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Cricket tour v SA
at 19:17 13 Aug 2020

It's turned into a decent day, even accounting for those two early drops. Shame the weather hasn't been great. Bizarrely we would have got a full days play in if the game had been held at Old Trafford.
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at 18:26 13 Aug 2020

Maybe a couple of new signing will be announced tomorrow in an attempt to boost sales?
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Cricket tour v SA
at 13:57 13 Aug 2020

Two drops and an edge that no one appealed for. Some luck so far!
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Cricket tour v SA
at 10:55 13 Aug 2020

An interesting line up. I can see bringing Curran in to lengthen the batting without Stokes, although I am surprised that neither Wood or Archer are playing. I would have thought that their extra pace would have been an asset on what could be a flat pitch. I am even more suprised that Pakistan have gone in with just four frontline bowlers. If England bat long their young seamers could have a heavy workload.

So much for batting first! Hopefully they don't keep us in the field for two days. There is supposed to be some rain forecast for later in the test.

EDIT - Rain forecast throughout the test.
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at 14:42 12 Aug 2020

Thanks for the heads up. Hopefully they will announce this in plenty of time so people can plan accordingly.
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Cricket tour v SA
at 14:23 12 Aug 2020

Team for tomorrow:

Burns
Sibley
Crawley
Root
Pope
Buttler
Woakes
Curran
Bess
Broad
Wood

The weather has been set fair for a while and the forecast is good. Playing in Southampton also helps witb the weather. As for the changes Crawley for Stokes and then Curran and Wood for Anderson and Archer. Wood offers pace and could be important if the pitch is really flat. Curran offers a different angle, helps lengthen the batting line up and is a bit of a golden arm. With the hot weather Bess will be really important and hopefully his accuracy will be a bit bitter. He was a bit unlucky in the first innings as Buttler missed two chances off him. With them coming back from injury give Anderson and Archer a rest this week and play then next week. Hopefully if England win the next test there might be an opportunity to have a look at Lawrence, Robinson and maybe Bracey in the last test.

Here's to England winning the toss tomorrow and batting for two days to set the game up.
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Covid -19 test
at 13:21 11 Aug 2020

Absolutely and that is why it was a pointless thing to do.
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Covid -19 test
at 12:53 11 Aug 2020

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/dea

Some light reading, which makes seven weeks of deaths below the five year average up to the end of July and Covid deaths down to 2%. As Covid deaths have continued to fall I suspect this figure is even lower.

From those figure I suspect total deaths have been below the five year average since the beginning of June.

So why can't I go round to my brother's house?
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at 12:43 11 Aug 2020

I had heard that in areas such as Wardleworth where infection rates were higher they were pretty much knocking on doors and 'encouraging' people without symptoms to get tested. I am not sure how true this was, but the opening of two temporary test site this weekend in high risk areas probably backs it up.

That's why I asked Tony how strong the advice to get tested was. Was it awareness or was it go and get tested?

In many areas of the country where there are more cases there has been this approach. I've heard about it happening in Leicester and bizzarely in five streets in Toxteth.

The issue I have is that this intensive testing is almost a self fulfilling prophecy. Cases are higher, do loads more targeted testing, find more asymptomatic cases, get looked down, do not sit in your parents' garden!

For me the fact that hospitalisations and deaths are both falling is more telling, especially when the threshold for hospitalisation is lower than at the peak. Also remember that Covid with/off deaths accounted for only 2.24% of all deaths the last week reported by ONS. Total deaths have been below the five yearly average for the past six weeks.
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at 11:05 11 Aug 2020

And then there is a big panic when more, often asymptomatic cases are found! Remember you can test positive up to 12 weeks after contacting the virus but are only contagious for the first two weeks.

How strong was the 'invite'? Was it a raising awareness of testing facilities or an 'encouragement' to have a test?
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Cricket tour v SA
at 19:12 10 Aug 2020

Thanks, that is a really insightful post and you make a fair point about work.

I would agree about the captaincy affecting his batting and for that reason I would not want Stokes to be captain neither, as it would be too much of a burden. As has been said the captaincy cupboard is bare. Ideally they would need to be assured of their place but not too much of a key player that it could be detrimental to their game. Or find someone like Gooch where captaincy actually improved his batting.
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County cricket
at 15:20 10 Aug 2020

Nine down now, as Bumble would say start the car. Four for Hurt. I always knew he had it in his locker.
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County cricket
at 14:39 10 Aug 2020

Hurt with two in two. It's good to see him in the wickets after seriously damaging his knee in preseason last year.
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New Kit - Revealed Friday, on sale Saturday
at 13:35 10 Aug 2020

Potential money making opportunity?
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Cricket tour v SA
at 11:17 10 Aug 2020

Root has won his last six tests as captain!

My response to the earlier poster was actually who would they replace him with in the line up (I notice they have not responded with a suggested replacement), but the point about captaincy is a fair one.

There is no obvious candidate to replace Root. Ideally you do not want to burden your best player with the captaincy. There has been some conjecture about Burns, but I'm not sure he is a automatic pick at this stage of his career. You captain should be an automatic pick.

Back to the original post about Root. I am all for people having an opinion and making criticisms, but it makes for much better debate when people add a bit of insight or offer alternatives. You may not always agree with someone but can appreciate their thought process.
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Cricket tour v SA
at 21:04 9 Aug 2020

His second innings was really important and he got a good ball on a wearing pitch. His first innings dismissal was a poor shot but showed intent. Pakistan have a good, varied bowling attack. That ball to Pope was unplayable.

I'll bite and say who would you pick ahead of him then? I'd also say both openers, Archer, Anderson and Bess are less deserving of selection for the next test rather than Root. As posted earlier I would rest Anderson and Archer as they have had injury issues recently and the games are coming thick and fast.
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Cricket tour v SA
at 20:53 9 Aug 2020

Absolutely. Stokes is a warrior and will at times play through pain that perhaps he shouldn't and bowl those extra long spells in the quest for wickets. Hopefully everything will be okay his end and he can go out to the UAE and enjoy the IPL and be ready for, hopefully, a packed England schedule next year, including India home and away.

Although test cricket is the pinnacle having IPL later in the year will be good viewing. I hope Banton makes the most of his experiences as he could be our next white ball opener for the next 10 years.
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Cricket tour v SA
at 19:26 9 Aug 2020

The team for the next test will be interesting. A lot depended on whether Stokes was fit to bowl, but family circumstances have put paid to that. Hopefully all will be well.

I suspect Crawley will come in at three as a replacement for Stokes. I would rest Anderson and Archer and bring in Wood and Curran for the next test.
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Salary cap
at 19:19 9 Aug 2020

For players under contract their wages will be classed, for cap purposes as being that of the average of the league. Obviously this exemption is no longer applicable when their contract expires. I suspect most contracts will have clauses reducing wages in the event of relegation.

As others have said it will take a while for the cap to take effect and there will be ways or legally/illegally working the cap. In principle it is a good idea, although it will probably cause some wage deflation in the lower leagues. Some might argue that this is needed, although not the PFA!
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Salary cap
at 09:53 9 Aug 2020

Bigger teams can also employ more and more expensive coaches etc. They could also pay young player a lot of money, which would not count towards the cap.
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