England set up final-day victory bid
08/02/2021 | sport | cricket | 986
England need nine wickets on the final day to beat India after setting up their victory push on day four of the first Test in Chennai.
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08/02/2021 11:46:48 52 5
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What a great 'proper' test match it's been so far
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08/02/2021 16:39:38 6 2
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Apart from session 3 which was a yawn. When the opposition are happy for you to carry on batting then it's time to declare. When the opposition are hoping not to get you out then you know you've cocked up.
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08/02/2021 11:46:50 5 6
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this is not over...thanks to Root for dillydallying and also thanks to Root for boosting the bowler's confidence for the next match.
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08/02/2021 11:48:52 2 1
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We shall vikram wont we you ray of sunshine!
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08/02/2021 12:03:18 2 2
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Vickers, I see you've returned from the rugby to give your, ahem, views on English cricket.
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08/02/2021 12:05:42 2 2
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Thanks Root for 258 runs, a brilliant catch and trusting our spinners. England win this easily tomorrow, they’ve simply played the Indian game against them. Bat big first innings, roll the opposition out then push the game into the final day and let the spinners mop up the wickets on a dying pitch. Simple.
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08/02/2021 11:46:52 3 10
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Draw written all over it from the end of day 2. England's bowlers not good enough to get 10 wickets in 3 sessions without some amazing luck.
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08/02/2021 12:16:07 6 1
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what about 9 wickets in 3 sessions though?!
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08/02/2021 15:27:18 1 0
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They’ve already taken 10 wickets in 3 sessions in this very match
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08/02/2021 11:46:57 10 8
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I think Joe Root's done the right thing batting on past 400.
If the tour of Australia taught us nothing else, it's that India do not capitulate on the final day....
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08/02/2021 11:52:45 0 4
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Same situation as at the Gabba, Pujara and Gill not out overnight.
I reckon history will repeat itself within 3 weeks.
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08/02/2021 11:47:00 2 1
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In with a chance of winning, especially if India go for it!
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08/02/2021 11:47:09 18 3
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Going to be an absorbing day of Test Match Cricket tommorow. I fancy a last over England Victory, need all 4 bowlers + Stokes to be on it from the off. You really can't beat test cricket although I do think that we should have declared after Buttler go out but we are still in a great position on a deteriorating pitch
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08/02/2021 17:24:48 2 0
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Too True - you really can't beat Test Cricket. !!
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08/02/2021 11:47:49 8 4
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Thought England should have declared much earlier. Other than one chase of 380 off the highest successful chase at this ground was 160! Anyway - 90 odd overs tomorrow should be enough given the turn and uneven bounce.
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08/02/2021 11:46:50 5 6
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this is not over...thanks to Root for dillydallying and also thanks to Root for boosting the bowler's confidence for the next match.
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08/02/2021 11:48:52 2 1
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We shall vikram wont we you ray of sunshine!
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08/02/2021 11:48:57 7 2
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Time for the spin twins to do their duty.
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08/02/2021 11:55:06 3 5
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Hopefully -

or go home
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08/02/2021 11:49:01 102 17
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Can't understand the negativity about how England went about this. Got ourselves a great position.
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08/02/2021 12:00:52 25 12
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I totally agree. We are now able to bowl a seamer and a spinner at each end without worrying about them taking leach on. Also India have 220+ overs in the match with a quick turnaround to the next test. No chance of India winning really puts pressure on the attack-minded Pant, Gill, Sundar & Ashwin. Tired bodies, tired minds. England win.
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08/02/2021 16:38:20 1 6
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Because it was mind-blowingly boring. Sport? it certainly wasn't anything worth watching and may well cost us the victory. What's the point in just eating up time for the sake of it? No wonder occasional cricket watchers give up.
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08/02/2021 19:58:07 2 0
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Particularly in light of the personnel. Jos Butler playing delay-the-declaration tap-back. The six-hitting star of the IPL Archer told to steady his end and steal the odd single. very strange
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08/02/2021 11:49:13 3 1
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backing England to bowl India out, would take an absurd effort for India to win. Exciting final day ahead!
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08/02/2021 11:50:31 4 2
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A great innings from Sundar -with all top 7 averaging above 40 India have a strong batting line up -but they seem a bowler short with him in the side. I’m sure they’d like to have the Chinaman Kuldeep for variation but if they drop Nadeem then no one is turning it away from the right handers. They miss Jadeja.
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08/02/2021 11:55:48 2 3
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Has Jadeja been dropped or retired?
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08/02/2021 11:51:33 22 4
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As an England fan,of course i want us to win but I can see India batting out the day.
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08/02/2021 12:40:33 6 1
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Maybe but a few more deliveries like the one that got Root and every one becomes a walking wicket. Just need the bowlers to target the stumps a lot more and rely on un-even bounce.
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08/02/2021 22:35:41 0 0
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On this wicket? Plenty of spin and uneven bounce. 15 wickets on day 4, but 8 or less on day 5. Your tea leaves aren't PG.
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08/02/2021 11:51:41 7 5
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England clear favourites with the uneven bounce and turn but should have declared earlier.
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08/02/2021 11:51:43 8 3
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Does the frustration with Engalnd's delayed declaration stem from the apparent aimlessness of the innings once Root was out? He was pushing the rate up as though he was looking for a tea-time declaration but everyone else seemed to be treating it like the first day, and playing too carefully with no clear purpose, or inclination to score.
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08/02/2021 12:00:54 4 3
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To be fair there was some fairly negative bowling from India -Nadeem was bowling over the wicket to Bess with a packed leg side field. They made it hard to score. Some good reverse sweeps from Pope though

I wish cricket laws could be changed to prevent consistent outside leg pitched bowling. I don’t want the kids watching batsmen kick the ball away!
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08/02/2021 13:23:41 0 0
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Stokes wicket was a big blow i reckon.
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08/02/2021 11:52:05 4 5
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Took too long to declare in their first innings. Should be an interesting last day! Some good test cricket being played at the moment
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08/02/2021 12:32:29 2 2
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Didn't declare in 1st Innings!
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08/02/2021 11:52:21 48 19
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I think declaration was correct. England have given themselves roughly 100 overs to bowl India out. Our spinners are decent, but inconsistent and had we given India an extra 15 overs Eng would have been vulnerable. We saw what happened in Bang yesterday and what WI did at Leeds a few year ago. Teams are better at big chases and we've got a day to take 9 wickets. If we don't it isn't Root's fault.
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08/02/2021 12:25:50 56 1
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We didn’t declare
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08/02/2021 12:39:10 3 8
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I suspect you'll find it may be Root's fault

Bess/Leach were neither 1 thing or another this morning - what were they told to do - they are either incapable or badly directed

We've seen this before - England either overmanage (which becomes obvious and can be countered) or they leave the kids to their own devises

Neither work if you want thinking capable cricketers
Removed
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08/02/2021 18:57:34 0 2
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Only problem is we have also made it easier for India to bat for a draw.
I think Vaughan is right. Dangle the carrot and get India driving.
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08/02/2021 11:52:28 22 11
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England set up for a win with 9 to get tomorrow. Sensible declaration decision. If England can’t knock them over in that time , setting a lower target and giving India more time to get it would have been daft
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08/02/2021 12:06:22 30 5
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Except they didn't declare, they were bowled out.
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08/02/2021 12:15:29 4 9
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Nonsense. If you don think you can defend a world record score, enforce the follow on.
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08/02/2021 15:25:04 2 0
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I think its more about how much chance England gave themselves for a win instead of an India win. Say for instance, India finish tomorrow 300-9, there will be debate about whether England should have declared 30 mins before they were bowled out.
In this scenario, the extra time from declaring wouldn't allow India to reach the target, but would give England more chance of taking the last wicket.
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08/02/2021 11:52:29 30 2
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Not sure if great day for E or not - they seem to be in box seat but good 1st innings runs from I this morning.

Like to hear Root comment on 2nd innings strategy but I can understand the concern on declaration, I have such a powerful atting line up 350 in a day to win not Impossible.

Still flat pitch so wicket taking won’t be easy. Should be a good day to tomorrow

Justifies 5 day tests not 4
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08/02/2021 11:57:06 22 4
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Seeing Pant and co in Australia he may have been worried, but I feel more positivity was needed. Time for Bess and Leach to spin England into a lead in the series!
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08/02/2021 17:06:21 0 0
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"350 in in a day to win is not impossible"

And ?

You might not of noticed but India need 381.
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08/02/2021 18:46:52 0 0
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Did England declare?
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09/02/2021 00:03:40 0 0
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England bowlers would have been tired after a full day of bowling. Also if India put up 150 run lead, you don't want to be batting 4th on a turning pitch in India.
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08/02/2021 11:52:32 159 2
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Good job test matches are five days long.
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08/02/2021 11:54:36 214 3
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I think the idea of 4 day tests will be confined to the bin thankfully.
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08/02/2021 16:59:18 3 0
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Spot on! Four day tests would mostly yield draws in the subcontinent, with the slow flat pitches they prepare only really starting to offer something for the bowlers on days 4 and 5 as we've seen here. Four day tests are also a poor idea in English conditions, where the chance of a result may be hampered by time lost from bad light and weather in my opinion. Too many drawbacks and too many draws!
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08/02/2021 21:08:14 0 1
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You wouldn't have players batting for 2 days in a 4 day test though, which would speed it up
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08/02/2021 11:46:57 10 8
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I think Joe Root's done the right thing batting on past 400.
If the tour of Australia taught us nothing else, it's that India do not capitulate on the final day....
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08/02/2021 11:52:45 0 4
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Same situation as at the Gabba, Pujara and Gill not out overnight.
I reckon history will repeat itself within 3 weeks.
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08/02/2021 11:53:15 57 5
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I would have declared at 390 but I don’t have 100 test caps. Game plan changed when Pope got out , batted India out of victory unless tomorrow is extraordinary . Archer should bat 11 in tests. Really look forward to final day , The pitch will be the key factor . Set up nicely for a great contest .
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08/02/2021 13:04:03 27 2
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Yes, Jimmy is a natural no.10!
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08/02/2021 14:08:19 2 1
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From one old geezer to another.
I think chasing over 400 is much tougher than 390 mentally but like you I don't have 100 caps.
It's a great postion for tomorrow morning, 3 wkts in first hour and you'd put next month's mortgage on England. 1 wkt and 130 runs in first session and you'd fancy India.
For me going into day 5 with all result possible made it worth the 4am wake up and gallon of coffee
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08/02/2021 16:34:51 4 1
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Agreed Archer is a natural no.11, and if he plays as many Tests as Jimmy, he should beat Jimmy's record number of ducks. But he's a brilliant bowler, and pretty handy in the field, so he should play every time, if fit of course.
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08/02/2021 11:53:23 12 8
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420 to win on that minefield of a pitch? Not even the Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge WI side of the 80s could do it.

Could be a draw but England will probably win quite easily.
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08/02/2021 12:06:12 11 2
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That is far from a minefield.
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08/02/2021 12:17:12 2 1
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Not such a bad pitch but hopefully will rough up a bit more tomorrow as play goes on .
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08/02/2021 12:43:04 1 1
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Mr Gower still twitches at the names of Haynes and Greenidge!! That test match still has ramifications on captain's declarations nearly 40 years later...
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08/02/2021 11:52:32 159 2
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Good job test matches are five days long.
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08/02/2021 11:54:36 214 3
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I think the idea of 4 day tests will be confined to the bin thankfully.
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08/02/2021 12:01:54 20 3
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Let's hope so!
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08/02/2021 13:43:24 5 0
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Let's hope so. 5 days is tried and tested.
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08/02/2021 13:58:57 4 0
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amen to that.
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08/02/2021 11:48:57 7 2
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Time for the spin twins to do their duty.
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08/02/2021 11:55:06 3 5
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Hopefully -

or go home
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08/02/2021 11:50:31 4 2
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A great innings from Sundar -with all top 7 averaging above 40 India have a strong batting line up -but they seem a bowler short with him in the side. I’m sure they’d like to have the Chinaman Kuldeep for variation but if they drop Nadeem then no one is turning it away from the right handers. They miss Jadeja.
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08/02/2021 11:55:48 2 3
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Has Jadeja been dropped or retired?
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08/02/2021 12:00:28 1 1
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Injured. Fractured his thumb in the Australian series
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08/02/2021 12:01:52 1 1
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He is recovering from a finger injury picked up in OZ
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08/02/2021 12:03:34 2 1
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He’s injured but in the squad. Not retired -he’s only 31! Seems to have been around forever...
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08/02/2021 12:08:22 1 1
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inj
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08/02/2021 11:56:28 2 1
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Why come here go toe to toe, play to your strengths, it going to be hard for India but very possible, because that is the best batting line up in the world, but there is Archer and Anderson so fingers crossed that pitch continues to crack. still think too defensive in the early stages, this should be 500 to get not 405 with 115 overs to play with weather good, that's only 3.5 per over, very tight
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08/02/2021 11:52:29 30 2
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Not sure if great day for E or not - they seem to be in box seat but good 1st innings runs from I this morning.

Like to hear Root comment on 2nd innings strategy but I can understand the concern on declaration, I have such a powerful atting line up 350 in a day to win not Impossible.

Still flat pitch so wicket taking won’t be easy. Should be a good day to tomorrow

Justifies 5 day tests not 4
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08/02/2021 11:57:06 22 4
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Seeing Pant and co in Australia he may have been worried, but I feel more positivity was needed. Time for Bess and Leach to spin England into a lead in the series!
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08/02/2021 11:57:28 8 7
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Anderson & Archer clearly told Root they couldn't bowl more than a couple of overs tonight, hence delayed declaration. Let's hope they feel rested & able to bowl more overs first thing, and again with the 2nd new ball after 80 overs. Those 23 overs with 2nd new ball could well decide match. Also needed more runs/less overs India to bat, to enable Leach/Bess to attack without worry conceding runs.
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08/02/2021 12:05:25 8 3
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So to keep them fresh and rested we send them out to bat. Absolute waste of time and a weak argument since they spent most of the first 2 days resting in the pavilion watching Root.
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08/02/2021 12:08:48 0 3
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I think the Root chat with Anderson wasn’t to ask when to declare. It seems in hindsight that he was simply doing the difficult job of telling Jimmy that Leach and Archer were going to take the new ball.
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08/02/2021 11:57:37 2 7
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It would have been such a different match if Stoke had knocked up a quick 60 ...
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08/02/2021 12:05:32 6 1
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Same if Root had got a duck and Kohli and triple century.....what exactly is your point?
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08/02/2021 12:08:24 0 1
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If wishes were horses beggars would ride....
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08/02/2021 12:31:29 0 1
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If my aunty had 2 testicles she'd have been my uncle
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08/02/2021 11:59:18 75 5
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Strap yourselves in for a squeaky bum day 5. If you want India to win be aware of the Leach. If you want England to win be aware of Pants, he can fill you with number 2s 4s and 6s. May the best team win on the final day. You just have to love Test Cricket.
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08/02/2021 11:55:48 2 3
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Has Jadeja been dropped or retired?
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08/02/2021 12:00:28 1 1
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Injured. Fractured his thumb in the Australian series
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08/02/2021 11:49:01 102 17
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Can't understand the negativity about how England went about this. Got ourselves a great position.
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08/02/2021 12:00:52 25 12
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I totally agree. We are now able to bowl a seamer and a spinner at each end without worrying about them taking leach on. Also India have 220+ overs in the match with a quick turnaround to the next test. No chance of India winning really puts pressure on the attack-minded Pant, Gill, Sundar & Ashwin. Tired bodies, tired minds. England win.
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08/02/2021 12:24:00 2 2
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Not saying England won't win but guessing you weren't watching when India batted out for a draw in Australia with all the people you mentioned batting well
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08/02/2021 12:33:10 6 1
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"No chance of India winning really puts pressure on the attack-minded Pant, Gill, Sundar & Ashwin" --> that is a really good point that I hadn't thought of. Pant especially knows no other way to play, so he'll hopefully still take risks even though they have virtually no chance of paying off
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08/02/2021 11:51:43 8 3
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Does the frustration with Engalnd's delayed declaration stem from the apparent aimlessness of the innings once Root was out? He was pushing the rate up as though he was looking for a tea-time declaration but everyone else seemed to be treating it like the first day, and playing too carefully with no clear purpose, or inclination to score.
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08/02/2021 12:00:54 4 3
bbc
To be fair there was some fairly negative bowling from India -Nadeem was bowling over the wicket to Bess with a packed leg side field. They made it hard to score. Some good reverse sweeps from Pope though

I wish cricket laws could be changed to prevent consistent outside leg pitched bowling. I don’t want the kids watching batsmen kick the ball away!
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08/02/2021 12:01:02 4 11
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Come on India you can do it!! It’s only 4 an over surely leech and Bess will give them at least one 4 ball an over
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08/02/2021 12:04:38 11 1
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Still getting over India spanking you in your own backyard?

Don't worry, they're playing a better team in this series.

Now, dry your eyes Oz
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08/02/2021 12:01:10 6 15
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England have an upper hand but it could have been even better. I am slightly baffled by their tactics. 3 times in the game now they had a chance to press on India's neck a bit more 1) day 2 when Buttler came out to bat when Eng where 450-5 or something 2) day 3, when India were 6 down, no sight of Jofra or Jimmy 3) day4, I would have sent Buttler early

Root and Kohli not good captains!!
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08/02/2021 12:05:15 11 4
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It's a shame we can't have someone as obviously brilliant as you captaining a Test side.
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08/02/2021 12:05:22 4 2
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It's nice that you think you know better than the combined English cricket team and management. If a trifle arrogant and unrealistic.
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jmw
08/02/2021 12:15:25 4 1
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Here's an explanation. A lead of over 420 and just over 100 overs to get 10 wickets. 9 times out of 10 that's more than enough and the odd occasion it isn't, you get the draw. What would you have preferred - a high risk dash that might have left India needing considerably less than 400 in 120 overs? The same India that scored so heavily in their final day innings in their last two tests?
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AJC
08/02/2021 12:01:29 28 20
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I don't know about anyone else but I'm enjoying the informal but factual cricket chat by the C4 commentators.
When you think about the inane waffle between the 'lads club' on Sky that seems concentrate more on old boys banter, it makes the game more enjoyable.
However, Shane Warne as an exception can be insightful and entertaining.
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08/02/2021 12:05:47 11 2
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Agreed
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08/02/2021 12:38:33 4 1
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Still no Richie Benaud though who was, without doubt, the greatest Australian commentator ever and possibly the best Australian as well!!
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08/02/2021 13:15:39 0 4
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And the banal nonsense that is served up by the TMS bunch on the radio
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08/02/2021 13:23:57 4 1
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Are we talking about the same Shane Warne here? The one who is so partisan that if England had a 2nd inns lead of 900 with two days to go, he'd still be moaning about "negativity" and telling us how much better Ponting would have done it? Come on; we all know that if there was a match between England and The Sith 1st XI, he'd have his Darth Sidious replica shirt on.
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08/02/2021 11:55:48 2 3
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Has Jadeja been dropped or retired?
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08/02/2021 12:01:52 1 1
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He is recovering from a finger injury picked up in OZ
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08/02/2021 11:54:36 214 3
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I think the idea of 4 day tests will be confined to the bin thankfully.
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08/02/2021 12:01:54 20 3
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Let's hope so!
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08/02/2021 11:46:50 5 6
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this is not over...thanks to Root for dillydallying and also thanks to Root for boosting the bowler's confidence for the next match.
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08/02/2021 12:03:18 2 2
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Vickers, I see you've returned from the rugby to give your, ahem, views on English cricket.
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08/02/2021 12:03:30 2 8
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England should be there after 2 sessions, look at how quickly the English wickets fell? India 200 all out?
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08/02/2021 11:55:48 2 3
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Has Jadeja been dropped or retired?
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08/02/2021 12:03:34 2 1
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He’s injured but in the squad. Not retired -he’s only 31! Seems to have been around forever...
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08/02/2021 14:14:44 1 0
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And his "replacement" is Shahbaz Nadeem, who's only a year younger. He did bowl a few decent deliveries of course but I think lacks Jadeja's consistency.
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08/02/2021 12:01:02 4 11
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Come on India you can do it!! It’s only 4 an over surely leech and Bess will give them at least one 4 ball an over
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08/02/2021 12:04:38 11 1
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Still getting over India spanking you in your own backyard?

Don't worry, they're playing a better team in this series.

Now, dry your eyes Oz
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08/02/2021 12:04:51 30 5
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It's going to be nail biting.. India showed in Australia they can handle the pressure and come out on top!
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08/02/2021 12:01:10 6 15
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England have an upper hand but it could have been even better. I am slightly baffled by their tactics. 3 times in the game now they had a chance to press on India's neck a bit more 1) day 2 when Buttler came out to bat when Eng where 450-5 or something 2) day 3, when India were 6 down, no sight of Jofra or Jimmy 3) day4, I would have sent Buttler early

Root and Kohli not good captains!!
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08/02/2021 12:05:15 11 4
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It's a shame we can't have someone as obviously brilliant as you captaining a Test side.
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08/02/2021 12:05:15 117 1
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Steady on folks, this is India, masters of batting for a draw. I'll only count my chickens when the scoreboard says we've won.

Here's to nail-biting play tomorrow for both sides.
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08/02/2021 12:21:32 32 5
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We just need to get 'the wall' Pujara out then we are fine. Root's tactics were questionable however, there is a a method in his madness. Virtually all of the Indian batting line up are attacking batsmen, therefore leaving the possibility of a draw at best for them, will hopefully lead them to make more mistakes and lose wickets.
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08/02/2021 12:25:22 5 4
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They beat Australia in the last test. Against all the odds and forecasts.
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08/02/2021 12:35:40 3 10
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Don't bite your nails - I'm guessing you are not playing and therefore unless you have godlike powers you won't influence the result

If you enjoy cricket watch it - if you have some personal ownership invested in either team (think about that logically) then perhaps just try not to get worked up
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08/02/2021 15:16:09 2 2
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If Rishahb Pant gets hold of Jack Leach again, it might be game on
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08/02/2021 20:51:12 0 0
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Except they are not - not at home on a day 5 pitch certainly

Mostly because they bat first a lot and virtually never chase or have a save a game

Australian flat tracks are not the same as this
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08/02/2021 12:01:10 6 15
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England have an upper hand but it could have been even better. I am slightly baffled by their tactics. 3 times in the game now they had a chance to press on India's neck a bit more 1) day 2 when Buttler came out to bat when Eng where 450-5 or something 2) day 3, when India were 6 down, no sight of Jofra or Jimmy 3) day4, I would have sent Buttler early

Root and Kohli not good captains!!
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08/02/2021 12:05:22 4 2
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It's nice that you think you know better than the combined English cricket team and management. If a trifle arrogant and unrealistic.
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08/02/2021 12:09:14 1 3
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Why does it take a combined team and management, and an array of laptops to make a single decision though? That’s the question.
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08/02/2021 11:57:28 8 7
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Anderson & Archer clearly told Root they couldn't bowl more than a couple of overs tonight, hence delayed declaration. Let's hope they feel rested & able to bowl more overs first thing, and again with the 2nd new ball after 80 overs. Those 23 overs with 2nd new ball could well decide match. Also needed more runs/less overs India to bat, to enable Leach/Bess to attack without worry conceding runs.
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08/02/2021 12:05:25 8 3
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So to keep them fresh and rested we send them out to bat. Absolute waste of time and a weak argument since they spent most of the first 2 days resting in the pavilion watching Root.
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08/02/2021 11:57:37 2 7
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It would have been such a different match if Stoke had knocked up a quick 60 ...
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08/02/2021 12:05:32 6 1
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Same if Root had got a duck and Kohli and triple century.....what exactly is your point?
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08/02/2021 11:46:50 5 6
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this is not over...thanks to Root for dillydallying and also thanks to Root for boosting the bowler's confidence for the next match.
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08/02/2021 12:05:42 2 2
bbc
Thanks Root for 258 runs, a brilliant catch and trusting our spinners. England win this easily tomorrow, they’ve simply played the Indian game against them. Bat big first innings, roll the opposition out then push the game into the final day and let the spinners mop up the wickets on a dying pitch. Simple.
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08/02/2021 13:20:33 2 0
bbc
yes batting for a day is a novelty for you i get that
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AJC
08/02/2021 12:01:29 28 20
bbc
I don't know about anyone else but I'm enjoying the informal but factual cricket chat by the C4 commentators.
When you think about the inane waffle between the 'lads club' on Sky that seems concentrate more on old boys banter, it makes the game more enjoyable.
However, Shane Warne as an exception can be insightful and entertaining.
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08/02/2021 12:05:47 11 2
bbc
Agreed
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mj
08/02/2021 12:06:02 63 2
bbc
The match is well poised and any result is still possible. Another 50 runs in the same time would have put the match beyond India. It's a good game and enjoyable to watch . Thanks to Channel 4 for putting it on terrestial TV. I wonder how many people know who controls C4.
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08/02/2021 12:09:23 10 3
bbc
Our very own state owned broadcaster are they not ?
86
08/02/2021 12:15:13 4 2
bbc
That would ultimately be the tax payer
273
08/02/2021 13:19:04 3 2
bbc
I'd like to know why BCCI were happy to sell the rights to C4 for £2m when they wanted £20m from Sky.
374
08/02/2021 14:13:16 5 0
bbc
You think India can get 381 runs in a day? when none of the other 4 days have seen more than 300?

I can't see that happening.
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rpb
08/02/2021 21:15:42 0 0
bbc
Well poised. Only once have any knowledge of a test team scoring 370 on the last day. To score over 4 an over on the 5th day would be remarkable and involve taking risks. They would have to score a lot faster than in the 1st innings. Very unlikely
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08/02/2021 22:42:42 0 0
bbc
Any result is possible? India to score the best part of 400 runs in 90 overs on a turning pitch with uneven bounce where 15 wickets fell on day 4? Reasoned analysis or shooting from the hip?
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08/02/2021 11:53:23 12 8
bbc
420 to win on that minefield of a pitch? Not even the Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge WI side of the 80s could do it.

Could be a draw but England will probably win quite easily.
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08/02/2021 12:06:12 11 2
bbc
That is far from a minefield.
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08/02/2021 11:52:28 22 11
bbc
England set up for a win with 9 to get tomorrow. Sensible declaration decision. If England can’t knock them over in that time , setting a lower target and giving India more time to get it would have been daft
54
08/02/2021 12:06:22 30 5
bbc
Except they didn't declare, they were bowled out.
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08/02/2021 12:11:37 11 2
bbc
The decision was to bat on and not declare ! Which I think was sensible .
55
08/02/2021 12:07:34 7 4
bbc
It doesn't get better than this.
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08/02/2021 12:07:37 265 6
bbc
Brilliant cricket again ...Channel 4 serving up a proper feast of a Test match .....

i know it's really both teams playing in such a good sporting manner ..even India's slowing up of the game wasn't overdone where players started to get wound up ... Kholi had it just right ...

having said all of that without Channel 4 spending some money all of this would of gone unseen by so many ...bravo CH4
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08/02/2021 12:43:33 12 23
bbc
I'm starting to think the no-balls were a deliberate ploy to slow the game!
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08/02/2021 12:55:58 19 2
bbc
Hear, hear Swanny

Thank you Ch4, compelling contest, thank you for offering the full form of one of he best challenges in the world. My old dad (born 1902) would definitely be smiling down from on high if I believed in such things...he was blind and we used to listen to Test Matches on the radio into the small hours -
He would have said, good contest - may the best team win...
More adverts than the superbowl! I don't need to see Rylan trying flog used cars to a mixed race couple after every over.
Sky > C4
Removed
331
08/02/2021 13:42:22 7 0
bbc
Couldn't agree more about coverage - its been superb with excellent analysis from people who have actually played at this level.
516
08/02/2021 16:51:56 5 15
bbc
"Unseen by so many"... Test cricket has been available to view on Sky for years. Those who didn't watch any of it chose not to.
703
08/02/2021 20:34:45 0 0
bbc
I’ve just paid for sky sports
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ISD
09/02/2021 05:49:19 1 0
bbc
Elated to see India on the ropes, about time these overpaid arrogant cricketers faced defeat. #farmersprotest
57
08/02/2021 12:07:49 6 26
bbc
What a woefully inept captain Root is. Fearful and timid. Stick to the batting mate. Let someone with imagination and enterprise skipper the team.
81
08/02/2021 12:14:20 7 3
bbc
Yes . Hardly wins a test match ! Stick to colouring in books
112
08/02/2021 12:21:46 2 3
bbc
Please contact the ECB.

I'm sure they'll fly you out to India to take over.

#it'seasyfromthearmchair
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08/02/2021 12:23:16 1 2
bbc
Really ! How many England caps do you have to be so knowledgable . I dare say you would criticise Root whatever happens .
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08/02/2021 12:07:59 20 2
bbc
An intriguing day awaits tomorrow, only time will tell whether root declared to late or if Kohli and co have the mindset to go and chase these runs. Either way the real winner is Test cricket and another great day of cricket!
402
08/02/2021 15:16:30 6 0
bbc
it wasn't a declaration though right? England were bowled out.
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jmw
08/02/2021 12:08:21 2 5
bbc
Found commentary unbearably negative towards England on C4 today. It's as though the 'experts' were deliberately ignoring the test series in Australia where India demonstrated amazing resilience and ability to score very quickly in their last two second innings performances.
78
08/02/2021 12:13:41 1 2
bbc
You always tend to get these ' expert ' opinions re declarations. Everyone has their views but its not an exact science, you have to trust the team that's out there playing on that pitch
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08/02/2021 12:17:40 0 2
bbc
On this pitch which is showing a lot of variable bounce, I still think a lead of 380-390 would have been enough. That would have given England what, an extra 10 overs to bowl India out? Could be crucial
26
08/02/2021 11:55:48 2 3
bbc
Has Jadeja been dropped or retired?
60
08/02/2021 12:08:22 1 1
bbc
inj
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08/02/2021 11:57:37 2 7
bbc
It would have been such a different match if Stoke had knocked up a quick 60 ...
61
08/02/2021 12:08:24 0 1
bbc
If wishes were horses beggars would ride....
62
08/02/2021 12:08:25 3 4
bbc
It really is amateur on here, people looking at the required run rate over 90 overs like its an ODI. England have more than enough, If India get more than 250 on that pitch on day 5 it'll be a miracle
76
08/02/2021 12:13:12 2 1
bbc
Funny how test miracles seem to be happening at the moment !
80
08/02/2021 12:14:18 0 2
bbc
I can’t believe run rate is even in the equation. If you’re worried a world record chase is on the cards, and you’re fearful that 400 isn’t enough, you have no business not enforcing the follow on.

The reason not to enforce it, as is today’s trend, is to press home your advantage because you know you can bowl them out. England suggested they were concerned India might chase 400. Ridiculous
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08/02/2021 11:57:28 8 7
bbc
Anderson & Archer clearly told Root they couldn't bowl more than a couple of overs tonight, hence delayed declaration. Let's hope they feel rested & able to bowl more overs first thing, and again with the 2nd new ball after 80 overs. Those 23 overs with 2nd new ball could well decide match. Also needed more runs/less overs India to bat, to enable Leach/Bess to attack without worry conceding runs.
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08/02/2021 12:08:48 0 3
bbc
I think the Root chat with Anderson wasn’t to ask when to declare. It seems in hindsight that he was simply doing the difficult job of telling Jimmy that Leach and Archer were going to take the new ball.
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08/02/2021 12:08:53 3 2
bbc
Slow strangle most definitely should work but was glacial and frustrating to watch after tea. Giving the bowlers some extra rest? Allowing pitch to wear more? Baffling ??
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08/02/2021 12:05:22 4 2
bbc
It's nice that you think you know better than the combined English cricket team and management. If a trifle arrogant and unrealistic.
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08/02/2021 12:09:14 1 3
bbc
Why does it take a combined team and management, and an array of laptops to make a single decision though? That’s the question.
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mj
08/02/2021 12:06:02 63 2
bbc
The match is well poised and any result is still possible. Another 50 runs in the same time would have put the match beyond India. It's a good game and enjoyable to watch . Thanks to Channel 4 for putting it on terrestial TV. I wonder how many people know who controls C4.
66
08/02/2021 12:09:23 10 3
bbc
Our very own state owned broadcaster are they not ?
67
08/02/2021 12:09:50 4 4
bbc
I guess England will rue the opportunity to dominate. The last session session specifically when they should taken complete control of the game. Instead they showed they are afraid of india. Kohli feeds on these fears.
Still you would have to back England at this stage
68
08/02/2021 12:09:56 4 5
bbc
What worries me is we played Ashwin back into some form. I also can’t see India giving us another low and slow wicket.
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08/02/2021 12:10:50 162 16
bbc
One observation is that , the free to air coverage on C4 has been excellent. Commentary team is knowledgeable and insighful and the whole stripped back, simpler studio coverage, once you get used to it, is actually better
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08/02/2021 12:29:44 58 122
bbc
Couldn’t disagree more, nick knight is woeful as a commentator and pundit and the stripped back studio coverage is not better. Atherton and Hussain are probably the best commentators and pundits in cricket
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08/02/2021 13:38:56 18 1
bbc
I agree, but judging by some of the responses, you can't give some people a free gift without them complaining. To those who say you need a TV license to watch C4, that's not true. You can stream All4 and watch it on tablet, smartphone or pc. What's to moan about? Watching test match cricket in bed on your tablet on Sunday morning? Are you missing a servant with a big fan?
420
08/02/2021 15:25:55 1 3
bbc
its not free to air still got pay the licence fee
430
08/02/2021 15:30:28 2 0
bbc
I totally agree. Being able to watch the cricket is the only thing that's important to me. I like the straightforward knowledgeable chat from Cook and I can certainly live without the chirpy nonsense and gimmicky graphics of Sky.
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08/02/2021 19:29:13 3 2
bbc
Rishi Persad is probably the worst sports broadcaster I've ever seen. Other than him I've really enjoyed the coverage though, and to be honest I'll happily put up with him if it means live Test cricket on terrestrial TV.
696
08/02/2021 20:24:10 0 1
bbc
Agree with others here the commentary and the studio are the negative bits (from someone with Sky Sports for all of the £240 per year it costs me) but can live with that. The commentary certainly aren't up there with Sky/TMS. The studio bits have got better as they go on (Thu they just looked awkward), especially getting Hughes and Monty in. I just hope new people are watching!!
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08/02/2021 12:10:56 7 4
bbc
Some quite strange comments over these past days. At the end of day 2, the most likely result was a draw. At the end of day 3, that was even more likely. England could not enforce the follow on as the bowlers were too tired. Second innings, a declaration, as some were calling for, would have gifted the match to India. There has been no point in this match where an England win was favourite. Yet.
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08/02/2021 12:14:30 2 2
bbc
Great observation. There are always strange comments on HYS - it's all part of the entertainment!
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08/02/2021 12:17:46 1 3
bbc
Funny how our bowlers weren’t too tired for decades when the follow on was always enforced historically. And in those days they weren’t employed full time by England with gym equipment, nutrition regimes, full time training etc.
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08/02/2021 12:11:29 4 10
bbc
India has the edge. They just need two batsmen to click and the job is done. The pitch is not unplayable if you attack the spinners. Pant is the key for India. I feel India might pull this off, they have the batsmen and the mindset and of course the home advantage.
75
08/02/2021 12:13:12 1 1
bbc
Best get on to a betting site then - some great odds on them
82
08/02/2021 12:14:29 1 1
bbc
Pants on fire
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08/02/2021 12:16:34 5 1
bbc
India do not' have the edge'. It would be a miraculous run chase. England are clear favourites with 420 on the board and a wearing, 5th day pitch, the draw is possible if the new ball doesn't deliver wickets early tomorrow and an Indian win is a long shot, not impossible but very unlikely. My prediction is that India wont get 250, rest of the series will be fascinating
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08/02/2021 12:06:22 30 5
bbc
Except they didn't declare, they were bowled out.
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08/02/2021 12:11:37 11 2
bbc
The decision was to bat on and not declare ! Which I think was sensible .
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08/02/2021 12:43:41 6 3
bbc
I'd say not, with the benefit of hindsight they should have declared when Buttler fell, they only added 13 in 5 overs. Those extra overs bowling this evening could have proved invaluable but we'll see tomorrow when the fat lady has sung.
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08/02/2021 12:11:49 5 9
bbc
I'm a neutral, but this PROVES THAT ENGLAND ARE THE BEST TEST TEAM in the world at the moment. In the process of thrashing India on their home turf on specially prepared pitches!! Amazing! Well Done Lads!!!!
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jmw
08/02/2021 12:18:17 2 2
bbc
No, you're not neutral. You seem to be some kind of WUM who is looking to annoy both England and India cricket fans. Why don't you do something a bit more constructive perhaps with your time?
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08/02/2021 12:32:07 0 1
bbc
Neutral really... pull the other one Si
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08/02/2021 12:12:22 8 6
bbc
Don’t understand why Archer wasn’t bowling flat out when he was only expected to bowl 3 or 4 overs. Even Jimmy who is approaching 39 years of age bowled quicker than Archer.
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08/02/2021 12:19:37 2 2
bbc
It can be a lot about rhythm. I'm starting to think he can't be holding himself back all the time, and that he just can't bowl fast very often.
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08/02/2021 12:11:29 4 10
bbc
India has the edge. They just need two batsmen to click and the job is done. The pitch is not unplayable if you attack the spinners. Pant is the key for India. I feel India might pull this off, they have the batsmen and the mindset and of course the home advantage.
75
08/02/2021 12:13:12 1 1
bbc
Best get on to a betting site then - some great odds on them
62
08/02/2021 12:08:25 3 4
bbc
It really is amateur on here, people looking at the required run rate over 90 overs like its an ODI. England have more than enough, If India get more than 250 on that pitch on day 5 it'll be a miracle
76
08/02/2021 12:13:12 2 1
bbc
Funny how test miracles seem to be happening at the moment !
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PJB
08/02/2021 12:13:37 3 6
bbc
Think England have unnecessarily left themselves with a lot to do; over cautious approach to batting late in the first innings when we could have pressed home clear advantage. Even Buttler was fairly conservative so must have been following instructions from Root / Silverwood.

We should still win, but neither is it beyond India,

At least we should be in for entertainment on last day.
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jmw
08/02/2021 12:08:21 2 5
bbc
Found commentary unbearably negative towards England on C4 today. It's as though the 'experts' were deliberately ignoring the test series in Australia where India demonstrated amazing resilience and ability to score very quickly in their last two second innings performances.
78
08/02/2021 12:13:41 1 2
bbc
You always tend to get these ' expert ' opinions re declarations. Everyone has their views but its not an exact science, you have to trust the team that's out there playing on that pitch
109
08/02/2021 12:20:39 0 1
bbc
And the captain with 100 tests under his belt .
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08/02/2021 12:13:57 2 8
bbc
This ain't rugby so England might win...................
62
08/02/2021 12:08:25 3 4
bbc
It really is amateur on here, people looking at the required run rate over 90 overs like its an ODI. England have more than enough, If India get more than 250 on that pitch on day 5 it'll be a miracle
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08/02/2021 12:14:18 0 2
bbc
I can’t believe run rate is even in the equation. If you’re worried a world record chase is on the cards, and you’re fearful that 400 isn’t enough, you have no business not enforcing the follow on.

The reason not to enforce it, as is today’s trend, is to press home your advantage because you know you can bowl them out. England suggested they were concerned India might chase 400. Ridiculous
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08/02/2021 12:07:49 6 26
bbc
What a woefully inept captain Root is. Fearful and timid. Stick to the batting mate. Let someone with imagination and enterprise skipper the team.
81
08/02/2021 12:14:20 7 3
bbc
Yes . Hardly wins a test match ! Stick to colouring in books
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08/02/2021 12:18:44 1 5
bbc
And I’m sure he’ll win this one. Which means his poor tactics will be overlooked or vindicated.
71
08/02/2021 12:11:29 4 10
bbc
India has the edge. They just need two batsmen to click and the job is done. The pitch is not unplayable if you attack the spinners. Pant is the key for India. I feel India might pull this off, they have the batsmen and the mindset and of course the home advantage.
82
08/02/2021 12:14:29 1 1
bbc
Pants on fire
70
08/02/2021 12:10:56 7 4
bbc
Some quite strange comments over these past days. At the end of day 2, the most likely result was a draw. At the end of day 3, that was even more likely. England could not enforce the follow on as the bowlers were too tired. Second innings, a declaration, as some were calling for, would have gifted the match to India. There has been no point in this match where an England win was favourite. Yet.
83
08/02/2021 12:14:30 2 2
bbc
Great observation. There are always strange comments on HYS - it's all part of the entertainment!
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mj
08/02/2021 12:15:01 9 6
bbc
Personally I am not convinced Archer brings any more to the team than Woakes would. Woakes is a more accurate bowler who does more with the ball, can bat, and is a far superior fielder. With Buttler on his way home soon, Foakes is likely to play, so I would play Woakes. Why Jos travelled for just one match baffles me.
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08/02/2021 12:17:59 9 2
bbc
Given that Archer bowls at a similar pace to Woakes and is only fast very occasionally, he shouldn't be treated as a fast bowler or selected as such, and it then becomes very easy to pick Woakes ahead of him.
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08/02/2021 12:50:22 2 1
bbc
Archer is picked as the media fawn about him constantly, despite his bowling average being 31 (against Woakes 29). Woakes also has the better strike rate. Pace is great, for sure, but cricket is about taking wickets, not just bowling quick. You can say the same about Wood (average 33). As I have said, Woakes is treated differently to other players in the squad. His rotation never comes round.
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08/02/2021 13:31:51 1 1
bbc
Sorry, I disagree. Woakes is a tidy swing bowler, he can't wind up to 95mph. Agreed Archer only bowls fast sometimes, but those impactful spells are usually worth him being in the team. India and SL have shown for years how limited a team is with only medium-fast bowlers.
522
08/02/2021 16:53:58 0 0
bbc
Just saying
- woakes averages away from home are very different
- jos travelled all the way to play SL and traveled a few miles for one match and then he will have a well deserved rest before a WC and an ashes series in Australia
85
08/02/2021 12:15:09 1 2
bbc
At would have preferred them to have gone on a onslaught to gain extra runs but the wicket now playing up India will have to bat well tomorrow.... which they have potential to do well
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mj
08/02/2021 12:06:02 63 2
bbc
The match is well poised and any result is still possible. Another 50 runs in the same time would have put the match beyond India. It's a good game and enjoyable to watch . Thanks to Channel 4 for putting it on terrestial TV. I wonder how many people know who controls C4.
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08/02/2021 12:15:13 4 2
bbc
That would ultimately be the tax payer
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mj
08/02/2021 12:25:29 11 2
bbc
No public funding is involved. They have to break even on their commercial avtivities.
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08/02/2021 12:15:20 3 8
bbc
England batting back to normal then. Too slow to take full advantage.
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08/02/2021 12:01:10 6 15
bbc
England have an upper hand but it could have been even better. I am slightly baffled by their tactics. 3 times in the game now they had a chance to press on India's neck a bit more 1) day 2 when Buttler came out to bat when Eng where 450-5 or something 2) day 3, when India were 6 down, no sight of Jofra or Jimmy 3) day4, I would have sent Buttler early

Root and Kohli not good captains!!
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jmw
08/02/2021 12:15:25 4 1
bbc
Here's an explanation. A lead of over 420 and just over 100 overs to get 10 wickets. 9 times out of 10 that's more than enough and the odd occasion it isn't, you get the draw. What would you have preferred - a high risk dash that might have left India needing considerably less than 400 in 120 overs? The same India that scored so heavily in their final day innings in their last two tests?
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08/02/2021 15:45:54 0 0
bbc
What if India finish tomorrow on 300-9? In my mind that's what the talk about the declaration is mainly concerned with. In this scenario an extra half hour wouldn't lead to an India win, but it would increase England's chances of a win
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08/02/2021 11:52:28 22 11
bbc
England set up for a win with 9 to get tomorrow. Sensible declaration decision. If England can’t knock them over in that time , setting a lower target and giving India more time to get it would have been daft
89
08/02/2021 12:15:29 4 9
bbc
Nonsense. If you don think you can defend a world record score, enforce the follow on.
121
08/02/2021 12:25:41 9 2
bbc
You should e Mail the ECB and offer up your coaching services as the England coaching team and senior players are obviously clueless . You’re nit even have at the ground and you know better !
90
08/02/2021 12:15:37 1 4
bbc
I think we got caught in two mindset because of how the India top batsmen targeted Leach , I hope it doesn't come back to bite them having posted a big score in the first innings I very much doubt India would have batted that long .
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08/02/2021 12:51:12 0 1
bbc
I hope they DO try to take him on. That’s what we want! People miss these delicate balances these days.
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tc
08/02/2021 12:15:46 0 4
bbc
England have absolutely battered India in their own conditions and have shown why England are the greatest ever, everyone else should stop playing the game when England can go away from Home, hammer sri lanka who are world class and then hammer India...
141
08/02/2021 12:32:45 0 2
bbc
Yeaaahhh!
3
08/02/2021 11:46:52 3 10
bbc
Draw written all over it from the end of day 2. England's bowlers not good enough to get 10 wickets in 3 sessions without some amazing luck.
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08/02/2021 12:16:07 6 1
bbc
what about 9 wickets in 3 sessions though?!
93
08/02/2021 12:16:08 3 3
bbc
This article is clearly questioning England’s tactics - unfortunately the writer knows nothing about cricket. If India were give 140 overs to make a total they could easily. England had to try and bat them out of the game firsr
142
08/02/2021 12:32:59 1 2
bbc
By blocking?
71
08/02/2021 12:11:29 4 10
bbc
India has the edge. They just need two batsmen to click and the job is done. The pitch is not unplayable if you attack the spinners. Pant is the key for India. I feel India might pull this off, they have the batsmen and the mindset and of course the home advantage.
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08/02/2021 12:16:34 5 1
bbc
India do not' have the edge'. It would be a miraculous run chase. England are clear favourites with 420 on the board and a wearing, 5th day pitch, the draw is possible if the new ball doesn't deliver wickets early tomorrow and an Indian win is a long shot, not impossible but very unlikely. My prediction is that India wont get 250, rest of the series will be fascinating
95
08/02/2021 12:16:49 6 3
bbc
Without a doubt England should have declared and given themselves longer to take 10 wickets. I really think Bess and Buttler could have scored more quickly. I just hope I'm wrong and England manage to skittle out the Indians tomorrow.
102
08/02/2021 12:18:33 2 1
bbc
And longer for India to get a lower target which they are very capable of doing
231
08/02/2021 13:00:01 2 1
bbc
I knew that the Buttler bashers were lurking in the shadows somewhere.
23
08/02/2021 11:53:23 12 8
bbc
420 to win on that minefield of a pitch? Not even the Viv Richards and Gordon Greenidge WI side of the 80s could do it.

Could be a draw but England will probably win quite easily.
96
08/02/2021 12:17:12 2 1
bbc
Not such a bad pitch but hopefully will rough up a bit more tomorrow as play goes on .
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jmw
08/02/2021 12:08:21 2 5
bbc
Found commentary unbearably negative towards England on C4 today. It's as though the 'experts' were deliberately ignoring the test series in Australia where India demonstrated amazing resilience and ability to score very quickly in their last two second innings performances.
97
08/02/2021 12:17:40 0 2
bbc
On this pitch which is showing a lot of variable bounce, I still think a lead of 380-390 would have been enough. That would have given England what, an extra 10 overs to bowl India out? Could be crucial
70
08/02/2021 12:10:56 7 4
bbc
Some quite strange comments over these past days. At the end of day 2, the most likely result was a draw. At the end of day 3, that was even more likely. England could not enforce the follow on as the bowlers were too tired. Second innings, a declaration, as some were calling for, would have gifted the match to India. There has been no point in this match where an England win was favourite. Yet.
98
08/02/2021 12:17:46 1 3
bbc
Funny how our bowlers weren’t too tired for decades when the follow on was always enforced historically. And in those days they weren’t employed full time by England with gym equipment, nutrition regimes, full time training etc.
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08/02/2021 12:47:29 1 1
bbc
And the chance of someone still bowling as well as Anderson (and at that pace) at the age of 38 would not happen.

At the age of 33 the likes of Trueman were pretty much shot.
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mj
08/02/2021 12:15:01 9 6
bbc
Personally I am not convinced Archer brings any more to the team than Woakes would. Woakes is a more accurate bowler who does more with the ball, can bat, and is a far superior fielder. With Buttler on his way home soon, Foakes is likely to play, so I would play Woakes. Why Jos travelled for just one match baffles me.
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08/02/2021 12:17:59 9 2
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Given that Archer bowls at a similar pace to Woakes and is only fast very occasionally, he shouldn't be treated as a fast bowler or selected as such, and it then becomes very easy to pick Woakes ahead of him.
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08/02/2021 12:18:01 3 1
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To Rugby is my game ‘Has Jadeja been dropped or retired?’
He’s injured and out of the first two tests

To Overhyped ‘England should have declared earlier....highest successful run chase at this ground was 160!’
No it isn’t. It’s 387-4 India beating England in 2008