2019 New Zealand vs England (5 T20Is, 2 Tests)

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Remember Ponting didn’t play that series? Even with how you spin it that is was a resounding win in Australia they still got beaten badly in South Africa and England so hardly a dominant side that has proved a lot
With respect Ponting missing that series given his general issues in India (one century there for his career I think) was of far less consequence than the others
 

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Pope keeping wickets for the 6th time in a first class match.

Will there come a point where england realise that plugging a gap with makeshift options simply isn’t working for them?
 

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Pope keeping wickets for the 6th time in a first class match.

Will there come a point where england realise that plugging a gap with makeshift options simply isn’t working for them?
I'm not sure they had much choice in this case. Buttler hurt his back the day before the test (it's why you should never go to a gym) and they had no other keeper in the squad.
 
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I'm not sure they had much choice in this case. Buttler hurt his back the day before the test (it's why you sould never go to a gym) and they had no other keeper in the squad.
Ah ok, I assumed they had Bairstow in the squad at least
 

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Just hope Root doesn't overbowl Archer, Root is seriously a stupid captain and his batting is nowadays as good as Ishant's. Overrated English bloke doesn't deserve to be compared with Smith, Kohli, Kane & I.
 

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Why don't they stick with the match day coverage during the lunch break instead of cutting away to a filler program?
 

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Bowling first looks a strange decision given the conditions in the 1st session. I think the stats show winning the toss and bowling first has actually seen Test teams lose more matches than they've won in the last 10 or so years.
 

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Bowling first looks a strange decision given the conditions in the 1st session. I think the stats show winning the toss and bowling first has actually seen Test teams lose more matches than they've won in the last 10 or so years.
I've never looked into the stats, but it seems to backfire more often than not.
 

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Despite some admittedly fearsome spells during the Ashes, anyone think people might’ve jumped the gun on calling Archer the next big thing in English cricket? Has one wicket in his past 60 something test overs.
 

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Despite some admittedly fearsome spells during the Ashes, anyone think people might’ve jumped the gun on calling Archer the next big thing in English cricket? Has one wicket in his past 60 something test overs.
Depends if he decides to bowl fast or go through the motions. Even during the ashes he went through the motions, especially when pitch didnt suit him (or until smith came to bat)
 

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Stokes again. What has happened to him. He’d probably be the guy I’d choose to catch a ball if my life was on the line. Not anymore
 

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Despite some admittedly fearsome spells during the Ashes, anyone think people might’ve jumped the gun on calling Archer the next big thing in English cricket? Has one wicket in his past 60 something test overs.
He’s in his 6th Test and took 20 wickets in 4 tests during the most high intensity series on the planet.

Geez no one gets cut much slack these days.
 

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A good recovery from Latham and Taylor after losing a couple of early wickets, hopefully Raval gets replaced for the series here as he's a walking wicket.



Just helping out his countrymen.
Haha where was that patriotism is the WC final?
 

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He’s in his 6th Test and took 20 wickets in 4 tests during the most high intensity series on the planet.

Geez no one gets cut much slack these days.
Good point - there just seems to be a massive difference when he’s cranking it up and when he’s just going through the motions.
 

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He’s in his 6th Test and took 20 wickets in 4 tests during the most high intensity series on the planet.

Geez no one gets cut much slack these days.
I agree to an extent, but let's not forget how brittle the Australian battting attack was.

The first innings of the first Test proved that it was pretty fragile even without Archer bowling to it.
 

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I agree to an extent, but let's not forget how brittle the Australian battting attack was.

The first innings of the first Test proved that it was pretty fragile even without Archer bowling to it.
Absolutely it was.

But it’s as though people were expecting MORE from him and he’s been a tremendous let down.

If a batsman started his career with a couple of centuries and 400 runs in an ashes series and then had a quiet first test overseas no one would say a word.
 

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