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The wobble seam ball may have been pioneered by England, but Australia's quicks have become as adept as any around the world at bowling it.

It is essentially Pat Cummins' stock ball:
It has transformed Mitchell Starc's Test career. Here's his grip for the wobble seam (left) versus his inswinger (right): Image
Since adding the wobble seam to his arsenal, Starc's bowling average has come down, his strike-rate has stayed about the same and his economy rate is considerably lower: since the 2019 Ashes, he's gone at 3.09 per over compared to 3.38 previously.
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#CLRJames' deceptively benign question: “what do they know of cricket, who only cricket know?”, was a challenge to the public to re-consider the game in England’s elitist orthodoxy.
Given James failed in this task, what is the story of #cricket from a people’s perspective? 1/14
Although no #history is ever ‘definitive’, cricket has always been particular about whose voices are heard.
Like James, the game has had other maverick historians of course. But the likes of Bowen, Birley and #Marqusee all suffered at the hands of the game’s establishment. 2/14
Given Birley recognised “cricket lovers do not like to be told new things”, #cricket in England is still defined by 'gentlemanly amateurism'.
But rather than a handful of gentlemen associated with the #MCC, the game’s growth owes everything to the efforts of ordinary people. 3/14
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Loved @copes9’s insights into Darcy Brown’s action. Here’s Ellyse Perry with a huge delay in her bowling arm which is a key indicator of pace. At front foot contact, look how Perry’a bowling arm lags behind.

This means greater distance to accelerate her arm & deliver. #Ashes
Perry in fact has one of the best delay in bowling arm in all of contemporary cricket. How does she achieve it?

Look at how her bowling arm is taken away from the body to create a longer path to travel, thereby creating the lag at front foot contact. #Ashes
Thought this might be of interest to you, @sthalekar93
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With the fourth ritual humiliation - ahem, I mean Fourth Test - just getting underway, here's a rundown of my ideal cricket team since I started following the game in the late 1980s.

It may contain one or two surprises.

#Ashes #Ashes2021 #AshesTest #SCG #Sydney #AUSvENG
CG Greenidge (West Indies)
MJ Slater (Australia)
IVA Richards (West Indies) (capt)
SR Tendulkar (India)
R Dravid (India)
SR Waugh (Australia)
AC Gilchrist (Australia) (wkt)
SK Warne (Australia)
MD Marshall (West Indies)
CEL Ambrose (West Indies)
W Younis (Pakistan)
2nd XI:

GA Gooch (England)
ST Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)
RT Ponting (Australia)
KC Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) (capt) (wkt)
PA de Silva (Sri Lanka)
AL Logie (West Indies)
A Flintoff (England)
W Akram (Pakistan)
M Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)
AA Donald (South Africa)
GD McGrath (Australia)
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England’s Test batting has been in crisis for years

A long-ish piece on why English cricket isn’t developing players with the right technique or temperament. And no, it’s not because of pitches or scheduling

w/input from Paul Farbrace and others #Ashes…
Farbrace quite punchy on the issues, including why youth coaches not addressing technical issues is a “cop out” which means batters get to county cricket with fundamental flaws in their games.

Are pitches to blame? Not according to Farbrace. If a pitch does a bit in early season, it’s a choice to chance your arm and try to get a quick 30. The other option is to knuckle down and trust technique. Blaming pitches is too easy an excuse #Ashes

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Australia inch closer to winning the second #Ashes Test, taking the key wicket of Ben Stokes as England limp to first break on day five at 142 for six, still needing to bat out two more sessions to salvage an unlikely draw #AFPsports
Australia name unchanged 15-man squad for the three remaining #Ashes Tests against England with captain Pat Cummins and fast bowling partner Josh Hazlewood rejoining the team in Melbourne later this week #AFPsports
#BREAKING Australia beat England by 275 runs to win second Ashes Test
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I grew up at a time when the England cricket team was a national punchline, a continual laughing stock. It went on for well over a decade.

But no way, NO WAY would those sides of the 90s have just surrendered like this. And they were up against all-time great opponents. #Ashes
Gooch: an incredible batsman
Atherton: stoic, indomitable at his best
Stewart: got so much more out of the side when taking over as captain
Hussain: tough doesn't even begin to describe him
Thorpe: by far our best player of that era
Ramprakash: underachieved, but hard to get out
And among the bowlers, Gough was continually inspirational, as Malcolm, Headley and Cork all were on their day. Fraser was a metronomic work horse; Tufnell was tremendous at times, and treated quite ridiculously by our joke selectors.

This joke of a team doesn't even compare.
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Joe Root and Dawid Malan build a 128-run stand to survive the opening session on day three of the second #Ashes Test and give England hope of salvaging the day-night clash ImageImageImage
Joe Root becomes just the fourth player in history to chalk up 1,600 Test runs in a calendar year, and the first since 2008, but a maiden century in Australia again eluded him #Ashes #AFPsports Image
Steve Smith says he always felt that he had the support of the Australian public after slipping back into the captaincy of the Test team this week, capping a remarkable career revival #Ashes #AFPsports Image
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It was at the height of the pandemic last year that the man now anchoring @BTSport’s coverage of the #Ashes decided to apply to Tesco for a job as a delivery driver…
"I’m going to have to call my husband because you look and sound exactly like that sports presenter off the telly,” one customer told him as she answered her front door

Matt Smith (@msmith850) smiled. “Actually, I am that sports presenter off the telly"
“I’ve found the experience quite grounding, really. It puts things into perspective”

Smith now juggles three jobs, his other gig being a part-time lecturer in journalism at @StaffsUni
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🎄🗓️ DAY 1

Here we go Bruce @BNCB of @LloydsofLondon: your first advent scene!

We know how much you ADORE cricket. You're @MCCOfficial Chair after all!

So here’s a miniature🏏pavilion we made especially for you.

Now don't forget to check out the sign...👀🪧

#InsureOurFuture ImageImage
🎄🗓️ #AdventCalendar: Day 2!❄️

We’ve added beautiful #advent trees for you Bruce @BNCB of @LloydsofLondon.

But how much longer until they’re cut down? 😢

Hey, is that a child up there? We love seeing kids climbing trees! 🌳

And great sign kido!🌎

#InsureOurFuture #StopAdani ImageImage
🎄#AdventCalendar: Day 3!

Look @BNCB of @LloydsofLondon the cricket players have arrived!😀

Best get those matches in while you can:

Cricket is one of the sports most affected by flooding and extreme heat caused by the #ClimateCrisis. 😬

Do it for the 🏏if not for the kids! ImageImage
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Australian captain Pat Cummins and vice captain Steve Smith are currently speaking to the media about their leadership positions.

Tweets to follow 👇
SS: I've been in a position for the last few years playing as a leader. Now to have the opportunity to be standing here next to Patrick with a formal title, I feel very honoured.
PC: It's going to be a real collaborative approach (to leadership). It might look a bit different from the outside compared to captain's of the past, which is great.
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Loving the #Ashes repeat with the players as we #StayHome and #SaveLives by watching #Cricket 🏏🏏🏏 ImageImage
Still confident @benstokes38 will get us over the line @SkySports #SkyEasterWatchalong 🏏
In @jackleach1991 + @benstokes38 we trust ...
- with @benstokes38 commentating @SkySports on his greatest innings 🏏🏏
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Watching the 2013 Ashes test on replay as I work. Great, especially as I have forgotten the result. Ashton Agar is batting like a beauty on debut. Stunning for a 19 year old.…
For a 19 year old on fricking debut facing Anderson reverse swinging it.
Agar joined Phil Hughes with Australia at 117-9 (Hughes on 21). They are now 187-9 and Agar is on 47* and has just overtaken Hughes. Will he be the first debutant at number 11 to make 50? #rewind #Ashes #drama #suspense #TheAshes #cricket
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Of all the things I've written on #Brexit, this is definitely the most quirky. 🏏

The 'night watchman' metaphor is to emphasise that the relevant parts of the #Protocol on NI/IRL need only kick in for any period when UK-EU conditions are sub-optimal.

It's an opinion piece primed for the #Ashes.

Co-authored with Bishop John McDowell, we argue the Protocol needs to be understood/designed as an interim arrangement that may or may not be called upon.

Allowing for this would avoid the mistake of risking all at this stage.

The purpose of the 'night watchman' in cricket is to avoid unnecessary losses and risks. Seems appropriate.

Somewhat unusually (for half an op ed), I dedicate this to my old English teacher, J.F.T.Gibbons from Newbury - a tremendous cricket fan & a sage & cherished friend.
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What are your thoughts on the umpiring in #Ashes opener?

How many more blunders? Any guesses? #ENGvAUS
Aaaand blunder #8's here -- Lyon to Burns: LBW appeal not given. Not reviewed. And HawkEye shows THREE REDS.

He's on 21 now .. how much further damage can he inflict? #ENGvAUS #Ashes
We have a #9 already -- Pattinson has Root given OUT caught behind, and there clearly IS A WOODY SOUND. But just that the sound is not off the edge, but off the ball kissing the stump.

So even the non-LED stumps need an earthquake to fall down .. #ENGvAUS #Ashes
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