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33 minutes ago, Humphrey Appleby said:

A quicker capitulation than Kabul in the end...

63 - 8 ... funny old game 

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9 overs lost yesterday, unacceptable that this constantly happens.

Start adding 20 runs to the opposition for every over lost and they'll soon get through them in time

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17 minutes ago, The Cheese said:

9 overs lost yesterday, unacceptable that this constantly happens.

Start adding 20 runs to the opposition for every over lost and they'll soon get through them in time

Or take off a fielder for every over behind the over rate. 

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This could be a long day. Decent recovery with the bat yesterday from England but it's Day 2 at The Oval... you need 350 at the absolute minimum and they could have got there easily with a bit more patience. 

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8 hours ago, The Cheese said:

This could be a long day. Decent recovery with the bat yesterday from England but it's Day 2 at The Oval... you need 350 at the absolute minimum and they could have got there easily with a bit more patience. 

Even allowing for Woakes' flourish they should have got way more than 290 a d India have made them pay today unfortunately. Difficult to see a way out from here for England. 

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India currently on a 205 lead with five wickets left. Anything on or above three hundred is going to prove a big problem when England come to bat.

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Good start made by England this evening  although we know how quickly they can collapse when put under pressure. Encouraging however how difficult wickets were to come by today with the pitch offering very little.

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Great tussle swinging one way and then the other in the first 4 days. It was vital England remained 10 wickets intact overnight

All 4 results still possible although runs on the board makes India favourites from here

Should be a fantastic last day......

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Still think it will be a draw . No doubt the spinner will bowl into the rough making it hard to score quick why the 3 quicks rotate from the other end . Of course if England lose wickets they will try to shut up shop .  its a very flat pitch with the sun out so going to be tough work for india to get 10 wickets .

The big question is why no Ashwin ? must be something going on behind the scenes as tomorrow would have been taylor made for him 

 

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14 hours ago, orion said:

Still think it will be a draw . No doubt the spinner will bowl into the rough making it hard to score quick why the 3 quicks rotate from the other end . Of course if England lose wickets they will try to shut up shop .  its a very flat pitch with the sun out so going to be tough work for india to get 10 wickets .

The big question is why no Ashwin ? must be something going on behind the scenes as tomorrow would have been taylor made for him 

 

That game for Surrey seems a long time ago now, don't think anybody would have predicted that at this stage of the series he'd have bowled less than 'Jarvo'! 

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Well I think that's probably that.

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Plenty of talk on whether Hameed's dismissal would give England a better chance of winning... here's your answer :rolleyes:

Wouldn't be comfortable with the batsmen after Root surviving an hour let alone 2 sessions. 

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The match was lost in England's first innings, we had the chance to bat India out of the game but failed to take it with (surprise surprise) some daft and unnecessary dismissals. This team isn't very good at identifying and taking its opportunities to grab test matches by the scruff of the neck, we are a soft touch and I'm not convinced that Root is the right man at the helm. 

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13 minutes ago, Bagpuss said:

The match was lost in England's first innings, we had the chance to bat India out of the game but failed to take it with (surprise surprise) some daft and unnecessary dismissals. This team isn't very good at identifying and taking its opportunities to grab test matches by the scruff of the neck, we are a soft touch and I'm not convinced that Root is the right man at the helm. 

Jadeja plonking it in the footholes, giving the left handers the jitters. Bairstow gets out, in comes left handed Ali. First ball of Jadeja's next over Root takes a single, second ball Ali out.

Braindead cricket.

 

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1 hour ago, Bagpuss said:

The match was lost in England's first innings, we had the chance to bat India out of the game but failed to take it with (surprise surprise) some daft and unnecessary dismissals. This team isn't very good at identifying and taking its opportunities to grab test matches by the scruff of the neck, we are a soft touch and I'm not convinced that Root is the right man at the helm. 

Silverwood as Head Coach hasn't done anything, I'm really not sure he's a great coach.

Its pretty easy to have a decent White ball record as our game is now full of good or Specialist players.

The Red Ball team however seem to have less of an idea of what to do than when he took over.

Root has been a brilliant player and a decent captain but ultimately his captaincy record only looks good statistically.

Keep making the same mistakes with selection, with our batting and bowling. 

They need to be told that they are a very mediocre test Team with no resilience.

 

 

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