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This is why not many enjoy cricket anymore, especially Aussie cricket, and 20:20.
Politics and money. Wearing the baggy green was always the honour.
Footy is going the same way. Political correctness, social media.
It used to be about the enjoyment of the contest.
 

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Sounds like we are somehow supposed to believe Langer was unaware of this despite CA knowing.
They haven't said that - I would be surprised if he didn't know.

Having said I have seen instances of a HR investigation into am employee and management at different levels not know. Having said that, I would be surprised if Langer didn't know.
 

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We all know it won't happen but Richardson has put himself ahead of Starc for the first test.
Would be a deserved and on form pick. 99% won't happen though. Unfortunately it is a lot easier to continue with the existing formula. Until you lose that is..

What are peoples tips for the series?

I desperately don't want it to happen but if Root and Stokes get a hold of us with Lyon looking less effective than he was and Starc on the decline I have England with the series win.
 

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Unfortunately it is a lot easier to continue with the existing formula. Until you lose that is..
Australia did lose though, to India last summer. Starc had a horrible series, 11 wickets @ 41. Lyon was worse, 9 @ 55. Yet they're rarely under pressure to hold their spots.
 

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Australia did lose though, to India last summer. Starc had a horrible series, 11 wickets @ 41. Lyon was worse, 9 @ 55. Yet they're rarely under pressure to hold their spots.
Yes - sorry I should have been clear. I think the T20 could wrongly act as a pressure reliever for the Test team. And if they view it as they are on a winning formula then it will be hard to change. We need to start trialling another option to Lyon and Starc asap. I personally think we must have a better keeper option given Paines age.
 

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Would be a deserved and on form pick. 99% won't happen though. Unfortunately it is a lot easier to continue with the existing formula. Until you lose that is..

What are peoples tips for the series?

I desperately don't want it to happen but if Root and Stokes get a hold of us with Lyon looking less effective than he was and Starc on the decline I have England with the series win.
5-0 Australia.

Stokes the only danger to us losing a test.

Hope this doesn’t come back to bight me but until Stokes was included in the squad, it was the worst England squad selected for an Ashes since 2002/03.
 

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5-0 Australia.

Stokes the only danger to us losing a test.

Hope this doesn’t come back to bight me but until Stokes was included in the squad, it was the worst England squad selected for an Ashes since 2002/03.
I don't have the same confidence. But that would be a fun summer!
 

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