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Love watching Broad batting like this, on his day he’s a pretty good hat. Wood also looks like the kind of bowler that will cause havoc with the bat given half a chance.Posted 2 months ago
Great to watch.
63-4 SA are rockingPosted 2 months ago
1 to get! SA need 25 to avoid the follow on (if England enforce it)Posted 2 months ago
five for wood! do they enforce ? looks like england want to bat again
Posted 2 months ago
Since he lengthened his run-up, Mark Wood has claimed his Test wickets at a cost of 14.42 apiece with two five-wicket hauls in three Tests. Different bowler. And a much, much more effective one.
— George Dobell (@GeorgeDobell1) January 26, 2020
244-0Posted 2 months ago
458-9Posted 2 months ago
Question for the cricket experts. Why did England not enforce the follow on? Something to do with the state of the pitch maybe?Posted 2 months agojoatSubscriber
Question for the cricket experts. Why did England not enforce the follow on? Something to do with the state of the pitch maybe?
Bowling for a win or draw is always preferable to batting, even for a modest score, on a four day old wicket. Put the game out of sight and put the pressure on your opponents. It wasn’t a huge gap for SA to make up and they have enough quality to frustrate the bowlers.Posted 2 months ago
the modern thinking is (if your not taking the last 2 wickets first thing in the morning session) is to give the bowlers a rest bash some quick runs in the knowledge that anything over 150 is going to leave 350+ to get on a worn wicket and chases of that size are very very rare beast in test cricket.Posted 2 months ago
This ^ already enough signs that the wicket is starting to vary in bounce a bit and the groundsman has said that it’ll get worse from here. We could have put them in again, they score 350 and we need 135 on a minefield and risk losing a test. Yes, probably they’d only get 200-odd and we’d win by an innings or 9 or 10 wickets but you don’t know.
Secondly – fast bowling is incredibly hard on muscles and joints. All quicks are either recovering from injury, nursing an injury of some sort, or coming up to their next injury. Though we rolled SA for not very many, it still took 70 overs with none to spin, it’s the fourth test with not a lot of rest between and they’re off to SL shortly, and cumulative fatigue is a major factor in injuries. To risk an injury when we don’t need to in order to win the test is pointless.
Sir Alastair was summarising back at Sky in London and was asked the same, and whether he consulted his bowlers much, and he said that most of the time they would never even consider it so asking was pointless. Likewise asking them what to do if they won the toss; Broad notoriously always wants to bat first no matter what. He was angry even when Chef chose to bowl at Trent Bridge in 2015 – you know, when he then took 8-15 and we rolled Australia for 60 in under 20 overs……Posted 2 months ago
Ah I see now. Many thanks for the explanations (we don’t have Sky and TMS isn’t covering the series my information sources are limited).
My thinking was that enforcing the follow on would mean England knowing exactly what they needed to win, rather than possibly wasting time putting unnecessary runs on the board, but I hadn’t thought about the above, particularly the physical effects of continued fast bowling.
Cheers guys.Posted 2 months ago
it also depends on how close to the 200 it is, larger the lead more likely to enforce.Posted 2 months ago
I’ve wondered why the follow on is a rigid number. 600 vs 400, or 325 vs 125 is a different proposition, I wonder if it should be say 50% up to a max of 200.Posted 2 months ago
We already lead the series, so aren’t chasing a win as much as SA. Plus the injured/tired bowlers issue.Posted 2 months agojohndohMember
Hmmm, time to start feeling everso slightly concerned?Posted 2 months agoconvertSubscriber
Don’t see them chasing it down or lasting another 5 sessions (minus any rain) but it would be great for the game if they did.Posted 2 months agohowsyourdad1Subscriber
Excellent! almost as enjoyable as getting him out* for 99
*actually feel sorry for him, unluckyPosted 2 months ago
that’s it a 3-1 series win, pretty emphatic in the end.Posted 2 months ago
I’ve been run out for 99.
Backing up at the non-striker’s end, deflected off the bowler’s ankle and on to the stumps.
Bastard umpire had given leg byes for one i’d hit much earlier on as well…….Posted 2 months ago
Considering Archer and Anderson hardly bowled it was a really good win. Young batters doing well too. I dream of getting to 99………Posted 2 months ago
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