Thirimanne leads Sri Lanka fightback
16/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 373
Lahiru Thirimanne's unbeaten 76 frustrates England as a spirited Sri Lanka rally on the third day of the first Test in Galle.
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16/01/2021 12:13:09 2 7
bbc
Can England still loose this one? How long before we hit the panic button..
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16/01/2021 12:32:13 5 0
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Sri Lanka still over 130 runs behind. If they get the night watchman out quickly tomorrow and put pressure on the incoming batsman there's still room for a Sri Lankan collapse. Their tail is quite long too
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16/01/2021 12:15:40 6 3
bbc
England will still win this, but nice fightback from Sri Lanka.
Congrats to Joe for his much deserved double ton.
Now can someone please explain to me, how England lost “6 for 49”?
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16/01/2021 12:23:15 6 3
bbc
Because they picked a team with a long tail. Not necessarily wrong as they still made 400+
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16/01/2021 12:27:41 1 1
bbc
49 runs were scored at the end by the last 6 wicket to fall. A couple of ducks and some single figures. Check the score sheet and you'll see.
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16/01/2021 12:29:25 1 2
bbc
Well it's what we do at times and not just us that Tails waggle a bit.

Test Cricket the joys of.

Just what JR said he needed to lead the way with the Bat, need you on the field now to start mixing it up and varying your attack on SL who are finding their feet now.
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16/01/2021 20:31:50 0 0
bbc
If you look at most Tests, somewhere along the line there are collapses. All sides do it but when it's your own side you notice it more. Australia lost their last five for 58 this morning when they looked like getting 450.
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16/01/2021 12:18:47 11 2
bbc
Very, very good from Thirimanne particularly. Take Root’s knock out of this game and you have a very even game. It was class.
We’ll still win but Bess and Leach in India?
Think they have to have a look at Virdi next game, and hope Mo can get back on it.
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16/01/2021 12:23:07 71 15
bbc
No scuffing of the batters guard, no 'borderline banter', no lines to cross, no crowd racism - just cricket. Is that so hard to ask. Well played SL and Eng.
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16/01/2021 12:36:11 7 13
bbc
But i did notice after each break, be it drinks, lunch or tea that the batsmen all rescratched their guards.
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dan
16/01/2021 14:38:01 9 0
bbc
"The Test" series on Amazon Prime has to be the first inside the dressing room documentary that made me dislike a team more rather than less. Even as an Arsenal fan the Tottenham All or Nothing doc made me like most of them as people.
The vast majority of that Aussie team and management came off a rude, nasty and arrogant, and that was when the cameras were on them. Even Paine is at it now.
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16/01/2021 14:38:09 3 0
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no aussies, no drama
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16/01/2021 15:17:41 0 5
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Trouble is "just cricket" such as this is pretty dull.
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16/01/2021 12:15:40 6 3
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England will still win this, but nice fightback from Sri Lanka.
Congrats to Joe for his much deserved double ton.
Now can someone please explain to me, how England lost “6 for 49”?
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16/01/2021 12:23:15 6 3
bbc
Because they picked a team with a long tail. Not necessarily wrong as they still made 400+
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16/01/2021 12:30:16 3 0
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So long the number 11 has a test match century and an average of 20!
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16/01/2021 12:44:18 3 0
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A long tail, but Curran is surely there for his all-round abilities, and on spin alone Virdi would be way ahead of Bess, so the bitsy-bobsy players do need to do better (or be replaced with specialists)
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16/01/2021 12:24:27 2 9
bbc
oh dear ..Sri lanka dominated today..Bess and Leach looking good for the year ahead?
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16/01/2021 12:30:28 7 1
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Dominated? Root scored 200
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16/01/2021 13:05:21 4 1
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Wouldn't say Sri Lanka dominated today. Their day, but with England still 130 runs ahead, still far behind.
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16/01/2021 12:25:55 22 1
bbc
Sri Lanka must be rueing that horrible first innings.
For England, patience will be the key, weather permitting. A couple of middle order wickets and Sri Lanka have quite a long tail.
Good effort from the hosts in reply though, they could easily have folded. Makes tomorrow interesting at least, and it's far from done.
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ET
16/01/2021 14:49:50 3 5
bbc
Many teams have rued horrible first innings. Maybe credit should be given to the bowlers seizing an opportunity.
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16/01/2021 12:25:57 7 13
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If the English spinners can’t bowl out a second rate team for less than 200 on that pitch they’ve got to be useless.
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16/01/2021 12:27:24 6 5
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agree...Ian salisbury did better
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16/01/2021 12:29:34 7 1
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Bit harsh. SL have good batsman and bowling a team out for under 200 only happens on a rare few occasions
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16/01/2021 12:25:57 7 13
bbc
If the English spinners can’t bowl out a second rate team for less than 200 on that pitch they’ve got to be useless.
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16/01/2021 12:27:24 6 5
bbc
agree...Ian salisbury did better
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16/01/2021 12:30:44 2 1
bbc
BINGO!
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rpb
16/01/2021 12:45:36 1 0
bbc
Is this the same Ian Salisbury who took his wickets at 77.00
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16/01/2021 12:27:25 13 2
bbc
Great to see Sri Lanka fight back -sets up a great series. Disappointing that Bess was ineffective against the left handed openers -this series is his chance to shine
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16/01/2021 12:27:32 33 7
bbc
England must learn to stop releasing their grip on the opposition when in totally dominant positions. Especially with the Ashes looming....
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16/01/2021 12:59:45 12 6
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England will have to get a grip if they are to compete in Australia.
Look at that scorecard without Root's knock.

I say again, England's batting is as inconsistent as Australia's but they do not have the bowlers to win in Australia.
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16/01/2021 12:15:40 6 3
bbc
England will still win this, but nice fightback from Sri Lanka.
Congrats to Joe for his much deserved double ton.
Now can someone please explain to me, how England lost “6 for 49”?
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16/01/2021 12:27:41 1 1
bbc
49 runs were scored at the end by the last 6 wicket to fall. A couple of ducks and some single figures. Check the score sheet and you'll see.
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16/01/2021 12:28:36 10 2
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Hindsight is such a wonderful thing - but if England knew that they'd have almost a full day's play would they have batted differently this morning? Follow the adage and bat the opposition out of the game - ie bat to tea score 550-600+ then put enormous pressure on the Sri Lankan batsmen in the last session.
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16/01/2021 12:15:40 6 3
bbc
England will still win this, but nice fightback from Sri Lanka.
Congrats to Joe for his much deserved double ton.
Now can someone please explain to me, how England lost “6 for 49”?
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16/01/2021 12:29:25 1 2
bbc
Well it's what we do at times and not just us that Tails waggle a bit.

Test Cricket the joys of.

Just what JR said he needed to lead the way with the Bat, need you on the field now to start mixing it up and varying your attack on SL who are finding their feet now.
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16/01/2021 12:36:52 2 0
bbc
Duncan ... it's what we do a lot of times.
When you're 372-4, you should be declaring around 600-7.
"6 for 49" seems to happen at least once every series.
Well, let's see what happens next ...
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16/01/2021 12:25:57 7 13
bbc
If the English spinners can’t bowl out a second rate team for less than 200 on that pitch they’ve got to be useless.
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16/01/2021 12:29:34 7 1
bbc
Bit harsh. SL have good batsman and bowling a team out for under 200 only happens on a rare few occasions
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16/01/2021 12:23:15 6 3
bbc
Because they picked a team with a long tail. Not necessarily wrong as they still made 400+
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16/01/2021 12:30:16 3 0
bbc
So long the number 11 has a test match century and an average of 20!
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16/01/2021 12:30:21 23 4
bbc
Sri Lanka's day. A shame they started too far behind; the best they can hope for is a rain-curtailed draw. The plus - if they start the next Test the way they played today, we'll have a game. And if there's one I've noticed about cricket HYS's, what we all really want it's a competitive game of cricket.*

* Provided we** win.

** Whoever "we" is.***

*** Unless it's the Aussies... ;-)
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16/01/2021 12:24:27 2 9
bbc
oh dear ..Sri lanka dominated today..Bess and Leach looking good for the year ahead?
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16/01/2021 12:30:28 7 1
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Dominated? Root scored 200
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16/01/2021 12:38:19 4 5
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that was day 2 and he finished his innings on day 3??..do keep up
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16/01/2021 12:27:24 6 5
bbc
agree...Ian salisbury did better
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16/01/2021 12:30:44 2 1
bbc
BINGO!
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16/01/2021 12:35:02 1 1
bbc
Double Full House .
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16/01/2021 12:13:09 2 7
bbc
Can England still loose this one? How long before we hit the panic button..
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16/01/2021 12:32:13 5 0
bbc
Sri Lanka still over 130 runs behind. If they get the night watchman out quickly tomorrow and put pressure on the incoming batsman there's still room for a Sri Lankan collapse. Their tail is quite long too
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16/01/2021 12:32:58 18 7
bbc
Not unexpected that Sri Lanka would show more resilience in the their second innings. Still don't understand why Rashid is not in the team. Best spinner in England by a country mile. He would have the ball dancing off this wicket!
Great knock from JR, the run out notwithstanding
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16/01/2021 12:34:32 15 1
bbc
His shoulder wont take bowling in 4-5 day cricket.
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JS
16/01/2021 12:36:12 4 0
bbc
Totally agree. Bess is going to need a big day tomorrow
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16/01/2021 12:46:17 4 2
bbc
It seems odd they haven’t picked Rashid or another leggie -we’ll need one in India
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16/01/2021 12:51:29 12 0
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Rashid himself doesn't want to play. He's a top white ball player so with his injury issues it's ridiculous to force him to play test cricket if he doesn't want to. He knows better than anyone what his body can handle.
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16/01/2021 14:10:39 3 0
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Rashid is a top one day bowler. World class. He hasn’t played red ball cricket for his county. He’s in his 30s. He won’t last 5 days.
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16/01/2021 14:51:32 3 0
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Why don’t you understand? Rashid has had an ongoing shoulder problem for a long time. He was even in doubt playing successive games in the World Cup. That’s 10 overs twice in four days. You think he’d manage 60+ in 5?
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16/01/2021 12:34:31 3 5
bbc
All though praising Root on day 1 chickens have come back to roost

Not great today in terms of any plans (were there any) that clearly didn't work or weren't implemented

England looked a bit deflated and lose - Leach and Bess are just warming up effectively so not that surprising

Root's one job is to pick the right weapon for the time and when it isn't working change it - not sure this happened
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16/01/2021 12:32:58 18 7
bbc
Not unexpected that Sri Lanka would show more resilience in the their second innings. Still don't understand why Rashid is not in the team. Best spinner in England by a country mile. He would have the ball dancing off this wicket!
Great knock from JR, the run out notwithstanding
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16/01/2021 12:34:32 15 1
bbc
His shoulder wont take bowling in 4-5 day cricket.
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16/01/2021 12:34:57 11 1
bbc
Just throw the ball to Dan Lawrence first thing tomorrow...
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16/01/2021 12:51:00 8 0
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Agreed, with a tour of India coming up it would be useful for the captain to have a look at him. He doesn't bowl much for Essex but he's picked up a few useful ones for the Lions
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16/01/2021 17:26:49 0 1
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No, don't. He'd only drop it.
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16/01/2021 12:30:44 2 1
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BINGO!
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16/01/2021 12:35:02 1 1
bbc
Double Full House .
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16/01/2021 12:40:36 2 1
bbc
Bingo??..Steve D 's earlier comment ''India are not very good''...we will keep that for later in the year ;)
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16/01/2021 12:23:07 71 15
bbc
No scuffing of the batters guard, no 'borderline banter', no lines to cross, no crowd racism - just cricket. Is that so hard to ask. Well played SL and Eng.
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16/01/2021 12:36:11 7 13
bbc
But i did notice after each break, be it drinks, lunch or tea that the batsmen all rescratched their guards.
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16/01/2021 12:47:38 20 5
bbc
One assumes that's because they're batting and not fielding.

There's absolutely no way I can accept that Smith is so in the batting zone he walks around as if sleep walking shadow batting where its apparently acceptable nay "normal" for him to start marking the crease, its absurd, some action needs to be taken, this is not the spirit of the game.
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16/01/2021 14:00:51 7 0
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Batsmen have been doing that for decades!
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16/01/2021 16:07:34 0 0
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Thats not unusual as the ground staff will do minor remedial work on the crease eg repainting creases, filling in bowlers footmarks on the creases.
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SLR
16/01/2021 16:31:04 2 0
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Yes, as every batsman and woman would do after a break. However, the original comment referred to an incident involving Steve Smith where his previously tarnished reputation of ball tampering plays into the hands of each eagle-eyed opposition spectator. We know what you are trying to say but we must not commend unsportsmanlike behaviour from one of the best batsmen of his generation.
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16/01/2021 12:32:58 18 7
bbc
Not unexpected that Sri Lanka would show more resilience in the their second innings. Still don't understand why Rashid is not in the team. Best spinner in England by a country mile. He would have the ball dancing off this wicket!
Great knock from JR, the run out notwithstanding
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JS
16/01/2021 12:36:12 4 0
bbc
Totally agree. Bess is going to need a big day tomorrow
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16/01/2021 12:36:30 3 1
bbc
I wouldn’t expect Sri Lanka to get more than 50 ahead at best so a victory is still all but guaranteed but if we don’t improve tomorrow and they reach 400 and leave us needing ~100 as the pitch begins to wear on the final day... we could be in a spot of bother
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16/01/2021 12:29:25 1 2
bbc
Well it's what we do at times and not just us that Tails waggle a bit.

Test Cricket the joys of.

Just what JR said he needed to lead the way with the Bat, need you on the field now to start mixing it up and varying your attack on SL who are finding their feet now.
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16/01/2021 12:36:52 2 0
bbc
Duncan ... it's what we do a lot of times.
When you're 372-4, you should be declaring around 600-7.
"6 for 49" seems to happen at least once every series.
Well, let's see what happens next ...
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16/01/2021 12:49:56 2 0
bbc
600-7 was more than possible with the batting capability there. Bess's run out, Wood's shot and even Root's wicket were totally avoidable and cost England quite a few runs.
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16/01/2021 12:59:33 1 0
bbc
BLZ - B ... True and we both know that plus HYS too.

Kallis in hand need to sort but said same when Trott was helping out they both have it to do with our batsmen for some reason.

Anyway still time to work on and improve plus a intriguing Test happening now.
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16/01/2021 13:08:26 2 2
bbc
Who cares? 400+ on any pitch means you're in the game. 372/4 is the first place is a good effort in Sri Lanka.

A few years ago we couldn't even get to 200.
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16/01/2021 12:30:28 7 1
bbc
Dominated? Root scored 200
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16/01/2021 12:38:19 4 5
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that was day 2 and he finished his innings on day 3??..do keep up
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16/01/2021 12:39:32 1 3
bbc
Some people fon't half write drivel. Great knock by Root, England well on top.
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16/01/2021 12:39:36 11 3
bbc
Bess looks totally out of his depth

Root bowled himself more successfully and unless Bess starts getting his lines lengths right this match he may not even play in the next one

He's had no practice but what else does he think about at night - surely it should be just where and how he is landing the ball because what he's doing is futile

Has anyone been dropped from a squad for being rubbish?
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16/01/2021 12:41:50 8 10
bbc
Maybe he'll do a Graeme Swann and retire mid-series ?
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16/01/2021 13:00:28 2 6
bbc
Is that the same Bess who took 5-30 in the first innings? That alone should ensure his continued selection.
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16/01/2021 14:36:44 3 1
bbc
Agreed. Not a Test match bowler, irrespective of lack of match practice.
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16/01/2021 12:39:55 3 5
bbc
Why are we not more consistent? Do the players become complacent ? Come on Silverwood get it sorted.When is Mark Wood gonna prove he is a test standard fast bowler ? Time is running out for him.
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16/01/2021 12:51:54 3 2
bbc
Like it or not Wood got rid of Pirrera, he played injudiciously after being clouted on the hand. There's no substitute for pace on any wicket, Root knows that, he's a very good player but he doesn't like facing Wood, I know I've watched them first hand. When Root was first handed the Captaincy I thought Wood was a shoo in, it took a while before he had a chance, it might have been personality.
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16/01/2021 12:35:02 1 1
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Double Full House .
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16/01/2021 12:40:36 2 1
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Bingo??..Steve D 's earlier comment ''India are not very good''...we will keep that for later in the year ;)
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16/01/2021 13:00:47 0 0
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We shall see .... Enjoy.
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16/01/2021 13:52:44 0 0
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Sure you love the cheeky banter and enjoy it both ways.
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16/01/2021 14:10:43 1 0
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Think of a number, any number say between 35 and 37.
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16/01/2021 12:40:38 31 18
bbc
A very good comeback by SL. Let’s see how much they score in their 2nd innings. They will be looking to lead Eng by 150 runs so Eng can chase on the final day. Eng should win this test match.
Sky Sports should drop its public support for BLM. Showing BLM logo is inappropriate and unnecessary.
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16/01/2021 14:35:52 2 12
bbc
Why is Sky Sports support inapparopriate and unecessary?
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16/01/2021 14:56:25 4 5
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Black Lives Matter is an anti-racism movement. How many times does it need to be explained? BLM is not saying Black lives matter more than White, Asian, or anything else; just that they matter just as much.

Ignore the pathetic political types that make the movement into something it's not.
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16/01/2021 12:39:36 11 3
bbc
Bess looks totally out of his depth

Root bowled himself more successfully and unless Bess starts getting his lines lengths right this match he may not even play in the next one

He's had no practice but what else does he think about at night - surely it should be just where and how he is landing the ball because what he's doing is futile

Has anyone been dropped from a squad for being rubbish?
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16/01/2021 12:41:50 8 10
bbc
Maybe he'll do a Graeme Swann and retire mid-series ?
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16/01/2021 19:50:10 1 0
bbc
Or a Marcus Trescothick.....or a Jonathan Trottt
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16/01/2021 12:43:34 4 0
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Well there you go....almost like momentum can change in the course of a test...what a surprise
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16/01/2021 12:23:15 6 3
bbc
Because they picked a team with a long tail. Not necessarily wrong as they still made 400+
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16/01/2021 12:44:18 3 0
bbc
A long tail, but Curran is surely there for his all-round abilities, and on spin alone Virdi would be way ahead of Bess, so the bitsy-bobsy players do need to do better (or be replaced with specialists)
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16/01/2021 12:27:24 6 5
bbc
agree...Ian salisbury did better
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rpb
16/01/2021 12:45:36 1 0
bbc
Is this the same Ian Salisbury who took his wickets at 77.00
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16/01/2021 12:32:58 18 7
bbc
Not unexpected that Sri Lanka would show more resilience in the their second innings. Still don't understand why Rashid is not in the team. Best spinner in England by a country mile. He would have the ball dancing off this wicket!
Great knock from JR, the run out notwithstanding
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16/01/2021 12:46:17 4 2
bbc
It seems odd they haven’t picked Rashid or another leggie -we’ll need one in India
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16/01/2021 12:50:36 1 2
bbc
For what reason would we need a leggie? India don't play one themselves.
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16/01/2021 12:46:21 4 1
bbc
England still favourites to win this one. Good fight back by SL who will need to set a score of 150+ to have a chance of winning.
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16/01/2021 12:53:31 8 1
bbc
They're still over 130 behind with quite a long tail to come. I think some people were dismayed how England batted this morning - especially the wickets of Bess, Wood and even Root himself. The old adage of batting the opposition right out of the game by scoring 550-600 wasn't observed.
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16/01/2021 12:36:11 7 13
bbc
But i did notice after each break, be it drinks, lunch or tea that the batsmen all rescratched their guards.
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16/01/2021 12:47:38 20 5
bbc
One assumes that's because they're batting and not fielding.

There's absolutely no way I can accept that Smith is so in the batting zone he walks around as if sleep walking shadow batting where its apparently acceptable nay "normal" for him to start marking the crease, its absurd, some action needs to be taken, this is not the spirit of the game.
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dan
16/01/2021 14:40:13 10 1
bbc
He cheated, he knew EXACTLY what he was doing. Justin Langer (sorry "JL") must think we're absolute mugs to believe that it was just one those Steve Smith "quirks" nonsense. And to come out so aggressively was nothing short of gaslighting.
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16/01/2021 14:51:55 6 0
bbc
The only positive of this is the president set by smith, every player in the test arena can get in his personal space and mess up his guard and say it’s just one of their idiosyncrasies
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16/01/2021 15:18:52 0 1
bbc
I've been watching this and it's just nonsense.
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17/01/2021 03:19:56 0 0
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Dont let your jealousy get in the way of reason Tiptext.
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16/01/2021 12:36:52 2 0
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Duncan ... it's what we do a lot of times.
When you're 372-4, you should be declaring around 600-7.
"6 for 49" seems to happen at least once every series.
Well, let's see what happens next ...
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16/01/2021 12:49:56 2 0
bbc
600-7 was more than possible with the batting capability there. Bess's run out, Wood's shot and even Root's wicket were totally avoidable and cost England quite a few runs.
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16/01/2021 13:01:40 3 0
bbc
I totally agree with you, John.
With a lead of around 200 & Joe dropping anchor at one end, this was the perfect opportunity for Buttler, Curran & the tail to pile on the runs.
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16/01/2021 12:50:36 7 3
bbc
Don't mind a comeback from the opposition, but I was very disappointed with the England batting collapse. Tuned in expecting a score of approaching 600 only to find they had lost 6-50. If SL get a lead of 50 you can count on England to lose their heads and the match.
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16/01/2021 13:06:00 4 0
bbc
Expecting a score of 600 on this wicket is like hoping for a miracle...
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16/01/2021 13:47:50 2 1
bbc
Due to rain past and expected England didn't have time to post 600. Don't think you can consider this the typical England collapse - went looking for quick runs knowing they had to move the game on. Well done SL for the fight back.
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16/01/2021 12:46:17 4 2
bbc
It seems odd they haven’t picked Rashid or another leggie -we’ll need one in India
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16/01/2021 12:50:36 1 2
bbc
For what reason would we need a leggie? India don't play one themselves.
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16/01/2021 13:01:06 3 0
bbc
True, but in Ashwin they have arguably the best spinner since Murali. Has variations galore which negates the need for a leggie.
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16/01/2021 13:20:21 1 0
bbc
For variation. Spinners don’t tend to tire, so there isn’t much call for 2 with the same action. India don’t have much call for a 3rd spinner -will our batsmen see of Ashwin & Jadeja?! Will theirs see off Bess and Leach? A leggie would be handy. A leggie bowls a very different line to a RHB than a left hander bowling round. His arm is closer to the stumps so doesn’t need to turn it so much
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16/01/2021 12:34:57 11 1
bbc
Just throw the ball to Dan Lawrence first thing tomorrow...
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16/01/2021 12:51:00 8 0
bbc
Agreed, with a tour of India coming up it would be useful for the captain to have a look at him. He doesn't bowl much for Essex but he's picked up a few useful ones for the Lions
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16/01/2021 13:06:37 1 0
bbc
I've seen him bowl a couple of times for Essex in the Championship when in the last hour of a game. He comes on and gets through his overs really quickly to enable Simon Harmer to bowl as much as possible at a a team intent on just blocking. He does open the bowling for Essex Eagles in the T20 Blast to good effect though.
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16/01/2021 12:32:58 18 7
bbc
Not unexpected that Sri Lanka would show more resilience in the their second innings. Still don't understand why Rashid is not in the team. Best spinner in England by a country mile. He would have the ball dancing off this wicket!
Great knock from JR, the run out notwithstanding
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16/01/2021 12:51:29 12 0
bbc
Rashid himself doesn't want to play. He's a top white ball player so with his injury issues it's ridiculous to force him to play test cricket if he doesn't want to. He knows better than anyone what his body can handle.
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16/01/2021 12:39:55 3 5
bbc
Why are we not more consistent? Do the players become complacent ? Come on Silverwood get it sorted.When is Mark Wood gonna prove he is a test standard fast bowler ? Time is running out for him.
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16/01/2021 12:51:54 3 2
bbc
Like it or not Wood got rid of Pirrera, he played injudiciously after being clouted on the hand. There's no substitute for pace on any wicket, Root knows that, he's a very good player but he doesn't like facing Wood, I know I've watched them first hand. When Root was first handed the Captaincy I thought Wood was a shoo in, it took a while before he had a chance, it might have been personality.
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16/01/2021 12:52:05 37 22
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Please save us from BBC highlighting anything that Michael Vaughan says. He's the worst hack in the game. Only ever looking for a headline, which the BBC always honours him with. Please do one Michael. You are a poor commentator and a poor summarizer. Not fit to lick Sangakarra's or Atherton's notepad. Even Ponting and Warne are leagues above.
To think day one would simply be repeated is foolish
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16/01/2021 12:57:59 35 16
bbc
Hear hear.

Sangakkara and Atherton are modern commentator greats. Vaughan is a tabloid hack.
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16/01/2021 13:58:05 2 7
bbc
We must haveossed your first class test career then ??
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16/01/2021 13:58:44 3 7
bbc
Must have missed your sporting career to have such an opinion then ??
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16/01/2021 14:05:13 1 0
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It’s BBC that are looking for the headline. And they employ Michael Vaughan to give them one. The content is irrelevant. V poor from both.
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16/01/2021 14:28:44 2 3
bbc
correct Vaughan changes his tune from day to day..he's a terrible pundit
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16/01/2021 14:56:22 0 6
bbc
Average player, Below average pundit
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16/01/2021 18:42:14 3 1
bbc
Leave Vaughan alone.He has high standards and wants the best for England.Maybe you should dwell over this before posting such an out of order comment.
You mean Atherton the massive cheating ball tamperer? Removed
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16/01/2021 12:53:06 7 0
bbc
It's not a test match without an England collapse... However a brilliant innings from Joe. Leach was getting good turn towards the end of the day and bowled a beauty to dismiss Mendis, so if he can carry on like that on day 3 we should have a decent shout I reckon. We have a great lead so that's in our favour.
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16/01/2021 12:55:03 12 0
bbc
Today was day 3
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16/01/2021 12:55:32 4 0
bbc
It'll be day 4 tomorrow!!
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16/01/2021 12:46:21 4 1
bbc
England still favourites to win this one. Good fight back by SL who will need to set a score of 150+ to have a chance of winning.
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16/01/2021 12:53:31 8 1
bbc
They're still over 130 behind with quite a long tail to come. I think some people were dismayed how England batted this morning - especially the wickets of Bess, Wood and even Root himself. The old adage of batting the opposition right out of the game by scoring 550-600 wasn't observed.
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GGS
16/01/2021 12:54:18 4 1
bbc
Leach and Co have work to do before the next series in India. Batsmen can rest easy for now.
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16/01/2021 12:53:06 7 0
bbc
It's not a test match without an England collapse... However a brilliant innings from Joe. Leach was getting good turn towards the end of the day and bowled a beauty to dismiss Mendis, so if he can carry on like that on day 3 we should have a decent shout I reckon. We have a great lead so that's in our favour.
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16/01/2021 12:55:03 12 0
bbc
Today was day 3
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16/01/2021 14:13:49 2 0
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Apologies, yes I meant day 4.
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16/01/2021 12:53:06 7 0
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It's not a test match without an England collapse... However a brilliant innings from Joe. Leach was getting good turn towards the end of the day and bowled a beauty to dismiss Mendis, so if he can carry on like that on day 3 we should have a decent shout I reckon. We have a great lead so that's in our favour.
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16/01/2021 12:55:32 4 0
bbc
It'll be day 4 tomorrow!!
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16/01/2021 12:56:23 3 4
bbc
Steady on with the bashing comments in here by some.

England still miles ahead of the game thanks to a wonderful 200 by captain Root. Sri Lanka are effectively 0-2.
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16/01/2021 13:20:37 6 1
bbc
I mean, they're effectively -130 for 2
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16/01/2021 12:52:05 37 22
bbc
Please save us from BBC highlighting anything that Michael Vaughan says. He's the worst hack in the game. Only ever looking for a headline, which the BBC always honours him with. Please do one Michael. You are a poor commentator and a poor summarizer. Not fit to lick Sangakarra's or Atherton's notepad. Even Ponting and Warne are leagues above.
To think day one would simply be repeated is foolish
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16/01/2021 12:57:59 35 16
bbc
Hear hear.

Sangakkara and Atherton are modern commentator greats. Vaughan is a tabloid hack.
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16/01/2021 12:36:52 2 0
bbc
Duncan ... it's what we do a lot of times.
When you're 372-4, you should be declaring around 600-7.
"6 for 49" seems to happen at least once every series.
Well, let's see what happens next ...
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16/01/2021 12:59:33 1 0
bbc
BLZ - B ... True and we both know that plus HYS too.

Kallis in hand need to sort but said same when Trott was helping out they both have it to do with our batsmen for some reason.

Anyway still time to work on and improve plus a intriguing Test happening now.
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16/01/2021 12:27:32 33 7
bbc
England must learn to stop releasing their grip on the opposition when in totally dominant positions. Especially with the Ashes looming....
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16/01/2021 12:59:45 12 6
bbc
England will have to get a grip if they are to compete in Australia.
Look at that scorecard without Root's knock.

I say again, England's batting is as inconsistent as Australia's but they do not have the bowlers to win in Australia.
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16/01/2021 13:06:23 10 1
bbc
Look at Australia’s scorecard without ML. Or without Smith in the previous Ashes. Works both ways.
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16/01/2021 16:45:40 0 0
bbc
Completely true. To operate at a good level, esp in India, the top six need to be at the crease for well over a day and a bit. England have begun to show that. My concern is over Baistrow at three. Potentially a great player but plays across the line against real pace - even if he does well in India, it could prove a false dawn as this technical defect will be taken advantage of in Oz.
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16/01/2021 17:26:59 1 0
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Yes, remove whoever scores the most runs and takes the most wickets and the performance is not as good...NO WAY, YES WAY! Who makes these comments. Remove Buttler from last summer and England weren't as good...we could go one!
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16/01/2021 12:39:36 11 3
bbc
Bess looks totally out of his depth

Root bowled himself more successfully and unless Bess starts getting his lines lengths right this match he may not even play in the next one

He's had no practice but what else does he think about at night - surely it should be just where and how he is landing the ball because what he's doing is futile

Has anyone been dropped from a squad for being rubbish?
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16/01/2021 13:00:28 2 6
bbc
Is that the same Bess who took 5-30 in the first innings? That alone should ensure his continued selection.
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16/01/2021 13:03:07 7 2
bbc
wrong...he got them off terrible shots
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16/01/2021 14:52:54 4 1
bbc
Come off it, Camel. Bess' fifer in the first dig was one of the worst I've ever seen. Sri Lanka practically gave him wickets.

Lack of match practice, yes, but Bess did not deserve a fifer. Both Leach and even Root have bowled better than him in this game.
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16/01/2021 12:40:36 2 1
bbc
Bingo??..Steve D 's earlier comment ''India are not very good''...we will keep that for later in the year ;)
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16/01/2021 13:00:47 0 0
bbc
We shall see .... Enjoy.
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16/01/2021 12:50:36 1 2
bbc
For what reason would we need a leggie? India don't play one themselves.
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16/01/2021 13:01:06 3 0
bbc
True, but in Ashwin they have arguably the best spinner since Murali. Has variations galore which negates the need for a leggie.
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16/01/2021 13:04:49 1 0
bbc
Most of the Indian bowlers have suffered injuries in AUS. They are using their 5th option spinner at the moment. Will they be fit for England?
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16/01/2021 14:15:47 0 0
bbc
India is not the only country that doesn't use leggies... The only leggie to have a consistent run in the last few years (barring Bishoo) is Yasir Shah, who averaged 35 in 2020 and 101 in 2019. Offies/SLAO have been on the rise for a while after DRS was introduced, the 'necessity' of having a leggie in your setup went away years ago I'm afraid to say
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16/01/2021 13:01:28 29 0
bbc
Frustrated Sri Lankan. There's no reason why we couldn't have played like this on day 1 but happy with the spirit shown today. England still massively on top as a couple of early wickets could spark another collapse. Every batsman needs to keep this mindset going. If we somehow bat out a day and get 150 ahead then it could be an exciting finish but it's still England's game for the taking.
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16/01/2021 17:35:07 4 0
bbc
Sadly I don’t think Sri Lanka have batted as a team for a while, I have a feeling a collapse may be on the cards at some point. I hope I’m wrong though as it makes for a dull game and I have a soft spot for Sri Lanka.
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16/01/2021 12:49:56 2 0
bbc
600-7 was more than possible with the batting capability there. Bess's run out, Wood's shot and even Root's wicket were totally avoidable and cost England quite a few runs.
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16/01/2021 13:01:40 3 0
bbc
I totally agree with you, John.
With a lead of around 200 & Joe dropping anchor at one end, this was the perfect opportunity for Buttler, Curran & the tail to pile on the runs.
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16/01/2021 13:00:28 2 6
bbc
Is that the same Bess who took 5-30 in the first innings? That alone should ensure his continued selection.
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16/01/2021 13:03:07 7 2
bbc
wrong...he got them off terrible shots
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16/01/2021 13:48:35 5 1
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Hey Vikram, welcome back. Is it safe to come out after the 36 all out?
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ET
16/01/2021 13:49:35 1 2
bbc
And as for terrible shots, bottling it, etc we do need an expert commentator. Thanks.
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16/01/2021 13:01:06 3 0
bbc
True, but in Ashwin they have arguably the best spinner since Murali. Has variations galore which negates the need for a leggie.
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16/01/2021 13:04:49 1 0
bbc
Most of the Indian bowlers have suffered injuries in AUS. They are using their 5th option spinner at the moment. Will they be fit for England?
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16/01/2021 13:04:59 4 1
bbc
Spin bowlers need overs and the impossibility of staging matches has meant that Leach and Bess aren't quite 'on it' yet, the same for the Sri Lanka bowlers but this is still proving interesting and hopefully good preparation for India. Good to see Root put together a huge knock and whilst it wasn't the hardest he'll make double centuries require sustained concentration so well done.
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16/01/2021 13:34:54 1 1
bbc
Fair comment Sirb and harder work sometimes when the bowling is not on the spot or thinking it's easier to face. Get complacent and bingo your out

Yes time at crease and using it well in many ways and may be the little knock his needed to get going again.

It's a Team game so when one or some fail others pull together and yes be nice to all fire at the same time but that in itself is a miracle
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16/01/2021 12:24:27 2 9
bbc
oh dear ..Sri lanka dominated today..Bess and Leach looking good for the year ahead?
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16/01/2021 13:05:21 4 1
bbc
Wouldn't say Sri Lanka dominated today. Their day, but with England still 130 runs ahead, still far behind.
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16/01/2021 12:50:36 7 3
bbc
Don't mind a comeback from the opposition, but I was very disappointed with the England batting collapse. Tuned in expecting a score of approaching 600 only to find they had lost 6-50. If SL get a lead of 50 you can count on England to lose their heads and the match.
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16/01/2021 13:06:00 4 0
bbc
Expecting a score of 600 on this wicket is like hoping for a miracle...
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16/01/2021 12:59:45 12 6
bbc
England will have to get a grip if they are to compete in Australia.
Look at that scorecard without Root's knock.

I say again, England's batting is as inconsistent as Australia's but they do not have the bowlers to win in Australia.
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16/01/2021 13:06:23 10 1
bbc
Look at Australia’s scorecard without ML. Or without Smith in the previous Ashes. Works both ways.
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16/01/2021 14:00:54 2 3
bbc
That's what I said.
Name me an English bowler that would push one of Australia's attack out of the side.
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16/01/2021 14:20:59 4 1
bbc
Not really mate, they still have Green, who looks class, and Paine has been contributing with the bat lately. However soon we will have Stokes back, so that should help us out a lot. Hopefully Pope shows his class too.
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16/01/2021 13:06:29 4 3
bbc
We are a Swann away from a side that could compete with the Aussies in Australia. Sadly, neither Leach or Bess are anywhere near good enough, particularly who looked like a club off spinner. Joe Root's innings was wonderful.
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16/01/2021 12:51:00 8 0
bbc
Agreed, with a tour of India coming up it would be useful for the captain to have a look at him. He doesn't bowl much for Essex but he's picked up a few useful ones for the Lions
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16/01/2021 13:06:37 1 0
bbc
I've seen him bowl a couple of times for Essex in the Championship when in the last hour of a game. He comes on and gets through his overs really quickly to enable Simon Harmer to bowl as much as possible at a a team intent on just blocking. He does open the bowling for Essex Eagles in the T20 Blast to good effect though.
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16/01/2021 13:41:08 1 1
bbc
Shame Harmer won’t be able to qualify now
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16/01/2021 12:36:52 2 0
bbc
Duncan ... it's what we do a lot of times.
When you're 372-4, you should be declaring around 600-7.
"6 for 49" seems to happen at least once every series.
Well, let's see what happens next ...
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16/01/2021 13:08:26 2 2
bbc
Who cares? 400+ on any pitch means you're in the game. 372/4 is the first place is a good effort in Sri Lanka.

A few years ago we couldn't even get to 200.
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16/01/2021 13:15:00 7 1
bbc
SL fighting back is great. Need as many teams as possible to care about test cricket or it will die. The current SL team is a shadow of the one from ten years ago but goddamit fight with your fingernails if necessary.
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16/01/2021 13:17:12 16 3
bbc
130 runs behind,2 wickets down.and still the english team get slagged off.
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16/01/2021 14:04:36 6 1
bbc
Get the night watchman out early, put pressure on the next batter and a long tail to follow. I think people are exasperated by England's collapse. With a bit more common sense applied to the batting (and running between the wickets!) England's score could/should have been so much better.
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16/01/2021 20:29:24 1 0
bbc
Agreed as SL are effectively -130 - 2
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16/01/2021 12:50:36 1 2
bbc
For what reason would we need a leggie? India don't play one themselves.
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16/01/2021 13:20:21 1 0
bbc
For variation. Spinners don’t tend to tire, so there isn’t much call for 2 with the same action. India don’t have much call for a 3rd spinner -will our batsmen see of Ashwin & Jadeja?! Will theirs see off Bess and Leach? A leggie would be handy. A leggie bowls a very different line to a RHB than a left hander bowling round. His arm is closer to the stumps so doesn’t need to turn it so much
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16/01/2021 12:56:23 3 4
bbc
Steady on with the bashing comments in here by some.

England still miles ahead of the game thanks to a wonderful 200 by captain Root. Sri Lanka are effectively 0-2.
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16/01/2021 13:20:37 6 1
bbc
I mean, they're effectively -130 for 2
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16/01/2021 13:22:53 3 4
bbc
Mixed day at the Office and good knock for JR to reach his 200 and yes would have been nice for more runs to be added.

Yes SL back switched on in Batting mode do like some have said where were they 1st innings.

Anyway we have to adapt and think out of the box now to work on the SL Batsmen to get their wickets.

So be good experience and testing too for the lads in the field.

Let's enjoy.
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Jka
16/01/2021 13:23:39 6 8
bbc
Still unsure about Dom Sibley at this level ?? his fielding isnt great, bad drop catch as well.
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16/01/2021 13:38:37 2 2
bbc
At this level? This is a first-class level. So, it's par for the course.
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16/01/2021 13:45:03 2 0
bbc
Crikey I wish every game I played 100% went for me in the field and batting alas not does this happen.

These guys are human and errors happen unfortunately they are playing for their Country and it's on TV then the pundits stick the knives in when it goes pear shaped. How many times did these pundits make fielding errors too plus HYS folk as well.
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16/01/2021 14:18:42 1 0
bbc
Sibley has done well so far, but if he's to do will in India and for the remainder of this series then he needs to play spin well. He was relatively comfortable against Maharaj in South Africa, but when spinners start to turn the ball and get it to grip he looks at sea. It's still early in his test career so he has a lot of time to work on that, and his fielding too.
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16/01/2021 13:27:13 4 4
bbc
Thought both England Spinners bowled well personally. It’s a slow wicket and the ball is turning slowly so it’s not that easy to prise wickets out on it. So to all you experts on spin, do actually know anything about Cricket
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16/01/2021 13:33:37 6 3
bbc
I know you have to be able to bowl a consistent length. Apparently you need to ask yourself that question.
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16/01/2021 14:01:01 2 0
bbc
Root got quite a bit of purchase from the pitch - I was surprised he only bowled himself for 6 overs.
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16/01/2021 13:27:13 4 4
bbc
Thought both England Spinners bowled well personally. It’s a slow wicket and the ball is turning slowly so it’s not that easy to prise wickets out on it. So to all you experts on spin, do actually know anything about Cricket
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16/01/2021 13:33:37 6 3
bbc
I know you have to be able to bowl a consistent length. Apparently you need to ask yourself that question.
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16/01/2021 13:49:01 1 1
bbc
I played a decent standard of cricket for 25 years, so yes I know a bit about cricket and keeping wicket to spinners to boot
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16/01/2021 18:51:23 0 0
bbc
Your correct a spinner above all else should be able to "hit a handkerchief" 5 or 6 balls an over not 2 or 3 like Bess does
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16/01/2021 13:04:59 4 1
bbc
Spin bowlers need overs and the impossibility of staging matches has meant that Leach and Bess aren't quite 'on it' yet, the same for the Sri Lanka bowlers but this is still proving interesting and hopefully good preparation for India. Good to see Root put together a huge knock and whilst it wasn't the hardest he'll make double centuries require sustained concentration so well done.
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16/01/2021 13:34:54 1 1
bbc
Fair comment Sirb and harder work sometimes when the bowling is not on the spot or thinking it's easier to face. Get complacent and bingo your out

Yes time at crease and using it well in many ways and may be the little knock his needed to get going again.

It's a Team game so when one or some fail others pull together and yes be nice to all fire at the same time but that in itself is a miracle
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16/01/2021 13:44:44 1 0
bbc
Agreed Duncan, especially when someone has Root's talent, it would have been easy to relax a tad too much and whilst the SL attack was not top notch that pitch still had a bit in it. There really isn't any such thing as an easy double hundred, although some are better than others obviously.
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16/01/2021 13:36:13 2 5
bbc
I was watching the India/Aus match and then switched to the Eng/SL match in time to see the fall of the final three England wickets.

When Stewart was at the crease, there was an appeal for LBW, umpire Kumar Dharmasena raised his finger. SB reviewed. Ball missing the stumps. SB was reprieved, The very next ball another appeal for LBW. Finger up, SB reviewed, ball missing. KD needs to be reviewed.
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16/01/2021 13:40:44 7 0
bbc
Alec Stewart retired years ago.
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Jka
16/01/2021 13:23:39 6 8
bbc
Still unsure about Dom Sibley at this level ?? his fielding isnt great, bad drop catch as well.
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16/01/2021 13:38:37 2 2
bbc
At this level? This is a first-class level. So, it's par for the course.
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16/01/2021 13:36:13 2 5
bbc
I was watching the India/Aus match and then switched to the Eng/SL match in time to see the fall of the final three England wickets.

When Stewart was at the crease, there was an appeal for LBW, umpire Kumar Dharmasena raised his finger. SB reviewed. Ball missing the stumps. SB was reprieved, The very next ball another appeal for LBW. Finger up, SB reviewed, ball missing. KD needs to be reviewed.
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16/01/2021 13:40:44 7 0
bbc
Alec Stewart retired years ago.
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16/01/2021 14:04:38 2 1
bbc
Haha.
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ET
16/01/2021 13:40:47 8 2
bbc
I read the comments then looked at the score.
Mostly, the two appear completely unrelated.
Still got significant runs in hand, two down. Assistance from the pitch. It’s a Test match. It should be expected to ebb and flow.
Being critical at this stage works out one of two ways:
Looking very foolish indeed
Or smug at being right well in advance (lucky).

Let’s see what happens in the next two days.
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16/01/2021 13:45:44 2 3
bbc
Have you watched any of it? Or just read comments and looked at score?
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16/01/2021 13:47:39 0 0
bbc
Fair point hence why it's called a Test Match as it's in the name.yes a Test of how you approach and play the game.

Someone on a HYS did say it's a game of Chess for long version cricket and not far wrong .

As we know Night watchmen can be a pain in the backside or go cheaply so we see tomorrow.
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16/01/2021 13:06:37 1 0
bbc
I've seen him bowl a couple of times for Essex in the Championship when in the last hour of a game. He comes on and gets through his overs really quickly to enable Simon Harmer to bowl as much as possible at a a team intent on just blocking. He does open the bowling for Essex Eagles in the T20 Blast to good effect though.
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16/01/2021 13:41:08 1 1
bbc
Shame Harmer won’t be able to qualify now
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16/01/2021 13:43:33 4 6
bbc
We need better spinners if we're going to compete seriously. Ours are completely useless, fact.
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16/01/2021 13:49:55 6 2
bbc
I remember a young leg spinner who had figures of 1-150 on debut, Australia wisely never used him again. Some beach dosser called Warne I think. Not saying Bess will be a great but it's a bit early to write him off, spin bowlers mature because what they do is heavily about experience and the mind. Swann was picked too young then dropped for 7 years and came back a world beater
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16/01/2021 13:34:54 1 1
bbc
Fair comment Sirb and harder work sometimes when the bowling is not on the spot or thinking it's easier to face. Get complacent and bingo your out

Yes time at crease and using it well in many ways and may be the little knock his needed to get going again.

It's a Team game so when one or some fail others pull together and yes be nice to all fire at the same time but that in itself is a miracle
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16/01/2021 13:44:44 1 0
bbc
Agreed Duncan, especially when someone has Root's talent, it would have been easy to relax a tad too much and whilst the SL attack was not top notch that pitch still had a bit in it. There really isn't any such thing as an easy double hundred, although some are better than others obviously.
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16/01/2021 13:57:24 0 0
bbc
??
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Jka
16/01/2021 13:23:39 6 8
bbc
Still unsure about Dom Sibley at this level ?? his fielding isnt great, bad drop catch as well.
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16/01/2021 13:45:03 2 0
bbc
Crikey I wish every game I played 100% went for me in the field and batting alas not does this happen.

These guys are human and errors happen unfortunately they are playing for their Country and it's on TV then the pundits stick the knives in when it goes pear shaped. How many times did these pundits make fielding errors too plus HYS folk as well.
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16/01/2021 13:40:47 8 2
bbc
I read the comments then looked at the score.
Mostly, the two appear completely unrelated.
Still got significant runs in hand, two down. Assistance from the pitch. It’s a Test match. It should be expected to ebb and flow.
Being critical at this stage works out one of two ways:
Looking very foolish indeed
Or smug at being right well in advance (lucky).

Let’s see what happens in the next two days.
90
16/01/2021 13:45:44 2 3
bbc
Have you watched any of it? Or just read comments and looked at score?
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01
bbc
Removed
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ET
16/01/2021 13:40:47 8 2
bbc
I read the comments then looked at the score.
Mostly, the two appear completely unrelated.
Still got significant runs in hand, two down. Assistance from the pitch. It’s a Test match. It should be expected to ebb and flow.
Being critical at this stage works out one of two ways:
Looking very foolish indeed
Or smug at being right well in advance (lucky).

Let’s see what happens in the next two days.
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16/01/2021 13:47:39 0 0
bbc
Fair point hence why it's called a Test Match as it's in the name.yes a Test of how you approach and play the game.

Someone on a HYS did say it's a game of Chess for long version cricket and not far wrong .

As we know Night watchmen can be a pain in the backside or go cheaply so we see tomorrow.
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16/01/2021 12:50:36 7 3
bbc
Don't mind a comeback from the opposition, but I was very disappointed with the England batting collapse. Tuned in expecting a score of approaching 600 only to find they had lost 6-50. If SL get a lead of 50 you can count on England to lose their heads and the match.
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16/01/2021 13:47:50 2 1
bbc
Due to rain past and expected England didn't have time to post 600. Don't think you can consider this the typical England collapse - went looking for quick runs knowing they had to move the game on. Well done SL for the fight back.
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16/01/2021 13:03:07 7 2
bbc
wrong...he got them off terrible shots
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ET
16/01/2021 13:48:35 5 1
bbc
Hey Vikram, welcome back. Is it safe to come out after the 36 all out?
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16/01/2021 13:33:37 6 3
bbc
I know you have to be able to bowl a consistent length. Apparently you need to ask yourself that question.
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16/01/2021 13:49:01 1 1
bbc
I played a decent standard of cricket for 25 years, so yes I know a bit about cricket and keeping wicket to spinners to boot
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16/01/2021 13:53:59 3 1
bbc
Start talking like it then.
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16/01/2021 13:03:07 7 2
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wrong...he got them off terrible shots
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16/01/2021 13:49:35 1 2
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And as for terrible shots, bottling it, etc we do need an expert commentator. Thanks.
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16/01/2021 14:30:07 5 0
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welcome back? I agree 36 all out was woeful...but we then won a match in OZ.
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16/01/2021 13:43:33 4 6
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We need better spinners if we're going to compete seriously. Ours are completely useless, fact.
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16/01/2021 13:49:55 6 2
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I remember a young leg spinner who had figures of 1-150 on debut, Australia wisely never used him again. Some beach dosser called Warne I think. Not saying Bess will be a great but it's a bit early to write him off, spin bowlers mature because what they do is heavily about experience and the mind. Swann was picked too young then dropped for 7 years and came back a world beater
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16/01/2021 14:11:18 3 2
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If I was that bad at my job after that many years I'd be sacked. These do this for a living. They practice day in day out. If you can't put the ball in the right place, then you're just not doing your job. It's that simple
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16/01/2021 14:13:39 3 1
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John Emburey is another example of a spinner who got better the later into his career. Made his debut in 1978 for England, went on the rebel tour of South Africa but came back and was a big reason behind England's Ashes successes in '85 and '86/7. Became a very useful batter too!!
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16/01/2021 13:50:53 1 0
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Patience and stamina

The key to playing in the subcontinent - nothing happens very quickly

Bess hasn't played in anything like these conditions at this level but should be doing better however Eng might have worked out that post lunch/evening sessions are much easier to bat and adjusted their strategy accordingly

Is the problem Bess execution or management plans - only they know
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16/01/2021 13:53:15 3 1
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Pretty sure they won’t be telling him to bowl short full short short full. It’s not just here, he was poor in the summer too.
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16/01/2021 13:54:14 0 0
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Sadly for SL they have to bat in the morning session tomorrow.
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16/01/2021 13:51:39 1 0
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Funny seeing some of the comments on here. SL plays well or badly and England are pants. Lots of positives still and tomorrow is a new day to apply some pressure. Only criticism would be for Sibley but that is more of a management criticism as they have allowed him to field close in without having earned it.
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16/01/2021 12:40:36 2 1
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Bingo??..Steve D 's earlier comment ''India are not very good''...we will keep that for later in the year ;)
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16/01/2021 13:52:44 0 0
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Sure you love the cheeky banter and enjoy it both ways.