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Re: The International Cricket Thread
« Reply #4470 on: January 15, 2021, 11:25:10 AM »
It was a fair comment.

Root's 50 > 100 conversion rate isn't up there with that of the other top players

No I agree, I just thought he'd only played in 3 or 4 tests since 2019 due to the corona disruption.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread
« Reply #4471 on: January 15, 2021, 11:29:26 AM »
Just realised that I forgot the SA series last January. I thought he'd only played two against Windies and three against Pakistan since 2019.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread
« Reply #4472 on: January 15, 2021, 12:05:40 PM »
I have a big issue with the SL captain today. Putting a short leg in with 2 spinners on is pretty sensible. Leaving him there after he's been hit multiple times is irresponsible. Once he's been hit on the hand twice and a couple of nasty ones to the shoulder he's not really much use because his first instinct is to cower down, often starting as soon as the batsman moves into position to sweep. There were 2-3 times before he went off injured that Mendis wasn't even looking at the ball by the time it was hit so was in no position to catch the sort of chances he was there for.

Moving him back 10m to cut that off as a scoring area and force different shots would've been much better for everyone.

On Root his conversion rate isn't as good as it should be but the counter-argument to that is that he scores a hell of a lot of 50s and when he does get a century about half the time he carries on to 150 or more. Even with his 50s nearly 2/3rds of the unconverted ones are scores of 70-99 which doesn't get reflected in the stats but shows that it's not a lack of concentration after getting to 50.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread
« Reply #4473 on: January 16, 2021, 06:42:48 AM »
Weíve got a decent lead but again we have thrown away a strong position. The weather forecast isnít great but I donít think that we were influenced by that, it was a chaotic session. Two wickets in two balls and a run out that youíd typically see in village Cricket were not down the the need to keep the scoreboard moving. A wonderful innings from Root and Lawrenceís contribution aside the rest were pretty average.

Only the weather will prevent an England win, I donít think that we will bat again in this match.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread
« Reply #4474 on: January 16, 2021, 08:44:09 AM »
Looking quite tricky at the moment. Sri Lanka are digging in.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread
« Reply #4475 on: January 16, 2021, 09:28:47 AM »
Got to be honest the deficiencies in our spinners are showing here. Bess canít hold a line or length.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread
« Reply #4476 on: January 16, 2021, 12:47:20 PM »
Sri Lankaís day but England are still favourites.

Bumble said on the Sky coverage that Leach has bowled 57 overs in competitive Cricket in the last 12 months so itís easy to see why he looks short of rhythm. Add to that the lack of practice before this test then you can see why the attack looks short of match form.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread
« Reply #4477 on: January 16, 2021, 01:00:42 PM »
England on have themselves to blame for Leach's lack of bowling. He should have had a couple of Tests last summer or been sent off to play county games

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Re: The International Cricket Thread
« Reply #4478 on: January 16, 2021, 01:25:39 PM »
Curran and Bess need to do better at number 7 and 8 otherwise England will  have a very vulnerable tail  in Australia at the end of the year.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread
« Reply #4479 on: January 16, 2021, 01:35:46 PM »
Curran and Bess need to do better at number 7 and 8 otherwise England will  have a very vulnerable tail  in Australia at the end of the year.
Stokes comes in so Buttler drops down to 7 and Woakes or Ali at 8 would be much stronger.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread
« Reply #4480 on: January 16, 2021, 02:21:03 PM »
Curran and Bess need to do better at number 7 and 8 otherwise England will  have a very vulnerable tail  in Australia at the end of the year.
Stokes comes in so Buttler drops down to 7 and Woakes or Ali at 8 would be much stronger.

I love Woakes and he should definitely be part of the touring squad, but I'm not sure I can see his style of bowling being effective outside Sydney and Adelaide.

Assuming all are fit, I can see them wanting to play both Jofra and Wood, then rotate Jimmy and Broad. That's if Stokes is fit to bowl.

I think we're likely to be weak from 8-11 whoever we play, but as long as they're not at the crease too early we have a strong middle order, which is why the top three is so important.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread
« Reply #4481 on: January 16, 2021, 02:26:54 PM »
We have to play our best attack in Aus. Both teams have misfiring batting line ups and excellent bowling units. Their attack is better than ours particularly at home so if we are to have any chance in the Ashes our bowlers will need to play out of their skin.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread
« Reply #4482 on: January 16, 2021, 06:40:03 PM »
We have to play our best attack in Aus. Both teams have misfiring batting line ups and excellent bowling units. Their attack is better than ours particularly at home so if we are to have any chance in the Ashes our bowlers will need to play out of their skin.

Their attack might be better in Australia but I wouldn't say it's better in general. We have 2 of the most successful quicks of all time, the best all-rounder in the world and then 3-4 other fast bowlers who all bring value. What lets us down is the lack of a top class spinner, that's also why we're not celebrating the win in this test already. Leach and Bess are both good county players and dependable backup options but neither has the accuracy or control to be a regular starter.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread
« Reply #4483 on: January 16, 2021, 07:32:31 PM »
We havenít had a top notch spinner since Swann, Mo has done a fantastic job over the years considering he was always an Elastoplast solution & the fact he is still around it after a poor 12 months shows how poor the spin options have been.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread
« Reply #4484 on: January 16, 2021, 08:55:42 PM »
Mo at his best was fine and he helped balance the side. At the moment balance isnít there and the spinners arenít up to it. Leach in fairness basically hasnít played for a year, and I think heís a decent player. Bess to me looks 2/3 years of development, with lots of bowling, away from being a Test spinner.

 


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