I'm very bored at work today, so I've been playing alphabetty teams. Can anyone beat this B-team using players who share the same letter of either first or last name but not a mix of both?
Nick Browne Daniel Bell-Drummond (Rory Burns preferable, but I kinda avoided England players) Scott Borthwick Gary Ballance Tom Banton (wk) George Bartlett (Jos Buttler preferable) Dom Bess Keith Barker Henry Brookes (Stuart Broad) Jack Brooks Jake Ball
Can’t you have something like half the England team using Js? Roy Root Denly Buttler Bairstow Leach Archer. Add Anderson when fit, Ball maybe, and Hildreth? and that’s not bad. Bit light on actual openers though.
Ugh. Quite apart from the fact that the regulation says excessive bounce and they seem to have done us for turn, which is a totally different thing, it's the weird honing in on spin that gets me. If a pitch is flat as a pancake and it's 800 v 700 nobody bats the slightest eyelid. If it's green and seaming and Luis Reece or Neil Dexter takes 7-14 nobody minds, but woe betide a pitch spin. If you treated things in all three directions equally I wouldn't really mind this, but we don't.
It was October and had been raining solidly for three weeks, including for most of the game itself. You're not going to get a good pitch in those circumstances I'm afraid.
Clearly the groundsman needs to be hauled over hot coles... except that he's done such a bad job Hampshire have poached him. Rather odd.
Post by pierredelafranchesca on Nov 19, 2019 9:51:36 GMT
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Winds me up no end, as you say Nemo 1500 runs for 17 wickets over 4 days is absolutely fine! Kyle Abbott taking 17 for none in a 2 day win, no problemo chaps. But some excessive spin again and its a massive points deduction. I appreciate that Somerset had been warned this would happen but it will not stop me being pissed off about it. I mean, ffs, the ECB have changed the decision at the toss to try and encourage pitches that will turn, so we can develop spinners to prop up what was a gaping hole in the England team, Somerset rock up and contribute Bess and Leach to the set up and get kicked for it.
Lancs were castigated in 2016 - the season that helped develop Hameed - for playing on roads. Not long ago, certain grounds were designated as bounties for batsmen, Taunton, Lord's, Oval and Rose Bowl for instance. Forcing games to happen on periods of expected disruption has made groundsmen to work up pitches that produced results in 2 days. Again, the blame should sit mightily on suits.
Another possible benefit from a possible balancing act is that we might actually develop a couple of skilled spinners along the way. If expecting Harmer to qualify for England is the resolution selectors are seeking, it surely is a time to set things right.
ECB are quite well-known to shoot their own feet repeatedly, so it doesn't surprise me. Imagine the sheer agony it would have caused if Somerset had won the game and then had this thing. A real kick in the gut. Having said that, pitches in Chelmsford and Cheltenham were fantastic and had a bit for everyone. Those are the sort of surfaces that aid in test match cricket for sure.
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