Rohit's 161 gives India edge over England
13/02/2021 | sport | cricket | 1,700
England are given a stark reminder of the challenge of touring India by Rohit Sharma's classy 161 on day one of the second Test.
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13/02/2021 11:50:13 4 2
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Good days play.Game on!
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13/02/2021 11:50:22 148 14
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Great day of Test match cricket.

Highlights:

Moeen bowling Kohli.
Kohli refusing to walk!
Rohit Sharma batting beautifully.
Foakes stumping Rohit superbly.
Root showing that he should bowl more.

Lowlights:

Third umpire. Twice…
Clearly nothing behind the line re stumping.
Why did they not run the footage on re catch.

India in the driving seat, but England still in this.
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13/02/2021 12:08:46 85 6
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That's is why there are neutral umpires. It was a great days cricket but the match referee needs to step up.
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13/02/2021 12:14:01 5 27
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You are over estimating England. This match as good as over for England. Pitch is not going to get any better and India have three spinners to call upon.
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13/02/2021 12:19:22 12 2
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I see only one winner in this match and I'm sorry to say it isn't England. I been proven wrong many times before so hopefully this time history will repeat itself. You're going to have to bat really well England, like Headingley well.
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13/02/2021 12:20:11 11 20
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Shows how tight the stumping call was - I could see a toe grounded behind the line and thought it was clearer from the stump cam. Rahane caught call was poor umpiring but review retained and Rahane out next ball so not much to be peeved about really!
Agree RE Roots bowling!
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13/02/2021 12:23:15 22 4
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Why is Kohli refusing to walk a highlight? Its a terrible look for the game and bad example for youngsters
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13/02/2021 12:29:23 12 8
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Ever thought why India are in the driving seat after poor umpiring and time-wasting? ??
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13/02/2021 12:31:38 12 4
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The Rahane decision was poor but didn’t cost England anything. The stumped decision was not clear cut and benefit goes to the batsman.
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13/02/2021 12:59:53 3 0
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Did Kohli refuse to walk or was he just suprised or even angry with himself for the shot he played?
There have also been many instances of the zinga bails is it blowing off. Great ball from Moen even with the pitch giving help. Bowling one of the best in that way is pure quality and worth the early alarm calls.
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Sam
13/02/2021 16:14:06 1 1
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Disagree about the stumping (as an England fan) - I asked myself what decision I'd make if it was Joe Root. I don't think you could reasonably say from those shots that there definitely wasn't grounded foot behind the line.

The review incident was very poor though - shouldn't happen.
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13/02/2021 11:50:39 19 7
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Pitch breaking up on Day 1.

Umpiring to defy belief.

Makes a mockery of the contest.

Bowling a bit loose at times but did ok with more than just the Indian batsmen to contend with
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13/02/2021 12:32:41 5 5
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Oh so you believe match is where it is because of umpiring? How's it mockery of contest when the contest between bat and ball has proven to be absorbing? May be it's down to some class batting by Rohit?
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13/02/2021 13:20:39 1 0
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Poor umpiring yes but some of India’s batting was top class today . England struggled and will need to take early wickets tomorrow to keep in the game on this wicket
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13/02/2021 11:50:48 39 0
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Great that the toss has been shared one a piece in Madras -this will be a much harder test for England -the innings by Rohit will probably be decisive. Some great balls from Moeen, but he loses the pressure with loose deliveries -much the same as Bess.

What’s with Burns’s mullet?! A lifestyle choice or consequence of Covid restrictions? He looks like a player from another era...
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13/02/2021 11:57:23 19 7
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India fan here.... We here are struggling to understand England's rotation policy. Why did they rest Bess?!!!
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13/02/2021 17:09:58 2 1
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Certainly Burns's hairstyle is the controversy of the day and overshadows the ineptitude - or blatant cheating, if we prefer - of the homegrown umpires.
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13/02/2021 17:43:14 0 0
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Shame he doesn't bat like one !
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13/02/2021 11:51:11 8 6
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The 3rd umpire is about as good as Channel 4/Starsports coverage !
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13/02/2021 12:14:34 3 0
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Morning Mr. Happy.
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GGS
13/02/2021 12:17:06 2 1
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Excellent then!
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13/02/2021 14:25:55 0 0
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Sky didn't want it. So...
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13/02/2021 11:51:25 40 10
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Rohit is something special. Made batting on the dustpit look easy.

I'd have Foakes behind the stumps every Test and have Buttler as a specialist batter.
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13/02/2021 12:04:21 41 6
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Buttler’s record does not suggest he is a good enough to be an effective Test batsman. I do agree that Foakes is in a completely different class as a keeper.
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13/02/2021 13:12:00 1 1
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Pity Foakes and Saha, the two best keepers in the world.
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13/02/2021 13:12:49 5 1
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Reference Foakes. I have been saying that for years. Hope somebody is lisrening.
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13/02/2021 16:51:48 6 1
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Foakes is definitely best wicketkeeper and definitely good enough to bat at number 7. He should be a certain pick in every test match, particularly on Indian subcontinent.
I am not sure Buttler is good enough to bat in top 6. He may be, and wouldn’t have concern if he did, but Foakes should be undroppable in these conditions.
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13/02/2021 16:53:53 3 2
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Totally agree - Foakes is a better looking Jack Russell! The keeping version of "The Wall". He'd be in my side every time, he also got a test ton with the bat(???). Would still keep Butler for his "awe" with the opposition and he has a very good cricket brain, surely we could teach him off-spin on a par with Bess?
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13/02/2021 18:16:19 1 1
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Spot on with Foakes - unfortunately Buttler isn't in the top 6 red ball batsmen in England by any stretch (just as YJB isn't but England management are too lazy to try someone else or perhaps fear they will succeed and they'll have to earn their money in making a real choice)
13/02/2021 20:43:05 1 2
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Buttler is useless, shouldn't be anywhere near the team until he goes away and proves himself in red ba
14/02/2021 00:26:23 1 0
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You should have stoped after every Test.
14/02/2021 03:13:51 0 0
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For me the Foakes plays at 7 every time.
1. Burns 2. Sibley 3. Crawley 4. Root 5. Stokes 6. Pope 7. Foakes
8-11 depends on the conditions/opposition
In Australia I’d play Archer, Wood and Anderson/Broad and whoever our best spinner is, right now I’d pick Leach! Pace will be crucial over there, we won’t win with broad and Anderson because it doesn’t swing enough to warrant having both in the team.
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13/02/2021 11:51:25 100 12
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So Root is our best spinner as well as our best batsman. Bit awkward.
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13/02/2021 11:54:57 50 5
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He has been for years mate, but can you give a guy who is captain, and far away the best batsman, the responsibility of leading the spin attack too?

Sounds like a lot of work to me whilst I am lying on my sofa watching him lol
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13/02/2021 13:52:37 0 3
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Well said....a 1 Man Team.....spinners picked who bowl mostly dross.....rest Anderson just to keep Broad happy....how to throw away winning the 1st Test
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13/02/2021 14:40:36 1 3
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Been saying this for years. Our spinners are crap. Root is by far our best spinner.
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13/02/2021 16:35:56 4 0
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Like many outstanding batmen who could bowl a bit (Richards, Gooch, Tendulkar) the batting prowess has tended to elbow the bowling out when it would have been useful. In this Test, Root might have come on 5 or 6 overs earlier but that may have undermined the confidence of the main spinners. His "novelty" disconcerted the batsmen for a short while but a longer spell could have tired him out.
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13/02/2021 18:12:16 3 2
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But strangely not the best captain probably
13/02/2021 19:14:59 2 1
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What is Bess meant to do? 5-30 & 3 more in the first test against SL. 4-49 in the second test & then 4-76 in the first test against India. Then got some tap in the second innings & it's the excuse for dropping him - to be replaced by an overrated has-been who's not played 1st class cricket since 2019.

What message does this send to other young cricketers about opportunities with England?
13/02/2021 22:39:28 1 0
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Moeen turned that about a yard to bowl Kohli! Ball of the Millenium already. He was involved in all the key wickets today. Bat first, score runs in India, course all the bowlers will go for a few. Stokes got whacked everywhere in 2 overs.

No way Root is better than him. KP outbowled Swann when South Africa toured in 2012 and you wouldn’t say he was a better bowler.
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13/02/2021 11:51:35 12 9
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When pitch, with grass made to suit fast bowlers like Anderson in England.....GREAT SURFACE!

When pitch, made to suit spin bowlers like Ashwin in India.... DISGRACEFUL SURFACE!

Absolute hypocrites are 'cricket experts' like Michael Vaughan, Jonathan Agnew, Phil Tufnell!

PS: that third umpire is not an international level umpire. Shocking application of rules.
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13/02/2021 11:58:17 8 1
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Are you suggesting that a Day 1 pitch that plays like it’s Day 5 is ok?
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13/02/2021 11:59:10 5 1
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Rubbish - pitches should have elements for all- many surfaces in England are won by spinners on day 4 or 5. This one is a disgrace and it’s blatant bias and home preparation
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13/02/2021 11:59:17 6 1
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First - its been a very long time since I've seen a green top in England, and even if there is grass on the pitch it's normally down to the weather in the run up to the game.

Second - a pitch like this on day one??????
13/02/2021 23:32:05 0 0
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Red soil with a touch of Black soil,we are told,I would try something from the Legume family.
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13/02/2021 11:51:41 15 10
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Good day's cricket. Sad to see the Indians up to their old tricks again aided by some appalling umpiring. 249 for 7 and it's a different game.
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13/02/2021 12:05:15 2 8
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What about England slowing bowling???
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13/02/2021 12:37:47 2 0
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Old trick of winning at home, fair and square?
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13/02/2021 11:51:48 137 26
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It looks like we will have to take 20 wickets in the first innings never mind the game, given the dodgy umpiring.
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13/02/2021 11:57:04 81 8
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Mr Chaudary has a lot of explaining to do
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13/02/2021 12:06:21 13 27
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Cmon Andy. After The Ashes and the WC you seriously have very little to complain about re umpiring.
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13/02/2021 12:08:57 14 10
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One wrong decision and we start whingeing! And Come on guys we are better than that - let's get rid of this label of "whingeing Poms"
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13/02/2021 12:16:38 11 7
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OK, he made a howler with the Rahane catch but who hasn't made a mistake?
The stumping wasn't clear and obvious to me (to use a phrase from another video referral system) so benefit of the doubt rightly goes to the batsman.
Given neither batsmen profited in either case, I'd think we should just accept the error and move on.
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13/02/2021 12:19:56 15 0
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At least we got the review back, but I was surprised the decision wasn't looked at properly by the 3rd umpire
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13/02/2021 12:23:36 8 7
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Oh come on! Umpiring is not dodgy, an error was made and it didn't cost England much. It can happen to best of people, but it should become a talking point only if error was deliberate with intended bias or it costed enough to alter course of the game. None of this happened, so let's just enjoy good cricket without diversions please
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13/02/2021 12:37:58 6 5
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What a remarkably daft remark
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13/02/2021 13:13:05 2 0
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That's whining a lot for no reason..Chaudhury did poor re: Rahane's catch but he was the onfield umpire for first test and did very well..give him some slack, the poor guy is standing in his 4th or 5th test..the feed isn't great either, minutes to bring different angles.. broadcaster should do better
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13/02/2021 14:00:04 0 0
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Boo hoo. It's not biased as you think
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13/02/2021 11:52:01 25 8
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6 Indians out today and I watched England take 8 wickets.
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13/02/2021 12:02:55 11 1
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Fortunately neither batsmen added many runs after their escape -although I think with the stumping, benefit of doubt should have been give to the bat. The third umpire incident ewas much worse -he later overturned his own decision and gave England their review back! Has that ever happened before?
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13/02/2021 12:04:03 0 8
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Try opening your eyes !
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13/02/2021 12:42:37 1 0
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Cmon Maksi. Youre better than that.
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13/02/2021 13:31:02 0 0
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Poor comment. Umpires clearly not communicating well today and tv replays also not working well . Mistakes happen . Butter didn’t walk in the last test when clearly out . That was not cricket but not many England supporters called it out
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13/02/2021 11:52:02 1 9
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350 + wins it for India...Moeen 2/112 ??.....Salisbury's 4/163 in 1993 is under threat here.
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13/02/2021 11:55:38 9 2
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Keep talking mate. We’re winning this series. Your captain is a disgrace.
13/02/2021 19:44:40 0 0
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Selfish Kohli.
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13/02/2021 11:52:19 71 13
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I know he got Kohli but does anyone else thonk Bess was desperately unlucky to be dropped for Moeen? Foakes is a superb keeper and what awful third umpiring.
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13/02/2021 11:54:57 53 14
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Not me. Mo was landing it. Bess can’t
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13/02/2021 11:56:29 11 25
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Yes I think Bess should be playing today.

I have seen ODI and T20 players with better bowling figures than Ali*s today.
This has to be his last Test match for us?
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13/02/2021 13:11:33 11 1
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Welcome back Moeen Ali! Two wickets from your bowling and a good catch. Well played. AND well played Jack Leach. Before criticising our bowlers - remember this is against India on home 'turf' - if you can call a Sub-Continental wicket 'turf' (smile not criticism! - its a good test!)
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Mal
13/02/2021 13:38:21 3 3
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Bess too 5 wickets out of the 20 that fell. Dropping him was inexplicable.
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13/02/2021 16:46:16 1 0
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I admire Bess, he is a work in progress but he needs to use the facilities and land it between him and the batsmen. This is a must at 2nd team league level and he is in the Test team. I coach U11's who bowl with more consistency. He will improve though and be a valuable cricketer for England.
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13/02/2021 17:39:47 2 0
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Bess is terrible has little or no control . His run up and action are poor, his arm is far too High fir a spinner going over the perpendicular . He does not use the crease at all , going wide ,going close to the stumps .. I suggest reads Ashley Mallets book . And yes I have played against him, never ever thought he looked a county bowler let some a test one .
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13/02/2021 11:52:43 37 11
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Great innings , which will win the match for India, from Rohit but the day marred by three disgraceful factors. The pitch, the third umpiring, the Kohli behaviour.
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13/02/2021 11:54:35 13 4
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Ah right, game over already yeah? Won’t bother watching the rest then. Thanks.
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13/02/2021 12:22:02 4 16
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England should be the last side to complain about umpiring, everyone knows it didn’t even deserve the World Cup. Umpires had to work very hard to get them the cup. Umpiring in England and Australia especially by the local umpires has always been dubious, unlike New Zealand and India.
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13/02/2021 12:35:31 1 2
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First test pitch was awful, no contest between bat and ball for the first two days. This pitch is delivering on day one and rest of the days are yet to follow. Hold your horses
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13/02/2021 13:45:45 1 3
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Nothing wrong in Kohli behaviour. He prizes his wicket and his reaction was nothing wrong. I also don’t agree that it you can call it a win as yet. English side is a very wise one. They have seen what pitch is doing and will come with a application to close on India!! Day 2 bring on..
14/02/2021 01:02:17 0 0
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why do we bother watch last 4 days when the outcome is already so clear hey? The folly of men.
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13/02/2021 11:52:49 25 3
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We’ve had a very good day there, especially considering that due to a biased home third umpire we had to get Rohit and Rahane out twice. Two awful decisions.
Spinning already so need a first innings lead.

Re Kohli - his arrogance is a big hindrance to India. Bowled out for 36, he leaves, they win series. Not a coincidence. He was gonna review that if umpires didn’t.
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13/02/2021 14:44:11 5 1
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Kohli was trying to pull off a WG Grace. Probably wanted to amble over to Mo and tell him "The crowd's here to watch me bat, not you bowl!". Succeeded in intimidating the umpires to review it.
13/02/2021 20:33:59 0 1
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Why this hate for Kohli..coz he is good and has an Aussie attitude... he was shocked possibly..
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13/02/2021 11:52:51 27 3
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What a fantastic days cricket with a bit of everything! Great innings from Rohit. Moeen bowling Virat who refused to walk! Root the best of our spinners. Stokes and Pant going at it. Then to compare umpiring to village cricket is an insult to all village umpires - decisions were a disgrace. Looks like 4th day pitch and this match either way could end in 3 days. Great stuff!
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13/02/2021 12:18:53 7 33
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Umpiring in fact all in all has been great so far. Today, the stumping decision was more of a benefit of doubt grant to the batsman, as offside view wasn’t available, and the line belongs to umpire. Rahane’s decision was again a rare error, not often the ball hits the glove after hitting the pad.
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13/02/2021 12:21:58 7 1
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Not sure Root was the best of the spinners -Leach bowled well -he might have bowled the odd short ball, but he was mostly tidy and with correct 3rd umpiring, he would have taken 3 wickets.
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13/02/2021 11:53:03 115 32
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Why is Michael Vaughan still a commentator? His 'expert analysis' usually consists of nothing more than 'England are useless and Michael Vaughan was the best batsman/bowler/captain ever'.

To decide just after Tea on Day 1 that England have no chance whatsoever is laughable. I hope England win, causing TMS to realise how useless he is.
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13/02/2021 11:57:34 62 5
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Usually I'd defend him but that comment at tea was pure hyperbole.
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13/02/2021 12:02:13 1 20
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But you will not win!??????????
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13/02/2021 12:18:16 4 5
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You’ve not met many Yorkshire men I take it. He is probably right about England’s chances, unfortunately - unless Root gets another big score.
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13/02/2021 13:02:26 7 3
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What else is he meant to say? "either side can win from here" yeh great insight thanks, he's giving us his opinion, which is probably right let's face it, that's what he's paid to do.... Strange comment
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13/02/2021 13:11:01 5 2
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Difficult to knock his test career and his comments weren’t that extraordinary and echoed by other analysts. India in the drivers seat based on day 1and on that basis , favourites for a win given what everyone has said about the wicket ( including 2 other successful Ex England captains). Rather listen to an Ashes winning captain for cricketing insight myself even if I don’t always agree with him
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13/02/2021 13:39:28 5 2
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And Vaughan hates it when Moeen does well
He isan ashes winning captain with 15 or so test centuries. But you know best!
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13/02/2021 16:22:28 1 0
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Surely he should be advising England to declare ow.
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13/02/2021 16:27:35 1 0
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People often say he's paid to have opinions. But he is lacking any sort of analysis whatsoever, just spouting attention grabbing soundbites.
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13/02/2021 16:33:55 2 0
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To be fair, he is still the most successful England Captain (jointly), not a bad batsmen and like Root - under-bowled himself as captain. He tends to err on the side hyperbole but he would be a pretty poor pundit if he didn't offer an opinion until the result was finalised - anyone on here could do that. If you saw him in Aus 02/03 you would worship his mere presence!!
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13/02/2021 18:14:02 1 1
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Root was quite passive today - the problem is when England come up against the best India/Aus/NZ the captaincy is found wanting

There are plans - what their isn't is adjusting them at the right time and in the right way
13/02/2021 20:07:04 3 1
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Really shouldn't have a go at a bloke for being right. India already have 50 too many.
13/02/2021 21:22:37 0 0
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Who gives a f*** his job is to stir it up a bit now Boycott is out of the chair
13/02/2021 22:36:30 0 0
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Michael Vaughan is right, India are on top and no sensible person could say otherwise
14/02/2021 07:38:05 1 0
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So the Ashes winning Captain appears to be correct after day 1 with his expert analysis .and the armchair experts proved to be a bit useless. Hope they all shut up now !
14/02/2021 10:09:28 0 0
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Day 2: Now you look even more silly.
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13/02/2021 11:54:02 8 3
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Well played Sharma and Rahane. That said is it not time to look at home bias in preparation of test wickets? This one is a shambles- spinning sideways from day 1 and small chunks coming out the surface. By day 3 the bounce will vary too- shooting or spitting out of the surface. Be luck to score 170 in 2nd innings. It’s home bias and should be stopped
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13/02/2021 11:56:45 4 7
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No complaints from you when Root was scoring last time?
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13/02/2021 12:00:17 3 5
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So how do you describe the green tops often prepared in England to suit Anderson and Broad?
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13/02/2021 12:10:14 3 4
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So in the 1st test when England won the toss and got an advantage of the road which started breaking when India started it innings, it was all okay, and now when England got a challenging wicket, it’s home bias....what a hypocrisy. This wicket applies to both the teams, so where does the bias act comes from, did India dream of winning the toss?
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13/02/2021 12:18:47 3 1
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That’s unfair mate given the last match was primarily influenced by the toss. Not heard many complaints on that.
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13/02/2021 11:54:08 12 2
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60 overs of spin and still not reach 90 overs with extension time!
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13/02/2021 12:14:41 5 9
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Maybe if they banned the captain for 2 matches he might change his outlook. Root a repeat offender
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13/02/2021 12:42:46 0 0
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i THOUGHT iNDIA DID THE SAME IN THE 1ST TEST.
13/02/2021 18:30:37 2 0
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I think you should all cut both sides some slack. India did not ask the out of depth 3rd umpire to have a nightmare day and England are trying to bowl 90 overs in stifling heat and humidity. I just think that after being locked up so long most folks just want to winge to ruin someone else's day. Just be thankful we have a game to watch at all!
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13/02/2021 11:52:43 37 11
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Great innings , which will win the match for India, from Rohit but the day marred by three disgraceful factors. The pitch, the third umpiring, the Kohli behaviour.
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13/02/2021 11:54:35 13 4
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Ah right, game over already yeah? Won’t bother watching the rest then. Thanks.
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13/02/2021 12:21:05 7 2
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The pitch is already breaking up, so yes, I find it hard to see where we get 450 plus runs from in two innings. The toss is crucial on these kinds of wickets.

If we can get them out for 350 then we have a chance, any more than that and it needs several big performances with the bat to keep us in it.
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13/02/2021 12:28:29 8 0
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It is if you believe Vaughan. He was saying England are “doomed” (his precise word) at Tea on Day 1. What a chopper.
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13/02/2021 11:52:19 71 13
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I know he got Kohli but does anyone else thonk Bess was desperately unlucky to be dropped for Moeen? Foakes is a superb keeper and what awful third umpiring.
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13/02/2021 11:54:57 53 14
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Not me. Mo was landing it. Bess can’t
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13/02/2021 12:29:41 10 8
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It's wickets that count and Bess got them last match, we'll see by day 5 if it was the right decision, so far Moeen has been expensive.
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13/02/2021 12:31:22 17 4
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Mo's figures today are not too different from Leach's first inns in the 1st Test. Importantly, he got the crucial wickets of Kohli and Rahane. And he was getting prodigous turn which is not something Bess seems capable of doing as consistently.
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13/02/2021 17:31:40 0 0
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Exactly. Even the finally removed Boycott would play him because he "teks wikits". Root likes him because he´s a lovely bloke and good for moral in the dressing room
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13/02/2021 11:51:25 100 12
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So Root is our best spinner as well as our best batsman. Bit awkward.
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13/02/2021 11:54:57 50 5
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He has been for years mate, but can you give a guy who is captain, and far away the best batsman, the responsibility of leading the spin attack too?

Sounds like a lot of work to me whilst I am lying on my sofa watching him lol
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13/02/2021 16:37:29 4 0
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From my sofa I would say he was "work-shy" (said in jest with no more than a hint of sarcasm) - he is an effective off spinner and far more consistent that Bess. Too round arm to lead the attack as too much goes down the leg-side to the left hander and having to think and do at the same time does not sit well in the masculine format of the game.
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13/02/2021 11:55:12 11 0
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Great first day, India in the driving seat though.
My endearing moment was when Mo beautifully bowled Kholi, his expression will live in my minds eye for a very long time!.
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13/02/2021 12:21:54 5 1
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I’m not sure. I think we’ve done well there. Turning yes but not unplayable. Need to finish this innings asap though of course.
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13/02/2021 11:55:27 3 0
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Looks like England will probably have to score around 370 to stay in the game.

And to do that on this track , they'll have to bat even better than they did when they hit 570 last week !
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13/02/2021 11:55:35 10 3
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What the?

Third umpire, only stood once before yet awful performance. You have the technology so use it. Why the refusal to look at the catch which was so clear on the first live view? Did he not have a view from the other side for the stumping? If not he got the wrong decision as the view he had showed no part of the foot behind ( not on) the line.

Dreadful but let’s avoid the C-ing word
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13/02/2021 11:59:50 6 11
bbc
you wait for the umpires to give you out...Atherton was the master of it.
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13/02/2021 12:03:56 5 0
bbc
The allegation directed at the third umpire is incompetence, nothing more, nothing less
523
13/02/2021 13:37:22 3 0
bbc
Poor umpiring but not cheating .
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13/02/2021 11:52:02 1 9
bbc
350 + wins it for India...Moeen 2/112 ??.....Salisbury's 4/163 in 1993 is under threat here.
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13/02/2021 11:55:38 9 2
bbc
Keep talking mate. We’re winning this series. Your captain is a disgrace.
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13/02/2021 12:22:13 2 1
bbc
Atherton was always a non-walker what's the difference??
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Jay
13/02/2021 11:55:40 2 1
bbc
Don’t understand people’s remarks on pitch. I mean it’s still 300/6. Appearances are not facts. If you apply, you can succeed. Be it a bowler or a batsman. That’s what we want to see...!! It’s just that the contest is between bat and spin rather than pace/swing.
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13/02/2021 12:01:58 4 0
bbc
Sorry disagree- after today neither team will score more than 225 is the next 3 innings. Blatant result pitch favouring home team with 3 specialised spinners
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13/02/2021 12:02:46 3 0
bbc
You've got to admit that by Monday this pitch looks like it'll be in bits. It certainly adds a different 'spin' on things but I'd prefer a pitch to hold up better than this in a test match.
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13/02/2021 11:55:45 18 11
bbc
Disgraceful from Kohli. Should be dropped as India’s captain for unsportsmanlike behaviour and make Rahane captain.
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13/02/2021 12:02:55 6 2
bbc
No doubt the Indian match official will come down hard on him..... pmsl.
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13/02/2021 12:04:03 4 0
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Rehane is a better captain as he proved in Australia.
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13/02/2021 12:06:30 5 1
bbc
One of the worst bits of bad sportmanship that I have seen ......very funny though.
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13/02/2021 12:15:43 6 2
bbc
C'mon mate, give him a break. That delivery turned viciously. He had no clue whatsoever. Probably thought he was stumped. So asked. Jonathan and co making big meal out of it.
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13/02/2021 13:01:03 2 0
bbc
Diva complex from Kohli, who has lost four in a row as test captain, and may be headed for five.

If he thought Foakes had removed the bails then he would have heard Foakes tell him otherwise. That ought to have been enough.
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pj
13/02/2021 11:55:48 4 11
bbc
Why is Moeen Ali still playing
47
13/02/2021 11:59:35 1 2
bbc
I thought Lyon retired him
30
13/02/2021 11:55:56 19 8
bbc
This is what happens when you go one up in India... Lol.
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13/02/2021 12:17:15 10 16
bbc
You should be last one complaining after getting the world cup win the way you did.
13/02/2021 20:39:19 0 0
bbc
maybe you havent seen cricket pre DRS times when tourists were robbed by ECB umpires..
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13/02/2021 11:56:20 14 0
bbc
Great first day. I am concerned about the umpires inability to use DRS. Wickets are priceless
63
13/02/2021 12:02:56 9 1
bbc
It was a truly appalling decision (the stumping) and not following through to when the ball could have flicked the glove. But for me Kohli refusing to walk when he was bowled wasn't good. But worst of all was none of the commentators know the rules. C4's commentary team is almost the same as Sky's - AS, ERB, NK not a clue between them and always sitting on the fence - they don't have an opinion.
936
13/02/2021 17:23:03 0 1
bbc
Can’t stand the biased Indian commentators.

Have to watch it with the sound off.

Come back Sky please !!
13
13/02/2021 11:52:19 71 13
bbc
I know he got Kohli but does anyone else thonk Bess was desperately unlucky to be dropped for Moeen? Foakes is a superb keeper and what awful third umpiring.
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13/02/2021 11:56:29 11 25
bbc
Yes I think Bess should be playing today.

I have seen ODI and T20 players with better bowling figures than Ali*s today.
This has to be his last Test match for us?
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13/02/2021 12:07:47 19 4
bbc
He didn't have his best day but its his 1st red ball game for many months or so give him a bit of slack. Thought it was a bit of a gamble tbh but they must have thought Bess needed to have time out of firing line
Maybe Root should have bowled more.
14/02/2021 11:11:58 0 0
bbc
As soon as you read Mo Ali you just can't help digging in... is it the beard you don't like?
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13/02/2021 11:54:02 8 3
bbc
Well played Sharma and Rahane. That said is it not time to look at home bias in preparation of test wickets? This one is a shambles- spinning sideways from day 1 and small chunks coming out the surface. By day 3 the bounce will vary too- shooting or spitting out of the surface. Be luck to score 170 in 2nd innings. It’s home bias and should be stopped
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13/02/2021 11:56:45 4 7
bbc
No complaints from you when Root was scoring last time?
10
13/02/2021 11:51:48 137 26
bbc
It looks like we will have to take 20 wickets in the first innings never mind the game, given the dodgy umpiring.
34
13/02/2021 11:57:04 81 8
bbc
Mr Chaudary has a lot of explaining to do
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13/02/2021 12:17:32 11 1
bbc
But he will never be put in front of the cameras to explain his errors!!!!!
35
13/02/2021 11:57:12 16 0
bbc
Test cricket at its best . Absorbing day’s play with pitch turning on first day and a bit of controversy to add. India just ahead but much to play for.
4
13/02/2021 11:50:48 39 0
bbc
Great that the toss has been shared one a piece in Madras -this will be a much harder test for England -the innings by Rohit will probably be decisive. Some great balls from Moeen, but he loses the pressure with loose deliveries -much the same as Bess.

What’s with Burns’s mullet?! A lifestyle choice or consequence of Covid restrictions? He looks like a player from another era...
36
13/02/2021 11:57:23 19 7
bbc
India fan here.... We here are struggling to understand England's rotation policy. Why did they rest Bess?!!!
53
13/02/2021 12:00:37 13 0
bbc
Bess’ control was poor and Moeen apparently bowled well in practice. He bowled ok today but ironically his control was lacking at times too
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13/02/2021 12:13:20 9 0
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Traditionally England don’t change a winning team -I think most of the rotation was prearranged because of the Covid restrictions -there haven’t been warm up matches and since the players have had to isolate to be on tour, I suspect the management are keen to include them.
165
13/02/2021 12:18:55 9 2
bbc
Because he has the yips and bowls 2 full tosses an over!!!
169
13/02/2021 12:19:36 10 2
bbc
He was dropped, not rested
225
13/02/2021 12:29:08 14 0
bbc
They didn’t rest him. He was dropped for poor control & lack of accuracy in second innings of last test
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Mal
13/02/2021 13:42:24 0 0
bbc
They aren’t resting him, he was dropped- after taking 5 wickets!
846
13/02/2021 16:25:37 2 0
bbc
More to the point, why did they rest Anderson?

"Rotation" is OK when a bowler takes a turn taking a rest, not when a bowler takes a turn playing a Test.
37
13/02/2021 11:57:29 7 13
bbc
England are such a disgrace. Only 88 overs bowled which included nearly 35 mins overtime. It is time this was dealt with particularly as so many overs were bowled by spinners.
60
13/02/2021 12:02:48 9 3
bbc
A hugely exciting day's cricket but all you do is moan
121
13/02/2021 12:13:04 3 0
bbc
Stop whinging, dunderhead!
17
13/02/2021 11:53:03 115 32
bbc
Why is Michael Vaughan still a commentator? His 'expert analysis' usually consists of nothing more than 'England are useless and Michael Vaughan was the best batsman/bowler/captain ever'.

To decide just after Tea on Day 1 that England have no chance whatsoever is laughable. I hope England win, causing TMS to realise how useless he is.
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13/02/2021 11:57:34 62 5
bbc
Usually I'd defend him but that comment at tea was pure hyperbole.
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Aoi
13/02/2021 17:41:48 1 0
bbc
Totally agree, he (Vaughan is out of touch . Aggers is great though.....
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13/02/2021 11:58:05 0 9
bbc
Michael Vaughan called it right at last...Moeen to get runs...112 today.
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13/02/2021 12:05:15 4 2
bbc
Well said Vikram.

You are streets ahead of Stephanie D mate with your knowledge of cricket.
13/02/2021 19:23:50 0 0
bbc
Remind us what Vaughan said about the rest of the series after the Aussies bowled out India for 36
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13/02/2021 11:51:35 12 9
bbc
When pitch, with grass made to suit fast bowlers like Anderson in England.....GREAT SURFACE!

When pitch, made to suit spin bowlers like Ashwin in India.... DISGRACEFUL SURFACE!

Absolute hypocrites are 'cricket experts' like Michael Vaughan, Jonathan Agnew, Phil Tufnell!

PS: that third umpire is not an international level umpire. Shocking application of rules.
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13/02/2021 11:58:17 8 1
bbc
Are you suggesting that a Day 1 pitch that plays like it’s Day 5 is ok?
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13/02/2021 12:19:56 4 0
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India make 300 ..but it's a day 5 pitch
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13/02/2021 11:58:23 4 1
bbc
The clattering sound of an incredulous Virat Kohl’s wicket was music to the air and priceless.

Well done, Mo!

Looking forward to a quick dismissal tomorrow of the remaining Indian wickets.
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13/02/2021 11:58:41 59 2
bbc
Umpires have a ridiculously hard job but the catch that wasn't given was a disgrace. They didn't even look! The stumping I have a bit of sympathy with but still looks the wrong decision.

India are in the driving seat here and it'll take something special for England to win.
626
13/02/2021 14:05:19 15 0
bbc
If the decisions are unclear, they are referred to the TMO who can review the footage. It’s a very simple question - is any part of the foot grounded behind the line? There was not from stumpcam or the side view. Umpires must give the right decision, even if it’s not the one they would want personally
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13/02/2021 11:58:48 3 6
bbc
Hang on? I thought the series was meant to be over?
Surely England have won after just one Test?

At least that's what some self proclaimed van driving expert said.

That pitch going to be VERY tricky batting last.
83
13/02/2021 12:07:27 3 0
bbc
Sorry but nobody was saying that.
113
13/02/2021 12:12:02 2 0
bbc
Stop being 'anti-English', it makes you look nescient!
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13/02/2021 11:59:04 83 5
bbc
Good batting by Sharma, Rahane (odd shot for him so maybe he knew the umpires blatant mistake) and Pant. Runs on board could be crucial looking at the pitch and England will need an above average batting display to avoid needing too many in the fourth.

What was Kholi doing? Refusal to leave when clean bowled looked like gross dissent.
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HD
13/02/2021 13:05:18 47 0
bbc
Being charitable, Kohli may have thought it was an appeal for a stumping but I personally think the shock rooted him to the spot!
584
13/02/2021 13:53:26 2 1
bbc
Simple , he thought he was given out "stumped" and was considering a review.
720
13/02/2021 15:07:55 8 0
bbc
This whole Kohli situation is much ado about nothing.
867
13/02/2021 16:40:42 2 0
bbc
I don't blame Kohli, if you don't think you're out then make the umpire(s) make the decision. I've seen many a keeper nudge the stump once the ball has past both bat and wicket while running off in celebration.
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13/02/2021 11:51:35 12 9
bbc
When pitch, with grass made to suit fast bowlers like Anderson in England.....GREAT SURFACE!

When pitch, made to suit spin bowlers like Ashwin in India.... DISGRACEFUL SURFACE!

Absolute hypocrites are 'cricket experts' like Michael Vaughan, Jonathan Agnew, Phil Tufnell!

PS: that third umpire is not an international level umpire. Shocking application of rules.
45
13/02/2021 11:59:10 5 1
bbc
Rubbish - pitches should have elements for all- many surfaces in England are won by spinners on day 4 or 5. This one is a disgrace and it’s blatant bias and home preparation
8
13/02/2021 11:51:35 12 9
bbc
When pitch, with grass made to suit fast bowlers like Anderson in England.....GREAT SURFACE!

When pitch, made to suit spin bowlers like Ashwin in India.... DISGRACEFUL SURFACE!

Absolute hypocrites are 'cricket experts' like Michael Vaughan, Jonathan Agnew, Phil Tufnell!

PS: that third umpire is not an international level umpire. Shocking application of rules.
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13/02/2021 11:59:17 6 1
bbc
First - its been a very long time since I've seen a green top in England, and even if there is grass on the pitch it's normally down to the weather in the run up to the game.

Second - a pitch like this on day one??????
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pj
13/02/2021 11:55:48 4 11
bbc
Why is Moeen Ali still playing
47
13/02/2021 11:59:35 1 2
bbc
I thought Lyon retired him
48
13/02/2021 11:59:36 13 7
bbc
Can someone explain why we are back to the bad old days of " home " umpires and not the regular experienced crews used to the technology and their requirements. With India and England playing it can not be a money worry.
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13/02/2021 12:06:59 20 1
bbc
Think you'll find its called Covid
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13/02/2021 12:09:02 8 0
bbc
Covid
115
13/02/2021 12:12:05 6 0
bbc
Due to Pandemic.
129
13/02/2021 12:14:39 5 0
bbc
Not that difficult to understand. the reason is COVID19
188
13/02/2021 12:23:07 6 0
bbc
To all who say Covid 19 i know that, how much extra extra would that have cost to quarantine the international umpires.
358
13/02/2021 12:51:58 2 0
bbc
I also question all the no balls India bowled in the last test match. To me that needs investigating as it was mostly by the spinners. Let's see if it happens this test match. Unless it was a tactic to slow the game down ?
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ET
13/02/2021 12:52:01 1 0
bbc
For everyone suggesting COVID, can they explain how England got there?
I suspect more likely, Reiffel et al didn’t fancy the extreme nature of isolating on the way in, during and going home.
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13/02/2021 14:14:20 1 0
bbc
Fair enough to have local umpires during the pandemic but does the 3rd umpire have to be local too? In this day and age of technology surely he could be in his own living room anywhere in the world?
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13/02/2021 11:59:37 49 11
bbc
Vaughan always quick on the England dump, isn't he?

300/6 represents a decent day for both sides; India just have the edge. If England can get quick wickets tomorrow morning, and bowl India for ~350/60, they're right in this.
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HD
13/02/2021 13:13:37 22 0
bbc
Would agree with that, though if the pitch deteriorates as badly as some think then England will likely struggle.... a Test pitch should really not deteriorate on Day1!
444
13/02/2021 13:14:53 3 0
bbc
Commentators all said 250 plus was a very good score on that wicket . So Vaughns comments aren’t out of kilter with other analysts .
609
13/02/2021 13:59:56 3 0
bbc
240 odd for 3 with 2 well set world class players set to 300 for 6 is smashing. But of course Eng have to bat so end of game. I'm fed up with Vaughan as well.
14/02/2021 01:17:39 0 0
bbc
The pitch is going to decide this . Who handles it better. The 2and innings scores will be very low mark my words.
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13/02/2021 11:55:35 10 3
bbc
What the?

Third umpire, only stood once before yet awful performance. You have the technology so use it. Why the refusal to look at the catch which was so clear on the first live view? Did he not have a view from the other side for the stumping? If not he got the wrong decision as the view he had showed no part of the foot behind ( not on) the line.

Dreadful but let’s avoid the C-ing word
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13/02/2021 11:59:50 6 11
bbc
you wait for the umpires to give you out...Atherton was the master of it.
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13/02/2021 12:05:15 2 0
bbc
Good to see you back Vik , you were a bit quiet earlier in the week.
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13/02/2021 12:00:09 9 3
bbc
In my opinion India not in such a dominant position as claimed by experts. India must have set world record for amount of miscues that just fell out of range of fielder. Cricket now in squad rotation like Manchester City? Seems something amiss when this week large crowds at UAE and India no social distancing or face masks when in countries like the UK sports teams have to play in empty stadiums.
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GGS
13/02/2021 12:16:06 0 0
bbc
To be fair, covid is much more contagious and deadly according to stats than UAE or India
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13/02/2021 11:54:02 8 3
bbc
Well played Sharma and Rahane. That said is it not time to look at home bias in preparation of test wickets? This one is a shambles- spinning sideways from day 1 and small chunks coming out the surface. By day 3 the bounce will vary too- shooting or spitting out of the surface. Be luck to score 170 in 2nd innings. It’s home bias and should be stopped
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13/02/2021 12:00:17 3 5
bbc
So how do you describe the green tops often prepared in England to suit Anderson and Broad?
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13/02/2021 12:08:25 6 0
bbc
Have you not watched games at Old Trafford and Edgbaston? Good wickets for spinners and At most English test venues the spinners come into it day4 and 5. Is your bias making you short sighted?
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13/02/2021 12:20:51 5 0
bbc
The difference is Green tops get easier as the pitch wears, cabbage patches like this get worse and to have large black chunks coming out of the surface on day one suggests that some interesting gardening has taken place prior to the game.
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13/02/2021 11:57:23 19 7
bbc
India fan here.... We here are struggling to understand England's rotation policy. Why did they rest Bess?!!!
53
13/02/2021 12:00:37 13 0
bbc
Bess’ control was poor and Moeen apparently bowled well in practice. He bowled ok today but ironically his control was lacking at times too
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13/02/2021 12:00:57 49 4
bbc
Magnificent Test cricket again. Rohit the difference, but England still in their battling against the odds. Nonsense for Vaughan to be writing them off after two sessions. He's (over) paid to provide insight, not nearsightedness.
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Mal
13/02/2021 13:43:41 10 1
bbc
His comments are on a par with his use of adverbs.
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13/02/2021 12:01:32 287 35
bbc
Some kudos to Mark Butcher for standing his ground over the third umpire shambles among the fiercely indo-centric commentary team
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13/02/2021 12:05:34 113 65
bbc
If it was the other way they would have boycotted by now & be flying home.
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13/02/2021 12:28:16 39 80
bbc
Do you have a problem with Indian commentators in India? I’m sure the balance will be restored in a way that meets your approval when India tour England later this year.
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13/02/2021 12:42:04 40 22
bbc
Absolutely right. Its disgusting. Indians are pro anything india. Any criticism is met with a lack of humility. This is from a british indian supporting the farners protest. The same arrogance and disregard is evident there
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13/02/2021 12:50:01 80 2
bbc
I have no problem with Indian commentators they do a good job and have lots of knowledge. The umpires impressed me also in the 1st Test, however the 3rd umpire here may as well have not used the technology, the Rohit stumping could have went either way but for Rahane to be given not out when Root is obviously asking them to run it on and watch him glove the ball is poor to say the least.
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13/02/2021 12:59:19 23 44
bbc
"Indo centric" ! Well the match is being played in India ....in case you hadn't noticed !
If I were Indian I’d be embarrassed by what was out and out cheating by the 3rd umpire. Legitimate gloved catch and stumping and doesn’t give them. What is it with Indian and Pakistanis lowering themselves to cheating?! No doubt that classless buffoon Ashwin will resort to Mankads if he’s getting swatted around the park Removed
480
13/02/2021 13:25:36 13 2
bbc
They really didnt like it did they?it was a pretty poor decision in fairness.would like to think the batsmen threw it away but thats another world.if Root did what Kohli did there would be a huge inquisition and bonfires in the stands.unbelievable reaction from him.
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13/02/2021 13:49:39 10 1
bbc
The commentators in India get bullied out of their jobs if they say remotely uncomplimentary things towards Indian players (Manjrekar-Jadeja incident) or even show neutrality (Harsha Bhogle - 2016 Bangladesh game). Hence we are now a country of sycophants.
638
13/02/2021 14:09:08 2 0
bbc
Are we sure the umpires are not Aussies?
649
13/02/2021 14:13:25 2 2
bbc
Commentators must be BCCI approved at all times.
663
13/02/2021 14:26:39 3 1
bbc
I think it adds to the theatre when you have commentators from both sides. They both have a deeper knowledge of the players and style of their own team. I don't expect them to be neutral, I expect them to give their opinion. I enjoyed the back and forth between them. On the other hand the umpires should be impartial and I think that providing your own umpires should be a thing of the past.
740
13/02/2021 15:16:27 3 5
bbc
Am I the only person who can hear and see Mark Butcher and Nick Knight?

I think Michelle if you wanted only English commentators you should have put your hand in your post and paid for them, you cheapskate!
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13/02/2021 16:20:38 3 0
bbc
it was poor umpiring but hardly made any difference to todays play

Butler was given not out in last when clearly he was but given England had over 500 runs on the board it was hardly mentioned.This a third umpire mistake , nothing to do with the other two on the field...

Should go back to neutral umpires
13/02/2021 19:28:09 1 1
bbc
1. I think the Indian commentators quite good and to be fair they weren’t really supporting decision.
2. 3rd umpire needs to be watching the game every all so he knows what is going on - today appeared not
3. Lack of communication between field and 3rd umpire as to what the appeal was for but to be fair what did Root say to the on field umpire surely wants about looking at the lbw?
Sr
13/02/2021 19:44:01 1 1
bbc
Absolute rubbish. I have heard nothing in the commentary that favours the home team
13/02/2021 20:30:38 1 3
bbc
you will not have an issue when teams travel to England and you have an English-centric commentary team.. wow!! double standards or what?
13/02/2021 21:27:01 1 0
bbc
Butcher is an excellent summeriser. To the point. Doesn't state the blindingly obvious and doesn't overly criticise or fawn over the players.
13/02/2021 21:27:21 1 2
bbc
Why? you can't take what you dish out? sore poms lol
13/02/2021 22:25:20 1 1
bbc
The match is in India during a pandemic. Of course the commentators will be mainly Indian.
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Jay
13/02/2021 11:55:40 2 1
bbc
Don’t understand people’s remarks on pitch. I mean it’s still 300/6. Appearances are not facts. If you apply, you can succeed. Be it a bowler or a batsman. That’s what we want to see...!! It’s just that the contest is between bat and spin rather than pace/swing.
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13/02/2021 12:01:58 4 0
bbc
Sorry disagree- after today neither team will score more than 225 is the next 3 innings. Blatant result pitch favouring home team with 3 specialised spinners
109
13/02/2021 12:11:15 0 3
bbc
"Blatant" like green tops in England to favour hometeam fast bowlers?
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13/02/2021 12:14:51 1 0
bbc
We also have 3 spinners. Other than Ashwin who’s an all-time great, India’s current spinners aren’t a vintage crop.
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13/02/2021 12:17:28 1 0
bbc
Sorry mate this pitch, though spiced up, opens up possibilities for both the teams to win irrespective of the toss.

Last match, nothing happened on day 1 and 2 for bowlers. There if Indians had won the toss they would have won.

This match England are still in the game and need some one to play like Sharma.
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13/02/2021 11:53:03 115 32
bbc
Why is Michael Vaughan still a commentator? His 'expert analysis' usually consists of nothing more than 'England are useless and Michael Vaughan was the best batsman/bowler/captain ever'.

To decide just after Tea on Day 1 that England have no chance whatsoever is laughable. I hope England win, causing TMS to realise how useless he is.
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13/02/2021 12:02:13 1 20
bbc
But you will not win!??????????
114
13/02/2021 12:12:04 19 0
bbc
Maybe not, but in a 5 day test match you can't predict the outcome just after tea on Day 1.
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13/02/2021 12:02:33 185 11
bbc
Absolutely appalling from the 3rd Umpire he shouldn’t be anywhere near Test Cricket if he can’t see properly and he can’t be bothered to run the camera footage to its conclusion. Lazy and inept is being kind and he’s cost Jack Leach a wicket.
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13/02/2021 12:08:08 35 186
bbc
It’s amazing when it’s England your a joke if it was the other way around you would not complain
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13/02/2021 14:02:30 10 36
bbc
Dry yur eyes. Umpires make mistakes and the batsmen didn't make many more runs anyway. England got the benefit of one of the biggest umpiring mistakes of all time when they robbed New Zealand of the World Cup.
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Jay
13/02/2021 11:55:40 2 1
bbc
Don’t understand people’s remarks on pitch. I mean it’s still 300/6. Appearances are not facts. If you apply, you can succeed. Be it a bowler or a batsman. That’s what we want to see...!! It’s just that the contest is between bat and spin rather than pace/swing.
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13/02/2021 12:02:46 3 0
bbc
You've got to admit that by Monday this pitch looks like it'll be in bits. It certainly adds a different 'spin' on things but I'd prefer a pitch to hold up better than this in a test match.
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13/02/2021 11:57:29 7 13
bbc
England are such a disgrace. Only 88 overs bowled which included nearly 35 mins overtime. It is time this was dealt with particularly as so many overs were bowled by spinners.
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13/02/2021 12:02:48 9 3
bbc
A hugely exciting day's cricket but all you do is moan
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13/02/2021 12:15:16 1 3
bbc
Good day of cricket but England should be punished for this.
11
13/02/2021 11:52:01 25 8
bbc
6 Indians out today and I watched England take 8 wickets.
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13/02/2021 12:02:55 11 1
bbc
Fortunately neither batsmen added many runs after their escape -although I think with the stumping, benefit of doubt should have been give to the bat. The third umpire incident ewas much worse -he later overturned his own decision and gave England their review back! Has that ever happened before?
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13/02/2021 12:18:37 6 0
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Match referee gave it back
28
13/02/2021 11:55:45 18 11
bbc
Disgraceful from Kohli. Should be dropped as India’s captain for unsportsmanlike behaviour and make Rahane captain.
62
13/02/2021 12:02:55 6 2
bbc
No doubt the Indian match official will come down hard on him..... pmsl.
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13/02/2021 11:56:20 14 0
bbc
Great first day. I am concerned about the umpires inability to use DRS. Wickets are priceless
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13/02/2021 12:02:56 9 1
bbc
It was a truly appalling decision (the stumping) and not following through to when the ball could have flicked the glove. But for me Kohli refusing to walk when he was bowled wasn't good. But worst of all was none of the commentators know the rules. C4's commentary team is almost the same as Sky's - AS, ERB, NK not a clue between them and always sitting on the fence - they don't have an opinion.
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13/02/2021 12:23:43 5 0
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Cut Channel 4 some slack. They had little time to prepare for this series and I reckon they’ve done pretty well. Butch didn’t sit on the fence and probably got England’s review restored.
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13/02/2021 13:18:23 3 0
bbc
I think he thought he had been stumped at first hence his confusion. Don’t think he actually refused to walk and media making a mountain out of it . Umpires communication wasn’t brilliant today
13/02/2021 19:15:32 0 0
bbc
C4 commentary team the same as Sky?

ERB not been on Sky for months, rarity with Strauss. Knight and Butch working for Indian TV, not C4.

Agreed on C4 not having time to prepare, but Sky coverage is so much better.
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13/02/2021 12:03:48 82 5
bbc
Incompetent third umpiring - he didn’t do his job with the catch. Any competent umpire should know that the sequence has to be run through to rule out pad then glove. The Rohit stumping should have been given out as there was nothing behind the line from the angles we were shown. It’s a shame because to date, the Indian umpires have been excellent.
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13/02/2021 12:24:39 20 10
bbc
You are being too kind, I fear.
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13/02/2021 13:20:26 1 0
bbc
Not sure if they have been excellent, good yes. They missed a couple off Butler too last match when no reviews were left.
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13/02/2021 15:40:24 2 0
bbc
Personally I think England should have refused to bowl another ball until the third umpire had looked at the entirety of the catch sequence. It was quite clear when watching it that Root was telling the umpire that the review was for the ball glancing the bat or glove after hitting the pad.
13/02/2021 19:32:49 1 0
bbc
Yep today was a poor day for the umpires especially the third one.

Why didn’t we get a view of the stumping from the other side ? The one we saw suggested foot on not behind line and the stump cam showed nothing relevant. Maybe he had a view from other side.

Regardless, fantastic piece of quick work by Foakes, showing us today why he should have been keeping in last 3 tests against spin.
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13/02/2021 12:03:52 2 4
bbc
Interesting day. If ENG could have got 1 more wkt, I'd call it even. As it is, with 6 down but Pant still there, I'd say 52/48 IND. We could get him early for few runs, he could go berserk & score heavily. But from 248-3, I think IND will be disappointed with less than 450 & from here, with a long tail, they may not pass 350. So pretty even.

Bring on tomorrow!
25
13/02/2021 11:55:35 10 3
bbc
What the?

Third umpire, only stood once before yet awful performance. You have the technology so use it. Why the refusal to look at the catch which was so clear on the first live view? Did he not have a view from the other side for the stumping? If not he got the wrong decision as the view he had showed no part of the foot behind ( not on) the line.

Dreadful but let’s avoid the C-ing word
66
13/02/2021 12:03:56 5 0
bbc
The allegation directed at the third umpire is incompetence, nothing more, nothing less
11
13/02/2021 11:52:01 25 8
bbc
6 Indians out today and I watched England take 8 wickets.
67
13/02/2021 12:04:03 0 8
bbc
Try opening your eyes !
28
13/02/2021 11:55:45 18 11
bbc
Disgraceful from Kohli. Should be dropped as India’s captain for unsportsmanlike behaviour and make Rahane captain.
68
13/02/2021 12:04:03 4 0
bbc
Rehane is a better captain as he proved in Australia.
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13/02/2021 12:04:13 1 2
bbc
After long time classy innings from Shrama that was real treat watch at the same he saved his skin for future test matches .Pitch plays pivotal role for this match .India lost lost oppchunity put huge score because failure of front line batsman once again , now it is left Pant how he takes India beyond reach of England /playing into hands. Day 2 of the match will be key factor in this test .
314
13/02/2021 12:43:43 0 0
bbc
India have put a huge score given condition of the pitch
6
13/02/2021 11:51:25 40 10
bbc
Rohit is something special. Made batting on the dustpit look easy.

I'd have Foakes behind the stumps every Test and have Buttler as a specialist batter.
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13/02/2021 12:04:21 41 6
bbc
Buttler’s record does not suggest he is a good enough to be an effective Test batsman. I do agree that Foakes is in a completely different class as a keeper.
384
13/02/2021 12:58:15 6 7
bbc
What tosh. Butler has been keeping well and has also been batting well.
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13/02/2021 13:08:17 7 2
bbc
His average is actually not that good. However, Buttler had helped England win countless matches when he comes in with England collapsing!! Ie India, West Indies, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka in the last test.

It’s not just about batting average though. Building partnerships is important and Buttler is a master at that. Every opponent is scared of Buttler and what he can do.
633
13/02/2021 14:07:35 6 0
bbc
Buttler averages 51.5 in 21 innings at number 6. Much better suited to that role than number 7 where he often looks confused as to what tempo he should bat at.
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13/02/2021 16:29:16 1 1
bbc
Second point - completely true, and from even before Bob Taylor was rejected in favour of Alan Knott, this has been the case with England.

Buttler may be Test class as a batsman, but not when he keeps wicket as well - check with Alec Stewart. On the other hand he barely plays first class cricket, so how could we know?
13/02/2021 19:12:01 1 1
bbc
I cannot believe this comment has five thumbs down ?? Goes to show how many numpties read comments "Foakes is a proper keeper"!!
50
13/02/2021 11:59:50 6 11
bbc
you wait for the umpires to give you out...Atherton was the master of it.
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13/02/2021 12:05:15 2 0
bbc
Good to see you back Vik , you were a bit quiet earlier in the week.
39
13/02/2021 11:58:05 0 9
bbc
Michael Vaughan called it right at last...Moeen to get runs...112 today.
72
13/02/2021 12:05:15 4 2
bbc
Well said Vikram.

You are streets ahead of Stephanie D mate with your knowledge of cricket.
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GEH
13/02/2021 11:51:41 15 10
bbc
Good day's cricket. Sad to see the Indians up to their old tricks again aided by some appalling umpiring. 249 for 7 and it's a different game.
73
13/02/2021 12:05:15 2 8
bbc
What about England slowing bowling???
132
13/02/2021 12:14:59 2 0
bbc
Insignificant with respect to poor umpiring and Kohli's behaviour.
74
13/02/2021 12:05:22 6 3
bbc
India v England: Rohit Sharma's 161 puts hosts on top in Chennai...

Why is Michael Vaughan a commentator/pundit. He is always negative about England and then spins his own crap about when he was playing. He dismisses England on day saying they have no chance whatsoever. Rohit is a special player and is easy on the crease regardless if its dust or grass. We need Foakes behind the stumps.
104
13/02/2021 12:09:42 2 0
bbc
Spot on Vaughan a joke 1-1 3 balls after tea he posts, he’s was captain of England what a motivator
518
13/02/2021 13:35:53 0 0
bbc
Ashes winning captain , opinionated and tells it as he sees it at the time . Bit dull if all we get is “ England or India could win or it could be a draw” ! On this wicket , day 1 money would be on India and not just MV saying that .
55
13/02/2021 12:01:32 287 35
bbc
Some kudos to Mark Butcher for standing his ground over the third umpire shambles among the fiercely indo-centric commentary team
75
13/02/2021 12:05:34 113 65
bbc
If it was the other way they would have boycotted by now & be flying home.
352
13/02/2021 12:50:56 11 22
bbc
Pure fantasy.
665
13/02/2021 14:29:40 2 2
bbc
And if it was the other way around I'm sure you wouldn't be on here complaining about the decision
13/02/2021 20:35:00 2 0
bbc
would they though?
76
13/02/2021 12:05:56 0 0
bbc
Gives them the edge? India could declare now. England wont last two days on that pitch! Burns as a left hander must be having palpitations already about opening on that pitch
96
13/02/2021 12:08:42 1 0
bbc
You're not living in the real world, Stephen. It's pretty much 'evens' as it stands, after the first day.
103
13/02/2021 12:09:23 1 0
bbc
Why? Rohit has just hit 161 on it. There are more centuries to be had on this pitch yet
10
13/02/2021 11:51:48 137 26
bbc
It looks like we will have to take 20 wickets in the first innings never mind the game, given the dodgy umpiring.
77
13/02/2021 12:06:21 13 27
bbc
Cmon Andy. After The Ashes and the WC you seriously have very little to complain about re umpiring.
140
13/02/2021 12:15:58 7 9
bbc
Too true - I have kiwi friends who accepted the wrong decision in WC final and moved on - no whingeing. Well done to them and a leaf I have definitely taken out of their book
600
13/02/2021 13:56:18 1 0
bbc
There are bad decisions and biased ones
28
13/02/2021 11:55:45 18 11
bbc
Disgraceful from Kohli. Should be dropped as India’s captain for unsportsmanlike behaviour and make Rahane captain.
78
13/02/2021 12:06:30 5 1
bbc
One of the worst bits of bad sportmanship that I have seen ......very funny though.
79
13/02/2021 12:06:57 2 1
bbc
Umpiring not brilliant with some dodgy decisions already.
48
13/02/2021 11:59:36 13 7
bbc
Can someone explain why we are back to the bad old days of " home " umpires and not the regular experienced crews used to the technology and their requirements. With India and England playing it can not be a money worry.
80
13/02/2021 12:06:59 20 1
bbc
Think you'll find its called Covid
81
13/02/2021 12:07:22 1 0
bbc
This is likely be a tough ask for England - the ball is spinning big already, and if they get say 350-380, I fear they will end up with a 100 run 1st innings lead or thereabouts, with us having to bat last on a minefield. It all makes for fascinating cricket though, Rohit was sublime.
82
13/02/2021 12:07:26 2 1
bbc
win the toss.win this match.pitch a spinners delight.some umpiring not a delight.lets see what tommorrow brings.gulp!
43
13/02/2021 11:58:48 3 6
bbc
Hang on? I thought the series was meant to be over?
Surely England have won after just one Test?

At least that's what some self proclaimed van driving expert said.

That pitch going to be VERY tricky batting last.
83
13/02/2021 12:07:27 3 0
bbc
Sorry but nobody was saying that.
158
13/02/2021 12:17:58 0 1
bbc
Yes he was!
And I am 100% pro England but making a point about a know-it-all here.
84
13/02/2021 12:07:38 2 0
bbc
Think we can probably rule out the draw, then.
32
13/02/2021 11:56:29 11 25
bbc
Yes I think Bess should be playing today.

I have seen ODI and T20 players with better bowling figures than Ali*s today.
This has to be his last Test match for us?
85
13/02/2021 12:07:47 19 4
bbc
He didn't have his best day but its his 1st red ball game for many months or so give him a bit of slack. Thought it was a bit of a gamble tbh but they must have thought Bess needed to have time out of firing line
Maybe Root should have bowled more.
755
13/02/2021 15:22:19 1 2
bbc
If he hadn't played first class cricket for a long time, it is absurd to pick someone with such an inconsistent record, getting worse in the last few years.
781
13/02/2021 15:42:12 1 0
bbc
Then why not announced Bess was being 'rested' rather than 'dropped'? What's that sort of messaging going to do for the lad's confidence?
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13/02/2021 12:07:56 13 5
bbc
The “stumping” was debatable as the toe was possibly behind the line and none of the other two cost many runs at all.

And Kohli - clearly disbelief that he could be bowled like that on a day 1 pitch, but was happy when he saw the replays.

Much ado about nothing when things go badly. It’s like when Liverpool fans complain about Virgil Van Dijk

Just move on for crying out loud!
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GEH
13/02/2021 12:11:24 9 1
bbc
Did India lose a review when Khoi insisted on waiting for replay?
87
13/02/2021 12:08:01 5 1
bbc
1st test England finished 263/3, everyone saying don’t write India off yet. Today India close on 300/6 and everyone saying England are going to get pumped. SO fickle
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13/02/2021 12:14:01 1 0
bbc
understand were you are coming from.but the movement/spin our lads got today.on their own patch the indian spinners are top.hope england do well.we will see tommorrow.
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13/02/2021 12:26:50 1 0
bbc
First match pitch was batting paradise for first two days. India failed to score runs in the 2nd inning as they generally do 9 out of 10 times.
But this turning track from ball 1. Just like Pune pitch where Steve Smith scored 2 centuries in that match and INDIA lost that match by 333 runs.
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tv
13/02/2021 12:28:08 1 0
bbc
Nothing to do with people being fickle. This pitch is a totally different examination from the first.
222
13/02/2021 12:28:10 0 0
bbc
This first day pitch is turning like day 5 pitch of last match. Both teams scored less than 200 in their second innings in the last match. So 300/6 is already a winning score.
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13/02/2021 12:02:33 185 11
bbc
Absolutely appalling from the 3rd Umpire he shouldn’t be anywhere near Test Cricket if he can’t see properly and he can’t be bothered to run the camera footage to its conclusion. Lazy and inept is being kind and he’s cost Jack Leach a wicket.
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13/02/2021 12:08:08 35 186
bbc
It’s amazing when it’s England your a joke if it was the other way around you would not complain
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13/02/2021 12:13:42 50 1
bbc
Some might not but I certainly would - not everyone is as biased as you are suggesting.
128
13/02/2021 12:14:35 53 0
bbc
You thinking that’s ok says quite a lot. I would be saying the same whoever it was. The 3rd Umpire is useless regardless of his nationality.
Classic attempt at deflection from a typical Indian beta male SIMP.... Removed
201
13/02/2021 12:25:25 24 5
bbc
Oh Ninny you're a proper ninny
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ET
13/02/2021 12:46:45 28 5
bbc
Utter nonsense. Don’t judge anyone by your standards please.
442
13/02/2021 13:14:07 11 1
bbc
I would I am Australian.
503
13/02/2021 13:33:06 24 0
bbc
That’s why home umpires is not a good idea anyway he shouldn’t be doing the job either biased or incompetent
660
13/02/2021 14:23:40 18 2
bbc
I think this is more about your own bias rather than other peoples!
677
13/02/2021 14:39:54 7 2
bbc
Yet the immediate honourable thing that came to my mind would be, that once the evidence had come through, I as a batsmen would offer my wicket and the scoreboard be corrected!

Did that happen? No

Not everyone is as morally bankrupt as you (would think).
926
13/02/2021 17:09:27 9 1
bbc
Did you marry Nork?
13/02/2021 19:23:25 1 0
bbc
You're
Not your
14/02/2021 00:05:42 1 0
bbc
Cunning stunt
89
13/02/2021 12:08:10 1 3
bbc
Now let's sit back again and see how many times the word 'disgrace' is used in relation to England, the umpires, Michael Vaughan, Moeen et al
868
13/02/2021 16:41:40 0 0
bbc
I've already used the term "disgraceful" for England's over rate.
90
13/02/2021 12:08:16 15 3
bbc
How on earth do the bbc employ Vaughan 3 balls after tea he posts 1-1 glad he wasn’t my captain. In his eyes may as well just toss and not play
763
13/02/2021 15:30:35 3 2
bbc
Worst tv/radio pundit ever..
91
13/02/2021 12:08:17 4 1
bbc
Third umpire made mistakes in both Rohit and Rahane cases
92
13/02/2021 12:08:20 2 1
bbc
The pitch is a disgrace - breaking up on day.

Very poor umpiring also.

Questions should be asked.
52
13/02/2021 12:00:17 3 5
bbc
So how do you describe the green tops often prepared in England to suit Anderson and Broad?
93
13/02/2021 12:08:25 6 0
bbc
Have you not watched games at Old Trafford and Edgbaston? Good wickets for spinners and At most English test venues the spinners come into it day4 and 5. Is your bias making you short sighted?
94
13/02/2021 12:08:32 2 2
bbc
Is that a new first in Test cricket? A team to be given back a "failed" review. Not able to have seen it but that must have been a real shocker. Does not bode well for when England bat. Will we see the return of the famous "trigger finger" syndrome?
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13/02/2021 12:08:34 1 2
bbc
I am not a Vaughan fan, but I do think England will struggle to get back into this game.

Stone was our best front line bowler by quite some way. Too many slack deliveries from the spinners (Root excepted). Broad, as the senior pro in the attack, was completely innocuous.
76
13/02/2021 12:05:56 0 0
bbc
Gives them the edge? India could declare now. England wont last two days on that pitch! Burns as a left hander must be having palpitations already about opening on that pitch
96
13/02/2021 12:08:42 1 0
bbc
You're not living in the real world, Stephen. It's pretty much 'evens' as it stands, after the first day.
2
13/02/2021 11:50:22 148 14
bbc
Great day of Test match cricket.

Highlights:

Moeen bowling Kohli.
Kohli refusing to walk!
Rohit Sharma batting beautifully.
Foakes stumping Rohit superbly.
Root showing that he should bowl more.

Lowlights:

Third umpire. Twice…
Clearly nothing behind the line re stumping.
Why did they not run the footage on re catch.

India in the driving seat, but England still in this.
97
13/02/2021 12:08:46 85 6
bbc
That's is why there are neutral umpires. It was a great days cricket but the match referee needs to step up.
231
13/02/2021 12:29:53 27 0
bbc
Looks like they sub-contacted third umpiring duties to Stockley Park
378
13/02/2021 12:55:59 5 0
bbc
he needs to catch a number 5 bus home, shocking neutral decision !!!
98
13/02/2021 12:08:47 4 2
bbc
The third Umpire must be a mate of Michael Vaughan..Two dodgy individuals.
10
13/02/2021 11:51:48 137 26
bbc
It looks like we will have to take 20 wickets in the first innings never mind the game, given the dodgy umpiring.
99
13/02/2021 12:08:57 14 10
bbc
One wrong decision and we start whingeing! And Come on guys we are better than that - let's get rid of this label of "whingeing Poms"
604
13/02/2021 13:58:13 0 1
bbc
Speak for yourself poms whinge no more than any other nation - it’s an Aussie insult designed to get under the skin of English people - so why are you even perpetuating it ?
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13/02/2021 11:59:36 13 7
bbc
Can someone explain why we are back to the bad old days of " home " umpires and not the regular experienced crews used to the technology and their requirements. With India and England playing it can not be a money worry.
100
13/02/2021 12:09:02 8 0
bbc
Covid