England complete win on dramatic day
25/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 725
England complete a thrilling victory on day four of the second Test against Sri Lanka to take the series 2-0.
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25/01/2021 11:54:06 22 2
bbc
Good series win after losing both tosses and away from home.
Tougher to come but onwards and up.
Good to see Sibley getting a score.
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RPH
25/01/2021 11:55:48 85 2
bbc
Just goes to show that you shouldn't write players off until the match is over. Great to see our spinners and Sibley do well.

Yes of course India will be a much sterner test, but that doesn't mean this wasn't a great series win that should be celebrated!
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25/01/2021 12:32:57 11 87
bbc
I have written off our spinners and still continue to be vindicated. Root again did a better job than them with a 2-0. Any club level spinner would've been able to get wickets here.
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25/01/2021 11:55:51 109 5
bbc
So good to see Sibley, who apparently can't play spin, to see England home there along with Buttler who also played magnificently. Onto India now and I do have a real belief that we can get a result there with our bowling attack! PS: Also brilliant to see Root back in the runs in a potentially career-defining year
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25/01/2021 12:16:56 14 140
bbc
Root scored runs on a road against spin.
As for our bowling attack I will be flabbergasted if we manage to take 20 wickets against India in any of the tests.
Let's judge after the series against India.
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25/01/2021 12:32:27 5 1
bbc
Yes congrats to Sibley - good prospect for future - but it was more Sri Lanka who couldn't play Sibley, gave him far to many simple singles to take pressure off - but well done young man, keep going, could do well in India - Great win for England against a medicore, slightly demoralised, poorly led Sri lanka
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25/01/2021 12:35:18 9 0
bbc
Solid win - that, apart from Roots brilliance, showed the new determination and stickability of this team - could be doing what NZ are doing, ie on the up by creating a "no-you-wont-defeat-us mentality"
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25/01/2021 12:38:09 5 1
bbc
Root is a champion, represents our society's best values. His batting is like a symphony written by translating the chess moves in 'Kasparov vs Topalov' into music.
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25/01/2021 12:38:20 5 4
bbc
To be honest, test cricket would be the foundation of my ideal society, with the most successful test captain becoming the leader of the nation, as the mixture of intelligence and strategic thinking needed to captain a test side would mean they could easily lead any country into prosperity.
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25/01/2021 13:10:27 0 1
bbc
Of course you can get a result. It might be a 0-4 defeat though.
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25/01/2021 13:12:12 1 4
bbc
Don't forget Sibley was 'out' three times but got the luck of umpire call
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25/01/2021 13:16:12 0 0
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I admire your optimism. What makes you think that we will win in India?
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25/01/2021 23:41:55 0 0
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Longtime coming from Root. We’ll see how good he performs in India against the big boys who just stuffed the Aussies, awesome!
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25/01/2021 11:56:13 10 0
bbc
Well done England. Brilliant Series Win!!!
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25/01/2021 11:56:24 11 1
bbc
well played England...and all the Bess for the India trip!
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25/01/2021 12:01:05 2 2
bbc
Bingo!
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25/01/2021 13:26:25 1 0
bbc
I am sure you're licking your lips at the thought of Sharma and Kohli having a go at Bess. ????
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25/01/2021 11:57:30 2 5
bbc
Where were the pace bowlers at the end ?
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25/01/2021 21:41:42 0 0
bbc
Leaving it to the bowlers who posed the greatest threat in those conditions.
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25/01/2021 11:58:38 8 0
bbc
Great series win lads.

India next - going to be one heck of a series.

A lot going to depend on Leach/Bess. Getting 20 wickets going to be hard.
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25/01/2021 11:58:39 4 4
bbc
6 wickets is a bit of a thrashing really. Away form home on these pitches to win with relative ease is a superb performance. Great to see Sibley ome good, and as for Joe Root, just ridiculously good. a million runs and the 0-2, and his captaincy is now right up there.

Yes India will be more difficult, but they also were bowled out for 36, so not unbeatable by any means.
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25/01/2021 12:07:37 2 2
bbc
A good win but not a thrashing. Only a win by an innings can be considered a thrashing.
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Sam
25/01/2021 12:17:08 0 0
bbc
Slightly different wickets in India compared with/to Australia.
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bdg
25/01/2021 11:58:55 4 1
bbc
Good team effort, seamers in first and spinners in second but apart from good batting effort the difference was ROOOOT
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25/01/2021 11:59:13 96 2
bbc
Test cricket ????
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25/01/2021 12:45:46 66 6
bbc
I love it. I've said it before but test cricket would be the foundation of my ideal society, with the most successful test captain becoming the leader of the nation, as the mixture of intelligence and strategic thinking needed to captain a test side would mean they could easily lead any country into prosperity.
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25/01/2021 11:59:21 46 0
bbc
Well, I said yesterday we needed to get SL out for less than 150 to win. Mind you, I admit I also said I didn't see it happening! I wonder how many of those who want to drop half the team will be back to yell? Zak got a good one again, Sibley battled excellently, and 8 wkts for supposedly useless Bess & Leach. Dreadful batting from SL once more, but you've still got to win it...
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25/01/2021 13:10:40 24 0
bbc
Sibley and Crawley earned their places with excellent batting elsewhere. I don't want to drop them but they do need some serious practice against spin.
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25/01/2021 17:17:30 0 3
bbc
Zak always gets a good one apparently. Let's hope India don't bowl any good ones to him.
Pathetic performance by your boy but Jonny is having a rest so let's give him a chance at 3.
I am expecting much better.
The Yorkshire boys are showing him what the standard required is?
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25/01/2021 11:59:55 4 1
bbc
Wonderful to se Root returning to the runs; I thought his being captain was a disaster but he is coming good though it has taken some time!
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25/01/2021 12:00:27 15 0
bbc
Very good win by England and a series win too. Most importantly, today, were the runs of Sibley and the wickets of Leach/Bess. 8 between them was a good return.

Crawley will be disappointed to make a HS of 13 in 4 innings, though.
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25/01/2021 12:41:09 19 3
bbc
I don't think Crawley will be too disappointed with this match. He didn't play any silly shots, which got him out at least once in the first, and he did get two of the better balls bowled in this one. Plus he took a couple of good catches. He's early on the learning curve yet...
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25/01/2021 12:00:44 60 1
bbc
Absolutely fuming. Disgusted with our pathetic display today.

Well done to England and good luck for your busy year ahead.
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25/01/2021 19:08:57 9 0
bbc
magnanimous in victory generous in defeat. i work with many sri Lankan and you sir represent your country with honour
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25/01/2021 11:56:24 11 1
bbc
well played England...and all the Bess for the India trip!
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25/01/2021 12:01:05 2 2
bbc
Bingo!
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BSA
25/01/2021 12:02:05 59 0
bbc
Well done both teams, I enjoyed the two tests, especially when we are all living in miserable times, looking forward to the India tests.....bring it on.
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25/01/2021 12:02:31 250 10
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Sibley proving why so many on here calling for him to be dropped after just 3 poor innings on his first ever tour to the sub-continent were wrong. He's a fighter who you can tell puts the in the hard work in the nets when things aren't going his way.

Him, and Crawley, are young lads still new to Test cricket and they need patience.

Excellent win.
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25/01/2021 12:13:07 165 5
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Nice comment Welsh !

The problem is that nowadays we play so much more White Ball Cricket... and those uneducated to Test Cricket expect every batsman to come in and hit 50 off 35 balls !!!
Imagine a Legend like Geoffrey Boycott being expected to bat like that.
Any Openers 1st target should be to face 100 balls, regardless of runs scored.
An Openers aim is to soften the ball for the middle order.
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25/01/2021 12:33:55 6 56
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While other teams have openers averaging 50 we have to get on our knees and lick the boots of an opener getting a 50 every dozen matches. ??
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Rob
25/01/2021 12:56:51 9 1
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Indeed, and has done some work on his technique playing straighter to improve his defence. Well played this game.
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25/01/2021 13:21:39 1 0
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??
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25/01/2021 13:53:15 1 7
bbc
He's a bit of a walking wicket and his technique gets found out against the better sides. India, New Zealand and Australia will eat him up. Nothing in my mind has been changed.
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25/01/2021 15:10:13 0 1
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But similarly no point in flogging a dead horse - sometimes you have to go away and work on your game or your thinking

There is no shame in that

Pope should be back in the team meaning Lawrence/Crawley vying for 3 - tough call TBH.

Stokes at 6, Wickie at 7, 2 spinners 2 seamers

Potentially a competitive side vs India at least to grind out 4 draws
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25/01/2021 15:29:57 1 3
bbc
All credit to Sibley for making a score. However most knowledgeable cricket watchers know the difference between someone who is international class and someone who scratches around for a hard fought score now and again. It's the manner and frequency which runs are accumulated and Sibley falls into the latter category.
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25/01/2021 15:37:29 0 1
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I'm pleased for Sibley - I really want him to do well. He still though has a dodgy technique (his outward hand press which causes the bat to come down at an angle) which I am so surprised he hasnt worked on.
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25/01/2021 16:57:05 3 4
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Comments here totally deluded: everyone gushing over Dom Sibley's miracle of survival. In case you guys hadn't noticed: a) he survived 3 reviews only because of umpire's call (ie he'd been out if he'd been reviewing his own dismissals) b) even after his heroic, extremely lucky inning, his average for the series is only 20!
Everyone is so tribal these days, they're blind to facts...
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25/01/2021 20:06:44 1 1
bbc
How did he prove them wrong?, 3 fails on a flat pitch against a pretty ordinary attack is not good enough, simple. If you actually watched the innings today at least 3 times umpires call as his technique was shown up and another day he wouldn't have made double figures. India just need to open with a spinner.
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25/01/2021 22:56:12 2 1
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Sibley wouldn't be the first Warwickshire player to need time to settle in. Ian Bell and Dennis Amiss both required patience to finally break through and establish themselves. Amiss had several chances after making his debut in 1966 before finally cementing his spot in 1973.
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25/01/2021 12:03:46 28 0
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Good series to watch. Opening partnership and spin bowling not pure gold but guys grafting to improve. Can’t ask for much more
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25/01/2021 12:03:55 3 0
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Matthew Henry - surely you mean Sibley had not reached DOUBLE figures - not single figures
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25/01/2021 12:04:09 2 0
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It appears England are on an upward trend, with spare capacity in all departments, other than spin. What England would not do for a world class spinner.
Well done to everyone, you have prove me and many doubter wrong, now give India a good tight series away and home
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25/01/2021 12:04:32 4 0
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Another great day's Test cricket. Good character shown by the England boys to bowl out cheaply and then chase a last inning total albeit against a relatively weak and underfunded SL side. A much sterner test awaits in India to see where the team really is.
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25/01/2021 12:05:10 3 2
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"Sibley, who had not reached single figures in the series" How is that possible? Even a duck is a single figure and he has scored the odd run before today.
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25/01/2021 12:05:24 5 0
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Congrats England!

Especially Sibley, when the chips were down you pulled it out of the fire. Root hitting a purple patch and grabbing a couple of wickets as well.

Onward to India we go.
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25/01/2021 12:05:31 9 2
bbc
Well Done Dominic Sibley !
He was under tremendous pressure after failing 3 times to a Class spinner.
But he worked at it and found a method that worked for him.
Remember the saying....'Form is temporary, Class is permanent' !!!
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25/01/2021 12:16:59 6 1
bbc
I was pleased with Sibley's innings, ideal for the circumstances. Unfortunately, I still think that he scores runs despite his technique, I find the description 'class' a hard one with which to agree. Workmanlike and sensible, which is often better than attempting to play too many shots.
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25/01/2021 13:17:06 1 2
bbc
Fair play for Sibley for hanging in there, but he had three LBWs that should've been given against him and weren't (umpires call on review) all in the exact same fashion as he got out in the first innings. That shouldn't be happening.
He took advantage, but if the umpires had done their job we'd be talking about him failing against spin again. Really worried about our openers in India
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25/01/2021 12:05:38 2 1
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England would’ve probably got 200 but well done for winning 2-0 in SL!
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25/01/2021 12:06:03 4 1
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To the negative doubting ones after day 2,,like I said,,back the boys,,,wonderful!!! ??
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25/01/2021 12:06:05 11 0
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Excellent Test match . Sri Lanka’s batting let them down and they were a bit unlucky with the ball today but well played England. Root in fine form and Sibley and Butler will hopefully gain confidence from today’s knocks
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25/01/2021 12:07:00 143 3
bbc
And they say test cricket is a dying game! More of this over T20 or the hundred please!
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25/01/2021 12:10:32 71 0
bbc
Absolutely. After this and the Aussie v India series , cricket at its best . Can’t wait for England’s turn to face a strong Indian squad
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25/01/2021 12:12:26 9 0
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T20 definitely has its place, not sure that can be said for the hundred though
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25/01/2021 12:47:10 5 0
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Absolutely, this has lifted mine, my daughter's, and my girlfriends', spirits immeasurably. We love Test cricket, there's no finer game.
I suspect my daughter's landlord will be joining her in hoping for wins, in India. He's Pakistani!
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25/01/2021 12:57:06 1 1
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I’m happy with any type of cricket. T20 is here to stay. It’s the most popular format at the moment.
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25/01/2021 13:14:02 3 1
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Looks like we all agree, but the ECB & ICC (i.e. BCCI) aren't listeming to us.
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25/01/2021 13:24:29 2 1
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There's always one, every single article. No one says Test cricket is dying. You can enjoy test matches and one-day games, stop gatekeeping cricket.
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25/01/2021 21:02:48 0 0
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T20: Cricket for people who don't like cricket!
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26/01/2021 22:40:43 0 0
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Absolutely. No other sport comes close to the slow burn excitement of a 5 day test match.
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25/01/2021 12:07:02 24 1
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Well done Dom Sibley. It wasn't pretty but he dug in there. Showed us what he's got. Great two games for Root in all departments. Embuldeniya superb to watch. Dickwella still rattling.
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25/01/2021 12:49:01 6 0
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Sometimes getting one's head down, and digging in, is what is needed.
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25/01/2021 11:58:39 4 4
bbc
6 wickets is a bit of a thrashing really. Away form home on these pitches to win with relative ease is a superb performance. Great to see Sibley ome good, and as for Joe Root, just ridiculously good. a million runs and the 0-2, and his captaincy is now right up there.

Yes India will be more difficult, but they also were bowled out for 36, so not unbeatable by any means.
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25/01/2021 12:07:37 2 2
bbc
A good win but not a thrashing. Only a win by an innings can be considered a thrashing.
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25/01/2021 12:07:45 4 0
bbc
Brilliant off England, the spinners aides by the deadly arm of Root put us right back in itcand hats off to Sibley and Buttler.
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25/01/2021 12:07:56 11 0
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What an incredible win for England.
I never doubted them … (well, for more than three or four seconds).
At 89-4, I began to panic a bit.
But, they pulled it off brilliantly in the end.
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25/01/2021 12:32:11 4 4
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What bothers me is if Butler had got out not sure if our tail..... which is rather long.... would have done it.
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25/01/2021 12:09:00 34 0
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Two great matches played in a great spirit in challenging conditions. How Root scored so many runs in those conditions is amazing.
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25/01/2021 18:23:20 3 0
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That’s the spirit. There really is nothing like Test cricket. Gracious comments from Chandimal. A great contrast to some of the carping on this site. India really will challenge England but they deserve our support. Two strong performances in Sri Lanka-excellent preparation.
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25/01/2021 12:09:16 2 1
bbc
Great win but very village from SL
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25/01/2021 12:10:01 3 1
bbc
Hats off to Eng who've been good enough and I was concerned we might end up with a collapse like Pakistan in Abu Dhabi 2012 but even Embuldeniya who is a proper talent couldn't drag it bag (Root can play him so he's not unplayable)

Sibley used his head and his feet - well done him - there will be stiffer tests in India

Whither Crawley who has better technique but less good judgement
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25/01/2021 12:10:13 172 4
bbc
A fine series win overall, plenty of positives and a few things to learn quickly if we're to challenge in India

Looking to the future....

It's excellent to hear that NZ are coming over this summer, but I'm fairly certain that 95+% of cricket fans would rather see a three Test series and a reduction in the 20/20s and ODIs against Sri Lanka and Pakistan
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25/01/2021 12:30:36 86 1
bbc
NZ are a bloody good side. If we win that series we'll have done v well.
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25/01/2021 12:31:55 4 0
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No time to rest on any laurels considering we have to beat India 3-0 to get into the World Test Championship final.
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25/01/2021 13:12:36 13 0
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I'd rather see a 5-Test series, with a couple of T20s and 3 ODIs against the same.

Same again against different visitors in 2022.
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25/01/2021 13:24:46 12 3
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The really good news about today's NZ announcement is that it implies that the wretched hundred scheme has been hit into the nearest duckpond and no-one's got a net to hoick it out again!
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25/01/2021 14:03:20 10 0
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I feel that shoehorning in a couple of tests against the world number one side is a muddled decision. We have mouthwatering back to back series against India then the Ashes. Why not arrange a 4/5 test series against NZ in 2022 or 23?. Can’t remember the last time we played them in a lengthy series (if ever?).
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25/01/2021 12:07:00 143 3
bbc
And they say test cricket is a dying game! More of this over T20 or the hundred please!
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25/01/2021 12:10:32 71 0
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Absolutely. After this and the Aussie v India series , cricket at its best . Can’t wait for England’s turn to face a strong Indian squad
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25/01/2021 13:03:46 3 0
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it would be better if we we had our second and third best batsmen playing (Buttler, Bairstow - we can argue about the order, but there is daylight between them and the rest)
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25/01/2021 23:39:54 0 1
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And get stuffed
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25/01/2021 12:10:47 12 0
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Fantastic. Thought Embuldenyia's 40 would be the difference but he didn't have much support. Hands up who though Sri Lanka would get about 210 and give us a torrid 2nd innings. The spinners get a panning in the first innings but come through well in the 2nd. Well done to Sibley, that will build confidence and a Test that looked like it was drifting away from England has sealed the series.
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25/01/2021 12:29:36 6 0
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Certainly didn't what I saw when I woke up.... 67 for 6! What a game cricket is. Incomparable.
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25/01/2021 12:10:51 67 1
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In these dreadful times of a world wide pandemic killing so many folk, it’s wonderful to have enjoyed some magnificent test cricket in Australia and Sri Lanka the past few weeks. Really well played England and special congratulations to Joe Root on his return to the top batting table.
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25/01/2021 12:11:02 5 4
bbc
I got to say that the English players are a delight to watch in the Big Bash League. Hales just topped the most 6s per season in BBL history. Well done lad
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25/01/2021 13:27:15 1 2
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But Hales,Morgan & the ECB can't sort out their differences.Which is such a loss for England.
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25/01/2021 12:11:17 36 1
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Red ball= real cricket & remembered ,as the past week in Oz & SL has shown
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25/01/2021 12:49:58 7 0
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Here, here.
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25/01/2021 12:11:23 9 0
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Test cricket at it's best.
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25/01/2021 12:11:42 2 1
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NO NO NO!!! I'm not happy with the trophy. Seemed a bit too light??? What's with the antelers??? I need an accurate figure on its weight.
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25/01/2021 12:16:56 0 0
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Bet your staggered with that result then ...

Bairstow hit 6 and ended up in a tub of white paint.
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25/01/2021 14:15:35 0 0
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Sponsor of the series is Moose Clothing hence antlers I guess......
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25/01/2021 15:10:13 0 0
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It does look a bit on the ‘happy birthday, congrats on your test win inflatable’ and yeah... antlers, what the... I recall the TMS bods happily chatting away about monitor lizards on the outfield and such.
Maybe a forked tongue or two perhaps and maybe the forked tongue could represent the twisted and bitter barbed comments from the ‘any team but England’ (ATBE) out there.
Lighten up, we won!
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25/01/2021 12:11:45 27 0
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Wow, did not see that coming! Good England performance. Arguably a slightly rubbish Sri Lankan performance too, in the end. Even so, winning when batting last at Galle, after conceding 380 runs in the 1st innings, is pretty impressive.
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25/01/2021 12:12:07 34 13
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Where are all the commenters (presumably biased Yorkshire natives) calling for Buttler to be dropped and/or insisting he isn't and never will be good enough?
Since the start of 2020 is is averaging well over 50 and his wicket-keeping has improved immeasurably.
I am a fan of Bairstow but this series he has had starts every innings and failed to convert every time.
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25/01/2021 12:18:01 26 6
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Buttler's wicket keeping is not great and against India his mistakes might cost a match

However his focus in a chase is something else - that dangled carrot is exactly what he needs - he must be the best finisher in all formats
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25/01/2021 12:20:01 2 0
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He came in after early wickets and steadied the score . Partnership with Root was a big factor in our series win . Overall he played well against a top class spinner . Not too dissimilar to Butler.
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25/01/2021 12:46:27 3 2
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Foakes is going to keep after 1st test.
Bairstow isn't in picture in India.
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25/01/2021 12:47:48 7 1
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In regards to Buttler, the argument is usually that he should be replaced as wk by Foakes. I'll grant you anyone arguing that YJB should be replacing him as wk probably are Yorkies, but most of those arguing for change argue for BF.

Nothing will happen for now. He's found his batting form again & he hasn't cost us anything with the gloves, really.
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25/01/2021 13:18:56 5 0
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Maybe one day we can appreciate both Buttler & Bairstow and stop pitting them against each other. And in terms of wicketkeeping I think some will be shocked to learn that all keepers (not just Buttler) miss catches and stumpings - look at Dickwella in this series. Foakes has looked very competent in the matches he's played, but he's unlikely to get through 3 tests in India without missing a chance
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25/01/2021 13:26:05 2 0
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"Where are all the commenters (presumably biased Yorkshire natives) calling for Buttler to be dropped?"

Still here, but just glad he's remember how to play Test cricket.
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25/01/2021 12:07:00 143 3
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And they say test cricket is a dying game! More of this over T20 or the hundred please!
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25/01/2021 12:12:26 9 0
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T20 definitely has its place, not sure that can be said for the hundred though
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25/01/2021 12:18:21 8 0
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I get T20 or the hundred existing as the sole shorter format as a means of getting kids into the game and for the money is brings in. But only one is necessary and I'd much rather T20. It has few stupid rules like a 10 ball over that can be split in half
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25/01/2021 12:02:31 250 10
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Sibley proving why so many on here calling for him to be dropped after just 3 poor innings on his first ever tour to the sub-continent were wrong. He's a fighter who you can tell puts the in the hard work in the nets when things aren't going his way.

Him, and Crawley, are young lads still new to Test cricket and they need patience.

Excellent win.
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25/01/2021 12:13:07 165 5
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Nice comment Welsh !

The problem is that nowadays we play so much more White Ball Cricket... and those uneducated to Test Cricket expect every batsman to come in and hit 50 off 35 balls !!!
Imagine a Legend like Geoffrey Boycott being expected to bat like that.
Any Openers 1st target should be to face 100 balls, regardless of runs scored.
An Openers aim is to soften the ball for the middle order.
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25/01/2021 12:46:02 17 30
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Boycott didn't bat like that even in O.D.I's. A strike rate of 38 runs per 100 balls. Boycott wasn't a team man and often killed games after day 1.
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25/01/2021 12:49:46 34 1
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Interesting take and it makes a lot of sense.
I've always traced this modern 'drop them after 2 games' attitude back to the 2005 Ashes when a load of new fans became interested and viewed cricket like football. That and the rise of social media, which gives the noisy minority a disproportionate voice.
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25/01/2021 13:03:25 8 2
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Agree but Sibley needs to put that back foot force to leg away for the winter - he was lbw 3 times today all but for umpires call. He did seem to be trying not to play it by the end though
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Ed
25/01/2021 13:06:54 1 0
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I fondly expect Sibley to become a cult hero. A standard bearer for lugubrious perseverance.
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25/01/2021 13:25:11 5 0
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Boycott got dropped in 1967 for scoring too slowly even though he got a double century
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25/01/2021 12:13:07 4 5
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Root note to self

- Don't try and pinch runs in the last over of the session

- Say no to crazy runs loudly

- Don't put yourself at 1st slip (bit harsh I'd say but not great today)

- Bowl yourself - you are a more than acceptable spinner

Note to England management

Why isn't Root in the T20 thinking for the World cup in India - he can play spin and bowl spin - he's more useful than Stokes
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25/01/2021 14:49:43 0 0
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I think the downvotes might be for the last bit. Here are comparison stats (T20s):

Stokes
Matches - 29 (in India 9)
batting average - 18.84 (in Ind 17.00)
SR 134.08 (in Ind 141.66)
bowling average - 38.18 (in Ind 44.83)
economy 8.77 (9.06 )

Root
Matches - 32 (in India 10)
batting average - 35.72 (in Ind 53.57)
SR 126.30 (in Ind 128.86)
bowling average - 23.16 (in Ind 11.00)
economy 9.92 (11.00)
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25/01/2021 12:13:56 5 0
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Good results , established players proving that they can still do it and youngsters gaining experience and hopefully some confidence. I think England can safely say that that was a worthwhile little venture !
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25/01/2021 12:14:25 5 2
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Expecting a reality check against India
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25/01/2021 12:26:55 6 0
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We all do. No one's getting carried away. What about some support.
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25/01/2021 12:14:33 2 0
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Not a bad subcontinent warm up. But the real test is yet to come.
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25/01/2021 12:15:42 6 1
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I've given Sibley some stick for his poor play against spin but looks like he's finally sorted his demons, good luck in the India series lads and well played.
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26/01/2021 16:54:26 0 0
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Really one extremely lucky 50 in 4 innings give me strength
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25/01/2021 12:16:18 6 1
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Great series win for England & sets up the 4 Tests in India. Fair play to Sri Lanka for putting up more fight in this 2nd Test - eps. their 1st innings. I hope the ICC & people who run Test cricket understand that countries like Sri Lanka & now even South Africa need more help & money in order to stay competitive in this format of the game. It seems too India England & Australia dominated.
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Sam
25/01/2021 13:01:59 2 0
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And NZ!
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25/01/2021 12:16:41 37 0
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We are neither as good or as bad as people are saying.
What England are is a thoroughly professional outfit. As little as three years ago we would have lost this test. Batted like idiots and been all out for 150 in the 1st innings and lost by a couple of hundred runs. The old policy of "hell for leather" wasn't working but it did identify the likes of Buttler, Stokes and Bairstow. Well done boys!
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25/01/2021 12:23:20 15 2
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Stokes would have been found anyway. Brilliant at resolute defending for a draw and outrageous hitting for the win. As evidenced in one innings at Headingley.
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25/01/2021 12:11:42 2 1
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NO NO NO!!! I'm not happy with the trophy. Seemed a bit too light??? What's with the antelers??? I need an accurate figure on its weight.
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25/01/2021 12:16:56 0 0
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Bet your staggered with that result then ...

Bairstow hit 6 and ended up in a tub of white paint.
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25/01/2021 11:55:51 109 5
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So good to see Sibley, who apparently can't play spin, to see England home there along with Buttler who also played magnificently. Onto India now and I do have a real belief that we can get a result there with our bowling attack! PS: Also brilliant to see Root back in the runs in a potentially career-defining year
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25/01/2021 12:16:56 14 140
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Root scored runs on a road against spin.
As for our bowling attack I will be flabbergasted if we manage to take 20 wickets against India in any of the tests.
Let's judge after the series against India.
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25/01/2021 12:29:44 44 3
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How about judging after a comprehensive series win against historically tough opponents and giving credit where it’s due?

No doubt you’d be the type of fan to dismiss a good performance in India and caveat it with, “wait till the ashes”
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25/01/2021 12:37:50 15 0
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Sounds like you've already passed judgement mate. Cheer up. It's only a game.
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25/01/2021 12:39:40 10 0
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What are you on about either you are not an England fan or you manage to be negative about everything in life. Bet your a right laugh!
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25/01/2021 12:58:22 12 0
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Are you Michael Vaughan in disguise?
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25/01/2021 13:06:39 1 0
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i think your flabber might be gasted
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25/01/2021 13:11:01 3 9
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Are you a Remainer ? - another half empty catastrophobe
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25/01/2021 14:17:46 1 0
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some road!
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Tim
25/01/2021 16:02:12 6 0
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A road on which 36 wickets fell in less than four days. I hope you're not in charge of repairs at your local council.

We probably won't win the series against India, as they're the form side right now and they're at home. They just won at the Gabba, never mind what they'll do in favourable playing conditions!

But you know what? We did beat Sri Lanka, and that's good enough for now.
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25/01/2021 17:05:24 2 1
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You see, Andrew. People nowadays are so tribal they get very angry if you tell them a truth they don't want to hear. Hence your comment got 94% disapproval rate even though what you said was entirely reasonable, even probably true.....
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25/01/2021 23:44:18 0 0
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Could not agree more. Beating a 7th ranked side is nothing to write home about. See how they fare against India, New Zealand and the Australians after.
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25/01/2021 12:05:31 9 2
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Well Done Dominic Sibley !
He was under tremendous pressure after failing 3 times to a Class spinner.
But he worked at it and found a method that worked for him.
Remember the saying....'Form is temporary, Class is permanent' !!!
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25/01/2021 12:16:59 6 1
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I was pleased with Sibley's innings, ideal for the circumstances. Unfortunately, I still think that he scores runs despite his technique, I find the description 'class' a hard one with which to agree. Workmanlike and sensible, which is often better than attempting to play too many shots.
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25/01/2021 12:34:32 11 0
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Steve Smith has an awkward technique but averages over 60. I’d rather watch Pope bat than Sibley, but a gritty opener is what England have been searching for for years
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25/01/2021 12:34:59 3 1
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Look at Sandpaper Smith. His technique is woeful and he scores mountains of runs.
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25/01/2021 11:58:39 4 4
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6 wickets is a bit of a thrashing really. Away form home on these pitches to win with relative ease is a superb performance. Great to see Sibley ome good, and as for Joe Root, just ridiculously good. a million runs and the 0-2, and his captaincy is now right up there.

Yes India will be more difficult, but they also were bowled out for 36, so not unbeatable by any means.
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Sam
25/01/2021 12:17:08 0 0
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Slightly different wickets in India compared with/to Australia.
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25/01/2021 12:17:10 5 0
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Delighted for Sibley. Its a tough ask in the sub continent for new batsman. Root back to form in some style ??
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25/01/2021 13:00:04 0 4
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Sibley is not a new batsman.... he has been in the side since the Ashes.
Everyone, and i mean everyone, was demanding he be put in after witnessing the abject failure of Jennings, Roy, and Bairstow !
And he's played several big Innings since he's been in the side !
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25/01/2021 12:17:37 2 1
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2 things of note.

All the wickets in Sri Lanka 1st innings were with pace, all in the 2nd were with spin.

Joe Root is now an all-rounder. His batting average is better than his bowling average.

Other than that, well played England and Crawley will be back in the runs soon. He still contributed well in the field.
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25/01/2021 12:17:56 5 0
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Brilliant series. Great spirit.
Wkt keeper to Sibley: Will you be opening in India? Brilliant fun
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25/01/2021 12:28:46 0 2
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You sound exciting ??????
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25/01/2021 12:12:07 34 13
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Where are all the commenters (presumably biased Yorkshire natives) calling for Buttler to be dropped and/or insisting he isn't and never will be good enough?
Since the start of 2020 is is averaging well over 50 and his wicket-keeping has improved immeasurably.
I am a fan of Bairstow but this series he has had starts every innings and failed to convert every time.
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25/01/2021 12:18:01 26 6
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Buttler's wicket keeping is not great and against India his mistakes might cost a match

However his focus in a chase is something else - that dangled carrot is exactly what he needs - he must be the best finisher in all formats
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25/01/2021 12:52:38 10 0
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In fairness his keeping has been excellent this series, looks like he's really worked hard on it, long may it continue!
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25/01/2021 17:49:51 2 0
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Buttler's wicket-keeping has been superb. He didn't let a bye through in Sri Lanka's big first innings. After Root he's our best player of spin.
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25/01/2021 12:18:06 2 1
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Great confidence building result for a young batting line up. Sri Lanka will feel that this was a series that they should have won. India will be a more potent threat, however England can look ahead with a degree of confidence. Selection is going to be a hot topic. Mo? Can B & A play in the same team in India. Curren ?? Crawley?? Fun times ahead.
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25/01/2021 12:18:08 9 3
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I said after Sibley failed in the 1st test it was ridiculous that people were calling for his head after 1 match and he should be given time. Now, he has gone away and fought in there to grind out a superb fifty. This should prove to people not to be so reactionary after 1 or 2 matches... Same with the spinners, excellent today.
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25/01/2021 12:21:40 6 3
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T20 supporters expect 50 every innings from every batsman . Don’t understand the 5 day game
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25/01/2021 12:24:03 3 0
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A few years ago Eng would have lost. Maybe they'll put up a better showing in India than I thought.
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25/01/2021 12:12:26 9 0
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T20 definitely has its place, not sure that can be said for the hundred though
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25/01/2021 12:18:21 8 0
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I get T20 or the hundred existing as the sole shorter format as a means of getting kids into the game and for the money is brings in. But only one is necessary and I'd much rather T20. It has few stupid rules like a 10 ball over that can be split in half
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25/01/2021 12:18:28 2 0
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Seen some brilliant test cricket already in 2020. People are always expecting England to fail but they have a squad full of star match winners. Bring on India....
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25/01/2021 12:19:19 5 2
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Good win. Going to be much harder in India. Sri Lanka were very poor but you can only beat what's in front of you.
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25/01/2021 12:19:42 6 4
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Quote from article just posted by Matthew Henry BBC.
Sibley, who had not reached single figures in the series, put on 75 with Jos Buttler, who made 46 not out.
Why don't the BBC get things right
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25/01/2021 12:22:42 5 4
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Lazy journalism,at it's worst!
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25/01/2021 12:23:06 2 0
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What did they get wrong? Jos did get 46 Not Out
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25/01/2021 12:49:12 2 0
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I think you are going to feel a bit foolish, that's exactly what did happen, Sibley had a partnership of 75 with Jos Buttler, who made 46 not out. Sibley hadn't reached double figures all series.
Matthew henry is spot on.
The use of punctuation was plainly too much.
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25/01/2021 16:29:25 0 0
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Oh dear! Incredible how just a simple type error can get some really sad people upset.
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25/01/2021 12:12:07 34 13
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Where are all the commenters (presumably biased Yorkshire natives) calling for Buttler to be dropped and/or insisting he isn't and never will be good enough?
Since the start of 2020 is is averaging well over 50 and his wicket-keeping has improved immeasurably.
I am a fan of Bairstow but this series he has had starts every innings and failed to convert every time.
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25/01/2021 12:20:01 2 0
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He came in after early wickets and steadied the score . Partnership with Root was a big factor in our series win . Overall he played well against a top class spinner . Not too dissimilar to Butler.
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25/01/2021 12:20:48 4 0
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Blimey, Sibley really was on a tough run of form if he hadn't reached single figures in the series!
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25/01/2021 12:21:17 2 1
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Fair credit to Sibley for adapting his game against spin and getting England through. No one has been more critical of his technique than me and I hope he goes on the greater success.
On the flip side he was helped by 3 umpire's calls that would all have been out LBW and some bizarre SL field placing!
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25/01/2021 12:21:36 7 1
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Cracking test series! Fantastic from Sibley today -had no real chance to practice in the conditions but came good in the end.

Root’s extraordinary innings, and the all round efforts of Buttler & Embuldeniya all deserve man of the match. Our spinners were great today, but Leach doesn’t seem effective in the first innings and Bess seems to be a confidence player. Hope they come good in India!
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25/01/2021 12:18:08 9 3
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I said after Sibley failed in the 1st test it was ridiculous that people were calling for his head after 1 match and he should be given time. Now, he has gone away and fought in there to grind out a superb fifty. This should prove to people not to be so reactionary after 1 or 2 matches... Same with the spinners, excellent today.
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25/01/2021 12:21:40 6 3
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T20 supporters expect 50 every innings from every batsman . Don’t understand the 5 day game
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25/01/2021 12:22:14 4 0
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It's been a very good and entertaining series. Pleased Sibley was there at the end. That will give him some confidence for India. England had some luck but I suppose it evens out over time! Galle looks a lovely ground, it's now on my bucket list now.
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25/01/2021 12:19:42 6 4
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Quote from article just posted by Matthew Henry BBC.
Sibley, who had not reached single figures in the series, put on 75 with Jos Buttler, who made 46 not out.
Why don't the BBC get things right
75
25/01/2021 12:22:42 5 4
bbc
Lazy journalism,at it's worst!
82
25/01/2021 12:25:38 0 2
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Did you follow suit, guess you might have meant lousy!
83
25/01/2021 12:25:39 0 0
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Simple keyboard error that’s all .
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25/01/2021 12:22:46 2 0
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15 wickets in a day? As Coleman would have said... "Quite remarkable!"
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25/01/2021 12:19:42 6 4
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Quote from article just posted by Matthew Henry BBC.
Sibley, who had not reached single figures in the series, put on 75 with Jos Buttler, who made 46 not out.
Why don't the BBC get things right
77
25/01/2021 12:23:06 2 0
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What did they get wrong? Jos did get 46 Not Out
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25/01/2021 13:42:56 0 0
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"Sibley had not reached single figures".
Lazy journalism!
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25/01/2021 12:16:41 37 0
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We are neither as good or as bad as people are saying.
What England are is a thoroughly professional outfit. As little as three years ago we would have lost this test. Batted like idiots and been all out for 150 in the 1st innings and lost by a couple of hundred runs. The old policy of "hell for leather" wasn't working but it did identify the likes of Buttler, Stokes and Bairstow. Well done boys!
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25/01/2021 12:23:20 15 2
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Stokes would have been found anyway. Brilliant at resolute defending for a draw and outrageous hitting for the win. As evidenced in one innings at Headingley.
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25/01/2021 13:27:41 0 6
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Wow! You must be an Aussie. I guess you think that Cameron Green is better. I don't think Messrs Langer and Paine would agree with you.
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25/01/2021 12:23:36 9 0
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Great to get a win but let's not get carried away for we need to get to grips with better teams on their own ground
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25/01/2021 12:18:08 9 3
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I said after Sibley failed in the 1st test it was ridiculous that people were calling for his head after 1 match and he should be given time. Now, he has gone away and fought in there to grind out a superb fifty. This should prove to people not to be so reactionary after 1 or 2 matches... Same with the spinners, excellent today.
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25/01/2021 12:24:03 3 0
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A few years ago Eng would have lost. Maybe they'll put up a better showing in India than I thought.
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25/01/2021 12:24:09 2 13
bbc
Weak opposition and a bit of luck.
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25/01/2021 12:27:49 7 0
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Not an invalid point of view but doesn’t really give credit to good performances against class Sri Lankan spinners on a tricky wicket
75
25/01/2021 12:22:42 5 4
bbc
Lazy journalism,at it's worst!
82
25/01/2021 12:25:38 0 2
bbc
Did you follow suit, guess you might have meant lousy!
75
25/01/2021 12:22:42 5 4
bbc
Lazy journalism,at it's worst!
83
25/01/2021 12:25:39 0 0
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Simple keyboard error that’s all .
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25/01/2021 12:25:45 10 0
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Some question marks remain over the long term future of the squad, but Buttler has answered every one asked of him and is becoming one of our most reliable test batsmen and his keeping was immaculate.

I have no idea how India will go, but I have big hopes for the Ashes, think we have the batting and bowling to do well down under. Its just the spin department I think we are short in.
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25/01/2021 14:08:56 2 0
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Yes, being our spinner in oz is a poisoned chalice. As Mo and Graeme Swann would agree. Leach probably favourite over Bess, but that would leave a long tail.....
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25/01/2021 15:26:07 0 0
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It was outstanding that despite curbing his more aggressive instincts to suit the match situation he still managed to score really quickly by most people's standards.
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25/01/2021 12:26:01 3 2
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Sibley must have watched Root first innings performance on how to play spin and is clearly prepared to work on improving his game.
India tour will be far harder and I fail to see how England with current bowlers could take 20 wickets in a match.
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25/01/2021 12:26:04 6 3
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It was total domination by England over a very substandard opposition.

1) Well played, Joe Root;

2) Excellent bowling by Lasith Embuldeniya, claiming 10 of the England wickets. The other bowlers combined managed only three.

Now, we'll soon see how the team fares in nearby India where the opposition is world-class.
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Sam
25/01/2021 12:58:56 1 0
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Not total domination for the entire test.
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25/01/2021 12:26:27 10 2
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Well done to the team . Joe Root becoming an all-time great.
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25/01/2021 12:28:36 15 0
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His Test record suggests he already is !
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25/01/2021 12:14:25 5 2
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Expecting a reality check against India
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25/01/2021 12:26:55 6 0
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We all do. No one's getting carried away. What about some support.
How is this classed a sport. Total rubbish. Not hard to stand there all day hitting a vall Removed
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25/01/2021 12:32:47 9 0
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Not hard to be a keyboard warrior.. looks like it is your typing that has gone to the vall..
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25/01/2021 12:33:46 5 0
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Oh look - a little keyboard warrior who wants to be controversial but can't spell.
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HT
25/01/2021 12:34:07 5 0
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Not hard to type 'ball' either, but some people seem to struggle.
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25/01/2021 12:37:19 3 0
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Bye bye you WUM.
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25/01/2021 12:38:25 5 0
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What is a vall. If you do not like, why bother coming on here(A forum for cricket fans). Another non-fan who understands nothing about the game.
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25/01/2021 12:27:40 6 0
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Now all England need is to beat India 3-0 or better and they're in the WTC final. ??????
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Kev
25/01/2021 12:31:26 1 0
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Haha . I like your style.
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25/01/2021 12:33:18 3 1
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Losing 3-0 would be an achievement unless India get complacent like 2012/13 when Monty/Swanny just bossed it

Leach/Bess not really in the same league (yet)
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25/01/2021 12:34:51 1 0
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Wishful thinking. They might get trounced 3-1 by a fiercely competitive opponent as Oz just found out.
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25/01/2021 12:42:23 3 0
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That is the stupid thing about this WTC final, it does not require everyone to play each other. I am sure Pakistan would love a chance to play India if only to stop them getting to the final but the pints system and fixtures are stupid. England win 3-1 in South Africa and get 90 points and India beat Afghanistan 2-0 at home and get 120 points. It only works on a round robin basis home and away.
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25/01/2021 12:24:09 2 13
bbc
Weak opposition and a bit of luck.
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25/01/2021 12:27:49 7 0
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Not an invalid point of view but doesn’t really give credit to good performances against class Sri Lankan spinners on a tricky wicket
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25/01/2021 12:28:10 7 4
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Wow... great performance.... but I wouldn't want to be a Selector for the 1st Test in India now !
Burns, Stokes, and Pope back in the batting squad.
Broad, Woakes, Stone, Archer, and Moeen back for bowling.
No 2 people ever agree but i'll suggest...
Burns
Sibley
Crawley
Root
Stokes
Buttler
Moeen
Woakes
Broad
Leach
Anderson.

Wish Rashid would play Test Cricket, a class Leggie is all we're missing.
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25/01/2021 12:30:34 4 1
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Rashid body is not up to Test Cricket and he man managed his injuries to play White ball if which he can cope with.

As a mentor he be superb so we wait and see how he works with Bess at Yorkshire.
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25/01/2021 12:39:33 0 0
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Interesting 11, but do you need 6 bowlers? With Stokes as all rounder and mo as 2nd spinner?Root may bowl more. Probably have Pope or lawerence in top 6, but not a bad 11.
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25/01/2021 12:51:21 1 0
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Archer in but looks right to me and I wouldn't argue too much
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25/01/2021 12:56:46 1 0
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Anderson, Broad and Woakes in India ??? Sorry you need some pace so Archer in and with Stokes probably don’t need 3 seamers
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25/01/2021 13:33:19 1 0
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Not bad, but I would suggest;
Burns
Sibley
Crawley
Root
Stokes
Buttler
Woakes
Leach
Broad
Archer
Anderson
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25/01/2021 14:03:24 1 0
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Good team and I’d love to see Moeen back. Not sure we need four seamers? If we did want four, I would like to see Archer or Stone in to provide high pace.
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25/01/2021 16:01:29 0 0
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Hey I thought you guys were resting Anderson for the first Test.
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25/01/2021 16:14:55 0 0
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Bess outbowled Leach in all 4 innings but too like for like with Moeen. Yes we need a leggie so time to give Crane another go on a pitch that may help (rather than the flat batting track of his first test) or Parkinson.

Can’t recall the last time at the end of a series I thought our spinners had out owned this of the opposition. Probably Swann v someone.
87
25/01/2021 12:26:27 10 2
bbc
Well done to the team . Joe Root becoming an all-time great.
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25/01/2021 12:28:36 15 0
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His Test record suggests he already is !
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25/01/2021 12:17:56 5 0
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Brilliant series. Great spirit.
Wkt keeper to Sibley: Will you be opening in India? Brilliant fun
94
25/01/2021 12:28:46 0 2
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You sound exciting ??????
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25/01/2021 12:52:48 1 0
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I am. Ask the ladies from 1990 till 2005.
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25/01/2021 12:29:17 2 0
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Strong performance, well done.
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25/01/2021 12:10:47 12 0
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Fantastic. Thought Embuldenyia's 40 would be the difference but he didn't have much support. Hands up who though Sri Lanka would get about 210 and give us a torrid 2nd innings. The spinners get a panning in the first innings but come through well in the 2nd. Well done to Sibley, that will build confidence and a Test that looked like it was drifting away from England has sealed the series.
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25/01/2021 12:29:36 6 0
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Certainly didn't what I saw when I woke up.... 67 for 6! What a game cricket is. Incomparable.
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25/01/2021 12:16:56 14 140
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Root scored runs on a road against spin.
As for our bowling attack I will be flabbergasted if we manage to take 20 wickets against India in any of the tests.
Let's judge after the series against India.
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25/01/2021 12:29:44 44 3
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How about judging after a comprehensive series win against historically tough opponents and giving credit where it’s due?

No doubt you’d be the type of fan to dismiss a good performance in India and caveat it with, “wait till the ashes”
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25/01/2021 13:55:36 1 0
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Sri Lanka are historically tough opponents? We have just beaten them in 6 consecutive series.

Unfortunately this team just does not have the bowling quality to succeed in India.
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25/01/2021 15:36:08 3 0
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'Historically tough opponents'? England have won all past 6 Tests played there going back to 2012! SL are just an awfully poor team these days where their bowlers are averaging 35 or higher & apart from Angelo Mathews who is averaging around 45 with the bat, their other top batsmen average in the low 30's & even 20's! Doubt they'll beat even a minnow like Afghanistan!
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25/01/2021 12:28:10 7 4
bbc
Wow... great performance.... but I wouldn't want to be a Selector for the 1st Test in India now !
Burns, Stokes, and Pope back in the batting squad.
Broad, Woakes, Stone, Archer, and Moeen back for bowling.
No 2 people ever agree but i'll suggest...
Burns
Sibley
Crawley
Root
Stokes
Buttler
Moeen
Woakes
Broad
Leach
Anderson.

Wish Rashid would play Test Cricket, a class Leggie is all we're missing.
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25/01/2021 12:30:34 4 1
bbc
Rashid body is not up to Test Cricket and he man managed his injuries to play White ball if which he can cope with.

As a mentor he be superb so we wait and see how he works with Bess at Yorkshire.
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25/01/2021 12:59:16 1 0
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Too much international cricket this summer doubt they will see much of each over in reality
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25/01/2021 12:10:13 172 4
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A fine series win overall, plenty of positives and a few things to learn quickly if we're to challenge in India

Looking to the future....

It's excellent to hear that NZ are coming over this summer, but I'm fairly certain that 95+% of cricket fans would rather see a three Test series and a reduction in the 20/20s and ODIs against Sri Lanka and Pakistan
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25/01/2021 12:30:36 86 1
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NZ are a bloody good side. If we win that series we'll have done v well.
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25/01/2021 23:01:51 1 0
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Not the same side away and do not seem to have played away that often recently - I think we will beat them if both sides are full strength.
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25/01/2021 12:27:40 6 0
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Now all England need is to beat India 3-0 or better and they're in the WTC final. ??????
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25/01/2021 12:31:26 1 0
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Haha . I like your style.