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  1. From Friday this was one of the reports:

    AVB - Our most physical player. Bashed and crashed his way around, including bringing down the non-contact Neitschke. Love having him back. Generally very involved; a full year of him on the park will make us so much better, as we all saw during our 18 finals run. 

    Hope that didn't cause it!!


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  2. On 8/26/2019 at 1:37 AM, Spud said:

    For us oldies (I was only 7) but this now smells of 1981 when we had it won before Botham pulled the test out his backside ( Lillee and Marsh won a small fortune on the punt). If we won that test we retained the ashes and after losing we just imploded, can see it happening here as they are on paper pretty even.


    2 hours ago, Brownie said:

    The promising thing is he's learning.

    Going back 2 years ago he was a ball watcher and unaccountable at times.

    He's fixed that.

    This year, his disposal has been gradually improving. Last half of the year his kicks have been shorter and more direct to a team mate most times.

    He's lowering his eyes now.

    He should be a gun by the end of 2020 if we're not rabble.

    Great news.

    Go back and check Alex Rance first 4-5 years and Dylan Grimes first 4-5 years and what the Richmond supporters said about those 2, I can tell you first hand it was similar to the things many have said about Frost on here. This year has been the first year of greater consistency.

    They too (in particular Rance) made horrific skill errors at times between some terrific athletic defence in their first half dozen years in the system (Rance too was tried forward and on a wing in his first 3-4 years at times as they were worried about his brain implosions and horrible skill errors). 

    I think like those 2, Frost will continue to improve his skills and decision making as he works out what he can and cant do well and his role in the team becomes clear with May and Lever.

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  3. Stokes luckiest bloke around. Could easily still be sitting in a prison cell, got lucky with the court system. Absolutely fluked the world cup final, anything that was needed that has never happened before in such circumstances occurred and now today so much luck despite the fact it was a good innings. Still very much luck got him over the line again. He shouldn't bother with lotto, surely he has used it all up by now.

  4. 5 minutes ago, Macca said:

    Bring it on?

    We are gone ... they may as well jump on the plane home now 

    An absolute disgrace


    For us oldies (I was only 7) but this now smells of 1981 when we had it won before Botham pulled the test out his backside ( Lillee and Marsh won a small fortune on the punt). If we won that test we retained the ashes and after losing we just imploded, can see it happening here as they are on paper pretty even.

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  5. 2 minutes ago, Wadda We Sing said:

    Yes but Pain threw the review away, that was crazy. It was miles outside the leg stump. You may as well say well we dont want that review. I just cant understand it.

    Seriously professional umpire should be able to see the bleeding obvious. Yes we choked, we stuffed up royal, but still,  so did the umpire as that was just plum even on the tv. Just awful all round.

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  6. https://www.melbournefc.com.au/news/2019-08-20/lewis-says-farewell

    Not one for reading the Tea leaves and conspiracy crapola, but the handshake didn't really appear to be too warm from Lewis? At the end, BV, TV and I wish another person with a V surname (think it was Gary Pert and Chaplin though) were around talking to him, but no Goodwin. Wondering if he actually did want to go around again?

    His comments and those of Goodwin don't have me thinking he will be at Melbourne in a coaching capacity next year.

    Anyway, he had a great career and came across when no one else would, trying to get us to take the next step. Still in our best 22 at the minute and giving more effort than most, despite him being almost done. Maybe he can Iron out Goldstein again (lets say legally this time) for old times sake to help us win Saturday! His efforts have been underrated by many since joining and he has been our best recruit up since Bernie Vince in my view.

  7. 4 minutes ago, Ethan Tremblay said:

    I’ve been a member for 34 years, the last 16 as an interstate member and make at least one trip a year over east to watch a game. I wouldn’t consider myself a fair weather supporter. There just comes a time when enough is enough. 

    Been a member 25 years and bought family memberships for the past 15 years when the wife has no interest and never attends and the kids tickets are shuffled between nephews and nieces. After this year, I will definitely downgrade to just a ticket for myself and forget the effective donation of an extra $200-$300 for the other tickets. Similar to @beetle, I feel compelled to contribute in the unlikely event we are ever any good, but the finances can't keep donating as much to rubbish. I might even get back into local footy coaching to ensure I can't ruin my weekends watching them!

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  8. 36 minutes ago, dl4e said:

    We should win this but I expect Stokes to put up a fight. We need a minimun 3 wickets this session and we are in the box seat. An amazing win if so.

    I would bang on Smith for a few overs as well.

    Stokes and Bairstow are their fighters. Wont feel like we will rush through the rest until we get one or both of these two.

  9. 1 minute ago, Macca said:

    Can't split the 5 actually ... all were great as is Smith.  I'd put Ian Chappell in there as well.  Michael Hussey?  We've had some good one's!

    Ian Chappell was just before my time, I only caught the very end of his career in 79/80. I have certainly heard he was someone to bat for your life. Hussey was great too, probably just didn't have the lifespan of the others having started his place in the Aust team late in career, only reason though I'd have him a peg below.

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  10. 1 minute ago, Macca said:

    Smith reminds me of Steve Waugh or Allan Border.  Gritty fighters who played for keeps.

    Not classical players but they don't have to be.  Most players edging towards a century would show some sort 'tell' that close to lunch.  But not Smith ... didn't look remotely fazed. 

    And then took a single off the last ball so as get the strike after lunch.  Cool as a cucumber.  He's way ahead of the game isn't he? 

    Haha beat me to the submit button!! Agree

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  11. Just now, dl4e said:

    Smith is an absolute classic. I don't believe I have seen a better batsmen play for us. 

    20 overs to go till new ball so they should be careful in the first few overs after lunch and then go for it a bit. A Smith double ton would be great.

    I have seen more graceful players!!! but for sheer accumulation of runs and looking secure in his innings I would have to agree. Border fought like a tiger as did S Waugh, Ponting was technically great and very good as was Greg Chappell, super elegant at the crease. I'd take Smith I think over any of them to get it done though!

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  12. 2 minutes ago, Wadda We Sing said:

    So only 4 other Australian batsman have ever posted 2 hundreds in 1 match in an Ashes game. Well maybe Smithy can make it 3! Doesnt look like hes in a hurry to go anywhere. Who the hell places 20 sets of gloves on the grass on the ground that your batting at in a test match?!!

    For the first time Australia are now favourites in this match.

    Im just riveted to this. What an amazing game.

    The man has serious OCD, but maybe we need to just play OCD players if they all play like him!!

    Test cricket is still the best form as it can change so quickly out of nowhere.

  13. 6 minutes ago, Diamond_Jim said:

    Three fours to Wade in his 15 runs.

    He "could" break this game open

    started positive and usually his first 15 are the most dangerous. Also hope that they bowl the spinners at Paine as his record against spin is excellent (saved the test against Pakistan making 60 odd not out last year in the UE on a turning wicket.)

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  14. 38 minutes ago, Diamond_Jim said:

    Aim is to get through to lunch without a wicket being lost and say 40 more runs.

    We need a lead of 250 to make a game out of this and that's still another 170 runs away.

    Need to get them in on a 4/5 day wicket if we are going to rely on pitch deterioration. The worst thing would be to all out by tea today.

    31 minutes ago, Wadda We Sing said:

    Yes agree DJ. The way theyre going atm, they will make 250 lead by tea. Theyve also taken the crowd out mostly. Much more quiet today so far.

    Well that ensured poor old Trav went!! Smith is a freak and hoping Wade and Pain can assist this time around.

    If we get 250 in front I think we can bowl them out. If Denley can spin it that much, Lyon will be hard to play. Here's hoping anyway as I prepare for the week with a Tiger snake "Rye of the tiger"  on ice  to finish another weekend our team has tried to ruin. (they boys did have a crack in fairness last night). 

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  15. I'd agree with 10-7 as we couldn't knock over this partnership in the last 40 minutes. the total score reads about right too. I think if we could nail the last 2 poms for 10-15 runs it is about even considering the wicket did more day one, but will be a dogs breakfast late tomorrow and day 5 (should it get there). Poms just ahead I agree.

    Also agree this session could be the decider, if they got away to 100 in front or have us 3 or 4 for, we are in the same creek as our footy team.

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  16. 6 hours ago, loges said:

    More than handy innings by Siddle, but preferred to Starc? Seems a defensive move to me. Seems we have swapped roles with the poms. Interesting if we can't bowl them out.

    Starc was injured, that's why he missed.

  17. 7 hours ago, Wadda We Sing said:

    Was so looking forward to the Ashes as a relief from the footy and then this! We never win at Edgbaston, its the Etihad of cricket. The wicket has done nothing really, we just are not moving our feet. England will make 400 on this pitch.

    Question...how many reviews does each team get ? Is it 4??

    Haha seemed that way as the umps butchered every decision. Even Warner and Pattinson would have been reprieved if they appealed the decision. still just the 2 if they get them wrong.

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  18. 48 minutes ago, Jara said:

    Just woke up and checked the score. OMG what an innings. Maybe we're not so stuffed.

    He is a weird unit Smith, but it works and he does fight, absolutely great dig. Credit to Siddle and Lyon as well who hung around to ensure we didn't get run over for 130-140. If the ball moves around a bit like it did for the poms, I reckon there batting is just as brittle. Both sides have good bowling attacks, but a bit soft in batting.

    As the late Mike Williamson said "It's not over yet"!! BTW I am knackered this morning after staying up!! Could make for long days at work this ashes!

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