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    The Ashes 2017/18

    2 Days until the Ashes starts and not a thread posted as of yet so thought i'd get the ball rolling!

    Lots of mouth already from the Aussies, mainly from Nathan Lyon and Matty Hayden, talking about ending careers and not knowing who most of the england squad are.

    Impressed that the same hasnt been coming from our camp considering I genuinely do not know who some of the aussie squad are. Hoping that we can do a job on them because the debacle of 4 years ago needs avenging and i feel like we can really punish them on home soil.

    Stokes will be missed massively as last time out he was the only one, imho, that had a decent series or even stood up to be counted.
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    Re: The Ashes 2017/18

    It's going to be a tough one to follow, for me, due to the time zone and coverage only on BT. It could be a tour that just passes me by, particularly if we are getting stuffed .

    I heard a few ex pros saying how important the test at Brisbane is. It will set the tone for the whole tour. England need to hold on as best they can.
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    Re: The Ashes 2017/18

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tyrion View Post
    It's going to be a tough one to follow, for me, due to the time zone and coverage only on BT. It could be a tour that just passes me by, particularly if we are getting stuffed .

    I heard a few ex pros saying how important the test at Brisbane is. It will set the tone for the whole tour. England need to hold on as best they can.
    I dont think its a case of holding on mate, i think we have a decent enough side compared to theirs. We just need to build innings rather than getting after it early doors. Stoneman is going to be tested by hazelwood and starc (I think cummins is pretty bonk if im honest) but if he digs in there is good runs to be scored on quick outfields down under. Its all about how long we can bat for, i think we have the bowling to knock them over its just about getting runs on the board.
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    Re: The Ashes 2017/18

    Pretty bonk? Is that good or bad. Sorry I'm not up to date with current word usage.
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    Re: The Ashes 2017/18

    Quote Originally Posted by Jates12 View Post
    I dont think its a case of holding on mate, i think we have a decent enough side compared to theirs. We just need to build innings rather than getting after it early doors. Stoneman is going to be tested by hazelwood and starc (I think cummins is pretty bonk if im honest) but if he digs in there is good runs to be scored on quick outfields down under. Its all about how long we can bat for, i think we have the bowling to knock them over its just about getting runs on the board.
    I think that it is a great summing up. We have not been great at batting time recently though. They need to that 1st test.
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    Re: The Ashes 2017/18

    Stoneman has played a decent amount of Aussie grade cricket. He should be used to quick, slippery pitches. Hopefully.

    We are probably a slightly better side on paper, yet playing away we are slight underdogs. I think the louder the Aussies talk the more they are covering up their deficiencies.

    Get a draw or a win at the GABBA and we are on!

    Hopefully Lyon will get 0-215
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    Re: The Ashes 2017/18

    Hayden's comments are pretty lame considering he is supposed to be a pundit.

    The Aussie chat is so predictable that it is just boring now. I fear that the actual cricket is not going to match the hype and the series turns into something akin to a pantomime.

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    Re: The Ashes 2017/18

    TBH batting i think the sides are pretty even, they have it when it comes to pace bowling though, i think Stokes is the big loss.

    a tight series with who ever has the least batting collapses winning the series
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    Re: The Ashes 2017/18

    Team the Aussies have picked is really weird. Tim Paine keeping wicket despite not keeping wicket domestically for years since his injury, dropping Renshaw because some high profile former players slagged him off in the press, directors announcing a focus on bringing youth through and then picking Shaun Marsh again. Don't think they're in a much better position than us really, I could see us pulling off a win if the top order click, Stokes is a huge loss though.
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    Re: The Ashes 2017/18

    The trash talking (especially from Lyon) is typically Ozzie and boring. I'm glad we're rising above it. I think the Ozzie attack is better than ours, and as much as it pains me to say it, Hazlewood, Starc and Lyon are class. Lyon in particular has developed into a world class test spinner. I think it will be a very close contest. We need Anderson and Broad to step up big time.
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