Anderson inspires England to famous win
09/02/2021 | sport | cricket | 1,621
James Anderson inspires England to a famous 227-run victory against India on the final day of the first Test in Chennai.
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09/02/2021 08:46:53 300 2
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England have had bigger wins but this must rank amongst the most comprehensive away wins. Good batting, good fielding and taking 20 wickets in 155 overs, excellent bowling
Thank you to C4 for bringing it to a wider audience
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09/02/2021 08:52:56 77 3
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You need to take 20 wickets to win a test and England 3 from 3 this year.
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09/02/2021 08:59:09 2 46
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The win doesn't make up for the terrible C4 coverage. We want Nass, Athers and Bumble!
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09/02/2021 09:01:12 33 1
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Coverage via C4 was fine, despite what some have said. I wish they had a highlights programme at 7pm though, one not buried amongst their subsidiary internet channels. Surely not too much to ask?
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09/02/2021 10:56:39 5 1
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There have been some very good tests recently, a great advert for the best format and pinnacle of the game. You can't beat the ebb and flow, the drama, of a hard and closely fought test.
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09/02/2021 13:52:44 0 2
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A wider audience maybe but people who work couldn't watch it and there are no daily highlights. Very disappointing.
Jon
09/02/2021 14:14:04 1 0
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An excellent win, one our best away from home in recent decades, but I'd argue the three innings victories against a good Australian side in 2010/11 were an even better achievement.

Anderson might be the person to ask - he starred in that series as well.
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09/02/2021 08:47:15 31 4
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Hi Vikram.....
Your team wins but you're looking for old vik...its called ''rent free'' in your head sahib. Can i remind you 3 tests to go. Removed
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09/02/2021 08:47:35 7 1
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Outstanding performance over 5 days , once they got a grip on the game they never let go. Top stuff , Greta team performance.
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09/02/2021 08:50:20 5 1
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GREAT team performance !
Greta? I know she moans a lot but what's she got to do with it? Removed
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09/02/2021 08:47:39 4 1
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well done England!! woohoo
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09/02/2021 08:48:29 47 4
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Well done England.... an excellent victory.

I must confess when they batted on and on and on at a snail's pace after tea yesterday, I thought they had batted too long.... So well done England...
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09/02/2021 08:59:13 28 1
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Quite. I had thought getting much more than 150 on that pitch would be too challenging for England but expected the Indians to cope with it much better than they did.

With some top reverse-swing the pitch doesn't matter much though, plus Jack Leach seemed to settle in too and it looked like he bowled well to work batsmen out.
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ET
09/02/2021 10:06:19 1 1
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Most of us didn’t though. The tactics, clearly explained for those unfortunates by SAC, were obvious as they usually are on Day 4.
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09/02/2021 12:59:40 0 0
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I'm not implying you were one of them, but the live text feed is pretty tedious when it's full of hysterical shrieking about declarations and then contrition when we win anyway (as we often do). It'll be exactly the same next time.
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09/02/2021 08:48:35 4 12
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England will now smash aussies in The Ashes later in the year. England are the best cricket team in all 3 formats. ODIs T/Twenty and Test cricket. England will dominate all 3 formats for a long time now. They are also World Champions after smashing the aussies just like every other sport. Why are England so good at all sport because they seem to win everything
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09/02/2021 08:54:34 2 1
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a long way to go before we say that, we need to batter the Indians to get to the finals for test teams. That would be a tremendous feat in itself.
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09/02/2021 09:01:48 4 1
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Megalomania is for tyrants. No thank you , England team has a good attitude please learn from it!
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09/02/2021 09:42:43 1 2
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Scottish rugby fans have news for you...
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Sam
09/02/2021 11:05:23 0 1
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Really!
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Sam
09/02/2021 11:05:56 0 1
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One wouldn't want to mention either rugby or football on a cricket HYS surely.
09/02/2021 18:59:18 0 0
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Have a look at the rugby result
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09/02/2021 08:49:16 172 7
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Suck it up armchair critics the captain and coach know what they are doing. Superb team performance
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09/02/2021 08:59:34 30 18
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Well done Root. Always knew he would lead us to victory.
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09/02/2021 10:47:29 3 1
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Yes, during the Sri Lanka 2nd test, the nay-sayers were predicting and England loss, followed by humiliation in India. Now, we all know the matches can go either way, but they never gave England a chance.
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09/02/2021 12:51:30 2 0
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We get our kicks with Root 66
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09/02/2021 08:49:19 2 3
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Great performance, now can we repeat it?
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09/02/2021 11:20:26 0 3
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maybe, but what sht pitch going to like and can rooty keep winning tosses . . .. Sat morn awaits - although we've got Straussy to get through "Well . . . look. . . "
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09/02/2021 08:49:28 147 5
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One of the greatest away performances by an England team against the worlds #1 team. It doesn’t get any better than that. So many positives and that over from Jimmy was just unbelievable. India will come back hard in the series so whilst we can enjoy for a few days, it will be back to it with a vengeance on Friday. Well done England, you’ve made us very proud.
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09/02/2021 08:53:16 95 9
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And if you are in America world does mean other countries!
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09/02/2021 09:44:32 11 4
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We were playing India not the World number one team which is currently New Zealand.
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09/02/2021 10:41:04 7 1
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Dear Mr Root, please keep guessing the toss correctly
09/02/2021 17:25:13 0 0
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NZ are no. 1
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09/02/2021 08:47:35 7 1
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Outstanding performance over 5 days , once they got a grip on the game they never let go. Top stuff , Greta team performance.
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09/02/2021 08:50:20 5 1
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GREAT team performance !
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09/02/2021 08:55:22 3 1
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I would think even Greta would be pleased by it, and she never seems happy.
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09/02/2021 08:56:23 1 1
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Yeah - what's she got to do with cricket?
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09/02/2021 08:50:40 68 2
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One of the worst decisions...I set an early alarm and intended to get up to watch the first session. The alarm went off, I re-set it and got up to find Anderson had weaved his magic and bowled a Flintoff-esque over. That will teach me. Anyway, it’s made a February Tuesday much sweeter!
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09/02/2021 08:58:18 5 80
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Don't worry you won't rue this a lot when the series ends 3-1
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09/02/2021 09:01:56 4 1
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Hearing the wickets crash as the ball hit the stumps was wonderful in real time waiting anxiously on the lads bowling.

Watch the highlights and you be a happy chappy.

Yes it is a chilly start.
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09/02/2021 09:13:47 6 1
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ouch - did same
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09/02/2021 08:50:43 64 2
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Three words:

Jimmy!

Rooooot!

Brilliant

Great all round team performance equals comprehensive victory.

Great effort with all the team making contributions.

Really good to see Root back to best form as batsman and captain.
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09/02/2021 12:47:02 7 0
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We get our kicks with Root 66
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09/02/2021 08:51:03 13 9
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Well done England, the BBC will be gutted!
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09/02/2021 08:55:24 10 1
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Sky and BT Sport too. Great effort C4 THANK YOU!!
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09/02/2021 09:01:09 4 5
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They spend as much money paying to have folk chatting in studios about their breakfast, as they would have spent buying the rights for this. Pathetic from the Beeb.
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09/02/2021 08:51:13 15 1
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Joe Root set up the win but team effort in the execution. Can’t wait for the next test.
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tc
09/02/2021 08:51:30 2 9
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told you india were not very good regardless of being at home, england will win the series 4 0
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09/02/2021 08:51:42 615 8
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Terrific win and a superb decision by C4 to televise it.

In these dark times, thank you.
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09/02/2021 08:59:35 175 145
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BBC cricket social is an embarrassment.
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09/02/2021 09:25:56 35 8
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It wasn't C4 that made the decision it was STAR TV in India that agreed to share the broadcast with C4 and not any other channel. C4 just put the bid in, as did SKY, Disney+, Amazon, C5 and BT.
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09/02/2021 09:26:55 18 1
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England do an India on India! ;)
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09/02/2021 09:52:30 31 1
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I remember way back (60's / early70's?) my older brother would have the cricket on the TV (BBC back then) but turn the sound down and listen to the BBC Radio commentary instead.
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09/02/2021 11:42:16 1 1
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Here here
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BGD
09/02/2021 08:51:46 62 2
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Great performance from England. Jimmy proving once again what a magnificent seam bowler he is.

Love test cricket.
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09/02/2021 09:29:49 13 21
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Yes he did but remember it was the two spinners that took 12 of the 22 wickets with the three quick's taking 9
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09/02/2021 08:51:53 4 18
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Great performance throughout by Jimmy. Contrast that with Archer. In second innings he only dismissed a no-hoper. Jofra is a decent cricketer, but if you're going to pick him, stick to white ball cricket. Compared to Broad & Anderson, and other fast bowlers, Jofra isn't up to the required test standard. He's also meant to bat a bit. Well Archer's contribution with a bat has been abysmal. Drop him.
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09/02/2021 09:01:01 14 2
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so in the first Innings, Archer takes out batsmen 1 & 2 and Jimmy takes out the 2 tailenders but because Jimmy does the opposite in the 2nd we should drop Archer? The lad needs to learn to bowl on the sub continent. Some people.
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09/02/2021 08:51:56 240 2
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Roots explanation on the declaration made perfect sense. They wanted to take an Indian victory off the table, enabling them to set attacking fields and not worry about run rate. They also knew from being out in the middle, how much the wicket was deteriorating and were confident they had more than enough runs and time
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09/02/2021 09:14:55 120 1
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Some of us knew all that yesterday - there were far too many people on here whinging about it. It was perfectly obvious what Root was trying to do (and succeeded)
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09/02/2021 09:17:38 9 1
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Well said that man ??
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09/02/2021 09:21:08 17 1
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I think it was apparent from the ball that skidded on day 4 and got Lawrence out that a draw was off the cards. Look at Kohli’s dismissal -one of the the best batsmen of all time and well set. When the ball skids you don’t have a chance. The best approach is to attack -as Root did -and score as many as possible before the skidder comes
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09/02/2021 09:25:04 26 1
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Root knows his players well, he read the pitch well, and he read the Indian team well. Good captaincy. Hardly negative to find a way to get a thumping win, in India, with half a day to spare...
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09/02/2021 09:47:13 16 1
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It was also about getting 2 sessions out of the new ball and not allowing the Indian team to play themselves in with a 25 over one in the morning.

Excellent tactics.
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09/02/2021 10:40:48 8 1
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Totally agree - I said yesterday that India would still be dangerous, and not to be underestimated; fortunately, Joe Root knew that. This performance reminds me very much of the great collective team work done by David Gower's side back in 1984/85, when they were also heavy underdogs, coming in off the back of a five-nil thrashing by the West Indies.
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09/02/2021 08:52:00 3 16
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very well played england..the diddy games in the build up won it for you..the rigours of winning in oz left us with a hangover but we will be back for you soon
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09/02/2021 08:54:45 8 2
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Hahahaha want custard with that humble pie:-)
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09/02/2021 08:57:28 3 1
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or we are just better than the Aussies at the moment? I'd say India and NZ are the top 2 but we are coming for you ( I hope)
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09/02/2021 08:59:06 4 1
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diddy games? no wonder you lost. have some respect for others, if not for yourself.
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09/02/2021 09:04:19 3 2
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So it was Eng playing Sri Lanka first that won it for Eng but playing Aus lost it for India?

Right....
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09/02/2021 09:57:56 1 1
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True, the importance of 'warm-up' games before the big one is key. Forgotten under Bayliss.
09/02/2021 14:29:00 0 0
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Thanks (as ever) for your compliments Vikram - & you are a true fan supporting your team as well - enjoy the banter -
& your correct, India will be back
ps England are going to win another one, maybe more & a draw or 2 is poss
- but I'm an England fan and would say that wouldn't I
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09/02/2021 08:52:34 2 4
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Two days and two GOATs. First we had Tom Brady and now Jimmy Anderson. Awesome!
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09/02/2021 11:42:09 1 1
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you can keep your american version.i will stick with england thanks.
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09/02/2021 08:52:41 3 2
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Hats off to them, I thought we batted for too long, but they did the job superbly. Well done England, a great win against a team supposed to be much better than us according to many.
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09/02/2021 08:52:41 4 1
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Well played England and particularly Root and Anderson. Good team performance tho Bess massively under performed in the second innings. An offy going for six an over on the sub continent isn't very inspiring. He needs to learn from Ashwin while he's got the opportunity.
10/02/2021 13:33:59 0 0
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Inconsistency is his problem. In Test terms he's v young. His one wicket was an absolute beauty. He and Leach got identical figures. 4 for 76.
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09/02/2021 08:52:44 63 7
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So for all those who said Anderson was a bad selection.....never question having the greatest fast bowler of all time in the squad.
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09/02/2021 09:00:45 37 50
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He is great. However not the greatest fast bowler of all time.
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09/02/2021 09:00:53 7 7
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Form temp - class permanent, & Mr (soon to be 'sir') Anderson is all class
It's the accuracy and persistancy that is phenominal - 2 more years? three more years?? FOUR more years??? - watch this space - Well done, 'sir' Jimmy

ps the trains in Barnsley have stopped to let the Barnsley express come through
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09/02/2021 09:07:54 5 9
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Wow, the greatest fast bowler of all time? Thought I'd seen those way back in the past but I guess in modern times everyone gets given the new greatest ever tag ????? it's probably only the greatest Ali ?? that's survived with his title intact
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09/02/2021 10:09:22 7 2
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Anderson is without doubt a great fast bowler. His greatest feat is his continued ability to bowl at the highest level for as long as he has. England will probably rotate him with Broad for the next test as they need to keep both of them fit and able to play whilst the youngsters learn their trade.
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09/02/2021 10:49:37 2 2
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Jimmy has become the ultimate master craftsman; but two things: firstly, he's a swing-and-seam bowler, not a fast bowler; and secondly, the greatest of all time? Don't forget that England have an awe-inspiring heritage of great swing-and-seam seam bowlers. Alec Bedser's figures would have been off the scale if he'd have played the same number of tests in this era as Jimmy...
09/02/2021 16:02:18 1 0
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Jimmy is a superb bowler but to say the greatest fast bowler of all time is way off the mark. This sort of comment is usually suggested by people who have been watching cricket since about 2000. Of fast bowlers who have taken over 250 test wickets Jimmy's average is 17th on the list. Look at the list - IMO Lillee, McGrath, Marshall, Ambrose, Hadlee were all just a bit better than Jimmy.
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09/02/2021 08:46:53 300 2
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England have had bigger wins but this must rank amongst the most comprehensive away wins. Good batting, good fielding and taking 20 wickets in 155 overs, excellent bowling
Thank you to C4 for bringing it to a wider audience
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09/02/2021 08:52:56 77 3
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You need to take 20 wickets to win a test and England 3 from 3 this year.
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09/02/2021 10:17:12 4 3
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Err, no you don't. Also, the point was taking 20 in 155 overs, which is quick.
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09/02/2021 13:58:08 0 2
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Not necessarily.
09/02/2021 17:04:14 1 0
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And England have also won their last six test matches away from home;3 in South Africa,2 in Sri Lanka and this test.
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09/02/2021 08:52:57 21 2
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Live free-to -air tv coverage is just what we need to re-invigorate cricket in England.
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09/02/2021 09:05:19 8 1
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and some decent summers for people to fall in love with it again.
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09/02/2021 08:53:04 8 1
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Superb from the whole team and very well led by Joe Root, both his batting and captaincy. I can see India fighting back as they are still a very good side but this is a brilliant start from England, roll on tbe next match.
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09/02/2021 08:53:10 7 1
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We can definitely allow ourselves to get excited. Arguably Broad, Crawley and Bairstow playing could have improved the XI from this test, possibly Moeen as well. And all those players will become available over the next three matches.

England have developed a real confidence in their collective ability to take wickets not by blowing teams away, but wearing them down. Wonderful.
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09/02/2021 09:04:43 1 2
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For goodness sake The players you identified could possibly had off days So our performance could have been far worst
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09/02/2021 08:49:28 147 5
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One of the greatest away performances by an England team against the worlds #1 team. It doesn’t get any better than that. So many positives and that over from Jimmy was just unbelievable. India will come back hard in the series so whilst we can enjoy for a few days, it will be back to it with a vengeance on Friday. Well done England, you’ve made us very proud.
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09/02/2021 08:53:16 95 9
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And if you are in America world does mean other countries!
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09/02/2021 09:16:54 3 20
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I assume this is is in reference to the World Series. In which case do some research
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09/02/2021 09:19:05 4 1
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Maybe Canada.
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09/02/2021 10:10:11 2 23
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Not knocking cricket in any way, but for some sports 'world' means more than 'England & certain former colonies'...
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09/02/2021 10:24:03 14 1
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I agree and think others are missing your point. When in the U.S, they have their main sports on TV like Baseball, Basketball and American Football, whenever a side wins, they are talked about as being the "Best in the world" which is quite easy if you are talking about 1 country. If there were World cups for those 3 sports and the U.S won them, then they could come out with "Best in the world".
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09/02/2021 10:57:57 0 4
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Weird comment.
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09/02/2021 11:28:14 0 2
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it may be helpful to remember who the 1st ever international cricket match was between . . (1844) & it wasn't Eng vs India/Aust etc
- ps it wasn't a test match though

pps and wellbefore footbaal
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09/02/2021 11:35:02 1 2
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Quite so Sir, and pass the cucumber sandwiches.
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09/02/2021 11:38:10 0 4
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Indeed Ready, but not that many! Assuming you mean Brady's rather over-excited use of "world" when holding yet another S'bowl trophy, USA never had an Empire, so had no ready-made locations to spread NFL into. Plus it's not as easy to play as our footy when kids, that just needs a bit of space and a ball. As Brady had just set new records for S'bowl wins, & his vast age, it was understandable.
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09/02/2021 11:44:05 0 2
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OR Ready, perhaps the "world" & America means the term "World Series", matches at the end of the Baseball season to decide the overall champ in it? If so, & it's been stated many times, that derives from the original games back in 1902 or 3, when the sport went to a big season finale. Up stepped the (then) Daily WORLD, with a money prize & a trophy (a very early sport sponsor). The name stuck.
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09/02/2021 08:47:15 31 4
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Hi Vikram.....
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Your team wins but you're looking for old vik...its called ''rent free'' in your head sahib. Can i remind you 3 tests to go. Removed
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09/02/2021 09:10:26 7 2
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Sure, but that's a two-way street. That optimism will be very misplaced if India lose those next three matches. Keep in mind that any of Broad, Bairstow and Crawley will improve this England side. Ben Foakes has a century on the sub-continent and is a better keeper than Buttler. Even Moeen Ali with his 180 test wickets might improve the spin options.

India need this XI to improve, England don't.
How about that for colonial oppression. Removed
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09/02/2021 09:26:01 4 1
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Indeed... another opportunity for a great English victory.
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jmw
09/02/2021 08:54:13 4 1
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Excellent team performance, thoroughly deserved the win. Happy to see more of the same.
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09/02/2021 08:54:32 18 1
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Congratulations England on a tremendous win
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09/02/2021 08:48:35 4 12
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England will now smash aussies in The Ashes later in the year. England are the best cricket team in all 3 formats. ODIs T/Twenty and Test cricket. England will dominate all 3 formats for a long time now. They are also World Champions after smashing the aussies just like every other sport. Why are England so good at all sport because they seem to win everything
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09/02/2021 08:54:34 2 1
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a long way to go before we say that, we need to batter the Indians to get to the finals for test teams. That would be a tremendous feat in itself.
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09/02/2021 08:52:00 3 16
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very well played england..the diddy games in the build up won it for you..the rigours of winning in oz left us with a hangover but we will be back for you soon
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09/02/2021 08:54:45 8 2
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Hahahaha want custard with that humble pie:-)
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09/02/2021 08:54:45 5 1
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Fantastic win. The best bit being that, bar Lawrence, contributions from everyone. You can bet the Indians will be riled by such a heavy defeat, so a good first two days in the next Test will be hugely important for England. If we can get at least a draw from that, it'll really put the pressure on India...
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09/02/2021 08:54:54 2 3
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What do we know about declarations, eh? Plenty of time! (It'll be interesting when there isn't plenty of time: does he "go for it" or "make the game 'safe' "?)

A good start to the series. Well played.

Watch out for the India come-back.

And I'd really like to see how this team fares in Karachi, Rawalpindi and Lahore, given Pakistan's recent success.
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09/02/2021 08:55:16 12 2
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And God said.... let there be light. And there was James Anderson.
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09/02/2021 08:55:20 17 2
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Great win by England and also great to see test cricket back on terrestrial TV. Hopefully they can push on and take the series. Root was terrific throughout and glad his decision not to declare early was vindicated. Bring on the Second Test!
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09/02/2021 08:50:20 5 1
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GREAT team performance !
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09/02/2021 08:55:22 3 1
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I would think even Greta would be pleased by it, and she never seems happy.
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09/02/2021 08:51:03 13 9
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Well done England, the BBC will be gutted!
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09/02/2021 08:55:24 10 1
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Sky and BT Sport too. Great effort C4 THANK YOU!!
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09/02/2021 08:55:25 15 3
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Tactics yesterday spot on. Easy for Warne and others to criticise by he played in the greatest team ever. Our spin bowling is inconsistent and so batting on was the right call. Giving his bowlers 100 overs to bowl India out was the right call. Commentators still querying the decision which is disappointing as Root has been proven to be right. I still make India favourites to win the series.
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09/02/2021 09:03:07 3 11
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Root/Silverwood weren't wrong ... but perhaps they simply got away with it this time.
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09/02/2021 09:16:34 4 1
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Who listens to big mouth Warne?
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09/02/2021 08:55:37 526 3
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Well done, Channel 4, for putting Test Cricket back where it belongs.
Just after watching the first highlights I also watched the 2005 Ashes taster. I had forgotten how the nation had been totally gripped by a series. That hasn't happened since test cricket was taken off terrestrial tv.

Please, ECB, it's not all about the money. Rugby bosses take note too! Hiding sport away kills its future.
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09/02/2021 09:04:14 79 214
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What kills sports is the lack of funding in schools and grass root sports and the lack of opportunity for kids to play the game.

A young lad or girl fielding for 50 overs, no bowling and then batting at 9, 10 or 11, that is what turns the kids away, not whether it is on TV.
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09/02/2021 09:11:46 12 2
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well said - agree
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09/02/2021 09:19:38 8 17
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"Rugby bosses take note too! Hiding sport away kills its future." - ITV / Channel 4/5 and the BBC all show ALL the rugby so that's wrong.
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09/02/2021 09:25:15 18 3
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It is all about the money for those grass roots cricketers. As a former junior coach we were massively supported by money trickling down from the Sky deal - TV money is ECB's only source of real income - tell us where else it can get it from to keep the struggling clubs going (at county level) and develop the next generation of players? Magic money tree again?
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09/02/2021 10:15:34 2 2
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Cricket actually belongs on BBC with no advert breaks.
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09/02/2021 10:31:31 3 1
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Yes, if you hide something away, the potential players of tomorrow will not get a chance to see what a great sport cricket is. That's how I discovered it, just turning on the TV after school or during summer holidays and seeing this weird game and wondering what is going on.
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09/02/2021 11:23:45 0 2
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People do realise that before Sky came along no broadcaster was showing live coverage of overseas tests matches don't they?

If you wanted live coverage of England in Australia, India, West Indies it was only available on the radio.

Don't knock Sky for offering something new that every cricket fan wanted (but not all are prepared to pay for)
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09/02/2021 11:29:17 0 2
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The cost of actually attending a test match is putting people off especially in the south despite the sky contracts
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09/02/2021 12:30:52 1 0
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TV money helps keep the sport alive . Kids rugby and cricket is quite strong and growing with ECB and RFU funding help . So yes , it is all about the money unless people want the sport to decline .
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09/02/2021 12:51:07 0 0
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We get our kicks with Root 66
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09/02/2021 12:58:52 0 1
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I love the fact cricket is on terrestrial TV and agree that more sport needs to be on there as well. But let's not forget it was partially down to c4 that cricket left terrestrial, they insisted on having the start of the day at 10.30 rather than 11.00 so it didn't interfere with Holly oaks
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09/02/2021 08:50:20 5 1
bbc
GREAT team performance !
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09/02/2021 08:56:23 1 1
bbc
Yeah - what's she got to do with cricket?
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09/02/2021 08:56:35 48 1
bbc
Hats off to Silverwood, if, as I suspect he has played an important role in stopping the frenetic style of batting that got England into so much bother in the recent past.
09/02/2021 14:35:49 5 1
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Or the influence of a certain South African great
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09/02/2021 08:57:20 3 13
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RULE BRITANNIA. England will now smash aussies in The Ashes later in the year. England are the best cricket team in all 3 formats. ODIs T/Twenty and Test cricket. England will dominate all 3 formats for a long time now. They are also World Champions after smashing the aussies just like every other sport. Why are England so good at all sport because they seem to win everything
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09/02/2021 09:01:59 4 1
bbc
Your clearly a, wind up merchant ??
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09/02/2021 09:21:23 0 1
bbc
Definitely a panto villain !
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09/02/2021 08:52:00 3 16
bbc
very well played england..the diddy games in the build up won it for you..the rigours of winning in oz left us with a hangover but we will be back for you soon
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09/02/2021 08:57:28 3 1
bbc
or we are just better than the Aussies at the moment? I'd say India and NZ are the top 2 but we are coming for you ( I hope)
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09/02/2021 08:57:59 3 2
bbc
Wonderful , historic win
But, lets not get carried away - winning the toss (=phew) and the pitch that deteriorates , means that we are already starting with the wind behind us and rolling downhill on a slight slope.
Notice tha the england reaction is happy but muted - a LONG hard way to go
Great stuff. Jimmy Leaches day - more from the boys
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09/02/2021 08:58:06 21 1
bbc
Sir Jimmy is bowling beautifully, worth the admission fee alone. Even a warm bed at 4am cannot stop me from getting up to watch him bowl.
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09/02/2021 09:11:11 8 2
bbc
you can have both you know :)
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09/02/2021 08:50:40 68 2
bbc
One of the worst decisions...I set an early alarm and intended to get up to watch the first session. The alarm went off, I re-set it and got up to find Anderson had weaved his magic and bowled a Flintoff-esque over. That will teach me. Anyway, it’s made a February Tuesday much sweeter!
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09/02/2021 08:58:18 5 80
bbc
Don't worry you won't rue this a lot when the series ends 3-1
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09/02/2021 09:10:30 11 1
bbc
Do you do panto ?
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09/02/2021 09:12:58 21 1
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Weren’t you the guy who predicted this would be draw and that the Indian batsmen would smash Bess and Leach to all corners?

Yet here we are.
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09/02/2021 09:22:33 25 1
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Which one test do you think India will win?
09/02/2021 15:23:52 0 0
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You're embarrassing, cynic.

What happened to your other predictions? Hopefully you don't have a Fantasy Football team.
09/02/2021 18:15:58 1 0
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To take one win off India is a positive.
Cynics are cynics for a reason - they simply don't understand there can possibly be any positives. How sad is that ?
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09/02/2021 08:58:38 17 3
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I always knew Root would pull this off! What a champ.
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09/02/2021 10:01:24 4 2
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Jimmy is the Champion Please note
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09/02/2021 10:24:03 1 1
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I must admit you are quite funny.
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09/02/2021 12:56:33 0 0
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We get our kicks with Root 66
09/02/2021 16:18:28 0 0
bbc
An hour after this post you have confidently stated that India will win 3-1 in another post.
Are you confused?
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09/02/2021 08:58:58 5 1
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Perfect performance, including toss win. Contributions throughout team and valuable experience for new guys. Just remember what India did after being out for 36 in Australia however. Must carry the momentum on and be interesting to see how they perform under pressure which will happen. Enjoy the win and go again in next test. No comments about Sibley, Bess & Leach now I notice.
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09/02/2021 08:52:00 3 16
bbc
very well played england..the diddy games in the build up won it for you..the rigours of winning in oz left us with a hangover but we will be back for you soon
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09/02/2021 08:59:06 4 1
bbc
diddy games? no wonder you lost. have some respect for others, if not for yourself.
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09/02/2021 08:46:53 300 2
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England have had bigger wins but this must rank amongst the most comprehensive away wins. Good batting, good fielding and taking 20 wickets in 155 overs, excellent bowling
Thank you to C4 for bringing it to a wider audience
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09/02/2021 08:59:09 2 46
bbc
The win doesn't make up for the terrible C4 coverage. We want Nass, Athers and Bumble!
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09/02/2021 09:45:54 9 1
bbc
It was provided by IMG for the host broadcaster, who also provided the coverage for Sri Lanka, which is why you saw different commentators names on screen whilst hearing sky's commentators at home. No broadcasters were allowed out of the UK, only the players.
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09/02/2021 09:51:56 15 3
bbc
Enjoy the ‘boring draw’, did you? Do you ever get anything right? Bore off.
09/02/2021 15:58:28 4 0
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Athers and Bumble, yes. Not sure about Nass. That said the Channel 4 commentators weren't the best, but considering that they only had rights confirmed 48 hours before the test started I think they did well. Bringing cricket to a wider audience is what counts.
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09/02/2021 08:48:29 47 4
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Well done England.... an excellent victory.

I must confess when they batted on and on and on at a snail's pace after tea yesterday, I thought they had batted too long.... So well done England...
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09/02/2021 08:59:13 28 1
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Quite. I had thought getting much more than 150 on that pitch would be too challenging for England but expected the Indians to cope with it much better than they did.

With some top reverse-swing the pitch doesn't matter much though, plus Jack Leach seemed to settle in too and it looked like he bowled well to work batsmen out.
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09/02/2021 08:59:15 1 8
bbc
India had a big chance to claim the world record run chase but maybe they are still on high from their success in Australia. Making a joke of that ludicrous dropped catch indicated they were not full on for this match. They could still easily turn the series round England very dependent on Root and Stokes for batting and experience for bowling maybe if Broad returns the bowling may be strengthened
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09/02/2021 08:49:16 172 7
bbc
Suck it up armchair critics the captain and coach know what they are doing. Superb team performance
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09/02/2021 08:59:34 30 18
bbc
Well done Root. Always knew he would lead us to victory.
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09/02/2021 09:19:38 10 1
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I suspect you're a wind up merchant, but I clearly remember your prediction that India's batsmen would feast on Bess and Leach's substandard bowling and that England wouldn't be able to take 20 wickets.
Now I see you're predicting a 3-1 series win for India.
You should get pretty good odds on that now if you're prepared to back your judgement.
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09/02/2021 09:19:51 6 2
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Sure you did....could you have been anymore wrong!!!
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da
09/02/2021 09:39:53 2 7
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Yorkshire's Joe Root.
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09/02/2021 09:55:27 3 2
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Have to say, you were brilliant at hiding that. In fact, I’d go so far as to say I bet you didn’t know you knew that.
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09/02/2021 11:17:27 3 1
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Thanks cynic for providing the enterntainment
& 4 days of gloomy, knocking only to be revealed in the light of steadysunshine from England and the final victory
Hope you continue on, bring the fun

& hope England continue to win through - albeit with the help of the toss / pitch & THEN some great play (no balls help quite a bit too - what was THAT all about, spinners not finding the line = crazy
fantastic effort, well done boys!!

As for the ECB, these money grabbers, remind of of a bunch of has beens, or wannabees.

Get cricket back on the telly for all to see.
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09/02/2021 09:28:21 24 19
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Cricket is on the "telly" - Sky is "telly". Meanwhile I ask again - if the TV money is lower (BBC isn't funded to afford expensive sports rights) where does the money come from to prop up the struggling counties, pay the central contracts, pass money down to local clubs (right down to the junior level). Considering many counties just break even WITH Sky money coming in what's the alternative?
875
09/02/2021 12:49:01 0 4
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those money grabbers ensure cricket survives and local cricket gets funding . Tight so and so's who don't want to pay for Sky harm the game far more
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09/02/2021 08:51:42 615 8
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Terrific win and a superb decision by C4 to televise it.

In these dark times, thank you.
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09/02/2021 08:59:35 175 145
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BBC cricket social is an embarrassment.
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09/02/2021 09:19:46 14 41
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Commentating on a match shown on TV is hardly sports coverage.
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09/02/2021 09:29:49 98 6
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Oh come on.

I know it's 'de rigeur' to kick the BBC these days but please let's enjoy a great, great victory. Why not use this platform for that?!
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09/02/2021 09:57:22 6 40
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Correct, although you could omit ‘cricket social’
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09/02/2021 10:04:06 23 4
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miserable git
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09/02/2021 10:04:14 23 1
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I didn't hear it this time, as I think it was internet only and not on 5lSX. But I usually prefer the social to Talksport2, where they just chatter on so much that eventually I have to either turn the radio over/off or throw it out of the window! Perhaps it is an editorial rule that there must not be a single seconds silence! TMS is so much better!
The BBC is an embarrassment, full stop. Far more concerned with woke issues than satisfying its captive paying audience. Removed
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09/02/2021 10:55:39 8 4
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And yet, here you are
591
09/02/2021 11:06:43 6 3
bbc
No it isn't, that's just your opinion. Stop moaning.
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Sam
09/02/2021 11:08:11 2 2
bbc
How long did you listen for?
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09/02/2021 08:59:46 7 1
bbc
Just a brilliant team performance.
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09/02/2021 08:52:44 63 7
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So for all those who said Anderson was a bad selection.....never question having the greatest fast bowler of all time in the squad.
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09/02/2021 09:00:45 37 50
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He is great. However not the greatest fast bowler of all time.
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09/02/2021 09:45:07 1 5
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Also not the fastest great bowler - so what?
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09/02/2021 09:48:57 5 2
bbc
You're entitled to your opinion. Must be a lonely feeling though. Better just keep it to yourself.
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09/02/2021 10:43:36 2 1
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Youve misspelt it, Malcom Marshall
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09/02/2021 11:53:52 0 1
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"Not the greatest"? Maybe not, as there have been so many, going back almost a hundred yrs through matches on TV to those covered in grainy old B&W newsreels. And it's a debate that's impossible to decide, as all the major cricket countries have several candidates to nominate for consideration! You could start things off, suggest your, say, top 10, then see all the replies that come winging in?!
09/02/2021 17:35:00 0 0
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the statistics would suggest otherwise.
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09/02/2021 08:52:44 63 7
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So for all those who said Anderson was a bad selection.....never question having the greatest fast bowler of all time in the squad.
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09/02/2021 09:00:53 7 7
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Form temp - class permanent, & Mr (soon to be 'sir') Anderson is all class
It's the accuracy and persistancy that is phenominal - 2 more years? three more years?? FOUR more years??? - watch this space - Well done, 'sir' Jimmy

ps the trains in Barnsley have stopped to let the Barnsley express come through
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09/02/2021 09:24:58 18 1
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Think you'll find that's Burnley! As a Lancastrisn he'd be livid that someone thought he was from Yorkshire.
177
09/02/2021 09:26:06 13 1
bbc
Don't you mean BURNLEY, Lancashire!
178
09/02/2021 09:26:37 9 1
bbc
The Burnley Express, surely.
248
09/02/2021 09:44:10 7 1
bbc
Ahem, Burnley...
297
09/02/2021 09:56:37 1 1
bbc
The Barnsley Chop
425
09/02/2021 10:23:23 2 1
bbc
Burnley old boy. Burnley. He's not from the dark side.
09/02/2021 15:15:32 1 0
bbc
Hahaha Barnsley.....oops
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09/02/2021 08:51:53 4 18
bbc
Great performance throughout by Jimmy. Contrast that with Archer. In second innings he only dismissed a no-hoper. Jofra is a decent cricketer, but if you're going to pick him, stick to white ball cricket. Compared to Broad & Anderson, and other fast bowlers, Jofra isn't up to the required test standard. He's also meant to bat a bit. Well Archer's contribution with a bat has been abysmal. Drop him.
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09/02/2021 09:01:01 14 2
bbc
so in the first Innings, Archer takes out batsmen 1 & 2 and Jimmy takes out the 2 tailenders but because Jimmy does the opposite in the 2nd we should drop Archer? The lad needs to learn to bowl on the sub continent. Some people.
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09/02/2021 09:08:13 1 4
bbc
.. lol - learn to play on the 'sub-continent'. Exactly ... he has been playing in the IPL for quite a while.

Might you be one of his IPL PR agents ?
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09/02/2021 08:51:03 13 9
bbc
Well done England, the BBC will be gutted!
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09/02/2021 09:01:09 4 5
bbc
They spend as much money paying to have folk chatting in studios about their breakfast, as they would have spent buying the rights for this. Pathetic from the Beeb.
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Sam
09/02/2021 11:07:39 0 1
bbc
Source of this 'information'?
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09/02/2021 08:46:53 300 2
bbc
England have had bigger wins but this must rank amongst the most comprehensive away wins. Good batting, good fielding and taking 20 wickets in 155 overs, excellent bowling
Thank you to C4 for bringing it to a wider audience
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09/02/2021 09:01:12 33 1
bbc
Coverage via C4 was fine, despite what some have said. I wish they had a highlights programme at 7pm though, one not buried amongst their subsidiary internet channels. Surely not too much to ask?
ET
09/02/2021 15:16:40 2 0
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Just watch it online...... search “cricket highlights”
09/02/2021 15:59:37 1 0
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For the next three tests could they sell the highlights package to, say, the BBC - hint, hint. Think about how many people would tune in tonight. I would and I watched it live.
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09/02/2021 08:48:35 4 12
bbc
England will now smash aussies in The Ashes later in the year. England are the best cricket team in all 3 formats. ODIs T/Twenty and Test cricket. England will dominate all 3 formats for a long time now. They are also World Champions after smashing the aussies just like every other sport. Why are England so good at all sport because they seem to win everything
65
09/02/2021 09:01:48 4 1
bbc
Megalomania is for tyrants. No thank you , England team has a good attitude please learn from it!
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09/02/2021 08:50:40 68 2
bbc
One of the worst decisions...I set an early alarm and intended to get up to watch the first session. The alarm went off, I re-set it and got up to find Anderson had weaved his magic and bowled a Flintoff-esque over. That will teach me. Anyway, it’s made a February Tuesday much sweeter!
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09/02/2021 09:01:56 4 1
bbc
Hearing the wickets crash as the ball hit the stumps was wonderful in real time waiting anxiously on the lads bowling.

Watch the highlights and you be a happy chappy.

Yes it is a chilly start.
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09/02/2021 08:57:20 3 13
bbc
RULE BRITANNIA. England will now smash aussies in The Ashes later in the year. England are the best cricket team in all 3 formats. ODIs T/Twenty and Test cricket. England will dominate all 3 formats for a long time now. They are also World Champions after smashing the aussies just like every other sport. Why are England so good at all sport because they seem to win everything
67
09/02/2021 09:01:59 4 1
bbc
Your clearly a, wind up merchant ??
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09/02/2021 09:02:01 16 1
bbc
That one over by Jimmy was world class and the cream on the cake for an around team effort. The Indian team is laced with fantastic batsmen, but England played great.
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09/02/2021 09:02:17 17 1
bbc
You cant beat Test Cricket. Onto the next one!
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09/02/2021 09:02:31 72 2
bbc
As a Rugby man after Saturdays debacle this England win has cheered me up no end.

Well done to all concerned, here's to a series win.
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09/02/2021 11:31:35 17 24
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How was Saturday a debacle. Beaten by a better team that is not hyped up by the media
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09/02/2021 12:48:03 2 6
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You mean “this England and Wales win”
09/02/2021 14:55:02 0 1
bbc
Driven on by that Lancastrian Scot Jimmy Anderson ... and a fantastic effort by all. Brilliant.
09/02/2021 17:33:28 1 1
bbc
I was sitting cheering Scotland on in the Calcutta cup with an England cricket top on my chest. I only remembered when I had a video call with some mates in Glasgow after the rugby and they started ripping me for it!
What a complex world sport is.
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09/02/2021 09:02:43 1 1
bbc
Shame England have to change the team. Foakes has never let England down and Broad will inspire as much as Anderson.
Sat up in bed with the iPad I woke the wife up half way through Jimmy’s spell.

I didn’t want her to miss it!

She said I’ll be hearing from her lawyer ?????

Roll on the next test
Removed
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09/02/2021 09:07:44 78 2
bbc
Make sure you hide the iPad or she'll take it off you!
Other tablets are available.

BBC Moderators
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09/02/2021 09:30:19 10 3
bbc
I bet she was bowled over when you woke your missus up. After England had won , were you so elated that you gave her a bouncer ?
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09/02/2021 11:04:16 3 4
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Think about me too hanging on your drainpipe all night waiting for you PO downstairs to watch TV
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09/02/2021 11:31:33 3 3
bbc
Well, you could have BOTH celebrated the win . . . go on, bowl her over!
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09/02/2021 09:02:54 286 8
bbc
The semi-hysterical criticism of Joe Root’s captaincy (specifically his decision not to declare) during the last two sessions of day 4, from ex-England captains, other pundits and yes, the BBC Live team, were answered in emphatic style by Joe and his team. Here’s a tip for the 2nd test - wait until the end of the match before analysing what happened.
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09/02/2021 09:07:49 69 99
bbc
'Semi-hysterical' is a bit of an exaggeration isn't it? Ironic, really.
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09/02/2021 09:09:10 35 1
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Come now sbbrbtgog it wouldn't be a proper English declaration if there weren't (often very unqualified) people criticising every angle of it...too early, too late, too slow, too naive...they won which surely makes it too right!
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09/02/2021 09:42:29 21 1
bbc
Well said. Not only a successful decision but clearly explained by JR after play today, as was explained by Captain Cook yesterday.
Would have been counterproductive to try to justify it yesterday
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09/02/2021 09:52:44 2 11
bbc
That’s especially weird considering we didn’t declare.
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09/02/2021 10:04:56 25 1
bbc
To be fair Cook gave a bit of common sense insight. "you want no more than 15 overs bowling at India this evening. That way you have Archer and Anderson fresh and rested in the morning, bowling with a ball that's still hard". (I paraphrase)
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09/02/2021 10:16:40 10 3
bbc
Couldn't agree more. The critics and doubters were lining up in big numbers. I just hope they have the guts to apologise to Root and his team. But I doubt it. Sofas do not a great pundit make. That applies to all sport.
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09/02/2021 10:35:47 5 22
bbc
"Semi -hysterical" really? They questioned a slow hour and win or lose they were right, easy to sit after the match like you are doing and act like a master strategist, did you know the role of a pundit is to give opinions in real time
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09/02/2021 10:40:02 11 6
bbc
erm isn't that the reason we have commentators? They don't have to be correct all of the time, but it gets a bit boring if they say nowt
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09/02/2021 10:58:09 20 1
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I've only watched cricket since 2003, but in that time I've seen this exact same scenario play out (commentary team pushing for much bolder declarations) hundreds of times.

Almost every time they are wrong. Either England wins, or the other team bat so well that a smaller target may have been in danger. I can only think of a couple of times where a bolder declaration may have been helpful.
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09/02/2021 11:44:30 4 1
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Couldn't agree more.
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09/02/2021 11:50:38 3 1
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He didn't enforce the follow on because the England bowlers were looking tired in the sweltering heat so decided to bat and give them a break. Great decision.
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09/02/2021 12:54:48 7 1
bbc
Well said. The fact that Joe Root has a better win percentage than Michael "wasn't I a great captain" Vaughan is particularly satisfying.
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Kat
09/02/2021 13:06:35 0 2
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It's perfectly reasonable to question the decision to bat on after tea, especially since the obvious motive of trying to up the run-rate seemed to get abandoned. What is not so reasonable is for an "expert" like Vaughan to rate the performance 10/10. There is always room for improvement. But England are exceptional at the moment.

Declare SPOTY in February?!?
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09/02/2021 13:10:18 0 5
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Yes, but all of us would have preferred, ideally, for Eng to have scored at a faster rate & declare/ get bowled out to allow enough time for the back up of a decent amount of time with a second new ball, if needed - so not semi hysterical
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09/02/2021 14:10:36 1 0
bbc
Absolutely agree!
09/02/2021 15:30:27 0 1
bbc
I criticised it as a fan, he should have called it quits when Bess was out. Brilliant performance though.
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09/02/2021 08:55:25 15 3
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Tactics yesterday spot on. Easy for Warne and others to criticise by he played in the greatest team ever. Our spin bowling is inconsistent and so batting on was the right call. Giving his bowlers 100 overs to bowl India out was the right call. Commentators still querying the decision which is disappointing as Root has been proven to be right. I still make India favourites to win the series.
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09/02/2021 09:03:07 3 11
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Root/Silverwood weren't wrong ... but perhaps they simply got away with it this time.
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09/02/2021 09:19:27 1 1
bbc
duh
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09/02/2021 09:03:17 109 11
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He deserves a knighthood for his services to English cricket. He has shown great maturity in his later part of his career. An ultimate sportsman who trains very hard to stay in peak. True British grit and determination. Well done.
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09/02/2021 10:21:50 22 62
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Here we go one decent victory and chuck a big gong on him, if we get stuffed in next couple same people will be calling for his head so much hypocrisy in sport.
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09/02/2021 11:29:13 4 1
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"Later" ????? He has just started and still looks about 16.
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09/02/2021 14:03:41 0 0
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What ho!
mb
09/02/2021 14:23:41 1 3
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You must be from Yorkshire. Knight him bloody hell he is doing his job just like any other working man/woman but do we get a gong NO
09/02/2021 16:35:36 0 0
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when he stops playing i am sure it happen
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09/02/2021 08:55:37 526 3
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Well done, Channel 4, for putting Test Cricket back where it belongs.
Just after watching the first highlights I also watched the 2005 Ashes taster. I had forgotten how the nation had been totally gripped by a series. That hasn't happened since test cricket was taken off terrestrial tv.

Please, ECB, it's not all about the money. Rugby bosses take note too! Hiding sport away kills its future.
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09/02/2021 09:04:14 79 214
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What kills sports is the lack of funding in schools and grass root sports and the lack of opportunity for kids to play the game.

A young lad or girl fielding for 50 overs, no bowling and then batting at 9, 10 or 11, that is what turns the kids away, not whether it is on TV.
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09/02/2021 09:10:19 32 1
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All the clubs I know are crying out for players -we’d rather have a rookie youngster than play with ten and he’d bat top 6 if he wasn’t bowling (unless he didn’t want to)
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09/02/2021 09:15:18 14 1
bbc
Both are true.
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09/02/2021 09:35:29 6 3
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When I was a youngster this had more to do with the parents of certain players only letting their kids friends bowl, don’t think funding solves that
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09/02/2021 09:35:45 22 1
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One school not a dozen miles from me, St George's in Harpenden, produced three of the England rugby team. However the school does well academically as well despite other schools saying they don't have time for sport in the curriculum yet achieving lower grades. Healthy body equals healthy mind!
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09/02/2021 09:45:53 7 1
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TV is a big influence too, look at the uptake in Tennis after Wimbledon, athletics etc after the Olympics. It IS related to TV coverage, although you make a good point about access and making it fun too.
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09/02/2021 09:54:05 5 1
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Agreed with you right up until your last few words - being on free to air tv matters immensely - it inspires the kids who will then badger to play cricket and not just football all the time - will make schools think about the importance of it being part of their sports programme which they have ignored in recent years - also reaction from viewers to this match may make ECB think again hopefully.
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09/02/2021 09:59:03 2 6
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Club cricket is still a bit of a chums 'who you know' type environment. If your face fits and your wallet looks ok, you'll fit in well.
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09/02/2021 10:10:57 2 1
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Children play T20 mainly not 50 overs and in adult cricket mainly 35 or 40 overs. Yes there needs to be more at school but clubs are doing their best and with money could do more....Ch4 is helping
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09/02/2021 10:13:46 1 4
bbc
And games starting at 13:30?1? Start at 10:00 for Pete's sake...oh... and forget ridiculous "Teas"
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09/02/2021 11:03:42 2 1
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I've never known 'Kids' games lasting that long! At school we used to play a game in about an hour unless we were in the school team and it lasted a couple of hours at the weekend.

When I got a job we used to play social cricket, in the summer after work in the evenings plenty of youngsters joined us in those days too.

I don't think you understand youth and cricket.
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09/02/2021 11:29:13 0 1
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Thx Steve, but that's tosh. Plenty of opportunity with local clubs - my old one has taken over a new ground, so they have more space to play for the various Colts teams that have been introduced since I played. Check out women's cricket too, almost unknown when I played, recently a descendant of a guy in my old team has played for England's women.
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09/02/2021 11:34:57 1 1
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If kids don't see cricket on TV many won't get interested in it in the first place.
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09/02/2021 11:45:02 1 2
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Funding is only one of the triad of requirements to nurture sport in young people; the other two legs of the stool are time and space. Many, but not all, local authority schools were endowed with playing fields, which the same local authorities tended to plunder for a quick "equity release". Various curriculum initiatives removed sport from the timetable. Lack of opportunity, not funding !
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09/02/2021 12:10:52 0 1
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If that's the case maybe they should pursue another sport they may be good at!
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09/02/2021 12:12:02 0 4
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Don't fund sport in schools, the biggest waste of money ever. Fund the sports clubs who love the games and have people who can coach. PE teachers are "jacks of all trades" and most do not have the ability to coach 30 children at once.
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09/02/2021 12:16:25 1 0
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Not sure what cricket club you send your kids too but thousands of clubs around the country definitely are making cricket fun, engaging and shorter for aspiring kids.
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AVB
09/02/2021 13:09:34 0 0
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My club, Matching Green in Essex, has a great youth policy. Although it was a shortened season last year we blooded a number of 16 year olds in the first team (and not just fielding at long off!) and went undefeated. This year we will be putting out two teams on a Saturday and one on a Sunday and youngsters will form the backbone of both teams.
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09/02/2021 08:52:00 3 16
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very well played england..the diddy games in the build up won it for you..the rigours of winning in oz left us with a hangover but we will be back for you soon
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09/02/2021 09:04:19 3 2
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So it was Eng playing Sri Lanka first that won it for Eng but playing Aus lost it for India?

Right....
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09/02/2021 08:53:10 7 1
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We can definitely allow ourselves to get excited. Arguably Broad, Crawley and Bairstow playing could have improved the XI from this test, possibly Moeen as well. And all those players will become available over the next three matches.

England have developed a real confidence in their collective ability to take wickets not by blowing teams away, but wearing them down. Wonderful.
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09/02/2021 09:04:43 1 2
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For goodness sake The players you identified could possibly had off days So our performance could have been far worst
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09/02/2021 08:52:57 21 2
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Live free-to -air tv coverage is just what we need to re-invigorate cricket in England.
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09/02/2021 09:05:19 8 1
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and some decent summers for people to fall in love with it again.
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09/02/2021 09:05:30 18 1
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Like many comments on here. I have to thank channel 4 for the coverage. It's been great to wake up and watch English cricket again.

Well done the boys for a great win. On to Sat for what I expect to be a tough game. The Indians will come hard.

That over from Jimmy was stunning! Leach back up and running.

Question: Do they dare drop Jimmy for Broad?
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09/02/2021 09:48:30 1 1
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Based off of Jimmy's reaction they might just!
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09/02/2021 09:56:32 2 1
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No, they should drop Archer for Broad. But they won't. They're afraid the two old men will burn out before the Ashes.
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09/02/2021 13:52:44 0 0
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Play both together to win the next Test!
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09/02/2021 09:05:30 3 3
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aNdErSoN cAn oNlY bOwL iN eNgLanD
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09/02/2021 09:05:41 7 1
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Complete performance in all aspects of the game. Proud of the lads!
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09/02/2021 09:06:20 97 2
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Yeah but Jimmy Anderson can only bowl in English friendly conditions....so, err, well, erm....yeah...
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tc
09/02/2021 09:09:06 5 112
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he can tho, had anderson bowled on day 1 of this match with india batting, he would have been slaughtered.
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09/02/2021 09:12:08 13 1
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That's always been a myth. Jimmy Anderson can make it swing on the surface of the moon.
10/02/2021 08:43:58 0 0
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Wait a minute, didn’t he get a six wicket haul in siri Lanka, and become the oldest pace bowler to take a five wicket haul in Asia
84
09/02/2021 09:06:52 2 1
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Excellent
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cjb
09/02/2021 09:07:09 2 16
bbc
As a Scotsman - congrats to the England team

Put your rugger players to shame.

Got lucky with the wicket in first innings that shot off the close in fielder. That really swung the match and India crumbled after this.

But that was due to excellent play on England’s part

That’s said - had India won toss the result would have been reversed.
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09/02/2021 09:15:11 3 1
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Good on you scotty. world beaters at rugby and now experts at cricket!
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09/02/2021 09:18:25 1 1
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Aaaaaaand you can say that for certain can you? What you actually mean is had India won the toss they would have stood a better chance of winning, or perhaps less chance of losing, no?
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09/02/2021 09:07:16 9 1
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Arise Sir Jimmy
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09/02/2021 09:12:09 7 1
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Not quite yet - well deserved but probably only post retirement and I don’t think we want that yet!!
Sat up in bed with the iPad I woke the wife up half way through Jimmy’s spell.

I didn’t want her to miss it!

She said I’ll be hearing from her lawyer ?????

Roll on the next test
Removed
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09/02/2021 09:07:44 78 2
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Make sure you hide the iPad or she'll take it off you!
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09/02/2021 09:02:54 286 8
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The semi-hysterical criticism of Joe Root’s captaincy (specifically his decision not to declare) during the last two sessions of day 4, from ex-England captains, other pundits and yes, the BBC Live team, were answered in emphatic style by Joe and his team. Here’s a tip for the 2nd test - wait until the end of the match before analysing what happened.
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09/02/2021 09:07:49 69 99
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'Semi-hysterical' is a bit of an exaggeration isn't it? Ironic, really.
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09/02/2021 09:39:10 29 1
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RivalFan, maybe I do exaggerate about the comments of some of the pundits but not the BBC Live team whose comments became increasingly hysterical as Dom Bess failed to throw his bat at every ball and as he was was followed to the crease by Archer, Leach and Anderson. The team really does need to achieve some of the legendary BBC sang-froid rather than behave like would-be social media influencers.
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09/02/2021 10:57:00 3 8
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Spot on. People said "Hmm, I wonder if that will end up being a bad decision, given India's skill at batting out for famous draws/wins", which translates for some as 'hysterical criticism'.
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Kat
09/02/2021 13:08:25 1 0
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Thanks Alanis
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09/02/2021 08:52:44 63 7
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So for all those who said Anderson was a bad selection.....never question having the greatest fast bowler of all time in the squad.
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09/02/2021 09:07:54 5 9
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Wow, the greatest fast bowler of all time? Thought I'd seen those way back in the past but I guess in modern times everyone gets given the new greatest ever tag ????? it's probably only the greatest Ali ?? that's survived with his title intact
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09/02/2021 10:30:30 2 1
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That did make me laugh a bit this morning when live text posted - 'We're blessed with GOATs: Anderson, Kohli, Smith'. Surely the point of being the Greatest is there can be only one, Smith and Kohli can't both be a GOAT
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09/02/2021 09:07:57 13 1
bbc
Brilliant performance by this England team and able to be seen on free to air TV.
Incredible over from Anderson killed off any chance India had & Leach finished it off. Root' s world class double hundred laid the platform.??????
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09/02/2021 13:03:36 0 0
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We get our kicks with Root 66
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09/02/2021 09:08:00 7 1
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Great Bowling from Jimmy Anderson. I saw the over it is really unplayable bowling. Well done England on a Deserved Victory. I am hoping India will do better in next three test matches.
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09/02/2021 09:08:12 2 1
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England on a roll!! Squad rotation working well, though that might be challenged by the pitch conditions in venues ahead. Happy days though.
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09/02/2021 09:01:01 14 2
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so in the first Innings, Archer takes out batsmen 1 & 2 and Jimmy takes out the 2 tailenders but because Jimmy does the opposite in the 2nd we should drop Archer? The lad needs to learn to bowl on the sub continent. Some people.
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09/02/2021 09:08:13 1 4
bbc
.. lol - learn to play on the 'sub-continent'. Exactly ... he has been playing in the IPL for quite a while.

Might you be one of his IPL PR agents ?
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09/02/2021 09:56:22 0 2
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Surely such a cricket expert knows the difference between playing test matches and 20/20 games?
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09/02/2021 09:06:20 97 2
bbc
Yeah but Jimmy Anderson can only bowl in English friendly conditions....so, err, well, erm....yeah...
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tc
09/02/2021 09:09:06 5 112
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he can tho, had anderson bowled on day 1 of this match with india batting, he would have been slaughtered.
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09/02/2021 09:26:02 6 2
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Which was why he didn't and wasn't.
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09/02/2021 09:43:53 3 1
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Ifs always sound god, but mean nothing.
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09/02/2021 09:50:24 1 1
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He didn't and he wasn't.
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ET
09/02/2021 10:05:01 13 1
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Ifs, buts, maybes. Is it a happy world?
Meanwhile back on planet earth cricket lovers are enjoying the various feasts from test cricket on offer in recent months. It’s been brilliant. Long may it continue.
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09/02/2021 10:21:38 4 1
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ummmmmm........ how do you know that?
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Sam
09/02/2021 11:55:16 3 1
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Sure - its so easy to predict what would have happened when something didn't actually happen. You'll never be proved wrong. If I'd won the toss in a match when I was 15, I'd have been opening the batting for England yesterday...
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09/02/2021 12:14:21 5 0
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He may of struggled to take wickets, but unlikely to get slaughtered, Jimmy is one very economical bowler.
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09/02/2021 12:46:22 3 0
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Bit of a daft hypothetical comment particularly as Anderson seemed to show he can bowl in the sub continent quite well
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09/02/2021 09:02:54 286 8
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The semi-hysterical criticism of Joe Root’s captaincy (specifically his decision not to declare) during the last two sessions of day 4, from ex-England captains, other pundits and yes, the BBC Live team, were answered in emphatic style by Joe and his team. Here’s a tip for the 2nd test - wait until the end of the match before analysing what happened.
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09/02/2021 09:09:10 35 1
bbc
Come now sbbrbtgog it wouldn't be a proper English declaration if there weren't (often very unqualified) people criticising every angle of it...too early, too late, too slow, too naive...they won which surely makes it too right!
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tc
09/02/2021 09:09:53 2 5
bbc
told you England would hammer India, india are a very poor side.
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09/02/2021 09:30:29 4 1
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No, they are not.
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09/02/2021 09:10:07 2 1
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England win every session - bar the 1st maybe - 13 out of 14 in control, keeping the pressure on & seeing teams get eroded - great stuff.
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09/02/2021 09:10:17 9 1
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Just watched that over agin on C4 highlights. Superpower craftsman at work. Awesome !!
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09/02/2021 09:10:18 2 1
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stunning jimmy.all the team did their bit.hope joe wins a few more tosses.lets not forget what the indians did in oz after a bad 1st test.congratulations to all.and ch4.
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09/02/2021 09:04:14 79 214
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What kills sports is the lack of funding in schools and grass root sports and the lack of opportunity for kids to play the game.

A young lad or girl fielding for 50 overs, no bowling and then batting at 9, 10 or 11, that is what turns the kids away, not whether it is on TV.
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09/02/2021 09:10:19 32 1
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All the clubs I know are crying out for players -we’d rather have a rookie youngster than play with ten and he’d bat top 6 if he wasn’t bowling (unless he didn’t want to)
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09/02/2021 09:18:45 40 6
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I was a rubbish player. The clubs didn't want me. Many of the better players thought I'd no right to be there. They wouldn't have a 3rd team ... consequently they risked losing the second team as well. There's too much of an attitude of a minimum standard, rather than finding the right levels for everyone to enjoy the game. That, as much as anything, keeps players from a club.