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5 hours ago, Lion_of_the_Midlands said:

First league game of this season was 13th of April @Max Power

Had the distinct pleasure of giving out Tim Hughes LBW padding up playing no shot. Tim is the son of former Australian quick bowler and all around moustache legend Merv. 

Nothing will top that this season. 

Fantastic. I saw that the other week, reading back through the thread. Hope you gave him a send off.

We've won one lost one. One game in 25 degree heat. Yesterday was freezing and horrible, and we had chilli and jacket spuds for tea. Delightful.

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I'm normally a massive fan of Simon Hughes' writing. A Lot of Hard Yakka is one of the finest cricket books ever printed. But he's making a bit of a jump here.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/48102481

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The culture of modern white-ball cricket means it is easier for players to slip into recreational drug use, says former professional Simon Hughes.

His comments come after Alex Hales was withdrawn from England's World Cup squad following an "off-field incident" that led to him being suspended.

Hughes said Hales was on "borrowed time" and the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had to drop him.

"You have got to take very severe action," Hughes told BBC Sport.

"Unfortunately he hasn't learned his lesson."

Hales was reportedly suspended for recreational drug use, although the ECB has refused to confirm why the batsman was withdrawn, citing confidentiality concerns.

Test Match Special pundit Hughes said including Hales in an international squad would be "almost condoning taking recreational drugs".

"I suspect they may have wanted to keep this issue out of the public domain. But once it's in the open and everybody knows about it I don't think they had any option," he added.

Hales has played 11 Tests, 70 one-day internationals and 60 Twenty20 matches for England. He is now regarded as a white-ball specialist and in 2018 signed a new contract with Nottinghamshire to play only limited-overs matches until the end of the 2019 season.

He missed Nottinghamshire's One-Day Cup games last week for what the county described as "personal reasons".

He was part of a provisional 15-man squad named for the World Cup and has also been removed from the England squad for the one-day international against Ireland on Friday, as well as the Twenty20 international and ODI series against Pakistan.

The ECB said he had been withdrawn to ensure the team is "free from any distractions".

His management company said in a statement it is "hugely disappointed at the treatment" of Hales for an incident that happened last year.

It said the ECB "insisted on Alex taking certain rehabilitation measures following his suspension" and that, "at every stage, Alex fulfilled his obligations and both he and his representatives were given assurances that any suspension - again under the ECB's guidelines - could not affect his selection for the World Cup".

The statement added: "The fact all those assurances seem to have been rendered meaningless has understandably left Alex devastated. He will take time to reflect on both his actions and the subsequent decisions, but will receive the support from his team he deserves."

It is the second time Hales has been suspended, following his punishment - which also included a fine - for an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September 2017.

He did not face any criminal charges, while team-mate Ben Stokes was cleared of affray at a trial.

In addition to the incident in Bristol, Hales pleaded guilty to an ECB charge in relation to "inappropriate images".

Hughes said of Hales: "The guy is a very genuine, lovely bloke who tries his best and wants to be a successful cricketer and obviously has been a very successful cricketer.

"The problem occurring with modern-day cricketers is a bit like footballers, especially if they are white ball-only cricketers, which Alex Hales is.

"He isn't actually playing a lot of cricket, so there is a lot of down time to do other things - socialise, play golf, whatever, a bit like footballers - and with the money rolling around in the game it can lure you into taking illicit substances.

"I suppose that's what's happened and it's become a bit of a culture in sport generally which needs stamping out."

Mind you. Dermot Reeve was a limited overs specialist...

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7 minutes ago, Lion_of_the_Midlands said:

Yeah, Butch is gonna do his nut when he sees Hicky's not an option, and he should be. His ODI record was fantastic, at least as good as Judge's, who I picked.

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I'm going to Trent Bridge for the ODI on Friday. Weather permitting and England batting first, I'm hoping to see the first team to score 500 runs in an innings. 

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Still think it goes tits up in the semi-final or final. We'll play as we usually do and get Bumrah'd. Virat Kohli screaming after every wicket as we're bowled out for 150. 

I'm in London tomorrow for work but the event I'm at  isn't until the evening, so going to 'work remotely' at Lords for the premier fixture of Middlesex vs Leicestershire. 

Edited by Gus Mears

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Watching T20 world cup final on aky in the pub. 

 

I still shout "Wide yorker for fucks sakes" at Ben Stokes during the final over. 

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Archer in, Willey out  for the World Cup according to the Grauniad. I think Wiley has been unlucky. Its good to have that left arm option like Alan Mullally and I think Mark Wood is shite and so would get a left armer in for him bwfire his bodu falls apart by the 2nd group game. 

Hales idiocy has unfortunately allowed yet another James Vince return too. On these flat pitches England have to win the whole shebang. Surely. 

 

England give pace bowler Jofra Archer the nod for World Cup squad

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/may/20/england-bowler-jofra-archer-world-cup-squad?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard

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