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Reply #375
Marnus is a saffie EB
He was 10 when they moved, not because he was displaced by a quota!

What we see happening in Saffie cricket, is an accelerated form of what we are going to see across the board in society and industry.

Quotas are a form of standardisation, and standardisation leads to a new level of mediocrity, it is akin to making the fastest runners slower so the slower runners can compete / keep up! A gold star for everybody!
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Re: God help me - the Test Cricket thread

Reply #376
Marnus is a saffie EB
Prof, Marnus and Wessels are the ones I know of who played for Aus but NZ have four in the team at the minute and England have had a very decent return from their imports over the years. Do countries make up their own qualifying rules or is their a ICC rule to cover all... Conway was playing on a visa when he first represented NZ in short format stuff and didn't have citizenship is what I read some where.

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Reply #377
And Wessels spent years qualifying.

We're not exactly clean in this field,  but our neighbours across the ditch pimp themselves out in so many sports they'd struggle to field teams if the citizenship regs were actually enforced.  The poms are utterly shameless in this area,  FFS,  Stokes is a kiwi.
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Re: God help me - the Test Cricket thread

Reply #378
Spent the last few nights watching the test cricket final from England and it was worth staying up for. The little battlers from New Zealand vs the cricket powerhouse from Asia in India and the little battlers have stitched the Indians up very nicely.
Pitch was a swing bowlers paradise and nobody does swing better than the Kiwis, cloudy rainy conditions and the Kiwis led by the Giant all rounder Jamison bowled the cocky Kholi and his mates out cheaply twice and led by Williamson and Taylor strode to victory with the bat in the end quite comfortably.
Kholi was pissed to the max but had to contain himself and be humble in defeat which took a bit of doing but he does want the format changed to a best of three. Indians went with the two spinning allrounders which hindered them on the pace friendly wicket and he was forced to over bowl his three quicks unlike Williamson who judged the conditions better and went with 4 quicks and the medium paced allrounder DeGrandholme so he always had fresher pace bowlers.
Very entertaining game and I was glad the Kiwis won even with a bit of help from their South African/Zimbabwe imports, cant have India winning everything.

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Reply #379
It's great for cricket.
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Reply #380
They'll just change the rules EB so India will play at home.  "Too much rain in England" or some other BS justification.
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Reply #381
They'll just change the rules EB so India will play at home.  "Too much rain in England" or some other BS justification.
Prof, there was the whinge that England has too much rain etc etc but 6 days made a result possible and England has proven
great for results in recent times given the bowler friendly conditions and there have been very few Draws.
I'm sure Kholi and crew will push for batting friendly Dubai as the neutral venue but I thought the Hampshire bowl was a great ground with atmosphere as well  as conditions that make it a great test for players and thats what Test Cricket is about.
I'm not handing India conditions that suit their spinners and negate every other team whose attack is pace based and who dont have the quality or depth India have with spinners.
Only concession I might make is a three test final series but still in England...

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Reply #382
Damn straight brother.
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Reply #383
Starc the enigma up to his old tricks again, five wickets smash the Windies in the 1st ODI, let's see if that means he goes missing for the next 5 games before we make a call on way or the other!
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Reply #384
Been watching the start of the England vs India Test series and I think the upcoming Ashes series will be a bit of let down.
The English wont have Archer(injured elbow and ruled out), probably wont have Stokes due to mental health problems and their
team is going to look very B Grade what ever they send out here and thats if they do come as the players are not happy with our Strict CoVid rules and partners/family probably wont be allowed to join them which in Stokes case wont help his issues.
They have some of their other best quicks in Wood injured and unable to play more than a few tests each series and Woakes also has been unvailable so their attack is going to be the old blokes in Anderson and Broad again with a few newbie kids like Robinson....both still bowling well but conditions in Aus wont be suiting Anderson in particular.
The English batting too is very Joe average with Joe Root the only decent batsman they have and I cant see them being competitive...

Re: God help me - the Test Cricket thread

Reply #385
Bread and circuses EB.