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Fellow ICFers, 
 
We will be starting a mid-season IPL predictor contest. Predictions will be made for games from match 30 onwards.
 
The points system is as follows:
 
1 point for correct prediction of group stage match result.
 
2 points each for correctly predicting the top 4 teams.
 
2 points for correct prediction of playoffs match result.
 
3 points each for correctly predicting the finalists.
 
5 points for correctly predicting the winner.
 
Most points wins of course. 
 
This is the relevant schedule:
 
While making your predictions, post the match number and your pick for the winner. All predictions have to be made at once in one post. 
 
There will be a deadline for your predictions.
 
Winner will get a secret prize.
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WHAT IS THE MID-SEASON TRANSFER IN IPL 2020?
The BCCI allows franchises to internally trade players from one team to another. Until last season, the BCCI allowed the transfer of only uncapped player ut this time have allowed swapping or transfer of capped players, too.
What are the rules and timings of mid-season transfer in IPL 2020? 
There are basically two rules for mid-season transfer in IPL 2020:
 
1) The player should not have played more than 2 matches before the date of transfer. 
 
 
2) The transfer will only be applicable when the franchises have played 7 games each.
Here is a list of players who are eligible for mid-season transfer in IPL 2020 as on 6th October 2020: 
  Chennai Super Kings: KM Asif, Imran Tahir, Narayan Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Santner, Monu Kumar, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, R Sai Kishore, and Josh Hazlewood Delhi Capitals: Ajinkya Rahane, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Ishant Sharma, Keemo Paul, Sandeep Lamicchane, Alex Carey, Lalit Yadav, Daniel Sams, Tushar Deshpande, and Mohit Sharma. Kings XI Punjab: Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkhande, Krishnappa Gowtham, Hardus Viljoen, Chris Gayle, Harpreet Brar, Jagadeesha Suchith, Mandeep Singh, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Murugan Ashwin, Deepak Hooda, Ishan Porel, Chris Jordan, Simran Singh, and Tajinder Singh Kolkata Knight Riders: Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Siddhesh Lad, Chris Green, M Siddharth, Tom Banton, Nikhil Naik, Ali Khan Mumbai Indians: Aditya Tare, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jayant Yadav, Sherfane Rutherford, Mitchell McClenaghan, Chris Lynn, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Saurabh Tiwary, Mohsin Khan, Digvijay Deshmukh, and Prince Balwant Rai Rajasthan Royals: Mayank Markande, Ankit Rajpoot, Manan Vohra, Mahipal Lomroor, Shashank Singh, Varun Aaron, Kartik Tyagi, Oshane Thomas, Aniruddha Joshi, Andrew Tye, Akash Singh, Anuj Rawat, and Yashaswi Jaiswal Royal Challengers Bangalore: Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Josh Philippe, Chris Morris, Dale Steyn, Shahbaz Ahamad, Pavan Deshpande, Adam Zampa Sunrisers Hyderabad: Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake, Mohammad Nabi, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddharth Kaul, Wriddhiman Saha, Vijay Shankar, Virat Singh, Bavanaka Sandeep, Fabien Allen and Sanjay Yadav  
Link - https://thecricketlounge.com/2020/10/mid-season-transfer-ipl-2020/?fbclid=IwAR1S0NrVe7g4FD52BFYCwft5CKFkrI8Kgg0l193gCzD99caIDR6NscHkD24
 
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Watson 
Faf 
Rayudu 
Sam Curran 
Jadeja 
Bravo
Shardul Takur 
Deepak chahar 
Dhoni 
Kedar
 
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In this cricket mad country with billions of dollars worth of investment and millions of choices it was decided these two people were the best we had for the most important LOI tournament. It is embarrassing.
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Top paragraph first line
 
A match which an experienced team like CSK had complete control of was completely botched, and the first line is about NRR management. What's with this obsession?
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Overall Head-to-Head: (21 matches- MI 10 |RR 10)
 
Last 5 matches
RR won by 5 wickets 
RR won by 4 wickets
RR won by 7 wickets
RR won by 3 wickets
MI won by 8 runs
 
Mandatory awkward side hug pic.
 
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PACE ATTACK 
 
Dc- Rabadda + Norje + Ishant 
If needed they can use Harshal , he may not be high quality bowler but he ll add a very good slogger which means they can replace stonis and bring someone else in 
 
Let see other teams
 
SRH- , need to add stanlake to show something RCB- Saini alone.....need morris  KXIP- Shami, cottrell.....weak in death overs CSK- Hazelwood, Chahar, Curran.....they ll do their job but nothing scary KKR- Cummins , Mavi, nagarkotti, krishna, warrier, Lockie.....indian bowlers lack experience. If they play Lockie n Cummins together they can match Dc with pace . Also cummins is no rabadda in t20  MI- solid attack but no one in death apart from bumrah whose form is concern. Hardik not bowling so stonis automatically goes ahead  RR- Archer , Curran + unadkut and indian bowlers......diff of choke n cheese from archer to other. Tyagi also lacks experience  
So MI n KKR give them threat in Pace attack but DC goes ahead in spin bowling 
 
DC- Axar who gives nothing
Ashwin - very underrated t20 bowler
Mishra- record speaks for him
 
All 3 experienced bowlers and all diff kind of bowlers
 
Other teams
 
MI- Chahar and Krunal dont match them SRH- Rashid alone but nabi can help  KKR- Kuldeep not in form, Narine not same bowler, Varun.C lets see he looked good KXIP- bishnoi n ashwin ...lacks experience ...mujeeb may help CSK- they rely on pitchesw RR- All leggies  RCB- 2 leggies whom they wont be able to play together everytime. Moeen , Sundar not full bowlers   
So DC win in both fronts 
 
 
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Even if we get rid of stigma associated Mankading, I feel it will remain unfair for the bowlers.
 
A bowler can Mankad a batsman if the observes that non-striker is leaving the crease early. Key point is that if bowler observes non-striker. So, this rule essentially puts onus on the bowler to observe and dismiss non-striker. Bowler is already focusing on striker and his movements - whether he is dancing down the tracks or playing switch hit etc. To dismiss non-striker by Mankading, he has to divert his attention. Moreover, bowler has to stop his run up to do so. Unless batsman is taking way too much advantage, it will be really difficult for bowlers to notice it. Even then I guess stopping run is more difficult for pacers. What if batsman is taking small extra step. Bowler will find it very difficult to notice.
 
So, consider risk v reward scenario for batsman in this case. He will get out may be 1 out of 1000 times depending on how much steps he is taking. He can always take small, difficult to notice steps and probably gain dozen extra runs in every match, while risking his wicket once in a year or so? Even if Mankading becomes widely acceptable, it doesn't put onus on batsman and umpire and it will still be favorable to batting side.
 
Instead of keeping dismissal rule, ICC should give 3rd umpire license to check for non-striker's movement before delivery and all such attempts should be counted as short. Additionally award a 5 runs penalty if it is done multiple times in a match.
 
Pros:
1. Essentially rules out the advantage which batsman is trying to make as runs will be short.
2. Batsman will risk more scrutiny and penalty with multiple offense and teams will discourage repeat offenders.
3. Bowlers won't have to worry about it at all. They can focus 100% on striker.
4. Non-strikers will have responsibility to be aware and ensure they stay back.
5. Field umpires won't have handle the situation either.
 
Cons:
1. No batsman will ever be dismissed because of this.
 
 
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Rayudu was the best player i saw against spin in white ball for us . 
Pandya is destructive but rashid has had measure of him
Iyer looses his bat shape when spinners bowl at 90kmph + which laxman pointed out in a pre show and the minute he came in rashid started bowling.
 
Gill looks the best against spin in current setup, i hve never seen someone play rashid with so much ease. 
With such skill he is a very good option for 4, he can open also but we have many many options for that and he also takes time like rohit n kohli so lets have a diff kind of batsman at opening who can start well
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In 2017, when Australia toured India , Kohli called Steve Smith , his friend. ......long pause.... NOT!
 

 
At stake, though, is the No. 1 spot in the points table, a position neither side has been in too often.
 
Last year, Shreyas Gopal, the legspinner, picked up a hat-trick, including the wickets of Kohli and de Villiers, to take his side to an impressive win. As such, Kohli vs Smith and Kohli vs Jofra Archer, who has been consistently clocking 150kph this season, promise a fascinating subplot to the bigger picture.
 
 
Likely XIs
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1 Devdutt Padikkal, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Singh/Parthiv Patel, 6 Shivam Dube, 7 Chris Morris/Isuru Udana, 8 Washington Sundar, 9 Navdeep Saini, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Adam Zampa
Rajasthan Royals: 1 Jos Buttler (wk), 2 Steven Smith (capt), 3 Sanju Samson, 4 Robin Uthappa, 5 Manan Vohra/Riyan Parag, 6 Rahul Tewatia, 7 Shreyas Gopal, 8 Tom Curran, 9 Jofra Archer, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Ankit Rajpoot
 
Content courtesy:
https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8048/preview/1216514/royal-challengers-bangalore-vs-rajasthan-royals-15th-match-indian-premier-league-2020-21
 
@Austin 3:!6 Please sticky this thread
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Game 10 | RCB v MI - IPL Match Report | 28th Sept, 2020 | Dubai
 
Not sure about COVID, But RCB will surely kill me in the next few days. 
 
RCB never not entertain. And that's what makes this team the one to follow. Ninety to defend off the last five on a big ground and they still managed to turn it into a blockbuster. Star Sports will want Kohli's men to take the field every day.
 
Match Report: MI won the coin toss and to everyone's surprise, chose to chase on a ground where first-batters took the honors on most days. RCB had bought-in bowling reinforcements in the form of Udana and Zampa while AB had to take up the gloves so that Mann can replace the outgoing Philippe. MI finally came to their senses and played Kishan ahead of Tiwary.
 
1st Innings: Finch and Padikkal (this guy is a superstar in the making) gave RCB the perfect solid start that they required. Both notched up their individual fifties. The pair has lifted loads of pressure off VK-AB, which seems to be the only thing different about the team from last year. VK's sluggish form continued while AB showed his class yet again. Dube's cameo at the end (27 off 10) helped RCB get past 200. Numbers-wise, no Mumbai bowler stood out to get a mention in this report, not even Bumrah (be like whaaat?).
 
RCB clear fav's at the half-way mark.
 
2nd innings : RCB couldn't have done better as a bowling unit in the PP. Boy did Sundar bowl well. 4-0-12-1 , bowling three in the powerplay. That's the match right there. Give him the MoM even before the match is over. Rohit and SKY departed early and after Hardik failed to leave a mark, the odds of a party at the Antilla took a plunge. What was left was a massive task, even for Pollard the beast. But thanks to sensational comeback knock by Kishan and some really helpless bowling from the red boys, we somehow ended with a super over at our hands.
 
Super Over : MI , following the footsteps of KXIP, did not bat their star from the main innings. Pollard and Hardik opened and the duo only managed to get seven(thanks to a misfield that gave them a much-needed boundary) off the superb bowling of Saini. "I'm going in " -said ABDV. "I'm following you" -said VK. Just two of the first three balls and then Bumrah decided to go for that short ball and not the yorker. AB's miss-hit took it to the fence and then that was that. RCB finally bagging the match that was already in their pockets eighteen overs ago.
 
Against sane interpretation, MoM went to AB (Not taking away anything from him) ahead of a fine knock from Kishan and Sundar's wow numbers. 
 
For more times than I've prayed the Lord for a million dollars, RCB needs to sort out their death bowling issues. 
Till the next, Ciao!
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In my opinion: 
WORST - Royal Challengers Bangalore 
BEST - Mumbai Indians
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IPL Match 14 | CSK v SRH | 02-Oct-2020 | Dubai #IPL2020
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Game 10 | RCB v MI - IPL Match Report | 28th Sept, 2020 | Dubai
 
Not sure about COVID, But RCB will surely kill me in the next few days. 
 
RCB never not entertain. And that's what makes this team the one to follow. Ninety to defend off the last five on a big ground and they still managed to turn it into a blockbuster. Star Sports will want Kohli's men to take the field every day.
 
Match Report: MI won the coin toss and to everyone's surprise, chose to chase on a ground where first-batters took the honors on most days. RCB had bought-in bowling reinforcements in the form of Udana and Zampa while AB had to take up the gloves so that Mann can replace the outgoing Philippe. MI finally came to their senses and played Kishan ahead of Tiwary.
 
1st Innings: Finch and Padikkal (this guy is a superstar in the making) gave RCB the perfect solid start that they required. Both notched up their individual fifties. The pair has lifted loads of pressure off VK-AB, which seems to be the only thing different about the team from last year. VK's sluggish form continued while AB showed his class yet again. Dube's cameo at the end (27 off 10) helped RCB get past 200. Numbers-wise, no Mumbai bowler stood out to get a mention in this report, not even Bumrah (be like whaaat?).
 
RCB clear fav's at the half-way mark.
 
2nd innings : RCB couldn't have done better as a bowling unit in the PP. Boy did Sundar bowl well. 4-0-12-1 , bowling three in the powerplay. That's the match right there. Give him the MoM even before the match is over. Rohit and SKY departed early and after Hardik failed to leave a mark, the odds of a party at the Antilla took a plunge. What was left was a massive task, even for Pollard the beast. But thanks to sensational comeback knock by Kishan and some really helpless bowling from the red boys, we somehow ended with a super over at our hands.
 
Super Over : MI , following the footsteps of KXIP, did not bat their star from the main innings. Pollard and Hardik opened and the duo only managed to get seven(thanks to a misfield that gave them a much-needed boundary) off the superb bowling of Saini. "I'm going in " -said ABDV. "I'm following you" -said VK. Just two of the first three balls and then Bumrah decided to go for that short ball and not the yorker. AB's miss-hit took it to the fence and then that was that. RCB finally bagging the match that was already in their pockets eighteen overs ago.
 
Against sane interpretation, MoM went to AB (Not taking away anything from him) ahead of a fine knock from Kishan and Sundar's wow numbers. 
 
For more times than I've prayed the Lord for a million dollars, RCB needs to sort out their death bowling issues. 
Till the next, Ciao!

@Trichromatic Match Report for today's game
 
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Dominating win for the Delhi Capitals over the Chennai Super Kings as they remain undefeated
 
Delhi Capitals openers Shaw and Dhawan learnt from their last match and started their innings conservatively to build a platform for an attack in the later stages of their innings. They quickly accelerated once the spinners came on as Shaw showed his class with a quick-fire 50. Dhawan also overcame his slow start to dominate Chennai Super Kings spinners Chawla and Jadeja. CSK managed to pull it back with Chawla dismissing both the openers. DC batsmen Pant and Iyer showed some intent but CSK was able to restrict DC to 175.
CSK openers Watson and Vijay also started off slowly and Watson was beginning to look dangerous when he holed out to the deep fielder off of DC spinner Patel’s bowling. Then CSK was never in the game as the DC spinners Patel and Mishra strangled the batsmen from scoring quickly. CSK batsman Du Plessis did his best but it was too little too late as they were unable to keep up to the required rate. Also the DC pace attack of Rabada and Nortje was hard to score off in the “death” overs.
CSK has to do some soul searching as they have lost their second match in a row without much fight and are currently with a 1-2 win/loss record. Dhoni needs to rethink his batting order and maybe put himself up the order. Vijay, Jadhav and Gaikwad’s form is also not that great. The spinners are also not firing and needs to be addressed.
Meanwhile, DC find themselves at the top of the table with 2 wins. They came with a plan to not lose too many wickets too early and bowled with a gameplan in mind. Iyer must be feeling great about his captaincy as he seems to be handling it quite well and must get the hang of things on that front. Iyer and the DC must be hoping this winning feeling continues as they are prime contenders in the play-offs and possibly the title this season.
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Match Report: IPL 2020 | M9 | RR vs K11 | Sharjah | Sept 27th 
 
A match up of teams with big hitters on a small ground is usually an interesting one. This one promised even more since both teams were coming to the game with impressive wins in their last games. The toss was won by Rajasthan Royals (The Wild Wild West team of the IPL). Captain Smith elected to field first, hoping to pick up early wickets. However, the hope remained a hope as Agarwal and Rahul forged a 183 runs partnership for Kings 11 Punjab. After Agarwal's departure, who scored a 106 of 50 balls with 7 6s, Kings 11 could not capitalize much till Pooran came to the party with a 25 of only 8 balls. That inning could never have happened if Uthappa had taken his catch early on. As they say  "whatever happens, happens for the good" - those runs laid the foundation for an exciting chase. 
 
In the 2nd innings, Royals were expected to come out blazing by going for big shots. The early departure of Buttler only brought in the man-in-form Samson. Samson-Smith crafted a valuable partnership nullifying the hard work done by Agarwal for Kings 11. Smith's departure brough in Tewatia who began to stall the momentum. Samson decided to take the bowlers on his own and succeeded. One of his hits was miraculously saved by Pooran from going for a 6, one of the best piece of fielding  efforts of all time. Once Samson's heroic effort ended, it was left up to Tewatia to make amends. As if a magical power had entered his bat, Tewatia too made one of the best individual comebacks in the history of IPL by smashing 5 6s of Cottrell's over. The man who had stalled the momentum energized the Royals to make the team arrive at the doorsteps of victory. In the fitting end to this memorable game, Curran dispatched M Ashwin for a 4 to take the Royals over the line. Samson was named the Man of the Match for his power knock. 
 
Overall, a memorable day for cricket with interesting innings by Agarwal, Pooran, Smith, Samson and Tewatia. Pooran also made that magical fielding attempt. Nothing much was expected of the bowlers on this ground but they played their part in making this one of the most memorable games and, if I am not wrong, the highest chase ever in IPL's history. Cheers to cricket! 
 
@Trichromatic
 
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Likely XIs
Chennai Super Kings: 1 Shane Watson, 2 Faf du Plessis, 3 Ruturaj Gaikwad, 4 Sam Curran, 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 Deepak Chahar, 9 Shardul Thakur/Karn Sharma, 10 Piyush Chawla, 11 Lungi Ngidi/Imran Tahir
Delhi Capitals: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Shimron Hetmyer, 4 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Axar Patel, 8 R Ashwin/Amit Mishra, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Anrich Norje, 11 Mohit Sharma
 
Source: https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8048/preview/1216539/chennai-super-kings-vs-delhi-capitals-7th-match-indian-premier-league-2020-21
 
 

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Never realized SRT was last batsman to reach no 1 ranking. 
 
23rd June 2011 - last time when an Indian batsman was at top.
ID Rat. Name Nat. Career Best Rating 1 883 S.R. Tendulkar 898 v Zimbabwe, 25/02/2002 1 883 J.H. Kallis 935 v New Zealand, 22/11/2007 3 838 K.C. Sangakkara 938 v England, 05/12/2007 4 833 I.J.L. Trott 856 v Sri Lanka, 30/05/2011 5 821 A.N. Cook 874 v India, 09/12/2012 6 790 V. Sehwag 866 v Sri Lanka, 22/07/2010 7 779 S. Chanderpaul 901 v New Zealand, 23/12/2008 8 774 V.V.S. Laxman 781 v West Indies, 10/07/2011 9 766 T.T. Samaraweera 775 v South Africa, 07/01/2012 10 760 A.B. de Villiers 935 v Australia, 24/02/2014  
2011 - SRT
2010 - SRT, Sehwag, Gambhir
2009 - Gambhir
2008 - None
2007 - None
2006 - None
2005 - Dravid
2004 - Dravid
2003 - None
2002 - SRT
2001 - SRT
2000 - SRT
1999 - SRT
1998 - SRT
1997 - None
1996 - None
1995 - SRT
1994 - SRT
1993 - None
1992 - None
1991 - None
1990 - None
1989 - None
1988 - Vengsarkar
1987 - Vengsarkar
1986-1980 - None
1979 - Gavaskar
1978 - Gavaskar
1977 - None
1976 - None
1975 - Vishwanath
 
1935-1974 - None
 
Vijay Hazare was rated at 869, but was ranked 2 in 1952. 
Umrigar was rated 781, ranked 6th in 1955.
 
So this is longest span (7 years) for top ranking for an Indian batsman since 1975.
 
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ICF 22 Yards Ind v SA 2nd Test 2018 Pre-match discussion
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ICF 22 Yards - Ind v SA 1st test Post Match Discussion
ICF 22 Yards - Ind v SA 1st test Post Match Discussion
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SRT after 57 Tests:


 
Steve Smith's Test Career Batting Stats (including the ongoing Test):


 
SRT after 103 ODIs:


 
Steve Smith after 103 ODIs:


 
For me, Steve Smith is miles ahead at similar stages in their careers.
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1st Test, Sri Lanka tour of India at Kolkata, Nov 16-20 2017
http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/18074/preview/1122723/India-vs-Sri-Lanka-1st-Test-sl-in-india-2017-18
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Ever wondered how it feels to carry hopes of over a billion people on your shoulders, every time you walk into the field? Ever wondered how it feels to breathe free amidst the loud echoes enchanting your name? Ever wondered how it feels to stay away from the limelight in personal life, despite being in the spotlight for larger part of the professional life? Ever wondered how it feels to be simple, humble and down to earth, even though the world worships you as God of the game. Ever wondered how difficult it is to stay grounded when you are gifted with the most beautiful and surreal pair of wings. Ever wondered how difficult it is to be Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, despite being peoples' "Tendlya".
 

Sachin Farewell speech(16.11.13)
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Couldn't see an Ashes Series thread so figured I'd start one.  @Laaloo, feel free to sticky this Thread old sport.
 
Obviously I will have an keen interest in how Australia go given Pakistan's own born Khawaja will likely play for Australia.
 
I cannot see Australia losing a Test.  I suspect they will whitewash England and win most games inside 4 days.  The (lol) England batting line up looks very fragile except for Root how will likely struggle as most English captains do in Australia.  Starc, Hazlewood and Lyon will be too strong for the batting line up while Smith (best batsman in the world), Warner (best opener in the world) and Khawaja will dominate the English retirement village pace attack.
 
I for one would be very surpised if the scoring line wasn't  5 - 0 Australias favour at the end of the series
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