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Best advice I ever heard; You learn nothing by talking. Your opinion only gets stronger when you consider another side of the topic. Anything less is just adding insult to injury.

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Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

Or better still they could just bowl in a 30cm box so the batsman can hit it out of the park every other ball. Oh, hang on, they already do, it’s called 20/20!

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

Just knew someone would say ban short bowling. Go and play bowls, mate.

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

Ball tracker is a huge problem for me. It is worked off regular balls for line and length. As we’ve seen in England this summer the tracks have been two paced and a large number not getting up. That surely has to count for the naked eye, but if reviewed the algorithm says at that length it’s going over the top. It’s also the reason they won’t give it out if only half a ball will hit. Then there’s the stupidity of the review against Stokes that just happened and they couldn’t get it to work properly. It isn’t good enough to be used, if for no other reason than it has to make the total area of the stumps smaller to be considered accurate.

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

Every few overs he’d come in for a ball or two off ten or twelve paces and bowl a yard quicker. Brilliant to watch with that fast arm.

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

He’d just seen a mate get hit in exactly the same way as he saw another mate die. I’d suggest he was rattled.

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

If you’re talking about 1989, then the Poms held the Ashes and the Aussies were labelled the worst touring team ever. I suspect at that time these same yokels were touring Europe glassing opposition soccer fans, but are now banned from football stadiums so joined the barmy army.

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

I played against a guy who used to punch himself in the face to get himself psyched. One day I told him he didn’t need to as I was happy to bounce him to get him worked up. He laughed, I bounced him first ball and he hit it straight to backward square. Then we laughed as he punched himself in the face as he walked off, berating himself for not being ready. It’s a great game!

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

Not sure in Shield, but I think mostly straight in short form.

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

Unlikely unless Bayliss has a big say in it, because English captains have never been that brave. Their press would slay them.

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

With you on Archer, as big a breath of fresh air as Bumrah. The return of the Malcolm Marshall short run up – now deal with this bullet! Great stuff. Not sure of the speed gun though. One Archer knuckle ball was shown as 90 mph. Absolutely unlikely.

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

Not sure punishment is required for immediate reactions of players who checked on him. Buttler was first to him and we’ll never know what Archer and he were grinning at, but having been in that position, you don’t immediately know how to react and players often laugh or grin at nothing in particular to break the tension. Now with cameras up players noses everything is second guessed within an inch of it’s life and theories become fact very quickly. The real unsportsmanlike behaviour came from the yokels in the crowd and the lame commentary from Atherton and Hussain who had a chance to call it out when Warne highlighted it. With so many crowd supporters with earbuds listening to them – why I’ll never fathom – there was an opportunity for former English captains to dissuade the yokels from continuing this crap through the series. As a ball tamperer himself, you’d think Atherton would be ensuring that Smith was allowed to move on, but he knows as well as we do, it’s about sledging the biggest obstacle to getting the Ashes.

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

Why he’s suddenly reverted to the slips is because of the team make up. Regular slippers from the past aren’t in the team. One thing I’ve never got though, is why keepers don’t go into the slips? Neither Buttler, nor Wade have. I woulda thought they’d work out the angles quicker and gauge the distance to stand back. Handscomb and Bancroft have occasionally been at three, four, but not regulars either from memory.

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

It’s straight out sledging. The average British cricket fan doesn’t care less about a former Australian captain who stood by while one of his players ball tampered against the South Africans! After two months playing in England any moralizing protest is now moot. Purely and simply the yokels believe Smith and Warner to be the biggest hurdle to them winning the Ashes, so they’re sledging. It was apparent at the end of the first Test that it was misplaced against Smith as it seemed to steel him more. Now after two centuries and a ninety, it is finally being seen as ridiculous, but not by the English commentators apparently.

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

The clip of Buttler and Archer was no more than a minute, but Buttler was first on scene and saw he was conscious. Typically bowlers don’t rush in, that doesn’t mean they aren’t concerned, nor can a blank expression indicate lack of regard.

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

The chances you can really count are the dropped catches. Failure to review isn’t a missed chance, there are too many variables. As for the booing, it is purely and simply sledging and pathetic at that with a guy who’s made two 140’s and a 90! The Parr that balled me more was the English commentators. Warne pointed out the pathetic nature of the booing when Smith came back in and all Atherton and Hussain could say was Smith got a rousing round of applause from the Australian section of the crowd! Seriously! Impartial commentary? How any former cricketer, let alone captain, couldn’t be disgusted by a crowds behaviour when a player – already 80 odd not out – comes back after a head knock, fails me? That appalled me more than the nervous laughter from Archer.

Smith cops sickening blow as Aussies scrap at Lord's

Headline- dominance.

Aussies in control after Day 2 dominace

Certainly plays a part. Curators will have a learning curve as to how much moisture, when, how often, etc as the ‘water table’ changes.

Is it green decks or bust for England in the Ashes?

Looks like people are starting to realise that English wickets have had different flavour this year. Expectations of green tops have abounded , but extra use through the world cup and the two paced nature of those wickets have provided slower recovery of squares, hence wickets which will provide Test match variety. Gotta love that.

Is it green decks or bust for England in the Ashes?

You never mentioned Paine! He gets input into the side he wants. He may very well believe a seasoned spinner has the wicket taking ability on a supposed greener deck too. Langer might believe that as well, for that matter. I shake my head at these suggestions that we keep dropping form players for some supposed horses for courses advantage. A form player with test experience has to be allowed to keep a domination going.

Why the Aussie selectors should drop Nathan Lyon and pick four quicks at Lord's

That’s why I prefaced my opinion that it’s irrelevant with the comment that it was subjective. I’m always happy to hear other opinions, that’s why I like this site. I also like that my opinion might be considered by others when they form or express theirs.

Not even Steve Smith can catch Don Bradman

As you say, it’s subjective, however the figures don’t lie, they can be admired. Whatifs on Pollock, BRichards and any player who had a career cut short aren’t relevant. What if……the war didn’t intervene, would we be talking about Bradman’s duck, or would he have had an average of 120 and made 10,000 runs?

Not even Steve Smith can catch Don Bradman

Walter Lindrum; Australian professional billiards champion. Career: 1911 – 1950, World Champion: 1933-1950. Holds the record break in every country he played in. Held 57 World records, still holds many that are believed unlikely to be broken. Had record for fastest breaks, also most consecutive scoring shots and longest consecutive time at table of 2hrs 55min.
Lindrum and Bradman had Australians in rapture between 1920 – 1950 and in no small way contributed to the belief that Australia was a sport obsessed nation which punched above it’s weight. Combined with exceptional tennis players who dominated Wimbledon and the Davis Cup resulting in the Australian Open being part of the Grand Slam.
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For dominating a sport, Lindrum was streets ahead of Bradman, but the nature of their sports as spectacles, has Bradman indelibly etched in Australian iconography with stamps, coins and even the ABC post box number – 9994 – in every state. There’s no doubting his brilliance, his appetite to go big is the reason his totals are unlikely to be matched in such few innings and would take a rival to begin a career with a century and continue every couple with innings of a century or double to get close. Even the Indians you mentioned had no chance and they have played on sub continent roads merely trying to rack up records. Thankfully that’s changed a bit now with Shastri/ Kohli playing more attacking to win cricket.

Not even Steve Smith can catch Don Bradman

The selectors certainly have earmarked a fine middle order talent. I think with the Big Bash now having a larger focus on domestic cricket that many people believe new international players are fully formed, just because they’ve seen them perform for a coupla seasons. As Smudge rightly notes, Head is only 25 and on a learning curve. This Ashes tour may well be the making of his mental game. Then we can expect the big scores. Right now he is adding important partnerships and the Aussies will benefit massively from that.

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