QF WP’s First Test Trip Report - Ashes v England, 8-10 Dec 2021

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My brother and I have a long running gag of giving each other cricket merch and I will go and buy a $2 Vodafone Sim and dig out my CommBank EFTPOS card before I go to the Sydney test if there is the possibility of some merch.
 
Thought I’d say, brissy was the aperitif, entree, main course and dessert of this Ashes series...

adelaide the cheese platter with a great sticky wine and Melbourne the nightcap.

all over 3-0 Win and the Ashes retained !
 
From the guardian this morning.


My England team for the next Test,” says William Vincent.

  1. Laurel
  2. Hardy
  3. Morecambe
  4. Root (c)
  5. Wise
  6. Little
  7. Large
  8. Marx G (w)
  9. Robinson
  10. Wood
  11. Anderson

“Except, of course, that Robinson, Wood and Anderson will be rested for the more important fifth test and replaced by Marx H, French and Saunders.”
 
From the guardian this morning.


My England team for the next Test,” says William Vincent.

  1. Laurel
  2. Hardy
  3. Morecambe
  4. Root (c)
  5. Wise
  6. Little
  7. Large
  8. Marx G (w)
  9. Robinson
  10. Wood
  11. Anderson

“Except, of course, that Robinson, Wood and Anderson will be rested for the more important fifth test and replaced by Marx H, French and Saunders.”
Twelfth umm “man” Pats? - Patsy Stone
 
Mstrandye4 who is 10 and born here said this to mrsandye and me this evening

Q.Why did the chicken cross the road?
A. To go to the losers' house

Knock Knock!
We respond "Who's there?"
The chicken

🐔 🏏 🇦🇺 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿
 
So will Boland be passed over for the fourth test because he is an MCG specialist?
Though if I were the Englishmen I might be tempted to go out and catch covid so we all had to go home. ;)
 
So will Boland be passed over for the fourth test because he is an MCG specialist?
Though if I were the Englishmen I might be tempted to go out and catch covid so we all had to go home. ;)
Well yes
after all it seems to be the fashionable thing. Patel (NZ) took 14 in a Test in India, overlooked for the next game in NZ... RICHARDSON takes 5/ in Adelaide, bowls us to victory and then niggles overlooked.....


and um maybe sydney will bring on a Covid s..t storm ⛈
 
My worry is the usual over-hyping of this result against an ill prepared and fairly mediocre team. The results last year against a good, but not great, Indian side seem to have been whisked under the carpet by much of the media. Our batting is certainly suspect in a number of areas.
 
My worry is the usual over-hyping of this result against an ill prepared and fairly mediocre team. The results last year against a good, but not great, Indian side seem to have been whisked under the carpet by much of the media. Our batting is certainly suspect in a number of areas.
Since then there’s been two significant changes

I can see clearly now, T Paine is gone

P coughmins is Captain

Bowler rotation has taken place this year unlike last year where the coach griped “who would you have dropped?” We served up the same old same old last year and it’s why there were calls for the axing of Starc (wayward, he may be fast but accuracy was and is still terrible, but has gotten better this year, the ball that got stokes was a peach. The ball that got Root was so cough). And Lyons (spun his way to 56 wickets on Adelaide Oval in two less Tests than Shane Warne.
but it’s clear there’s more form amongst bowlers OUTSIDE the anointed 4 from NSW than inside them. And unless you turn over your Test team at the rate of 2 per year, unless someone is exceptional and goes on for a second lot of 6 years, you will plummet performance when they all age out.

As for England, with one selector / coach pfft some really bad decisions and inept batsmanship That would go well in F grade Turf cricket. Appalling
 
Since then there’s been two significant changes

I can see clearly now, T Paine is gone

P coughmins is Captain

Bowler rotation has taken place this year unlike last year where the coach griped “who would you have dropped?” We served up the same old same old last year and it’s why there were calls for the axing of Starc (wayward, he may be fast but accuracy was and is still terrible, but has gotten better this year, the ball that got stokes was a peach. The ball that got Root was so cough). And Lyons (spun his way to 56 wickets on Adelaide Oval in two less Tests than Shane Warne.
but it’s clear there’s more form amongst bowlers OUTSIDE the anointed 4 from NSW than inside them. And unless you turn over your Test team at the rate of 2 per year, unless someone is exceptional and goes on for a second lot of 6 years, you will plummet performance when they all age out.

As for England, with one selector / coach pfft some really bad decisions and inept batsmanship That would go well in F grade Turf cricket. Appalling

Yes the bowling attack does seem to be better placed and with more depth but the batting is still worrying to me. Dropped catches, wickets on no-balls etc seem to have allowed the problems to be disguised to some extent.

When you read how little County Cricket the English touring team have played then there is pretty good explanation for their inability to play innings of any length. I seem to remember that some of them have played something like 5 county matches over the last 3 years. The lure, to both players and administrators, to put modified baseball games and the money involved in front of first class cricket seems to be having a very deleterious effect on their ability to play at test level.
 
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David Boon has been diagnosed with Covid and will miss the next test as Match Referee. He is non-symptomatic.

However, I think he must have bribed the ABC journalist who wrote the story as Boon was described as "The former Test batter and off-spin bowler". His Test bowling figures of 36 balls for 0/14 and his 14 First Class wickets in 350 matches at around 50 certainly stretch the definition of an off-spin bowler. Definitely a bit of a gloss on his career.

 
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David Boon has been diagnosed with Covid and will miss the next test as Match Referee. He is non-symptomatic.

However, I think he must have bribed the ABC journalist who wrote the story as Boon was described as "The former Test batter and off-spin bowler". His Test bowling figures of 36 balls for 0/14 and his 14 First Class wickets in 350 matches at around 50 certainly stretch the definition of an off-spin bowler. Definitely a bit of a gloss on his career.

He spun a good yarn.
 
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