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Pops started the topic in Thursday, 17 Dec 2020 at 9:57am

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Pops commented Thursday, 17 Dec 2020 at 9:59am

First test v India starts today... feels like the first real cricket in a long time.
Any predictions?

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Westofthelake commented Thursday, 17 Dec 2020 at 10:45am

No sandpaper will be used in this series.

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indo-dreaming commented Thursday, 17 Dec 2020 at 11:51am

Like my AFL but cricket, god id rather watch paint dry.

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Rabbits68 commented Thursday, 17 Dec 2020 at 1:14pm

Man of the Series. Joe Burns ;)

Seriously though, I just hope there’s a bit in the wickets. If they produce roads, it will be a boring bat-fest I reckon.

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Pops commented Thursday, 17 Dec 2020 at 1:39pm

Yeah, I'm with you there.
They normally leave a bit of grass on for the day/night games so fingers crossed... might make Bumrah even more of a handful though.
I'm picking Cam Green to do well (100 runs over the match & a few wickets) and give the selectors a real headache when Warner's fit again.

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velocityjohnno commented Thursday, 17 Dec 2020 at 4:26pm

Which channel on, is it free to air?
Always nice to have a bit of humidity and a pitch that will allow a bit of spin. A test with India is usually a big match too.
Indo I love the WSL panning the lineups... cos test cricket

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Pops commented Thursday, 17 Dec 2020 at 4:45pm

Yeah free to air on 7, plus on abc radio.

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bluediamond commented Thursday, 17 Dec 2020 at 5:12pm

Good start by the Aussies. Kohli looks to be settling in nicely. Could be in for a cracker. Yew!

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Pops commented Thursday, 17 Dec 2020 at 5:18pm

Yeah finely poised. If we can get an early wicket or two in the twilight session it swing our way, but if Kohli and Pujara get set...

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bluediamond commented Thursday, 17 Dec 2020 at 5:25pm

Starc been bowling amazing. Be great to see how it all lines up under lights. Enjoy Pops!

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Pops commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 3:32pm

The Indian tailenders don't seem to have much interest in batting.

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Vic Local commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 3:41pm

That capitulation by the Indian tail is going to hurt them big time. By the time the sun sets their ball is going to be pretty old.
If the Aussies can get through to stumps only a few down, there's a shitload of runs to be made tomorrow.
Looks like India could miss out completely bowling with a new pill at night.

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Pops commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 3:46pm

Nominal 90 overs in a day (minus some for change of innings) so they might get a couple with the new pill before stumps. If we get through this little period ok we could be 250+ for not too many by then.

Bumrah and Yadav both looking right on the money though... Maybe pitching half a metre too short.

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Vic Local commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 4:03pm

Still poor game management. Kohli would be wanting a new pill at night with his bowlers fresh.
I reckon Rahane may have been spoken to after running out the skip, getting out a short time later, and then blowing a review!!!

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Pops commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 4:09pm

100% on Rahane. Game changing moment.
Though to get the new ball at night, they'd have had to be all out earlier, declared, or batted another couple of sessions. All unlikely.

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bluediamond commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 5:56pm

Wade and Burns. A couple of bloody nervous Nellies if ever i saw. Crave the day's of Hayden and Langer dominating the opening. Never would have seen that back then. Nice drop by India just then. Phew!

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bluediamond commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 6:52pm

Far out,..this is worse than the Trentbridge Ashes disaster a couple of years ago. Everytime i come back to see what's happening another wicket has fallen.

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velocityjohnno commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 7:16pm

Whoa what happened? Adelaide not known as a spinning pitch?

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Pops commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 7:20pm

Yeah. Not normally until the 5th day.
Very disciplined bowling by the quicks on a pitch that looks a little two paced, Ashwin reaping the rewards (Aus not patient enough)

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bluediamond commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 7:21pm

Very good bowling is killing the Aussies. Hat's off to India. Kohli took a screamer!

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linez commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 8:34pm

Great thread Pops, although I swear every time I check the score a wicket falls....

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Pops commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 8:59pm

Yeah bit like that.
I love these low scoring armwrestles though.

If we can get to within say 40, it'll be a very interesting next few days.

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Pops commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 9:01pm

Looking a bit less likely now. Last thing we needed was a runout.

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linez commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 9:21pm

I hope the selectors give Cam Green a few games to find his feet.. he looks the goods to me.

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Pops commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 9:24pm

Yep looked very composed.
Hard decision for the selectors when Warner's back. Drop Burns, keep Wade opening and keep Green?

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bluediamond commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 9:35pm

Defo keep Green. Could be a contest on next few days. Yew!

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linez commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 9:44pm

Yeah, hard one. I like something about Burns too, even tho he hasn't really delivered. I reckon he and Warner open fairly well. Bit of talk about Marcus Harris... not sure, but I could be proven wrong. Either way, give Green the opportunity to establish himself for a few games, could really build his confidence rather than deflate it if he's dropped too early.

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linez commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 9:46pm

And yeah, much better to have the game in the balance than a runs-fest..

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Rabbits68 commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 10:37pm

How good is Test Cricket? Loved the first two days. Beautifully poised.....

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bluediamond commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 10:53pm

Yep! Great Rabs. Looks good for the next couple of days.

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Rabbits68 commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 11:05pm

For sure BD! A near perfect cricket wicket always helps. If you’re good enough, there’s runs & wickets to be had....

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bluediamond commented Friday, 18 Dec 2020 at 11:12pm

Yep! Great Rabs. Looks good for the next couple of days.

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Spuddups commented Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 at 7:44am

Realistically these are the two teams that should be in the final at Lords. Quality Cricket.

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evosurfer commented Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 at 9:09am

Whats the go with channel 7 with live scores on TV but no picture
who in their right mind would sit and watch something like that
absolutely ludicrous. Im not a huge fan of cricket but dont mind a bit
here and there. Disgusting ,un Australian and damn right insulting.
Its the 21st century not the 1930s. SHAME SHAME SHAME channel 7.

IF im not surfing im racing

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Pops commented Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 at 9:16am

What're you getting at Evo? I've been watching it on 7, full coverage.
Play doesn't start again until 3pm though.

Spuddups, yeah I agree.
That'd be a very interesting game too - conditions outside either teams comfort zone.

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Pops commented Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 at 9:18am

They've been showing just a scoreboard on their online streaming platform, but I think that's because they don't have the online rights (kayo does I think).

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velocityjohnno commented Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 at 11:38am

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/india-in-australia-2020-21-1223867

I find this is a good way to keep up when have to be on PC and not streaming footage

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Pops commented Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 at 11:48am

Yeah I use a combo of Cricinfo and ABC radio when there's a test on & I'm in the office.

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velocityjohnno commented Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 at 3:31pm

India 4/15! Cummins and Hazelwood bowling very good line & length and it's moving

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Pops commented Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 at 3:33pm

Brilliant bowling.
Game on!

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Pops commented Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 at 3:35pm

5!
Three absolute peaches by Hazlewood and Cummins.

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velocityjohnno commented Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 at 3:40pm

It's almost the same ball moving off the seam... brilliant, McGrath type consistency for the Aussie bowlers

6/19 Kohli gone! - being reviewed

Did any of you tape off the side of a tennis ball for swing? We did one, and developed three short lengths of tape off it - would swing up to a metre for manic backyard cricket. I am sure Pops knows why it was so fun with the airflows!

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Pops commented Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 at 3:40pm

Game over.

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Pops commented Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 at 3:42pm

Yeah loved doing that VJ.
Tape side moves faster through the air than the tennis ball (less friction), making it curve.

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Pops commented Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 at 3:45pm

Looks like my call of Green getting a couple won't happen.

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velocityjohnno commented Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 at 3:52pm

Given how the bowling is destroying batsmen, a lead of 72 looks a lot bigger than it is!

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velocityjohnno commented Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 at 3:54pm

Boxing day test in Sydney + Sydney to Hobart: do these go ahead?

My fav sporting weekend each year!

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Pops commented Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 at 4:05pm

True, but the pitch doesn't look that bad... We'll see.

I'm hearing new years test will go ahead, but might change venue.
Sydney to Hobart are playing it by ear.
And it course the boxing day test is in Melbourne!

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Pops commented Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 at 4:15pm

Damien Fleming will be disappointed.
Green can no longer join him in the hattrick-on-debut club.

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velocityjohnno commented Saturday, 19 Dec 2020 at 4:20pm

Got a hattrick in a primary school game, haha! I could legspin pretty well from early on.

9/31

This has to be one of the most thrilling sessions I have seen on test TV.

Was working in country Vic about 2003, stopped off for lunch at the cricket oval, it was Castelmaine vs Coleraine I think, saw 5 wickets fall in 20 mins, that was pretty epic