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Old 14th November 2015, 11:29   #121
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We will beat the saffers.
I think Anderson and Broad can have a good deal of success against the SA top order, but their batsmen will not be as poor against seam in their own conditions as they are against spin in Asia. I also don't fancy our middle order from nos 5-7 let alone that we are unsure who our opener is going to be. Two teams in transition. I am going to put a post on the England board about the England team being in transition.
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Old 14th November 2015, 11:37   #122
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I guess if you were being really picky, the one slight weakness in his record you might say is the no. of Test hundreds. 21 after 100 Tests would be brilliant for most players but maybe you'd expect a few more from a batsman of his class.

But then again difficult to score so heavily when you've got Amla, Kallis, Smith etc. racking up the hundreds before you even get a chance to take guard...
AB is brilliant but it's only in the last couple of seasons that he has started to bring it all together in all forms consistently (which is what makes him phenomenal). I feel selfish in hoping it continues because that would seem a superhuman feat. He's not just been great in all 3 formats, he's also done it in different situations, in those formats.

His test trend in on the way up, so I'm pretty sure he'll rectify that stat anomaly. And more chances will arise for him to take the centuries on to massive scores. Like Kallis, he had a bit of a slow start to his career, thrown in too high up the order. In the middle order, he's been more comfortable.
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Old 14th November 2015, 11:51   #123
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The South African bowling has been a bit gash so far and they've been reluctant to call in the spinners early despite this. I think they should have changed it up earlier. To be fair though they've brought on Duminy just now and he's bowled tosh too.

This has now been compounded by a very easy catch having been dropped by Tahir off the bowling of Morkel. Vijay living a charmed life.
Yeah - not great from the SA bowlers from the limited time I saw. Tomorrow will be pretty significant in the context of the series I think - if SA can get a few wickets and bowl India out cheaply, they can get back into the series especially if Steyn gets fit. Otherwise might start looking a very long series.
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AB is brilliant but it's only in the last couple of seasons that he has started to bring it all together in all forms consistently (which is what makes him phenomenal). I feel selfish in hoping it continues because that would seem a superhuman feat. He's not just been great in all 3 formats, he's also done it in different situations, in those formats.

His test trend in on the way up, so I'm pretty sure he'll rectify that stat anomaly. And more chances will arise for him to take the centuries on to massive scores. Like Kallis, he had a bit of a slow start to his career, thrown in too high up the order. In the middle order, he's been more comfortable.
He also benefits from no longer being keeper. There was always a marked difference in the records of the batsmen/keepers who would always be far better off without the gloves such as Sanga (especially) and Stewart.
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Old 14th November 2015, 11:55   #125
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Yeah - not great from the SA bowlers from the limited time I saw. Tomorrow will be pretty significant in the context of the series I think - if SA can get a few wickets and bowl India out cheaply, they can get back into the series especially if Steyn gets fit. Otherwise might start looking a very long series.
Yes. SA had a tendency to wake up and remember how to play properly after a bad day, but I'm less confident of that with Smith no longer captaining and Steyn and Philly sidelined. Morkel could be the spark, the rest of the bowlers are decent but I wouldn't expect them to be the catalysts.
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Old 14th November 2015, 13:13   #126
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AB is brilliant but it's only in the last couple of seasons that he has started to bring it all together in all forms consistently (which is what makes him phenomenal). I feel selfish in hoping it continues because that would seem a superhuman feat. He's not just been great in all 3 formats, he's also done it in different situations, in those formats.

His test trend in on the way up, so I'm pretty sure he'll rectify that stat anomaly. And more chances will arise for him to take the centuries on to massive scores. Like Kallis, he had a bit of a slow start to his career, thrown in too high up the order. In the middle order, he's been more comfortable.
It's horrendously picky for me to criticise ABdV, and I've said similar things before. I think it's because it's always disappointing when he gets out.

He makes the game look so easy and because of that I think it's fair to expect him to convert more of those "pretty fifties" to "daddy hundreds". If he does he might become the considered the best ever in the modern era.

It was amazing to see the reception he got today in Bangalore. Can't remember seeing an opposition player getting such support from a home crowd like that before. Great stuff. As I said, shame it couldn't have lasted for another couple of hours
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It's horrendously picky for me to criticise ABdV, and I've said similar things before. I think it's because it's always disappointing when he gets out.

He makes the game look so easy and because of that I think it's fair to expect him to convert more of those "pretty fifties" to "daddy hundreds". If he does he might become the considered the best ever in the modern era.

It was amazing to see the reception he got today in Bangalore. Can't remember seeing an opposition player getting such support from a home crowd like that before. Great stuff. As I said, shame it couldn't have lasted for another couple of hours
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It was amazing to see the reception he got today in Bangalore. Can't remember seeing an opposition player getting such support from a home crowd like that before.
Particularly special coming from an Indian crowd. The usual reaction to success by overseas players from Indian crowds ranges between stony silence to bottle throwing (and worse)...
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Did ABdV actually glove that. Another good innings from him ends before it becomes a great one.
He didn't touch it and it bounced before the fielder caught it, but still given out.
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Old 15th November 2015, 09:07   #130
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Rain saving the South African blushes today.
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We will beat the saffers.
That's a pretty big call. I think England have reasons to be optimistic about the tour but SA have got 6 good to excellent established players (ABdV, Amla, Du Plessis, Philander, Steyn and Morkel) to England's 4 (Cook, Root, Broad and Anderson) and they have home advantage. They will rightly start as hot favourites. IF Vernon is ruled out and Ian Bell locates a pair of testicles though it evens things out a bit.
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The soggy Indian climate does it again. Is it the El Nino?
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That's a pretty big call. I think England have reasons to be optimistic about the tour but SA have got 6 good to excellent established players (ABdV, Amla, Du Plessis, Philander, Steyn and Morkel) to England's 4 (Cook, Root, Broad and Anderson) and they have home advantage. They will rightly start as hot favourites. IF Vernon is ruled out and Ian Bell locates a pair of testicles though it evens things out a bit.
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The soggy Indian climate does it again. Is it the El Nino?
There is a cyclone off Chennai coast which has been resulting in major rains around Chennai and across Bangalore and a few other districts.
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I think SA wrecked the balance of its side by bringing in Vilas as keeper.
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