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I can see a situation where they don't really get to. England get bowled out for 290-300, The West Indies get to about 20-0, and it starts raining. The rest of the day is rained off, and the Windies resume tomorrow in blazing sunshine and perfect batting conditions. :lol:

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Another day, another little England collapse. You have to think that the pitch hasn't really changed much since Monday, so the score is well below par - though with Anderson back in the side he might be able to extract a bit more swing than we saw in the last Test.

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You'd have to have a heart of stone not to admire Stuart Broad's bravery when batting.  He's a man essentially battling with PTSD when he goes in there.  All his strange movements around the crease and his mad swipes are a result of when he was hit in the face by Varun Aaron.  That moment changed him completely as a batsman, he's admitted to having nightmares, or even waking nightmares where he sees cricket balls flying at his face.  Now, when he goes out to bat, he knows that the opponents see in him a weakness against the short ball, so they are going to bowl it fast at his head again.  But he's still there, trying to get in line, hooking bouncers and fighting for his team.  

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27 minutes ago, feltmonkey said:

You'd have to have a heart of stone not to admire Stuart Broad's bravery when batting.  He's a man essentially battling with PTSD when he goes in there.  All his strange movements around the crease and his mad swipes are a result of when he was hit in the face by Varun Aaron.  That moment changed him completely as a batsman, he's admitted to having nightmares, or even waking nightmares where he sees cricket balls flying at his face.  Now, when he goes out to bat, he knows that the opponents see in him a weakness against the short ball, so they are going to bowl it fast at his head again.  But he's still there, trying to get in line, hooking bouncers and fighting for his team.  


and then some. Fifth fastest half century was it?

 

or joint third...

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23 hours ago, Sirloin said:

Liked the way Burns picked up his scoring rate once Root came out.

 

The BBC text commentary was full of people being negative about the run rate just before that, mainly because of the weather forecast for today - that proved right.

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And Broad gets his 500th Test wicket. It would be interesting to see which he thinks is his better performance - that Nottingham Ashes Test where he took loads in a morning, or this whole match where he has single-handedly almost decided a unique and memorable series.

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Yep, I really enjoyed all of the matches. If the WIndies can keep Gabriel fit and find some steel in their batting, they could really start to rise up the rankings.

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They're a good side these days, with a very good bowling attack.  Unfortunately the format hurt them in the end as they ended up playing the same fast bowlers for several games in quick succession.  Gabriel couldn't really manage it, obviously.  I don't know what they could have done - he has to play in the first game, but after they won that they must have decided to play him in the second in the hope of getting a win and sealing the series, where they could rest him for the third.  In hindsight, maybe he should have sat the second test out.  Perhaps a fully fit and full-speed Gabriel could have prevented that momentum-changing partnership between Broad and Bess from developing? 

 

I don't think any of their batsmen average above 40 in first class cricket, which is a problem.  Shia Hope doesn't look up to test cricket - he's been getting picked on the basis of his two hundreds in the same test at Headingly, but those were three years ago now and remain his only test centuries.  They do have some talent in the batting line-up, and Blackwood could be a very good player if he learns how to bat the situation more.  Holder is a great all-rounder and captain, Dowrich could be a good wicketkeeper-batsmen if he sorts his keeping out, and of course they have a great bowling attack.  I don't know what's going on with their ranking.  They're a better team than Sri Lanka and Pakistan in my opinion.  

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15 hours ago, footle said:

Watch now as Pakistan thrash us.

 

Definitely going to be a tougher series, but those wins will give the England lads a bit more confidence. It's up to the selectors to get the balance right, especially facing more spin.

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England left 50 runs out there at least. That run out was criminal with five left. Ireland bowled very well though, they have all series. Just didn’t have enough to defend the last two matches.

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