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Phil Salt has tried playing almost every single shot in the book both offside and legside. We’ve only had 6 overs.

Got to admire the fearless attitude, certainly won’t die wondering.
 

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After that slow start generally was an excellent exciting knock.
 

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Mahmood on fire again.

2 wickets.

Gregory chipping in well with bat and ball :
 

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You can tell he’s bowling well when the captain is happy to set test match type fields for you in the powerplay.

He really is becoming some bowler Saqib.
 

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There will be a problem for the selectors when the original squad have served their time!
 

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Outstanding innings by Babar Azam.

Finally got a competitive game.
 

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What an absolutely magnificent win that is for England. To chase down that sort of total is a hell of an achievement. Vince and Gregory batted fantastically but from the start England took it on aggressively. Really speaks well to the whole culture around this ODI setup.
 

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Another great win for England !

Well done to James Vince and Lewis Gregory who really set that up nicely.
 

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Given an interesting little conundrum ahead of the T20 series as all the first choice lads will be back. Personally I’d take out all who are in line for the India test series as they will have to do the whole bubble thing by the look of it and let the others play.

Love Phil Salts attitude at the top of the order. Just goes out there and tries to smash it regardless. Have to appreciate that.
 

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Great effort by Livingstone to get us close but credit to Pakistan.

Outstanding score.
 

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Anyone watching the Hundred? I've caught a few games and the cricket as expected is good, feel pretty much identical to T20 length wise. The women's games have felt like big events though, whilst the men's games pretty feel much identical to a T20 Blast match with the addition of fireworks and new graphics. No superstar players have signed up bar Rashid Khan, who has played for Sussex for years now.

It'll kill the county game long term no doubt about it assuming it's a success and expands. Fun to watch though, anyone buying those horrific shirts though needs a good shake down.
 

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Anyone watching the Hundred? I've caught a few games and the cricket as expected is good, feel pretty much identical to T20 length wise. The women's games have felt like big events though, whilst the men's games pretty feel much identical to a T20 Blast match with the addition of fireworks and new graphics. No superstar players have signed up bar Rashid Khan, who has played for Sussex for years now.

It'll kill the county game long term no doubt about it assuming it's a success and expands. Fun to watch though, anyone buying those horrific shirts though needs a good shake down.

I like the Manchester shirt and a couple of the others are nice but they're largely horrible. I'm not sure if it will kill the county game but priorities will change... There are some other pretty big signings, like Lockie Ferguson, de Grandhomme etc but I guess you'd say Rashid Khan, Sunil Narine and Quinton de Kock are the only real overseas superstars. I think there would have been more if not for Covid though... Also, I think the big difference between that and the Blast is that the big England stars have actually been able to play, although the test players will be done now but with no ODIs scheduled, there's a chance for people like Morgan, Moeen etc to play the whole thing. I have a few reservations and there's definitely some real problems with how it came about but the cricket has been very enjoyable and I think it will bring in new fans. I'm not sure they needed to invent a complete new format to do that though.

I went to the first Manchester game and was supposed to there today and have just been sitting in my front room forlornly waiting for the rain to stop... I'm going to see a game in Cardiff on Saturday as well and the Manchester game next week so praying for better weather.

It has provided some great exposure for the women's game too - women's cricket massively improved over the last 5 years or so and I'm glad they're getting a chance to show that to increased audiences although they haven't quite got the equality the ECB seemed to suggest they'd get in this tournament either.

In summary, I've got a lot of problems with The Hundred but I am enjoying the show but I still love county cricket!
 

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I like the Manchester shirt and a couple of the others are nice but they're largely horrible. I'm not sure if it will kill the county game but priorities will change... There are some other pretty big signings, like Lockie Ferguson, de Grandhomme etc but I guess you'd say Rashid Khan, Sunil Narine and Quinton de Kock are the only real overseas superstars. I think there would have been more if not for Covid though... Also, I think the big difference between that and the Blast is that the big England stars have actually been able to play, although the test players will be done now but with no ODIs scheduled, there's a chance for people like Morgan, Moeen etc to play the whole thing. I have a few reservations and there's definitely some real problems with how it came about but the cricket has been very enjoyable and I think it will bring in new fans. I'm not sure they needed to invent a complete new format to do that though.

I went to the first Manchester game and was supposed to there today and have just been sitting in my front room forlornly waiting for the rain to stop... I'm going to see a game in Cardiff on Saturday as well and the Manchester game next week so praying for better weather.

It has provided some great exposure for the women's game too - women's cricket massively improved over the last 5 years or so and I'm glad they're getting a chance to show that to increased audiences although they haven't quite got the equality the ECB seemed to suggest they'd get in this tournament either.

In summary, I've got a lot of problems with The Hundred but I am enjoying the show but I still love county cricket!
You don't have to worry to be fair, your county will be fine, as will the other seven host venues. It's the smaller ones that will disappear. In ten years tops the English domestic system will be made up of 10 counties at the most that will play men and women's County Championship, 50 over competition and The Hundred under their franchise name (although by then they may have reverted back to a T20 format). Which make no mistake is the ultimate ambition of the ECB and TV broadcasters. The problem is the ECB have no power to make a move like that at present, the creation of the Hundred is their attempt to seize that power through the money and fanbase they hope it generates.
 

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