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DagenhamFox

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I’m up at Edgbaston this weekend for 2 possibly 3 days of live test match cricket. The short series is finely poised and the weather is set fair for the duration.

It’s 75% capacity so people will be sitting next to others. Everyone has to show a negative test to get in taken within 24 hours of the days play and there will be no social distancing inside the stadium. Masks will be needed when you’re out to grab a beer but not in your seat.

I think it’s going to feel a bit odd to be in such proximity to strangers as well as friends but I’m hugely looking forward to it.
 

DagenhamFox

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Anyone know if 5th day tickets will be available on a walk up basis as usual ?

Not a chance. As a Government test event you have to register so you’re sent some PCR tests to send back to the lab and you have to show a negative Covid test taken within 24 hours of the day you attend.
 

Glimmer

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Never before have England captains had so much readily available and reliable weather information - particularly over short 5 day periods.
So, the first 2 days generally overcast with spells of sunshine, warm and humid followed by 2 days of sun and a pleasant 5th day

England select an all seam attack, win the toss and elect to bat with a flaky batting lineup in bowler friendly conditions which Anderson could only dream of, condemning our pace attack to toil away in hot batter friendly conditions with no spin alternative apart from Root.
The post lunch collapse is probably a good thing as we can get into the kiwis tomorrow when the conditions may still favour our seamers
But why why pick the team we did and completely ignore the weather and the forecast after today
Time after time captains roll out the mantra ‘we can’t control the weather’. No you can’t but you could have a look at the fucking forecast!
 

Glimmer

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sadly you could be right but where is the imagination rather than the risk averse captaincy we are always having to suffer
 

Eggs66

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As I was muttering darkly last week - it is this "not lose at all costs" that is the England mantra. Better not to lose than risk a victory and lose.

Seeing how the Kiwi bowlers have swung it at times, it would, as you say, have been good to see Jimmy let loose on it first thing.

It was one of those days when perhaps losing the toss might not have been such a bad thing.

We shall see.
 

DagenhamFox

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Normal service resumed today with a decent lower order partnership to get us out of the shite.

Let’s see what tomorrow brings.
 

Hampshirefox

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Was there yesterday in the Wyatt Stand. Great to be back in a crowd and watching the Hollies Stand post lunch was worth the ticket price alone! Wagner bought into his special chant immediately. Hope everyone going enjoys the visit as much as we did.
 

Eggs66

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Hard to pick up the Wagner chant on the telly - but Don't Take Me Home came through LOUD and clear
 

LGFOX

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I’m up at Edgbaston this weekend for 2 possibly 3 days of live test match cricket. The short series is finely poised and the weather is set fair for the duration.

It’s 75% capacity so people will be sitting next to others. Everyone has to show a negative test to get in taken within 24 hours of the days play and there will be no social distancing inside the stadium. Masks will be needed when you’re out to grab a beer but not in your seat.

I think it’s going to feel a bit odd to be in such proximity to strangers as well as friends but I’m hugely looking forward to it.


I didn’t quite get the mask thing at the Cup Final. We’re outside with a negative test
( which was a joke when checked). Was the cricket any different yesterday anyone?
I was in Club Wembley with barely 20 others spread out completely and at least 8 stewards. If you dared to move your mask one jot off your nose you were pounced on by a very ‘enthusiastic’ lady who seemed to thoroughly enjoy her power.
At the end when we’d won I took off the mask when the players were showing us the cup. She again pounced on me. 52 years after witnessing the 69 loss. You can imagine the answer. Anyway I digress.
I hope you all enjoy the cricket. The atmosphere looks amazing and I hear the pies are to die for. Sport is back with the fans.
 

Hampshirefox

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No masks needed when seated but required around the concourse. All very good natured and the Stewards were very considerate. Edgbaston is always a pretty relaxed atmosphere and yesterday was no different. The negative test confirmation was strictly enforced.
 

DagenhamFox

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I was in the lower tier at Wembley for the cup final and most around me, including me took our masks off for the whole game including in the concourse. There were two stewards per block that didn’t care one bit.
 
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