I used to think Simon Mann was boring but now I actually quite like him. He’s authentic and provides balance to the TMS team.
Klunk – I disagree about Cook. He was absolutely right to be on the front foot but instead of pushing through he should have held his bat still and let the ball hit it. Easier said than done though because it was a great ball by Ashwin.
England need a large total. A couple of guys need to score hundreds. Take the game deep.
I’m going to disagree. The fact it hit the stumps to me says it wasn’t a short ball. Even a slow bowler on a first day pitch with a ball that was what – 20 runs and 8 overs old – a short ball would bounce over, unless it’s short enough to be on the way down again. It’s a terrific length, one where you can’t get far enough forward to smother spin but too full to play back to, and more than that it ended up being a little shorter due to the late dip he gets on it.
It was just a great bit of bowling.
If there’s a criticism, the bat doesn’t quite come down straight but again I think that’s from the dip that deceives Cook into having to open the shoulders and push a little more with his hands at it. In the past the bat could have come straight down the line of off stump and covered the turning ball, and if it had gone straight the pads would protect leg stump – and before DRS and ball tracking umpires wouldn’t have given it.
Oddly – and I’m not admitting that playing forward was ‘wrong’ because it wasn’t. But if he had gone back he’d have been more deceived but would have possibly had chance to jab down on it.