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Sven Roeder 8:52 Thu Aug 17
1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
PINK BALLS for a 2pm start

England: 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Mark Stoneman, 3 Tom Westley, 4 Joe Root (capt), 5 Dawid Malan, 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 8 Moeen Ali, 9 Toby Roland-Jones, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 James Anderson

Chris Woakes and Mason Crane miss out

West Indies (probable): 1 Kraigg Brathwaite, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Kyle Hope, 4 Shai Hope, 5 Roston Chase, 6 Jermaine Blackwood, 7 Shane Dowrich (wk), 8 Jason Holder (capt), 9 Devendra Bishoo or Alzarri Joseph, 10 Kemar Roach, 11 Shannon Gabriel

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Westside 4:26 Tue Aug 22
Re: 1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
Pink balls.

Good article here, by Mark Nicholas, on the subject.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/20404420/mark-nicholas-whether-day-night-tests-feasible-england-cold-weather

swindon hammer 4:05 Sun Aug 20
Re: 1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
Although it's probably better for the game of Cricket if there was a strong West Indies side the fact is no one apart from ourselves were crying when England hit rock bottom at various point during the 80s and 90s.

I am glad we are taking advantage of the weaknesses of sides like the WI and showing no mercy like they and the Aussies would always do in the past.

We are probably only 2 players away from having a really great side that can win ashes series and trophies.

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 4:05 Sun Aug 20
Re: 1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
FC

Yes, mate, I got over-excited ;)

Far Cough 3:55 Sun Aug 20
Re: 1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
Ahem*

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 3:50 Sun Aug 20
Re: 1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
kips

Joel Croft?

And relation to Colin Garner?

I'm not sure Constantine was that fearsome a bowler, either, certainly not in the company of the great ones you posted, to which I would and Sylvester Clarke and Ian Bishop. Especially Bishop.

Sven Roeder 1:58 Sun Aug 20
Re: 1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
Would some runs knocked up against some half hearted Windies bowlers facing a 350 run first innings deficit made much difference?
The selectors need to make a decision as to who they see as the best choices for the Ashes and give them two more Tests against the Windies to feel a bit more comfortable in the team.
Having settled on Stoneman, Westley & Malan they need to be given a chance.

Given England have their top 2 wicket takers of all time, their leading run scorer ever and are captained by their best batsman of the last 20 years I can't imagine why they don't think they should win the Ashes easily no matter who bats at 2,3 & 5.

Far Cough 1:53 Sun Aug 20
Re: 1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
Joel Croft

Colin Garner

kips 1:51 Sun Aug 20
Re: 1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
Quite sad to see the current state of Caribbean cricket.
Really can't understand how they can't manage to produce a decent quickie.
Sir Learie Constantine
Wes Hall
Charlie Griffiths
Holding
Marshall
Walsh
Garner
Paterson
Andy Roberts
Curtly Ambrose
Joel Croft

Used to be a conveyor belt.

Sniper 1:46 Sun Aug 20
Re: 1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
We shouldn't have made them follow on seeing as stoneman westley and malan now only have 2 more tests to show they can do anything before the ashes

Might as well just bring hales back in

Sven Roeder 1:36 Sun Aug 20
Re: 1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
Expecting England to get utterly smashed in the second Test ,matty?
Seems unduly pessimistic to me.

Dr Matt 12:58 Sun Aug 20
Re: 1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
Based on the last home Ashes series, I just assumed England were playing Australia this week!

Sven Roeder 11:45 Sun Aug 20
Re: 1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
They retired Chanderpaul.
Left him out when he was still scoring runs but was just short of passing Lara in runs scored.

Viv ran out 3 of the first 4 Aust batsmen in the 1975 World Cup final including both Chappells. Probably won them the game along with Lloyds brilliant century as the margin was only 17 runs at the end.
They were always fantastic in the field and caught everything.
Don't think I have seen a team dive over more balls than the Windies did in this Test. Cook's 200 came up by a ball going through third mans legs with a ball he could have sat on.

Far Cough 11:26 Sun Aug 20
Re: 1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
Fuck off with your sudoku bollocks

Coffee 11:25 Sun Aug 20
Re: 1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
Is 'batter' the gender-sensitive word for batsman?

Far Cough 11:22 Sun Aug 20
Re: 1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
Has Chanderpaul retired then? I really liked him as a batter

Westside 11:17 Sun Aug 20
Re: 1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
And the fielding is absolutely atrocious.
Which was another thing they were always fantastic at.

So true. Didn't they have 5 run outs against Australia, in the first world cup final? Vaguely remember Sir Viv, got 3 of them?

normannomates 12:53 Sun Aug 20
Re: 1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
Joe blob
Well said mate.
this lot are a fuckin disgrace...should be kicked out and told to get their shirt together...they are on Ireland's level.
Like you say..when you think of the greats of the past..it's shameful

Sven Roeder 12:53 Sun Aug 20
Re: 1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
They were the greatest team of all time but they also played hard and were ruthless.

When I watch this current team .... allowing for the fact that most of their players are sub-standard .... they look half hearted. Noone gets angry or bowls a few bouncers or breaks sweat.
And the fielding is absolutely atrocious.
Which was another thing they were always fantastic at.

joe blob 12:41 Sun Aug 20
Re: 1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
At their peak they had one of the best opening partnerships in Greenidge and Haynes, One of the all time great batsmen in Viv Richards and the finest fast bowling partnership ever in Roberts and Holding. On top of that, a ruthless and talented captain in Clive Lloyd. Losing to them was inevitable but also a privilege to watch.

This lot today are an embarrassment.

Sven Roeder 12:35 Sun Aug 20
Re: 1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
I do.

It was the outstanding stat of the Windies 80's heyday.
For the record obviously they weren't playing SA but their record in the 80's v the others was:

England P24 W 17 D 7 L 0
India P19 W 9 D9 L1
Australia P 19 W 11 D 5 L 3

Takashi Miike 12:27 Sun Aug 20
Re: 1st Test England v West Indies (D/N) at Edgbaston
you love an anti england dig :.)

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