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Old 31st December 2015, 00:11   #801
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Everybody seemed to favour fielding first at the start. They say that in Durban you should look up instead of down and there was cloud cover. SA had England 3 down for not many but then it went away from them.

Although when SA batted a second time, it clouded over and became difficult late on day four. In Durban conditions can change quickly and there is always a chance of assistance overhead. One thing though is that it generally favours spin later on so there needs to be a pretty convincing case to give up the advantage of batting first. Given that England's openers are a tad vulnerable, the early loss of wickets may not have been just due to the conditions.
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Old 31st December 2015, 00:41   #802
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Although when SA batted a second time, it clouded over and became difficult late on day four. In Durban conditions can change quickly and there is always a chance of assistance overhead. One thing though is that it generally favours spin later on so there needs to be a pretty convincing case to give up the advantage of batting first. Given that England's openers are a tad vulnerable, the early loss of wickets may not have been just due to the conditions.
As mentioned, the wickets didn't come from swing and the shot from Hales especially was poor. Doesn't mean it was the wrong decision to bowl first though.
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Old 31st December 2015, 08:46   #803
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Why? Why move the batting around again? I'm not Hales's biggest fan but he has to have the series, and Compton has done well at 3 on his return to the side.
Buttler is the most talented batsman we have, whereas Hales is clearly not test class and because of his front foot playing technique never will be. I wouldn't advocate sticking with Hales for more than one more test as he is keeping better players out of the side. Build the team around Root, Taylor, Buttler and Stokes.
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Old 31st December 2015, 09:22   #804
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Buttler is the most talented batsman we have, whereas Hales is clearly not test class and because of his front foot playing technique never will be. I wouldn't advocate sticking with Hales for more than one more test as he is keeping better players out of the side. Build the team around Root, Taylor, Buttler and Stokes.
LOL. Back to the eighties!

You're dropping one man who has barely had a chance for another who doesn't have the foggiest how to construct a Test innings, despite having played 15 Tests.
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Who'd have thought we'd have achieved such a thumping victory in the first test? A number of players really stepped up to the plate but I think there's a very good case for Compton to open with Cook.

No doubt, there will have been some criticism of Bairstow's keeping on here, and some of it deserved. His runs, and the manner in which he got them in this test, whatever anyone thinks about having a "proper" keeper in the team, should see him keep the gloves for the series.

There only being a couple of days to the second test should to be to our advantage with little time for South Africa to regroup from their heavy defeat.
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I can see a couple of scenarios which would see Bairstow removed of the gloves. One in his control, that is a wretched performance behind the stumps which causes England to lose. The other reason might be injuries to the all-rounders which leads to England picking Buttler again and promoting Bairstow to six.
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In recent times, selectors have been very forgiving of keepers who make mistakes but contribute with the bat. I doubt there will be a sudden change of attitude.
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Nick Compton's performance is discussed as are his two years in the international wilderness. MF may like this!
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I can see a couple of scenarios which would see Bairstow removed of the gloves. One in his control, that is a wretched performance behind the stumps which causes England to lose. The other reason might be injuries to the all-rounders which leads to England picking Buttler again and promoting Bairstow to six.
I think in that latter scenario you're basically picking an extra batsman ... so you'd be more likely to go for Ballance than for Buttler, wouldn't you?
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In a move that doesn't at all smack of panic South Africa now add Hardus Viljoen to their ever growing squad.
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In a move that doesn't at all smack of panic South Africa now add Hardus Viljoen to their ever growing squad.
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LOL. Back to the eighties!

You're dropping one man who has barely had a chance for another who doesn't have the foggiest how to construct a Test innings, despite having played 15 Tests.
Agreed...however Hales needs to really knuckle down against the red ball.
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Agreed...however Hales needs to really knuckle down against the red ball.
I think England want Hales to be a bit expansive. Otherwise they would have the problem they had when Compton and Trott were in the side of having a top 3 who were rather one paced.
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What impressed me most about England's performance was all the pacers using the crease, cutters and bowling from around the wicket to specific players. In addition to it, clever use of bouncers followed by that very full delivery/yorker.
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