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A welcome return of crowds to the Cricket 08:42 - Jun 2 with 663 viewsIpswichKnight

Test match starts today at Lords. A very inexperience England side will play NZ. 4th choice wicket keeper James Bracey will play. Top 7 is quite easy to pick

Burns
Sibley
Crawley
Root
Lawrence
Pope
Bracey

The welcome return of the Sun has thrown a bit of a spanner in do we now pick leach. Both Broad and Anderson will play which means picking one from Robinson, Overton, Stone and Wood. I’d go for Stone as think he has the ability to scare batsmen with his pace but think England will be conservative and pick Robinson as he can bat at 8.

Robinson
Leach
Broad
Anderson

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A welcome return of crowds to the Cricket on 08:46 - Jun 2 with 640 viewsalexharban

Nice to see Dan Lawrence of Essex in the side again.

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A welcome return of crowds to the Cricket on 08:48 - Jun 2 with 637 viewsSteve_M

I know, and just look at Lord's this morning:



Best get some work done by 11. There were odd tickets available for Friday when I looked yesterday but, annoyingly, I can't take time off this week.

Yes, probably England will be more inclined to strengthen the batting. Still prone to the odd collapse although, one hopes, less so that on a turning pitch in India.

This is also quite remarkable:


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A welcome return of crowds to the Cricket on 08:50 - Jun 2 with 627 viewschicoazul

Worried about the top order. Crawley always looks good but finds a way to get out. Think we will either score 400 or 180 all out first innings.

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A welcome return of crowds to the Cricket on 11:19 - Jun 2 with 558 viewsHighgateBlue

Great to see crowds back at Lord's, and always wonderful to see the test summer start in earnest.

Full marks for those players for whom a Lord's test is more important than the Indian Premier League - the reason why we are having to play our 4th choice keeper, and the reason why Ben Stokes is injured (playing for Rajasthan Royals - keep up - he doesn't play for Rising Pune Supergiant (sic) anymore!), thus cocking up our whole order and meaning that we have no spinner on a pitch that will be dry as a bone in 4 days' time.

I think Robinson is a good pick, but as you say, they're rather forced into picking him at 8 due to the fact that he can bat a little, which is important given the lack of an all rounder (see above).
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A welcome return of crowds to the Cricket on 12:34 - Jun 2 with 529 viewsSteve_M

Definitely NZ's morning so far although Robinson ahs looked good and taken the only wicket:


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A welcome return of crowds to the Cricket on 16:43 - Jun 2 with 442 viewsgainsboroughblue

Debut hundred for Conway. Haven't been able to listen yet but looking at the line up, it feels like Wood may be a surplus pick in this heat and we may regret not picking a spinner.

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A welcome return of crowds to the Cricket on 16:48 - Jun 2 with 434 viewsSteve_M

A welcome return of crowds to the Cricket on 16:43 - Jun 2 by gainsboroughblue

Debut hundred for Conway. Haven't been able to listen yet but looking at the line up, it feels like Wood may be a surplus pick in this heat and we may regret not picking a spinner.


He's played well, NZ have batted well throughout the day really. England have made it a little too easy to score runs at times but haven't been dreadful - that said all got very sloppy in the last few minutes.

Can't see Lord's will spin greatly, there's been loads of rain in London over the last month so the underlying pitch. Would only leave three seamers without Wood which isn't ideal with Broad and Anderson.

Proper Test match cricket anyway.

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A welcome return of crowds to the Cricket on 17:29 - Jun 2 with 407 viewsHARRY10

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A welcome return of crowds to the Cricket on 18:01 - Jun 2 with 385 viewsIpswichKnight

A welcome return of crowds to the Cricket on 16:48 - Jun 2 by Steve_M

He's played well, NZ have batted well throughout the day really. England have made it a little too easy to score runs at times but haven't been dreadful - that said all got very sloppy in the last few minutes.

Can't see Lord's will spin greatly, there's been loads of rain in London over the last month so the underlying pitch. Would only leave three seamers without Wood which isn't ideal with Broad and Anderson.

Proper Test match cricket anyway.


I hadn’t seen much of Robinson until today, he looks tidy and bowls to a plan but I think he’s too similar to Broad and Anderson and we’ve starred down some heavy defeats playing 3 right arm medium fast. Broad has now gone nearly 60 overs without a wicket over 5 innings ( ok those included some raving turners! ). Conway looked deeply uncomfortable against fast short pitched stuff but only Wood available for it. Seems a bit strange that Stone looked really good and comfortable against India on turners but gets overlooked here.
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A welcome return of crowds to the Cricket on 19:48 - Jun 2 with 338 viewssolemio

The outstanding quick bowler this season has been Craig Overton. He should have been selected.
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A welcome return of crowds to the Cricket on 19:53 - Jun 2 with 328 viewsKeno

A welcome return of crowds to the Cricket on 19:48 - Jun 2 by solemio

The outstanding quick bowler this season has been Craig Overton. He should have been selected.


excuse my ignorance but want type of bowler is Overton?

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A welcome return of crowds to the Cricket on 19:57 - Jun 2 with 323 viewsMelford

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