A Summer of Cricket – SPOILERS
Who was it said England would win the test and one-day series 10-0?
Botham said they’d whitewash back to back Ashes series. Just to get his name in the paper 🙄
In two days, the game has swung back and forth 4 times so far. I have had to explain to some colleagues why Test Cricket is the pinnacle of spectator sport, so this game is helping 🙂Posted 4 years ago
😀 kind of saw that coming from the previous couple of deliveries, bit of inswing saw KP play a bit on the inside of the bat, not totally surprising to get a chop on in those circumstances…
And Ashton gets his first Test wicket, Alistair Cook no less, you beauty a! Excellent catch from Clarke as well 😀
A boring first hour has certainly been livened up now! 😀Posted 4 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
Aussies have never been great chasing low totals under pressure on wearing pitches. I reckon 200+ lead will make their bums squeaky, 240+ and it’ll be very interesting. Obviously I’d love about 700……
This one’s got a long way to go, but i think the next hour’s critical (as has every one of the previous 14 hours…..)Posted 4 years ago
In their last series, Australia made 380, 237/9d, 408 and 262 in their first innings, 241, 131, 223 and 164 in their second (none of which was the last innings of the match). That would suggest they’ll find anything over 200 tricky (though granted they didn’t have Agar in that series).Posted 4 years ago
The only certainty in this match is that the outcome from every session seems very uncertain. Can’t decide whether this is good “test match” stuff but compelling, if nerve-racking, viewing nonetheless.
C’mon B&B two big innings required here ie test match stuff not 20/20 knock arounds.Posted 4 years agotheotherjonvSubscriber
If you win the toss bat first.
If you win the toss, but the pitch / weather looks like it may be favourable to bowling. Consider bowling, then bat anyway.
If you win the toss, but the pitch / weather is extremely favourable to bowling: Consult your team mates, consider bowling, then bat anyway.Posted 4 years ago
The batting first thing is an interesting one.
Personally I still think we should have bowled first. It was overcast and perfect for possibly the best exploiter of those conditions in world cricket. If you bowl the oppo out cheaply it changes the way they bowl to you in the first innings. If you can take a lead into the second innings the need to bat for long period last is nullified anyway. Cook choose to back his batters instead.
If you take weather conditions into account on choose on what’s above you at the time.Posted 4 years ago
Played a lot of cricket over the years but have never really been able to tell how a pitch would play just by looking at it. Weather a bit more so, but even then…
Little walk to the middle, quick look, a few nods and shakes of the head, a long sigh…..walk back none the wiser! 😉
Current home ground has a “magic” spot just on a length – one of our medium bowlers has the knack of hitting the spot causing a lot of grief for visiting batsmen. Totally invisible though.
Comments on Derek Underwood on BBC site at the moment – I once faced him in the nets at Edgbaston when I was a teenager. Unbelievably quick and hostile and he was a spinner!!!!Posted 4 years ago
englands to lose but far more interesting than anyone would have thought due to the young un in the Aussie team
Not yet I think. A good hour for the Aussies in the field tomorrow followed by a good hour with the bat and its back on.
Great stuff though, god I love test cricket, nothing else comes close.Posted 4 years ago
I’m looking forward to what psychle has to say about Broad still being there at stumps 😉
Unless they knock England over cheaply tomorrow morning (which is always possible), Australia will be looking at an outright record chase at TB (current record is 284). Would already be the second highest successful chase by Australia in England (they did chase 404 at Headingly in 1948, but their second best effort is only 242).Posted 4 years ago
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