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Eggchaser
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Then the management should know bloody well which players need the lash put to them to make sure they're bloody well fit and up to the job and which are able to look after themselves in a competent manner.
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Joe Public
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Heard Boycott on Five Live earlier chastising Strauss for his conservative approach today.

This comes only weeks after I read Botham's 'Head On' autobiography in which he laments a lack of professionalism in the modern game.

Irony is rife in cricket at the moment.

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Well, that wasn't boring.

NZ should have learnt by now not to underestimate these minnows. But it'll be fun tomorrow, one way or t'other. Apart from the weather forecast (no rain in sight), I'll stick with my prediction above, reserving the right to define "close to winning" as "losing".

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Pietersen's comments sound a bit more sane now given how NZ struggled as soon as they got aggresive.

though it was still a stunningly slow bit of scoring from England.

Well done Siders today, lot's of punditry suggesting this is a big moment in Harmisons career... Vaughan has lost faith in him and he may have lost faith in himself.

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England 31-4 in pursuit of 300.

When pundits talked during New Zealand's third-innings collapse of 'another Adelaide' they weren't. But like then, it's gonna be England on the losing end of one.

Isn't it about time the supposedly world class Pietersen played a halfway significant Test innings? He's basically done fuck all since his flat-track bullied 200 against the West Indies. He's barely even justifying his own place in the team.

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Tee-Rex
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Well, New Zealand have been rewarded for being positive, throughout the Test. They batted better and faster than England, they then pushed for runs to set up the fourth innings chase, and even this morning Vettori was "too generous" with his declaration (i.e he played to win). They took the risk of losing, and the result is, now they can't.

That doesn't necessarily mean they'll win, but at least there won't be the travesty of England going one up after about one good hour in five days.

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It grieves me to say I agree with you. All the things I've liked about Vaughan's England over the past five years - the quick scoring, the positive bowling - are evaporating now. We deserve to lose this one.
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NZ have taken an eight wicket. They're closing in on victory.

I'm tired and want to go to bed, but can't leave a game at such a stage.

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Game over. England bowled out for 110. Good God, England were dreadful.

I'm off to bed.

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Duncan Gardner v8.2
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Ha ha that was hilarious. I dozed off at lunchtime, but luckily the England badminders kept sending updates during the wee hours.
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Given the circumstances - with the greatest respect to NZ cricket - a truly pitiful 'effort' from England.

Take Cook's catching out of the equation and there was nothing positive to take from this at all.

Moores will be lucky see this tour out.

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Oh my good god. Well we didn't get bowled out by the spinners because we got bowled out by the seamers.
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Unkind people often suggest New Zealand is a bit behind the times, and for once I agree. Watching England's fourth innings performance was like being transported back to the mid-1990s. Shut your eyes and it was possible to imagine an Atherton-inspired collapse from 3 down, or Ed Giddens' wickets being splintered.

Watching that, it's odd to think that this England team, not so long ago, were considered to be bristling with potential. It's hard not to fear the worst. Has Pietersen been comprehensively rumbled by video analysis of his flawed technique, as Strauss was? Has Matthew Hoggard succumbed to the death of a thousand cuts by injuries and illness? Was Duncan Fletcher's parting shot to the England team to fatally torpedo Panesar's confidence? Is that really Steve Harmison, or a trundling, radarless impostor? Why don't England have the strength in depth for a root and branch reform? And what the hell are they going to do?

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Perhaps a subject for a separate thread but has there ever been such a flash in the pan performance as England's Ashes series win?

Ever since then they have been utterly dreadful in test cricket.

It started with Flintoff's staggeringly drunk celebrations which screamed out how unprofessional English cricket is and how one Ashes series win was seen as enough success by the senior players.

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Perhaps a subject for a separate thread but has there ever been such a flash in the pan performance as England's Ashes series win?

Ever since then they have been utterly dreadful in test cricket.

It started with Flintoff's staggeringly drunk celebrations which screamed out how unprofessional English cricket is and how one Ashes series win was seen as enough success by the senior players.

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