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Old 4th December 2017, 16:26   #201
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Angelo Mathews scores his 8th test century.
That's two pretty fifties in one innings. Clearly cheating.
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Old 5th December 2017, 06:22   #202
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That's two pretty fifties in one innings. Clearly cheating.
Yeah but he had to do something to get out of the atrocious rut he's been in for the last couple of years, he tried getting injured constantly but that didn't seem to work!
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Old 6th December 2017, 12:24   #203
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Highly predictable that Root wouldn't convert, and with it, England went down in a heap. 13 tons to 34 fifties and 5 to 21 since the start of the Pakistan series in the UAE which shows the trend of his levelling off. Thread renamed!

and cricinfo had a relevant 50/100 conversion ratio. Read it and weep.

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Joe Root - 34/13
Virat Kohli - 15/20
Steven Smith - 21/21
Kane Williamson -25/17
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Old 6th December 2017, 13:06   #204
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Had a real determination about him and seemed totally focused yesterday. Had he carried on batting I would have backed him to make that century, and although I didn't get to see his dismissal today it was, as you say, not remotely unexpected after the break. If he had Smith or Kohli's mental approach to batting he'd be incredible.
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We used to have Cook building solid innings and Root who liked to press on and get the score moving quickly; and make big hundreds. Now we have Cook struggling to get to 40 and Root making pretty fifties. Plus three fairly-newbies. No surprise we’re not compiling those essential 400+ totals.
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Old 6th December 2017, 22:16   #206
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Highly predictable that Root wouldn't convert, and with it, England went down in a heap. 13 tons to 34 fifties and 5 to 21 since the start of the Pakistan series in the UAE which shows the trend of his levelling off.
Yes, this is a big part of our downfall. In Brisbane the Aussies were able to post a good total off the back of a big one from Smith. Root hasnít remotely given his side anything similar.
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Old 9th December 2017, 07:51   #207
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A new entrant for this thread. Jeet Raval has had a strong start to his international career except for one thing. He's passed fifty 6/14 times to date, but no centuries.
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Converting more fifties into hundreds is the ideal for England but, before they get that far, they need to start turning the pretty little twenties and thirties into half-centuries. Thus far this series, England's top seven has passed 20 on fifteen occasions, with five of those being converted into fifties. Australia's top seven has passed 20 twelve times, going on to pass 50 on seven occasions. I think it was Tony Greig who said he could always forgive his batters falling for single figures but would go spare when they got out for 25 or 30.
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A new entrant for this thread. Jeet Raval has had a strong start to his international career except for one thing. He's passed fifty 6/14 times to date, but no centuries.
His average is fantastic for a player with no centuries.
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Old 14th December 2017, 07:48   #210
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Stoneman passes 50 for the third time and in doing so nudges his HS up to 56
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I think we need a pretty 20's thread.........
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I think we need a pretty 20's thread.........
Yeah, in the ex-international player forum.
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Yeah, in the ex-international player forum.
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Highly predictable that Root wouldn't convert, and with it, England went down in a heap. 13 tons to 34 fifties and 5 to 21 since the start of the Pakistan series in the UAE which shows the trend of his levelling off. Thread renamed!

and cricinfo had a relevant 50/100 conversion ratio. Read it and weep.

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Joe Root - 34/13
Virat Kohli - 15/20
Steven Smith - 21/21
Kane Williamson -25/17
Update 13/35 5/22 for little Joey.

Steven Smith 22/22
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Old 28th December 2017, 09:42   #215
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Broad's 12th test 50, only the one century.
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Broad's 12th test 50, only the one century.
Broad's just the archetypal useful tail ender. They get quite a few 50's but seldom if ever get a 100. There used to be quite a few of them in the county game.
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Broad's just the archetypal useful tail ender. They get quite a few 50's but seldom if ever get a 100. There used to be quite a few of them in the county game.
Sussex fill up their 7-10 with them (Wiese, Jordan, Archer, Robinson etc) to help bail out the useless top order.
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Not sure the thread name change is justified. Yes Root is a chronic non-converter but the thread was named historically to honour a previous master of this art and I feel should remain so named. I feel that the change was unnecessary pandering to a vocal lobby on the board.
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Not sure the thread name change is justified. Yes Root is a chronic non-converter but the thread was named historically to honour a previous master of this art and I feel should remain so named. I feel that the change was unnecessary pandering to a vocal lobby on the board.
Although the previous master certainly deserved to have the thread so named, Rootís 2 years and more effort to nigh on outdo said master has made it very difficult for me not to change it. To be honest I have prevaricated for long enough not to change it and Rootís own continuation has at least justified it. I had been hoping he would snap out of it and try and truly belong amongst the likes of Williamson and Kohli but he has failed and thus deserves his billing.
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He's done it again, getting caught at square leg with 2.3 overs left in the day is a new low.
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