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Amazing achievement for Broad and only seems to be getting better. Few more wickets in him yet.

Pretty awful shot from Hope given the circumstances. 31 off 38 not quite what they needed.
 

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Slightly odd question. Anyone know why our bowlers are all wearing hair bands, bandanas etc? Have they not had post lockdown haircuts yet or is it sweat related towards shining the ball? It is not the weather and seems too coordinated for there not to be something behind it.
 

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Slightly odd question. Anyone know why our bowlers are all wearing hair bands, bandanas etc? Have they not had post lockdown haircuts yet or is it sweat related towards shining the ball? It is not the weather and seems too coordinated for there not to be something behind it.
I am guessing it is so as sweat is not wiped off and put on the ball. Also may be an issue with having towels around to wipe of sweat.
 
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Slightly odd question. Anyone know why our bowlers are all wearing hair bands, bandanas etc? Have they not had post lockdown haircuts yet or is it sweat related towards shining the ball? It is not the weather and seems too coordinated for there not to be something behind it.

definitely a haircut thing, possibly a sweat thing and improbably theyre forming a boy band ;)
 

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hopes shot and now chases run out, WI reverting to type more and more as the series goes on
Blackwood's turn around in his style of batting in Tests is pretty remarkable though and should be the blueprint for his team-mates. Still played the odd stupid shot in the series, going to be hard to get rid of the old-style completely, but the way he's played this series compared to the last time he played in England is drastically different. Fair play to him.

Also fair play to Woakes, bowled nicely today. Such a solid performer in English conditions!
 

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5 for Woakes. Awesome stuff. Nothing remarkable, no crazy movement but in these conditions and against this batting line-up bowling accurately and regularly testing them by hitting the stumps is enough. Well bowled.
 
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5 for Woakes. Awesome stuff. Nothing remarkable, no crazy movement but in these conditions and against this batting line-up bowling accurately and regularly testing them by hitting the stumps is enough. Well bowled.
hes superb in English conditions, just nibbles it about a little from a perfect length, if it swings then hes even more dangerous

selectors got a tough choice again next test, 4 seamers and Stokes and a spinner a luxury, cant see them not bringing Crawley back in so leave out the spinner or one of Anderson/Archer? will depend how many overs they think they can get from Stokes i guess, wouldnt be a fan of no spinner personally either
 

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Stokes was saying he may be fit to bowl in this Test, so hopefully by 5th of August he'll be alright to bowl. If Stokes is fit, then Crawley should come back in. As for the bowling attack Broad has to play, and then I would pick Bess as I like having a spinner and then it's two of Woakes, Anderson and Archer for the final spots. At the minute I'm leaning towards Woakes and Archer for the First Test.
 

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Denly injured for the first game, so could have picked Salt after all. Bloody selectors.

Banton and Billings play. England bowl first with an attack of Curran, Mahmood, Willey, Rashid, and Moeen. Should be strong enough to beat Ireland, but not the strongest or paciest attack going.
 
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Delany's got quite the technique. Holds it like a baseball bat.

Little bit of movement up front for England, nice start from Willey.

got a wicket with a leg stump half volley and another with a wide ball outside off, very generous from the Irish

looks an utter road, shame we didnt bat first!
 

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got a wicket with a leg stump half volley and another with a wide ball outside off, very generous from the Irish

looks an utter road, shame we didnt bat first!
I guess. Thought his 2nd over was decent, was getting it to move off the deck a touch. Does look flat though, Delany showing just how flat it is. Going after it now! Could be entertaining if he sticks around for a while.
 
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