunder @ SCG 28th Dec 2019 7:10pm AEDT

    Dumb comment for the day. Anyone in their right mind picking him over Anderson, Broad, Archer or Woakes in a test match. Nope. Impressive talent in the short forms though and clearly made of the right stuff for success in the future.
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    2019 International TOTY

    Yeah sorry I did mean that to say "not on top of the stats". Going off "the eye" I would take Stokes the bowler over Jimmy but yes there's not a lot of difference between the two particularly given Neesham's ability at the death.
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    England tour of South Africa (4 Tests, 3 ODIs, 3 T20s)

    I would agree, but the decision was made that the second wasn't actually a no-ball, it was not all that far off the stumps so a bit of a grey area not helped by the umpires immediate call and reversal.
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    England tour of South Africa (4 Tests, 3 ODIs, 3 T20s)

    Where did this dropkick stupid idea that he was a "mug" come from? Acquitted himself very solidly in the Ashes then followed up with a good series in NZ. Not as exciting a selection as Bairstow or Vince at three but continues to do his job very well. Those are the most Philander figures ever 4...
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    England tour of South Africa (4 Tests, 3 ODIs, 3 T20s)

    Pretorius batted very nicely for a debutant, helped haul them out of what looked to be a disastrous first day was unsure how he'd be suited to the number 7 spot but pretty good signs if that's any guide. Philander is as good a number 8 going too so while its not the strongest about I don't think...
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    2019 International TOTY

    Will preface by acknowledging I am on top of the stats. Having said that both teams look about right, so good effort - but struggle to see how Stokes doesn't so much get a look in in either side given the year he has had in the most critical moments.
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    England tour of South Africa (4 Tests, 3 ODIs, 3 T20s)

    England have had a very disrupted preparation through illness and other health matters & through the appointments of Smith, Kallis, Langeveldt back into the SA setup there's been a lot of positivity on their side coming into the home summer. So while would expect England to have the personnel to...
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    New ODI comp featuring India, England, Australia & one other?

    Yeah I think tri / quad series are good and still have a place to play in the game, but if moves like this are fixed then it perpetuates the gulf between the haves and have nots.
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    Vernon Philander to call it quits

    Off the top of my head he had five series against us - three over there and two in Aus :think: Thats's a pretty significant proportion of an 8 or 9 year test career.
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    Leaving Australia to live overseas.

    The Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown episode on Oman is outstanding. Should still be on SBS On-Demand.

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