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Old 13th October 2015, 14:53   #81
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It's totally unreasonable. If he were a natural opener I could just about stomach it but it's both unfair on him as a batsman and almost certainly not best use of resources for the team. Presumably you agree with me that Root should open.
Bell. I would not have played wood and had Taylor in middle order.

Jonny b is clearly nails.
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Old 13th October 2015, 14:56   #82
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Bell. I would not have played wood and had Taylor in middle order.

Jonny b is clearly nails.
Wouldn't that weaken the batting?

Wood averages more than Bell with the bat this year.
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Old 13th October 2015, 14:57   #83
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One for GBG and Sans:

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Old 13th October 2015, 15:00   #84
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To be fair it's only day 1.
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Old 13th October 2015, 15:05   #85
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You don't think 10 overs is enough to judge someones future test career on ?
From the bit I've watched he is bowling similarly to how he bowls in first class cricket. His control of length is average and means he will bowl a lot of 4 balls at this level, where better batmen against spin will just wait for the poor ball and take the 4 runs an over on offer. He clearly gives it a decent rip, so will always be in with a chance of a wicket. Hopefully he'll improve and he deserves a chance as he's probably the best spinner in England (competition is very poor), but I'm not convinced he's a global superstar in waiting from the three times I've seen him bowl.
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To be fair it's only day 1.
Yes, and one thing about losing the toss is that we get to bowl first up when the pitch most suits the makeup of our bowling attack.
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, but I'm not convinced he's a global superstar in waiting from the three times I've seen him bowl.
Me neither.

Bell finishes the day as he started.

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I hope and pray this is Bell's final test. He is an embarrassment.

Edit: as a footnote I should add that Cook and Bayliss need to shoulder the blame for persisting with him at slip. Anyone who has watched him field there before should realise what a liability he is.
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I hope and pray this is Bell's final test. He is an embarrassment.
Needs about 150 to break even
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I hope and pray this is Bell's final test. He is an embarrassment.

Edit: as a footnote I should add that Cook and Bayliss need to shoulder the blame for persisting with him at slip. Anyone who has watched him field there before should realise what a liability he is.
Maybe slip catching should be the deciding factor for spin bowlers instead of batting. Tredwell is okay isn't he?
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Catches win matches and we don't deserve to win this one already!
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The thing that winds me up with bell's slip catching is that when he takes one he chucks the ball up so arrogantly. He should look surprised like we do.
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I think that's an OK day in the sense that losing the toss I wouldn't have expected us to be able to take 4 wickets on day one.

It's obviously disappointing that we spurned our opportunities -- especially by making mistakes we should have learned from the last time we made them -- but the up side is that if we'd taken them we'd be well on top.

Early wickets tomorrow could put us in a good position.
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Can't he be dropped from the slips ? Surely we have another option ?
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Think I commented during the Ashes, when he caught everything, that Bell was an odd choice at slip even when doing okay given how good he was elsewhere. While there's a sample size issue on slip catches, Bell has dropped so many that there almost has to be a problem. I suspect he's amazing in training so they stick with him.
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Interesting day tomorrow - the 2 batsmen in can still score big and the keeper Sarfraz has an excellent record, so that could well get them past 500. On the other hand, 2 quick wickets in the morning and they may not get past even 350, as the batting isnt all that strong on paper after Sarfraz.

Huge bonus that Yasir isnt playing, as I imagine most of our batsmen would have been clueless against him
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Wickets with no balls 2015

Wood 2
Finn 2
Stokes 1
Broad 1
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Wickets with no balls 2015

Wood 2
Finn 2
Stokes 1
Broad 1
Must not point out that actually none of them took wickets with no balls. Don't do it. Oh darn it I did.
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