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  1. Sirloin

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Puel out.
  2. Sirloin

    Cricket Thread

    That’s a huge part of it. Aussie batsmen are also really bad against spin. Mystery spinners aren’t particularly good bowlers, but you don’t get long to work them out in this format so that doesn’t help. It’s also suffering a lot from the wider probably with T20, if you win the toss it’s a huge advantage. If you think it’s a nasty pitch then bat first, if you don’t (which it hardly ever is) then you chase and normally win. Think there’s only been two wins from teams batting first, as it’s such a huge advantage to know the rate you need to score at. That said Perth might win today. That’s also an issue at Test level, this year 61% of Tests have followed the toss, from 30% 20 years ago.
  3. Sirloin

    Cricket Thread

    As I wake up to spin from both ends and a RR of 6.3 in the BBL... I think T20 might be done.
  4. Sirloin

    Cricket Thread

    Another thing with the BBL is the complete dominance of leg spin. It’s becoming a disease with T20, every side has one of a small group of mystery leg spinners, and no one can bat against them. You had Botha take 2 for 9 from his first two overs today and he’s crap. Teams are bowling 12 overs of spin and it’s killing the games. Slog fest are dull as well, but every side pottering along at 7 an over isn’t very interesting either.
  5. Sirloin

    Cricket Thread

    Yeah, it’s not been a great series really, it’s been very dependent on the toss, the pitches have been crap, and the Aussies can’t take wickets. India comfortably the better side and they will win the series in Sydney. It’s another poor pitch here again really, no seam, no spin. The Aussie team selection has been odd, no Maxwell or Wade, bringing in Labuschage at three when he doesn’t bat there in the Shield games. India have bowled well, and Pujara has batted very well. They have been fiddling round with their openers as well, and Australia could have done them damage if they weren’t in such a mess. If we don’t win the Ashes, and win them very handily, I would be shocked going on their current side. They will rush Smith back in I think just because they look hopeless without him. I think it also points to a larger issue in Australia as well. Their pitches are shite. They need to stop playing their stupid football games in the same stadiums. The BBL has been crap as well this year due to too many drop in pitches, and the Kookaburra ball isn’t great. It’s making it very toss dependent, which seems to be the way it’s going everywhere at the moment.
  6. Sirloin

    Football Thread 2018/19

    That’s a lot of money for Pulisic.
  7. Sirloin

    Football Thread 2018/19

    And then call him an incorrect racist slur. In other words, he’s a standard member of the aristocracy already. Get him a dead pig to fuck and he could be head of the Tory Party.
  8. Sirloin

    Football Thread 2018/19

    We were really good the next season as well, only missed out on the Champions League semis narrowly to a very good Atletico team. Losing Kante was huge as he was basically the entire system, and his replacement getting knacked in his second game didn’t help. Ranieri spent very poorly too. Puel has spent very well by contrast.
  9. Sirloin

    Football Thread 2018/19

    He’s just issuing his periodic reminder that if he had started every World Cup game he would be Duke Jamie of Oakham now after his hatrick in the final, instead we get Captain Gormless MBE for knocking in a few penalties against Kiribati.
  10. Sirloin

    Football Thread 2018/19

    6 points from Chelsea away and Man City at home, not too shabby.
  11. Sirloin

    The Bookies

    Gladbach not value tonight?
  12. Sirloin

    Cricket Thread

    Aussies going to win overnight to make it 1-1 in the Tests. Think India will win the series though, better bowlers. Big Bash starts Wednesday too. Think the Scorchers or the Stars will win it. Lots of kids in the squads this year as all the big names were signed up to some UAE thing that fell through, think it will make it a better tournament though.
  13. Sirloin

    Football Thread 2018/19

    They are really inconsistent so if they turn up they could be an issue, Bayern have just been meh all season. Schalke are either amazing or appalling, no middle ground.
  14. Sirloin

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Would rather play Bayern than Schalke this season.
  15. Sirloin

    What are you reading at the moment?

    You should read The Religion by him even if historical fiction isn't your thing. Very enjoyable.
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