Mathews hits ton on hard-fought first day
22/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 478
Angelo Mathews grinds out a century for Sri Lanka as England's bowlers toil on a hard-fought first day of the second Test in Galle.
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22/01/2021 12:12:06 10 5
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Pretty even day on a docile pitch. The lack of depth and penetration, outside of Broad and Anderson, is a concern.
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22/01/2021 12:18:36 8 4
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Jofra and Stokes could help that.
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22/01/2021 12:25:34 2 2
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most attacks struggle on a docile pitch. read before writing.
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22/01/2021 12:12:14 5 11
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This is all lining up to an England collapse on a flat pitch...
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22/01/2021 12:24:46 4 4
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Yawn.
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22/01/2021 12:12:14 5 14
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normal service resumed i see...wiff waff bowling when it's not English conditions.
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22/01/2021 12:13:41 13 3
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just like your batting when you come to England
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22/01/2021 12:17:09 6 2
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Nothing much wrong with the bowling, this is the flattest wicket I’ve seen in ages. Nothing there for the bowlers, England did well to restrict Sri Lanka
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22/01/2021 12:22:11 8 2
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It's unlikely you even watched one ball of it. Either that or you simply have no idea about cricket. In fact, I would say both of those statements are true.
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22/01/2021 12:28:25 1 4
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Bingo!
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22/01/2021 12:12:22 50 2
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Proper cricket. Thanks to both teams for an engrossing day's play.
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22/01/2021 12:17:54 6 12
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Glad you enjoyed as caught bits and pieces since play and at times the lads had some tight grip on the SL.

As always we let it slip slightly and they had a steady day with the bat.
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22/01/2021 12:39:25 3 2
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Absolutely! Think tomorrow is gonna be even better. Bowl them out just after lunch for around 350, then crack on
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22/01/2021 12:13:01 4 15
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England collapse on a flat pitch incoming...
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22/01/2021 12:23:12 12 2
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You just commented that, mate. Really need to do it again less than 2 minutes after?
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22/01/2021 12:12:14 5 14
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normal service resumed i see...wiff waff bowling when it's not English conditions.
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22/01/2021 12:13:41 13 3
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just like your batting when you come to England
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22/01/2021 12:14:45 3 6
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Well 7 -2 after 5 overs then end up with 229-4 in 87 overs can safely say yes SL day .

Anderson as always producing some excellent bowling and 3 Wickets plus Woods relentless pounding in getting a vital wicket too.

Rest bite needed and reflection by the lads ready to come back fired up tomorrow.
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22/01/2021 12:35:45 5 2
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rest bite...that is a new one
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22/01/2021 12:15:37 34 3
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Think we’ve done well there on a absolute pancake of a pitch. Couple early ones tomorrow after Jimmy and Wood have had a rest and we’re on top. Anything under 400 and we’re well in it. Mathews magnificent, Anderson awesome. Game on.
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22/01/2021 19:13:27 1 2
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400 is a winning score for SL - day 4 and 5 will be trecherous or it's a pure nailed on draw pitch

We really need to knock them over for less that 300 and then go on an score 450 and just hope the pitch deteriorates quickly

Eng can't force a win on this I suspect so will need SL help
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22/01/2021 12:16:16 5 2
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Well done Mathews! But are still well in this game, early wickets tomorrow with Sri Lanka out for sub 300 leaves the game well balanced. The result will clearly be on how we bat in our first innings as we will not want to score too many in our second!
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22/01/2021 12:12:14 5 14
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normal service resumed i see...wiff waff bowling when it's not English conditions.
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22/01/2021 12:16:58 47 7
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Great performance from Jimmy -must be a strange ground for him -spent his first 2 tours here carrying drinks. It’s an enormous credit to him -taking 600 test wickets having been treated so badly by the England set up in his first 5 years. 5 winters carrying drinks, in the years that should have been his prime, and all that tinkering with his action. And he came through. Very inspiring
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22/01/2021 14:34:35 16 4
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This is not entirely true, his action was being worked on at that time and he was not even 5% the bowler in his first five years. A good player but bitpart in those early years. He has been phenomenal since then having improved 95%. Carrying drinks helped.
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22/01/2021 12:12:14 5 14
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normal service resumed i see...wiff waff bowling when it's not English conditions.
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22/01/2021 12:17:09 6 2
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Nothing much wrong with the bowling, this is the flattest wicket I’ve seen in ages. Nothing there for the bowlers, England did well to restrict Sri Lanka
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22/01/2021 12:12:22 50 2
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Proper cricket. Thanks to both teams for an engrossing day's play.
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22/01/2021 12:17:54 6 12
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Glad you enjoyed as caught bits and pieces since play and at times the lads had some tight grip on the SL.

As always we let it slip slightly and they had a steady day with the bat.
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22/01/2021 12:18:09 8 3
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If Sri Lanka win this test (and they might) the “England will smash the Aussies” fervour may quieten down. Like in the India series people too quick to make very bold extrapolations after a single game.
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22/01/2021 12:22:25 10 3
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settle down, it’s day 1

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22/01/2021 14:15:09 0 1
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I haven't seen anyone saying we'll smash that Aussies! If the ashes were in England I'd be confident of a close series with a close England win 2-1 or 3-2. With them being in Australia I am not optimistic at all!
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22/01/2021 12:12:06 10 5
bbc
Pretty even day on a docile pitch. The lack of depth and penetration, outside of Broad and Anderson, is a concern.
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22/01/2021 12:18:36 8 4
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Jofra and Stokes could help that.
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22/01/2021 12:18:50 1 2
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What's England's path to the WTC final from here?
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22/01/2021 13:33:36 3 2
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Apparently they have to whitewash SL and then only draw once vs India and win the rest - it's a big long shot.
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22/01/2021 12:20:05 2 20
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Why oh why was Broad omitted!! Wood is just not good enough. At least Broad and Anderson working in tandem would have caused them problems. As others are saying, queue us being 4 or 5 down for about 40 on a flat unresponsive pitch.
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22/01/2021 12:28:18 11 2
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I assume the simple answer is to manage the workload of the two senior bowlers. Both have delivered the same control and early wickets and given the amount of cricket ahead, it seems pretty sensible to rotate Jimmy and Broad.
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22/01/2021 12:33:59 2 1
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It's called rotation. And did you mean queue or cue?
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22/01/2021 12:20:36 27 8
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Invaluable experience for Bess & Leach - they will be better players in the years ahead. Hope Mo is fit & firing for India, he is the class spinner when on form
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22/01/2021 12:28:29 4 3
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Hope so considering they have included him in the squad.

Yes bet the lads who been sidelined are in the Nets turning their arms sober or having a knock with the willow to keep some practice in.

Probably chatting away with Bess and Leach too over the game as well.
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22/01/2021 12:20:42 7 25
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If this was a chess match England should offer the draw now - it's the best they can realistically hope for.

Unless they have a fantastic 1st hour tomorrow an SL total above 300 is likely and 400 a probability

There is no steel in this line up - no chance they can bat for 2 days and grind out 400 to make draw probable

Poor thinking from Root today - he has no clue what to do out here
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22/01/2021 12:23:42 12 4
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Eng bowlers don’t take 10 wickets in a day overseas - its Root’s fault

??????
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22/01/2021 12:24:05 5 2
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Pitch is the flattest seen in ages. I think Root and England did well. Sri Lanka never got away and we will be in the game if we bowl them out for 400 ish
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22/01/2021 12:27:48 7 1
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Rubbish comment, James. Knew it wouldn't be long before your pessimistic tripe would show up.

Root made a 200 last week in harder conditions than these. Lawrence looked very solid on debut. Bairstow also looked good.

Yet there's no "steel" in this line-up.
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22/01/2021 12:29:54 1 1
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"offer the draw now - it's the best they can realistically hope for."

Some scenarios:

SL get 650, England all out for 200 - England will lose
SL get 350, England get 300 - all to play for
SL get 400 England get 300, SL get 150, England get 251 and win.

There's lots of possibilities and maybe England are not in the best position, but to say 'it's the best they can hope for' is far too negative
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22/01/2021 12:36:33 4 1
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We scored 400 last week. What happens to people’s thinking when they blurt out things like that?
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22/01/2021 13:14:22 2 1
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Don't know where to start in response to that James - I disagree with virtually everything you've said
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22/01/2021 12:20:52 162 3
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Let’s not be too negative, England maintained control on a flat docile pitch and made Sri Lanka work for their runs.

The other team are allowed to do well and it was a great knock from Mathews, but it was a good batting day and England didn’t let them get away. It’s why it’s called test cricket, some days will be hard for little reward despite not doing much wrong.
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22/01/2021 12:26:20 110 3
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Absolutely, this is test cricket and how it should be. The first test was not much of a test but this is more like it. Well bowled Anderson, well batted Matthews.
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22/01/2021 15:15:44 1 7
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England were quite passive - didn't feel like a lot was happening and this is top end of an OK score. SL might have liked 20-30 more but 4 down is a good 1st day and 350 will be a winning score for them unless 2 England players go big

Quick 40's won't save this game as 150 will be too much to chase on day 5
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22/01/2021 12:20:56 64 5
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Underrated player is Angelo Mathews. Gets on with things and really shouldn't have been dropped from the SL side a couple of years ago.

England have work to do tomorrow but that's Test cricket. Good day today.
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22/01/2021 14:26:22 4 3
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When was he dropped in test!? He was only dropped from the white ball squads due to captaining during their failure to get out the Asia cup group stage... Which was deserved. He's been recalled to all those sides now anyway, just not as captain. He stayed in the test side throughout this period.
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22/01/2021 12:21:07 30 5
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certain southern hemisphere quarters bleat ad nauseam about anderson being too old and he can’t take wickets away from home

just like broad, apparently.

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22/01/2021 16:05:03 14 1
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Despite his years, Anderson is still the best ,most accurate, and economic England have got. Well done Jimmy !!!
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22/01/2021 12:21:53 16 3
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Negative thoughts piling out already,,tomorrow's another day,,It's tough as is all test cricket . If the " pundits" were any good they'd be there opening the batting , cracking a double century and taking 5 wickets ,,,early days, back the boys,!!!!!
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22/01/2021 15:42:52 2 2
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It isn't the pundits' job to be better than the players. The coach is not expected to be able to go and outscore their charges. It's the external criticism and fresh eye that's the job of the coach and pundit. Anyone here can bemoan a loose shot that betokens a lack of concentration, or an unfathomable bowling spell without having to personally be able to play better than the player in question.
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22/01/2021 12:12:14 5 14
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normal service resumed i see...wiff waff bowling when it's not English conditions.
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22/01/2021 12:22:11 8 2
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It's unlikely you even watched one ball of it. Either that or you simply have no idea about cricket. In fact, I would say both of those statements are true.
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22/01/2021 12:18:09 8 3
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If Sri Lanka win this test (and they might) the “England will smash the Aussies” fervour may quieten down. Like in the India series people too quick to make very bold extrapolations after a single game.
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22/01/2021 12:22:25 10 3
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settle down, it’s day 1

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22/01/2021 12:13:01 4 15
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England collapse on a flat pitch incoming...
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22/01/2021 12:23:12 12 2
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You just commented that, mate. Really need to do it again less than 2 minutes after?
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22/01/2021 12:20:42 7 25
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If this was a chess match England should offer the draw now - it's the best they can realistically hope for.

Unless they have a fantastic 1st hour tomorrow an SL total above 300 is likely and 400 a probability

There is no steel in this line up - no chance they can bat for 2 days and grind out 400 to make draw probable

Poor thinking from Root today - he has no clue what to do out here
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22/01/2021 12:23:42 12 4
bbc
Eng bowlers don’t take 10 wickets in a day overseas - its Root’s fault

??????
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22/01/2021 12:20:42 7 25
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If this was a chess match England should offer the draw now - it's the best they can realistically hope for.

Unless they have a fantastic 1st hour tomorrow an SL total above 300 is likely and 400 a probability

There is no steel in this line up - no chance they can bat for 2 days and grind out 400 to make draw probable

Poor thinking from Root today - he has no clue what to do out here
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22/01/2021 12:24:05 5 2
bbc
Pitch is the flattest seen in ages. I think Root and England did well. Sri Lanka never got away and we will be in the game if we bowl them out for 400 ish
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22/01/2021 12:12:14 5 11
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This is all lining up to an England collapse on a flat pitch...
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22/01/2021 12:24:46 4 4
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Yawn.
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22/01/2021 12:12:06 10 5
bbc
Pretty even day on a docile pitch. The lack of depth and penetration, outside of Broad and Anderson, is a concern.
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22/01/2021 12:25:34 2 2
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most attacks struggle on a docile pitch. read before writing.
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22/01/2021 12:20:52 162 3
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Let’s not be too negative, England maintained control on a flat docile pitch and made Sri Lanka work for their runs.

The other team are allowed to do well and it was a great knock from Mathews, but it was a good batting day and England didn’t let them get away. It’s why it’s called test cricket, some days will be hard for little reward despite not doing much wrong.
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22/01/2021 12:26:20 110 3
bbc
Absolutely, this is test cricket and how it should be. The first test was not much of a test but this is more like it. Well bowled Anderson, well batted Matthews.
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22/01/2021 12:27:01 6 8
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Pitch is currently a road, but could/will disintegrate at some point. We have to bowl them out for under 400, then score big, very big, so they are batting for 5 sessions at the end. If and when the pitch plays up.

if it doesn't, this will be 700 plays 700 bore fest
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22/01/2021 12:33:37 9 1
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We will only know how much of a road it is when both teams have batted
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22/01/2021 12:20:42 7 25
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If this was a chess match England should offer the draw now - it's the best they can realistically hope for.

Unless they have a fantastic 1st hour tomorrow an SL total above 300 is likely and 400 a probability

There is no steel in this line up - no chance they can bat for 2 days and grind out 400 to make draw probable

Poor thinking from Root today - he has no clue what to do out here
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22/01/2021 12:27:48 7 1
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Rubbish comment, James. Knew it wouldn't be long before your pessimistic tripe would show up.

Root made a 200 last week in harder conditions than these. Lawrence looked very solid on debut. Bairstow also looked good.

Yet there's no "steel" in this line-up.
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22/01/2021 12:20:05 2 20
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Why oh why was Broad omitted!! Wood is just not good enough. At least Broad and Anderson working in tandem would have caused them problems. As others are saying, queue us being 4 or 5 down for about 40 on a flat unresponsive pitch.
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22/01/2021 12:28:18 11 2
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I assume the simple answer is to manage the workload of the two senior bowlers. Both have delivered the same control and early wickets and given the amount of cricket ahead, it seems pretty sensible to rotate Jimmy and Broad.
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22/01/2021 13:01:50 1 1
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They aren't playing another Test until Feb 5th. Plenty of time to recover if they'd played Broad instead of Curran. I know which of Curran/Broad the Sri Lankans would rather face and it's not Sam.
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22/01/2021 12:12:14 5 14
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normal service resumed i see...wiff waff bowling when it's not English conditions.
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22/01/2021 12:28:25 1 4
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Bingo!
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22/01/2021 12:33:37 3 2
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Bingo..Steve D ..''India are not very good''...yet the reserves won in Australia??..likes talk about Cricket Steve ;)
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22/01/2021 12:20:36 27 8
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Invaluable experience for Bess & Leach - they will be better players in the years ahead. Hope Mo is fit & firing for India, he is the class spinner when on form
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22/01/2021 12:28:29 4 3
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Hope so considering they have included him in the squad.

Yes bet the lads who been sidelined are in the Nets turning their arms sober or having a knock with the willow to keep some practice in.

Probably chatting away with Bess and Leach too over the game as well.
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22/01/2021 14:22:53 3 1
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Well, I hope they are not turning their arms over drunk!
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22/01/2021 12:20:42 7 25
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If this was a chess match England should offer the draw now - it's the best they can realistically hope for.

Unless they have a fantastic 1st hour tomorrow an SL total above 300 is likely and 400 a probability

There is no steel in this line up - no chance they can bat for 2 days and grind out 400 to make draw probable

Poor thinking from Root today - he has no clue what to do out here
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22/01/2021 12:29:54 1 1
bbc
"offer the draw now - it's the best they can realistically hope for."

Some scenarios:

SL get 650, England all out for 200 - England will lose
SL get 350, England get 300 - all to play for
SL get 400 England get 300, SL get 150, England get 251 and win.

There's lots of possibilities and maybe England are not in the best position, but to say 'it's the best they can hope for' is far too negative
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22/01/2021 12:27:01 6 8
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Pitch is currently a road, but could/will disintegrate at some point. We have to bowl them out for under 400, then score big, very big, so they are batting for 5 sessions at the end. If and when the pitch plays up.

if it doesn't, this will be 700 plays 700 bore fest
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22/01/2021 12:33:37 9 1
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We will only know how much of a road it is when both teams have batted
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22/01/2021 12:54:43 1 2
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That is always the case
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22/01/2021 12:28:25 1 4
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Bingo!
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22/01/2021 12:33:37 3 2
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Bingo..Steve D ..''India are not very good''...yet the reserves won in Australia??..likes talk about Cricket Steve ;)
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22/01/2021 12:48:39 0 2
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What's your record in england again?
Australia suits you more than here.
Please enlighten us how you winning in australia has any relevance.
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22/01/2021 12:33:51 15 4
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That's more like it: a proper, tough Test, with experienced, quality batsmen giving nothing away and making England sweat. Perhaps that'll refocus the minds of the more comlacent & triumphalistic.
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22/01/2021 12:20:05 2 20
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Why oh why was Broad omitted!! Wood is just not good enough. At least Broad and Anderson working in tandem would have caused them problems. As others are saying, queue us being 4 or 5 down for about 40 on a flat unresponsive pitch.
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22/01/2021 12:33:59 2 1
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It's called rotation. And did you mean queue or cue?
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22/01/2021 12:35:01 9 9
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Why did 70 mph Sam Curran open the bowling & not 90 mph Mark Wood?
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22/01/2021 12:38:28 10 2
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To see if the ball swung i imagine.
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22/01/2021 12:46:51 3 4
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Because Curran is most effective with the new ball and bowls with it for Surrey where Wood doesn't even take the new ball when he plays for Durham in April.

Curran isn't 70 mph, either.
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22/01/2021 13:01:50 3 1
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plus Sam Curran is (percieved) as a 'lucky' bowler (low skiddy arm helps though) - & Mark Wood is plucky likeble, but not as 'lucky' - bowled well today

although that's just the superstition talking - that no-one in cricket follows, touch wood, stroke rabits foot, pull out 4 leaf clover and but pads on in certain order :)
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22/01/2021 13:02:17 5 1
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"To see if the ball swung", England already had the Sultan of Swing bowling from the other end.
Archer & Wood are the genuine quicks for England.
When Archer plays, he opens the bowling.
When Wood plays, he doesn't open the bowling.
Why is that?
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22/01/2021 12:35:12 0 12
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this once again proves why England are the best, absolute amazing performance today...they will beat Sri Lanka and then will beat India too....amazing
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22/01/2021 12:14:45 3 6
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Well 7 -2 after 5 overs then end up with 229-4 in 87 overs can safely say yes SL day .

Anderson as always producing some excellent bowling and 3 Wickets plus Woods relentless pounding in getting a vital wicket too.

Rest bite needed and reflection by the lads ready to come back fired up tomorrow.
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22/01/2021 12:35:45 5 2
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rest bite...that is a new one
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22/01/2021 12:45:29 2 2
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Have a rest and bite of some cake ??.
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22/01/2021 12:20:42 7 25
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If this was a chess match England should offer the draw now - it's the best they can realistically hope for.

Unless they have a fantastic 1st hour tomorrow an SL total above 300 is likely and 400 a probability

There is no steel in this line up - no chance they can bat for 2 days and grind out 400 to make draw probable

Poor thinking from Root today - he has no clue what to do out here
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22/01/2021 12:36:33 4 1
bbc
We scored 400 last week. What happens to people’s thinking when they blurt out things like that?
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22/01/2021 12:37:01 4 1
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Good toss to win. Mathews & Anderson class players - nearly always contribute. May need another daddy score from Joe - the game is afoot. I see Ed Smith has already decided to 'rest' Bairstow for start of India test series.
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22/01/2021 12:37:18 12 1
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I don,t understand the criticism at this point...Day 1 & it,s kind of what you,d expect from a tour to SL. Whether England are still on an upward curve or not will depend on Days 2&3 as if the pitch breaks up on 4&5 the game is anybody,s, but we have to still be in the game by then.
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22/01/2021 12:35:01 9 9
bbc
Why did 70 mph Sam Curran open the bowling & not 90 mph Mark Wood?
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22/01/2021 12:38:28 10 2
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To see if the ball swung i imagine.
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22/01/2021 12:12:22 50 2
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Proper cricket. Thanks to both teams for an engrossing day's play.
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22/01/2021 12:39:25 3 2
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Absolutely! Think tomorrow is gonna be even better. Bowl them out just after lunch for around 350, then crack on
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22/01/2021 12:39:43 12 18
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England are a disgrace. 30 mins of overtime and 40 overs of spin and we still do not bowl 90 overs in a day. I know that it is hot and humid in Sri Lanka but these players are meant to be very fit. In normal days this behaviour cheats the paying public.
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22/01/2021 12:43:30 2 6
bbc
I doubt the paying public will care too much about a loss of 18 balls. Most people at Test matches aren't sitting there with their eyes glued to every single ball. You go with friends, family etc.
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22/01/2021 12:48:30 2 1
bbc
might be a bit over the top but how about 2 match ban for captain if overs not completed would sort out this problem over night.
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22/01/2021 12:41:24 8 2
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As the old saying goes, you can't judge a wicket till both teams have batted. Might be me being too optimistic but if we can skittle Sri Lanka quickly tomorrow, England are going to be in a very good position*.

*subject to a classic English batting collapse.
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22/01/2021 13:40:41 5 1
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Do not believe in myth of the 'Classic England batting collapse'. All Test sides do it and that includes Australia on their own soil in the recent series v India. We only notice it when it happens to our own side. About time one of the cricket mags did an article on it like 'Wisden' did a few years ago to dispel the myth once and for all.
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22/01/2021 12:41:25 27 9
bbc
England are a good spinner away from being a very good test side. Leach and Bess are steady but there is no variation, no googly or flipper, nothing but up and down. very predictable
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22/01/2021 12:50:30 7 4
bbc
You don't need variations galore to be a successful Test spinner. Just look at Ravi Jadeja! Dull as dishwater, wicket to wicket bowling, but he gets wickets and at an average of 24!

I suppose they have Ashwin, though.
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22/01/2021 12:59:08 0 2
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Get Shane Warne over here:)
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22/01/2021 13:13:05 2 1
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Steady is the word.

In the 30 or so years I’ve been following England, only Swann consistently made a mark.

Credit to Moeen for developing his bowling too and Giles was combative but we’ve never produced anyone with the skill set of a Warne, Murali, Kumble or Saqlain.

Rashid is by far the best we have and more effective than Bess and Leach combined. Is he currently available for Tests?
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22/01/2021 14:41:46 2 1
bbc
Leach and Bess are truly ordinary. I do feel as if the scouting is not right for spinners, there is plenty of talent in the Yorks and Lancs league as well as along Surrey slopes, but the counties won't break ranks to bring in these players or offer developmental scholarships.
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22/01/2021 12:39:43 12 18
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England are a disgrace. 30 mins of overtime and 40 overs of spin and we still do not bowl 90 overs in a day. I know that it is hot and humid in Sri Lanka but these players are meant to be very fit. In normal days this behaviour cheats the paying public.
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22/01/2021 12:43:30 2 6
bbc
I doubt the paying public will care too much about a loss of 18 balls. Most people at Test matches aren't sitting there with their eyes glued to every single ball. You go with friends, family etc.
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22/01/2021 12:43:35 6 9
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Imagine what the Indian batting line up will do
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22/01/2021 12:50:09 15 7
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I don't know, 36ao maybe?
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Rae
22/01/2021 12:44:07 11 3
bbc
Sri lanka V Eng - how can the peerless Anderson be asked to bowl 19 overs on the first day of a test on the sub continent, and the spinners bowl almost 40 wicketless overs.
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22/01/2021 12:48:03 1 4
bbc
According to Vaughan I heard him say the SL gave their wickets to Jimmy because it's Jimmy and he is well known bowler.

So that could be the case or the fact is the Batsmen have been savvy today and not giving their wickets away like last Test.
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22/01/2021 12:35:45 5 2
bbc
rest bite...that is a new one
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22/01/2021 12:45:29 2 2
bbc
Have a rest and bite of some cake ??.
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22/01/2021 12:45:29 6 5
bbc
Flat pitch against a capable side at home. Toss a key factor and Sri Lanka should win from here . Draws dont happen there. Not sure we are anywhere close to knowing best bowling attack . Happy to see Curran on team sheet in England , bit of waste away.
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22/01/2021 12:46:29 18 4
bbc
Decent batting pitch, proper application from SL, excellent century by Mathews. Folks, we have a Test match! The only minor issue for SL is the scoring rate is a little on the slow side. 229-4 is a platform, but if we take a couple of quick wickets in the morning again, 245-6 is not so rosy. Going to have to work a lot harder to win this than we did the first. Well played, Sri Lanka!
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22/01/2021 12:46:50 4 4
bbc
I tried to access the match but couldn't. I'll try again tonight. Nice to see a bit of resistance from the Lankans. It's good preparation for the lads for the upcoming India tour.
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22/01/2021 12:35:01 9 9
bbc
Why did 70 mph Sam Curran open the bowling & not 90 mph Mark Wood?
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22/01/2021 12:46:51 3 4
bbc
Because Curran is most effective with the new ball and bowls with it for Surrey where Wood doesn't even take the new ball when he plays for Durham in April.

Curran isn't 70 mph, either.
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22/01/2021 12:47:58 4 4
bbc
Our spinners are a big problem going to India.They bowl some rubbish.Atherton quoted some stats that Bess only bowled 25% of balls where he wanted them in the last Test.Root needs the spinners to take bowling pressure off the pace bowlers.Also what are they doing resting Bairstow for 2 Tests in India.He is hardly overworked and is a better batter of spin than most of the team
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Rae
22/01/2021 12:44:07 11 3
bbc
Sri lanka V Eng - how can the peerless Anderson be asked to bowl 19 overs on the first day of a test on the sub continent, and the spinners bowl almost 40 wicketless overs.
63
22/01/2021 12:48:03 1 4
bbc
According to Vaughan I heard him say the SL gave their wickets to Jimmy because it's Jimmy and he is well known bowler.

So that could be the case or the fact is the Batsmen have been savvy today and not giving their wickets away like last Test.
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22/01/2021 13:10:33 2 1
bbc
Looking forward to Michael Vaughan telling us that England haven't a prayer in this match ...
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22/01/2021 12:39:43 12 18
bbc
England are a disgrace. 30 mins of overtime and 40 overs of spin and we still do not bowl 90 overs in a day. I know that it is hot and humid in Sri Lanka but these players are meant to be very fit. In normal days this behaviour cheats the paying public.
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22/01/2021 12:48:30 2 1
bbc
might be a bit over the top but how about 2 match ban for captain if overs not completed would sort out this problem over night.
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22/01/2021 12:33:37 3 2
bbc
Bingo..Steve D ..''India are not very good''...yet the reserves won in Australia??..likes talk about Cricket Steve ;)
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22/01/2021 12:48:39 0 2
bbc
What's your record in england again?
Australia suits you more than here.
Please enlighten us how you winning in australia has any relevance.
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tc
22/01/2021 16:41:25 0 1
bbc
Vikram, whats the point of coming on here and antagonising these lot ?? as you know, England will hammer India next month...they're the greatest ever...the best to have ever played the sport. Just let it be
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22/01/2021 12:50:03 4 1
bbc
I thought overall honours even, given the conditions. Hard work for the bowlers on what seems at this stage to be a very true pitch, but excellent work by Mathews, Thirimanne and Chandimal to rebuild. Both sides showed application and stamina in the heat.
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22/01/2021 12:59:31 7 2
bbc
At the moment, b-v, I'd say it's advantage, slightly, SL, If they'd posted another 30 runs, definitely advantage SL; not massively, but enough to be noticeable. If they bat for 40 mins for 0 wkts tomorrow, the same; if we start with 2 for 15, ditto for us. But I reckon today is... 53 / 47 maybe in their favour?
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Sar
22/01/2021 12:43:35 6 9
bbc
Imagine what the Indian batting line up will do
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22/01/2021 12:50:09 15 7
bbc
I don't know, 36ao maybe?
93
22/01/2021 13:16:32 2 1
bbc
Maybe in Nottingham?
40
22/01/2021 12:33:37 3 2
bbc
Bingo..Steve D ..''India are not very good''...yet the reserves won in Australia??..likes talk about Cricket Steve ;)
Removed
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22/01/2021 12:41:25 27 9
bbc
England are a good spinner away from being a very good test side. Leach and Bess are steady but there is no variation, no googly or flipper, nothing but up and down. very predictable
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22/01/2021 12:50:30 7 4
bbc
You don't need variations galore to be a successful Test spinner. Just look at Ravi Jadeja! Dull as dishwater, wicket to wicket bowling, but he gets wickets and at an average of 24!

I suppose they have Ashwin, though.
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22/01/2021 12:55:07 2 2
bbc
true, but just something to keep the batsman guessing wouldn't hurt.
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22/01/2021 14:52:48 2 2
bbc
Jadeja is a clever bowler. He doesn't turn the ball square, but he makes the batsman play, uses subtle variations in flight, pace and use of the crease, and works with the captain to set fields that make the batsman think, sometimes over-think, and induce an error. It's all part of the craft of bowling. Things which Bess/Leach should look to emulate
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22/01/2021 12:51:06 2 2
bbc
Atherton is a spin expert?
90
22/01/2021 13:13:45 5 2
bbc
Seem to remember him bowling decent county level leg spin at one point before back injuries put a stop to it.
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22/01/2021 12:33:37 9 1
bbc
We will only know how much of a road it is when both teams have batted
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22/01/2021 12:54:43 1 2
bbc
That is always the case
69
22/01/2021 12:50:30 7 4
bbc
You don't need variations galore to be a successful Test spinner. Just look at Ravi Jadeja! Dull as dishwater, wicket to wicket bowling, but he gets wickets and at an average of 24!

I suppose they have Ashwin, though.
72
22/01/2021 12:55:07 2 2
bbc
true, but just something to keep the batsman guessing wouldn't hurt.
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nim
22/01/2021 12:55:25 1 10
bbc
Sri Lanka should declare. They have enough runs already :)
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22/01/2021 12:41:25 27 9
bbc
England are a good spinner away from being a very good test side. Leach and Bess are steady but there is no variation, no googly or flipper, nothing but up and down. very predictable
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22/01/2021 12:59:08 0 2
bbc
Get Shane Warne over here:)
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22/01/2021 12:50:03 4 1
bbc
I thought overall honours even, given the conditions. Hard work for the bowlers on what seems at this stage to be a very true pitch, but excellent work by Mathews, Thirimanne and Chandimal to rebuild. Both sides showed application and stamina in the heat.
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22/01/2021 12:59:31 7 2
bbc
At the moment, b-v, I'd say it's advantage, slightly, SL, If they'd posted another 30 runs, definitely advantage SL; not massively, but enough to be noticeable. If they bat for 40 mins for 0 wkts tomorrow, the same; if we start with 2 for 15, ditto for us. But I reckon today is... 53 / 47 maybe in their favour?
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22/01/2021 13:09:00 1 1
bbc
Fair observations Gents by you both.

Yes Test it is then in many ways and as already posted a SL day despite not many runs but steadied the ship free them 2 early wickets.

As we know one or two overs can turn a game.

We see how it shapes up in the Morning Session tomorrow.
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22/01/2021 13:12:00 2 1
bbc
Hi Raedwulf,
Certainly there's not much in it, there isn't a lot separating 53/47 and 50/50 & I won't argue that.
A few more runs would indeed have given the day overall to SL. I have the impression SL has a bit of a tail, though, so 4 down is a bit worse than it would otherwise look. If it was Eng on 229-4, I'd be waiting nervously for a collapse and 260 all out!
Looking forward to tomo morning!
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22/01/2021 12:35:01 9 9
bbc
Why did 70 mph Sam Curran open the bowling & not 90 mph Mark Wood?
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22/01/2021 13:01:50 3 1
bbc
plus Sam Curran is (percieved) as a 'lucky' bowler (low skiddy arm helps though) - & Mark Wood is plucky likeble, but not as 'lucky' - bowled well today

although that's just the superstition talking - that no-one in cricket follows, touch wood, stroke rabits foot, pull out 4 leaf clover and but pads on in certain order :)
35
22/01/2021 12:28:18 11 2
bbc
I assume the simple answer is to manage the workload of the two senior bowlers. Both have delivered the same control and early wickets and given the amount of cricket ahead, it seems pretty sensible to rotate Jimmy and Broad.
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22/01/2021 13:01:50 1 1
bbc
They aren't playing another Test until Feb 5th. Plenty of time to recover if they'd played Broad instead of Curran. I know which of Curran/Broad the Sri Lankans would rather face and it's not Sam.
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22/01/2021 13:01:51 5 1
bbc
Well played Mathews, so often a thorn in England’s side over the years.

Looks a slow pitch at the moment which makes me wonder why we aren’t taking the pitch out of it by bowling fuller...
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22/01/2021 12:35:01 9 9
bbc
Why did 70 mph Sam Curran open the bowling & not 90 mph Mark Wood?
79
22/01/2021 13:02:17 5 1
bbc
"To see if the ball swung", England already had the Sultan of Swing bowling from the other end.
Archer & Wood are the genuine quicks for England.
When Archer plays, he opens the bowling.
When Wood plays, he doesn't open the bowling.
Why is that?
98
22/01/2021 13:25:23 1 3
bbc
Root doesn't really like him. He looks in the mirror and sees his callow self.
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22/01/2021 13:03:59 18 2
bbc
Spinners cut way too often. No excuse for that, driven ok, cut and pulled no. Jimmy skillful as ever, Wood big heart and effort. Curren a little anonymous.
However Sri Lanka never really escaped. Early wickets and England are ok. Hard slog for the bowlers. Batters need to bat long.
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22/01/2021 13:07:21 7 2
bbc
IF England can continue to bowl well, and spin starts to have effect, and able to keep SL to under 400. Is the England batting capable of batting boring and long?
Well, Sibley (effective if not pretty) & Crawley (stylish & patient) may fit this IF they get their spin radars working - can't depend on Joe to score big every time. Lawerence can get 50+ but not yet in long long mode. = Interesting
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22/01/2021 14:39:31 3 3
bbc
Lawrence gets the big scores for Essex (and for the Lions). He looked bedraggled at the end of his innings in the first test but he is more than capable of a big score.
82
22/01/2021 13:08:36 5 2
bbc
Good practice for India, eh?
75
22/01/2021 12:59:31 7 2
bbc
At the moment, b-v, I'd say it's advantage, slightly, SL, If they'd posted another 30 runs, definitely advantage SL; not massively, but enough to be noticeable. If they bat for 40 mins for 0 wkts tomorrow, the same; if we start with 2 for 15, ditto for us. But I reckon today is... 53 / 47 maybe in their favour?
83
22/01/2021 13:09:00 1 1
bbc
Fair observations Gents by you both.

Yes Test it is then in many ways and as already posted a SL day despite not many runs but steadied the ship free them 2 early wickets.

As we know one or two overs can turn a game.

We see how it shapes up in the Morning Session tomorrow.
96
22/01/2021 13:19:20 2 1
bbc
Hello Dunc,
I'm reminded of the old saying in rallying, that you can't win the rally on Stage 1, but you can certainly lose it. It's only day 1 and the early moves don't do more than show that both sides were ready to put some hard yards in. A good start to what will hopefully be another enthralling match ??
84
22/01/2021 13:10:29 19 7
bbc
Runs on the board are going to be crucial says MrVaughan. Stunning insight. Is it the case then Mr Vaughan, that the side with the most runs wins?
120
22/01/2021 13:56:02 7 2
bbc
Well it could be a draw, of course! But yes Vaughan does tend to spout the bleedin' obvious!
122
22/01/2021 13:57:05 0 2
bbc
No it is not
63
22/01/2021 12:48:03 1 4
bbc
According to Vaughan I heard him say the SL gave their wickets to Jimmy because it's Jimmy and he is well known bowler.

So that could be the case or the fact is the Batsmen have been savvy today and not giving their wickets away like last Test.
85
22/01/2021 13:10:33 2 1
bbc
Looking forward to Michael Vaughan telling us that England haven't a prayer in this match ...
97
22/01/2021 13:19:38 0 1
bbc
That's his remit and like many on here know this too.

He is happy in is own world so be it just hope it's not the case but only day 1 and Keeping the Faith we be mighty fine.
86
22/01/2021 13:10:35 4 6
bbc
Hate it when winning the toss has a major impact on the result. Wonder if the future of test cricket is artificial pitches that offer a continuous level of assistance to both batting and bowling sides and limit the number of overs in each innings. Trying to come up with a solution where skill outweighs luck.
92
22/01/2021 13:15:55 6 3
bbc
Could just have toss in first test then alternate the choice throughout the series? Dunno
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22/01/2021 13:32:25 3 1
bbc
I understand your thinking, but I think artificial pitches would lead to dull cricket. You need variety, because it breeds character, adaptability and drama.
I would rather see more pressure on teams to maintain the over rate, and actually policing the minimum properly. Yes, it's hard work on a hot day, but if amateurs can sustain 18+ overs/hour, so can the pros.
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22/01/2021 13:33:26 3 1
bbc
I really dont think artificial pitches are the answer, they tend to be batsmen friendly and a lack of deterioration will render spin bowling irrelevant. Perhaps removing the toss and allowing each team to take match about to decide whether to bat/bowl across a series is a better solution?
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22/01/2021 13:34:22 6 1
bbc
Just get rid of the toss and let the away team choose whether to bat or bowl. That puts pressure on the home side to produce better pitches.
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22/01/2021 14:01:23 1 1
bbc
In Ind vs Aus all the decisive results went in favour of the team losing the toss.
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22/01/2021 12:59:31 7 2
bbc
At the moment, b-v, I'd say it's advantage, slightly, SL, If they'd posted another 30 runs, definitely advantage SL; not massively, but enough to be noticeable. If they bat for 40 mins for 0 wkts tomorrow, the same; if we start with 2 for 15, ditto for us. But I reckon today is... 53 / 47 maybe in their favour?
87
22/01/2021 13:12:00 2 1
bbc
Hi Raedwulf,
Certainly there's not much in it, there isn't a lot separating 53/47 and 50/50 & I won't argue that.
A few more runs would indeed have given the day overall to SL. I have the impression SL has a bit of a tail, though, so 4 down is a bit worse than it would otherwise look. If it was Eng on 229-4, I'd be waiting nervously for a collapse and 260 all out!
Looking forward to tomo morning!
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22/01/2021 13:46:11 3 1
bbc
Indeed, that's why I chose 53-47! It's all subjective, innit? 50-50 is a perfectly reasonable call, and vice your comment on SL's tail, you can even make a case it's 51/49 ENG (though I don't, obviously).

I don't think that the first hour tomorrow will decide the game; much too soon for that sort of talk; but it certainly looks like being a key passage of play. We'll see!
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22/01/2021 12:41:25 27 9
bbc
England are a good spinner away from being a very good test side. Leach and Bess are steady but there is no variation, no googly or flipper, nothing but up and down. very predictable
88
22/01/2021 13:13:05 2 1
bbc
Steady is the word.

In the 30 or so years I’ve been following England, only Swann consistently made a mark.

Credit to Moeen for developing his bowling too and Giles was combative but we’ve never produced anyone with the skill set of a Warne, Murali, Kumble or Saqlain.

Rashid is by far the best we have and more effective than Bess and Leach combined. Is he currently available for Tests?
181
22/01/2021 15:51:32 1 3
bbc
no he's not because HE doesn't want to play tests - we need to move on from him - and concentrate on those that want to PLAY test match cricket and are not just after the money.
262
22/01/2021 18:52:38 0 0
bbc
Just like to add, Monty Penasar was pretty good at getting important wickets too.
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22/01/2021 13:13:34 3 1
bbc
Think it was a big toss to lose and we could easily be looking at 270-2. As it is we have one more top order batsman to get and run rate is well under control. Be happy
70
22/01/2021 12:51:06 2 2
bbc
Atherton is a spin expert?
90
22/01/2021 13:13:45 5 2
bbc
Seem to remember him bowling decent county level leg spin at one point before back injuries put a stop to it.
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22/01/2021 12:20:42 7 25
bbc
If this was a chess match England should offer the draw now - it's the best they can realistically hope for.

Unless they have a fantastic 1st hour tomorrow an SL total above 300 is likely and 400 a probability

There is no steel in this line up - no chance they can bat for 2 days and grind out 400 to make draw probable

Poor thinking from Root today - he has no clue what to do out here
91
22/01/2021 13:14:22 2 1
bbc
Don't know where to start in response to that James - I disagree with virtually everything you've said
86
22/01/2021 13:10:35 4 6
bbc
Hate it when winning the toss has a major impact on the result. Wonder if the future of test cricket is artificial pitches that offer a continuous level of assistance to both batting and bowling sides and limit the number of overs in each innings. Trying to come up with a solution where skill outweighs luck.
92
22/01/2021 13:15:55 6 3
bbc
Could just have toss in first test then alternate the choice throughout the series? Dunno
67
22/01/2021 12:50:09 15 7
bbc
I don't know, 36ao maybe?
93
22/01/2021 13:16:32 2 1
bbc
Maybe in Nottingham?
94
22/01/2021 13:16:46 4 1
bbc
Good day for Sri Lanka. 1st session is crucial for England tomorrow.
Anderson pick of the bowlers again! Well played Jimmy.
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22/01/2021 13:18:28 3 3
bbc
I think our batting will be ok this match and going forward some excellent players still to come in.
Bowling however is a different story - without Anderson and Broad we look to be very average -Stokes cannot be relied upon to be Mr Miracle in every spell. Apart from Anderson - today 68 0vers for 1 wicket and only 8 maidens which doesn't help if you are looking to build up pressure.
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22/01/2021 13:09:00 1 1
bbc
Fair observations Gents by you both.

Yes Test it is then in many ways and as already posted a SL day despite not many runs but steadied the ship free them 2 early wickets.

As we know one or two overs can turn a game.

We see how it shapes up in the Morning Session tomorrow.
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22/01/2021 13:19:20 2 1
bbc
Hello Dunc,
I'm reminded of the old saying in rallying, that you can't win the rally on Stage 1, but you can certainly lose it. It's only day 1 and the early moves don't do more than show that both sides were ready to put some hard yards in. A good start to what will hopefully be another enthralling match ??
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22/01/2021 13:29:02 1 1
bbc
Hi B-V ... Yes fair comment.

Yes as said earlier been picking bits up on TMS but guess other folk actually watching have more insight on the pitch.

Yes hard graft needed tomorrow with the Ball and Bat too by Us.

As many said to it's a good tester of which we have needed and plenty more to come as well in India.

Just get this Test done and dusted first.
85
22/01/2021 13:10:33 2 1
bbc
Looking forward to Michael Vaughan telling us that England haven't a prayer in this match ...
97
22/01/2021 13:19:38 0 1
bbc
That's his remit and like many on here know this too.

He is happy in is own world so be it just hope it's not the case but only day 1 and Keeping the Faith we be mighty fine.
79
22/01/2021 13:02:17 5 1
bbc
"To see if the ball swung", England already had the Sultan of Swing bowling from the other end.
Archer & Wood are the genuine quicks for England.
When Archer plays, he opens the bowling.
When Wood plays, he doesn't open the bowling.
Why is that?
98
22/01/2021 13:25:23 1 3
bbc
Root doesn't really like him. He looks in the mirror and sees his callow self.
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22/01/2021 13:28:01 8 2
bbc
India will be more challenging, the outfields will be much quicker which means that our slow bowlers will not be able to exercise control, Bess certainly isn’t anywhere near good enough.

We need to bat well, and long, particularly in our 1st dig. Whilst we will probably edge this series, can’t see us beating the in form Indians on their own back yard.
96
22/01/2021 13:19:20 2 1
bbc
Hello Dunc,
I'm reminded of the old saying in rallying, that you can't win the rally on Stage 1, but you can certainly lose it. It's only day 1 and the early moves don't do more than show that both sides were ready to put some hard yards in. A good start to what will hopefully be another enthralling match ??
100
22/01/2021 13:29:02 1 1
bbc
Hi B-V ... Yes fair comment.

Yes as said earlier been picking bits up on TMS but guess other folk actually watching have more insight on the pitch.

Yes hard graft needed tomorrow with the Ball and Bat too by Us.

As many said to it's a good tester of which we have needed and plenty more to come as well in India.

Just get this Test done and dusted first.