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Old 23rd June 2012, 18:52   #181
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Luke Wright is a brutal top-order hitter in T20. I thought he was almost single-handedly going to chase down a 200+ target at Whitgift School last year in the Surrey v Sussex fixture. Someone like that who can also contribute as a bowling option is always going to be worth consideration.
I don't think anyone in England acclerates their innings as well as Wright, but if you get an accurate quick bowler bowling into his ribs then he's mincemeat, a bit like Yusuf Pathan and a few others.
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Old 27th June 2012, 18:04   #182
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very pleasing was Finn's bowling in the four overs he managed against Kent. I wonder if the Aussies, having disposed of Essex Cook Bopara and all, were watching?
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Old 30th June 2012, 09:28   #183
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Went to Notts v Durham last night. Hales got another impressive score although again fell with a ton in sight, albeit this time attempting to hit out. Stokes also got an impressive 50 but in vain.
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Golden duck for KP on his return to cricket.
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Article on Cricinfo says Swan's injury isn't as routine as they are making out. Touch and go for the South Africa series.
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Old 7th July 2012, 00:42   #186
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Golden duck for KP on his return to cricket.
He finally made some runs tonight, at the 4th time of asking. 42 from 42 balls. Surrey made 154/4, a huge improvement on recent batting efforts, but still lost.
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He finally made some runs tonight, at the 4th time of asking. 42 from 42 balls. Surrey made 154/4, a huge improvement on recent batting efforts, but still lost.
Imagine if bell or trott make that score and they lose....
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Old 7th July 2012, 09:58   #188
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Imagine if bell or trott make that score and they lose....
Us lot winding up MF and Kim something chronic? No wait, it doesn't need that to happen for that!
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Old 7th July 2012, 12:37   #189
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He finally made some runs tonight, at the 4th time of asking. 42 from 42 balls. Surrey made 154/4, a huge improvement on recent batting efforts, but still lost.
It was a stangely sluggish innings from KP. He seemed to be saving himself for a big charge that never came before he was out in the 15th over. His opening partnership with Steve Davies lasted until the end of the 10th over. I'd normally expect that pair to get around 100 on the board if they batted that long in a T20, but they managed just 76.

The good news is that Chris Tremlett has been playing regularly and performing consistently well in these games. If Surrey can get him into the four day games opening the attack with Jon Lewis, and Stuart Meaker at first change, we should start climbing the table. I just hope the Lions matches don't claim too many of our players at once. If the selectors go for a shadow Test side, rather than looking at younger players, we could lose Davies, Tremlett, Meaker and Dernbach all at once.
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81 off 37 balls for Matt Prior last night. His T20 strike rate this season is outstanding. Could be an outside bet for the world cup.
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81 off 37 balls for Matt Prior last night. His T20 strike rate this season is outstanding. Could be an outside bet for the world cup.
In fairness his t20 record isn't jizz compared to his ODI record.
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57 for Ian Bell versus Sussex.
50 and 102 not out for Andrew Strauss versus Notts.
61 not out for Kevin Pietersen versus Lancs.
With Cook, Trott and Bopara all in good form the batting is looking good ahead of the first test. I'm not sure about the bowling though - Broad and Bresnan looked a bit off the pace in the one day series.
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57 for Ian Bell versus Sussex.
50 and 102 not out for Andrew Strauss versus Notts.
61 not out for Kevin Pietersen versus Lancs.
With Cook, Trott and Bopara all in good form the batting is looking good ahead of the first test. I'm not sure about the bowling though - Broad and Bresnan looked a bit off the pace in the one day series.
The bowlers are going to turn up rusty. Happens when you have a lot of rain/rest/rotation.
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Ton up for Capey from 93 balls.
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Pietersen ends the day 234 not out off 190 balls. Strauss ends the day 127 not out. Not sure if Matt Prior will get a first class innings before the first test.
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I wonder if George is still concerned about Capey going into the first test with only one fc innings to his name since May?.
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Maiden double-century for Joe Root, quietly easing himself into pole position in the Strauss-succession stakes.
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Probably not, but it helps to have the benefit of hindsight.
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Maiden double-century for Joe Root, quietly easing himself into pole position in the Strauss-succession stakes.
I refer to my earlier post on this topic.

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Pietersen ends the day 234 not out off 190 balls.
It has to be said that batting conditions could hardly have been more friendly. The day 3 pitch was firm and true, coated evenly with short dry grass and no blemishes other than slight rough outside the left-hander's off stump, but lacked any real pace or assistance for bowlers of any type, and the boundaries are short at Guildford.

However, Pietersen played an absolute monster of an innings. He never even looked like getting out once. There was the odd thick edge through an untenanted fielding position, or a full blooded lofted shot that narrowly cleared the ring on its way for a four; but the sheer physical power of his strokeplay, allied to excellent technique, was breathtaking. The Bothamesque straight drives, weight leaning forward, head tilted back, toe-end of the bat spiralling upwards as the ball flew high and true towards the sightscreen, were awesome.

Steve Davies, a punishing strokemaker in his own right, with a T20 strike rate of almost 160 at an average of 30+ over the last three seasons, looked a lightweight by comparison.

Pietersen was literally a giant at the crease today. He only arrived during the penultimate over before lunch, by which time he was on 4*, so it was 230* in two sessions. (The match itself seems certain to end in a draw.)
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