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 on: Today at 20:18:56 
Started by Don Rogers Shop - Last post by Nomoreheroes
Iím getting all excited to see what happens next!

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 on: Today at 20:05:25 
Started by Don Rogers Shop - Last post by Frigby Daser
Iíd like him to stay. I donít think he is as bad as the sides he has played in, and I donít think weíve played to his strengths. It would also be a novelty to see a player into his third season at the club (which is ridiculous to say).

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 on: Today at 19:57:26 
Started by herthab - Last post by RobertT
I can't see it being anyone bar Harris.  Nobody worthy of the nomination, outside her, is going to risk their political future on a 4th campaign that they risk losing.  I can see them choosing Harris and convincing her to go for a long term Governor in a Republican State, to try and win an extra State that may be on the edge, like North Carolina with Roy Cooper.  He is term limited and not really at the forefront of the Party so won't overshadow her.  NC is a tight State, so it might be useful if the Democrats can't close the gap in another swing State.

Trump remains the favourite, but I can see this being very close again.

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 on: Today at 18:57:22 
Started by michael - Last post by Posh Red
Can somebody (who's a bit more than a casual cricket fan) explain to me how Ben Stokes seems to escape criticism?

I understand he's the captain and a key reason behind the more aggressive play style of the test team. He might be absolutely vital to our future success. But just to play devils advocate:

When you're averaging barely 30, bowling less and less each year (often not at all) then when does there become a time where you promote Pope to captain and look for somebody else to come through? because his performances are rarely there anymore.

Almost feels like he's in the side because he *can* win a game by himself. But does the potential of one magical innings out of 20 justify the consistently disappointing performances with the bat?

Remember Mike Brearley, England captain and opening bat who never scored a test century & had a pitiful batting average of less than 30, who most would say was a good England captain because he was a leader that could manage & motivate players

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 on: Today at 18:49:43 
Started by michael - Last post by Wobbly Bob
15 wins from 24 tests as captain, lost 8, drawn 1. 60% win rate or thereabouts.

Only the third player to reach 6000 runs and 200 wickets in test cricket.
World class.

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 on: Today at 18:49:05 
Started by herthab - Last post by Nemo
Thatís an interesting take Iíd not thought of before.

Problem is, if the chaos did lead to the race being shaken up in a way that benefits the Dems, is Kamala the right person to lead the free world?

I think in a three way discussion between Biden going on till he's 85 and Trump on his revenge tour, the answer is a resounding yes.

Give me the choice of anyone else and we may be may be here a while.

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 on: Today at 18:47:54 
Started by herthab - Last post by Qunk
I don't know, I think Trump was a shoo-in before and this is a huge injection of chaos into the whole thing. Probably still favourite, but the narrative changes, and the narrative before was "Biden can't do the job" which is... unwinnable.

Thatís an interesting take Iíd not thought of before.

Problem is, if the chaos did lead to the race being shaken up in a way that benefits the Dems, is Kamala the right person to lead the free world?

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 on: Today at 18:45:15 
Started by michael - Last post by Nemo
Well, it's an interesting one. I definitely see why you'd say that, but I think X factor and leadership are things valued incredibly highly in English cricket - Mike Brearley is absolutely revered in English cricket and he averaged 22 in test cricket and didn't bowl.

Stokes is a human highlight reel - he can do things nobody else can, and clearly inspires people around him. His averages absolutely don't reflect that, but he seems to pull it out of the bag when it really matters. It's absolutely vibes over pure stats, but that's almost traditional for the England all rounder- Flintoff's stats are pretty middling overall. Botham's aren't much better either. Stokes fits the mould.

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 on: Today at 18:40:17 
Started by herthab - Last post by Nemo
Trump pretty much a shoo-in now.

I don't know, I think Trump was a shoo-in before and this is a huge injection of chaos into the whole thing. Probably still favourite, but the narrative changes, and the narrative before was "Biden can't do the job" which is... unwinnable.

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 on: Today at 18:39:26 
Started by michael - Last post by Pericardinho
Can somebody (who's a bit more than a casual cricket fan) explain to me how Ben Stokes seems to escape criticism?

I understand he's the captain and a key reason behind the more aggressive play style of the test team. He might be absolutely vital to our future success. But just to play devils advocate:

When you're averaging barely 30, bowling less and less each year (often not at all) then when does there become a time where you promote Pope to captain and look for somebody else to come through? because his performances are rarely there anymore.

Almost feels like he's in the side because he *can* win a game by himself. But does the potential of one magical innings out of 20 justify the consistently disappointing performances with the bat?





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