Well India scored fuck all ( with Joe Root taking 5 for 8. ?!?! ) luckily for them England got even less and got hammered. They say a fast game is a good game but holy shit, this was over in two days !
What does this latest result mean for the championship?
Bye bye England .... India or Oz now. England wins - oz. Anything else, India.
One of the worlds besting sporting pundits wholly agrees with me that the last match was nothing short of a complete farce.
I'm not going to pretend that was a role model pitch or that we want a lot of 2 or 3 day tests but the pitch is being bandied about, as is typical nowdays, as the defining reason for a contest which has left one side disappointed and having to cop an ugly loss which extuinguishes the opportunity to play for the pinnacle at Lords. And, like everyone nowdays, whenever encountering a disppointment ya gotta blame someone or something else!
Agnew, indeed one of the better pundits, does this, in the voice of General Melchett, in this one piece, but his analysis is paper thin and cherry picked. What DRS and pre match team selection has to do with how the pitch played is beyond me.
So for my own amusement (and not a serious rebuttal mate👍 ), let me offer why Agnew is being a whiney biatch.
Agnew in itallics - (edit: some itallics not working🤷♂ )
Not every Test must reach the last hour of the fifth day, but it is scheduled to be a five-day match and therefore you are supposed to prepare conditions in which that is possible.
No, Jonathan, and the only way the game goes for any length of time is because of batsmen. That's the one special ingredient test cricket has. It takes hours to build a score and minutes to knock it down. The best batting performance takes hours and the best bowling is done in minutes. You want 5 day tests (an anomly these days btw), then the batters better bat for 5 days, otherwise the bowlers will, by necessity wrap it up in minutes.
As I said last week, there is now an opportunity for people in England to watch Test cricket on free-to-air television and I, like many others, need to stick up for the game.
Oh so England has to win for the "game" to flourish? Did you have to "stick up" for cricket after the first test?
I must admit that this pitch was not quite as bad as the Chennai one, where there were great lumps coming out almost from the start.
That's ahh...umm... the same ground that hosted the first test when England made 578 isn't it? Only 2 grounds will be used for this 4 test series - covid don't you know, so let's begin a cruddy pitch crusade with a sample size of 2 in a global pandemic then?
It is not in Test cricket's interest to have games end so quickly and played in a way where survival and scoring runs are extremely difficult.
I also mentioned last week that the International Cricket Council (ICC) should act and take points off teams in the World Test Championship if pitches are prepared that are not going to last.
Adelaide's fucked then! That shitty wicket rolled a team for 36 in about an hour and a half. Aussie no longer a threat to us in Lords as the points stripped from them will plummet their standings.
But the ICC seems to be sitting on its hands and not doing anything.
Let's be fucken clear here Aggers. That test was ALL about the England 2nd innings of 81. There's no way in the world you were pissing and moaning at 4:30pm India time on Thursday. At the halfway stage the teams were nigh on equal. A paltry 33 run lead is even stevens for any test match. The bottom lip dragging sulky moaning at the foreigners was all about only managing 81 runs at the business end of a test.
And what about the shots played during that 80 fucking 1? How's Crawley going back to a forward defense for a king duck? What did the pitch do to Bairstow to compel that god awful swipe first ball while his team was 1 for none (in literal minutes)? Hit in front and surviving through the, later, vaunted DRS? OK Jonny, you get a second chance to show your batting prowess... the fluffybunny couldn't even play a rudimentary forward defensive shot! A theme that permeated the innings.
So, now, None for 2 after only minutes of play, (fuck we've got to go 5 days to finish our "rostered shift") and it's time for the most over used cliche in all sport - "it's called a test because it's a test of your physical and mental character".
Ok English batsmen, it's step up time.
So Root and Sibley showed a glimpse and it was good. The order of the day was different. Quick singles, subdued wristy angles of the bat, playing straight and scampering. Looked good, looked tough too but there's a baying crowd and it's "test" time. Sibley impatiently trys to hoik a full ball outside off over midwicket and is caught behind and burns a review and one wonders how the dusty pitch has planted a pathogen in Sibley's decision making processes. Cue further swipes across the line and "How not to" videos of playing a forward defensive shot - bat behind pad? bat in front of pad? Gap between bat and pad? All the way forward? Little bit forward? Go back to a full one and read it off the pitch?
In the oppressive and dour past the forward defensive shot was the first one learned. Everything came after mastering that one. No "see ball hit ball" when we were nurturing players to bat 5 days. Now, its the opposite. Bash the ball and we'll sort out defence later. The result, we've got Brendon McCullum swash-buckling mixed with his self confessed substandard defence. Why does Pujara stand out in the world as a peculiar style of batsman? How come Steve Smith and Marnus wasted NZ in Australia? What was different about the number of balls faced? Why are Kane's long innings special? How many forward defensive shots in those?
Nah, mentally, technically and strategically England bottled it in their 2nd innings. They drew level and then bottled it big time. Another 70 runs and they would've been in a fine position to exert pressure on India and win. The pitch forced the game to have low scores but it didn't force England to get half of par in the second dig.
Jofra Archer reviewing his amateur hoik was one example of how England talked themselves out of this one - probably at the 10 minute mark when they watched Bairstow throw the whole thing away. "The pitch has got in their minds" was a rare decent call from Gavaskar in the commentary.
I'm enjoying this rush of pomposity 🙂
Is Joe Root, a part-time off-spinner who averaged 47 with the ball before this match, really a bowler who should be taking 5-8?
Did you see the 5 balls that got wickets? Pretty good ones - landed in the right area. Is there a judgement on a bowler's worth to bowl 5 particular, successful balls in a spell? Joe Root is incapable of getting a bag of wickets? Pesky pitch and conspiracy Indian tailenders.
"England showed a lot of spirit to get back into the game by bowling India out for 145 and limiting the first-innings deficit to 33, but it was also clear to see the tourists had brought with them the scars from the second Test.
On a number of fronts, it was clear they had not recovered from the experience of a 317-run hammering last week - and that contributed to their demise."
Damn pitch has cut them now too!!
England's batsmen kept getting bowled by the straighter ball off the India spinners, with left-armer Axar finishing with match figures of 11-70 and off-spinner Ashwin 7-72.
Is "forward defensive shot" hate speech in England now? Probably...
"England, for the second consecutive game, also showed their frustrations with some of the third umpire's decisions.
There were two instances on day one: a slip catch by Ben Stokes which was deemed to have been grounded and a Rohit Sharma stumping appeal in which the TV umpire did not seem to check all the available angles"
Goddam pitch worshippers in the officials box, brainwashed into poor tv screen manipulation by the bloody pitch - won't someone please stick up for the game"?!
But England were complaining about the third umpire to the people in the middle, who have nothing to do with what the third umpire does. It was quite bizarre behaviour.
Well it's the pitch Jonathan. Like white noise, LSD and dog whistles, it gets into your mind and the damage is palpable. Something must be done!
"I do not blame them for picking the side they did, with only one frontline spinner in Jack Leach. In England's strongest XI you would have pace bowlers James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer.
In the planning of this Test they would have just assumed it would swing a lot more and not spin as much."
You don't blame them for not understanding Indian conditions? No groundsmen or local advice given? Just pretend we're playing in Brisbane, Adelaide, Hamilton or Headingly?
You know what happens when one "assumes" Aggers? Bloody pitch, shattering assumptions.
But the lack of depth in batting was also a big issue, especially when you have Archer coming in at number eight. Once you are six down, you are pretty much all out.
YYaaayyy you mentioned the batting - but not the performance, just an abstract notion.
So fuck off Agnew. Tea time on Thursday you would have been cock a hoop, then your team batted worse than amateurs (in trying, challenging conditions for sure) and you lost and now it's "something must be done!!" time.
Piss off with your blame game and I suggest a few more hours for the players to practice, perfect and think about the game - we don't need you to "stick up for the game" every time you play like weaklings and lose. It's not called a test for nothing, you know
Bahh BLACKADDER !!
That was somewhat cathartic 😉
Another angle - imagine a rugby game where it's 81 nil at halftime. Do we change the rules or take a close look at the fucking tackling?
That pitch ain't great but the issues of this expedited game aren't simply one dimensional like "pitch bad". As we refuse to believe these days, there's more complexity to things than our bipartisan brains are willing to entertain.
On a unifying and inclusive note, we now have a 2 dog race for our opponent in June. We can cheer for India or Australia (an England win) next Thursday, so choose wisely and don't be overcome by internal bias and prejudice 🙂
cheers rage, rant over
Outstanding rant. I love the fern when people make an effort like this !
We just returned from that Hunters v Regional XV game.
I'll start with the bad news.
At the end of the first half, I witnessed a big collission between a Hunters player and some of the big opposition forwards. It didn't end well for the Hunter, who I think was knocked out. It wasn't foul play (in fact, the Regional XV got the penalty), just accidental. After what seemed like a long time, I finally saw the player move his legs which is a good sign, but by then he was already wearing a neck brace. He was stretchered off the field after 15 minutes and left in an ambulance. At first I couldn't see who it was, except that the player had red hair. That narrowed it down to Ruben Love and James O'Reilly. I think I heard someone say "Rubes" and that was confirmed at the beginning of the second half, when I saw O'Reilly standing on the sideline.
So it looks like Ruben Love may be out for a while, with either concussion or a neck injury.
Now, briefly about the game. It was closer than the full time score suggests, particularly in the first half. In fact, for most of the first half, Regional XV was ahead on the scoreboard. At the end of the first half, fatigue started setting in, and the Hunters scored a few quick tries, giving them a 22 - 17 lead at half time.
The Hunters had the upperhand in the second half (having changed the entire frontrow at the break), but not significantly, until Regional XV changed its frontrow around the 60 minutes mark. From then on, the Hunters' scrum was much better and that of the Regional side crumbled. The fact that it didn't become a blow-out score was due to some good defence from Regional XV, who still managed to score a try in that second spell.
I'll only mention a few players; I couldn't look at all of them.
In the first half hour, Patafilo stood out in the Hunters' backline. Visinia was also good.Orbyn Leger didnt play, so Morgan started at 10 and he struggled a bit. He missed all three conversions and then Toala took over the kicking, with more success. I'm not blaming Morgan for the average first half, but he has definitely still a lot to learn. I didn't notice Aso much until the end of the first half, when he scored a try. Toala was outstanding, easily the best back from approx. the 30-minute mark. He limped a bit at the end of the second half, but continued playing. Of the pack, Mitchell and Laubscher looked handy.
In the second half, the Hunters dominated more, but it's hard to say who can take the credit for that. Part of it was just Regional XV going down a level once their reserve forwards came on. Thompson looked strong.
About Regional XV, Kereru-Symes easily matched O'Reilly and had a great work-rate; line-outs went well. He was part of the reason why Regional XV played so well that firs half. The biggest surprise to me was LH prop Paula Latu, who scored the first try of the game. He was pretty fast. He held more than his own against Tavita Mafileo. Bas Visinia marking Danny Toala was interesting, but Toala doesn't have to fear for his spot in the Magpies squad. I didn't see exactly when McClutchie came on, but he did well in a Regional XV side that started struggling by then. He missed a conversion, but made some good clearing kicks and touch finders. Was also quite vocal on a couple of occasions, bossing his team mates haha.
I tried to see who the try scorers in the game were, but I may have one or two wrong (esp with some named players not playing and not knowing their replacements):
Hunters: Patafilo (2), Aso (2), Visinia, Laubscher and no. 19 (definitely not someone named Tuatuvalu) tries; Toala (2) con.
Reg XV: Wild (2), Latu, Tofa tries; Cruden con
Paula Latu played for MAC and the Hawke's Bay WTG and Dev teams last year. Still in Hawke's Bay for 2021?
Anyway will be eating a whole lot more today.
Did 2.km in the pool then a 15km run. Absolutely blasted🤯
You should skip that mara and go straight for the ironman mate
He he. No thanks! I also haven’t ridden a bike in about 15 years.
The marathon will be an epic cnut. My calves are killing me and that was from just 15km! Admittedly the swim involved a lot of kick work but still. I’m thinking the best preparation for a marathon is getting used to a world of pain.
Sexual assault cover up
Who knew what and when
Who chose to not know
Poor treatment and follow up support of the assault victim and of political staff generally
A new Rape allegation regarding a current Cabinet Minister prior to entering politics
A sudden health crisis for the minister who was due to go in front of the National Press Club and answer questions regarding the sexual assault that occurred in her office
And a labor opposition who have remained relatively quiet on the matter which could suggest they have a few of their own skeletons closeted somewhere.
And on top of all of that….
Handbags at 20 paces with Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook over the paying for news content that appears on Facebook. Only real winner there will probably be Rupert Murdoch. No details of the deal done with FB have yet emerged.
Craig Kelly, rogue crack pot and conspiracy theory loving Liberal MP now ex-Liberal MP reduces the Libs majority in the lower house to zero I think, so that the Libs now have to go and do deals with other crackpot MPs like Bob Katter.
A doctor completing botching the Covid vaccine doses and over-dosing a couple of elderly patients (who seem to be fine thankfully)
This study’s sample presents an average age-at-death of 72.9 years; yet only a fraction of the YLL can be attributed to the individuals in the oldest age brackets. Globally, 44.9% of the total YLL can be attributed to the deaths of individuals between 55 and 75 years old, 30.2% to younger than 55, and 25% to those older than 75. That is, the average figure of 16 YLL includes the years lost from individuals close to the end of their expected lives, but the majority of those years are from individuals with significant remaining life expectancy. Across countries, a substantial proportion of YLL can be traced back to the 55–75 age interval, however there remain stark differences in the relative contribution of the oldest and youngest age groups (Fig. 2, Panel A). These patterns account for the proportion of YLL for each age group out of the global YLL (see Table S7). In higher income countries, a larger proportion of the YLL is borne by the oldest group compared to the youngest age groups. The opposite pattern appears in low and mid-income countries, where a large fraction of the YLL are from individuals dying at ages 55 or younger.
The wealthier the country, the longer old people generally live. Stunning insight again from a study of no worth. Paper doesn't make the effort to explain those dying at 55 are likely to have considerably contributed to their own demise.
Here's a better idea for the authors; YLL by BMI for younger cohort.
Does it take in to consideration how hard those years are too?
A 55-70 year old living in the UK has it so much easier than a 55-70 year old in Kenya for example
Not sure about the specifics, but it did take into account different life expectancies.
Personally although I supported Reds ,I thought game was a little disappointing. A bit pissed that refs are missing laws of the game while trying these new variations. Much as I dislike saying it no way should our(Reds) first try of been allowed under the laws that say you can only take a ball by hand and not swim back. I hope that not coming back into our game.
Hmmm... them putting all the Super Rugby content on liverugby.net - is a bit of a prick.
It seems liverugby has much smarter geoblocking (looks like it's in AWS? They might have a better list of VPN proxies to block, maybe?).
I can still login to rugbypass, and look at Six Nations and whatever... but no Super Rugby for me, from any VPN location I've tried thus far.
Finally ( after literally years ) reading Scar tissue by Anthony Keidis. In between quite self indulgent tales of rooting and drug use there’s obviously a bit about the music, I’m up to when they produced their first album and how he was annoyed at how ‘poppy’ it sounded as opposed to when they played the songs live. I agree with him although find it a bit ironic given what they turned into later on.
Right, so, ... Tenet...
I didn't find it as confusing and un-understandable as I'd expected from reviews,
but... yeah, there was heaps of times I thought "nah, that's not how that would work"...
I'm really hoping that it's a case like Primer - where it doesn't make sense on the first watch, but makes more and more sense on each watch, but... not sure.
A lot of it at the back-end seemed like a big excuse for showing 'xplosions-in-reverse
I do kinda like Nolan's production/direction style (the lighting or lack-of) of it just looking like real life. The very first scene reminded me of one of the Batman movies... no dark-ish atmospheric bullshit, just... this is how the lighting is in an opera house, or outside, or on a boat, or whatever.
Watched it a couple of weeks ago. Still can't figure out if I liked it, or was so confused I was unable to make up my mind
I just finished The Test on UK Netflix. Follows the Australia cricket team for 18 months or so post sandpaper gate. Really enjoyed it. Came away thinking that they’re not all knobs. Warner still is though and Smith is eccentric as fuck along with his mini me lapdog Labuschagne.
@Bones I have it on good authority they are hard to find...we must have a few in bushes out the back though.
Just leave them be anyway, you would deserve a good peck in the eye if you go sticking your nose in.
Humphrey Lyttleton lives.
Yeah, went over everyone's head.
.... Mornington Crescent!
@R-L's post reminded me more of Humph's double entendres. E.g. The Lovely Samantha and her bee-keeping hobby - always willing to show her male friends her 34 Bees...
We all miss Samantha. She's gone to the country residence of her new gentleman friend, who has some interesting birds in the thicket. He keeps a young chicken, but Samantha says there are also wild breeds there, and she can't wait to see his Woodcock, Pullet and Swallow.
She liked her friend’s kidneys in red wine, and his oxtail in beer, but nothing beat his tongue in cider.
We played a social (but highly competitive) game of touch together 2 or 3 times a week for a decade and often caught up for beers at the Rag and Famish pub in North Sydney until he and his family moved away from Sydney after which we sadly lost touch.
This really came as a shock, such a great character and yeah, only 3 years older than I am.
@mariner4life See mate, my missus tells me I driving slower. But f*** it I just retired and moved home to godzone, so I figure I got all the time in the world. Mind you I do tend to set cruise control on 100 kph but I kind of figure there is too much to see in this country to rush. I may take off from lights a little slower than I used to, but figure I save the full revs for when I need it. I know when in Aus I tended to drive bit more over speed limit etc, but I practicing being one of thses grumpy old slow bastards and enjoying it so much. To be fair I make sure I leave cruise control on at passing lanes as I get pissed with people whi HAVE to pass car in front and then all are travelling at same speed anyway.
@voodoo I think position on the ladder will count for slightly less this year. As long as you are in the top 8 you should be a good look. Too many teams having to play with there stars out because of covid protocol etc.
I saw a wizards game a few weeks ago they had like 8 players and 4 of them I had never heard of.
Jokic,Lillard,LBJ, Embiid, Harden and/or KD if he gets back soon and stays healthy. Hes been deadly but missing too many games.
Legs tonight, cruising on about 5 hours of Zzz and another fucking hectic day at mahi. Nothing like some heavy squats to blow that stress away 🙂
Back squats up to a double and a single at 140kg. Talked to a gym bro today who was trying out a new leg routine he picked up from a PT. He wanted to change things up and we started talking about our program/workouts. This fucking madman just comes straight in and starts on his working weight. No warm up sets or anything, raw dogging it lol.
I'm at the other end where I do 4 sets of 5 from the bar to 100kg as my warm up, with band work or some kind of mobility stuff in between. Then up to another 5 by 5 for my working sets. He reckons its a sign he's not pushing himself enough, which makes sense if he can handle that weight from the get-go. He thought I was cray cray with all my warm up guff too. Fair play I reckon.
Usual accessories. KB goblet squats kicked my ass - so good for a core, arm and upper back burn. Sitting around 95-96kg but I can tell I put on fat when I got loose with my eating for a bit. Certainly didn't add much muscle. Slowly getting closer to being able to train twice a week. That would be really good.