Record opening stand...for the series.
(kiss of death)
I love this ground
Not everyday I meet up with my bank manager from Natwest, known him 15 years though
Looks like a proper banker. Hang on - which one is you?
Bankers don't wear Farah.
Have decided that it might well be worth trying to squeeze into t’Oval tomorrow somehow.
Been a good summer. Really exciting cricket with 2 uneven, evenly matched teams.
Sad that it's almost over and the monoculture sport, football about to dominate sport.
Last day, possibly 2, set up for a squared series unless we get a miraculous twist. Either way it's been good to watch
Got a ticket for tomorrow (awesome) but just saw on my e-ticket that I have to print it out, and I don't have a printer at home.
Has anyone got in using the ticket on their phone this week? As it's a Sunday nothing will be open before 11 😬
They just use barcode scanners on the gate so it should scan off a phone if you zoom in, I'd have thought.
I love that I went in to watch cricket for nearly three hours on Thursday, went out to my bike and saw that not only had I left my Wahoo on it, but that no-one had robbed it. I guess everyone there was a bank manager and already had one.
What a great day yesterday, also spent time getting to know Liam O’Brien - Physical Disability Cricket Player for England and Sussex.
Also the bank manager was wearing Farah, I was in floral print.
Sadly my grandad just became ill and has been taken into hospital. My parents are out of the country, so I'm on my way to Colchester hospital instead of the Oval .
My ticket already spoken for before anyone asks!
Things you love to see: off stump cartwheeling
Good to see the back of Warner for this series. Miserable series for him.
Things you also love to see: a bunny Warner
Things you love to hear - Jim Maxwell sending LW listeners off to the shipping forecast for the final time.
Broad is 7-35 against Warner.
Also Leach had better run average than Warner.
(This Ashes series)
So, that's how you get Smith out? Leg fucking slip?
Ben Stokes player of the series!?!?
Ah! Eng player of the series. Oops
Great end to the summer.
Well done Root.
Now pricing up flights/AirBNB etc for the two tests in Sri Lanka in March. Ah.
Are there three overseas series this winter? NZ, SA and Sri Lanka?
Been a great summer of cricket. I don’t get too excited about one day cricket but the drama of the World Cup final was special.
In my opinion, it was knocked into a cocked hat by what happened at Headingley.
Great to see Archer live up to the hype. Fingers crossed Burns can nail down that opening spot. Along with Sibley perhaps. Send Bairstow off to Yorkshire to fix his technique and let Foakes have a good run in the team this winter.
I hope Anderson can come back but part of me wonders how realistic that is at his age. I’d love to see him get to 600 test wickets.
Fingers crossed we’re talking about Curran in the same way in 15 years time.
An exciting topsy turvy series. You'd have said at the start of the fifth test 2-1 may have flattered england, but 2-2 is a fair result considering how abject Australia were in the last test! England's next ashes challenge will be actually winning a match down under. Archer should be fun on the fast bouncy pitches assuming root doesn't break him in the intervening period.
Reflecting on the series, only 3 players manage anything resembling consistency; smith, cummins and broad. stokes scored 2 centuries when it mattered and tailed off, wade scored 2 when it didnt matter and looked poor in the test 2,3,4.
Surely England will have to make a hard decision about Root continuing as capt, he is notably diminished as a result. As for us, we have enough flat track bullies for our summer.
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