The Summer of '18 Test Match Thread

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Dubai_Phil posted this 5 days ago - Last edited 5 days ago

Going for easy pickings this morning. (Waiting for a conf call later today to confirm IF I can finally start paying some Income Tax @Tokes)

Pakistan up first. Clearly the sides we picked for the winter that got smashed will give them (and then India) a close game this summer at home, but with a New Chief Selector will he go for a complete rebuild when he announces the team?

Me?

Cook, Gubbins, Root, Malan, Bairstow, Vince, Stokes, Woakes, Broad, Leach, Anderson

Vince FINALLY showed the grit that Egland needed in the winter. On that alone it would be stupid to not give him one more chance to show he has learned his lessons.

Gubbins/Stoneman is such a close call, Woakes/Wood - more for the reliability of Woakes in early English conditions and a few extra runs.

Bairstow as a batsman higher up needs at least one try, IF it proves too much for him (it didn't for Alex Stewart) then swap Foakes for Malan and bring Bairstow/Vince/Stokes one place up the order.

Equally Root will not want to bat at 3 and I think that is not a good place for Vince yet.

So again, drop Malan, drop Cook to #3 and keep Stoneman.

In other words I have no  farking clue

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PhilippineSaint posted this 5 days ago

Originally posted by Dubai_Phil

Going for easy pickings this morning. (Waiting for a conf call later today to confirm IF I can finally start paying some Income Tax @Tokes)

Pakistan up first. Clearly the sides we picked for the winter that got smashed will give them (and then India) a close game this summer at home, but with a New Chief Selector will he go for a complete rebuild when he announces the team?

Me?

Cook, Gubbins, Root, Malan, Bairstow, Vince, Stokes, Woakes, Broad, Leach, Anderson

Vince FINALLY showed the grit that Egland needed in the winter. On that alone it would be stupid to not give him one more chance to show he has learned his lessons.

Gubbins/Stoneman is such a close call, Woakes/Wood - more for the reliability of Woakes in early English conditions and a few extra runs.

Bairstow as a batsman higher up needs at least one try, IF it proves too much for him (it didn't for Alex Stewart) then swap Foakes for Malan and bring Bairstow/Vince/Stokes one place up the order.

Equally Root will not want to bat at 3 and I think that is not a good place for Vince yet.

So again, drop Malan, drop Cook to #3 and keep Stoneman.

In other words I have no  farking clue

 A bit like the selectors then @Dubai_Phil lou_lol

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Dubai_Phil posted this 5 days ago

Yep wrong already. Leach has broken a finger so is out of the test.

Crane also injured Dawson not tweaking it enough and Moeen having disappeared into the darkside who the heck will they pick as spinner?

Tokyo-Saint posted this 5 days ago

Phil's maiden tax return just about to step up to the crease after prolonged sledging. 

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Dubai_Phil posted this 5 days ago

Originally posted by Tokyo-Saint

Phil's maiden tax return just about to step up to the crease after prolonged sledging. 

 Insh'allah

Actually, before my reboot and second marriage I did have to do one every year even while down here. Then the ex wife took it all so left her the bloody problem.

Meanwhile.

Which position do those 2 payers bat?  Maiden and T.A Xreturn?

How is their early season form? Flat track bullies or nurdlers on soggy puddings?

BTripz posted this 5 days ago

Yeah, summer test, India at the Rose Bowl eh @SO5 4BW?

BTripz posted this 5 days ago

Originally posted by Tokyo-Saint

Phil's maiden tax return just about to step up to the crease after prolonged sledging. 

 His first delivery will surely be the wrong-un, or maybe the slider...

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Dubai_Phil posted this 5 days ago

Originally posted by BTripz

Originally posted by Tokyo-Saint

Phil's maiden tax return just about to step up to the crease after prolonged sledging. 

 His first delivery will surely be the wrong-un, or maybe the slider...

 

w rzeczywistości będzie w języku polskim

lifeintheslowlane posted this 5 days ago

Originally posted by Dubai_Phil

Originally posted by BTripz

Originally posted by Tokyo-Saint

Phil's maiden tax return just about to step up to the crease after prolonged sledging. 

 His first delivery will surely be the wrong-un, or maybe the slider...

 

w rzeczywistości będzie w języku polskim

 I take it will be at the higher Polish tax rate of 32%. lou_lol

Dubai_Phil posted this 5 days ago

Originally posted by lifeintheslowlane

Originally posted by Dubai_Phil

Originally posted by BTripz

Originally posted by Tokyo-Saint

Phil's maiden tax return just about to step up to the crease after prolonged sledging. 

 His first delivery will surely be the wrong-un, or maybe the slider...

 

w rzeczywistości będzie w języku polskim

 I take it will be at the higher Polish tax rate of 32%. lou_lol

 If it gets me outta this place...

And 32% of salary? Will be well in pocket just in savings on beer purchases 😎

 

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Dubai_Phil posted this 5 days ago

Vince dropped. Stoneman stays hmm

Bess is the spinner.

Butler back as a batsman is actually a good idea

BTripz posted this 2 days ago