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I'm watching the European Cricket Championship and hear that 'batsman' is defunct, replaced by gender neutral 'batter'

It was suggested that 'maiden' over and 'dolly' catch should also go in the greater good, apparently known as 'inclusivity'

But .... what about the elephant on the room? .......... Ball ..... surely we cannot have the non male 'batters' playing with 'balls', that will never do.

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Just now, AllRoverAsia said:

I'm watching the European Cricket Championship and hear that 'batsman' is defunct, replaced by gender neutral 'batter'

It was suggested that 'maiden' over and 'dolly' catch should also go in the greater good, apparently known as 'inclusivity'

But .... what about the elephant on the room? .......... Ball ..... surely we cannot have the non male 'batters' playing with 'balls', that will never do.

What will they call third man?

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4 hours ago, AllRoverAsia said:

I'm watching the European Cricket Championship and hear that 'batsman' is defunct, replaced by gender neutral 'batter'

It was suggested that 'maiden' over and 'dolly' catch should also go in the greater good, apparently known as 'inclusivity'

But .... what about the elephant on the room? .......... Ball ..... surely we cannot have the non male 'batters' playing with 'balls', that will never do.

Commentators always did tend to slip into calling batsmen batters before the world went uber woke. My grandad used to get annoyed at the tele when they said batters. I think Nasser was particularly bad for it. I can picture him chuntering away “Batter!!! It’s not a bloody chip shop.”

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Well this is just baseball with a ball that sometimes bounces during delivery.

The batting* is in general a level ahead of the bowling.

* This is being done by batsmen, not a batswoman in sight but there are a couple of blokes with long hair. 

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On 07/10/2021 at 06:10, Gav said:

Good news on The Ashes - sounds like if will be played, Root leading by example saying he’ll tour whatever it takes. 

Bad news. We'll be slaughtered with our pop-gun attack.

On the other hand our batsmen will be terrorised

Need Archer wood and Stokes to be fully fit. No chance.

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1 hour ago, 47er said:

Bad news. We'll be slaughtered with our pop-gun attack.

On the other hand our batsmen will be terrorised

Need Archer wood and Stokes to be fully fit. No chance.

We are getting whitewashed without Stokes or Archer. Could be our worst tour since Flintoff captained us. 

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18 hours ago, Wegerleswiggle said:

We are getting whitewashed without Stokes or Archer. Could be our worst tour since Flintoff captained us. 

I fear you’re right. 
The batting is a shambles.

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On 15/10/2021 at 11:26, Gav said:

Big mistake not taking Mahmood and Parkinson, also Livingston for that matter.

5-0 whitewash unless the rain comes, then at least we might draw one.....

The first two definitely Gav. Not sure Liam is cut out for test cricket though.

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34 minutes ago, oldjamfan1 said:

The first two definitely Gav. Not sure Liam is cut out for test cricket though.

I think you're probably right ojf, but you need match winners in Australia, players that play without fear and Livingston fits that bill.

Our batting has been shambolic for the most part for the past few years, I'd have loved England to have tried something different, but its the same old tried and tested failures leading the line, Root aside and thats just not good enough for me.

On the plus side I'll get more sleep, not staying up till lunch and catching the last 10 over every day!

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I think livi is all flash and no substance I’ve seen him far too often clear the ropes a few times in an innings only to chip one up to long on a few balls later with a shrug of the shoulders. At the very most he’d be another Buttler or Bairstow in a test environment. In Australian conditions their quicks would have livi on toast.

Parky before bess and saqib before Overton seemed a no brainer to me.

* that said I don’t think there’s any combination of players England could take that will prevent a whitewash (weather aside). We have 2 competent batsmen root and stokes and only one playing. It’s still not enough even if stokes was fit/right state of mind. 

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No they haven't really Matt. The rescheduled England v India decider which should have been at OT last September has been set for 1st July. Unfortunately OT can't hold the game on that date as they can't have a pitch ready (concerts?). So the ECB have given that game to Edgbaston and transferred the August test v South Africa, which should have been at Edgbaston, to OT.

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