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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019+2020
« Reply #4170 on: August 06, 2020, 07:26:38 PM »
Why are we generally so poor in the first test of a series? I thought we might have some momentum going into this on the back of the Windies series but yet again we have reverted to type.

Itís disappointing. I think in this Test itís a combination so far. We had a couple of poor sessions with the ball and let Pakistan get 60-70 more than they should have. Pakistan then bowled very well, but having come through it Root threw it away. We have these sloppy periods/decisions that undermine progress.

It goes deeper than that though. We were poor in the first test against the Windies, poor in the first test against  South Africa at Christmas, poor in the first Ashes test last summer. Those are the ones that I can think of off the top of my head. We donít seem to turn up until the 2nd test in any series.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019+2020
« Reply #4171 on: August 06, 2020, 07:38:51 PM »
We tend to be poor when we bowl first.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019+2020
« Reply #4172 on: August 07, 2020, 02:09:41 PM »
Our batting is far too light and so itís being proven. Itís a very long tail.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019+2020
« Reply #4173 on: August 07, 2020, 02:10:18 PM »
Pakistan have seemed far more prepared than us and we've had 3 test matches.

To be this pathetic in the 1st match of every series is not acceptable.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019+2020
« Reply #4174 on: August 07, 2020, 02:30:58 PM »
Our batting is far too light and so it’s being proven. It’s a very long tail.


We got away with it last test as Windies were on the plane going home, but Buttler is not a Test 6/keeper and Woakes is certainly not a Test number 7.

If they persist in the view that Buttler will eventually make a Test batsman (and I personally have my doubts) then bat him at 5, Pope at 6, let Bairstow or Foakes keep and bat 7, drop either Anderson Archer or Woakes and balance the side up a little.

« Last Edit: August 07, 2020, 02:32:52 PM by simboy »

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019+2020
« Reply #4175 on: August 07, 2020, 03:52:26 PM »
Urgh Stokes if you dive across you have to take the catch.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019+2020
« Reply #4176 on: August 07, 2020, 05:54:51 PM »
Two all rounders in the team but one canít bowl due to injury and the otherís batting form has disappeared.

Makes it difficult to balance the side.

For Tests in England, Iíd leave Archer out at the moment.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019+2020
« Reply #4177 on: August 07, 2020, 06:05:50 PM »
Iím not sure about Bess. He lacks control.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019+2020
« Reply #4178 on: August 07, 2020, 06:07:06 PM »
This has been a bit of a horror Test from England. Sloppy bowling at times, weak batting for the most part, and some really really poor fielding.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019+2020
« Reply #4179 on: August 07, 2020, 06:56:26 PM »
Important few wickets for England there, itís given us a glimmer of hope. We need to take the last 3 wickets without conceding too many more runs. Anything above 250 will be a difficult chase.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019+2020
« Reply #4180 on: August 07, 2020, 07:08:07 PM »
Turns out Stokes could bowl this match :)

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019+2020
« Reply #4181 on: August 07, 2020, 07:20:30 PM »
Got a bit of hope now, any chase will be tough though.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019+2020
« Reply #4182 on: August 07, 2020, 10:07:39 PM »
Can't afford to let their tail wag in the morning.  We've bowled ourselves back in with a chance.  What a topsy turvey test match.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019+2020
« Reply #4183 on: August 08, 2020, 11:08:38 AM »
Terrible start to the morning.

We really need Jofra to start hitting his straps a bit more often. I wonder if itís a bit of a confidence thing.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019+2020
« Reply #4184 on: August 08, 2020, 11:46:40 AM »
The mentality difference between different formats is mad isn't it? I know all the reasons why but you'd be really confident of knocking off 277 in 50 overs yet this seems a really tall order.

 


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