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 Post subject: Re: England Cricket team
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:14 pm 
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Seriously, they must be sick of the sight of a cricket ball. SIX MONTHS down under, and then they return to Blighty for the cricket season, and the England scene all over again!


Sadly you're right.

Half the team certainly look that way. They don't appreciate what a privilege it is to earn that amount of money playing sport, rather than the daily grind year after year of "working" for a living.


Not sure about that. In the last year or so, some of them will have been away from home for a hell of a lot. If you assume that players are away from home on average, the day before and day after a Test, in 2017

India: 16 days
West Indies: 14 days
ODIs: 9 days
T20s v South Africa: 3 days
Tests v South Africa: 28 days
Tests v West Indies: 21 days
ODIs v West Indies: 5 days
Ashes: 93 days.

So from the start of the India ODIs through to the end of the Australia ODI series(which then led straight into the New Zealand, Australia, England triangular tournament), ENgland players could have been away for 189 days, over half the year. I'm not surprised that some of them look knackered. And it hasn't exactly been an easy year from an emotional point of view, I bet most of them are completely spent


They have at best ten or so years of such heartache. Sorry. No sympathy. Most of us and no doubt your good self, are tied to forty plus years of doing something far more emotionally destroying than playing a game you love.

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 Post subject: Re: England Cricket team
 Post Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:35 am 
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Sadly you're right.

Half the team certainly look that way. They don't appreciate what a privilege it is to earn that amount of money playing sport, rather than the daily grind year after year of "working" for a living.


Not sure about that. In the last year or so, some of them will have been away from home for a hell of a lot. If you assume that players are away from home on average, the day before and day after a Test, in 2017

India: 16 days
West Indies: 14 days
ODIs: 9 days
T20s v South Africa: 3 days
Tests v South Africa: 28 days
Tests v West Indies: 21 days
ODIs v West Indies: 5 days
Ashes: 93 days.

So from the start of the India ODIs through to the end of the Australia ODI series(which then led straight into the New Zealand, Australia, England triangular tournament), ENgland players could have been away for 189 days, over half the year. I'm not surprised that some of them look knackered. And it hasn't exactly been an easy year from an emotional point of view, I bet most of them are completely spent


They have at best ten or so years of such heartache. Sorry. No sympathy. Most of us and no doubt your good self, are tied to forty plus years of doing something far more emotionally destroying than playing a game you love.


Oh yes, without a shadow of a doubt. But that doesn't mean that they don't get tired, emotionally and physically. They left for Australia on October 28th, and it's been fairly solid since then. I don't care what the job is, no matter how much you love it or how privileged you are to do it, it can be draining

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 Post subject: Re: England Cricket team
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Anyway, despite all that, a good day at last for England, that niggly last wicket stand excepted, 231 ahead with 7 wickets standing, get a lead of 350 and we should win, fingers crossed..

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 Post subject: Re: England Cricket team
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We seemed to lose our way..captaincy by numbers again

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 Post subject: Re: England Cricket team
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We have serious bowling issues when the conditions aren't bowler friendly. Once Anderson retires (it won't be long) we'll be in even more shit. Broad won't be too far behind either.

Root isn't good enough to be captain, I think that's pretty clear when you see how well other captains seem to do with worse players at their disposal. But who's gonna have the balls to upset our one star player and sack him? :lol:


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Looking at this Easter damp and dark weather, it's hard to believe the first test starts on
Thursday 24th May...v. Pakistan.

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 Post subject: Re: England Cricket team
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Looking at this Easter damp and dark weather, it's hard to believe the first test starts on
Thursday 24th May...v. Pakistan.


Saw Angus Fraser on SSN, and he said Middlesex had been practicing under a big marquee!

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 Post subject: Re: England Cricket team
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Looking at this Easter damp and dark weather, it's hard to believe the first test starts on
Thursday 24th May...v. Pakistan.


Saw Angus Fraser on SSN, and he said Middlesex had been practicing under a big marquee!


I kind of follow Middlesex, after last year as defending champions they would be better in the circus

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