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Old 8th February 2021, 17:26   #181
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Can you not just get iPlayer through your Sky box? Or do you not have SkyQ?
No I donít have SkyQ. But my old Sky Box recently died a death and Iíve been given a new box, not SkyQ, but it is more advanced than the previous one, more intuitive, lots more features. So far Iíve not discovered if I can get iPlayer through it, but that doesnít worry me.

I donít actually have a problem. I can play iPlayer programmes from iPad to TV via HDMI cable. I canít do the same with SkyGo, but thereís no need as I can just watch Sky programmes direct from the TV.

Itís just that I wondered why Sky wonít let me do it.
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Old 9th February 2021, 09:57   #182
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I can't make much of a case for England.

2 of Englands best players haven't played for months
2 opening bowlers have a combined age of 72
Englands opening batsmen can't score a run
Our keeper couldn't catch Covid in a Scottish care home
Our spinners serve up pies.
Our captain doesn't even play in the IPL.
Moeen Ali may get picked.

Only ray of light is that India played better without Kohli as captain - and he's back.

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2 of Englands best players haven't played for months : neither batted well and Stokes's bowling continues to be a side issue.
2 opening bowlers have a combined age of 72 : a big risk as the tests come thick and fast
Englands opening batsmen can't score a run : Sibley had 1 innings. Number 3 is a new risk.
Our keeper couldn't catch Covid in a Scottish care home : Specialist keeper coming in - but can he score runs ?
Our spinners serve up pies - remains high risk - both spinners had spells of being crap.
Our captain doesn't even play in the IPL - this was tongue in cheek
Moeen Ali may get picked - the chances of this is diminishing.

Overall - there is now a chance we could draw the series.
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Old 9th February 2021, 10:25   #183
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2 of Englands best players haven't played for months : neither batted well and Stokes's bowling continues to be a side issue.
2 opening bowlers have a combined age of 72 : a big risk as the tests come thick and fast
Englands opening batsmen can't score a run : Sibley had 1 innings. Number 3 is a new risk.
Our keeper couldn't catch Covid in a Scottish care home : Specialist keeper coming in - but can he score runs ?
Our spinners serve up pies - remains high risk - both spinners had spells of being crap.
Our captain doesn't even play in the IPL - this was tongue in cheek
Moeen Ali may get picked - the chances of this is diminishing.

Overall - there is now a chance we could draw the series.
It will be interesting to see who goes at 3 when Crawley and Bairstow become available for the 3rd Test.

Also, very harsh on Buttler who has kept superbly in the last 3 Tests. He will be missed.

Not sure about chances of Moeen playing diminishing, Bess can't afford another day like the dross he served up today.
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Old 9th February 2021, 10:30   #184
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It will be interesting to see who goes at 3 when Crawley and Bairstow become available for the 3rd Test.

Also, very harsh on Buttler who has kept superbly in the last 3 Tests. He will be missed.

Not sure about chances of Moeen playing diminishing, Bess can't afford another day like the dross he served up today.
Bess today >>>>> Leach on day 3.
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Old 9th February 2021, 10:36   #185
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How much longer will India stick with Kohli's captaincy? I suppose it will hinge on the result of this series but a lot of fans on Twitter seem to be wanting Rahane in place as soon as possible.
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Old 9th February 2021, 10:37   #186
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How much longer will India stick with Kohli's captaincy? I suppose it will hinge on the result of this series but a lot of fans on Twitter seem to be wanting Rahane in place as soon as possible.
They should probably stick with him - Root had a wobble pre Ashes last year.

Certainly until the end of this series - better for England :
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Old 9th February 2021, 10:38   #187
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Bess today >>>>> Leach on day 3.
Disagree, Leach was to an extent a victim of an excellent counter attack from Pant on a flatter pitch. Bess served up 3 full tosses in a row to Kohli...
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Old 9th February 2021, 10:43   #188
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Disagree, Leach was to an extent a victim of an excellent counter attack from Pant on a flatter pitch. Bess served up 3 full tosses in a row to Kohli...
Bess scored more runs than Joss Buttler, Dan Lawrence and Rory Burns.

Not sure he's being dropped yet.
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How did this test rate in England? Has it been given widen coverage in the media/broke into the national conscious more as a result of being free to air?
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Old 9th February 2021, 10:48   #190
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How did this test rate in England? Has it been given widen coverage in the media/broke into the national conscious more as a result of being free to air?
There isn't much else happening so yes it has. Of course C4 getting the deal later has lessened the build up.

Sets up the series nicely IMHO. Surely India have some better bowlers to come into the team ?
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Old 9th February 2021, 10:52   #191
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How did this test rate in England? Has it been given widen coverage in the media/broke into the national conscious more as a result of being free to air?
You'd think it ought to, but viewing figures haven't been that much more than the England Tests in Sri Lanka which were on Sky. So firstly, where are all the England fans who were clamouring for FTA coverage? And secondly, where are all the Indian fans who you'd think would've been watching in greater numbers than their Sri Lankan counterparts?

The Third Test will be the interesting one as it's a day/nighter and starting at 9am here, no excuses.
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You'd think it ought to, but viewing figures haven't been that much more than the England Tests in Sri Lanka which were on Sky. So firstly, where are all the England fans who were clamouring for FTA coverage? And secondly, where are all the Indian fans who you'd think would've been watching in greater numbers than their Sri Lankan counterparts?

The Third Test will be the interesting one as it's a day/nighter and starting at 9am here, no excuses.
I can put my hand up, but as just one example Iím not very significant.
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How much longer will India stick with Kohli's captaincy? I suppose it will hinge on the result of this series but a lot of fans on Twitter seem to be wanting Rahane in place as soon as possible.
The problem is that Rahane's batting is very inconsistent, and we don't want someone captaining when their own performances would be questioned constantly. He is no Mark Taylor and we are no Australian team of 90s that we could carry him around for his captaincy alone.
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Does anyone know if Axar Patel is likely to be fit for the second test? Also, have Jadeja and Shami been ruled out of the entire series?
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Does anyone know if Axar Patel is likely to be fit for the second test? Also, have Jadeja and Shami been ruled out of the entire series?
Jadeja might be back by the third test. Not sure when Shami would be back as well as the fitness of Axar.
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Bess today >>>>> Leach on day 3.
You either a) didnít watch b) donít understand cricket c) are trolling.

Absolutely no one else has come to this conclusion.
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Old 10th February 2021, 16:16   #197
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Jadeja might be back by the third test. Not sure when Shami would be back as well as the fitness of Axar.
Think Jadeja out of series. Axar batting in nets ... will start bowling soon apparently. Kuldeep, Axar and Ashwin spinners next test?
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Jadeja is such a massive loss for India. It is arguably worse than losing stokes for us because he bowls so much more.
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Dom Bess has made it. He was just mentioned in a question on The Chase - which the Beast got right.
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Could Moeen play? And if so, does he come in for Bess or (as pitch rumoured to take more spin) Archer/Anderson?
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