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    Ireland 263 all out.
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      Originally posted by ad hoc View Post
      Kuggeleijn (sp?) is cricket's Ched Evans
      Geoff Lemon has been consistently excellent on this issue, expressing deep anger every time.

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        Yes, his article in Wisden Cricket Monthly (from a couple of years ago) is here.

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          Originally posted by Duncan Gardner View Post
          Neil Wagner retired.My favourite cricketer paramilitary
          Great bowler. I saw several times during his all to brief spell with Lancashire a few years ago. Once I watched him from a position in the ground directly behind the stumps and the amount of swing he produced was impressive.

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            https://twitter.com/daisycutterzine/status/1763290728367526396?t=Fe_vHgGsWVis--Aw1REv_Q&s=19

            Probably marginally more palatable than an OBE

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              The story is from 2018 ("his 66th birthday" - he was born in 1952).

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                Ireland chasing 111 to win are 8-1. Peter Moor has just gone for a duck after what may well be the worst test batting performance from a specialist batter.

                Ooh, 8-2 now. Drama.

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                  You've clearly not seen much Test cricket then...

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                    In his second innings Moor made a nine ball duck, which included being dropped, while his first innings 12 included being bowled by a no-ball, a reprieve after an LBW was given against him on review, and a control % of under 50%.

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                      Oof, you'd like to think Ireland can chase these runs down but at 17-3 as I type, the pressure of getting that first test match win might well be in the batters minds.

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                        Doesn't happen often nowadays but I can recall a couple of times teams have lost chasing a target of around 100.

                        Zimbabwe being blown away the pace of Ambrose and Walsh in Trinidad and Australia being spun to defeat by Harbhajan were the ones I remembered and both made this list.

                        https://www.sportskeeda.com/cricket/...d-test-cricket

                        31-3 now...

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                          Originally posted by Satchmo Distel View Post
                          The story is from 2018 ("his 66th birthday" - he was born in 1952).
                          Ugh, I should remember to always verify

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                            Four down now, but Afghan's burning their reviews too.

                            Andy Balbirnie's the key now.

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                              We should be OK now, one would think!

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                                Congratulations to Ireland. Good win that.

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                                  Balbirnie with a brilliant innings, really calmed things down there and got Afghanistan to blow through their adrenaline.

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                                    ☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️

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                                        Enjoyable if short game

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                                          Be amazed if Ireland even play a 100 TMs ever...

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                                            https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/bcci...s-this-5164787

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                                              https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/cricket/68484088

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                                                England (actually MCC) touring India in 1976-77 was "my" first series there. Main memory: John Lever and vaseline. There was no TV coverage but I guessed that there was radio commentary on Radio 3. So I checked. Wrong. Only updates from CMJ (RIP).

                                                https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/schedule...two/1976-12-17

                                                The venues were (names at the time) Delhi, Calcutta, Madras, Bangalore, Bombay. So I learned the basic geography of India's major cities, and I could soon place them on a blank map with reasonable accuracy. In a quiz, non-cricket fans would probably have come up with a similar "Indian top 5".

                                                It's a very different list today. Sure, I already knew where the Dalai Lama hangs out, but would struggle with some of the others. It's like touring Australia with Tests in Toowoomba and Bendigo.

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                                                  That's partly to do with demographics though.

                                                  In the last half century or so, the face of India has changed immeasurably.

                                                  Including far more cities/venues capable of hosting Test cricket...

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                                                    Mike Brearley writes about the vaseline tour in his memoirs and says he's still not sure if anything intentionally illegal was going on. He claims that Lever was already getting wickets before he started to use any vaseline. Lever was an excellent bowler at the time (won Essex the CC in 1979 IIRC) but it's notable that Brearley didn't rate him highly enough to include him in many of the sides he captained (Old and Hendrick were preferred).

                                                    The issue resurfaced in 2005 with the substances used by England in the Ashes win, the extraordinary amount of late swing they achieved. Ironic that this was never scrutinized in the ways that Wasim and Waqar were.

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