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16 Feb 23 08:16
Date Joined: 15 Jun 01
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still got it. 2 wickets for 6 and another easy catch dropped. Amazing. Robinson also looking very good.
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Report sageform February 16, 2023 8:32 AM GMT
2 for 10 in 7 overs. great bowling.
Report Whisperingdeath February 16, 2023 3:21 PM GMT
Kwality. Easy declaration! Don't understand why they are making such a fuss about its " genius "
Report sageform February 17, 2023 8:15 AM GMT
I still can't see Crawley as a long term Test player. Dropped an easy catch in the field and now out to a horrible shot yet again.
Report Aptdemon February 18, 2023 7:30 AM GMT
I know what you mean about Crawley and in another era he almost certainly wouldn't fit the mould of a Test player.

This team just looks laced with eleven weapons (Leach aside, but he's probably the best we've got right now) and Crawley fits this style. He won't suffer for being embraced, despite his failings, and he can only hone his technique/shot selection with the experience he's accumulating.

Our approach is so novel that it's difficult to judge the attributes best-suited but I am happy to back Stokes/McCullum's judgement; especially as it's only a year or so ago that we were embracing Sibley.

I literally cannot wait to see us up against Australia and then India. Should be quite something.
Report sageform February 18, 2023 4:07 PM GMT
He seems to have complete lapses of concentration when fielding and batting which you can't afford at this level. Take him out of the slips for a start.
Report mafeking February 23, 2023 2:23 PM GMT
back to number 1 in the bowling ranks. incredible at 40. can't have been a better athlete as a fast bowler
Report Whisperingdeath February 24, 2023 7:02 PM GMT
Fit as a Butchers dog. No reason for him not to continue. Flat wickets might be different but he is such a good bowler now the only reason not to play him is flat pitches in a busy schedule.

Bazball cannot work! Pakistan and NZ attacks both depleted. Can’t wait gif a fit Aussie attack to ……. well attack!

I am a purist and snob but I have no complaints. I am not saying I wound have been beaten for  deliberately lifting it over the slips or ramping but my ears would have been chewed! I would never have thought about those type of shots though I am actually very good at them now.

What Stokes and McCullum have done is special. As said before look who Mike Brearley had in his side and then look back to 30-3 and 40-4 before Stokes. Special mention to KP for introducing un English cricket.
Report johnnyrant May 18, 2023 9:06 AM BST
Crawley is simply not an opener. Think he's a huge talent and can succeed at Test level but he'd shine more if he batted at 4. On English wickets, opening batsmen are also like lambs to the slaughter.
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