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Old 07-10-2017, 01:44 AM   #8901
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Ok would who win? ;

A team consisting of some of the best county players, but they're only allowed to use baseball bats and only their batters (not all rounders) are allowed to bowl

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A team consisting of 11 random guys who have never played on at least a semi pro level but nevertheless enjoy cricket and also have Andrew Flintoff in their team ((can use cricket bats)(Flintoff is very drunk as he regards the game a pisstake))
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Old 07-10-2017, 05:01 AM   #8902
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Pros will occasionally train with bats 1/2 the size in width to their normal bats they use in games. It exaggerates the need to watch the ball onto the bat. They absolutely smash the leather off the ball still with these much smaller bats.

So in answer to your question it's not close, the pros win.

It would be closer if you was to put say the top players in world with baseball bats vs the best non pro (no county) cricket players with cricket bats.
I mean, even I had a shaved off bat for practice (basically the bat is ever so slightly wider than the handle/splice) and was still able to play something resembling shots vs most bowling I faced. Pros destroy it

In the second scenario I still take the county players. Unless all the batsman are Inzamam Ul-Haq types. Apparently Matthew Hayden could bowl at 130+ and I know a few other Australian batsman can as well, I am sure the same applies at county level where up until 16 or 17 most kids did do both disciplines of the game.
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Old 07-10-2017, 05:03 AM   #8903
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Best question would be whether a team of all star former players who are now commentators could win (since the vast majority of commentators are batsman as opposed to bowlers).

There bowling would of course be absolutely ****e at 45-50 years old and extra runs in the field would be simple.

Make the commentators play in suits for added competition.
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Old 07-11-2017, 05:41 PM   #8904
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Best question would be whether a team of all star former players who are now commentators could win (since the vast majority of commentators are batsman as opposed to bowlers).

There bowling would of course be absolutely ****e at 45-50 years old and extra runs in the field would be simple.
Warne, and to a lesser extent Tufnell and Swann, say "hello".

Although I would be intruiged to see what Holding and Bishop could produce now. & I guess Botham could still turn his arm over.

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Old 07-17-2017, 01:06 PM   #8905
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Well, we got well and truly stuffed. What options do England have? I thought before that they get get rid of Balance, bring Foakes in so that Bairstow could just focus on batting. He's kept really well though. It's a horrible top three at the moment though, with Wood and Dawson vulnerable as well.
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Old 07-17-2017, 06:13 PM   #8906
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Time for Cooks opening partner #1246 since Strauss imo
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Old 07-18-2017, 04:43 AM   #8907
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Time to bring back Trott and Collingwood although Trott will have a hard time facing Starc again and will probably retire yet again. But seriously Ballance's stats in County cricket have been pretty good so far but can't translate that form into test cricket.

It is a shame for you poms that Sangakkara can't play a couple of cameos for you to show you blokes how to bat with the way that he is going in County cricket this season so far.
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Old 07-18-2017, 07:28 AM   #8908
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Old 07-19-2017, 06:03 PM   #8909
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I think Ballance will likely always score bucket loads of runs in county cricket but his technique won't cut it in test match cricket against bowlers who bowl a swinging 85+mph ball.

Jennings not knowing where his off stump is also a concern, but probably deserves to play the rest of the series.

I think next in line for the opening spot with cook is stoneman from surrey, but there really isn't anyone obvious to come in for ballance.

Dan Lawrence from essex is a quality young player with some lions success but it would involve a shake up with Root coming in at 3 Lawrence 4 and Bairstow 5
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Old 07-23-2017, 12:36 PM   #8910
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Women's World Cup final

England 228-7
India 218-8 (48.0)
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Old 07-23-2017, 12:38 PM   #8911
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Women's World Cup final

England 228-7
India 218-9 (48.1)
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Old 07-24-2017, 12:52 AM   #8912
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http://www.thecricketmonthly.com/sto...h-than-nervous

pretty good article giving support to something that people speculate on a lot, esp in ODIs
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Old 07-24-2017, 10:50 AM   #8913
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Women's World Cup final

England 228-7
India 218-9 (48.1)

That was a fantastic finish. Seemed like India had it in the bag until the last few overs.

That was a fun tournament. Not too often you get to say England are World Cup champions.
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Old 07-27-2017, 03:42 PM   #8914
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https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/d...cf4710981ca8e5

Im just posting here to give some props to Mike Atherton

He really is a fantastic writer, every article I read is brilliant

Along with Gideon Haigh, hes right up there with my fave cricket writers
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Old 07-28-2017, 11:43 AM   #8915
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some bloke ive never heard of is ripping through SA, both openers and now amla gone for 8
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Old 07-28-2017, 11:56 AM   #8916
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there goes the 4th
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Old 07-28-2017, 12:01 PM   #8917
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damn the very next ball was edged and caught but not given and they didn't review it
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Old 07-28-2017, 12:03 PM   #8918
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out! 5 gone altho this one was anderson so it has ruined the 10fer

47/5
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Old 07-28-2017, 12:07 PM   #8919
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The edge that wasn't reviewed didn't actually carry it seems. Pretty great bowling display though.
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Old 07-28-2017, 12:32 PM   #8920
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51/6, collapse confirmed
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Old 07-31-2017, 10:21 AM   #8921
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moeen finished them off with a hat trick, pretty cool. first since 1902 apparently, am guessing test matches only
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Old 08-06-2017, 08:53 AM   #8922
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Keaton Jennings +200 to play another test for England?

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Old 08-06-2017, 09:24 AM   #8923
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I think we should bring Hales back.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:01 AM   #8924
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SA putting together a huge partnership on day 4. better get one of these lads out sharpish.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:22 AM   #8925
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finally they got amla thank christ. 4 wickets down, SA need 217 more
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