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Old 26th December 2015, 10:47   #61
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It is the way he plays so that is all good. We have two three batsman in the side who average more then 32 and one of them is at number 9.
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Old 26th December 2015, 10:48   #62
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England 12-2 and already in deep, deep trouble. Poor shot from Hales having shaped up really nicely before the rain delay. I would hate to think the toss of a coin could decide the outcome of the match but these are the type of conditions in which a test can easily be lost.
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Old 26th December 2015, 10:56   #63
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As the first test of an away series, have we not conceded the match already anyway?
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Old 26th December 2015, 10:59   #64
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Graham Gooch wouldn't have got more than two Test caps in the modern era. Give the guy a chance.

All entirely predictable this morning. Hales appears to have the nerves of Owais Shah. Cook is a useless tosser, four in a row now. This is what Test cricket is about but most modern batsmen don't know how to play it.

Back to the original point, what do you do if a Hales averages 20 in this series? Drop him and go back to someone who did marginally better against easier opposition? Try someone else and give them a go against inferior opposition? Hales has a very difficult assignment here, England have screwed around with opening bats since Strauss retired. Along with Carberry the current man has the most difficult job.

Glad to see Compdog there at three and not Ballance. A little solidity.
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Old 26th December 2015, 11:04   #65
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C'mon folks, Hales got ten more runs than we were expecting
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Old 26th December 2015, 11:09   #66
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Graham Gooch wouldn't have got more than two Test caps in the modern era. Give the guy a chance....

...Back to the original point, what do you do if a Hales averages 20 in this series? Drop him and go back to someone who did marginally better against easier opposition? Try someone else and give them a go against inferior opposition? Hales has a very difficult assignment here, England have screwed around with opening bats since Strauss retired. Along with Carberry the current man has the most difficult job.

Glad to see Compdog there at three and not Ballance. A little solidity.
The question shouldn't arise. It's astounding to think the selectors consider Hales a good enough opener at this level.

Compton is looking quite solid so far. He should have opened with Cook.
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Got ten more than the skipper! The same against Steyn though.

The game can't be won today from an England perspective, but it sure can be lost.
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The skipper got out to a fairly decent delivery.
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The question shouldn't arise. It's astounding to think the selectors consider Hales a good enough opener at this level.
They thought Adam Lyth could too. Wrong there as well.

Many Englishmen laughed at David Warner opening in a Test. He's learned how to do it.
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Graham Gooch wouldn't have got more than two Test caps in the modern era. Give the guy a chance.

All entirely predictable this morning. Hales appears to have the nerves of Owais Shah. Cook is a useless tosser, four in a row now. This is what Test cricket is about but most modern batsmen don't know how to play it.

Back to the original point, what do you do if a Hales averages 20 in this series? Drop him and go back to someone who did marginally better against easier opposition? Try someone else and give them a go against inferior opposition? Hales has a very difficult assignment here, England have screwed around with opening bats since Strauss retired. Along with Carberry the current man has the most difficult job.

Glad to see Compdog there at three and not Ballance. A little solidity.
First point is odd. Didn't gooch play when we chopped and changed non stop?
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Good to see a Somerset second XI bowler opening for the number one ranked test team. People have asked how good England would have been for the last 10 years without saffers but they would be rurally stuffed without the West Country
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They thought Adam Lyth could too. Wrong there as well.

Many Englishmen laughed at David Warner opening in a Test. He's learned how to do it.
Adam Lyth was just unlucky to receive 13 brilliant, unplayable deliveries in his first 13 test innings.
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Gooch would have been written off after two Tests scoring 37 runs. Just wondering if he would have got another chance now.

Abbott is nothing special. I'd have enjoyed watching us bowl on this, Reckon they'd be more than two down right now.
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They thought Adam Lyth could too. Wrong there as well. ...
To be fair to the selectors, even if they turned out to be wrong, Lyth was always a better untried candidate for opening the batting than Hales could ever have been.

I like the special pleading, though, especially the attempt to suggest that Cook had done even worse than Hales today.
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Adam Lyth was just unlucky to receive 13 brilliant, unplayable deliveries in his first 13 test innings.
Several of which were very similar to the one Hales went after this morning.

Am I convinced he's the right man? No. Do I see anyone who is right now? No. Give him a chance, and that's not just aimed at the one eyed Yorkie. He might just turn out to work. Confidence will be so important.
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Adam Lyth was just unlucky to receive 13 brilliant, unplayable deliveries in his first 13 test innings.
Bit of an exaggeration. It was about 10.

I doubt, though, he'd have played such a poor shot to such a poor ball as Hales did today.
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Several of which were very similar to the one Hales went after this morning.

Am I convinced he's the right man? No. Do I see anyone who is right now? No. Give him a chance, and that's not just aimed at the one eyed Yorkie. He might just turn out to work. Confidence will be so important.
So sayeth the one eyed Notts man.
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To be fair to the selectors, even if they turned out to be wrong, Lyth was always a better untried candidate for opening the batting than Hales could ever have been.
Keep taking the pills.

I'll ignore you for the rest of the year. Might make my New Year's Resolution to do the same in 2016. It's better for everyone lse on the board.

Lyth was found wanting, mentally. Hadn't got it. The pressure just hit to him over and over again. For someone who was supposed to be a composed opening bat who doesn't go after it we saw lots of brain freezes when he did exactly that. Must be hard for you to see a fellow Yorkie exposed in such a way, we can see how tough it is for you to take in your refusal to do so.
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I don't remember as much incredulity about Lyth's selection as there has been about Hales.

It'd be nice to be proved wrong but Hales looked exactly what he is today - a one day specialist.
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Keep taking the pills.

I'll ignore you for the rest of the year. Might make my New Year's Resolution to do the same in 2016. It's better for everyone lse on the board.

Lyth was found wanting, mentally. Hadn't got it. The pressure just hit to him over and over again. For someone who was supposed to be a composed opening bat who doesn't go after it we saw lots of brain freezes when he did exactly that. Must be hard for you to see a fellow Yorkie exposed in such a way, we can see how tough it is for you to take in your refusal to do so.
Nice hissy fit. Do you have any idea how ridiculous that post makes you appear? Probably not.

Very few people thought Hales opening at test level was a good idea.
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