England's Ashes Test Team

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Maybe being greedy but I think our batsmen were still a bit too cavalier in the last couple of hours. A lead of 400 should be enough though, shouldn't it?
 

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Maybe being greedy but I think our batsmen were still a bit too cavalier in the last couple of hours. A lead of 400 should be enough though, shouldn't it?
Well Alec Stewart, who knows a fair bit about the Oval, rates the Aussies chance of winning at 1%, hope that lets you rest easier Indo ?
 

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Well Alec Stewart, who knows a fair bit about the Oval, rates the Aussies chance of winning at 1%, hope that lets you rest easier Indo ?
It's just that England in all sports (like City) tend to be gallant losers. Something tends to go wrong.
But if the Aussies can score 400 then they'll deserve it. Leach should pick up some wickets, Archer hopefully will dominate them and Broad usually starts well. Curran is useful, too.
Yes, it must be an England win
 

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What about the draw though? With the form that Labworst unt Schmitt are in I wouldn't put it past them to bat all day.
*that should put a hex on them*
 

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Comfortable win in the end to tie the series (but not regain the Ashes). Strange feeling really as 2-2 draw not too bad, yet it seems that there is so much wrong and to rectify. In the end, the main difference between the sides has been Steve Smith which shows the Aussies are still searching for batsmen also. Cummings was excellent and Hazlewood bowled well as did Archer and Broad. It will interesting to see if any new faces come into the reckoning on tour this winter against a useful NZ team, a rebuilding SA team and a rebuilding Sri Lanka.

Having typed that, are India the only test side that are in a good position at the moment apart from maybe New Zealand?
 

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Good to see us square the series, even though the Ashes are gone. Smith's phenomenal scoring took a lot of the pressure off those who batted with him, especially as their openers did poorly. Our record at the Oval is pretty good, partly helped by a few wins in dead rubbers. Shame we have to play regularly at Lord's!
 

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Here's hoping that Denly's innings will give him added confidence. A positive achievement plus becoming a dad, whether it be first time or fifth can often have a real effect on a bloke. I hope he does come good. Still hope we take some young guns to New Zealand.
 

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Congratz to the Aussies and commiserations to England. There is no doubt that Smith made the difference, but we had good performances from Archer, Broad, Stokes, Leach and Burns throughout the series. I'm also convinced that Curran will be a test player for a long time.
Interesting that Broad usually plays well when Anderson is out of the team.
The experts seem to think we should stick with Root as captain. Woakes didn't shine as much as I had hoped.
I think we need to find another couple of reliable top order batsmen and one more young bowler.
Denly and Buttler came good when it was too late. Bairstow was OK. Roy strugged.
Finally, in general the fans were great.
What an atmosphere at Edgbaston and Headingly. Lords : great ground but needs to loosen up.
 

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Here's hoping that Denly's innings will give him added confidence. A positive achievement plus becoming a dad, whether it be first time or fifth can often have a real effect on a bloke. I hope he does come good. Still hope we take some young guns to New Zealand.
Does this mean that there are a whole "tribe" of little GeoffWP's out there ?????
 
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