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    The shitness of modern football

    https://twitter.com/htafcdotcom/status/1151401159011315718?s=17
  2. A massive couple of years of cricket coming up (especially for England and Australia), starting tonight with the Champions Trophy. In that period, there will also be an Ashes series in both England and Australia, a T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2018 and also a World Cup in England in 2019. From an Aussie perspective, early next year sees us play South Africa away for the first time in a series with more than 4 Tests since 1970! Can't fucking wait.
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    Philippe Coutinho

    What was the background to the Rodriguez loan to Bayern and was it similar to the Coutinho situation?
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    The New Cricket Thread

    For a couple of seasons now, he's made a silly amount of runs in all formats batting up and down the order...which is why he won't make the Test team, of course.
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    The New Cricket Thread

    Ha! The day after my 25th birthday party, I opened in a one-day game and made a duck over an hour. Then bowling later, after 2x terrible wicket balls, the hat trick ball was skied to mid-on where there was no fielder. I turned to run back for the catch and crashed into the stumps and ended up star-fished on the ground. Mid-wicket had also started running for the catch, but started pissing himself with laughter upon seeing my situation on the pitch and forgot about the ball long enough for it to drop safely into an empty field. It was all I deserved, really.
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    The New Cricket Thread

    https://www.news.com.au/sport/cricket/england-star-ben-stokes-extraordinary-umpire-revelation-after-bat-of-god-storm/news-story/c46107e28e47c608c95a99132609c3ab Fair play to him. He strikes me as a bit of a hothead, but still likes to play the game hard but fair. Any issue with this situation lies squarely with the umpires and administrators, not the players.
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    The New Cricket Thread

    Or this. And have the team already fielding bowl first for the 2nd super over.
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    The New Cricket Thread

    I'm not a fan of sharing the cup at all. Just make the higher-placed team from the round-robin stage the winner in the event of a tied game. It's a well-earned advantage that would have few complaints, if any.
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    New Girl on Countdown

    The fuck has this got to do with me??
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    The New Cricket Thread

    Stokes could write a book about his experiences of final overs in major tournaments. He's got the entire spectrum of emotions already covered. Added to his incident outside a nightclub and being given out handling a ball halfway down the pitch, it'd be a fascinating read.
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    Philippe Coutinho

    Barcelona probably isn't quite what he imagined (fans are entitled cunts, Messi and that saying about not meeting your heroes), plus Liverpool certainly isn't the same team he left, so a lot has changed in 18 months, and he'd have to be amazingly naive to not realize that. That there's now a Brazilian group of players at Anfield, would definitely be appealing to him on some level. Also, his starting level of popularity with the reds supporters, having left the team at a critical stage of the season, would be about on par with his standing with the Barcelona hanky wavers, where he's already won multiple trophies (but not the right ones, apparently).
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    The New Cricket Thread

    I was thinking Ferguson and Woakes. Not sure either team got it right.
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    The New Cricket Thread

    And as if all that wasn't enough, according to the laws of the game, the overthrow 6 should've only been a 5. Oh dear.
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    The New Cricket Thread

    I never thought the '99 semi-final could be beaten as the best ODI I've ever seen. That topped it. Just an unbelievable game of cricket, which again was helped by the conditions giving the bowlers a chance. It's a bit unfortunate that the tie-breaking rule is as ridiculous as 'most boundaries'. Why not just have whoever finished higher on the table? It achieves the same result here, yet is far more fair overall. That said, I'd prefer head-to-head to decide teams level on points rather than net run rate, in which case Pakistan would've made the semis. That's a discussion for another day though. This tournament proved (again) that ODIs just need proper context to become relevant again. For the most maligned version of the game, the World Cup is still the biggest trophy in it. T20s are predominantly domestic leagues where each game carries points. Tests are the purest form of the game, giving them sufficient standing in and of themselves. Except for the 12 months leading into a WC, ODIs get caught in a no-man's land of sorts. Well done England, you finally got your hands on the trophy. It'll be fascinating to see what effect, if any, this has on the upcoming Ashes series. Will they ride the wave to another series win, or could there be a hangover of sorts, allowing the Aussies a jump on them to start the series? Unlucky New Zealand, who may not get another chance as good as this to win one. You can console yourselves with your all-conquering All Blacks most likely adding another trophy to their bulging cabinet. Overall, a fantastic advertisement for the game.
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    The New Cricket Thread

    Nah, I just hate that shit. I called the Aussies out for the South Africa debacle last year, plus I've never been a fan of Warner's antics over the journey either. I've got nothing against Roy too, I just wasn't a fan of how he acted at all. On another note, does Archer play in the Ashes? He'd be a lively addition, as would Roy if it came to it. Meanwhile, the Australian hierarchy have done something sensible for once and scheduled an Australia v Australia A game in the lead-up to the series. It's logistically possible this time due to the number of players in both county cricket and those here for the World Cup. Should be a fun watch.
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    The New Cricket Thread

    So many people are banging on about how bad the decision was for Roy. Yes, it was an incorrect decision, but the whole point of DRS is to reverse bad calls such as that one. Yet England used their review for what exactly? A plumb LBW decision, as it turns out. And Roy may well have been part of that call to review, funnily enough. I still maintain had it been Warner or Ponting in Roy's position, the focus on player behaviour would be far greater than the original poor decision. He acted like a twat. You can't stand in the middle of the pitch and carry on over a bad decision. Everyone knows it. No surprise he's received the maximum penalty without actually getting a suspension either.
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    The New Cricket Thread

    Well played, England. Jumped the Aussies early, Smith and Carey did well to re-establish the innings, then another clump of wickets fall and it's a struggle to post anything more than barely a target score. To be honest, I don't mind the way Australia attacked with the ball. You're never winning that game merely containing that batting line-up, you have to bowl them out. Better to go down looking for wickets than playing it safe, but the England openers have been in great form this tournament. Also, you could absolutely make an argument that Roy should be suspended from the final for his disgraceful conduct after being dismissed, but politics won't allow it to happen. Put Warner into that scenario and what would the reaction be? Bairstow stupidly burnt a review, which ultimately led to the Roy incident. If the reviews are used properly to correct an umpiring error (which was somewhat understandable in this instance, given the ball's trajectory after it passed Roy), then that is simply reviewed immediately and the decision is reversed with no stress involved. Anyway, gonna have to get behind the Kiwis for this one! Hard to believe there's an Ashes series mere weeks away too!
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    The New Cricket Thread

    And Australia get through with a tie. That one 20 years ago is still the greatest ODI of all time in my humble opinion, given the stakes and it was a pure bat v ball contest with some all-time greats involved.
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    Other Football - 2018/19 Season

    Messi complaining about corrupt referees setting it up to help one team... Has he forgotten his entire career spent with Barcelona? As in, they've never once benefited from some favourable home decisions?
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    The New Cricket Thread

    As if this summer between Australia and England wasn't big enough, there's a World Cup semi-final on English soil thrown in for good measure! Easily the biggest short-form game between the two, outside of the 1987 final. It's poor to lose a game to a struggling SA and put ourselves in the tougher (IMO) game, but at least we had enough credits in the bank to avoid India. Even England, having beaten them, can't rely on so much early fortune as Bairstow and Roy got against Bumrah and co the other day. Carey's keeping is becoming an issue. This is compounded by his excellent batting, meaning he stays in, therefore keeps. It's almost enough to say whichever Starc decides to turn up on the day decides the contest. He can be that good...when he feels like it.
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    Summer 2019 Transfer Thread

    PM'd (Am I doing it right?)
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    Summer 2019 Transfer Thread

    Van Dijk- Allegations of tapping up put this one on the backburner to the point many supporters were pissed off the club didn't move on to another target. A bit of a stand-off followed until an increased fee pushed it through swiftly once the January window opened. Fabinho- Who was this guy? Next minute, his thread is 8 pages long, full of posts wondering where the fuck this one came from. It was the most 'out of the blue' signing since Meireles in recent times. Alisson- Karius was still being talked up by Klopp, then Danny Ward was apparently the #1 for about a minute before being sold. There were whispers about the big Brazilian coming in, but the massive fee being suggested and the fact he'd shipped 7 in a week to the reds left many unconvinced. Has there been a more significant trio of players signed to the club within a 12-month period? Yet none of them were the usual pattern of rumour > bid lodged > bargaining > deal imminent > accepted. Ironically, the one that actually played out closer to that was Fekir!
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    Summer 2019 Transfer Thread

    Better than a slow Burner, I suppose.
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