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Well he apologised, said he would take the knee in future, and did indeed do so today.

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And boy does he look happy to do it.

Meanwhile England absolutely demolished the Aussies today, and so far haven't needed to play an innings of over 100 balls in their three wins. Evidently the Hundred was a tactical move to improve T20 performance.

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This 6 runs or 5 runs debate looks to be a pretty hot issue, whether the law is locked in or up to interpretation. Here's my personal interpretation, spoilered for length:  

Steven Smith, David Warner and any other member of the so-called leadership group in Australian cricket, should be suspended for at least 1 year from all forms of cricket. What happened over the weeke

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India hopefully out of the tournament after their mauling by New Zealand today. A NZ v England final would be the ideal outcome after the 2019 WC final, plenty of unfinished business there. Does seem like games are being won on the toss of a coin for the most part, bowling first seems like such a huge advantage, not ideal cricketing conditions granted. 

Not gonna touch the De Kock saga with a barge pole, it wouldn't be a proper Worpd Cup without a South African implosion at some stage. Still beggars belief they're there and Faf Du Plessis isn't 

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The Ashes are going ahead, England have mostly touched down

  • Joe Root (C)
  • James Anderson
  • Jonathan Bairstow 
  • Dom Bess 
  • Stuart Broad
  • Rory Burns 
  • Jos Buttler
  • Zak Crawley 
  • Haseeb Hameed 
  • Dan Lawrence 
  • Jack Leach 
  • Dawid Malan 
  • Craig Overton 
  • Ollie Pope 
  • Ollie Robinson
  • Chris Woakes 
  • Mark Wood 

-- Ben Stokes is also in the squad


Might be a bit unfair to start an Ashes Thread, given England suck and all, but full respect (seriously) James Anderson and Stuart Broad coming here one more time.

Ben Stokes, the Kiwi would love annoying Australians..

To our American Friends: The Ashes are when England lose to Australia, usually on a 4 year basis in a sport known as in any sport the English "invented".

Victorians killing New South Wales.. our slow left armer concussed.. Has England heard of Mitch Swepson?

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23 minutes ago, PantherFan22 said:

Might be a bit unfair to start an Ashes Thread, given England suck and all, but full respect (seriously) James Anderson and Stuart Broad coming here one more time.

I'll just temporarily rename this thread once the T20 World Cup is done and dusted.

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And India are out, which is hilarious given that the "coincidence" that that IPL was moved to the same grounds that the World Cup was due to be held at just one month before the tournament.

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10 hours ago, Chris2K said:

And India are out, which is hilarious given that the "coincidence" that that IPL was moved to the same grounds that the World Cup was due to be held at just one month before the tournament.

The swing from me absolutely loving the ramshackle, patched up makeshift India team that I stayed up to watch beat the Aussies in their own back to going back to despising the 'normal' India team is a huge one.

England v New Zealand in a 2019 repeat for the semi will be awesome. Still have a feeling Pakistan will beat us in the final. 

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  • Lineklaus changed the title to The Ashes 2021/22

Australia’s Test cricket captain Tim Paine has stepped down from his role on the eve of the Ashes series after a historic investigation into text messages sent to a colleague surfaced.

Paine made the decision to resign – just weeks out from the start of the series against England – after it became clear to him that details of the incident in 2017, which predated his appointment as Test captain, were about to be made public.

The integrity unit investigation four years ago cleared Paine of any breach of CA’s code of conduct, but he said he “deeply regretted” his actions at the time and still to this day.

CA accepted Paine’s decision to stand down, effective immediately, and the national selection panel will now have to begin the process of identifying and appointing a new captain to lead the side ahead of the first Test in Brisbane on 8 December.

Pat Cummins, the vice-captain, had been tipped to take over from the 36-year-old once he retired.

Paine said it was a difficult decision to make, but “the right one for me, my family, and cricket”.

“We thought this incident was behind us and that I could focus entirely on the team, as I have done for the last three or four years,” he said. “However, I recently became aware that this private text exchange was going to become public.

“On reflection, my actions in 2017 do not meet the standard of an Australian cricket captain, or the wider community.

“I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and pain that I have caused to my wife, my family, and to the other party. I’m sorry for any damage that this does to the reputation of our sport.

“And I believe that it is the right decision for me to stand down as captain, effective immediately. I do not want this to become an unwelcome disruption to the team ahead of what is a huge Ashes series.”

Paine had been in the role – termed by some as Australia’s second highest-profile job after the nation’s prime minister – since March 2018.

He took the job from Steve Smith in the wake of the Cape Town ball tampering scandal and was seen as a steady pair of hands to guide Australian cricket in the aftermath of one of its most turbulent periods.

In 2019, he became the first Australian men’s captain to retain the Ashes in England since Steve Waugh in 2001, but pressure mounted on his captaincy after losing last year’s home series to India.

During that series he apologised to teammates for letting them down in the Sydney Test after his sledging crossed a line.

CA acknowledged that Paine had been cleared of any breach of the code of conduct regarding this matter some years ago but CA chair Richard Freudenstein said the board “does not condone this type of language or behaviour”.

Cricket Tasmania said in a statement it too does not condone his behaviour, but “because of the consensual nature of the actions it was determined that no further action was required or appropriate”.

The interaction was, according to CT “consensual, private, occurred on the one occasion only, was between mature adults and not repeated”.

Despite standing down, the wicketkeeper-batsman will still make himself available for selection over the summer.

He is facing a race to be fit in time for the first ball at the Gabba in just under three weeks after undergoing invasive neck surgery to fix a bulging disc.

Meanwhilst, in the UK: 

Oh - and Azeem Rafiq has come out and apologised for historical anti-Semitic Facebook messages.

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Take the piss out of England, and our gentleman captain is a fucking sex pest, godamnit.


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