2nd Ashes Test l Australia vs England at Adelaide (Match Thread)

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2nd Ashes Test l Australia vs England at Adelaide (Match Thread)

Joined: December 28th, 2003, 2:48 am

December 2nd, 2017, 4:35 am #1

Dec 2-6, 2017 - 2nd Test at Adelaide Oval (day/night)

ENGLAND: Cook, Stoneman, Vince, Root, Malan, Bairstow, Ali, Woakes, Broad, Anderson, Ball, Overton
AUSTRALIA: Warner, Bancroft, Khawaja, Smith, Handscomb, Marsh, Paine, Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins, Lyon

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Joined: April 2nd, 2014, 9:31 am

December 2nd, 2017, 7:22 am #2

What on earth was Root doing choosing to bowl first?
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December 2nd, 2017, 7:41 am #3

Dec 2-6, 2017 - 2nd Test at Adelaide Oval (day/night)

ENGLAND: Cook, Stoneman, Vince, Root, Malan, Bairstow, Ali, Woakes, Broad, Anderson, Ball, Overton
AUSTRALIA: Warner, Bancroft, Khawaja, Smith, Handscomb, Marsh, Paine, Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins, Lyon

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Can only presume Root wants to expose Australia to any early evening wobble of the pink ball under the lights first.

If they can get Smith out before lunch/dinner/tea whatever it's called it might be worth it.
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December 2nd, 2017, 8:13 am #4

Dec 2-6, 2017 - 2nd Test at Adelaide Oval (day/night)

ENGLAND: Cook, Stoneman, Vince, Root, Malan, Bairstow, Ali, Woakes, Broad, Anderson, Ball, Overton
AUSTRALIA: Warner, Bancroft, Khawaja, Smith, Handscomb, Marsh, Paine, Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins, Lyon

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Oh dear. Just when we apply some pressure and Stoneman drops a sitter at long leg.

Broad leading the chirp at Smith but Johnny keeping his head down (so to speak)
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December 2nd, 2017, 5:37 pm #5

Dec 2-6, 2017 - 2nd Test at Adelaide Oval (day/night)

ENGLAND: Cook, Stoneman, Vince, Root, Malan, Bairstow, Ali, Woakes, Broad, Anderson, Ball, Overton
AUSTRALIA: Warner, Bancroft, Khawaja, Smith, Handscomb, Marsh, Paine, Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins, Lyon

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root has a very poor record when he as captained Yorkshire and I cant see him doing any better for England .
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December 2nd, 2017, 5:37 pm #6

Dec 2-6, 2017 - 2nd Test at Adelaide Oval (day/night)

ENGLAND: Cook, Stoneman, Vince, Root, Malan, Bairstow, Ali, Woakes, Broad, Anderson, Ball, Overton
AUSTRALIA: Warner, Bancroft, Khawaja, Smith, Handscomb, Marsh, Paine, Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins, Lyon

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root has a very poor record when he as captained Yorkshire and I cant see him doing any better for England .
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December 2nd, 2017, 7:37 pm #7

Dec 2-6, 2017 - 2nd Test at Adelaide Oval (day/night)

ENGLAND: Cook, Stoneman, Vince, Root, Malan, Bairstow, Ali, Woakes, Broad, Anderson, Ball, Overton
AUSTRALIA: Warner, Bancroft, Khawaja, Smith, Handscomb, Marsh, Paine, Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins, Lyon

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Off the top of my head, Root’s record as Yorks captain is won 1, drawn 1, lost 1. Not much to be concluded from that, I would have thought.
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December 2nd, 2017, 8:21 pm #8

Dec 2-6, 2017 - 2nd Test at Adelaide Oval (day/night)

ENGLAND: Cook, Stoneman, Vince, Root, Malan, Bairstow, Ali, Woakes, Broad, Anderson, Ball, Overton
AUSTRALIA: Warner, Bancroft, Khawaja, Smith, Handscomb, Marsh, Paine, Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins, Lyon

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Very easy to be ultra critical when it's one of yours.

Not really convinced with Root as captain so far but it is very early days and I hope he can grow into the role. He may have to learn a few harsh lessons on the way. Perhaps he is guilty of being too funky with his field positions and is trying too hard to stamp his mark on the team.

Interesting to know if they always intended to bat first or he changed the script at the last minute seeking a possible short term advantage with the conditions.

Like the first test the first session on day two is crucial, get these two out and they could still be under par.
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December 3rd, 2017, 8:04 am #9

Dec 2-6, 2017 - 2nd Test at Adelaide Oval (day/night)

ENGLAND: Cook, Stoneman, Vince, Root, Malan, Bairstow, Ali, Woakes, Broad, Anderson, Ball, Overton
AUSTRALIA: Warner, Bancroft, Khawaja, Smith, Handscomb, Marsh, Paine, Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins, Lyon

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This shocking decision by Root to bowl first which has no logic has cost us any chance of retaining The Ashes.
That and a squad selection which should see the selectors, Whittaker, Fraser and Newell sacked.
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December 3rd, 2017, 11:29 am #10

Dec 2-6, 2017 - 2nd Test at Adelaide Oval (day/night)

ENGLAND: Cook, Stoneman, Vince, Root, Malan, Bairstow, Ali, Woakes, Broad, Anderson, Ball, Overton
AUSTRALIA: Warner, Bancroft, Khawaja, Smith, Handscomb, Marsh, Paine, Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins, Lyon

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Factors in us losing the Ashes:
- 70% - Quality of English bowlers available
- 29% - Squad selection
- 1% - Root's decision to bowl first in the 2nd test
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