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England Cricket Team Summer 2019 -ICC World Cup and Ashes etc

Time for a new England thread. 
We will be wearing shirts with names and squad numbers on in Test cricket from now on starting with the Ashes. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/47623980 It's an ICC decision and being a traditionalist I really do not approve. Stinks of commercialism. 
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  • I get the reasoning.  Just seems a bit sad, I like the look of plain whites, something quaint and charming about it.
  • It's a bloody long WC, 24th May - 14th July! 
  • Riviera said:
    It's a bloody long WC, 24th May - 14th July! 
    Ridiculous , is it 5,000 group games to knock out half of each division 
  • Riviera said:
    It's a bloody long WC, 24th May - 14th July! 
    Ridiculous , is it 5,000 group games to knock out half of each division 
    Money, money, money.
  • Riviera said:
    It's a bloody long WC, 24th May - 14th July! 
    I've got tickets for a couple of games to "feel involved" but have no desire to see any more of the group stages as it goes on for so long
  • The best CWC set up was the four groups of four around 2007 ish?

    But then India got knocked out early and the TV broadcasters lost out on a load of money.

    Ever since, the ICC has done it’s best to make sure the top teams make it through the first round.
  • Will the players themselves get to choose their Test shirt numbers?  If so, I imagine Root will be 66 again.  

    Or should they be 1-11?  
  • Chizz said:
    Will the players themselves get to choose their Test shirt numbers?  If so, I imagine Root will be 66 again.  

    Or should they be 1-11?  
    They should be but I suspect they'll go with squad numbers same as the ODIs
  • Chizz said:
    Will the players themselves get to choose their Test shirt numbers?  If so, I imagine Root will be 66 again.  

    Or should they be 1-11?  
    They should be but I suspect they'll go with squad numbers same as the ODIs
    The ODI squad numbers are a bit messy really as players don't change them to become 1-11 in the way football squad numbers often change over a career, so you have a mixture of chosen number (Root 66) and other rather random ones
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  • Dont mind the names but not a fan of the numbers.
  • I think I speak for every English cricket fan of every political persuasion when I say that Duanne Olivier can fuck off if he thinks he's going to play for England
  • I've got tickets for a couple of very niche games at the World Cup. I've got New Zealand vs Afghanistan down at Taunton & Bangladesh vs South Africa at The Oval
  • English player doing the business in the IPL (Bairstow ton, Curran hattrick) really sends down a marker that we'll be one of the teams to beat in the WC
  • English player doing the business in the IPL (Bairstow ton, Curran hattrick) really sends down a marker that we'll be one of the teams to beat in the WC
    Curran also opened the batting scoring 20 from 9 balls. Then took 4-11 including a hat trick to win the game and MOTM
  • I've got tickets for a couple of very niche games at the World Cup. I've got New Zealand vs Afghanistan down at Taunton & Bangladesh vs South Africa at The Oval
    NZ v Afghanistan (or, frankly, anyone) at Taunton could be brilliant! 
  • Riviera said:
    It's a bloody long WC, 24th May - 14th July! 
    Its called the rainy season. Get ready for scorching hot weather afterwards, especially as mid July is when we usually play Welling in a PSF & it's usually sweltering.
  • English player doing the business in the IPL (Bairstow ton, Curran hattrick) really sends down a marker that we'll be one of the teams to beat in the WC
    We're World #1 in ODI's and favourites for the WC! I think we've been putting down the marker for almost 2 years.
     My one worry is, and Vaughn and Agnew often make this point, we are prone to having an unexplained absolute mare every now and then in ODI's. More so than any other top team and often in the middle of a series that we are totally dominating. If we do have one in the WC lets just hope it's in an early game and not the semi or worse! 
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/47790149

    Perhaps not for this thread, but the ECB are finally planning to bring in a compensation scheme for when richer counties sign young talent from poorer counties. 

    Some of the Test group counties like Notts and Warks hardly produce any players, and instead just poach them.
  • MCC have just released some tickets for the Lords Ashes Test, debenture returns etc. Have to be quick, go to lords.org. I got 2 for days 1 and 2. They ain't cheap mind! 
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  • I got 2 for day 3.
  • There are still tickets available for the last day at Lords. They are non-refundable but at just £20 well worth a gamble. 
  • So, Joffra Archer

    yes or no ?
  • MrOneLung said:
    So, Joffra Archer

    yes or no ?
    Woakes says No - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/47946381

    But, then again he would wouldn't he.
  • He sort of says it’ll be unfair , don’t think he says outright “no” he should not be picked 

    his dads english , get him in 
  • MrOneLung said:
    So, Joffra Archer

    yes or no ?
    Without a doubt, he's a fantastic player. Another strong performance tonight. 

    Personally think he will miss out on the squad but be included in the warm ups, then we might see a late change. 

    Squad for me:
    Hales 
    Roy 
    Bairstow 
    Root
    Morgan 
    Buttler
    Stokes 
    Ali 
    Woakes 
    Archer
    Willey
    Rashid
    Jordan
    Wood
    Plunkett

    That starts as comfortable favourites on home turf. 

  • MrOneLung said:
    MrOneLung said:
    So, Joffra Archer

    yes or no ?
    Woakes says No - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/47946381

    But, then again he would wouldn't he.
    To me it's questionable whether he ought to play for England at all, as I don't like people swapping countries in this way

    However, if he is eligible to play for England it's silly to say that he should wait until after the WC as it would be unfair on the player left out.  
  • Australia are never not favourites 
  • Leuth said:
    Australia are never not favourites 
    Well that's not true, they are third favourites...
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