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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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    2019-20 Big Bash League

    Still remember watching the cricinfo ticker go over for Craig Simmons last over six to win a game at the WACA against Tassie one summer. https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8627/scorecard/361318/western-australia-vs-tasmania-twenty20-big-bash-2008-09 And the ABC Grandstand call of Aaron Heal...
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    Things Cricket Needs

    Think I've dragged out this story before ala Chappelli, but Gilchrist on debut in an ODI tri series over somewhere in India walked out for the very first time in his Australian cap to face Pat Symcox and another spinner in the middle overs on a turning wicket. Over or two in and they switch back...
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    Game Day 2019 Draft - picks 23, 55, 60, 65, 68, 83 Thursday 28 November : Mead + 2 picks?

    I agree that Butcher and Shaw were very good selections. Butcher in particular absolutely had the talent to be a fantastic key forward, those handful of weeks in 2011 were genuinely as exciting as I have seen from a young key forward. But wrecked by injury and then later self doubt. Shaw had a...
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    Vernon Philander to call it quits

    Absolutely beautiful bowler to watch, one of the most graceful I've seen operating short of a length outside off. There's some great quicks about the moment, but none really in his style I can think of off the top of my head. Hope he goes out with a win.
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    List Mgmt. 2019 Draft Mega Thread - Pickett is not eligible as F/S or NGA

    Nah two nights is better.

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