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Old 26th December 2015, 15:48   #101
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********. That came out of nowhere, these two looked completely untroubled.

What a champion Dale Steyn is.
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Old 26th December 2015, 15:52   #102
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That's frustrating. What's with these young English players and an inability to crack on and get a century?
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Old 26th December 2015, 15:58   #103
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179-4 at stumps. Pretty even I reckon and a very good recovery from 12-2 having been put in. If Taylor had remained not out overnight it would have been England's day. A score in excess of 300 should be possible unless they collapse in the morning.
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Old 26th December 2015, 16:02   #104
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Almost like real test cricket from back in the old days
Great isn't it! Amazing stuff from compo after that near miss early. Great character after being so shabbily treated.
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Old 26th December 2015, 16:05   #105
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Fine efforts from Compton and Taylor. When batting time may be important, Compton has done particularly well. Hales should have had plenty of time in the pavilion to study how he batted. Good bowling from Steyn. Looks like that's it for the day now.
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Old 26th December 2015, 16:07   #106
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Good knock by Taylor and slightly unfortunate to fall in the fading light to one of the quickest bowlers around. Still, he and Compton have rescued England from a disastrous-looking start to the series.
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Old 26th December 2015, 16:07   #107
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Anyone seeing a pattern here?
Yes - two Notts supporters, not very good at supporting an argument, just being a bit bitchy instead.
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Old 26th December 2015, 16:21   #108
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Good knock by Taylor and slightly unfortunate to fall in the fading light to one of the quickest bowlers around. Still, he and Compton have rescued England from a disastrous-looking start to the series.
It was a ball he should have left alone but Steyn's extra pace does get him wickets like that and it was a very good innings to that point so well done. I think that's quite a good day for England given the depth of batting to come and how little value there was for shots on that outfield. They'll need a few more from the top order though, I think.
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Old 26th December 2015, 17:07   #109
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A pretty even day by all accounts. Good recovery from 11/2.

Impressive from Compton. Taylor was a given.
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A pretty even day by all accounts. Good recovery from 11/2.

Impressive from Compton. Taylor was a given.
I would say that it is our day. Had we won the toss and put them in and got them 40 odd for 3 then we would be ranting about a rubbish attack letting them off the hook and pointing out that the pitch is already turning and showing variable bounce.
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Good stuff. Taylor is coming on nicely.
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I call that a 7/10 day. If the weather gets better then that pitch should dry out and be flat for a couple of days and thus we will need near enough 400+ to put them under pressure. Of course as we know a couple of quick wickets tomorrow could make that score rather tough. Good to see Stokes not go for the nightwatchman.
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I call that a 7/10 day. If the weather gets better then that pitch should dry out and be flat for a couple of days and thus we will need near enough 400+ to put them under pressure. Of course as we know a couple of quick wickets tomorrow could make that score rather tough. Good to see Stokes not go for the nightwatchman.
I wondered about that. I guess NWM would have to have been Finn but then that would have been daft with our tail as it is. We would Deffo end up with a decent bat stranded. At least with Finn at eleven it means that whoever is in with him gets a licence to slog (which they all can)
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Good stuff. Taylor is coming on nicely.
Yup. For notts last season he kept getting forty or fifty so this is a good progression.
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Yup. For notts last season he kept getting forty or fifty so this is a good progression.
Yep lots of 40s and 50s to get him to 1078 FC runs last season @ 51, second only (in the averages) to God.

As for England, I agree with CM 7/10 is about right. The key test for me is when they get the new nut. IF we work through overs 80-100 with only 1 more wicket down I think we can put a score on the board that means we will at least not lose.
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I wondered about that. I guess NWM would have to have been Finn but then that would have been daft with our tail as it is. We would Deffo end up with a decent bat stranded. At least with Finn at eleven it means that whoever is in with him gets a licence to slog (which they all can)
What could have been a scenario is that if Finn had gone in you could have had a situation where him and Compton bat for a fair while tomorrow and the score doesn't move along and then you could lose 2 or 3 wickets rather quickly. I'm anti NWM at the best of times but it is good to see them not using it and still not losing any more wickets.
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What could have been a scenario is that if Finn had gone in you could have had a situation where him and Compton bat for a fair while tomorrow and the score doesn't move along and then you could lose 2 or 3 wickets rather quickly. I'm anti NWM at the best of times but it is good to see them not using it and still not losing any more wickets.
This is true. But that would have seen off the new ball (if it was for a significant time) and then compo would have done brilliantly as he did today. I loved watching a proper test knock from each of them rather than some crash bang wallop and hope for the best.
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This is true. But that would have seen off the new ball (if it was for a significant time) and then compo would have done brilliantly as he did today. I loved watching a proper test knock from each of them rather than some crash bang wallop and hope for the best.
Compton's effort today was stodgy but it was absolutely necessary in the circumstances, but at least Taylor was busy at the crease to keep the score ticking along. At some point tomorrow someone does need to put a moderate amount of momentum into the innings. I hope that it is Stokes but of course not that bothered so long as someone does.
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Compton's effort today was stodgy but it was absolutely necessary in the circumstances, but at least Taylor was busy at the crease to keep the score ticking along. At some point tomorrow someone does need to put a moderate amount of momentum into the innings. I hope that it is Stokes but of course not that bothered so long as someone does.
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Atherton suggested Woakes would come in at eight.

Taylor batted nicely today, kept the score ticking over and his quick running helped Compton avoid becoming dogged down. Frustrating he didn't carry on to a century however.
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