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  1. CrystalCastles

    Rugby

    England offensively ball in hand were good. Much quicker than in the last two games and lots of creativity. Some very debatable decisions helped Wales. But English indiscipline was shocking again. Terrible from the start, good from about 30 minutes onwards and to getting back level. But Individual discipline in the last 20 minutes was worse. Defensively players also switched off on more than one occasion. Itoje is a brilliant player, who's been phenomenal at International level so far but he plays on the margins and seems to be falling foul of referee decisions consistently at the moment. Agree with you about Taulupe another magnificent game, carries the ball so well, gets over the gain line, doesn't lose the ball, and back to contributing lots of tackles and getting around the pitch. That being said Billy Vunipola also had a good game as well. George North finally has sorted out his positioning from a defensive viewpoint and had one of his best games at Outside Centre. Sheedy came on and delivered at what he's good at, also kicked well. Wales want to play a more expansive game, think he has to start as we look far more comfortable.
  2. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    I agree all of the data shows that. I think there has only been approximately 15-20 pink ball tests and was only the 2nd one in India. Because the Day/Nights have been predominantly played on wickets suited to pace bowlers and the pink ball does a lot. I can remember a lot of discussion when the Pink Ball was being tested and developed primarily focusing on swing movement and the ability to see the ball. I think some analysis of Pink Ball v Red Ball was completed which showed that the Swing movement of a Pink ball was measurably different and yet the only difference was the colour of the ball. I don't remember them really doing any analysis if it had an impact for spinners. Moeen will be gutted - Would have been wonderful for his confidence.
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    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    For me it's hard to think it is Test match cricket if it is over in 2 days. The amount of wickets that fell in that period of time is simply shocking and as a result i would say it has harmed the Integrity of the Test game because of that. However i think a large part of that is simply down to being a Day/Night Test. I can't recall a high scoring or long drawn out game in a Day/Night Test. I would assume that the average length of Day/Night Tests (Since they have been created) is different to the average length of Day Tests. What you really don't need on top of already favourable Day/Night conditions for bowlers, is a wicket that has been prepared to spin. But you know what you are going to get in India. And in all fairness to India they were very reluctant to play Day/Night Tests. England & India collapsed. England and India were both relatively decently placed at 74-3 & 98-3. So Kohli does have a point to an extent about application. A lot of wickets on the 1st day fell to balls that went straight on. Crawley & Rohit made good 50's. Kohli chopped on and chucked away his wicket - something he was visibly annoyed with. And India lost 0 wickets in there 2nd innings Whilst it must be immensely frustrating to have had tough wickets to bat on, England have regularly collapsed in all manner of conditions over the last 5 years. This series for me has highlighted that England players have very poor technique against good spinners and that even with Pope & Crawley emerging, our current batting line up is simply nowhere near as good a line up as we have had in the past. On a wider note as much as i love Test Cricket and think it should ideally be an even contest between bat and ball that lasts 4 or 5 days i am not sure that view of what Test cricket should be about is shared by fans in all Test playing countries.
  4. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    I think England batted well against spin in Sri Lanka on slow wickets, that offered a little bit of turn, as they had the time to play the ball late and drop deep into the wicket if necessary. The Indian spinners are probably the best spinners in the world at the moment. You don't have the time on these wickets to drop back and play the ball late all of the time. I think it has highlighted our batters actually have very poor technique against good Spin bowling. That has been shown up. This batting line up is nowhere near as good as some of the line ups that we have had. I think the desire to try and score more quickly because of the Day/Night, Pink Ball & general conditions, was behind the decision to bring Crawley & Bairstow in. A par to good score would probably have been around the 170-250 mark. I think up it's really sad as up until Root's dismissal we were going ok. After that i'd say our batting was timid. The players seem incapable of coping with difficult situations. The fight/application in the batting was poor. On this sort of Wicket you have to do that and score runs, Other than Crawley i don't think anyone can be pleased with there batting Rohit & Kohli did upto his dismissal for India. Rohit could go on and score a century tomorrow. If England can limit India to 200-220 - they are theoretically still in this game. But i can't really see us bowling well enough or batting well enough to turn it around.
  5. CrystalCastles

    Football 2020/21

    As with anyone who has dual or multiple nationality it is a difficult decision & highly pressurised. Looking at it pragmatically though the reality is that he will get into the Germany National squad straight away and probably be picked straight away, and given consistent game time. Playing for England he would be in the Squad but i doubt he would get picked. Getting into the England National side at a young age and being a guaranteed pick is really hard. Always so many established players in front of them, a big weighting for players playing in the Premier League. And i don't think there is any real long term strategy. England have had Sancho & Foden come through in the last 5 years, who have had massive hype before they were 16, easily amongst the best young players in Europe but i wouldn't say either of them are guaranteed to start.
  6. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Basically they had ruled Woakes out last week. Don't get the point in taking players in a squad if they have no chance of selection. Batting 1st today was the right decision with a long tail but the top order of Sibley, Crawley & Bairstow always going to struggle early. At least Crawley played aggressively and scored. Pathetic batting effort today from the rest of them utterly clueless. 9 wickets for spinners, be interesting to see how India get on but they have a much easier task now, just bat sensibly and get a lead. We have to find a way to bat well and compete in difficult conditions
  7. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    It's odd, as on the surface Supply and demand has distorted the market a bit this year, and his price has been driven up significantly because of that. But in fairness his IPL record is decent. I think you have highlighted his strengths & i would say his relative consistency throughout his career in the IPL make him a good pick. Hales outpriced himself. Maybe he kept it high so he didn't get selected.
  8. CrystalCastles

    Football 2020/21

    Hopefully it will be a massive boost for him, as he is a quality player.
  9. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Hard to disagree with what Aggers is saying about the wicket not being a pitch fit for the purposes of test cricket. However at the same time there is absolutely nothing wrong with having a spinning wicket from Day 1. We are just not used to it and are not good enough playing spin. As much as I agree with it that it is an extremely poor wicket, you have to play on them. We are perfectly happy watching opponents struggle on our seam friendly wickets. We also need to start looking at why we don't produce wickets that spin, we don't have players that have the skillset to play spin bowling on a poorly and deliberately prepared spinning wicket. We didn't bat well.
  10. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    India will be reported for the preparation of this wicket. The umpires performance will also surely be reviewed. In the context of the game it will be interesting to see how deep India manage to bat tomorrow, if they manage to get past 200/250 and if one of there players makes a decent score in the 2nd innings. Certainly need luck to survive on this wicket. Our players simply don't have the skillset or experience to play on a wicket like this. Real credit to Foakes for an unbeaten 42*.
  11. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Unless a wicket is a complete road that remains consistent over the course of a test match there is always some advantage to batting 1st. Obviously some wickets detoriate far more rapidly and some are deliberately prepared that way. However I'm not sure the wickets prepared in England are any fairer, they are increasingly prepared to be seam friendly. If you are a player or fan from a different part of the world I'm sure that they have the same perception about how wickets are prepared in England. I agree with you that the overhead conditions do usually dictate things over here. However at the same time they probably are a leveller and can cancel out the way our wickets are prepared.
  12. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    I'm sure most other countries feel the same about playing in England. Just have to get on with the conditions.
  13. CrystalCastles

    Rugby

    Happy to win playing badly for large parts of the game. A game Scotland really should have won. Helped by the sending off and scotland blowing a try scoring opportunity, both gave Wales a big confidence boost. Some really good individual performances Rees Zammit, Hogg & Russell stood out in the backs, Johnny Gray had another good game. Some impact from the bench, we looked far more comfortable with Hardy and Sheedy on. May be the time for Biggar to slip into a bench role.
  14. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    I agree, surely we have a better chance of getting someone to develop/step up - to take on the responsibility of leading the attack. If you put that player in now alongside Broad or Anderson whilst they are still available. We have a lot of brilliant pace bowlers/bowling all rounders in the England set up (Archer, Wood, Woakes, Sam Curran, Olly Stone) who can come in and play. And probably a few in County Cricket who have been ignored. But currently aside from Woakes (in England) i don't really believe anyone is really prepared for the lead bowler role if Broad/Anderson were unavailable.
  15. CrystalCastles

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    I think managing Anderson and Broad's game time is exactly the right thing to do now. At some point if you want to remain successful you have to phase new players in and phase ageing players out. They remain the best 2 bowlers we have, but a lot of their development and continued success has come from the amount of games that they have played, consistency has improved as a result. The drawback of that is that at the same time it has limited the development of other quality players who haven't fulfilled their potential, haven't developed the same level of consistency or simply are viewed as bit part players As much as we do have depth. If Broad/Anderson were both injured - i think as a bowling attack we would really struggle abroad.
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