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Old 16th March 2016, 10:29   #41
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cricket/2...ds-chronic-la/

An excellent preview if you can get over the should-have-listened-to-me nature of some of the points (although they are still valid).

His knowledge of the pitches is particularly interesting as is his assessment of how to play spin and the need to be able to score off the spinners' best balls. Like those similarly divisive figures of Boycott and Greig, I think he's going to make a very good pundit. He's no Nick Knight.
For those readers who might be in any doubt on the matter, the "he" in this post is Kevin Pietersen.
GBG removed the hieratic capital "H" in order to trick infidels into clicking on the link.
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Old 16th March 2016, 10:45   #42
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Only way you win on such wicket if first 4 batsman stays on wicket longer time than yesterday

43 for 7 really trash batting by India, you got out before Adapt according to wicket.
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Old 16th March 2016, 10:48   #43
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For those readers who might be in any doubt on the matter, the "he" in this post is Kevin Pietersen.
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Care to link to any better previews discussing how the different pitches will play?

That was the pick of the Telegraph's coverage. The Grauniad and Indy just regurgitated a Eoin Morgan press conference and the Times is hidden behind a paywall, which is a shame as Athers is the only other one of the broadsheet journos who might offer that sort of level of insight.
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Old 16th March 2016, 10:54   #44
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I read that this morning and immediately wished I could compare the number of IPL games played by India's starting XI yesterday vs the NZ XI.
Is that going to be the straw man of the tournament or are you guys just taking a break from the Ali/Rashid nonsense?
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Old 16th March 2016, 12:11   #45
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The Peter Pan of international cricket, Shahid Boom Boom Afridi has come to the party. Will this be his only innings of substance in the tournament? I don't know but Pakistan have a chance of 200 here with one over remaining.
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The Peter Pan of international cricket, Shahid Boom Boom Afridi has come to the party. Will this be his only innings of substance in the tournament? I don't know but Pakistan have a chance of 200 here with one over remaining.
Makes you laugh the commentary is talknig about how he hasn't scored many runs of late - he hasn't scored anything for about a decade!!
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Old 16th March 2016, 12:29   #47
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For those readers who might be in any doubt on the matter, the "he" in this post is Kevin Pietersen.
GBG removed the hieratic capital "H" in order to trick infidels into clicking on the link.

Is it too much of a conspiracy theory to think that KP wants Eoin Morgan to fail so that he can take over as captain? (Hence constantly harping on about how talented Morgan is and how he's the most important player despite everyone who saw him in SA knowing he's badly out of nick)
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Old 16th March 2016, 12:30   #48
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Both matches in this T20 so far have been unpredictable.

- After NZ were heavily restricted by spin/pace we all thought they'd lose, and look what happened there. Tournament favourites take a hit.

- If PAK were going to win a match, I think we all thought it'd be through the bowling. Now they've scored over 200. Afridi has not disappointed.
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Makes you laugh the commentary is talknig about how he hasn't scored many runs of late - he hasn't scored anything for about a decade!!
An international t20 average of around 18 from 94 matches gives you an idea of his largely miss, occasional hit nature. I've always thought his bowling was more useful since about the mid 00's. Yet it is obviously a big advantage to them that their upper order has fired. You usually expect them to be useful with the ball, then again it wouldn't surprise me if Bang knock this off with a bit to spare. That's t20 for you.
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Old 16th March 2016, 12:53   #50
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Is it too much of a conspiracy theory to think that KP wants Eoin Morgan to fail so that he can take over as captain? (Hence constantly harping on about how talented Morgan is and how he's the most important player despite everyone who saw him in SA knowing he's badly out of nick)
Yes, he's just talking him up because if he succeeds it vindicates Capey. If he fails it's because he doesn't have enough players like himself and Capey. Like most players in the England set-up now, Capey gets on well with Morgan.

None of which invalidates his thoughtful comments on approach to playing spin or the differences between individual Indian pitches which goes beyond the "it's India: you'll need lots of spinners as the pitches will turn" level of analysis that we are reduced to elsewhere.
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Care to link to any better previews discussing how the different pitches will play?

That was the pick of the Telegraph's coverage. The Grauniad and Indy just regurgitated a Eoin Morgan press conference and the Times is hidden behind a paywall, which is a shame as Athers is the only other one of the broadsheet journos who might offer that sort of level of insight.
No, I don't care. But it makes perfect sense that you think KP's providing the best cricket coverage. I just thought it was amusing that you didn't say who you were talking about.
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Now turning into a bit of a stroll for Pakistan. Shakib is still there but unless he really goes to town against this attack, Bangladesh are going to be far short here.
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Now turning into a bit of a stroll for Pakistan. Shakib is still there but unless he really goes to town against this attack, Bangladesh are going to be far short here.
They've seemed a little resigned to their fate from the moment Tamin was out, disappointing stuff. It obviously doesn't help that Rahim and Shakib look in pretty rotten touch despite thier recent success.

Pakistan have been excellent though, we always knew the bowling would be good - you won't a pace attack with more variery - yet it's a real suprise to see the batting actually come together. Obviously this is Pakistan and they couldle well subside without a fight next time around but if they have hit upon something they'll be a danger. I don't watch much of their cricket but i was suprised to hear that Shehzed has been out of the side.
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They've seemed a little resigned to their fate from the moment Tamin was out, disappointing stuff. It obviously doesn't help that Rahim and Shakib look in pretty rotten touch despite thier recent success.

Pakistan have been excellent though, we always knew the bowling would be good - you won't a pace attack with more variery - yet it's a real suprise to see the batting actually come together. Obviously this is Pakistan and they couldle well subside without a fight next time around but if they have hit upon something they'll be a danger. I don't watch much of their cricket but i was suprised to hear that Shehzed has been out of the side.
I remember that Shezad was very far out of form around a year ago, but like you I do nothing more than keep tabs on rather than intently follow.
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WI win the toss and bowl, then Eoin Morgan admits he'd have done the same. Could be a spicy pitch.
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Might have been worth playing Dawson and going in with three spinners.
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Solid first over. 1-0. Dig in chaps.
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Old 16th March 2016, 15:06   #59
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Might have been worth playing Dawson and going in with three spinners.
I get the feeling that this Mumbai pitch isn't anything like as helpful as the one in Nagpur yesterday, in fact there is even a bit of grass left on it. I did think about it yesterday but it is dependent on conditions.
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5-0. This over something spectacular will happen.
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