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Old 2nd January 2016, 11:54   #61
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Rotating the strike appears not to be a strength of these two.
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Old 2nd January 2016, 11:54   #62
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Feel like England have been pretty lucky in this session after lunch so far... Quite a few half-chances, especially when they got aggressive.
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Old 2nd January 2016, 11:57   #63
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Now they have gone to sleep again.
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I have to admit, it's quite amusing seeing Compton get criticism (on cricinfo) for scoring slowly yet again. There's no reason why he shouldn't against this bowling attack, they will get wayward eventually and he can cash in then, like the last test just a few days ago. Plus he doesn't have cook dragging him down the other end.
I wasn't having a go at either of them above btw. Compton batted well in Durban. If he stays in for another half an hour for more of the same, I will be the last to complain. Hales has just nicked two balls through slip in the first over after lunch with two attacking shots. And another to bring up a fifty. Well batted (at least before lunch). And Compton using his feet to the spinner first ball. Good in a way but.....
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Old 2nd January 2016, 12:03   #65
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Is it racist if Michael Holding can't tell the difference between Rabada and Bavuma?
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If you told the time from the scoring chart it'd read ten to four. Very little gone through cover.
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Old 2nd January 2016, 12:06   #67
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Every time I see Chris Morris, I keep thinking Robert Huth is running in to bowl.

How long before the umpire gets a clumsy elbow in the face?
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Old 2nd January 2016, 12:25   #68
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seems the criticism has got to Compton as he seemed to be playing a shot a ball after lunch.
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Another 50 without a century for england
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Rotating the strike appears not to be a strength of these two.
I agree with that. the track seems to be true and quicker than Durban. Neither of them seem to to know how to do that. There you are Morkel, who bowled some absolute tripe before lunch. Gets one in the right area. Hales has a vague push in the general dirction of the ball. I have no faith in Compton's ability to keep the scoreboard ticking over without taking silly risks. Root will put the bad ball away without too much problem. He'll also pick off ones and twos off the fair to decent balls.
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Root gets a life now.
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Finally, Rabada's short ball gets a wicket...


...or does it?

It does. England still on top, I must say.
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Compo has stopped clogging letting down hales' energetic start*


*at EXACTLY the same rate.
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I really can't understand this obsession of scoring rates in test cricket. I know that scoring quickly gives the bowlers more time to get the opposition out, but 3 runs per over in a test match is pretty good and not something that's really poor.
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On the first day of a test match scoring rates aren't that of a big deal and I'm not so fussed by how quickly either of Hales or Compton scored today. What's less forgivable is getting in and getting out as both did.
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Finally, Rabada's short ball gets a wicket...


...or does it?

It does. England still on top, I must say.
SA back in it now, though.
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Daft shot from Taylor.

More dig in required.
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Nice of England to keep SA in the game.
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I really can't understand this obsession of scoring rates in test cricket. I know that scoring quickly gives the bowlers more time to get the opposition out, but 3 runs per over in a test match is pretty good and not something that's really poor.
Anyone complaining at scoring rates on day one isn't particularly worth listening to to be honest.
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