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Old 2nd January 2016, 14:45   #81
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This attack and pitch is perfect for stokes to play a special.
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Old 2nd January 2016, 14:49   #82
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Did anybody hear Athers and others banging on about why SA didn't bowl Morkel after lunch. They were saying that it was to keep Compton quiet. I think it was because Morkel bowled filth and the newbies bowled too straight. Piedt looked innocuous. Been better with the old ball. 167-3 at tea on the first day. Better than Durban and 47 -3 before lunch. Different track, I know but still.
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Old 2nd January 2016, 15:23   #83
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Those two backfoot covet drives by Root off Morkel and Piedt were just glorious.
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Old 2nd January 2016, 15:24   #84
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I think the biggest concern re scoring slowly is that of making hay whilst the sun shines. Getting bogged down keeps the fielding side in the game, whereupon a couple of quick wickets can nullify the advantage gained by the batsmen. England were in the ascendancy just before tea, but then faltered giving up much of the hard work they had done to that point.
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I'm not too sure what you mean by a "special" SvG. If we want to get 400+ a little caution is necessary. Stokes survives a review. I would prefer him to wait a little and biff the bad ball. Root just creamed one off the back foot for 4. And again. England still have half the runs they need.
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Old 2nd January 2016, 15:32   #86
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Joe root has done it again. Yet again with a waft to achieve nothing. That was REALLY poor.
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Joe, what are you doing? Terrible shot with a hundred for the taking.

Some really poor dismissals today.
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Old 2nd January 2016, 15:33   #88
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I'm not too sure what you mean by a "special" SvG. If we want to get 400+ a little caution is necessary. Stokes survives a review. I would prefer him to wait a little and biff the bad ball. Root just creamed one off the back foot for 4. And again. England still have half the runs they need.
I mean that he could score a run a ball ton.
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This is all set up for Mo vs the new ball
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I think the biggest concern re scoring slowly is that of making hay whilst the sun shines. Getting bogged down keeps the fielding side in the game, whereupon a couple of quick wickets can nullify the advantage gained by the batsmen. England were in the ascendancy just before tea, but then faltered giving up much of the hard work they had done to that point.
I'm not sure scoring rate has much to do with that. Assuming the batsmen are slowing down due to the bowling and conditions, rather than a tactic regardless, 4 wickets down (now 5) is 4 wickets down. The runs are significant not the rate.
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No centuries so far - last 2 batsmen in now.
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Despite all those wasted starts, Root is still averaging 54. Scary to thing how good he will be when he gets over these mid innings yips.
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No centuries so far - last 2 batsmen in now.
Funny thing is that the next two batsmen have as many centuries combined as these two.
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Sorry everyone - I texted a friend to say I was sure Root was on for a big hundred... Clearly jinxed it!
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Those two backfoot covet drives by Root off Morkel and Piedt were just glorious.
Why we watch test cricket, isn't it? And a stright drive now? Sumptuous. Shots like that are worth the admission money alone. Then he has a nasty jab at one and gets out.
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Is there a danger when everyone says what a paradise this is for batting and the opposition bowlers are under strength, that the batsmen bat too casually thinking that this will be too easy?
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Is there a danger when everyone says what a paradise this is for batting and the opposition bowlers are under strength, that the batsmen bat too casually thinking that this will be too easy?
Taylor root and cook are the only wickets I have seen and all three were crap batting. Compo and hales don't sound great.
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I'm not sure scoring rate has much to do with that. Assuming the batsmen are slowing down due to the bowling and conditions, rather than a tactic regardless, 4 wickets down (now 5) is 4 wickets down. The runs are significant not the rate.
However, with the new ball coming around after 80 overs, there is the distinct likelihood of the innings wrapping up around 100 overs, so the rate is significant for the difference between say 325 or 375.
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Stokes is going to get loads today.
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