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  1. CrystalCastles

    Football 2021/22

    That is a good question, as the PL aren't exactly known for transparency and investigations. More likely to sweep it under the carpet, ignore it and hope it goes away. However at the same time the decisions are likely to have been made by the same set of people, they have a clear set of criteria Obviously the PL can't really do much about the situation now, but I do think some form of review should take place for clubs who have deliberately exploited the situation and about the people who have taken these decisions, which don't seem to have followed the set criteria even if they don't do anything in terms of punishment there is lessons that they can learn from it.
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    Football 2021/22

    It made me laugh, Arsenal U23 game was played which then ruled out lots of young players because they played recently. But with an injury crisis and squad sizes at PL Clubs, why aren't they being involved. The whole purpose of the structure is to do that. Under 23s & age group squads under that are pretty much as big as First team squads. You might unearth Sakas or Smith Rowes who are brilliant. Its laughable, all of these call offs need to be investigated retrospectively as clubs have deliberately played the system. Pre covid none of the games that have been called off would have been.
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    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    We had an opportunity to mix it up and yet as per usual we will just go with the core players. In fairness to Woakes he has not been great with the ball but he's actually batted quite well. Playing Pope not surprised that they went with Woakes I am unsurprised that they left Anderson out, as i thought he didn't look as threatening as other bowlers in the last test. The bad decision looks to have been Robinson playing when he might not have been 100% Even day in the end, but this is where we go really wrong, bowled well Australia in trouble and we let them of the hook, which has been a massive problem for us for a few years. It's a massive game for Pope, he really needs to contribute something. Marnus ending up on the floor was pretty amusing Seems the ECB are starting to realise we are really quite average now. All aspects of our game need looking at. However it's worrying that the Squad wants to stick with Root, Root wants to stick with Silverwood. Really can't see the logic in either, Root may stay in the role simply because there is no better alternative & unlikely that anyone else will take it on.
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    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Bairstow had been awful for a period of time, but think last year he looked like he'd got to grips with trying to address his problems, thought he dug in and played nicely but then got a bit greedy and threw it away last year. I think on those performances he probably can have felt very hard done by to have missed out on the first few tests. This 100 has been coming based on his efforts last year, fair play to him for proving a point that he isn't that bad a player. Also probably shows that going away and having to earn your place back requires hard work Good effort I'd have said for once as didn't look very fun batting today, lot of nasty variable bounce and balls spitting of the pitch. Hope they give someone on the fringes of the Test squad opportunities in the last test
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    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Fantastic performances from Bangladesh and South Africa over the last few days, refreshing to have some real positive results. Is the weather going to intervene to save us from another defeat?
  6. CrystalCastles

    The Colston Statue

    I think the statue should have been removed and put in a museum before it got vandalised. I don't think the people who did it should have been able to get away with it. However the reality is that whatever decision was made in this case, it would have been the wrong decision to some people. Based on my personal experience of working & socialising in Bristol. I havent really encountered anyone who was proud of the statue, or the deep association with Colston & the slave trade. It was no great surprise to me that it happened, as that level of feeling has been growing in Bristol for well over a decade. I do wonder how the toppling of the statue will be viewed in 100 years time and whether it will even be remembered.
  7. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    I agree with everything he says. Evidently there is no coaching as no technical flaws are combated, we just say go out and play your natural game, play aggressive cricket. We have created an elite bubble of players who only play international cricket and they play far more of it than anyone else. We have improved as a T20 and One Day Side. Our lack of coaching has also destroyed players who were actually very decent test cricketers so plenty of them have regressed alarmingly or never actually developed a red ball game. Regarding selection we also completely overlook players who have the right temperament, attitude, application to play international test cricket, but fast track players who really aren't ready for international test cricket. It's embarrassing that NZ, Australia, India can produce all format players (lots of them who get upto international standards play very little first class cricket) and we can't. The ECB need to look at every decision they make. We all know fixture scheduling, amount of international games England play, the direction of coaching, the coaches involved, the selection is having a massive impact on our ability to Bat as a Test Team The trouble is that everyone involved is all completely deluded.
  8. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    True, bowled alright. Think 300 looked a good score, but Australia fell short of that total But another dismal effort with the bat.
  9. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Not really, even after an honest conversation and changes a number of players all do the same thing. It's been a consistent problem and they are in complete denial. Australia will make a big score and the game will be over. ECB need to make massive changes, to players & coaching staff and reset again.
  10. CrystalCastles

    Covid-19 Are we being told the truth ?

    What is bizarre about it? Just because it has been written doesn't mean that it's going to be enforced. In Wales the Sennedd's rules have been very consistent and clear about working from home. However even though it's been consistent and clear. It's led to a lot of Interpretation by Employers and Employees, to suit their own opinions rather than what is written As someone who has the capability to work from home, and has done since the start of the pandemic. Both my employers would never have contemplated allowing people to work from home prior to the Pandemic i.e. Saying it wasn't possible, they have found that they could and found that there are a lot of advantages. Personally i would prefer to be in an office environment, for social reasons, to see people, to help some younger colleagues develop & to not be in my house everyday, but it is what it is. However at the same time most of my job only really involves using a lot of applications on a laptop , speaking to colleagues all around the country as and when i need to. My previous job really didn't have much requirement to speak to people. Working from home hasn't impacted work being delivered or the standard of that work. If long term it helps reduce the volume of people commuting by car to work between Cardiff/Newport, it will massively help reduce a major congestion problem.
  11. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Think after this series Silverwood and Root have to have the chop. They have stuck with the same plan, bigged up the hype about being competitive and they have been unable to put more than the odd good session together for the last few years, based on individual brilliance. From a batting perspective the gulf in terms of batting quality for Test match Cricket is apparent. The strategy in the last 10 years, has massively contributed to our inability to bat with intelligence, composure, concentration and application. ECB need a massive rethink, but it's unlikely to happen.
  12. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Root & Malan batted well, Stokes & Woakes dug in and tried to bat properly. Other than that Batting terrible as per the last 3-4 years. Outclassed in all areas
  13. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    1 day playing well out of 4 isn't a surprise. Just a shambles of a batting line up. As a Glammy fan its frankly disgraceful that ex players like KP can even suggest we aren't good enough because of the domestic structure when an average Australian all rounder can become the 5th best batsman in the world after Smith, Kohli, Root & Williamson So so tired of the excuses delivered for the team. When in reality they are bang average
  14. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Undoubtedly we are under prepared and very rusty, but also a fair bit of poor shot selection. Today was a pleasant surprise, Malan & Root have done very well to fight back but tomorrow is another day, we have to start all over again, bat time as well as score runs.
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    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Can't really expect him to be at his best when he is not playing much cricket. They have treated him appallingly, but it also highlights that we haven't got many ideas Selecting 2 players in Stokes/Leach who haven't bowled for ages. Australia must have been delighted. Head played very well

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