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    Told you. Collapse on.

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      Gah, beaten to it by GO

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        And here he comes to the crease.[/polite ripple of applause]

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          Michael Slater is the most annoying cricket commentator of all time. Except for Ian Healy.

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            You lot are so damn predictable.

            Root opens up with two three fours in three four balls.

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              Shit call stands. Cheers Jonny.

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                See, collapse. Both openers out in a very short time

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                  Roy will be very fired up to open in The Ashes after that.

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                    As a distraction from this inevitable defeat:

                    On the day of the 1992 World Cup Final was editing British Soccer Week in Perth. The final was on radio live but in one of those weird Perth things it was on delay on the TV. We went to the pub for lunch and realised the bloke at the bar thought it was live on TV. We started "predicting" the next ball - wicket, four, six etc and betting beers on it. He thought we were psychic. Eventually we gave up and put $50 on the bar for him.
                    Last edited by Uncle Ethan; 11-07-2019, 15:22.

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                      Originally posted by Kevin S View Post
                      Shit call stands. Cheers Jonny.
                      Reports that Bairstow reviewed on Roy's say-so.

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                        D'oh.

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                          England might win this from here.

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                            Have people calmed down yet? Target is now under 40 with more than 20 overs to go and 8 wickets in hand...
                            Root/Morgan did play out a more careful over or two along the lines of the quiet middle overs, but are now clipping one boundary each over once again. But the approach has been the right one. Instead of going slowly and carefully and risking getting bogged down they took it to the Aussies and essentially put the match to bed inside the first fifteen overs of the reply.
                            Last edited by Janik; 11-07-2019, 15:58.

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                              I was always calm. Calmness was never an issue. Resignation to the inevitable is inherently calm.

                              But even I now think England will win

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                                Probably

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                                  Maybe. If they can manage one run an over.

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                                    I was pretty sure England would win after they survived the opening 6 overs, and certain after Lyon's first.

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                                      Sole question now is whether one of Root or Morgan gets to their 50 before they run out of headroom. Morgan currently leads 40 to 39 with 14 needed. However Root farmed the strike on the last ball of the last over, the snotty nosed oik.

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                                        I'm beginning to feel confident at this point.

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                                          Oh, and how big a total do we reckon England could have chased? 210/2 at 30 overs suggests quite a big one, though Australia have been dead men walking ever since the target dipped under 50, which upped the number slightly.

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                                            And again! Last ball of the over, Root takes a single. The man wants his landmark...
                                            He needs 6, England's innings ends when 8 more are scored.

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                                              Or not. Single off the third ball of the over leaves him marooned on 49 and Morgan three goes at hitting the winning runs.

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                                                Morgan wants no part of that. You finish it, Joe.

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                                                  And yet...

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                                                    Oh that's sweet. Very sweet. One win to go.

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