Root's 168 not out helps England dominate
15/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 476
Captain Joe Root scores his first Test century since 2019 to help England build a substantial lead over Sri Lanka in the first Test in Galle.
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15/01/2021 12:05:15 18 6
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Root is one of the best players of spin we've ever produced. Superb knock!
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15/01/2021 12:05:37 37 3
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Root does not turn enough 50s into 100s, but then he scores more 50s than most. This innings takes his average over 49, and to 7991 runs. Which puts him right up there with the best. He get a real big daddy score here.

England to win this game at a canter, SL were very poor first 2 days, but have they got anything to offer.

Several no balls from spinners is just unacceptable.
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15/01/2021 12:12:51 18 45
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You’re right that Root’s conversion rate is appalling. Before this test he wasn’t even in the top 10 in the ICC test ratings. Not sure we can read anything into performances against this awful Sri Lankan side.
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15/01/2021 14:24:26 13 3
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Root is the best all-round batsman I've ever seen play for England, and it's because he has so much talent that he cops a bit more flack for not having 30 centuries by now. But anyone who remembers watching England batting in the nineties will I'm sure just be grateful that we have him at all.
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15/01/2021 14:45:50 2 9
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Root is very good.

The comparison with Smith, Kohli and Williamson isn't fair to him. These three are a notch or two above him and play every format. I'd add Babar Azam to the list very soon!
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15/01/2021 12:06:01 18 4
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Impossible for England to lose from here.
Welcome back, Joe Root.
Hope he goes on to score more than 254.
Impressive start from young Lawrence.
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15/01/2021 12:48:03 2 4
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BLZ - B ... Hiding away and having a good rest a bit like JR too. ??.

Yes a knock he has needed and not over yet.

True Impossible for Us to lose but it's a win of which we need to happen. Only day 2 so let's enjoy and ready for the day 3 tomorrow.
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15/01/2021 12:07:10 12 5
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If you put Sri Lanka in now I don’t think they would get 185. Just batting practice for England now.
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15/01/2021 16:03:21 2 0
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Tell our openers that.
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15/01/2021 12:07:16 42 5
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Well played Rooty. Timely return to Daddy Hundred form in Test 1 of 17, potentially 18 this year.
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15/01/2021 12:07:43 2 4
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Well done. Not sure how he will rank this in his finest moments.
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15/01/2021 12:07:47 65 15
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It’s very sad to see such a poor Sri Lankan side in test cricket. Not sure this tells us anything about where England is at.
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15/01/2021 12:15:03 41 6
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It's sad that test cricket is now seen as a 2nd class version of the sport in many of the places it was once the version to play. The shorter forms of the sport and other sports are more lucrative to them and therefore more attractive.
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15/01/2021 13:36:38 5 4
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It tells us we have a mediocre spin bowler in Bess who was very lucky to get his 5 for . That leach should be the number 1 spinner for the ashes currently.

Also that our batting isn’t quite up to scratch in where we want it to be for the ashes and India.

Broad looks in good Nick and Anderson is Anderson. But we will definitely need archer and wood in Australia and the batting to fire.
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15/01/2021 13:54:33 1 0
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They're better than Sri Lanka!
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15/01/2021 16:00:25 1 2
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Careful about dissing Sri Lanka on here. I said similar yesterday and got pulled.
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16/01/2021 06:27:08 0 0
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They were hit around every where ,I feel sad for them
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15/01/2021 12:08:08 4 36
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J Root is boring
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15/01/2021 12:11:04 18 4
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if you think Root is boring then you're are more of a t20 fan than a test match. Stick to watching the sloggers
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15/01/2021 12:32:47 7 4
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Hey hutcho16, why don't you say something stupid and inflammatory to grab attention? hutcho, is 16 your IQ?
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15/01/2021 12:08:34 7 6
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I said yesterday if SL could get 2 quick wkts... Got YJB, nearly got JR... But didn't. Excellent knock from him & from Lawrence too. Even ENG can't lose from here (panto season is overl no going "Oh yes we can!").

Sadly, this SL team just don't seem to be at the races lately...
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15/01/2021 12:08:39 51 5
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I'm all for elite sport being allowed to continue. It's good to have a bit of normality in our lives, even if it is just via the telly.
And it's a tough way to earn a living at the best of times.
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15/01/2021 13:01:36 40 5
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Yep agreed, provided the players don't take the p**s and think they're above all the other rules. Cricketers seem to be doing well on that front, can't be said for all sports tough.
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15/01/2021 18:43:22 1 0
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At least the cricketers appear to take their responsibilities seriously (apart from Jofra fetching his Xbox!), unlike other sportsmen seem to.
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16/01/2021 03:40:58 0 0
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I would like to see cricket on TV but cannot as not even highlights appear on terrestrial channels.
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15/01/2021 12:09:06 4 4
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Come on Rooty! Get that double ton!
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15/01/2021 12:09:09 6 4
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It is so good to see Root back to his best. Hopefully quick runs tomorow from him Buttler and S Curran can get us up to a sizable lead and then we can run through them again.
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15/01/2021 12:10:08 5 4
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Rooty doing what he does best!
Scoring runs off pie throwers. Removed
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15/01/2021 12:24:53 1 4
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not much to do for the captain in the past 2 days so he just got on with doing what he does best ..... getting big scores .... pass the armband on to someone else ( just a thought )
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15/01/2021 12:08:08 4 36
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J Root is boring
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15/01/2021 12:11:04 18 4
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if you think Root is boring then you're are more of a t20 fan than a test match. Stick to watching the sloggers
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15/01/2021 12:28:46 5 3
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No. Keep watching the Tests and learn to appreciate the elegance and nuance of a more complcated but much more rewarding format!
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15/01/2021 12:11:21 7 10
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Oh, by the way, who knew the "If the ball has been grounded, you can't subsequently be caught" rule? Have to confess, I didn't!
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15/01/2021 12:39:28 3 6
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What do you mean? You didn't know if the ball hits the ground, you can't be caught?

You being sarcastic or am I being cynical?
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15/01/2021 12:12:33 5 9
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impressive from Root...but the real battle we want to see this year is.. Bess v Kohli
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15/01/2021 14:25:24 4 0
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Shame we don't get a battle when Adil Rashid bowls to Kohli.

Did you see THAT expression on his face?
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15/01/2021 12:05:37 37 3
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Root does not turn enough 50s into 100s, but then he scores more 50s than most. This innings takes his average over 49, and to 7991 runs. Which puts him right up there with the best. He get a real big daddy score here.

England to win this game at a canter, SL were very poor first 2 days, but have they got anything to offer.

Several no balls from spinners is just unacceptable.
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15/01/2021 12:12:51 18 45
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You’re right that Root’s conversion rate is appalling. Before this test he wasn’t even in the top 10 in the ICC test ratings. Not sure we can read anything into performances against this awful Sri Lankan side.
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15/01/2021 12:47:17 11 4
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Armchair expert talking like he knows anything about Test match batting. Show some respect, please.

Guarantee the "awful" Sri Lankan spinners would run circles around you, given the chance.
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15/01/2021 12:13:05 23 3
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As an Essex fan, I felt fairly certain Dan Lawrence would boss this and that is exactly what he did. He looks a good prospect from here.
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15/01/2021 12:27:12 7 7
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He did 4½ years ago: whay have the selectors taken so long?
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RPH
15/01/2021 12:13:31 15 3
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Really exciting stuff by Lawrene! It's going to be tough for the selectors to choose a top 6 once Pope, Stokes and Burns are all available again.
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15/01/2021 12:23:49 6 4
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I agree England have many options probably at least 8 who can bat 4-7. Points still need to proven in top 3. All of ZC DS and RB have had good starts to career but need to push on and would be good to see more competition there. I am being a bit picky I must admit
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15/01/2021 12:31:29 4 4
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I'd go
Burns
Crawley
Lawrance
Root
Stokes
Pope
But then we have proven to fill in for injuries form loss Bairstow, Sibley
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15/01/2021 12:39:01 3 4
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All the great test playing nations have the glorious headache of who to select as their best eleven.
Us groundlings can only look on with envy and angst as the selectors umm and ahh and we lesser souls just have except that our hero’s will not play every game through fatigue or injury (cotton wool, one foot thick around Anderson please).
Test cricket gives me hope in this pandemic!
Yup.
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15/01/2021 14:00:18 5 3
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A timely knock from Lawrence. Now, as soon as Pope/Stokes/Burns are available they can drop Bairstow again.
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15/01/2021 16:08:31 1 2
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I think Sibley will be the one to miss out. No shots and cumbersone, lucky to play the tests he has so far.
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15/01/2021 12:10:08 5 4
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Rooty doing what he does best!
Scoring runs off pie throwers. Removed
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15/01/2021 12:35:17 4 4
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Williamson didn't make a run against Aus and India, then cashes in against Pakistan and the Windies. Doesn't seem to get criciticised for making hay against pie-throwers though. You take them when they're available.
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15/01/2021 12:42:54 2 3
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Rubbish comment.

Hardly Root's fault that Sri Lanka don't have a great attack. You can only play what's in front of you.

168* in the 1st innings of the 1st Test match of 2021. Don't care if it's Sri Lanka, 00s Australia, or Geddington 2nds; chanceless innings.
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15/01/2021 12:07:47 65 15
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It’s very sad to see such a poor Sri Lankan side in test cricket. Not sure this tells us anything about where England is at.
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15/01/2021 12:15:03 41 6
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It's sad that test cricket is now seen as a 2nd class version of the sport in many of the places it was once the version to play. The shorter forms of the sport and other sports are more lucrative to them and therefore more attractive.
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15/01/2021 12:41:37 18 3
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It is sad but I guess inevitable over the last few years. Maybe COVID presents an opportunity for a resurgence in the 5 day format. I can see the ad campaign now:

"Test cricket - the perfect complement to working from home all week"
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15/01/2021 12:46:51 10 3
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You get good and poor sides in all sports and all variations of cricket... Not every Test, 4 day game, T20 or fifty over match can be brilliant... We've had a good run of great tests in recent times so are lucky. Over the decades in Test cricket there have been great sides and matches and poor sides and matches. You have to beat what's in front of you.
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15/01/2021 13:35:00 26 1
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The Sun sells more copies than The Guardian or the FT. That does not make it a better paper. The lumpenproletariat can have their bish/bash/bosh nonsense, but as we have seen in the India/Aus series there is no sunbstitute for proper Test cricket.
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15/01/2021 13:41:26 20 1
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Sadly, Test cricket doesn’t appeal to those brought up on a diet of instant gratification, where a day’s play will see a result. Some will never understand the point of a match played over 5 days without there being a result at the end of it and yet, some of the greatest test matches ended up as draws.
Test cricket will always be the purest form of the game in my eyes.
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15/01/2021 12:18:39 13 5
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With the time left in the game is it possible to let root go for 300 & still win? Maybe 402 even? Stupidly early to wonder about it but if England batted all day tomorrow root could be around 350, another 50 in the morning session them declare with plenty of time to bowl SL out. That's my dream :)
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15/01/2021 12:20:21 7 3
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It’s a team game.
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15/01/2021 12:36:23 5 4
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All depends on the weather. If no rain I think England will bat on and on. If there is rain England could declare earlier than they wanted to with a possible declaration at tea tomorrow. With Bess, Leach and a few overs from Root and even Lawrence England could easily bowl 17-19 overs per hour (more if Sri Lanka decided to defend!!) I'd be interested in Root's tactics.
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15/01/2021 12:36:25 5 3
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Not with the forecast looking very changeable. I'd be surprised if England bat until tea tomorrow. Really they want to be 300 ahead and then declaring giving themselves as much time as possible to bowl Sri Lanka out and not letting the rain gift them a draw.
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15/01/2021 12:41:38 6 4
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Everyone remembers Brian Lara's 400.

Nobody remembers the result of that game.

Records stand the test of time I. People's Memoires, not results.

Having said that, bit early.to talk about this. Root could be out early tomorrow for all anyone knows.
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15/01/2021 21:39:31 3 0
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I agree, stupidly early to be having this kind of debate
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15/01/2021 12:18:55 4 4
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Well done Rooty boy !
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15/01/2021 12:18:39 13 5
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With the time left in the game is it possible to let root go for 300 & still win? Maybe 402 even? Stupidly early to wonder about it but if England batted all day tomorrow root could be around 350, another 50 in the morning session them declare with plenty of time to bowl SL out. That's my dream :)
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15/01/2021 12:20:21 7 3
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It’s a team game.
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15/01/2021 12:31:44 5 5
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Yes it is and winning is the most important thing. I was just thinking we could let Joe root get a huge innings of he can And still win. No prizes awarded for winning quickly, why not use the time left?
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15/01/2021 12:52:57 0 3
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Sometimes.
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15/01/2021 12:57:58 4 3
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No s*&% Sherlock.

Nothing gets past you eh.
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15/01/2021 12:20:39 22 5
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Masterclass by Root
Lawrance another good test prospect.
Middle order looking strong openers maybe still a question mark.
On another note just watched the 1st overseas series shown on sky England v w indies Gr8 days thanks sky for all the Gr8 cricket over the yrs
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15/01/2021 12:49:12 13 4
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Yes, masterful by Joe Root.
A class player (said through gritted teeth as a Lancastrian ;-))
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15/01/2021 12:21:54 21 5
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Rooooooooooot
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15/01/2021 12:47:47 14 2
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I think you missed out one or two oos there, Harold.
;-)
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15/01/2021 12:22:58 2 3
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Rain looks like it might impact on days play from now on which will change England's plans on when Sri Lanka will bat again. Still expect England to bat on tomorrow but could look to get Sri Lanka batting earlier than they wanted. Still 270 scheduled overs (a lot more if England bowl Bess, Leach and even Root/Lawrence bowl too) left.
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RPH
15/01/2021 12:13:31 15 3
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Really exciting stuff by Lawrene! It's going to be tough for the selectors to choose a top 6 once Pope, Stokes and Burns are all available again.
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15/01/2021 12:23:49 6 4
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I agree England have many options probably at least 8 who can bat 4-7. Points still need to proven in top 3. All of ZC DS and RB have had good starts to career but need to push on and would be good to see more competition there. I am being a bit picky I must admit
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RPH
15/01/2021 12:29:50 4 8
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I think my choice currently would be 1) Crawley 2) Burns/Sibley 3) Stokes 4) Root 5) Lawrence 6) Pope

I'd rather be able to fit both Lawrence and Pope in than both Burns and Sibley. Stokes may seem like a controversial choice at 3, but he's absolutely got the game for it and he always rises to a challenge.
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15/01/2021 12:24:20 4 4
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I'm pleased that Dan Lawrence has done well. I watched him in an England U19s match some years ago (he'd already scored a couple of 1st class centuries), and even though it was a ODI he looked a class apart and made another excellent ton, albeit dropped twice, and was the mainstay of the innings.
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15/01/2021 13:27:47 0 1
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As a very young man he made good runs for Essex v Surrey coming in with Essex in trouble, and he proceeded to annoy the pants off the Surrey players and spectators. I thought then he looked a player who might go far. Let's hope this isn't as far as he gets.
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15/01/2021 12:24:46 6 6
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Encouraging signs for the Ashes!
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15/01/2021 13:22:14 3 1
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Could we just leave the Ashes for a bit longer? They don't need to pick the team till September and that's a long way ahead. Added to which, with things as they are at the moment, looking further ahead than the next two weeks isn't good for one's sanity.
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mj
15/01/2021 12:24:52 39 3
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Lawrence did well and gave the rest of the English batsmen a lesson on how to move their feet. Has a good eye and plenty of shots. A fine prospect. That was the first time I have seen him play and hope it isn't the last.
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15/01/2021 12:10:08 5 4
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Rooty doing what he does best!
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15/01/2021 12:24:53 1 4
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not much to do for the captain in the past 2 days so he just got on with doing what he does best ..... getting big scores .... pass the armband on to someone else ( just a thought )
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15/01/2021 12:26:20 54 5
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I'd begun to get concerned that Lawrence might be another "nearly man", kept out of the team because the selectors preferred an equally (e.g. Ollie Pope) or less well qualified batsman and he'd never get a chance. Well, he definitely deserves a few more now. Good luck to him.

(Bonus off spin too.)
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15/01/2021 12:38:18 44 16
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Lawrence averages 37 in first class cricket. Ollie Pope 55
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15/01/2021 17:51:33 5 1
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The lack of brain cells in these comments section is rather worrying
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15/01/2021 12:13:05 23 3
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As an Essex fan, I felt fairly certain Dan Lawrence would boss this and that is exactly what he did. He looks a good prospect from here.
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15/01/2021 12:27:12 7 7
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He did 4½ years ago: whay have the selectors taken so long?
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15/01/2021 12:33:29 7 4
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He averages 38 in first class cricket, he's hardly been banging the door down. Took his excellent form in the last 12 months to get him his chance. He did well for his 70, but was put down twice and this SL attack is poor. It's a good start, but tougher challenges lie ahead.
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15/01/2021 13:01:08 4 2
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He struggled a bit (comparatively) with the 4-day game when he started playing the one-day stuff, but he seems to be able to switch formats without problem now (at the mature age of 23)
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15/01/2021 16:05:29 0 1
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First Class average of 38, that's why.
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15/01/2021 12:11:04 18 4
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if you think Root is boring then you're are more of a t20 fan than a test match. Stick to watching the sloggers
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15/01/2021 12:28:46 5 3
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No. Keep watching the Tests and learn to appreciate the elegance and nuance of a more complcated but much more rewarding format!
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15/01/2021 12:23:49 6 4
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I agree England have many options probably at least 8 who can bat 4-7. Points still need to proven in top 3. All of ZC DS and RB have had good starts to career but need to push on and would be good to see more competition there. I am being a bit picky I must admit
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RPH
15/01/2021 12:29:50 4 8
bbc
I think my choice currently would be 1) Crawley 2) Burns/Sibley 3) Stokes 4) Root 5) Lawrence 6) Pope

I'd rather be able to fit both Lawrence and Pope in than both Burns and Sibley. Stokes may seem like a controversial choice at 3, but he's absolutely got the game for it and he always rises to a challenge.
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15/01/2021 16:53:50 1 0
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I instinctively sucked my teeth when I saw you'd put Stokes at 3! He does have good technique and has shown he has patience, but I think he's too valuable batting a bit lower, when (if the top 3 do their job) the batting conditions are hopefully a little easier.
A brave choice though and I love the out-of-the-box thinking :-)
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RPH
15/01/2021 12:13:31 15 3
bbc
Really exciting stuff by Lawrene! It's going to be tough for the selectors to choose a top 6 once Pope, Stokes and Burns are all available again.
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15/01/2021 12:31:29 4 4
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I'd go
Burns
Crawley
Lawrance
Root
Stokes
Pope
But then we have proven to fill in for injuries form loss Bairstow, Sibley
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15/01/2021 12:20:21 7 3
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It’s a team game.
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15/01/2021 12:31:44 5 5
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Yes it is and winning is the most important thing. I was just thinking we could let Joe root get a huge innings of he can And still win. No prizes awarded for winning quickly, why not use the time left?
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15/01/2021 12:08:08 4 36
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J Root is boring
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15/01/2021 12:32:47 7 4
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Hey hutcho16, why don't you say something stupid and inflammatory to grab attention? hutcho, is 16 your IQ?
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15/01/2021 12:27:12 7 7
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He did 4½ years ago: whay have the selectors taken so long?
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15/01/2021 12:33:29 7 4
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He averages 38 in first class cricket, he's hardly been banging the door down. Took his excellent form in the last 12 months to get him his chance. He did well for his 70, but was put down twice and this SL attack is poor. It's a good start, but tougher challenges lie ahead.
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15/01/2021 12:35:08 10 3
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Roots batting in this match has been the perfect demonstration of how to play spin in the sub continent. I have rarely seen the sweep played better- I think nearly all his boundaries have come that way but he has a big variety of sweeps , so it’s not that easy to defend. Lawrence did really well but like Atherton said looked frenetic after 60 trying to keep up with Root - he will learn from it.
Scoring runs off pie throwers. Removed
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15/01/2021 12:35:17 4 4
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Williamson didn't make a run against Aus and India, then cashes in against Pakistan and the Windies. Doesn't seem to get criciticised for making hay against pie-throwers though. You take them when they're available.
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15/01/2021 12:36:55 3 3
bbc
You prove your worth to the team when you get them when it’s tough.
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15/01/2021 12:18:39 13 5
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With the time left in the game is it possible to let root go for 300 & still win? Maybe 402 even? Stupidly early to wonder about it but if England batted all day tomorrow root could be around 350, another 50 in the morning session them declare with plenty of time to bowl SL out. That's my dream :)
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15/01/2021 12:36:23 5 4
bbc
All depends on the weather. If no rain I think England will bat on and on. If there is rain England could declare earlier than they wanted to with a possible declaration at tea tomorrow. With Bess, Leach and a few overs from Root and even Lawrence England could easily bowl 17-19 overs per hour (more if Sri Lanka decided to defend!!) I'd be interested in Root's tactics.
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15/01/2021 12:40:02 2 4
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Really interested in why a down tick for this comment.
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15/01/2021 12:18:39 13 5
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With the time left in the game is it possible to let root go for 300 & still win? Maybe 402 even? Stupidly early to wonder about it but if England batted all day tomorrow root could be around 350, another 50 in the morning session them declare with plenty of time to bowl SL out. That's my dream :)
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15/01/2021 12:36:25 5 3
bbc
Not with the forecast looking very changeable. I'd be surprised if England bat until tea tomorrow. Really they want to be 300 ahead and then declaring giving themselves as much time as possible to bowl Sri Lanka out and not letting the rain gift them a draw.
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15/01/2021 12:52:05 1 3
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there's three days left. Enough time for England to bat on - although tactics can be altered if more rain. I expect England to bowl their spinners as much as possible (even Root could bowl himself and Dan Lawrence too). England's spinners will surely bowl quicker than Sri Lanka's 14.5 overs per hour!
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15/01/2021 12:36:39 24 5
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Great innings by Root, leading from the front. Lawrence showing he has what it takes at Test level too.

Bat once, please, because batting last on this won't be fun.
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15/01/2021 12:35:17 4 4
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Williamson didn't make a run against Aus and India, then cashes in against Pakistan and the Windies. Doesn't seem to get criciticised for making hay against pie-throwers though. You take them when they're available.
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15/01/2021 12:36:55 3 3
bbc
You prove your worth to the team when you get them when it’s tough.
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15/01/2021 12:55:33 4 3
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He went in at around 20 for 2 with Sri Lanka on top the partnership with Bairstow reversed this if he had got out early and exposed Lawrance on debut at 30 for 3 say who knows how England's innings would have gone
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15/01/2021 12:26:20 54 5
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I'd begun to get concerned that Lawrence might be another "nearly man", kept out of the team because the selectors preferred an equally (e.g. Ollie Pope) or less well qualified batsman and he'd never get a chance. Well, he definitely deserves a few more now. Good luck to him.

(Bonus off spin too.)
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15/01/2021 12:38:18 44 16
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Lawrence averages 37 in first class cricket. Ollie Pope 55
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15/01/2021 12:47:04 3 5
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Bonus Pope an keep
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15/01/2021 12:50:06 16 7
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It's an odd world when stating facts like this get thumbs down isn't it. But Lawrence did great today, I hope to see plenty more of him.
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15/01/2021 12:56:20 21 2
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Lawrence averages 38 in first class cricket, based at Chelmsford, Pope is based at the Oval which isn't an exact comparison. Both are very good indeed.
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15/01/2021 13:01:00 2 4
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Dan has a bowling average of 22 in T20 cricket!!
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15/01/2021 13:18:39 6 1
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Chelmsford is not exactly a batting paradise.
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15/01/2021 13:29:26 14 1
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Not surprised .Average first innings score at Chelmsford over the past four years has been less than 200,whereas the Oval is as flat as a pancake.
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15/01/2021 14:19:04 13 5
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Lawrence averages 73 in Test match cricket. Ollie Pope 37.94 ....
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15/01/2021 16:09:56 2 0
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Irrelevant
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15/01/2021 16:12:51 1 1
bbc
Might be a poor attack but at least Root scored his hundred in a match that counts for once and not a dead rubber like usual.
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15/01/2021 12:38:45 1 37
bbc
Who cares. Its not exactly a thrilling sport. More of a pass time.
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15/01/2021 12:41:13 16 3
bbc
So don't waste your time commenting...
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15/01/2021 12:43:46 4 3
bbc
@CelticToBeRelegated
"a pass time"

Stand back, we've got a Brain of Britain here.
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15/01/2021 12:45:39 2 3
bbc
Oh shush.
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15/01/2021 12:45:56 2 4
bbc
Cricket? It's chess with a ball.

Oh, by the way
Its=a possessive pronoun, for example, "Australian has many famous batsmen. Its most famous is Don Bradman."

It's=short for 'it has', for example, "There's no play, because it's been raining" or short for 'it is', for example, "Cricket. It's a very thrilling sport.
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15/01/2021 12:47:39 1 2
bbc
It has been wonderful to get your opinion. Thanks.
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15/01/2021 12:50:44 1 2
bbc
Silly boy. Your football shirt needs a wash.
19
RPH
15/01/2021 12:13:31 15 3
bbc
Really exciting stuff by Lawrene! It's going to be tough for the selectors to choose a top 6 once Pope, Stokes and Burns are all available again.
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15/01/2021 12:39:01 3 4
bbc
All the great test playing nations have the glorious headache of who to select as their best eleven.
Us groundlings can only look on with envy and angst as the selectors umm and ahh and we lesser souls just have except that our hero’s will not play every game through fatigue or injury (cotton wool, one foot thick around Anderson please).
Test cricket gives me hope in this pandemic!
Yup.
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15/01/2021 12:11:21 7 10
bbc
Oh, by the way, who knew the "If the ball has been grounded, you can't subsequently be caught" rule? Have to confess, I didn't!
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15/01/2021 12:39:28 3 6
bbc
What do you mean? You didn't know if the ball hits the ground, you can't be caught?

You being sarcastic or am I being cynical?
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15/01/2021 12:45:29 0 2
bbc
Both
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15/01/2021 12:53:50 3 3
bbc
To be fair the commentators on tms didn't know this.. The incident that is being referred to is when root hit the ball, it hit the ground then it hit his glove then was caught. Think Agnew and Tufnell was commentating at the time and they gave Root out
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15/01/2021 13:25:11 1 1
bbc
Podge has it, Chorlton. The ball having hit the ground meant that even though it then flicked off Root's glove & was caught, he was still not out. As with Aggers & many others (including Tuffers, who despite what he later claimed, WAS giving it out when it happened), I've never known this to happen before, so was unaware of the precise wording of (I think) Rule 33.2.2.2!
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15/01/2021 12:36:23 5 4
bbc
All depends on the weather. If no rain I think England will bat on and on. If there is rain England could declare earlier than they wanted to with a possible declaration at tea tomorrow. With Bess, Leach and a few overs from Root and even Lawrence England could easily bowl 17-19 overs per hour (more if Sri Lanka decided to defend!!) I'd be interested in Root's tactics.
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15/01/2021 12:40:02 2 4
bbc
Really interested in why a down tick for this comment.
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15/01/2021 12:40:31 1 4
bbc
Going back to yesterday, good to see Dom Bess do well. I have to admit that I've not always been impressed by his bowling, which I've seen as too flat and lacking in variation.

But fair play to the lad.
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15/01/2021 12:49:35 6 3
bbc
Dom Bess bowled very average stuff yesterday, actually. A fifer is a fifer, but there are different qualities of them.

Nothing against him but I hope the management don't read too much into it for the India tour. Leach is our best spinner.
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Ed
15/01/2021 13:12:40 1 1
bbc
Seems mean to carp. But it was the luckiest 5for since Beefy
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15/01/2021 12:38:45 1 37
bbc
Who cares. Its not exactly a thrilling sport. More of a pass time.
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15/01/2021 12:41:13 16 3
bbc
So don't waste your time commenting...
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15/01/2021 12:15:03 41 6
bbc
It's sad that test cricket is now seen as a 2nd class version of the sport in many of the places it was once the version to play. The shorter forms of the sport and other sports are more lucrative to them and therefore more attractive.
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15/01/2021 12:41:37 18 3
bbc
It is sad but I guess inevitable over the last few years. Maybe COVID presents an opportunity for a resurgence in the 5 day format. I can see the ad campaign now:

"Test cricket - the perfect complement to working from home all week"
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15/01/2021 12:18:39 13 5
bbc
With the time left in the game is it possible to let root go for 300 & still win? Maybe 402 even? Stupidly early to wonder about it but if England batted all day tomorrow root could be around 350, another 50 in the morning session them declare with plenty of time to bowl SL out. That's my dream :)
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15/01/2021 12:41:38 6 4
bbc
Everyone remembers Brian Lara's 400.

Nobody remembers the result of that game.

Records stand the test of time I. People's Memoires, not results.

Having said that, bit early.to talk about this. Root could be out early tomorrow for all anyone knows.
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15/01/2021 13:02:27 12 3
bbc
"Everyone remembers Brian Lara's 400.

Nobody remembers the result of that game."

I do. It was a draw. Lara cost his team a comprehensive victory by going for personal glory.
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15/01/2021 13:04:31 4 3
bbc
It was a draw when WI were already 3-0 down in a 4 match series.
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15/01/2021 13:31:07 1 5
bbc
Lara'a 400 game a draw. Lara's 501 for Warwickshire,game drawn. Individual performances should come above team needs.
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15/01/2021 14:42:36 1 1
bbc
It was a draw Brian batting on probably cost West Indies a chance of a win but he always was a selfish player more interested in personal stats than whats was best for the team
Scoring runs off pie throwers. Removed
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15/01/2021 12:42:54 2 3
bbc
Rubbish comment.

Hardly Root's fault that Sri Lanka don't have a great attack. You can only play what's in front of you.

168* in the 1st innings of the 1st Test match of 2021. Don't care if it's Sri Lanka, 00s Australia, or Geddington 2nds; chanceless innings.
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15/01/2021 12:38:45 1 37
bbc
Who cares. Its not exactly a thrilling sport. More of a pass time.
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15/01/2021 12:43:46 4 3
bbc
@CelticToBeRelegated
"a pass time"

Stand back, we've got a Brain of Britain here.
50
15/01/2021 12:39:28 3 6
bbc
What do you mean? You didn't know if the ball hits the ground, you can't be caught?

You being sarcastic or am I being cynical?
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15/01/2021 12:45:29 0 2
bbc
Both
48
15/01/2021 12:38:45 1 37
bbc
Who cares. Its not exactly a thrilling sport. More of a pass time.
59
15/01/2021 12:45:39 2 3
bbc
Oh shush.
48
15/01/2021 12:38:45 1 37
bbc
Who cares. Its not exactly a thrilling sport. More of a pass time.
60
15/01/2021 12:45:56 2 4
bbc
Cricket? It's chess with a ball.

Oh, by the way
Its=a possessive pronoun, for example, "Australian has many famous batsmen. Its most famous is Don Bradman."

It's=short for 'it has', for example, "There's no play, because it's been raining" or short for 'it is', for example, "Cricket. It's a very thrilling sport.
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15/01/2021 12:15:03 41 6
bbc
It's sad that test cricket is now seen as a 2nd class version of the sport in many of the places it was once the version to play. The shorter forms of the sport and other sports are more lucrative to them and therefore more attractive.
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15/01/2021 12:46:51 10 3
bbc
You get good and poor sides in all sports and all variations of cricket... Not every Test, 4 day game, T20 or fifty over match can be brilliant... We've had a good run of great tests in recent times so are lucky. Over the decades in Test cricket there have been great sides and matches and poor sides and matches. You have to beat what's in front of you.
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15/01/2021 12:46:57 6 8
bbc
I'd say England's lynch pin was Stokes rather than Root over the last couple of years but, credit where its due, it's great to see him hit a big score again.
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15/01/2021 12:38:18 44 16
bbc
Lawrence averages 37 in first class cricket. Ollie Pope 55
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15/01/2021 12:47:04 3 5
bbc
Bonus Pope an keep
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15/01/2021 12:58:34 6 4
bbc
Yeah, we're short of keepers
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15/01/2021 12:12:51 18 45
bbc
You’re right that Root’s conversion rate is appalling. Before this test he wasn’t even in the top 10 in the ICC test ratings. Not sure we can read anything into performances against this awful Sri Lankan side.
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15/01/2021 12:47:17 11 4
bbc
Armchair expert talking like he knows anything about Test match batting. Show some respect, please.

Guarantee the "awful" Sri Lankan spinners would run circles around you, given the chance.
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15/01/2021 13:28:55 4 3
bbc
that's inane - we're talking about at international, not village level... so it's legit to say spinners averaging 40 are awful in the context of test cricket
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15/01/2021 17:19:36 2 1
bbc
Exactly. Can't remember who it was, but someone said to a club cricketer, an international 'medium' pace bowler, Collingwood for instance, would seem alarmingly fast. I'm sure Lanka's spinners would look unplayable to most club cricketers just the same.
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15/01/2021 12:38:45 1 37
bbc
Who cares. Its not exactly a thrilling sport. More of a pass time.
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15/01/2021 12:47:39 1 2
bbc
It has been wonderful to get your opinion. Thanks.
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15/01/2021 12:21:54 21 5
bbc
Rooooooooooot
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15/01/2021 12:47:47 14 2
bbc
I think you missed out one or two oos there, Harold.
;-)
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15/01/2021 12:06:01 18 4
bbc
Impossible for England to lose from here.
Welcome back, Joe Root.
Hope he goes on to score more than 254.
Impressive start from young Lawrence.
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15/01/2021 12:48:03 2 4
bbc
BLZ - B ... Hiding away and having a good rest a bit like JR too. ??.

Yes a knock he has needed and not over yet.

True Impossible for Us to lose but it's a win of which we need to happen. Only day 2 so let's enjoy and ready for the day 3 tomorrow.
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15/01/2021 12:55:50 5 2
bbc
Lol Duncan, you said it.
Ole timers like me need a bit of rest now & again.
Bat once & bat big I say.
There'll be no stopping Maksi now.
Bess - 5 wickets
Root - 168 *
Bairstow - 47
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15/01/2021 12:20:39 22 5
bbc
Masterclass by Root
Lawrance another good test prospect.
Middle order looking strong openers maybe still a question mark.
On another note just watched the 1st overseas series shown on sky England v w indies Gr8 days thanks sky for all the Gr8 cricket over the yrs
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15/01/2021 12:49:12 13 4
bbc
Yes, masterful by Joe Root.
A class player (said through gritted teeth as a Lancastrian ;-))
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15/01/2021 13:57:20 2 4
bbc
Don't worry I'm sure the Yorkies have to grit their teeth when they talk about Anderson as well, though you can probably speak with a Yorkie accent with your teeth gritted and nobody would notice.
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15/01/2021 12:40:31 1 4
bbc
Going back to yesterday, good to see Dom Bess do well. I have to admit that I've not always been impressed by his bowling, which I've seen as too flat and lacking in variation.

But fair play to the lad.
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15/01/2021 12:49:35 6 3
bbc
Dom Bess bowled very average stuff yesterday, actually. A fifer is a fifer, but there are different qualities of them.

Nothing against him but I hope the management don't read too much into it for the India tour. Leach is our best spinner.
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15/01/2021 12:53:58 2 3
bbc
Not saying this is right, but do others get the feeling that they really value Bess's potential to be a "number 8" with the bat?
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15/01/2021 12:38:18 44 16
bbc
Lawrence averages 37 in first class cricket. Ollie Pope 55
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15/01/2021 12:50:06 16 7
bbc
It's an odd world when stating facts like this get thumbs down isn't it. But Lawrence did great today, I hope to see plenty more of him.
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15/01/2021 12:57:58 6 18
bbc
Inaccurate stats - in fact he averages 38 (small difference but still a bit silly to try and make him less good than he is, hence voted down for being petty and pathetic)
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15/01/2021 12:38:45 1 37
bbc
Who cares. Its not exactly a thrilling sport. More of a pass time.
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15/01/2021 12:50:44 1 2
bbc
Silly boy. Your football shirt needs a wash.
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15/01/2021 12:36:25 5 3
bbc
Not with the forecast looking very changeable. I'd be surprised if England bat until tea tomorrow. Really they want to be 300 ahead and then declaring giving themselves as much time as possible to bowl Sri Lanka out and not letting the rain gift them a draw.
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15/01/2021 12:52:05 1 3
bbc
there's three days left. Enough time for England to bat on - although tactics can be altered if more rain. I expect England to bowl their spinners as much as possible (even Root could bowl himself and Dan Lawrence too). England's spinners will surely bowl quicker than Sri Lanka's 14.5 overs per hour!
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15/01/2021 12:20:21 7 3
bbc
It’s a team game.
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15/01/2021 12:52:57 0 3
bbc
Sometimes.
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15/01/2021 12:39:28 3 6
bbc
What do you mean? You didn't know if the ball hits the ground, you can't be caught?

You being sarcastic or am I being cynical?
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15/01/2021 12:53:50 3 3
bbc
To be fair the commentators on tms didn't know this.. The incident that is being referred to is when root hit the ball, it hit the ground then it hit his glove then was caught. Think Agnew and Tufnell was commentating at the time and they gave Root out
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15/01/2021 13:05:38 2 2
bbc
Tuffers gives everything out haha!
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15/01/2021 12:49:35 6 3
bbc
Dom Bess bowled very average stuff yesterday, actually. A fifer is a fifer, but there are different qualities of them.

Nothing against him but I hope the management don't read too much into it for the India tour. Leach is our best spinner.
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15/01/2021 12:53:58 2 3
bbc
Not saying this is right, but do others get the feeling that they really value Bess's potential to be a "number 8" with the bat?
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15/01/2021 12:54:36 1 3
bbc
Great to see and great to enjoy test cricket during these boring stay at home times. Not over for India, they just need to get through tail for minimal runs stating the obvious of course
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15/01/2021 12:36:55 3 3
bbc
You prove your worth to the team when you get them when it’s tough.
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15/01/2021 12:55:33 4 3
bbc
He went in at around 20 for 2 with Sri Lanka on top the partnership with Bairstow reversed this if he had got out early and exposed Lawrance on debut at 30 for 3 say who knows how England's innings would have gone
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15/01/2021 12:48:03 2 4
bbc
BLZ - B ... Hiding away and having a good rest a bit like JR too. ??.

Yes a knock he has needed and not over yet.

True Impossible for Us to lose but it's a win of which we need to happen. Only day 2 so let's enjoy and ready for the day 3 tomorrow.
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15/01/2021 12:55:50 5 2
bbc
Lol Duncan, you said it.
Ole timers like me need a bit of rest now & again.
Bat once & bat big I say.
There'll be no stopping Maksi now.
Bess - 5 wickets
Root - 168 *
Bairstow - 47
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15/01/2021 16:56:49 2 0
bbc
Well thought shall I or not then went it's been a while. Yes must put that to bed now as been a bit over done and needs a rest now ??.

Yes Maksi in fantasy land over the Yorkshire input to the Test so far.
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15/01/2021 12:55:55 2 6
bbc
I'm sorry to say that the current Sri Lankan side falls a long way short of the swashbuckling brilliance we saw from them a couple of decades ago.
Honestly, England should expect to win this series.

The interesting series being played atm is Australia v India....
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15/01/2021 13:00:18 6 3
bbc
What Australia against a 3rd string Indian bowling attack.
Hows that show anything
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15/01/2021 13:06:02 2 1
bbc
Yeah some good cricket in Australia from both teams . Big Bash is a bit of a damp squib so far but the Test series has been decent . I'm just glad for lockdown Test cricket though , been a real comfort this year for me .
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15/01/2021 12:38:18 44 16
bbc
Lawrence averages 37 in first class cricket. Ollie Pope 55
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15/01/2021 12:56:20 21 2
bbc
Lawrence averages 38 in first class cricket, based at Chelmsford, Pope is based at the Oval which isn't an exact comparison. Both are very good indeed.
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15/01/2021 12:56:33 32 4
bbc
Thank God for cricket.
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15/01/2021 12:56:46 0 7
bbc
As poor as test team as I’ve seen

Just valuable game time nothing more

Wait till the ???? come in the summer

Can’t wait ????
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15/01/2021 12:20:21 7 3
bbc
It’s a team game.
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15/01/2021 12:57:58 4 3
bbc
No s*&% Sherlock.

Nothing gets past you eh.
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15/01/2021 12:50:06 16 7
bbc
It's an odd world when stating facts like this get thumbs down isn't it. But Lawrence did great today, I hope to see plenty more of him.
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15/01/2021 12:57:58 6 18
bbc
Inaccurate stats - in fact he averages 38 (small difference but still a bit silly to try and make him less good than he is, hence voted down for being petty and pathetic)
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15/01/2021 12:47:04 3 5
bbc
Bonus Pope an keep
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15/01/2021 12:58:34 6 4
bbc
Yeah, we're short of keepers
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15/01/2021 13:06:17 3 1
bbc
Yeh was sarcastic
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15/01/2021 12:58:51 36 8
bbc
Let's remember England were 2 down for around 20 it's easy to say now Roots innings was easy but if he'd had got out and exposed Lawrance on debut at 30 for 3 who knows how England's innings would have gone.
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15/01/2021 13:29:35 12 28
bbc
That's what I call turning a positive into a negative. I bet you're fun at parties.
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15/01/2021 12:55:55 2 6
bbc
I'm sorry to say that the current Sri Lankan side falls a long way short of the swashbuckling brilliance we saw from them a couple of decades ago.
Honestly, England should expect to win this series.

The interesting series being played atm is Australia v India....
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15/01/2021 13:00:18 6 3
bbc
What Australia against a 3rd string Indian bowling attack.
Hows that show anything
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15/01/2021 13:05:34 3 2
bbc
India's strength in depth?
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15/01/2021 13:06:44 2 1
bbc
Even if it is a “3rd string Indian bowling attack,” it is still better than this Sri Lankan attack.
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15/01/2021 12:38:18 44 16
bbc
Lawrence averages 37 in first class cricket. Ollie Pope 55
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15/01/2021 13:01:00 2 4
bbc
Dan has a bowling average of 22 in T20 cricket!!
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15/01/2021 13:08:31 2 2
bbc
Yes and a grand total of 9 wkts at 42 in 1st class
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15/01/2021 12:27:12 7 7
bbc
He did 4½ years ago: whay have the selectors taken so long?
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15/01/2021 13:01:08 4 2
bbc
He struggled a bit (comparatively) with the 4-day game when he started playing the one-day stuff, but he seems to be able to switch formats without problem now (at the mature age of 23)
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15/01/2021 12:08:39 51 5
bbc
I'm all for elite sport being allowed to continue. It's good to have a bit of normality in our lives, even if it is just via the telly.
And it's a tough way to earn a living at the best of times.
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15/01/2021 13:01:36 40 5
bbc
Yep agreed, provided the players don't take the p**s and think they're above all the other rules. Cricketers seem to be doing well on that front, can't be said for all sports tough.
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15/01/2021 12:41:38 6 4
bbc
Everyone remembers Brian Lara's 400.

Nobody remembers the result of that game.

Records stand the test of time I. People's Memoires, not results.

Having said that, bit early.to talk about this. Root could be out early tomorrow for all anyone knows.
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15/01/2021 13:02:27 12 3
bbc
"Everyone remembers Brian Lara's 400.

Nobody remembers the result of that game."

I do. It was a draw. Lara cost his team a comprehensive victory by going for personal glory.
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15/01/2021 13:07:52 1 1
bbc
There was No Test Championship placing at stake though all be it is a tight task to reach.

Yes sometimes taking one for the Team is needed although be nice too.
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15/01/2021 13:12:07 9 3
bbc
everyone in the west indies wanted him to get the world record back from hayden who'd piked it against lowly zimbabwe. it was a matter of national pride & glory, not personal
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15/01/2021 12:41:38 6 4
bbc
Everyone remembers Brian Lara's 400.

Nobody remembers the result of that game.

Records stand the test of time I. People's Memoires, not results.

Having said that, bit early.to talk about this. Root could be out early tomorrow for all anyone knows.
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15/01/2021 13:04:31 4 3
bbc
It was a draw when WI were already 3-0 down in a 4 match series.
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15/01/2021 13:00:18 6 3
bbc
What Australia against a 3rd string Indian bowling attack.
Hows that show anything
93
15/01/2021 13:05:34 3 2
bbc
India's strength in depth?
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15/01/2021 13:14:10 1 2
bbc
Or that Australia's batting isn't as good as they talk it up especially as the run maker was dropped 2 times
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15/01/2021 12:53:50 3 3
bbc
To be fair the commentators on tms didn't know this.. The incident that is being referred to is when root hit the ball, it hit the ground then it hit his glove then was caught. Think Agnew and Tufnell was commentating at the time and they gave Root out
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15/01/2021 13:05:38 2 2
bbc
Tuffers gives everything out haha!
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15/01/2021 12:55:55 2 6
bbc
I'm sorry to say that the current Sri Lankan side falls a long way short of the swashbuckling brilliance we saw from them a couple of decades ago.
Honestly, England should expect to win this series.

The interesting series being played atm is Australia v India....
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15/01/2021 13:06:02 2 1
bbc
Yeah some good cricket in Australia from both teams . Big Bash is a bit of a damp squib so far but the Test series has been decent . I'm just glad for lockdown Test cricket though , been a real comfort this year for me .
85
15/01/2021 12:58:34 6 4
bbc
Yeah, we're short of keepers
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15/01/2021 13:06:17 3 1
bbc
Yeh was sarcastic
87
15/01/2021 13:00:18 6 3
bbc
What Australia against a 3rd string Indian bowling attack.
Hows that show anything
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15/01/2021 13:06:44 2 1
bbc
Even if it is a “3rd string Indian bowling attack,” it is still better than this Sri Lankan attack.
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15/01/2021 14:48:58 1 1
bbc
Or England's batting is stronger than Australias
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15/01/2021 13:02:27 12 3
bbc
"Everyone remembers Brian Lara's 400.

Nobody remembers the result of that game."

I do. It was a draw. Lara cost his team a comprehensive victory by going for personal glory.
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15/01/2021 13:07:52 1 1
bbc
There was No Test Championship placing at stake though all be it is a tight task to reach.

Yes sometimes taking one for the Team is needed although be nice too.
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15/01/2021 13:01:00 2 4
bbc
Dan has a bowling average of 22 in T20 cricket!!
99
15/01/2021 13:08:31 2 2
bbc
Yes and a grand total of 9 wkts at 42 in 1st class
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15/01/2021 13:53:04 4 1
bbc
Sir Alistair Cook has 7 First class wickets - yet still took a wicket in test cricket!!
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15/01/2021 13:08:55 1 11
bbc
This shows that ENGLAND ARE THE TOP TEST TEAM. Compared to India and Australia, who are obviously as bad as each other (tho at least India don't cheat all the time), we are streets ahead. And glad to see Lawrence do so well on his debut, too. Well done Lads!!
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15/01/2021 15:16:33 2 0
bbc
Looks like you are either down with beers or had been living on Mars all these time.