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Old 22nd August 2020, 09:51   #61
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Crawley at 4, Root at 5 long term ?
Root's averages best at #5, although hard to know how much captaincy affects his batting so wherever he bats now may take a bit of a hit.

Root's best 3 batting positions by average (20+ inns)

#5 : 30 inns, 1797 runs @ 69.12 (HS 200no)
#4 : 74 inns, 3435 runs @ 49.07 (HS 226)
#3 : 53 inns, 1933 runs @ 38.66 (HS 254)

Averages 38+ in any slot in the top six, one duck at #7 in his only innings batting that low.

Ultimately he could bat, and could have batted, in any position needed, really should be where he scores the most runs rather than his own preference.
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Old 22nd August 2020, 09:55   #62
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I’d be slightly hesitant to bin off Burns right now. But he needs to sort that right foot out
Certainly agree it would be wiser to work on him than dump him, especially given there have been so many tried in the top order and opening, and his average of 32.45 puts him the top end of those tried not the bottom with many struggling to average in the low to mid 20s.

And even though his run of scores reads 6, 0, 10, 4, it was only the Test before he made a fifty in each innings including a 90. Is a bit of pressure on him to score a few 2nd innings, assuming England have to bat again, and probably given that run in the series needs a fifty.

Shaheen has got him three times, that won't help him psychologically assuming he is aware of that.
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Old 22nd August 2020, 11:05   #63
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This time though it wasn't his fault there was nothing different he could have done about the ball that got him out.
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The post was about the length, what got Root was the movement. The ball was on course to hit the middle of the bat and then seamed 2" and hit the edge instead. When it moves that much on a full length there isn't much a batsman can do.
The thing you can do is: if you've decided to play forward rather than back, then get a good stride in. That way, the ball doesn't move as far sideways between pitching and hitting the bat. Root does go forward to that delivery, but only a fraction of a step forward. Personally, I think many modern players stand with their feet so far apart that they find it very difficult to get properly forward or back.

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Root ... Ultimately he could bat, and could have batted, in any position needed, really should be where he scores the most runs rather than his own preference.
He had a good run as opener early on in his England career, and at that stage almost everyone said that he would be an England opener long-term. The main reason he moved down the order from there is that his technique is not quite up to it. He doesn't move his feet enough. But there is nowhere to hide. It seems to me that people say "Great ball, nothing he could have done about that" more frequently about Root than about anyone else in the side. But it is hardly ever true, when said about him or anyone else.

England in wonderful position, again thanks to a splendid partnership including Buttler. Hopefully they can crack on and post a mammoth team score today.
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Old 22nd August 2020, 11:05   #64
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Agree with this. Similarly poor first class record too. He looks suited to the test game.

I hope he doesn’t turn into a moron on retirement.
I hope he’s better at reaching double centuries!
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Old 22nd August 2020, 11:11   #65
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Zak looked excellent, didn't give them even half a chance until he was well past a hundred, make it a double lad.
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Old 22nd August 2020, 11:56   #66
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Prediction England collapse to 360/7 or 8 before Woakes and Broad slap a few around to push the score to 420ao.
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Old 22nd August 2020, 12:26   #67
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Old 22nd August 2020, 12:28   #68
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Rain.

This time no gloating about glorious weather in Manchester as it’s pouring down here as well.
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Old 22nd August 2020, 12:34   #69
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Rain.

This time no gloating about glorious weather in Manchester as it’s pouring down here as well.
Sssssssshhhhhh.
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Old 22nd August 2020, 12:36   #70
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Ffs. I am at one of those trampoline parks with the kids and was set to watch an hour. It started raining so I changed to Somerset. Saw three balls and they are off there too. Effing rain ruining my Saturday.
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Old 22nd August 2020, 12:39   #71
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At least they won't be able to use the excuse that there's no wind to blow away the excess water on the outfield this time.
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Old 22nd August 2020, 12:47   #72
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Ffs. I am at one of those trampoline parks with the kids and was set to watch an hour. It started raining so I changed to Somerset. Saw three balls and they are off there too. Effing rain ruining my Saturday.
...ruining Saturday and the summer.

Absolutely ***** weather.

And all of my washing is drenched.
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Old 22nd August 2020, 13:09   #73
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...ruining Saturday and the summer.

Absolutely ***** weather.

And all of my washing is drenched.
We decided not to do the washing today because of the forecast. They said with global warming English summers would become hot and dry, hasn't worked out that way.
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Old 22nd August 2020, 13:18   #74
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Rain stops at 11.40, umpires saunter out half an hour later for an inspection.
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Old 22nd August 2020, 13:27   #75
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Who are the black armbands for (first time on here today but haven’t heard any reason given).
With respect to the deceased, is it not the case that armbands are now worn to mark the death of anyone and everyone remotely connected with cricket?
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Old 22nd August 2020, 13:45   #76
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Ffs. I am at one of those trampoline parks with the kids and was set to watch an hour. It started raining so I changed to Somerset. Saw three balls and they are off there too. Effing rain ruining my Saturday.
Weird I'm right in the middle and it was bright sunshine.
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Old 22nd August 2020, 13:53   #77
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Very frustrating this.
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Old 22nd August 2020, 14:12   #78
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Why the hell didn't they take lunch when it rained for the second time? Now we get 45 min of play and a 40 min lunch break.

Effing ridiculous.
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Old 22nd August 2020, 14:14   #79
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Why the hell didn't they take lunch when it rained for the second time? Now we get 45 min of play and a 40 min lunch break.

Effing ridiculous.
Was just about to post the same when Morning Session came up on the screen, nuts.
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Old 22nd August 2020, 14:31   #80
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Jos Buttler's due a test 100.

I'm going to bet my trousers on him getting a ton in this innings.
I wish I'd put real money on him now.
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