Smith ends 16-month wait for Test hundred
08/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 435
India reach 96-2 after Steve Smith's 131 helps Australia's post 338 on day two of the third Test in Sydney.
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08/01/2021 08:04:50 20 9
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Top class batsman averaging well over 60 .
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08/01/2021 13:39:33 6 2
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He still averaged 34.6 during this bad run, which isn't bad when you look at some of our batsmen's averages.
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08/01/2021 08:05:12 17 12
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Such an annoying cricketer to watch
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08/01/2021 08:57:51 16 14
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he fidgets all the time, almost as if he has something abrasive in his pocket
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08/01/2021 08:57:58 8 1
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Especially when you can't get him out
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08/01/2021 11:08:40 5 2
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Don’t watch then. You may miss a fair bit of the days play though.??
Bet if he was playing for the English you’d love watching him bat.
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08/01/2021 11:10:15 10 2
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I reckon he's brilliant to watch.
Warner was the main person behind the sandpaper thing, Smith's mistake was not stopping him, poor leadership from him. Warner should never have been picked again.
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08/01/2021 08:06:32 16 3
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I was hoping that Australia would persist with the likes of the hapless Wade and Head.

Green and Puckovski are already proving to be far better.

If Smith and Labuschagne are in form as well England will have to bowl really well.
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08/01/2021 08:12:04 3 7
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Well it's India at the moment bowling to them and yes see where you coming from.

Any batsman in form you need a slice of luck to get their wicket.

Talented batsman who is entitled to have lean periods with the bat then comes back with a great score.

Steady score set but would have thought a bigger score though with one player knocking 130 ...

India 2 down for less than 100 steady day then.
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08/01/2021 09:48:38 2 0
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Green is averaging < 20 so far, fyi, promising though he is
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08/01/2021 08:06:59 37 5
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Australia's middle order is actually awful
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08/01/2021 10:33:42 16 3
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And they've only had one opener for a long time now, and their 'keeper is club standard. Good bowling though.
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08/01/2021 08:09:51 47 7
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Australia’s over reliance on Smith and Labuschange continues.
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08/01/2021 09:47:46 21 11
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warner averages more than cook
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09/01/2021 08:39:39 1 0
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Errr....Warner averages almost 50 in test cricket and over 60 in Oz. And I assume your “over-reliance” doesn’t extend to the best attack in world cricket?
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08/01/2021 08:06:32 16 3
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I was hoping that Australia would persist with the likes of the hapless Wade and Head.

Green and Puckovski are already proving to be far better.

If Smith and Labuschagne are in form as well England will have to bowl really well.
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08/01/2021 08:12:04 3 7
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Well it's India at the moment bowling to them and yes see where you coming from.

Any batsman in form you need a slice of luck to get their wicket.

Talented batsman who is entitled to have lean periods with the bat then comes back with a great score.

Steady score set but would have thought a bigger score though with one player knocking 130 ...

India 2 down for less than 100 steady day then.
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08/01/2021 08:12:23 19 10
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Shame. Hoping his poor run continued until he was dropped.
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08/01/2021 08:13:54 9 2
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Smith is an absolute run machine.
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08/01/2021 08:29:46 21 17
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And a sanding machine?
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08/01/2021 12:27:12 8 0
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And a cheat
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08/01/2021 08:13:55 11 1
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If India's middle order tough it out then this will end in a draw, setting up a "winner take all" thriller in the final test.
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08/01/2021 08:15:15 20 7
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As much as I don't like Smith, only because of Sandpapergate, he is in my eyes one of the greatest batsmen in the modern era. He is right up there for me as much as it pains me to say, just an absolute joy to watch.
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08/01/2021 08:54:45 18 11
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he does get the rub of the green though, and of the leather
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08/01/2021 13:29:10 0 3
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Why have you met him?
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08/01/2021 08:16:55 15 9
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Good luck India in the this test and for the final test. Hope for an India 3-1 series win.
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08/01/2021 08:18:11 64 4
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Steve Smith is one of those batsmen who looks awful at the crease but keeps on churning out runs. There have been plenty like him in the past, Shivnarine Chanderpaul is one example.
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08/01/2021 21:10:58 1 2
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Still feel that the awkward batting action leaves him vulnerable to a leg slip with the odd ball deliberately launched close in down the leg side but its not a tactic anyone seems to try. There were several occasions when he was scoring tons in the Ashes he would have gone early had a leg slip been in.
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MR
08/01/2021 08:19:17 19 16
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Trying hard to appreciate but very hard to see past the sandpaper unfortunately
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08/01/2021 11:01:39 4 6
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Try harder. Move on. You’ll get over it.
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08/01/2021 08:19:25 9 13
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Lets hope he keeps the sandpaper in his pocket when the going gets tough!!!
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08/01/2021 09:10:16 3 2
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Wasn't in his pocket.
Face like a bag of smashed crabs Removed
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08/01/2021 08:23:48 47 6
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Form is temporary, class is permanent. Like him or loathe him, Smith is one the best of the modern era. Even-stevens at stumps. It's not going to be easy for India, but they really need a lead on this wicket. Chasing any score down in the 4th innings is tough in Sydney.
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08/01/2021 08:45:23 23 0
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Aussies have 1 spinner , India have 2 , that could be crucial as the test goes into tomorrow , India have to get a big lead , the average first innings score at SCG is around 460 so they’ve done well to restrict the Aussie to 338

You don’t want to be chasing more than 200 last innings

Anyone’s game but Aussies just favourites as india have to bat last
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08/01/2021 08:53:04 11 0
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stop talking sense, this is a HYS, can't you throw in at least 1 insult.
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08/01/2021 09:56:22 8 9
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Class and smith shouldnt be in the same sentence.

Unless he is showcasing his sandpapering skills.
You've gotta sand it to him Removed
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08/01/2021 08:29:40 131 17
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Oh come on...thats a bit rough.
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08/01/2021 09:48:44 23 4
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Starting from the scratch, he's had a pretty rough life and he's shown a lot a grit. Be kind, he reminds me of a cheater (the animal).
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08/01/2021 09:51:20 24 2
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Time to move on, don't let him rub you up the wrong way.
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08/01/2021 10:27:35 13 2
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That would rub everyone up the wrong way
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08/01/2021 10:28:11 10 5
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I don't know why you got down voted, I thought it was funny. Some people just don't have any sense of humour..
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08/01/2021 10:29:48 19 3
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Got to take the ROUGH with the SMOOTH.
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-_-
08/01/2021 11:13:57 15 3
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It's just papering over the cracks
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08/01/2021 11:52:47 8 1
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I'd expect a Steve Smith innings to be smoother than that...
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08/01/2021 12:36:13 9 1
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These Aussies can be abrasive characters but they know how to play cricket.
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08/01/2021 13:59:46 7 0
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Why so much friction from the down voters?
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08/01/2021 16:47:01 2 0
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Such coarse humour
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08/01/2021 17:05:02 2 0
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He's really made the grade.
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08/01/2021 08:28:37 16 15
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Once a *****, always a *****
Atherton? Removed
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08/01/2021 08:28:52 17 15
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Think Smith, think cheat.

Hard to get past that. All of his own doing too. This will be his legacy despite however many runs he scores.
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08/01/2021 12:49:16 0 3
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You sound a little bitter, or scared? You’re a bit scared as to what Smithy is likely to do to the English bowling attack in upcoming ashes?
He’s never cheated against England which is more than you can say about a few English gentlemen who have looked for a sneaky advantage while playing Australia.
You've gotta sand it to him Removed
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08/01/2021 08:29:40 131 17
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Oh come on...thats a bit rough.
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08/01/2021 08:36:34 10 2
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Said the umpire.
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08/01/2021 08:51:55 26 4
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there's more than a grain of truth in that statement.
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08/01/2021 09:25:51 26 3
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True grit, about P60 I reckon
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08/01/2021 08:13:54 9 2
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Smith is an absolute run machine.
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08/01/2021 08:29:46 21 17
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And a sanding machine?
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08/01/2021 08:55:24 9 8
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that actually made me laugh out loud, thanks
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08/01/2021 13:32:32 4 0
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How about next time he just wears a textured trouser belt. Then he can be a a belt sander!!!
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09/01/2021 08:20:53 0 0
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Get over it. They were caught and punished and have done the time.
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08/01/2021 08:31:57 16 11
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Yes Steve Smith is genius. Hope to see him with many more tons.
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08/01/2021 08:32:39 9 9
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Smith has to take the *rough with the smooth.
*He's good at that.
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Joe
08/01/2021 08:32:59 16 15
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Should never have played again
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08/01/2021 09:08:04 6 8
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Rubbish.
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08/01/2021 08:34:06 7 8
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A fine batsman but a poor excuse of a person, excellent innings but Australia very dependent on a couple of batsman, Warner struggling, so it's not all bad.
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08/01/2021 08:38:55 8 3
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Mmmm ... I think he's suitably contrite.

Not sure about Warner, though. He continues to struggle as the guilt still hangs heavily.
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08/01/2021 08:48:34 1 4
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Oh how great it must be to be such a wonderful human being with no floors. Do you take anything for that or did you just get lucky at birth?
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08/01/2021 09:14:47 4 2
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And you are perfect I suppose. Stop this tribal nonsense. Leave that to the footie fans.
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08/01/2021 08:34:41 3 29
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WHEN ENGLAND GO TO OZ FOR THE ASHES ENGLAND WILL SMASH THE AUSSIES JUST LIKE THE CRICKET WORLD CUP AND EVERY OTHER SPORT . ENGLAND ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS AND ARE RANKER NUMBER 1 IN T/20 AND ODIs.
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08/01/2021 08:46:50 8 1
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Every other sport!!! You are funny
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08/01/2021 09:05:40 10 1
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It seems Donald Trump has got his internet access back..
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08/01/2021 11:48:23 2 1
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Here we can see a perfect example of the effects of a severely limited education.
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08/01/2021 08:34:47 31 1
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Typical Smith response to a run of small scores.
You can't keep a good bat down it seems.

The test is beautifully balanced too. This series isn't disappointing us.
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08/01/2021 08:41:44 76 5
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Smith 27 tons at the age of 30

Shame he got involved in the sandpaper affair

He could end up as one of the all time greats and could have skippered until retirement

Destroyed a potentially great legacy

What a fool
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08/01/2021 08:35:03 12 12
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Thinking about the Ashes - England have the better team on paper but Australia have the better team on sandpaper.
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08/01/2021 08:29:40 131 17
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Oh come on...thats a bit rough.
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08/01/2021 08:36:34 10 2
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Said the umpire.
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08/01/2021 08:36:43 13 10
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Must be awful knowing that EVERY time you walk to the crease, people are talking behind their hands and shaking their heads.
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08/01/2021 08:38:40 21 1
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A terrific player and this is ominous for the Ashes. Everyone knows that the trick is to get him early, the problem is doing it. Maybe Rashid can complete the step up to consistent top grade test spinner, if not it might become a long tour. Be interesting to see if the new Aussie opener is a flash in the pan or goes on to get established. Enjoying this series in an otherwise horrible January.
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08/01/2021 08:34:06 7 8
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A fine batsman but a poor excuse of a person, excellent innings but Australia very dependent on a couple of batsman, Warner struggling, so it's not all bad.
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08/01/2021 08:38:55 8 3
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Mmmm ... I think he's suitably contrite.

Not sure about Warner, though. He continues to struggle as the guilt still hangs heavily.
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08/01/2021 08:34:47 31 1
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Typical Smith response to a run of small scores.
You can't keep a good bat down it seems.

The test is beautifully balanced too. This series isn't disappointing us.
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08/01/2021 08:41:44 76 5
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Smith 27 tons at the age of 30

Shame he got involved in the sandpaper affair

He could end up as one of the all time greats and could have skippered until retirement

Destroyed a potentially great legacy

What a fool
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08/01/2021 09:29:57 22 1
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His weak leadership of the team ultimately led to sandpaper gate. He made big runs as captain but the behaviour of the team under him was often objectionable.
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08/01/2021 18:07:02 1 1
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Exactly. Score as many as you can Smithy, you will never sandpaper away the facts....cheat!
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08/01/2021 08:43:08 10 0
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'Smither's' was due some runs and delivered. Game is nicely poised but Aus still warm favourites as India have to bat last.
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08/01/2021 09:12:36 12 11
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I like to call him "Sanders"
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08/01/2021 11:59:26 3 0
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I wouldn't count on Aus winning, not with India's superior batting line up. Enjoyed the last hour of play today though, really tight bowling, really disciplined batting. Classy cricket. As opposed to the thoroughly amateur Big Bash this season!
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08/01/2021 08:23:48 47 6
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Form is temporary, class is permanent. Like him or loathe him, Smith is one the best of the modern era. Even-stevens at stumps. It's not going to be easy for India, but they really need a lead on this wicket. Chasing any score down in the 4th innings is tough in Sydney.
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08/01/2021 08:45:23 23 0
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Aussies have 1 spinner , India have 2 , that could be crucial as the test goes into tomorrow , India have to get a big lead , the average first innings score at SCG is around 460 so they’ve done well to restrict the Aussie to 338

You don’t want to be chasing more than 200 last innings

Anyone’s game but Aussies just favourites as india have to bat last
Great player but his numbers are slightly misleading as most opposition attacks are blunted by Australian conditions. Just look at the home / away averages of Smith, Warner and Marnus in time. Removed
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08/01/2021 08:51:42 13 0
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Average of 67 (62 innings) at home and 57 (74 innings) away is not too shabby...
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08/01/2021 09:00:26 3 0
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I'd have been happy with his away average as a top score in my playing days! I'm afraid yours is a point not well made
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08/01/2021 08:34:41 3 29
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WHEN ENGLAND GO TO OZ FOR THE ASHES ENGLAND WILL SMASH THE AUSSIES JUST LIKE THE CRICKET WORLD CUP AND EVERY OTHER SPORT . ENGLAND ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS AND ARE RANKER NUMBER 1 IN T/20 AND ODIs.
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08/01/2021 08:46:50 8 1
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Every other sport!!! You are funny
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08/01/2021 08:34:06 7 8
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A fine batsman but a poor excuse of a person, excellent innings but Australia very dependent on a couple of batsman, Warner struggling, so it's not all bad.
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08/01/2021 08:48:34 1 4
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Oh how great it must be to be such a wonderful human being with no floors. Do you take anything for that or did you just get lucky at birth?
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08/01/2021 09:05:11 4 0
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I myself have may floors, like a car park, among my other flaws are laughing at Australian cheats. Pretty sure I have never disgraced a nation with my antics though.
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08/01/2021 13:27:19 1 0
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No floors? How do you know that the poster lives in a bungalow?
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08/01/2021 08:50:21 27 22
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Skip the sandpaper remarks, please, folks. Smith's paid his price (a year out of the sport and no longer national captain) and expunged his guilt. What was paradoxically reassuring about that was how aghast the Australians as a nation were that their skipper would sanction that. It's distant history now: concntrate on finding ways to get him out ifhe bothers you. (Run out this time: not easy.)
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08/01/2021 09:01:47 21 15
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nope. I am going to laugh at the cheat. admire his batting but he and his fellow cheats are a disgrace.
Great player but his numbers are slightly misleading as most opposition attacks are blunted by Australian conditions. Just look at the home / away averages of Smith, Warner and Marnus in time. Removed
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08/01/2021 08:51:42 13 0
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Average of 67 (62 innings) at home and 57 (74 innings) away is not too shabby...
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08/01/2021 09:27:45 1 0
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I stand corrected. Fair enough!
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08/01/2021 08:51:52 10 12
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Plenty of jealousy on here as per usual....another great knock by Steve....add it to the ashes collection...if only he wanted to play for England right? ??
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08/01/2021 09:29:59 3 0
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Lol

Just as well your newbie Will had a steady knock too.

Not bad reply though they have some runs and you have wickets too ... Evenly balanced and you a happy chappy. ??
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08/01/2021 09:50:50 7 1
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Jealousy, I don’t think so. This was no ‘picking up a bit of dirt’, and that was intolerable enough, but Smith was involved in a premeditated campaign to cheat involving the vice-captain and a junior member of the team. As for moving on, perhaps when the Aussies stop whining on about bodyline, a legal but morally dubious tactic, then others can move on from a campaign of cheating
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08/01/2021 08:29:40 131 17
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Oh come on...thats a bit rough.
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08/01/2021 08:51:55 26 4
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there's more than a grain of truth in that statement.
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08/01/2021 09:18:52 25 3
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But life is never smooth. Bit like a cricket ball in certain hands.
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08/01/2021 08:23:48 47 6
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Form is temporary, class is permanent. Like him or loathe him, Smith is one the best of the modern era. Even-stevens at stumps. It's not going to be easy for India, but they really need a lead on this wicket. Chasing any score down in the 4th innings is tough in Sydney.
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08/01/2021 08:53:04 11 0
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stop talking sense, this is a HYS, can't you throw in at least 1 insult.
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08/01/2021 08:15:15 20 7
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As much as I don't like Smith, only because of Sandpapergate, he is in my eyes one of the greatest batsmen in the modern era. He is right up there for me as much as it pains me to say, just an absolute joy to watch.
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08/01/2021 08:54:45 18 11
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he does get the rub of the green though, and of the leather
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08/01/2021 08:55:06 17 10
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I'm English and I still like Steve Smith as an individual.

Ultimately, he is an "outstanding run scorer" but from a "technique" perspective, he will never be a "great batsman".

This is not least on account of the fact that the word "great" was used for the immortals twenty years ago but is used with ignorant flippancy nowadays.
I don't like him for the same reason I don't like Atherton. Cheats should never prosper. Difference is Atherton got away with rubbing dirt and grit on the ball because he was "drying it" I assume waster would go into the gouges he made. Removed
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08/01/2021 09:04:58 19 0
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I agree that the guy is a phenomenon, but I cannot understand your point regarding technique. Surely any technique that regularly scores large numbers of runs is the correct technique? There is more than one way to score a run.
I understand when an unorthodox player scores well for a while but gets found out after a period of time, and it's clear that Steve Smith does not fall into that category.
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08/01/2021 09:05:06 6 2
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Thing is unless we have family, friends or people that really know him posting on here then I'm not sure how you judge him as a person? What he is without doubt is an outstanding batsman and cricketer.
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08/01/2021 09:11:58 10 1
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Technique irrelevant, it's the runs scored that matter.
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08/01/2021 12:07:48 2 0
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Is it harder to perfect an accepted technique or to develop your own sound technique that serves you incredibly well? The fact that he hasn't been found out over all these years and that nobody has been able to successfully copy him means that his technique is pretty special in my opinion.
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08/01/2021 08:29:46 21 17
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And a sanding machine?
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08/01/2021 08:55:24 9 8
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that actually made me laugh out loud, thanks
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08/01/2021 08:05:12 17 12
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Such an annoying cricketer to watch
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08/01/2021 08:57:51 16 14
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he fidgets all the time, almost as if he has something abrasive in his pocket
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08/01/2021 08:05:12 17 12
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Such an annoying cricketer to watch
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08/01/2021 08:57:58 8 1
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Especially when you can't get him out
Great player but his numbers are slightly misleading as most opposition attacks are blunted by Australian conditions. Just look at the home / away averages of Smith, Warner and Marnus in time. Removed
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08/01/2021 09:00:26 3 0
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I'd have been happy with his away average as a top score in my playing days! I'm afraid yours is a point not well made
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08/01/2021 09:24:38 3 0
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hear hear. I think almost every player alive today would love an average like Smith's away average.
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08/01/2021 08:55:06 17 10
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I'm English and I still like Steve Smith as an individual.

Ultimately, he is an "outstanding run scorer" but from a "technique" perspective, he will never be a "great batsman".

This is not least on account of the fact that the word "great" was used for the immortals twenty years ago but is used with ignorant flippancy nowadays.
I don't like him for the same reason I don't like Atherton. Cheats should never prosper. Difference is Atherton got away with rubbing dirt and grit on the ball because he was "drying it" I assume waster would go into the gouges he made. Removed
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08/01/2021 09:09:01 4 0
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'Cheats should never prosper.'

Have you been away?
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08/01/2021 09:17:17 8 0
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Atherton didn't get away with it. He was disciplined by the match umpire and the team manager Ray Illingworth, forced to apologise publicly, and to face a Press conference at Old Trafford, although he continued to deny that he had deliberately cheated. Lots of others did get away with cheating because messing with the ball was 'part' of the game.
He’s only a cheat coz he’s an Aussie lol. I remember Anderson and Broad getting in bother a few years back for scuffing the ball with their spikes and nowt ever came of it. Removed
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08/01/2021 09:01:13 44 4
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Also shows that Ravidra Jadeja is still an under-appreciated cricketer (by the Indian selection heirarchy).

Do you think the penny might have dropped and he'll become a "guaranteed" selection?
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08/01/2021 10:37:16 9 3
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Should be one of the first names on the teamsheet. Captain, wicketkeeper who can catch (Saha), Bumrah, Jadeja.
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08/01/2021 14:06:02 1 0
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It’s mystifying -can you imagine England not picking a slow left armer with a FC batting average of 47 and a bowling average of 24?!
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09/01/2021 08:36:38 1 0
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Especially given the ICC rule changes on Injuries. The Indians know they can pick him as an all rounder, give him a concussion test after he’s batted, and then replace him with a front line bowler.
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08/01/2021 08:50:21 27 22
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Skip the sandpaper remarks, please, folks. Smith's paid his price (a year out of the sport and no longer national captain) and expunged his guilt. What was paradoxically reassuring about that was how aghast the Australians as a nation were that their skipper would sanction that. It's distant history now: concntrate on finding ways to get him out ifhe bothers you. (Run out this time: not easy.)
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08/01/2021 09:01:47 21 15
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nope. I am going to laugh at the cheat. admire his batting but he and his fellow cheats are a disgrace.
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08/01/2021 09:23:52 4 6
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have you never cheated at any game in your life? Totally beyond reproach? remarkable.
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Bob
08/01/2021 10:55:49 3 2
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You must be having a right old day, sitting waiting to reply with such humour to any post acknowledging the talent of the man, 52 and not yet mature
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08/01/2021 11:26:19 6 2
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You can't keep repeating the same joke and expect people to find it funny. It soon becomes boring...and it has.
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08/01/2021 12:46:51 4 0
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Quite right. We’d never hear the end of it if it was the other way round. Warner in particular is easy to hate.
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08/01/2021 08:55:06 17 10
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I'm English and I still like Steve Smith as an individual.

Ultimately, he is an "outstanding run scorer" but from a "technique" perspective, he will never be a "great batsman".

This is not least on account of the fact that the word "great" was used for the immortals twenty years ago but is used with ignorant flippancy nowadays.
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08/01/2021 09:04:58 19 0
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I agree that the guy is a phenomenon, but I cannot understand your point regarding technique. Surely any technique that regularly scores large numbers of runs is the correct technique? There is more than one way to score a run.
I understand when an unorthodox player scores well for a while but gets found out after a period of time, and it's clear that Steve Smith does not fall into that category.
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08/01/2021 09:11:29 4 0
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that's a very good point, not a text book batsman but maybe it's the rest that are missing a trick. never really thought of it that way. Thanks
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08/01/2021 08:55:06 17 10
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I'm English and I still like Steve Smith as an individual.

Ultimately, he is an "outstanding run scorer" but from a "technique" perspective, he will never be a "great batsman".

This is not least on account of the fact that the word "great" was used for the immortals twenty years ago but is used with ignorant flippancy nowadays.
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08/01/2021 09:05:06 6 2
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Thing is unless we have family, friends or people that really know him posting on here then I'm not sure how you judge him as a person? What he is without doubt is an outstanding batsman and cricketer.
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and a cheat of course, we do know that about him, I think the comments are on him as a cricketer and the fact he cheated at it which does stain that element of his life. So I think we can judge, that when given the chance to cheat, he will.
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08/01/2021 09:44:56 0 0
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Every Aussie I've met have been very friendly and *open to my ideas. Not met any Aussie blokes though.
* oh they love it.
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08/01/2021 08:48:34 1 4
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Oh how great it must be to be such a wonderful human being with no floors. Do you take anything for that or did you just get lucky at birth?
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08/01/2021 09:05:11 4 0
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I myself have may floors, like a car park, among my other flaws are laughing at Australian cheats. Pretty sure I have never disgraced a nation with my antics though.
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08/01/2021 08:34:41 3 29
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WHEN ENGLAND GO TO OZ FOR THE ASHES ENGLAND WILL SMASH THE AUSSIES JUST LIKE THE CRICKET WORLD CUP AND EVERY OTHER SPORT . ENGLAND ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS AND ARE RANKER NUMBER 1 IN T/20 AND ODIs.
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08/01/2021 09:05:40 10 1
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It seems Donald Trump has got his internet access back..
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08/01/2021 09:24:12 4 1
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Or Nigel Farage has woken up (unfortunately)
He’s served his punishment for the sandpaper scandal. And you can’t bat with sandpaper, can you?

Plus Ben Stokes didn’t get any punishment from the ECB for assaulting members of the public on a night out. Not something a person who represents his country in a prestigious sport should get away with, it could be argued.

So give it a rest and appreciate his fine batsmanship.
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08/01/2021 09:11:00 10 10
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Oh yes. Plenty you can do to a bat with sandpaper.
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08/01/2021 09:12:16 6 3
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to be fair Ben Stokes should have got a reward. The guy needed it and a good service was done.
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MR
08/01/2021 09:32:38 4 4
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What an utterly useless comparison
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08/01/2021 09:41:45 7 3
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I get what you're saying and he is a great batsman and a likeable guy, but maybe he wouldn't have scored so many runs if the opposition bowlers had used sandpaper against him too! How many careers did his team see off by cheating? Plus Ben stokes was found not guilty and it had nothing to do with cheating. I think he has served his time but he is also a cheat.
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08/01/2021 10:09:35 4 0
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Disagree....when cheating impacts upon the opposing teams scores in a negative way then that makes batting easier for the cheats....
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08/01/2021 10:15:52 11 1
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What Stokes did was in his private life, what Smith did was on field and stick two fingers up at the laws of the game, there is a difference.
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08/01/2021 10:23:52 9 3
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Stokes was found not guilty of assault so you are technically guilty of libel.
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08/01/2021 11:32:27 5 0
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He has served his punishment yes which is why he is being allowed to play. But wait you want the rest of us fans to not acknowledge a severe hole in his integrity, that’s the most despicable act to ever be committed on a cricket field. He is lucky he is still playing cricket, if you also want him to be so lucky that none of us ever mention his cheating then you’re asking for way too much.
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08/01/2021 09:07:14 0 0
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hes butters!
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08/01/2021 08:32:59 16 15
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Should never have played again
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08/01/2021 09:08:04 6 8
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Rubbish.
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08/01/2021 08:28:37 16 15
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Once a *****, always a *****
Atherton? Removed
I don't like him for the same reason I don't like Atherton. Cheats should never prosper. Difference is Atherton got away with rubbing dirt and grit on the ball because he was "drying it" I assume waster would go into the gouges he made. Removed
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08/01/2021 09:09:01 4 0
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'Cheats should never prosper.'

Have you been away?
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08/01/2021 09:09:25 19 17
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Can the BBC produce a "MORE HOLLY THAN THOU" page for most of the posters on here to get involved in. Clearly some wonderful human beings around who have never made any mistakes in their lives
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08/01/2021 11:09:02 22 2
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Would holly be used to scuff up a ball?
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08/01/2021 11:29:29 9 2
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There are mistakes and there are mistakes. If you’re the captain of Australia you don’t oversee a plan that involves taking foreign objects on to the field to tarnish the ball and cheat on your favour. That is the lowest of low when it comes to sport and quite rightly it will follow him around forever.
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08/01/2021 11:57:23 9 2
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He bought the whole game into disrepute, and deserves the opprobrium. However many runs he makes by the end of his career, however many centuries he scores, he will always be remembered first for his DIY inspired debacle. Sadly.
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08/01/2021 09:09:56 3 4
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132 for 8 again.

That's what the headline should be saying.

2 poor teams but India a fraction less poor, as per the last series.
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08/01/2021 09:19:39 8 0
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Certainly two poor batting line ups, although actually India worse than Aus because of Smith. I think its two very good bowling attacks. Makes for a very entertaining series.

Keep trolling though!
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08/01/2021 09:26:30 1 0
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But this is a story about his century. There are other stories about the score. Cheer up, this is a fun sport for people to enjoy. Not get irked because no one thinks their opinion matters.
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08/01/2021 09:05:06 6 2
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Thing is unless we have family, friends or people that really know him posting on here then I'm not sure how you judge him as a person? What he is without doubt is an outstanding batsman and cricketer.
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08/01/2021 09:10:16 4 1
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and a cheat of course, we do know that about him, I think the comments are on him as a cricketer and the fact he cheated at it which does stain that element of his life. So I think we can judge, that when given the chance to cheat, he will.
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08/01/2021 09:44:19 7 1
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People on here are saying he's not a horrible person, that is what my comments relate too. He cheated was caught and paid the price. The problem with society and social media is good people can make mistakes and be labelled horrible people and then horrible people can do something good and be labelled nice people. Nothing I have ever seen in Smith makes me think he's a horrible person, simple
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08/01/2021 08:19:25 9 13
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Lets hope he keeps the sandpaper in his pocket when the going gets tough!!!
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08/01/2021 09:10:16 3 2
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Wasn't in his pocket.
He’s served his punishment for the sandpaper scandal. And you can’t bat with sandpaper, can you?

Plus Ben Stokes didn’t get any punishment from the ECB for assaulting members of the public on a night out. Not something a person who represents his country in a prestigious sport should get away with, it could be argued.

So give it a rest and appreciate his fine batsmanship.
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08/01/2021 09:11:00 10 10
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Oh yes. Plenty you can do to a bat with sandpaper.
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08/01/2021 09:11:14 20 9
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Great batsman, and a cheat. Legacy secured.
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08/01/2021 10:59:18 6 1
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Jardine was nice as well.
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08/01/2021 09:04:58 19 0
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I agree that the guy is a phenomenon, but I cannot understand your point regarding technique. Surely any technique that regularly scores large numbers of runs is the correct technique? There is more than one way to score a run.
I understand when an unorthodox player scores well for a while but gets found out after a period of time, and it's clear that Steve Smith does not fall into that category.
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08/01/2021 09:11:29 4 0
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that's a very good point, not a text book batsman but maybe it's the rest that are missing a trick. never really thought of it that way. Thanks
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08/01/2021 09:14:36 10 0
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I guess it is similar to Usain Bolt. Everyone gave him hell for his technique saying it wasn't good enough. Then he dismantled the opposition and all the world records and suddenly it was everyone else who wasn't good enough.
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I'm English and I still like Steve Smith as an individual.

Ultimately, he is an "outstanding run scorer" but from a "technique" perspective, he will never be a "great batsman".

This is not least on account of the fact that the word "great" was used for the immortals twenty years ago but is used with ignorant flippancy nowadays.
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08/01/2021 09:11:58 10 1
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Technique irrelevant, it's the runs scored that matter.
He’s served his punishment for the sandpaper scandal. And you can’t bat with sandpaper, can you?

Plus Ben Stokes didn’t get any punishment from the ECB for assaulting members of the public on a night out. Not something a person who represents his country in a prestigious sport should get away with, it could be argued.

So give it a rest and appreciate his fine batsmanship.
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08/01/2021 09:12:16 6 3
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to be fair Ben Stokes should have got a reward. The guy needed it and a good service was done.
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08/01/2021 08:43:08 10 0
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'Smither's' was due some runs and delivered. Game is nicely poised but Aus still warm favourites as India have to bat last.
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08/01/2021 09:12:36 12 11
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I like to call him "Sanders"
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08/01/2021 09:11:29 4 0
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that's a very good point, not a text book batsman but maybe it's the rest that are missing a trick. never really thought of it that way. Thanks
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08/01/2021 09:14:36 10 0
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I guess it is similar to Usain Bolt. Everyone gave him hell for his technique saying it wasn't good enough. Then he dismantled the opposition and all the world records and suddenly it was everyone else who wasn't good enough.
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08/01/2021 08:34:06 7 8
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A fine batsman but a poor excuse of a person, excellent innings but Australia very dependent on a couple of batsman, Warner struggling, so it's not all bad.
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08/01/2021 09:14:47 4 2
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And you are perfect I suppose. Stop this tribal nonsense. Leave that to the footie fans.
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08/01/2021 13:29:13 2 0
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It is not tribal nonsense. It bought the whole international game into disrepute. Yes, we know there have been plenty of other instances, but nothing on the scale of this organised cheating, which many people think had been going on for quite a while, not just the SA series.
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Once a cheat always a cheat. Should be nowhere near professional cricket!! Removed
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08/01/2021 09:17:40 1 0
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that's not quite true though. You are saying that people cannot possibly learn from a mistake?
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08/01/2021 09:16:53 17 0
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Even game, good effort from Indian bowlers again
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08/01/2021 09:20:14 16 0
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It's nice to see an evenly contested test.
I don't like him for the same reason I don't like Atherton. Cheats should never prosper. Difference is Atherton got away with rubbing dirt and grit on the ball because he was "drying it" I assume waster would go into the gouges he made. Removed
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08/01/2021 09:17:17 8 0
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Atherton didn't get away with it. He was disciplined by the match umpire and the team manager Ray Illingworth, forced to apologise publicly, and to face a Press conference at Old Trafford, although he continued to deny that he had deliberately cheated. Lots of others did get away with cheating because messing with the ball was 'part' of the game.
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08/01/2021 09:22:16 1 0
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I guess it is pretty difficult to spot a lot of the time as well. Which is maybe what makes players think they can do it with impunity. Every now and then one crosses the line and gets caught.
pretty sure he was tampering with the ball, deliberately and got next to nowt for it. Removed
Once a cheat always a cheat. Should be nowhere near professional cricket!! Removed
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08/01/2021 09:17:40 1 0
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that's not quite true though. You are saying that people cannot possibly learn from a mistake?
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08/01/2021 08:51:55 26 4
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there's more than a grain of truth in that statement.
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08/01/2021 09:18:52 25 3
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But life is never smooth. Bit like a cricket ball in certain hands.
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08/01/2021 09:09:56 3 4
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132 for 8 again.

That's what the headline should be saying.

2 poor teams but India a fraction less poor, as per the last series.
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08/01/2021 09:19:39 8 0
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Certainly two poor batting line ups, although actually India worse than Aus because of Smith. I think its two very good bowling attacks. Makes for a very entertaining series.

Keep trolling though!
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08/01/2021 09:16:53 17 0
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Even game, good effort from Indian bowlers again
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08/01/2021 09:20:14 16 0
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It's nice to see an evenly contested test.
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08/01/2021 09:17:17 8 0
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Atherton didn't get away with it. He was disciplined by the match umpire and the team manager Ray Illingworth, forced to apologise publicly, and to face a Press conference at Old Trafford, although he continued to deny that he had deliberately cheated. Lots of others did get away with cheating because messing with the ball was 'part' of the game.
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08/01/2021 09:22:16 1 0
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I guess it is pretty difficult to spot a lot of the time as well. Which is maybe what makes players think they can do it with impunity. Every now and then one crosses the line and gets caught.
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08/01/2021 09:01:47 21 15
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nope. I am going to laugh at the cheat. admire his batting but he and his fellow cheats are a disgrace.
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08/01/2021 09:23:52 4 6
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have you never cheated at any game in your life? Totally beyond reproach? remarkable.
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08/01/2021 11:35:04 6 0
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I’ve cheated in Monopoly as a child. But I’ve not cheated as an adult in international cricket. Are you trying to inexplicably link those two things to make a bad point? Lol
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08/01/2021 12:08:49 6 0
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There is a difference between secretly helping yourself to an extra pretend £20 at a family game of monopoly and cheating in the full glare of the international media when at the top of popular international professional sport.
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08/01/2021 12:39:57 4 0
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He's a professional sportsman playing at the very highest level. I'm not sure you comprehend just how serious that is.
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08/01/2021 14:54:40 0 0
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not cheating at a game is remarkable? I think that statement is remarkable, why would I? I don't play anything so important I would feel compelled to cheat at it, and happy to say I can sleep at night.
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08/01/2021 09:05:40 10 1
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It seems Donald Trump has got his internet access back..
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08/01/2021 09:24:12 4 1
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Or Nigel Farage has woken up (unfortunately)
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08/01/2021 09:00:26 3 0
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I'd have been happy with his away average as a top score in my playing days! I'm afraid yours is a point not well made
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08/01/2021 09:24:38 3 0
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hear hear. I think almost every player alive today would love an average like Smith's away average.
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08/01/2021 09:24:41 5 3
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Couldn't have happened to a nicer person.
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08/01/2021 09:25:36 10 5
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Smith will be remembered by many as being the captain of a side that often behaved unacceptably on the field culminating in that disastrous tour of South Africa. That is fair enough but no one can deny that he will go down as a batting great. Other than his early career, he has been the only one in the Australian line-up capable of scoring consistent runs home and away. He has carried the others.
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08/01/2021 09:29:05 5 4
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Batting great or a great accumulater? There is a difference.
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08/01/2021 08:29:40 131 17
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Oh come on...thats a bit rough.
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08/01/2021 09:25:51 26 3
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True grit, about P60 I reckon
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08/01/2021 09:09:56 3 4
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132 for 8 again.

That's what the headline should be saying.

2 poor teams but India a fraction less poor, as per the last series.
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08/01/2021 09:26:30 1 0
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But this is a story about his century. There are other stories about the score. Cheer up, this is a fun sport for people to enjoy. Not get irked because no one thinks their opinion matters.
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08/01/2021 09:27:38 3 2
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Nice to see Smith back to his usual form and action which saved Australia from losing control of the game.
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08/01/2021 08:51:42 13 0
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Average of 67 (62 innings) at home and 57 (74 innings) away is not too shabby...
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08/01/2021 09:27:45 1 0
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I stand corrected. Fair enough!
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08/01/2021 09:27:58 5 2
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Will it still be Paine's Australia after this series?

I know Mike Brearley was captain and a diabolical batter but this guy takes the biscuit?
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08/01/2021 10:57:30 1 0
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Yup. A winner home and away. True Middlesexshire man.
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08/01/2021 16:07:52 2 0
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What kind of shot was that he played to get out today? Shocker! I've seen better technique from an 8 year old.
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08/01/2021 09:28:59 3 1
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Cricket is a wonderful leveler. Smith and Labs score runs, new boy
Green out for a duck, new boy Gill makes a maiden 50 as does other new boy Puckovski, Jadeja takes five wickets, Warner should not have played....3rd day please
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08/01/2021 10:55:49 0 1
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Why not.
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08/01/2021 09:25:36 10 5
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Smith will be remembered by many as being the captain of a side that often behaved unacceptably on the field culminating in that disastrous tour of South Africa. That is fair enough but no one can deny that he will go down as a batting great. Other than his early career, he has been the only one in the Australian line-up capable of scoring consistent runs home and away. He has carried the others.
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08/01/2021 09:29:05 5 4
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Batting great or a great accumulater? There is a difference.
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08/01/2021 09:57:35 6 0
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The aim of the game is to make runs. If it looks ugly, who cares. Bradman had an unorthodox technique. If it was judged on aesthetics, James Vince would be one of the best.
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08/01/2021 14:44:21 2 1
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is there. if you accumulate more runs than anyone else, you're a batting great aren't you?
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08/01/2021 08:41:44 76 5
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Smith 27 tons at the age of 30

Shame he got involved in the sandpaper affair

He could end up as one of the all time greats and could have skippered until retirement

Destroyed a potentially great legacy

What a fool
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08/01/2021 09:29:57 22 1
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His weak leadership of the team ultimately led to sandpaper gate. He made big runs as captain but the behaviour of the team under him was often objectionable.
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08/01/2021 15:31:24 1 1
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My take. A great leader on field but a weak character off field. Take nothing away from him with cricket decisions and as a fielder & batsman though.
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08/01/2021 08:51:52 10 12
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Plenty of jealousy on here as per usual....another great knock by Steve....add it to the ashes collection...if only he wanted to play for England right? ??
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08/01/2021 09:29:59 3 0
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Lol

Just as well your newbie Will had a steady knock too.

Not bad reply though they have some runs and you have wickets too ... Evenly balanced and you a happy chappy. ??
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08/01/2021 09:31:44 3 0
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I can see Smith getting the captaincy back after being a naughty boy ?? with Warner and co in SA.?
Lots want to hold on to the South Africa debacle....out of curiosity, was that around the same time as racism throughout English cricket or do I have my time periods wrong? Removed
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08/01/2021 09:41:58 2 1
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Behaviour under pressure shows a man's true character
He’s served his punishment for the sandpaper scandal. And you can’t bat with sandpaper, can you?

Plus Ben Stokes didn’t get any punishment from the ECB for assaulting members of the public on a night out. Not something a person who represents his country in a prestigious sport should get away with, it could be argued.

So give it a rest and appreciate his fine batsmanship.
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MR
08/01/2021 09:32:38 4 4
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What an utterly useless comparison
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08/01/2021 09:36:13 1 6
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36 all out
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08/01/2021 09:50:00 4 2
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You definitely a Pakistani supporter. You guys don't change, do you?
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08/01/2021 10:10:45 1 1
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You forgot the Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.
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08/01/2021 13:54:40 2 1
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When's the last time Pakistan won a test in Australia?
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08/01/2021 20:27:49 0 0
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Pakistan never got bowled out for 36 against Australia.
Once a cheat, always a cheat. Removed