Banter The WCE Ashes Banter Thread (Ball tampering permitted)

ConcreteWaters

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What an absolute howler overturned. How can you not see the massive inside edge onto the pad!? Then the check for a clear bump ball that the players didn't even go up for. Are these guys supposed to be international standard umpires?
 

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Agent93

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Smith is a truely amazing cricketer. Who would have thought the little leggie/all rounder who debuted for Australia would go on to become the 2nd best batsman of all time (I reckon its a given)?
You're going to ignore Tendulkar and Kohli in that conversation?
 

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All hail King Smith. Unbelieveable innings and pi**ed that I ended up switching off for the night when Pattinson was dismissed.

Credit to Siddle and Lyon for showing a bit of grit as well which was missing.

Fingers crossed for some early poles on day 2.

Need to get into Root and the middle order quickly. Comparing England's middle order to ours (Head, Wade, Paine VS. Buttler, Stokes and Bairstow) they are kilometres ahead.
 

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You're going to ignore Tendulkar and Kohli in that conversation?
Nope. By the end of their careers when they can all be judged equally I don't think there will be much of a conversation unless Smith's career is cut short by injury. I think he will be clear number 2. If he isnt then I'd also have Jaques Kallis in that conversation.
 

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24 centuries and counting only just turned 30
If we're comparing apples, Virat's 30 and has 25 test centuries. Sachin had 31 before he was 30.

Given you mentioned Smith is second and Tendulkar in front, am I to infer you consider Smith better than Bradman? Surely not.
 

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If we're comparing apples, Virat's 30 and has 25 test centuries. Sachin had 31 before he was 30.

Given you mentioned Smith is second and Tendulkar in front, am I to infer you consider Smith better than Bradman? Surely not.
Lets not forget Smith was also a bit of a late bloomer and had a full year out of the game in his prime. An average of over 62 in 118 innings is special. I reckon we are going to see some amazing innings from him in this series, he is extremely talented but his drive and determination is something else altogether.
Im very much looking forward to watching it all play out.
 

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Lets not forget Smith was also a bit of a late bloomer and had a full year out of the game in his prime. An average of over 62 in 118 innings is special. I reckon we are going to see some amazing innings from him in this series, he is extremely talented but his drive and determination is something else altogether.
Im very much looking forward to watching it all play out.
Yeah, I don't disagree with that at all. I'm just suggesting there's other players who deserve to be in the conversation.
 

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Best batsmen in the world open the innings like Boycott . Batting when the ball is older is easier . 3 balls in a row in 1 Broad over Smith couldnt get a bat on lucky not to nick . Left a ball that hit him on the pads was given out was lucky it seamed away from stumps only thing that saved him . Was a shocking leave . Was able to survive til the ball was old and out of shape . Englands best bowler down as well . He bats ok . His scratching around is annoying.
 

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Best batsmen in the world open the innings like Boycott . Batting when the ball is older is easier . 3 balls in a row in 1 Broad over Smith couldnt get a bat on lucky not to nick . Left a ball that hit him on the pads was given out was lucky it seamed away from stumps only thing that saved him . Was a shocking leave . Was able to survive til the ball was old and out of shape . Englands best bowler down as well . He bats ok . His scratching around is annoying.
He came in at 2/17 with the ball hooping around and scored over half the teams total and left a ball that was missing the stumps. But yeah he only batted OK.
 

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