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    Quote Originally Posted by Conor Dary View Post
    There has never been a suggestion that the bets compromised their efforts in the game. However, the issue has been re-examined in modern times following the match-fixing scandals that have plagued international cricket since the mid-1990s
    Wow, that would absolutely NOT fly today. Just the appearance of sporting malfeasance would bring out the Cancel Culture Police!
    I would also assume it was just a lark, but that just wouldn't cut it today.
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    Cricketers didn't make much money at all back then.
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    Footballers didn't make much then either ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by gm View Post
    Cricketers didn't make much money at all back then.
    Ha! Great defense.
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    It was a joke...you couldn't pay the Aussies any amount to intentionally lose to the Pommies....
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    It's hard to describe how dire the England position was in that match....it makes the Patriots comeback against the Falcons in the Super Bowl look easy...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    Ha! Great defense.

    Who is defending anything?
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    Back to Bob Willis(RIP) - he was such a big Bob Dylan fan that he added Dylan to his name.
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    Right....

    Certain days in the long and sometimes glorious history of English cricket are so brightly coloured they can never fade. Two such are the 20th and 21st of July, 1981.

    That was Botham’s match, of course, but also Bob Willis’s finest hour. Without Willis and his eight wickets for 43, Botham’s heroics, his 149 not out that gave England a sniff of victory they had no right to contemplate, would have been little more than a gallant act of defiance in a long-doomed cause. Botham gave England a chance; Willis took it.

    Now Robert George Dylan Willis – he added the Dylan out of respect for Bob Zimmerman and, it was sometimes said, because three initials were better than two if you wanted to play for England – has died at the age of 70. It seems an all too sudden departure and a heavy one too.

    https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/1...-be-forgotten/
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    His death was quite a surprise...he did cricket analysis on Sky Sports this summer. He looked and sounded fine. I liked his straightforward commentary.
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