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    great start by Eng in the 1st test against the WI......trott out for a duck in the first over.....doh!   :nonono:

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    Funny to read comments of 'careless' and 'sloppy' when the aggressive style of play was called for on a number of occasions in the past when such positive match positions were wasted due to slow scori

    in all the doom and gloom for the aussies, there is one glimmer of hope....             ...in the form of a promising young batsman who top scored for them.....goes by the name of Extras .....l

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  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire
  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

    Great player as he was for several years I do think Trott is a step backwards. Would like to have seen Lyth get a place given his form last summer for Yorkshire and for the Lions recently.

     

    What happens if Trott gets a run in the side as opener and averages less than the early 30s which Compton, Carberry and Robson managed!?

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  • Location: South Staffordshire
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  • Location: South Staffordshire

    Tredwell over Rashid just stinks of playing test match cricket in a mindset of 'we are still in the 1980's', he will only ever hold an end up, he won't give the fast bowlers a proper rest. Ridicolous once again. 27-2 with Ballance and Bell at the crease....at least we have KP and Prior to come to set the opposition on the back foot and swing the game in our direction....oh...yeah.

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  • Location: South Staffordshire
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  • Location: South Staffordshire

    31-2 on a flat pitch after 15.3 overs. 

    I'll tell you right now. That right there is a stat that will be a constant problem for England in 2015. A very dull, soak the pressure up kind of top 5, but if the Aussies get into us and take wickets, which they have the pace and quality to do, then I can see us being 100 all out a few times this summer. There HAS to be some pace and momentum in the top 5, you just can't rely on us batting long enough, frequent enough, to bat with this 'style' (or lack of) and tempo. You have the same with the bowling attack. Pressure builders, go at 2 an over and force a mistake. Yes it works, yes it bowls opposition out, but when you have our top 5 batting line up too, there's no winning formula in there. An even remotely par Aussie/SA side would turn up here and wipe the floor with the Windies, 3-0.

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    england 34/3.....bloody awful.....

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    the way england are playing and the KP 'comeback' bandwagon going well, he could be back in the england team by tomorrow morning.....lol

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    Not even getting into that dismissal and performance from Gary Ballance. Nothing's changed. We have regressed under Moores. No Plunkett? Trott over Lyth? Tredwell over Rashid. If anything ever stunk of being stuck in decades that have gone by. 

     

    Thank god for rain. Atrocious.


    the way england are playing and the KP 'comeback' bandwagon going well, he could be back in the england team by tomorrow morning.....lol

     

    We could but dream.

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  • Location: Sunderland
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    no excuse for Cook & Ballance, they've been found out, yet again they got in and then got out......with Trott though, he got a good one 3rd ball, even the very best batsmen can get out to a good ball in the first few deliveries, so I'm not too down on Trott

     

    wonder what the odds are on england not getting to 100?...lol.....knowing my predictions, they'll probably now go and get 500!

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  • Location: South Staffordshire
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    no excuse for Cook & Ballance, they've been found out, yet again they got in and then got out......with Trott though, he got a good one 3rd ball, even the very best batsmen can get out to a good ball in the first few deliveries, so I'm not too down on Trott

     

    wonder what the odds are on england not getting to 100?...lol.....knowing my predictions, they'll probably now go and get 500!

     

    The one thing that's keeping me interested is the fact the ball appears to have nibbled around and gone in the air most of the morning, with the breezes and chances of rain, Anderson could hoop it around for 15 overs.

     

    49-3 at lunch. Dire would be a complement. 

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  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield
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    It's all KP's fault he's unsettled the team by hitting that one hundred the other day.

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  • Location: South Staffordshire
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    Much better since lunch, 117-3 now with Bell 51 not out. Better tempo. 

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    yep, Bell & Root doing a good job, two pleasing on the eye stroke players and looking busy.....141/3

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    Root and his slightly more aggressive mindset coming in seems to have pushed Bell on a little. I suspect Moores mentioned the tempo and scoring rate at the lunch break. That doesn't take away the fact that our top 3 are a currently 'found out' opening captain, a potentially mentally struggling number 3 who hasn't played international cricket since a break down and a negative number 3 who gets caught on his crease as frequently as KP got out to left arm spin. That's a problem and will remain so until 1 drops out for someone with a better scoring rate, who can strike some fear into the opposition.

     

    England's second session then. 

     

    167-3 at tea with Bell 69 and Root 61 not out, 133 partnership.

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    Much better in the end.

    341-5, however, that doesn't take away from the fact that the top 3 we have is a weakness that isn't going away.

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  • Location: Knowle, Solihull - 400ft (122m) ASL
  • Location: Knowle, Solihull - 400ft (122m) ASL

    England dawdling badly this morning, losing wickets and seemingly not making any real effort to push the game forward.

     

    Bish

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  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire
  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

    For all the dissatisfaction about him playing Tredwell is doing a decent job, he got Chanderpaul out for less than 50 which is something of a rarity these days!

     

    Meanwhile WI bright young batting hope Blackwood is on his 3rd life after being caught off a Stokes no ball and then dropped earlier this pm.

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    So England effectively 200-3 looking to push on today with Root at the crease and Stokes/Buttler/Jordan to come. I'd say we need to try and get to 450-500 today as quickly as possible and then put them for 2 hours today and all day tommorrow. See if we can get some wickets this evening and then use Tredwell and any reverse swing with Stokes/Jordan tommorrow. 

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  • Location: South Staffordshire
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    Ballance out for a very well put together 122. England 289-6, effectively 387-6. Buttler on 30 and set now, I'd give it until tea time, see if he can get close to a ton before tea (roughly an hour or slightly more) and then stick the Windies in with 450 on the board. See if Anderson and Broad can get 3 or 4 into the top order by the close of play. Won't be an easy one this though I don't think. Windies batting isn't THAT bad and the pitch is very flat. Tredwell will be the key. 

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    some good, yes, good captaincy from Cook.....A declaration just in the nick of time to stop tea being taken....The WI openers will have to come out for a tricky pre-tea stint.........eng 333/7 dec.....WI require 438 to win.....roughly 130 overs left to play

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  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire
  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

    I think Cook deserves credit for his captaincy so far in this match, encouraging positive batting once the early 2nd innings setbacks had passed then bringing Root onto bowl when it was drifting last night and him getting a wicket immediately.

     

    This positivity should continue into today and, once the 3rd wicket falls, it's all about whether Chanderpaul can save the game

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  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire
  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

    Jimmy Anderson takes his 384th test wicket to break Sir Ian Botham's record!

     

    England need 3 wickets in 18 overs, but to be honest 3 of the 5 taken today have been gifted to us!

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  • Location: Sunderland
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    they're almost out of time, and for WI to be 5 down just after lunch, it just goes to show how shockingly mundane Eng's bowling in these days......it might be a flat pitch, but the SA, NZ, & Aussie attack would've blown these tailenders away

     

     

    still, I'll be pleased if the WI draw as it'll be one step closer to Moores and Co getting sacked, and KP & a decent, more radical coach in

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  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire
  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

    Hilarious! Clear blue sky over much of Britain and play in all county championship matches yet rain in Grenada to delay the 2nd test!

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  • Location: South Staffordshire
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    Solid second day from England, not helped by the rain. Glad to see Broad get some wickets under his belt, the late wicket for Ali may give him some more rhythm and confidence after a poor start...he will be vital in the final innings IMO, this wicket will crumble. Trott and Cook looked nervous, but the poor line and length to Cook from Gabriel, getting a hook away early filled him with confidence. 26 overs at the crease for the openers, 74-0. Bodes very well for England...BUT, as always, with the weather being the way it is and the pitch flat, they MUST score at close to 4 an over tommorrow. I'd want us to be somewhere around 420 with wickets left in hand by the end of play tommorrow. See if we can get a 200-250 lead, then go all guns at them with the new ball and attack with Ali late on day 4/5.

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  • Location: Sunderland
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  • Location: Sunderland

    hurrah Trott is out!.....maybe this innings will be going somewhere now!  :rolleyes:

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