Root hits superb 186 for England in Galle
24/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 777
Joe Root hits a magnificent 186 but his dismissal from the final ball of the third day leaves Sri Lanka with a slight advantage in the second Test.
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24/01/2021 12:22:56 9 6
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That 42 run lead currently held by SL is the key. If they can get 150 on third innings then they’ve got this. Leach and Bess must bowl better on the worsening surface, they have to.
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24/01/2021 12:32:48 1 3
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If they are spun out for 100 that also implies we'll lose, unfortunately
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24/01/2021 12:23:56 12 6
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Joe Root is playing against SL like Steve Smith did against us in the last Ashes.
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24/01/2021 12:30:08 2 16
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it's sri lanka he's playing...Vaughan and co said they were rubbish after the 1st day of the 1st test ???
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24/01/2021 12:24:03 23 1
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Brilliant Joe, when most about you failed, you were once again the shining English light
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24/01/2021 12:24:12 9 3
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Very good innings by Root, very unlucky way to get out. But good to see him batting so well. Hopefully another good days cricket tomorrow.
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24/01/2021 12:24:38 10 2
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Well played Joe. Even with this brilliance though, the openers have to raise their game for us to have any chance in India.
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24/01/2021 12:42:08 6 2
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I'd say Burns is definitely going to play now. I'd of even been tempted to try out Jennings in Asia as he's good against spin
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24/01/2021 12:24:42 22 3
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Great return to form by the skipper. Hard to imagine the level of concentration required in such alien conditions. Encouraging contributions from Bess and Curran but England have a long tail without Stokes and Moeen.
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24/01/2021 13:53:22 7 6
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Stokes would make a huge difference so yes for him but no for Moeen = not the way he has been batting during the past 3 years
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24/01/2021 14:51:21 0 1
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As long as India's? I'm worried about that.
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24/01/2021 12:25:07 39 13
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Not bad Joe. I wonder where he learnt to play spin like that? I'm guessing it wasn't from facing his teammates in the nets ??
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24/01/2021 12:31:30 19 1
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bowling machines can spin it square
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24/01/2021 12:46:52 3 1
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Root is a champ. Most talented and best on the eye out of the Fab 4 in my opinion. Now he's got past the mental block of converting 50s hopefully more daddy hundreds in store.
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24/01/2021 12:47:28 3 1
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Haha. Fair play Scaarn, plus one from me.

There's a long time until the winter tour, but Joe looks to be trying to banish his conversion rate critics as soon as possible. You worried? Even a little?

One thing is for sure, we aren't going to spin you out on any of your own pitches. The India tour will be interesting. I just hope we don't take a pasting before descending on your home land.
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24/01/2021 12:50:09 2 5
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Ouch Scaarn ... truth hurts.
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24/01/2021 13:02:53 0 1
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Another one out of the comic book .. ??.

Enjoy.
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24/01/2021 14:56:22 1 1
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Well it certainly wasn't from facing Nathan Lyons.
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24/01/2021 18:04:45 1 0
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scaarn how are the aussies recovering from there loss to india c ?
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24/01/2021 19:15:16 0 0
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Certainly not Bess.
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24/01/2021 12:25:19 10 4
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Brilliant knock again from Root. Cut above. Such as shame at the end, but England have clung on and I think will save the match....no thanks to Wood mind. Let us also hope the England can find some spine somewhere and SL don't keep it all the themselves!
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24/01/2021 12:26:47 36 3
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Must be so frustrating for JR to be run out with the last ball!!
Never mind Joe a quite outstanding innings, well done.
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24/01/2021 12:26:54 20 2
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Well done Joe.
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24/01/2021 12:28:08 11 3
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Magnificent from Root; able support from Buttler & Bess. Our slim chance of winning relies on getting SL for no more than 150 (which I don't see happening). If they score more than 170 it implies SL have either batted us out of it, or the pitch has started to crumble, in which case we're in trouble! Still plenty of life in the game, though I reckon a draw is now likeliest...
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24/01/2021 12:35:53 4 2
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If I was Chandimal I'd declare at 170!! - but I doubt he's a 'risk defeat in the pursuit of victory' type of captain
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24/01/2021 12:29:00 30 4
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Brilliant innings from Joe, he's in the form of his life. However, our position in this game is not looking great. We need to bowl SL out cheaply to have any sort of chance. Even then wouldn't fancy chasing 150 against Embuldeniya on this wicket...
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24/01/2021 12:48:55 25 19
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Ever heard of playing for the draw?. We don't need to win the match, just bat out whatever time Sri Lanka leave.
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24/01/2021 12:29:12 3 19
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calypso collapso!!!
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24/01/2021 12:34:51 13 1
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Playing in Sri Lanka not West Indies ... Sherlock.
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24/01/2021 12:44:40 3 2
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Bingo!
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24/01/2021 12:23:56 12 6
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Joe Root is playing against SL like Steve Smith did against us in the last Ashes.
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24/01/2021 12:30:08 2 16
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it's sri lanka he's playing...Vaughan and co said they were rubbish after the 1st day of the 1st test ???
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24/01/2021 12:35:02 3 1
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That specific day's play and batting was rubbish. Can't you see how they are playing now?
And in the last Ashes, most of the time our bowling wasn't flattering either.
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24/01/2021 12:39:28 0 1
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That day's play and batting was rubbish. Can't you see how they're playing now?
And in the last Ashes, most of the time our bowling wasn't flattering either.
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24/01/2021 12:44:08 2 1
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Bingo!
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24/01/2021 14:52:07 0 1
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They were !
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24/01/2021 12:30:12 1 5
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ha, when I said yesterday that if Root didn't hit a double century England would probably lose, I didn't expect that come quite so completely true.
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24/01/2021 12:30:44 8 7
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Root had every right to even step completely aside and let a SL bowler bowlh him out right at the stumps.
A bigger challenge coming, so take some well needed rest skip.
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24/01/2021 12:31:01 30 8
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Root making Test match batting look easy.
A few around him making it look hard.
Embuldeniya really showing Bess & Leach up.
We've all eyes on India; time for a few to step up.
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24/01/2021 14:09:41 5 1
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And his fellow spinners too.
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24/01/2021 12:25:07 39 13
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Not bad Joe. I wonder where he learnt to play spin like that? I'm guessing it wasn't from facing his teammates in the nets ??
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24/01/2021 12:31:30 19 1
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bowling machines can spin it square
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24/01/2021 15:19:28 0 1
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Probably against Emburey cough cough
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24/01/2021 12:31:54 19 13
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Poor Joe - spending all that time in the heat plus suffering with cramp -then looks with disgust at Mark Wood who gives his wicket away with a wild yahoo !
Hope Wood has his fee docked.
Utter disgrace.
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24/01/2021 12:36:37 8 8
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Utter disgrace? No.
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24/01/2021 12:50:37 7 1
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He spent a day and a half bowling at 95mph in Sri Lankan weather
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24/01/2021 13:01:09 3 1
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Bit of an over-reaction. Utter disgrace? Definitely not. He’s been bowling his heart out in that heat!
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24/01/2021 14:45:59 2 2
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If anyone should be lambasted its the likes of Bairstow- everyone keeps telling me , including his own opinion , how good he is and should be in India.

Iassume then he just couldn't be bothered to put in a stint.. thinking of his holiday?
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24/01/2021 12:22:56 9 6
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That 42 run lead currently held by SL is the key. If they can get 150 on third innings then they’ve got this. Leach and Bess must bowl better on the worsening surface, they have to.
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24/01/2021 12:32:48 1 3
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If they are spun out for 100 that also implies we'll lose, unfortunately
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24/01/2021 13:41:12 1 1
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Best case scenario is that Anderson and Wood bowl them out for 100 then!
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GGS
24/01/2021 12:33:52 7 1
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Root deserved the double. Finally the fab four are complete again. Augurs well for England in India.
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24/01/2021 12:33:55 121 5
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Remarkable to think that Joe Root cruised past Boycott, Gower and Pietersen on the all-time list in that one innings.
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24/01/2021 14:49:22 9 3
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I'd like to see the number of innings that it took for all of them, to make a proper comparison.
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24/01/2021 15:03:49 8 3
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Name yourselves thumbsdowners or are you to carry on hiding
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24/01/2021 12:33:57 11 6
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What's chance of England spinners taking at least 1 wicket? (between them, I mean - not each, we can't expect miracles!)
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24/01/2021 12:44:57 3 8
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Going to India with Root as our only spinning option will yield more fruit. I weep at the thought of these spinners against Kohli and Sharma
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24/01/2021 12:46:57 0 3
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Neither can move the ball off straight and Bess bowls to straight. Bowling a good line is a basic for an off spinner. I know he is young but not sure how he can be the best we have.
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24/01/2021 12:59:29 1 1
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lol ... good one, Davey.
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24/01/2021 13:39:29 1 2
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Bess and Leach each took five in the first test, so I suppose we had several miracles then, and thus have used up our allocation for the rest of the winter.
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24/01/2021 12:34:16 3 10
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Great innings from Root and with the fantastic series he has had, I feel he should open the batting for the next innings. The last thing we need is him coming in at 10/2 having to bat out the final day.
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24/01/2021 12:46:34 5 2
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He's not and never has been an opening batsman. Even though he has more or less opened this series, it's not his best position.
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24/01/2021 13:49:39 0 1
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He's been out on the field almost the whole match, give the man a bit of a rest! (Even if it is just ten minutes while the openers come and go).
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24/01/2021 12:34:49 97 9
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Brilliant from Root...but what was Wood doing?

Couldn't he see how hard Bess worked in support of the skipper?
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24/01/2021 12:55:18 63 7
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Woods not a defensive batsman, he's admitted that a few times himself. As a batsman you play to your strengths, and his is attacking and feels less likely to get out that way. Leach should be in front of him in the batting order though.
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24/01/2021 13:25:54 11 5
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all he needed was to block and let root do the scoring very unprofessional
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24/01/2021 13:51:34 5 2
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Ideally we should be flexible: Leach ahead when needed to block in support of a batsman still in; Wood ahead to smack runs if the tail is in. Tomorrow Wood might have smacked a few while Anderson blocked, whereas all Leach and Anderson will be able to do is to take time out of the game.
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24/01/2021 15:57:41 2 2
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True, but you might argue Leach should've gone in instead of Wood in the first place
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24/01/2021 12:29:12 3 19
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calypso collapso!!!
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24/01/2021 12:34:51 13 1
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Playing in Sri Lanka not West Indies ... Sherlock.
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24/01/2021 12:57:04 0 2
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''Hope Root enjoys his rest''...9 wickets down....sherlock ;)
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24/01/2021 12:34:52 70 4
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Magnificent innings from Root. What powers of concentration.

England spinners have to step up tomorrow...but I wouldn't mind Jimmy taking another half a dozen!
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24/01/2021 13:38:17 28 21
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Bess and Leach are too predictable. We need Adil Rashid back.
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24/01/2021 14:08:11 12 3
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I’m truly astonished at the number of contributors who think Rashid should be playing. He’s had a shoulder since well before the World Cup. Test cricket simply isn’t possible.
Why do people keep banging on about it?
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24/01/2021 12:30:08 2 16
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it's sri lanka he's playing...Vaughan and co said they were rubbish after the 1st day of the 1st test ???
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24/01/2021 12:35:02 3 1
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That specific day's play and batting was rubbish. Can't you see how they are playing now?
And in the last Ashes, most of the time our bowling wasn't flattering either.
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24/01/2021 14:17:45 2 1
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No we just couldn't Smith out, the rest of the Aussie batsmen were our bunnies most of the time
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24/01/2021 12:35:13 20 2
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Excellent knock by Root again. This match is definitely going to go to the wire. But if I am an English fan I will be worried that barring Joe no one else looks like capable of giving much headache to India, Stokes may be??
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24/01/2021 17:57:15 0 0
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Pope plays spin well, but hasn’t obviously got much cricket behind him
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24/01/2021 12:28:08 11 3
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Magnificent from Root; able support from Buttler & Bess. Our slim chance of winning relies on getting SL for no more than 150 (which I don't see happening). If they score more than 170 it implies SL have either batted us out of it, or the pitch has started to crumble, in which case we're in trouble! Still plenty of life in the game, though I reckon a draw is now likeliest...
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24/01/2021 12:35:53 4 2
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If I was Chandimal I'd declare at 170!! - but I doubt he's a 'risk defeat in the pursuit of victory' type of captain
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24/01/2021 13:03:14 2 1
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Well, it partly depends on Jack & Jimmy, doesn't it? They could be out first over; they could bat for 10 & add an irritating 25 runs. Depending on how the pitch is playing, I reckon you'd ideally want at least 240 lead & 6-10 overs at ENG in the last session tomorrow as a minimum.

I don't know how adventurous Chandimal is. He hasn't struck me as a particularly able Cpt in these 2 games...
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24/01/2021 12:35:55 50 4
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Wonderful innings.

Sri Lanka might be slight favourites now. This pitch will be very difficult whether defending or chasing runs in the 4th innings.

Great day of test cricket though.
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24/01/2021 12:38:28 14 2
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Bet they were twitching a bit when the run chase was happening until the late Wickets.
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24/01/2021 13:21:05 3 2
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I'd say they're quite major favourites at this point - the bookies have them at about evens with England around 2/1 and that feels about right. Assuming that Bess and Leach can't bowl quite so badly twice on the trot, there is still a chance that'll turn around though.
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24/01/2021 12:35:56 11 2
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Well, see you all for the Jack and Jimmy show in the morning. Could do with a few boundaries somehow.
Then all eyes on Bess and Leach. Let’s say 30 run deficit, need to bowl them out for 150 tops really. Never say never though. Been a great game.
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24/01/2021 12:36:07 167 5
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Some stats to show Root's incredible achievement :
- He has faced 633 balls in the series and only been dismissed by a bowler once,
that when slogging on over 200
- In that time he has scored 49.6% of England's runs
- He has also spent just 39.1 overs off the field
- In the wider context, he now averages 50+ in 6 different countries, better than
Smith & Williamson (5) and Kohli (3)
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24/01/2021 12:51:03 34 107
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More like some stats to show how woeful all our other batsman have been
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24/01/2021 13:25:51 7 1
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Incredible. He needs a good rest before India.
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24/01/2021 17:53:35 1 0
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Trouble with the ICC lists is they are impacted by form and it takes time to catch up. Root will move up with two big tons but his lesser form (not poor form) in the last couple of years will hold his rating back. Kholi dropped down just by nor playing; Williamson top of pile for his recent form. Those three plus Smith and Laburchange and Stokes at 6 would make a pretty useful batting lineup.
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24/01/2021 17:58:27 1 1
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Nice analysis. I think Root is right up there, maybe the best out of this cohort, in tests. If you consider all formats probably a little bit behind. Though I'd rather be best in tests!
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24/01/2021 18:33:37 2 0
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It is good to see root hitting the big scores he is so capable of. I’ve always found him the most frustrating player. His stats are not bad by any means but always feel there is more in him (certainly at times). Been sensational this series though and seeing an Englishman play spin so well is great to watch
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24/01/2021 12:31:54 19 13
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Poor Joe - spending all that time in the heat plus suffering with cramp -then looks with disgust at Mark Wood who gives his wicket away with a wild yahoo !
Hope Wood has his fee docked.
Utter disgrace.
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24/01/2021 12:36:37 8 8
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Utter disgrace? No.
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24/01/2021 12:37:10 41 1
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Well done Root, Buttler and Bess all superb today. Daft shot from Wood aside it's excellent to see us not actually crumble when faced with a big furst innings score. Tomorrow will be interesting...
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24/01/2021 12:37:26 7 1
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A lot of eyes on the England openers when they begin to chase down whatever target Sri Lanka set. Well poised match now.
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24/01/2021 12:35:55 50 4
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Wonderful innings.

Sri Lanka might be slight favourites now. This pitch will be very difficult whether defending or chasing runs in the 4th innings.

Great day of test cricket though.
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24/01/2021 12:38:28 14 2
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Bet they were twitching a bit when the run chase was happening until the late Wickets.
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24/01/2021 13:52:49 1 3
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No they are relying on the 90% of the time usual England collapse
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24/01/2021 12:38:29 13 3
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Great innings again from Joe, but the 7 wickets by Embuldeniya tell an ominous outcome of this test. Englands spin bowlers just dont inspire hope, as someone from Essex what a pity from Englands point of view Simon Harmer is not eligible, he is the best spin bowler in England by a country mile, still we can just hope Leach and Bess can do the business.
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24/01/2021 12:44:26 2 1
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I know, best spinner in the country by a mile. Hope our boy Dan gets a few 2nd time.
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24/01/2021 12:39:25 13 8
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Even I could open the batting and do no worse than Sibley and Crawley. I wouldn't score any runs but then neither are they going to.
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24/01/2021 14:33:01 4 1
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But could you score a double Hundred against Pakistan or Centuries against West Indies and South Africa like Sibley and Crawley have done, remember it's their first time playing in sub continent
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24/01/2021 12:30:08 2 16
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it's sri lanka he's playing...Vaughan and co said they were rubbish after the 1st day of the 1st test ???
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24/01/2021 12:39:28 0 1
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That day's play and batting was rubbish. Can't you see how they're playing now?
And in the last Ashes, most of the time our bowling wasn't flattering either.
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24/01/2021 12:39:42 15 8
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We're going to get battered in India. Our spinners went for 164 runs without a wicket.
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24/01/2021 14:11:33 6 1
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But Anderson and Wood took 9/124 so swings and roundabouts
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24/01/2021 14:39:45 3 1
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I mean, it wasn’t great but a lot of Asian pitches are like that where they don’t start taking turn right away. Reminds me of Adil Rashids debut where he went for 0/163 in the first innings then got a fifer in their second. Similar to that Pakistan got over 500 1st innings and no wickets fell to spin. 2nd all out for 170 with 7 to spin. England would have won if not for bad light.
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24/01/2021 12:40:16 8 1
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Re Joe Roots run out, it looked to me as the ball missed the stump and hit the wire behind which then moved the stump and dislodged the bail. Check out the replay.
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24/01/2021 13:04:43 2 1
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My thoughts too. Something definitely dislodged a piece of the stumps mic
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KR
24/01/2021 12:40:20 1 44
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What a shame. What was Root thinking running himself out? He was on for his second double hundred in two matches. Oh well! Never mind! Hopefully England do not end up losing the match after Root's failure in securing a double hundred for his side. It's now down the Leach and Anderson to knock off the deficit. If they follow Root's example it shouldn't be a problem.
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24/01/2021 12:43:43 28 1
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Er.. He has been batting for over 8 hours in the heat at Galle after suffering from cramps and back problem. He just scored 228 a week ago. He is a human you know, his energy supply should have finished long ago.
Besides, that was an excellent reaction from the fielder.
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24/01/2021 12:48:58 1 3
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He should be made to open the bowling and keep wicket as punishment for his slack performance.
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24/01/2021 12:41:26 24 3
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Root imperious, a perfect exhibition of batting against spin, but Embuldeniya's far too good for the rest. England's spinners don't come close to his class and we'll find it very difficult to survive on what remains of the pitch on Day 5.
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24/01/2021 12:46:12 6 1
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If we’re gonna win we’ll have to do it tomorrow. Is Sri Lanka still battimg at stumps they’ll have far too many.
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24/01/2021 12:24:38 10 2
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Well played Joe. Even with this brilliance though, the openers have to raise their game for us to have any chance in India.
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24/01/2021 12:42:08 6 2
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I'd say Burns is definitely going to play now. I'd of even been tempted to try out Jennings in Asia as he's good against spin
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KR
24/01/2021 12:40:20 1 44
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What a shame. What was Root thinking running himself out? He was on for his second double hundred in two matches. Oh well! Never mind! Hopefully England do not end up losing the match after Root's failure in securing a double hundred for his side. It's now down the Leach and Anderson to knock off the deficit. If they follow Root's example it shouldn't be a problem.
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24/01/2021 12:43:43 28 1
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Er.. He has been batting for over 8 hours in the heat at Galle after suffering from cramps and back problem. He just scored 228 a week ago. He is a human you know, his energy supply should have finished long ago.
Besides, that was an excellent reaction from the fielder.
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24/01/2021 12:50:09 1 4
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I think KR's comments were heavily laced with sarcasm!
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24/01/2021 12:30:08 2 16
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it's sri lanka he's playing...Vaughan and co said they were rubbish after the 1st day of the 1st test ???
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24/01/2021 12:44:08 2 1
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Bingo!
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24/01/2021 12:44:26 14 2
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Well done Joe Root on a workmanlike performance with 186. Lefty spinner Lasith Embuldeniya took an excellent 7-132 for Sri Lanka. This is a most entertaining Test and the pitch is beginning to turn for the spinners. Let's see but its great entertainment.
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24/01/2021 12:38:29 13 3
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Great innings again from Joe, but the 7 wickets by Embuldeniya tell an ominous outcome of this test. Englands spin bowlers just dont inspire hope, as someone from Essex what a pity from Englands point of view Simon Harmer is not eligible, he is the best spin bowler in England by a country mile, still we can just hope Leach and Bess can do the business.
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24/01/2021 12:44:26 2 1
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I know, best spinner in the country by a mile. Hope our boy Dan gets a few 2nd time.
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24/01/2021 12:44:36 9 9
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Clearly (and not for the first time) England have a massive problem with their openers. Isn't Jacque Kallis out there acting as there batting coach? So what is going on? It isn't exactly rocket science to suggest that they either need to drop these two guys or at least get them practising against left arm spin. We have no hope in India if it carries on like this.
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24/01/2021 12:29:12 3 19
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calypso collapso!!!
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24/01/2021 12:44:40 3 2
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Bingo!
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QED
24/01/2021 12:44:56 9 5
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Keaton Jennings should open - great player of spin..........
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24/01/2021 16:04:46 3 1
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Assumes that the opposition will obligingly open the bowling with spinners.
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24/01/2021 12:33:57 11 6
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What's chance of England spinners taking at least 1 wicket? (between them, I mean - not each, we can't expect miracles!)
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24/01/2021 12:44:57 3 8
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Going to India with Root as our only spinning option will yield more fruit. I weep at the thought of these spinners against Kohli and Sharma
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24/01/2021 12:45:47 87 6
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Root has always had class about him but had fallen away for some time. It's good to see him batting well again. Well played.
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24/01/2021 12:46:39 45 5
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Like they say: "Form is temporary but class is permanent."
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24/01/2021 12:48:43 4 1
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Yes it is good to see his Batting Mojo back as showing too. Picked up since Silverwood came in as well but as we know Bayliss was just to sort the White ball side of things out.

Always though he was sold short with Bayliss in charge but as say now he is steadily getting back there.

Good for all then.
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24/01/2021 15:04:46 0 2
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Same question thumbsdowners
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24/01/2021 12:41:26 24 3
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Root imperious, a perfect exhibition of batting against spin, but Embuldeniya's far too good for the rest. England's spinners don't come close to his class and we'll find it very difficult to survive on what remains of the pitch on Day 5.
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24/01/2021 12:46:12 6 1
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If we’re gonna win we’ll have to do it tomorrow. Is Sri Lanka still battimg at stumps they’ll have far too many.
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24/01/2021 13:02:42 1 1
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I'd be very surprised if Sri Lanka will be batting at stumps tomorrow. If I were Chandimal I'd declare about half an hour before the close, possibly even earlier, giving England a torrid last few minutes to bat. I'd open with both spinners and at least 7 men around the bat!! If I were England I'd send Leach out to open!!
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24/01/2021 12:34:16 3 10
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Great innings from Root and with the fantastic series he has had, I feel he should open the batting for the next innings. The last thing we need is him coming in at 10/2 having to bat out the final day.
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24/01/2021 12:46:34 5 2
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He's not and never has been an opening batsman. Even though he has more or less opened this series, it's not his best position.
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24/01/2021 12:45:47 87 6
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Root has always had class about him but had fallen away for some time. It's good to see him batting well again. Well played.
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24/01/2021 12:46:39 45 5
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Like they say: "Form is temporary but class is permanent."
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24/01/2021 12:25:07 39 13
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Not bad Joe. I wonder where he learnt to play spin like that? I'm guessing it wasn't from facing his teammates in the nets ??
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24/01/2021 12:46:52 3 1
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Root is a champ. Most talented and best on the eye out of the Fab 4 in my opinion. Now he's got past the mental block of converting 50s hopefully more daddy hundreds in store.
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24/01/2021 12:33:57 11 6
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What's chance of England spinners taking at least 1 wicket? (between them, I mean - not each, we can't expect miracles!)
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24/01/2021 12:46:57 0 3
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Neither can move the ball off straight and Bess bowls to straight. Bowling a good line is a basic for an off spinner. I know he is young but not sure how he can be the best we have.
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24/01/2021 14:09:42 4 2
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I'd say Mo is the best we have. Putting aside the poor form with the bat and a dodgy first test back in 2019 against Australia his bowling had been solid for a number of years, and he can bowl teams out in the 4th innings. You don't get 181 test wickets in 5 years without being able to bowl. He'd have played if he was able to here and will be key in India.
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24/01/2021 12:47:16 14 3
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Brilliantly done by Joe Root.

In other news, a Sri Lankan spinner had the audacity to do this (41-6-132-7).
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24/01/2021 12:50:09 3 2
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Superb and also yes super figures too.

Well think we can both say JR enjoy a cheeky rest, only a short one as back out tomorrow.
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TMS

Firey sunrise over London, a dinosaur interrupts play, a blizzard, Grease song, great bowling by the young SL & that innings from Root. Aggers 'getting his meat out.'

A thoroughly entertaining morning....
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24/01/2021 12:25:07 39 13
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Not bad Joe. I wonder where he learnt to play spin like that? I'm guessing it wasn't from facing his teammates in the nets ??
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24/01/2021 12:47:28 3 1
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Haha. Fair play Scaarn, plus one from me.

There's a long time until the winter tour, but Joe looks to be trying to banish his conversion rate critics as soon as possible. You worried? Even a little?

One thing is for sure, we aren't going to spin you out on any of your own pitches. The India tour will be interesting. I just hope we don't take a pasting before descending on your home land.
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24/01/2021 13:03:56 2 3
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I said the other day mate...I don't mind if he fills his boots now...might mean a bit of complacency creeps in by end of the year ?? He's always the prized wicket no matter what form he's in though... hopefully Cummins keeps his good run with him ??
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24/01/2021 13:44:48 0 2
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Bit early to complain about not converting all his daddy tons into doubles!
Is it better for team if you average 50 by scoring between 40 and 60 every single time you go to bat or getting 200 and three ducks? What might be the effect on your side's position in leagues, assuming other batters average a more usual 35 to 40 with individual scores randomly distributed in size and frequency?
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24/01/2021 12:47:47 3 9
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But all the experts told me Aus was the one-dimensional team...??
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24/01/2021 12:48:23 9 3
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I'd hate to say this to Root after his batting marathon but England need more of the same for about 6 and a half hours in the 2nd innings!
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24/01/2021 12:48:36 23 2
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Why was Woods put in ahead of Leach? The only reason I can think of was to hit the spinners off their rhythm.

Root was superb, great shame at the end but what batting and stamina.
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24/01/2021 12:51:01 4 1
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3 overs of the day left?
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24/01/2021 14:31:06 2 1
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Wood hasn’t played much recently but his knocks in SA were decent, I can’t imagine he was was told to go out and play that shot however.
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24/01/2021 12:45:47 87 6
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Root has always had class about him but had fallen away for some time. It's good to see him batting well again. Well played.
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24/01/2021 12:48:43 4 1
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Yes it is good to see his Batting Mojo back as showing too. Picked up since Silverwood came in as well but as we know Bayliss was just to sort the White ball side of things out.

Always though he was sold short with Bayliss in charge but as say now he is steadily getting back there.

Good for all then.
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24/01/2021 12:29:00 30 4
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Brilliant innings from Joe, he's in the form of his life. However, our position in this game is not looking great. We need to bowl SL out cheaply to have any sort of chance. Even then wouldn't fancy chasing 150 against Embuldeniya on this wicket...
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24/01/2021 12:48:55 25 19
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Ever heard of playing for the draw?. We don't need to win the match, just bat out whatever time Sri Lanka leave.
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24/01/2021 13:02:46 8 1
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We absolutely have to win this match if we want a shot at the WTC final
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24/01/2021 13:09:22 3 1
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Time is unlikely to be a key issue in this match. That's the difficulty.
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24/01/2021 13:15:08 6 2
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You make that sound far easier than it is... If Sri Lanka bat just one day here they can get a lead of around 300 and declare. You really have a lot of confidence in this lineup if you think we can survive the whole of day 5 at Galle. SL are also going to be more aggressive and going for the win, since they need to win this match to draw the series.
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24/01/2021 15:58:54 0 1
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Yeah, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. Sri Lanka will have to bat fast tomorrow and then try to bowl England out fast on the final day to have hopes of winning in time, surely?
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KR
24/01/2021 12:40:20 1 44
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What a shame. What was Root thinking running himself out? He was on for his second double hundred in two matches. Oh well! Never mind! Hopefully England do not end up losing the match after Root's failure in securing a double hundred for his side. It's now down the Leach and Anderson to knock off the deficit. If they follow Root's example it shouldn't be a problem.
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24/01/2021 12:48:58 1 3
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He should be made to open the bowling and keep wicket as punishment for his slack performance.
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24/01/2021 12:43:43 28 1
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Er.. He has been batting for over 8 hours in the heat at Galle after suffering from cramps and back problem. He just scored 228 a week ago. He is a human you know, his energy supply should have finished long ago.
Besides, that was an excellent reaction from the fielder.
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24/01/2021 12:50:09 1 4
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I think KR's comments were heavily laced with sarcasm!
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KR
24/01/2021 13:12:34 0 2
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Well said ??
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24/01/2021 12:47:16 14 3
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Brilliantly done by Joe Root.

In other news, a Sri Lankan spinner had the audacity to do this (41-6-132-7).
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24/01/2021 12:50:09 3 2
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Superb and also yes super figures too.

Well think we can both say JR enjoy a cheeky rest, only a short one as back out tomorrow.
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24/01/2021 12:53:12 2 2
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Good one, Duncan.
I would hate to jinx him, but dare I say that ... Joe Root is back?
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24/01/2021 12:58:02 0 3
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a rest with 9 wickets down...sherlock
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24/01/2021 12:25:07 39 13
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Not bad Joe. I wonder where he learnt to play spin like that? I'm guessing it wasn't from facing his teammates in the nets ??
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24/01/2021 12:50:09 2 5
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Ouch Scaarn ... truth hurts.
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24/01/2021 12:50:23 4 34
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Root is clearly a fantastic batsman

But he keeps making horror story decisions that cost England

The last over before lunch and you expose the new batsman and last recognised scorer to the best spinner leading to Curran's dismissal by taking a pointless single

And getting run out in the last over of the day when patting the ball back is clearly the right thing to do

Some people never mature
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24/01/2021 12:54:31 13 1
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For some people, everything is a problem.
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24/01/2021 12:55:09 6 1
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I am not going to bother correcting you. Maybe someone else has the time to.
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24/01/2021 12:56:22 0 4
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Sorry tea
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24/01/2021 12:57:31 6 1
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Think you need to look in the mirror
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24/01/2021 13:06:01 2 1
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Curran had handled Embuldeniya well up to that point - and it was tea not lunch.
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24/01/2021 13:18:24 0 1
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Troll
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24/01/2021 14:59:40 1 1
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Perhaps cricket is not for you as your knowledge is very small
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24/01/2021 12:31:54 19 13
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Poor Joe - spending all that time in the heat plus suffering with cramp -then looks with disgust at Mark Wood who gives his wicket away with a wild yahoo !
Hope Wood has his fee docked.
Utter disgrace.
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24/01/2021 12:50:37 7 1
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He spent a day and a half bowling at 95mph in Sri Lankan weather
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24/01/2021 12:50:51 20 2
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If you’d offered England beginning Day 4 still batting and the worst case scenario is a deficit of 42 runs I think they would have taken that. Amazing batting from Joe ????????????????????
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24/01/2021 12:48:36 23 2
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Why was Woods put in ahead of Leach? The only reason I can think of was to hit the spinners off their rhythm.

Root was superb, great shame at the end but what batting and stamina.
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24/01/2021 12:51:01 4 1
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3 overs of the day left?
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24/01/2021 14:31:53 6 1
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But surely the priority at that point would be to see out the day without losing any more wickets. With that in mind Leach had to be the better option.
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24/01/2021 12:36:07 167 5
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Some stats to show Root's incredible achievement :
- He has faced 633 balls in the series and only been dismissed by a bowler once,
that when slogging on over 200
- In that time he has scored 49.6% of England's runs
- He has also spent just 39.1 overs off the field
- In the wider context, he now averages 50+ in 6 different countries, better than
Smith & Williamson (5) and Kohli (3)
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24/01/2021 12:51:03 34 107
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More like some stats to show how woeful all our other batsman have been
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24/01/2021 13:12:09 4 21
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Agree with you, but can anyone please tell me how Sibley is in the test squad!!
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24/01/2021 15:16:10 24 1
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Can we celebrate Joe Roots success during this test without having to constantly look to the negative? Yes, there are a few players showing weaknesses and a lack of form but we should be celebrating the way in which Root has played throughout this series. These stats should show the incredible job he has done.
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24/01/2021 15:48:41 8 3
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why bother - go be negative elsewhere
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24/01/2021 16:49:06 5 0
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What an astonishingly stupid response. Joe Root’s superb figures do not make everyone else rubbish.
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24/01/2021 12:51:08 3 23
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Poor Sri Lankan attack. Allowing Root to convert not once, but twice so far this series indicates the standard of their bowling.
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24/01/2021 12:57:31 2 1
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Not poor SL attack, rather brilliant Root batting.
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24/01/2021 12:57:44 6 1
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A bit like Australia’s plucky bowlers allowing Pant to win a test series...
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24/01/2021 13:29:38 2 1
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Still bitter hey? Can’t imagine what you’re gonna be like when we beat you in the Ashes.

Root masterclass.
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24/01/2021 12:52:50 38 10
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I hope Joe Root gave Mark Wood a massive bollocking for his dismissal shot after the good work done by Bess, ending any chance of a first innings lead
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24/01/2021 12:56:00 5 42
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Is that anything like the dressing down for getting run out in the last over of the day?
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24/01/2021 13:19:54 3 2
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I think you should maybe look at the opening batsmen first before blaming one of the bowlers.
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24/01/2021 14:42:40 0 2
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With the SL bowlers knackered, it was a completely sensible strategy to send Wood out to be aggressive. 20 minutes of him at the crease could have wiped out the deficit. it was just the execution that was not great.
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24/01/2021 17:16:12 0 3
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Note to BBC "invigilators"/snoopers:-

Although, minor, "bollocking", - meaning 'severe reprimand', - is considered an OBSCENITY, in some quarters. If you're not going to delete this post, BECAUSE of it, RESTORE each and EVERY ONE of MINE, that HAVE been deleted, - as I have never resorted to obscenity! Euphemism, for same, I admit, - actual obscenities, I deny, to the highest level
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24/01/2021 12:50:09 3 2
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Superb and also yes super figures too.

Well think we can both say JR enjoy a cheeky rest, only a short one as back out tomorrow.
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24/01/2021 12:53:12 2 2
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Good one, Duncan.
I would hate to jinx him, but dare I say that ... Joe Root is back?
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24/01/2021 13:00:05 3 2
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Am too.

Hope his back holds up too carrying them players.
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24/01/2021 12:51:08 3 23
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Poor Sri Lankan attack. Allowing Root to convert not once, but twice so far this series indicates the standard of their bowling.
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24/01/2021 12:50:23 4 34
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Root is clearly a fantastic batsman

But he keeps making horror story decisions that cost England

The last over before lunch and you expose the new batsman and last recognised scorer to the best spinner leading to Curran's dismissal by taking a pointless single

And getting run out in the last over of the day when patting the ball back is clearly the right thing to do

Some people never mature
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24/01/2021 12:54:31 13 1
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For some people, everything is a problem.
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24/01/2021 12:54:53 6 12
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Can we offer Embuldeniya asylum now?

I'm sure we can find out one of his grandmothers might have dallied with an English sailor visiting the commonwealth or at least we can make it up sufficiently

Alternative give him a Dom Bess face mask and smuggle him to India

At 24 he is a fantastic talent - Murali II is upon us
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24/01/2021 12:50:23 4 34
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Root is clearly a fantastic batsman

But he keeps making horror story decisions that cost England

The last over before lunch and you expose the new batsman and last recognised scorer to the best spinner leading to Curran's dismissal by taking a pointless single

And getting run out in the last over of the day when patting the ball back is clearly the right thing to do

Some people never mature
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24/01/2021 12:55:09 6 1
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I am not going to bother correcting you. Maybe someone else has the time to.
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24/01/2021 12:55:12 0 1
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This certainly is an intriguing match with Sri lanka having to win to draw the series. At the moment, they can expect their 2nd innings to begin around lunch time on day 4 and remember, its equally hard to face a good quick bowler as it is a spinner, on a turning pitch. So I expect Anderson to get quite a few wickets as well as Bess & Leach. Don't forget that Bess got 8 scalps in the 1st test.
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24/01/2021 12:34:49 97 9
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Brilliant from Root...but what was Wood doing?

Couldn't he see how hard Bess worked in support of the skipper?
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24/01/2021 12:55:18 63 7
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Woods not a defensive batsman, he's admitted that a few times himself. As a batsman you play to your strengths, and his is attacking and feels less likely to get out that way. Leach should be in front of him in the batting order though.
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24/01/2021 13:16:33 19 4
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As a professional cricketer, surely it's Wood's job to work on areas of weakness such as being able to bat defensively. Hoggard, for example, was a very poor batsman when he began his career but worked really hard at being able to hold up an end.
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24/01/2021 13:19:15 9 4
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Exactly. Not his fault, Leach should have gone in before Woods.
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24/01/2021 12:52:50 38 10
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I hope Joe Root gave Mark Wood a massive bollocking for his dismissal shot after the good work done by Bess, ending any chance of a first innings lead
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24/01/2021 12:56:00 5 42
bbc
Is that anything like the dressing down for getting run out in the last over of the day?
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24/01/2021 13:01:33 14 1
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That's a little harsh.
On paper, a run out in the last over isn't great, but it was a fantastic piece of fielding and Root must also have been extremely fatigued by that point after batting so long.
Shame that innings finished that way, but I still think you're harsh.
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24/01/2021 15:22:33 0 1
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I CAN SEE IT NOW A LONE FIGURE ON THE HORIZON IT IS JAMES
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24/01/2021 19:17:14 0 0
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By all accounts it was a little unfortunate and good fielding by Sri Lankan player. Where's the embarrassment of riches in our batting line up?
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24/01/2021 12:50:23 4 34
bbc
Root is clearly a fantastic batsman

But he keeps making horror story decisions that cost England

The last over before lunch and you expose the new batsman and last recognised scorer to the best spinner leading to Curran's dismissal by taking a pointless single

And getting run out in the last over of the day when patting the ball back is clearly the right thing to do

Some people never mature
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24/01/2021 12:56:22 0 4
bbc
Sorry tea
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24/01/2021 12:34:51 13 1
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Playing in Sri Lanka not West Indies ... Sherlock.
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24/01/2021 12:57:04 0 2
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''Hope Root enjoys his rest''...9 wickets down....sherlock ;)
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24/01/2021 13:01:51 1 1
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Just being cheeky like yourself earlier.

Enjoy as we say.
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24/01/2021 12:50:23 4 34
bbc
Root is clearly a fantastic batsman

But he keeps making horror story decisions that cost England

The last over before lunch and you expose the new batsman and last recognised scorer to the best spinner leading to Curran's dismissal by taking a pointless single

And getting run out in the last over of the day when patting the ball back is clearly the right thing to do

Some people never mature
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24/01/2021 12:57:31 6 1
bbc
Think you need to look in the mirror
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24/01/2021 12:51:08 3 23
bbc
Poor Sri Lankan attack. Allowing Root to convert not once, but twice so far this series indicates the standard of their bowling.
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24/01/2021 12:57:31 2 1
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Not poor SL attack, rather brilliant Root batting.
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24/01/2021 12:57:44 5 21
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Another great century from Root.
However, these run outs are getting very embarrassing.
As far as I can see he has been run out 4 times in the last 6 Test matches he has played. That simply isn't good enough.
It's a mix of poor judgement and not being able to shout "NO!" when at the other end.
He has to address this weakness could cast a shadow over his career.
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24/01/2021 13:03:39 4 1
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Nonsense as far as this one is concerned.
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24/01/2021 13:20:08 2 1
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What a stupid comment! Cast a shadow over his career! What are you smoking?
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24/01/2021 14:55:39 0 1
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You really don't know what you are on about today's was just brilliant fielding and last test he was sold down the river by YJB
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24/01/2021 15:59:23 0 1
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Utter rubbish
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24/01/2021 12:51:08 3 23
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Poor Sri Lankan attack. Allowing Root to convert not once, but twice so far this series indicates the standard of their bowling.
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24/01/2021 12:57:44 6 1
bbc
A bit like Australia’s plucky bowlers allowing Pant to win a test series...
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24/01/2021 12:50:09 3 2
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Superb and also yes super figures too.

Well think we can both say JR enjoy a cheeky rest, only a short one as back out tomorrow.
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24/01/2021 12:58:02 0 3
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a rest with 9 wickets down...sherlock
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24/01/2021 12:58:45 13 1
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Absolute masterclass by Root against spin in helpful conditions. Quite brilliant and decent support from Butler and Bess today. The last 3 wickets late on though has just tipped it Sri Lanka’s way. Two full days to play 42 ahead gives them plenty of time to get a lead and no way will our line up chase 200 on that wicket, when several front line batsmen have no clue against the spin
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24/01/2021 13:09:27 3 3
bbc
It only takes 2 batsmen to be able to play against the spin; e.g. Root and Bairstow in the 1st test In that match & their 1st innings in this one, quite a few Sri Lanka players got ducks and also in the 1st test, both Bess and Leach got 5-fers. So I expect them to get loads of wickets in the 2nd innings, but they also have Anderson who can take wickets whatever the state of the pitch..
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24/01/2021 12:33:57 11 6
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What's chance of England spinners taking at least 1 wicket? (between them, I mean - not each, we can't expect miracles!)
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24/01/2021 12:59:29 1 1
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lol ... good one, Davey.
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24/01/2021 12:53:12 2 2
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Good one, Duncan.
I would hate to jinx him, but dare I say that ... Joe Root is back?
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24/01/2021 13:00:05 3 2
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Am too.

Hope his back holds up too carrying them players.
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24/01/2021 13:01:01 12 3
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Well done Bess for supporting your skipper. He batted really really well the young lad.
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24/01/2021 12:31:54 19 13
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Poor Joe - spending all that time in the heat plus suffering with cramp -then looks with disgust at Mark Wood who gives his wicket away with a wild yahoo !
Hope Wood has his fee docked.
Utter disgrace.
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24/01/2021 13:01:09 3 1
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Bit of an over-reaction. Utter disgrace? Definitely not. He’s been bowling his heart out in that heat!
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Ryo
24/01/2021 13:01:31 3 2
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Just proves how slash poor our spinners are!
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24/01/2021 12:56:00 5 42
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Is that anything like the dressing down for getting run out in the last over of the day?
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24/01/2021 13:01:33 14 1
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That's a little harsh.
On paper, a run out in the last over isn't great, but it was a fantastic piece of fielding and Root must also have been extremely fatigued by that point after batting so long.
Shame that innings finished that way, but I still think you're harsh.