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Episode 49 · 1 year ago

PGA Championship, ENG vs PAK Test Series & ENG vs IRE ODI Series - Episode 48

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Hamish is joined by new guest Finn Broadbent and returning guest Jack Broadbent to discuss the recent PGA Championship. He is also joined by Pilch to discuss the England Cricket series' against Pakistan and Ireland.

Cheese settle. Welcome back to theon the ward podcast. This is episode forty eight of the show. Todaywe're joined by what broady. You've been on for Jack. You both broughthe so I can't really say that, can I? Jack and Fin Jack, you've been on before, but Finn will pump you UPMATE, first,first appearance. How are you feeling? Maybe your bit nervous, little nervous. Yeah, I like to hear that. It makes you feel prestigious, butnot so. We're here with a few golf experts to chat about therecently completed twenty pj championship, the first major of the year. Is thatright that? Do they sneak any in before lockdown on? Now's the firstmajor? Yeah, I think the US opens in a month and the mastersand at the end of the year. So we all got around it thisweekend, didn't we? A few, a few of us, a fewof the other boys in US three. We were kind of keen. Itactually worked well for us. The time zone, because it's just when youwoke up, was perfect. You could cut to the back nine pretty muchof everyone's everyone's Day, and this morning we witnessed Colin Narrek Moricau. Itwas Heid that right. Yeah, when he's first major at the age oftwenty three, joining rory mcroy, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicholas in that wellprestigious little group there to win a major at such a young age and helooks like the real deal. Fin What did you make of his well,four days, I honestly thought it was a very mature performance. I'd say. You struggled early in the first couple rounds, but then had a reallygood weekend and showed an on Sunday on the back nine where all the money'smade. Well, I think he took home like almost like two and ahalf million Australian dolls or something like that. Pretty hand you said, twin prizepool, then the gold here, specially the second major. Yeah,it's unreal, Jack, Jack did you do you think he's going to beas good as those three that we just mentioned or or it's a big call. I don't know if I'm allowed to do this, but I was goingto ask a question up to you too, and yeah, go for yeah,is it going to be one of those what another one those golfers whocomes and goes sort of wins a major or two and gets lucky or toits heny the real deal? I mean that's a big question. I thinkhe could be. I honestly, anybody you I think I reckon he's thereal deal. He's he's one more than he's miscuts. So yeah, I'mwell, I loved from him today, especially. I watched, like Igot up to really early and watch the whole last round this morning. ButI just loved our ballsy. You was, to be honest, on the backnine, like it's sixteen. Well, that was the major shot, thatone. He meant he drove apart four and then made eagle and likeno one was getting it close really on that whole had to fade it aroundthese trees, dog leg right and he just took it. Took it on. I thought he'd lay it up and hit an unbelievable shot and that proveda different so I think he's got a calm head on his shoulders, buthe's not afraid to go for it in the big moment. So you knowhe's going to be one to watch for sure. I loved him. Yeah, was it the second shot on the eighteen where he was on the fairwayand he could easily we were talking about this. He could have I thinkthe was a teen. Yeah, he could have been just like on tothe fat side of the fair way and the whole was in like a trickylocation. He just went straight for it. So, yeah, he was reallyleft of the green though, but...

...yeah, and he was lucky.He's get a bit lucky on that shot, but you know, fortune favors thebrave, is what they say. So very deserved. It is prettycool, though I can't I don't watch too much golf myself, but itwas pretty interesting hearing especially his conversations with his caddy. They see him tohave like a very good relationship. It wasn't like the player Domina eating thechoices. They sent to working wells at duo, and that was pretty interestingto hear because I've never really heard that dynamic dynamic before. But that's enoughfor color. I think we've got around him. Final actually, thin doyou have if you are saying you've got some things you'd want to say abouthim? Do? I got emailed with something from Your Golf Club. Yeah, so he won the PGA too event in July two thousand and nineteen,the Baracuta Championship, and he's made twenty. He made twenty two consecutive cuts tostart his professional career, which I thought's a really awesome effort and arecord only exceeded by Tiger Woods with twenty five. And now he's moved upto the top five in the official world golf rankings. So Handy enough.That's crazy. HMM. Yeah, I hadn't heard of him till he hadhis playoff hole on the final day of one of the tournaments against jat.Watch that one. Those the work they charity open. Yeah, yeah,like like my older brother, who is quiet into the Gulf nowadays. Hewas telling me about him and say he's pretty good. So I was kindof had one eye on him all weekend. And it's a pretty bad ball fora little fella. Really hits a massive he's only what like five footnine or something like that. Yeah, right, and like seventy something kilo, but smacks it pretty of course. One of the best things about Ireckon it was a fadeers. Course that's a bit too tech technical for me. There's now paid got him around. It wasn't tough, course THY wheneveryou missed the fair way, like the rough was really long. Yeah,so you had to be straight off the tea, otherwise you're in trouble.Yeah, in terms of that's enough for column. Got Around him. Yeah, in terms of people who impressed you or surprise you, Jack, whowas there anyone who may not have won it? Obviously we're all pretty impressedwith colon, but anyone else who caught your fancy? Yeah, another one, I think he's come through and he's the same age as Colin in thecollege system, was Cameron Champ. He finished on I think it was eightunder, but he was right thereabouts on the front nine in the last round. Just made it. I think it was a double buggy on the ninthhole and then that sort of halted his momentum. But Geez, you canhit it. He was hitting massive drives. He's like stingers that hardly left theground but they were massive and I reckon he is in that probably notas good as Colin, but you know he's in a similar league and he'llbe a very good player for a long time. So He's certainly caught myeye this weekend. Yeah, I don't know too much about him but Iremember I think he played him on the Australian tournaments late last year. Ithink. Yeah, he might have. Yeah, hear, I remember himfrom that. But if you know thoughts on chance weekend? Oh, yeah, you wasn't too bad. Played a solid, solid game of golf,I thought. Mostly on the weekend showed against the big boys he could matchit with his I guess long driving. Everyone calls him a big keyter,but you really showed Nice touch around the Greens and showed himself on the weekendin Fido. Who Else who impressed you? Who took your fairity? Well,I thought Matthew Wolf. For me,...

...he finished tied four ten under,three shots back, and I really thought he took his game to anotherlevel, considering that was his first major ever. So yeah, it's reallygood with that unusual swing. Yeah, yeah, I was just thinking thenwe're talking about all these names. The depth in golf is really strong atthe moment, like there's so many guys who you know right up. There'sprobably really thirty, forty blakes at the moment who could win a major atany time. Yeah, it's really it's has it makes it really interesting becausehe today with there was so many good players the top of the leaderboard andyou don't know who's going to win, say, golfs in a healthy positionpost the tiger woods domination error. Yeah, yeah, I'd never said just lookingat the leader ward now, other people who I can't lie to haven'treally heard of Scotty Scheffler. He was pretty impressive. The only shot tounder on the final day, but that's kind of just a test. Prettywell throughout the week he was yet solid. Yeah, he's swing was I thinkthere's a last Sol I thought they showed his tea shot. He absolutelysent it like I actually thought he was going to fall low by shot.They had a big slicer on. I rated him. Xander Show Fill A. Obviously we've kind of come to expect that from him nowadays, but hewas impressive again, very consistent every single day and yeah, but apart fromthat everyone else was pretty much expected. I guess how tall he's first twodays are pretty impressive, but then kind of got the bobbles. Would havebeen big disappointment on the Sunday. Was Brooks kept car? Yeah, hundreds, a lot of talk and didn't deliver. Like you said. He's quote afterthe third round. I'm pretty sure it was. He said a lotof guys on the leaderboard, but I don't think they've won and he saidI guess Dj has only one one. I don't know a lot of theguys up there, and then like or I can, I'll win this becausenone of the others can. With the SMIRK. So just goes to showgot a bit ahead of himself. Do you think got to bring it onthe Sunday. Yeah, well, that was a surprise, I thought,because he's one of the last two PG championships, going for a stirred andhe he's unflappable. Usually he's rock solid. But found a bit of trouble earlyand you know, but Calma Karma can be a little bit of ayou know what sometimes they next time, brooks better keep his mouth shut justconcentrate on playing golf. Yeah, he looked. He looked poised for thewin all we all tournament as well. He was kind of just a coupleshots behind the lead at the end of every day's play. So even mostof us were saying he's probably still the favorite going into the fourth and finalday. But yeah, complete choke for over par on the Sunday or Mondayfor us. In terms of other disappointments, broady or Jack so Braudy, I'mso used to it. That's all right, I'm it's going to letwho let you down there? Oh, I mean, if terms of guysdidn't miss the cut, most of the top players made it, but Ithink ricky didn't make it. That was a disappointment. Leishman bears. Leishmana shout out to banging out there. He loves beers, Leishman. Hedidn't make the cut either. I mean Jordan's speeth was disappointing. He did. He had a shocking final round, I think it. And then tiger. Of course, he never really got going and that was be unfortunate becauseI love tiger, love the way he goes about it, but he justnever got going, the old fella. I think a lot of those youknow players have been up there this year...

...performed pretty well, like Dj andeven Ram and Justin rose and all those sort of players were pretty solid overthe four days. Yeah, I think Justin Thomas, he's probably the oneI'd pick out. In the end. He shot one on the par forthe four days, but he came in pretty, pretty hot the number onerank. Yeah, so I guess, similar to tiger, you would havejust been expecting him to at least have one day where he lit it,you know, lit it up, but he didn't really at all. Him, rory and tiger were kind of all sitting around that even pal mark orall weekend. I have to say we're allowed to talk smack about rory macarro, apparently because been I maybe his big golf head. He texts me sayingwhat I think you said. Rory got dogged out of it or something,staying where he was. Yeah, don't know. There's always excuses, alwaysexcuses, always, but yeah, in turn, in terms of the blokeswho made it luck, I don't know. was there anyone else who maybe whomade the cut but just let you down a little bit, be chokedon that final day? I guess. How tall do you think? Howtongs disappointed with his tournament or would he? Would you take being that good?He shouldn't be, because he ends up, I'd under so he shouldn'tfeel it. Do himself from them. Saturday after his round, he's orno, would have been Friday there and you spent five six hours on therange after he's like round of golf. Yeah, you had like five under. I think it was the second round and apparently last week he split upwith his coach, so that's what they were saying. He left, likeI know, left his coach. That's why I was on the range.So surprising though, cooked him out of re Jordance. Be Speith came intothe final day seven over Pars like. That's pretty what's happened to Speth?What do you think? He's just in a bit of bad form, ordo you really think he just peaked early in his career and he's got tojust peter out into just an average player? What do you reckon? Jack orchess? I think fins better off to answer this. Yeah, butwe'll go see. Yeah, go for if you know. No, Idon't use an unusual performance. I reckon good effort to make the weekend,though, but he is struggling at the moment, especially with the and thedriver, which two big thing that's pretty important. Unity, then saving tennis. Jeez. Yeah, no, but we like to say bit of improvementfrom lately, considering he started his career unbelievably well, with a few majorsin the first few years, but now I settled back with the pack nowand he's got a battle to make them First Cup in a few weeks,because the cutoff is sitting at ninety fourth in the First Cup right now.So look out. I'd just say he's got time one side speak you still. I wouldn't panic. He's in a bit of a right but he'll beback. He's got talent. Yeah, that's true. True. Guy Didn'tplay that well though. Over the weekend. Was Gary Woodland and Patrick Cantley.They've been in pretty good for so disappoint President's Cup fells. Yeah,Garrett would lie. I think he was playing with Brooks, I think,and they were. Yeah, they were, especially I think the first two daysthey'll play together. Yeah, they were. Would was just led downthe boys. They actually look like I...

...always saw that other presence cup.Yeah, they do a lot. But yeah, that's pretty much it interms of the PJ Chaman it fin. Oh, I saw you talking todaynow golf group chat about Gabby ruffles. Well, we went to school withher. Yeah, work. Explain to me what that tournament structure is.Also confused. It was like thirty eight holes or something. So the firstday, or first two days is stroke play to play thirty six holes andthen the top I think it's top twelve play match play the next so daythree and then, I think it's day four. Is the Finn Okay,I think they might. The thirty seven who stay. Okay, yeah,it's going to say like surely there wasn't twenty playoffs? Yeah, but thenthey pay thirty six on the last day. Yeah, then the final they haveeighteen in the morning, lunch and then eighteen in the other. ButI thought, I think she's fair enough to get excited about it because thecollege system over there is really strong for golf. I will column in CameronChamp and the guys it talks about. They have just come out of collegea year or two ago. So she's doing really well On these tournaments overthere. Once she hits the pros, watch out. She could be thenext carry web or something like that. On the van. Yeah, femaleto golf players. Yeah, so the Todt, I forgot to mention thetotal we were just talking about was the what was it? The women's amateurUS Open? You Always Domini? Yeah, yeah, I want to cheap it. Last year. Yeah. Yeah, so she's lighting it up. Yes, I'm enough. That's all. That's all we've got. I reckon. We leave with a few predictions. Jack Row Bent? Who? What? What's the next US opening? I think just over a month. Ithink it's Atin any any sold predictions for WHO's going to win? There boldpredictions for I'd love better. Have to be bold. I like Daniel Burger'sname, so can I pick him now? I think one of the big nameswill win it. I'm going to pick I'ven't thought too much about this, but I'm going to pick roary. I'm gonna write he's going to bounceback. I think he's gonna take it out, and then the masters isafter which I think I reckon Jason Day might win the masters. That's myprediction. We all want to say tigers a third record breaking win now.So Yeah, how long ago? I'll take. I don't know. Iwas going to pick him for the masters. Then I thought that'd be bit bias, so I didn't. I wish. I hope he does. I meanit is Jason Day, not by now. Jason Days in good forme's ad a lot of top end was within me, about six, five, six, like elite Ozzi's that are up there. So compared to thethirty forty Americans, HMM, yeah, you know what about you or,I'd have to say, kept cups one the last two US opens. Solook out. And then Justin Thomas. It's about time he before performs ina major, I reckon. Yeah, hundred percent agree. I would liketo see jt, yeah, do all the AJOR and not blow. Yeah, yeah, that. Who Do you reckons? The Best Player who havenot won a major? For I need a least tend to me and testamentknowledge that everything. John R freaky hasn't won one. Yeah, Ricky.Ricky's up there. Yeah, because he's been good for a long time.Obviously, J jt, he's the one one, right. No, Idon't think he's won. Tell me fleet...

...would. Yeah, as a coupleof those Europeans. Well, Paul Casey was up there today. He's beendefinite solid player for a long time. But any deck, he's been consistent. Yeah, it dicky's punning's just been letting down under pressure. Yeah,he was a bit he was probably just a few strokes off being disappointing.I think would be a bit harsh. Yeah, for under, but didn'treally light it up in any particular round. Rise and made a run for it, but it yeah, he's the big bias and we spend thirty secondsto talk about Brighton like that. Guy is a nutter. Seriously, butI actually I'm warming to him. I think. All right, I'm afriend. Actually agree he makes supporting you. I think you're a fan of everysingle goal for those fear sorry about you. Don't like you, justlove everyone. I'm not a I agree, not a fair right. You needpersonalities in sport. That's my opinion. Then he's definitely got one. He'sa bit different, he's a bit strange, but not a fan ofshovel read. Now we don't like him. Noah, that's a red fatrick.Yeah, but yeah, that's pretty much all we've got. What areyou boys doing tonight? Watching the footie or bit of father, father,once a life before my tune into a bit of Ninja Warrior, I thinkit's the finale tonight, and someone finally getting up the mount whatever it's called. Madori, armor, somethingory. Yeah, that's on my gender. Well,enjoy that, have a blast that. I'll go and enjoy my magnum fordessert, and thanks for joining me. Boys. I'm not a hundred percentsure what I'm doing with this episode, but I think we'll be rolling intocricket review after this segment. So enjoy that. Thanks Finn for makingyour debut. It was very short notice. Thank you for something. Thanks Jackfor coming back on now. Worris Matt, thank you. Cheers.Say Boys, welcome back to the on the ball podcast. This is episodeforty eight of the show, too away from the milestone fifty. As always, I'm joined by Christian pilcher. Welcome they thanks mate, good to beback. Yeah, always good to be chatting with you. So today we'rejust going to be we've done quite a few episodes similar to this, butwe're going to be discussing England cricket once again. We're going to be discussingthe recent test match, the ended two days ago against Pakistan, the firstof a three match series, and then we'll be chatting about the England islandone day series that took place over the last for fortnight. So we're goingto start off well. Firstly, how are you mat I feel like Ineed to this time I meet. Obviously the people listening can't see this,but I think I need to mention that you do have a you're in anice little location that actually doesn't look too nice. I can't even tell.I can't tell if it's like a waste land or you've got a background going. Yeah's currently at my holiday house at the moment and I think there's abit going on in the background. Not sure who did that, but Ican't tell. Yeah, but I am same with you, mate. Youare you're a UN charted territory. Yeah, this is outside. The Sun's out. Well, now it's gone, but it's nice and warm, soI thought I'd when in Melbourne I've learned that anything over twelve degrees you've gotto get outside and soak it up. You got to run away because eitherneven in summer, you're not guaranteed that. So deaf woke up. So allthe weather and I was like yeah, make sure I get outside. Sowe're filming outside. So if you hear any weird sounds, it couldjust be in a bit of nature. There's a fairly major road right nextto me, so could be some cars as well. But yeah, soif without further ado, we may as well just get stuck in. Howdo you what do you think of the first test? Well, to behonest, I didn't actually watch too much...

...of it, but I must sayI thought I thought Pakistan and one after the first settings is but turned outto be a good fightback from England. So pleasing result. But yeah,yeah, it is. It's definitely a big result. I think England werebehind the April the whole time until maybe an hour to go before they won. Like they just didn't look like winning the whole time, mainly thanks toa charm. The sued hundred in the first innings, which really just setup Pakistan in the end. It was obviously a good win from Pakistan,but good win from England. But it was pretty bad from Pakistan to letthat slip. What, how may they score in the first things? Iscored three hundred twenty six and they had a lead of a hundred and twentygoing into the second innings, which is pretty average. But yeah, aI guess it's a great win from England's point of view. Probably shouldn't justlook at it as a pessimist and focus on the negatives. I should sayfair play to England. Did very well given the circumstances. I wrote themoff. Did you reckon coming into day for they were a chance or notreally, and I'd written them off as well. I think I shot youa text on day three or four. I was like yeah, we've certainloss in coming here. Yeah, yeah, I think I've been coming into dayfor England needed two hundred and twenty or something with they had all thewickets left, but or maybe it was a bit more to day. Butyeah, they did pretty well. Looked there was a bit of it early. Well, not a collapse, but they're quite a few wickets lost early. And then Butler and works put on a magical partnership of about a hundredand fifty. They did it fast as well. They counterattacked. It cameout in social on social media, that Joe Rout had said to joss Butlerbefore he went out to about he said, you know who you are just about. You love chasing down targets just about like it's a one day.And he did love words human works when in a strike rate of just undera hundred, I'm pretty sure. So very well done to them and well, I may as well just bring it up now because we're talking about themand that's why they got my five and four votes. With back doing thevotes again, I'm loving my votes at the moment. I just worked outa brown low from round one to the current day. So that's definitely nota huge waste of time and life, but that's all right. So Igave my five votes to Chris Works and my four votes to Joss Butler.Did you have the same or did you get I definitely had works as five. He was he was obviously getting the five. But I've found these votesthat they're quite hard to decipher, especially but when you're doing five of them. But I actually gave my Ford Stuart broad because I thought he was England'sbest bowler easily and did a lot. Is Bold did a little bit withthe bat as well, with the cheeky twenty nine not out to ensure thatthe lead wasn't monstrous going into the second INNIS. That's a huge call,mate. I don't mind it, though. I gave him one vote, butI think that's pretty bloody stiff on Shamasud to be taking him over him. But Fair. So I gave my Ford to Josh but L. Ijust think although he only scored, what did he score? Seventy five.They didn't go just under a hundred strike rate by the way. They wentat s but I think they slowed down still light when it yeah, Ithink when it got a bit closer, they got a bit more patient.Yeah, Butler made seventy five. So, although it's nothing close to Sharma suitsa hundred and fifty six, I just thought I'd think I do it. Don't do this enough in my votes. I don't favor the win like Idon't respect the win enough, and it's very rare in a cricket gamethat you can really put the wind down to one innings or one bowling likespell. But it's pretty clear that the...

...wind came down to this Butler andworks partnership. So that's why I pretty much instantly pick them as my fiveand for be yeah, works got eighty four not out. Then he tooktwo for eleven, made nineteen the first innings, not great, and tooktwo four hundred and forty three in the first so he's ended up with aboutfour fifty and a hundred runs in total for only one wicket. So it'sa pretty boddy good test. I was looking on twitter. I think ICCor someone tweeted. Who Do you think is men in the match, andeven all the Pakistani people were saying it's works as well, which is prettyrare because you would think someone is scored a hundred fifty six in the firstinnings would instantly get five votes. But yeah, so shamasuit limited to threevotes for me. I don't know how he went for you. Yep,three votes for me as well. I think the wind probably came into accounta little bit, there by giving broad the for but he did screwed duckin the second innings. But he did have a great test, obviously greatfirst innings. Berthree. Three for me as well. Yeah, it tooktook six wickets, I think, three in each. Yeah, so hegot my one vote and then I gave Yasis Sho to votes. He tooktwo fourths. Yester show. It's always a hard one because he takes alot of wicked it's, but he bowls so many overs and he usually goesfor quite a few runs as well. Actually, we'll see. said theother day that he's like a good limitter of runs and helps the other guystake wickets via the offense him. I don't really agree with that. Iknow you watch more Pakistan cricket than me, but I think, like I thinkhe's bowling statistics in his career, like his average and stuff, showthat he actually goes to quite a lot of runs and but it's more justdue to the fact that he bowls a lot over, so it's always toughto judge his wickets. But yeah, he took eight wickets for the game. Almost had a temper. But this, this pitch did favor spinners, asit showed him western East. So I think you'll have a bit moretroubled down in Southampton, where the next two tests are. But we'll seehow he go. So he got too for me and brought braw got onefor me. So who got you two and one? Yeah, to wentto Josh Butler. I must submit he was. He didn't have the bestgame with the gloves, which is why I docked him a few points.He missed a stumping, dropped a couple catches, let in a few buys, but he did get really badly. Yeah, but then then again,as he said he was, he pretty much won the game with works atthe end. But Yep, to for him and one for Shah. Yeah, very fair. So that now just quickly looking. We won't focus onthis. We'll go back to talking about the test series. But Um,in terms of our overall leader boards for I don't know test cricket of theyear or test cricketer of the summer in England or whatever. I've got broadand Butler on top, which I have to say I'm not happy about butler. He's lucky to be in the tower. I can't, I can'tkeep saying that. To be fair, he has played two really good tests. Hence white gave votes. So I think he's locked in his spot fora little bit now. But him in broader on seven. Then I've gotworks type with Rost and chase ons. So you've got still broad on tenvotes, I think. Yeah, he must be tough for me. No, yeah, he's well clear. Works is on eight for you and thenobviously the Pakistani's. It's only their first test for you. So wait,did you say you gave Jos to votes? Yep, okay, so, Ohyeah, that's your first votes for Butler. So yeah, they're notreally relevant. So few. It's just broader and then works and then along gut back to stokes. So, speaking of Stokes, it has beenannounced that he will not be playing the rest of the series. He's goingto New Zealand for family reasons, which obviously takes him out for quite awhile. Because you know he's got a quarantine there and quarantine here. Yeah, well, in England, so there's...

...no chance of him playing cricket forthe rest of the summer pretty much. I don't think he would have playedthe teachinies anyway. Obviously I don't really like talking about the sporting impact withstuff like this, all like long term injuries, because it's obviously pales andcompared uson to in importance. It's just a game really, cricket. Butin terms of the impact on the England team I think it's pretty huge,although he hasn't done too much in the last two tests. I think Englandwere batsman short in the last the way they've been picking their team in themoment I think there are batsman short. I think Butler is six and worksat seven. Although they did really well, this test is ambitious at best.So all of a sudden to take one of the best or the secondbest batsman in that England team out of that Middle Order, it's going toleave England seriously thin. Do you think with stokes leaving the team, doyou reckon they have to go back to Butler at seven and then pick twobatsman or do you think it's just a straight spot cruelly for stokes? Well, I'll say that I don't think. I think they will keep the extrabowler because the reason they they've been playing these extra bowlers because stokes has beenunfit to bowl the last few tests and now we obviously can't bowl because he'sout. So I think we'll play an extra bowler still. Whether we shouldor not, that's a different question. I'm not too sure. I meanit has worked since we've started doing it, but it does mean the top order, the top order has to bat well for it to work. Asyou said, it's pretty hard to judge because it's been working well, butI don't write it, especially now that that batting order is so fragile,all of a sudden roots out of form. Has Been for almost three years now. Sibley's in good touch, but you know, human burns aren't experiencedlike veterans yet. And then pope, although he's really talented, he's notlike consistent and reliable at this stage. So and then Butler's obviously had issuesin test cricketies whole career. Yea. So I think it's pretty ambitious tokeep it with the six bats I do get the logic with stokes out,but I don't really know why you need for pace bowlers anyway, like evenwhen stokes was playing. Like I just don't get why you need four pacebowlers. I think even without an all rounder, I think three pace bowlersand a spinners good enough for me personally. Anyway. It might mean you haveto drop James Anderson because I don't know if he can handle that workloadanymore. I think they might be resting him anyway just because he's played,I think it's quite three tests in a row now, maybe for I don'tknow. I think he's set out of the second test but I don't thinkthey'll want to be pushing him too much, so I wouldn't be surprised if hesits out. So for me the ideal lineup, that the issue is. I don't know who the other bats and to bring him would be.But yeah, for me the ideal lineup would be to sit out James Endsand drop Butler down to seven, works down to eight. slidens that cruellythree, root for pope five and then I'd probably just give Dan Lawrence acrack at sticks. But that's I don't think that's very likely. I thinkthe thing is I don't even know if Joe Denley's in the bubble to actuallydon't know. It's confusing. But so do you reckon? You Reckon ZachCrawley at for, or is that Crawley at three? What would you preferto see? I'd prefer him to be free and root at for, definitely. Yeah, I don't know. It's just pointless really. I'm not surewhy they toyed with root at for and then like he seemed to prefer itand then they just chucked him back to three like a couple tests later.Does make much sense to me. But yeah, I guess I'm happy tosee crawling him in another crack. I think it is pretty unfairly dropped inthe first place. I know it was...

...for team balance, but nothing ofhis own doing. Hopefully they don't pick denly again. Hopefully they give ita chance to someone else. To be honest, I would almost rather seeButler and work state six and seven and see denly given another crack. Butyeah, so that's pretty much it for the test. In terms of Pakistan. We impressed with their side, or do you think England will win thisseries pretty comprehensively. Will my initial thoughts where these blocks are way better thanthe West indies, but then we sort of we dominated them on the lasttwo days. But they still are better than the West indies. So Icould certain winning a game, especially especially with stokes out now. Yeah,I think will be a very good effort. If England whitewash them. Would Ithink two ones probably the most likely serious result if the weather holds.But yeah, I don't know, I don't know. I think I thinkboth teams are in a very similar spot. I think they're both batsman short,although the Middle Order of Pakistan's very strong. I think should ab can'tat seven, although he did have a nice little cameo in the first innings. I don't think he's good enough to be anomber seven. Really he wasjust like padding up and running. So he's clearly not like a talented batsman. But the problem is, when we're talking about this in the predictions andpreview episode, the other Batsman in their square a no good either. They'rein really bad form and they've never really done anything in their test careers,so I don't really know what they do. I think they've got a stick withit. They were pretty close to a win. After all. Itwas just one partnership away, one wicked away really, from winning that test. So I think they will probably stick with the same lineup. I thinkthe bowling attacks fine. Yeah, so, yeah, they're just probably got alift. I did think BARBERA's arm would struggle, although he made seventyin the first innings. Both innings he got out similar way, snicking offtrying to play a pretty aggressive cover drive. I did think he would have issueswith that because he's a very fluent player. He likes to feel thebattle the ball, which you can't do in England. But yeah, asAli really needs to lift. They were saying something outrageous like his averages fourteenoutside of Asia. Really. Yeah, I don't know if that's a hundredpercent crasy. Be Huge in Asia then yeah, I don't know if it'sjust in England or be. Yeah, pretty sure they were saying fourteen orsomething for outside Asia, which is outrageous. That is that's that's Yucky. He'sthe captain so that he needs to lift in particular. But yeah,I guess we'll just see how it goes. That's pretty much it for that we'rejust got to see how the next two test role. I have tosay I'll seeing about this before we came on air. It's frustrating because allthe one day guys are back playing county cricket, which is good to see, but then I'm pretty sure this is the only round they can play beforethey go into the twenty bubble and then before you know it they'll be playingipl and nowadays with the modern cricket calendar, it's just so hard for these guysto like impress to make the test team if they're playing limited overs cricket. Yeah, like I don't really know how Johnny Bestow has the time toshow that he can still play test cricket without like sacrificing his limited over hiscareer a little bit. I guess that's the decision they've got to make.But Johnny best or is someone I don't know how it all works, becauseI don't know if you have to have been in the bubble this whole timeto be picked in the team. But Johnny Besto is someone who would notshock me if they gave him another crack, especially if they need someone to aboutlow, like number six or something. That is, if they only pickthree bowlers, which is a pretty interesting call. But yeah, Idon't know. It's probably not too likely, really is it doesn't make much sense. But I know they do love Johnny. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I doubt it. Yeah, it's true, but not it's exciting whenall the one day and t twenty players play county like Tom Ben's playing forSomerset. I think it is. But...

...yeah, it's sad that they ain'tget more cracks at it. But that takes us to the island tour ofEngland. Such a big tour, such a large journey. What do youthink of this series? You watched probably a bit more of this than thetest match. Actual, I don't I I was probably similar as well.But what do you think of this series? We impressed the island or do youthink they just won one game just because England was playing like their Bteam? Well, obviously the the time zone made it so we could onlyreally watch probably half of the first innings, maybe a bit more than half.Yeah, so the first two one days we saw Ireland be about sixfour fifty in both of them and I was just like Jesus Christ, butas a waste of doll but then you wake up and see Kevin O'Brien didsome things. And then, obviously the last one day. I didn't watchit, but a got no idea what happened. They're like, I don'tknow if we bold like shit door. They just put on a clinic.But I was definitely a shock waking up to that. Yeah, that tookme by like a pretty big surprise as well, I won't lie, eventhough they really struggled, especially early on in the eatings. Yeah, Iactually like, I didn't mind the island team. I think they've got afew pretty good players. They were clearly out of their depth, though,but it has to be said, coming back from lockdown, I think bothteams deserve a bit of like slack. You can't really expect them to justcome out and start playing like World Cup form once again. But for me, the man who impressed me the most man of the series. I didmy votes for this series as well. He won my player the series aswell as David Willie had an APP for blind or series, obviously helped bythe fact that their top order was very fragile. But he took eight wicketsat an average of eighteen. And how many runs with the stick. Howmany runs he made? Ninety eight runs in two innings and one of themwere not out. So just dominated with bat and ball. Not sure whowould have picked that in our preview for that series. I don't even knowif we had him in the team. I think. I don't know.I think we're in a toss up between him and Topley. I think it'sbut yeah, that's pretty outrageous that he staked his claimed that strongly. Thereis a vacant spot in that World Cup team. Isn't there? Because plunkit, if I'm not mistaken, he was in that lineup. Wasn't herefor the World Cup. Yeah, and Archer as well. Oh yeah,so I think I'd actually I think plunk it might have retired from not ahundred percent sure, but they were talking about it throughout the series. Soif there's a bowling spot open, basically what Willie's just got to start outwith both hands. None of the England quicks really impressed that much. toplyonly got the one game, only took one wicket. Sake mood he tookfour wickets in three games, but he was really blowing out of the waterby David Willie I have to say I do agree with what KP was saying. I don't know if you heard it in one of the I think wasthe first dirty eye, might have been the second one. He was justsaying it's the stupidest idea to rest players after they've had a five month breakbecause lockdown, and I have to say it's very true. It's Candi down. They want to give every other yeah, I wanted to I understand they wantto give every on a crack, but he was saying, like TomCurran being rested is like the stupidest thing currently. Karen on one match Iplayed to okay, he actually didn't do very well. Yeah, it's prettyI was very just I was very disappointed with Karen. Connie rat six andwick. It only one wicket. I...

...think he is suited. I knowthe sounds weird, but actually think he's suited against better teams because they'll tryand attack him more, especially the back end of innings. They'll try and, you know, be going at tens, tens and twelves and over where.Island were pretty happy to go out like Sixers, which I don't thinksuited his bowling style that much. But Yeah, David Willie Man of thehour, I have to say obviously not really much of a shock. Isa quality player, but I deal Rashid. He really starred with the ball.Five wickets a Connie Rad to for so really impressive stuff from him.The island players just had no idea at some points with him and he reallytook control of the Games in the middle. In the middle periods. Moyen Alididn't take a single wicket. So maybe similar to Tom Curran, heneeds people to attack him. Maybe, but yeah, probably not ideal forhis hopes to stay in this one day team. I know, I knowhe's a bit of a legend but he didn't have the greatest series either.He had the only batter once actually, which was pretty sit for him,and he only made three. So he could be getting shipped off out ofthat team for maybe leam Dawson or something, which is not ideal news for MoenAli. In terms of the island side, they'd quite a few playsimpressed me. Curtis Camp Fire. It was his first ever series for Ireland. He made a hundred and twenty seven in two winnings, one not outas well. He made two s and then with the ball he took fivewickets in twenty one overs, strike rate to twenty five. So although hewas batting very low, so a lot of the times he had had likeplenty of time to bat. He did very well. He's a young guywho came over from South Africa. I think they were telling a story.Apparently in countering cricket he was arsting Nile O'Brien, Kevin's brother, and heno I was batting and Curtis Camphor walked up to him and said, bythe way, I'm alleged would play for island if you want to pick me, which pretty strange tactic. Maybe I'll try that tactic for Scotland. I'llfind some Scottish cricketer. Just let him know. But yeah, and thenin terms of the other vote, so can't forgot five votes for me andthey're best stones. Sterling were also tied on five. They both scored hundredsopening the batting in their respective games. So yeah, pretty big win forisland, though, although they lost the series. To win a Odi againstsomewhat full strength England team doesn't happen every day. As I think I putit on my instagram story, the last time England lost to a team thatwas ranked outside the top ten. I think was twenty early two thousand andeighteen against Scotland. So doesn't happen too often, though, so very impressivefor island. Promising stuff. But yeah, any any last words on this littleone day series? I can't lie. I wasn't that important. But yeah, yeah, I'll just say congrats on island for that. Clinic inthe last one day or took everyone by surprise, I must submit. Iwent to I went to sleep and we were going at like seven and ahalf and over with plenty of wickets in hand, and then we didn't evenmake three hundred and fifty. So be collapsed. Must happened after Morgan gotout. But yeah, island, island deserved it. Wait, did Isay the Best I scored a hundred? Yeah, I think so. Imean you scored eighty. It's got eighty two. So yeah, my badOwen Morgan was the only century in terms of that. Predictions. I justremember we did predictions. I think we both said best o toll run scorer. He was fourth behind Morgan billings. I didn't mention billings, beast.We said he did pretty wells but he was kind of coming in junk time. So Morgan billings, Willie and then best doing it for so we're prettyfar off there. Told wikids. I once again don't really know who hesaid. I think we both said K...

I said car yeah, who wastired, fourth behind Willie Rashidammod. So two really good predictions there from pilchand Cork. I love adding Alan Batting. I think you said Bell Bernie andI said Kevin O'Brien. Bell Burnie was second behind sterling and O'Brien wassixth. So some really good some more really good predictions. I guess BelBernie did right. Scored a century. And then island bowling. Geez,I don't know if we either made it to prediction. Here I said shot. I think he's took a single wicket. Hey, I mean seeing simmything.Yes, sorry, seeing no wickets. He only won five over. Soyou'll robbed there. I won't lie. I don't know who I said.I think I said Boyd ranking and he didn't even play pretty gootty.Good for the good from us. We are insightful men. So yeah,that's all we've got today in terms of the cricket. Just another short episode, I think the next next one we're going to be chatting about NFL,the NFL top one hundred list, and will be also discussing fantasy running backs. And then on Saturday's episode we've got our fifty special where we get allthe guests who have appeared on the show to talk about their favorite live sportingmoments. So looking forward to that one. Anything else you want to say too? All Right, I think we was nail on the head. Yeah, it's going to, I don't know, ask you some questions about life,but I can't really be bother way. May as well just wrap it up. But yeah, thanks for joining me. Filch is always much appreciate. The as my pleasure. Yeah, if you've been if you've been watchingit and enjoyed it, you know chuck us a like, subscribe, whateveryou do, if you'll listen, chuck us a rating and a review andyes, stay tuned. Three episodes a week. So thanks for listening andthanks for joining me.

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