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  1. it's going to be won by the new ball both teams have a good top order, vulnerable middle order and joint best bowling attack in the world going to be the most interesting series in a while
  2. Facepalm moments by playing XI

    and thats a problem for you guys because that last tests wicket is as close to a subcontinental one as you're ever going to get in SA/eng/aus
  3. Steve Smith technique

    he still averages over 50 away which is pretty significantly more than Kohli, Pujara, Root, Kane etc
  4. Why is nobody talking about the pitch?

    it was a good wicket. It was swinging most of the time except when it started to to flatten out and then the last. An entire day of rain will do that on the last day as well not much you can do about it. even then its not like it was hooping unplayably so many wickets were unnecessary shots away from the body and Philander being an amazing bowler like always.
  5. has Kohli even done anything recently outside of stepping on Sri lanka 20 times?
  6. Test cricket is becoming way too predictable

    most casual fans just watch home games so its kind of drifted into it being not an option to lose them. Thats why Australia does the roads every time, that why India has spent the last 3 years smashing teams at home or weak teams overseas in conditions which are the exact same as at home. This ashes was terrible but actual competitions recently have been amazing, Australia in India and veen Bangladesh, SA in aus, this Capetown test now. You need competitive test cricket, its the only form which isn't just who can follow the throw the bat early, consolidate in the middle and then swing at the end on a road that limited formula the best. Theres so much more depth and nowhere to hide.
  7. Australia without Smith - A very average team!

    Batting lineup Starc, Cummings, Hazelwood, Lyon still the best bowling attack in the world
  8. I feel like this thread has some more life in it
  9. I mean he is head and shoulders the best test batsman in the world. just about 61 career average starting as a leg spinner and 75 since 2014. I can see this team going a lot more places than the Sri Lanka or South Africa tour ones but way to early to call atg status yet after 1 and a bit series, one against Pakistan in Australia.
  10. Your favorite team as a neutral fan??

    Gotta be South Africa. Player for player the bets bowling attack (minus test spinner) and one of the best batting line ups as well. For how good they are they do kind of under perform, they still do well but they don't have the kind of money to throw at the cricket team like England, Australia and India do. The sad thing is though the bureaucracy, quotas and budget hold them back so much. So many great players for England, Australia and NZ were South African. Kyle Abbot is one of the best bowlers in the world but he had to sign a colpack deal because he couldn't afford to keep playing sporadic tests. If they had the infrastructure of the big 3 they would be by far the #1 team.
  11. Anti Virat Kohli Club

    Rat is a term of respect. I'll break it down. VI-rat Kohli VI is 6 in Roman numerals He is worth 6 but he is only 1, thus this is refelected in his name. therefore rat is a term of highest respect to Kohli.
  12. Because India made the pitch here here and here and it back fired into their face. Nobody's saying that its a good pitch, just happy that we won in India when we weren't expecting it largely because they comically fell into their own trap. If you asked anyone about the pitch they'd say rank turner. Steve O'Keefe was also due for something like this after having some of the best domestic stats ever in Australia for a spinner but never getting a test.

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