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#41
Yes .... Excellent.... Well done :-)
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#42
I agree with what everyone else has said - thoroughly well deserved.
There may have been occasional criticisms of his bowling but I have never heard anyone say a bad word about Chris Woakes the man.
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#43
I think Stingray beat us to all to it with that comment. It is true, Woakes is a thoroughly decent human being and Test cricket doesn't really have that many amongst all the show-boating "Look at me aren't I the latest God" players we see. His fellow team mate who is missing this game to argue his case before 'The Beak', should take note. Well done Woakesy, the first of many.
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#44
I was out all day yesterday so am just catching up. Absolutely thrilled to bits for Woakes, so proud that he's a Bear.
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#45
We've only had around 170 overs in this match so less than two full days of play..... and England have thrashed India. Great to see Woakes complete the rout.
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#46
I see Stokes has been added to the squad for the 3rd Test. Unless they are going to leave out a spinner, who would they leave out to play him - THE 2 PLAYERS WHO HAVE BEEN 'MAN OF THE MATCH' IN THE 2 TESTS SO FAR. SELECTION COMMITEE, DON'T EVEN THINK OF DOING THAT.
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#47
(14-08-2018, 09:46 PM)paulbear Wrote: I see Stokes has been added to the squad for the 3rd Test. Unless they are going to leave out a spinner, who would they leave out to play him - THE 2 PLAYERS WHO HAVE BEEN 'MAN OF THE MATCH' IN THE 2 TESTS SO FAR. SELECTION COMMITEE, DON'T EVEN THINK OF DOING THAT.

Good question. Here are some thoughts:
There was talk at the start of the series about how many Tests were being played in a short time so bowlers might need to be rested. If so, then you could rest Broad this time and Anderson next. As it happens, the games have been so short they can hardly have worked up a sweat so I expect they'll keep Anderson and Broad together until the series is won.
Curran offers something different in that he bowls left arm.
So Woakes would be the bowler at risk if Stokes is brought back, which is hardly fair after his Lord's performance.
Buttler offers nothing much. You could drop him and strengthen the team by playing Stokes as primarily a batsman. They won't do that.
You could go with an unchanged team, delaying the decision until (hopefully) we are 3-0 up.

My choice would be an unchanged team. I think they'll drop Woakes.
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#48
(15-08-2018, 08:34 AM)GrizzlyBear Wrote:
(14-08-2018, 09:46 PM)paulbear Wrote: I see Stokes has been added to the squad for the 3rd Test. Unless they are going to leave out a spinner, who would they leave out to play him - THE 2 PLAYERS WHO HAVE BEEN 'MAN OF THE MATCH' IN THE 2 TESTS SO FAR. SELECTION COMMITEE, DON'T EVEN THINK OF DOING THAT.

Good question. Here are some thoughts:
There was talk at the start of the series about how many Tests were being played in a short time so bowlers might need to be rested. If so, then you could rest Broad this time and Anderson next. As it happens, the games have been so short they can hardly have worked up a sweat so I expect they'll keep Anderson and Broad together until the series is won.
Curran offers something different in that he bowls left arm.
So Woakes would be the bowler at risk if Stokes is brought back, which is hardly fair after his Lord's performance.
Buttler offers nothing much. You could drop him and strengthen the team by playing Stokes as primarily a batsman. They won't do that.
You could go with an unchanged team, delaying the decision until (hopefully) we are 3-0 up.

My choice would be an unchanged team. I think they'll drop Woakes.

Surely they won't drop Woakes?! Stokes didn't exactly have the finest game with the bat in the first test so Woakes is a better batting option currently.
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#49
I am really struggling to see why Stokes has been added to the squad. England won convincingly and were very good. If he was a specialist batsman there might have been an argument for him to replace Buttler, but all the seamers did an excellent job. Leaving out Woakes at Trent Bridge, where he is likely to find conditions favouring swing, would be madness.

I realise that the ECB would struggle to organise the proverbial drinks do in a brewery, but I can't see why the disciplinary hearing for Stokes can't be held within the next week. He could then take whatever medicine is coming his way and thereafter start with a clean slate.
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#50
Nah, Woakes won't be dropped. I suspect Stokes won't play in this game.
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#51
I was wrong. Again. Stokes in for Curran.
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