Feeble England crumble to 112 all out
24/02/2021 | sport | cricket | 1,964
England are bowled out for 112 before India reach 99-3 on the first day of the third Test in Ahmedabad.
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24/02/2021 16:40:00 23 14
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It's just a vintage England tour now...win the toss win the match..look forward to Agnew's next blame article...must be that pink ball eh??
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24/02/2021 17:31:32 6 3
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Indeed, it's probably going to be the wrong shade of pink for Aggers
766
24/02/2021 19:12:29 0 0
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Enjoying the English discomfort i see.. l
831
24/02/2021 19:33:31 0 1
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maybe even england not good enough
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24/02/2021 16:40:06 64 4
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Ho hum, here we go again & no blaming the pitch this time! Aside from Crawley, who did play well, that was fairly awful. I'm a bit disappointed Zak was asked to open, but Sibley was out so quick, I guess it didn't really matter. Still not convinced by YJB at 3, despite the fact he actually avgs well there, and Pope is right out of form (118 in his last 8). Impossible task from here, methinks!
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24/02/2021 18:14:48 9 9
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I think if England can get us out for 225 or so, they are in with a big chance.
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24/02/2021 18:47:02 5 0
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Sending YJB a good player out there home andvthem bring him back involving flight, quarantine, 7 hr no stop bus journey, quarantine then expect him to perform is SHAMEFUL
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24/02/2021 18:53:49 7 0
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what is very concerning is this...
Zak Crawley 53 (84)
Rest of England 53 (211)
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24/02/2021 16:40:17 3 0
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Let the hostilities begin....
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24/02/2021 16:40:44 7 6
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Notice ..?
1st Test – England crush India and it’s all in great sportsmanship.
2nd Test – India pulverize England and it’s a rubbish pitch & Kohli’s a weasel.
Let’s get away from that. No “3rd Test – it’s under lights and the ball swings too much/pitch taking too much spin on Day 1” (or whatever it might be), it’s unseemly, even if true.
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24/02/2021 16:41:16 218 35
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A few comments:-
1) Well bowled Axar Patel and Leach
2) Well batted Crawley
3) Good to see Kohli walk :)
4) Can the third umpire please take a little longer over making key decisions. He probably got the Stokes 'catch' and stumping at the end correct, but probably isn't good enough when he has multiple camera angles and zoom available. Too hasty and this must be looked at for the good of the game.
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24/02/2021 16:50:29 17 14
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Im not so sure on the last bit, it might be because its a new stadium and they might not have sorted out all the mini issues (like the lights turning off and all that), but pretty spot on!
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24/02/2021 16:52:25 5 30
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What you mean is why can't the Indians be more English
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24/02/2021 16:52:51 37 16
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I would like to see the concept of umpires call shelved when neutral umpires cannot be used. There is probably nothing in it - but Gill is not out with half the ball hitting the wicket and Root is out with 1/4 hitting. After the last test destroyed any faith England had in the umpires, it would help to remove any suspicion of bias.
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24/02/2021 16:57:01 5 2
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Ha yeah, surprised he didn’t review it:)
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24/02/2021 16:59:34 11 46
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Let's not forget Root disgracing the game. Again.
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24/02/2021 17:03:09 8 2
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How about Rohit Sharma's batting genius? In second consecutive Test he is showing how to play spin and doing it with ease!!
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24/02/2021 17:03:24 11 1
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I also think that in the end he made correct decisions but he didn't follow the process correctly and as an Indian I feel that third umpire must be told to look at all the angels available and then only he should make his decisions.
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GGS
24/02/2021 17:04:05 11 2
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Agreed. While the on field umpires where excellent, third umpire(while his decisions were undoubtedly correct) hurried through the camera angles like axar patel with his overs.
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24/02/2021 17:06:59 11 34
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Does anybody wonder why India's record at home is so eyecatching. Doctored pitches and totally inept umpiring so far is evident. There was reason the ICC went for neutral umpires and it is blatantly obvious why.
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24/02/2021 17:07:45 16 4
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Especially when the third Umpire spent an age looking at the decisions against England looking at every possible angle. Stump cam might have shown a better angle for the stumping. Very poor umpiring. Let's not paper over the cracks though. England's batting was awful!
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24/02/2021 17:41:22 4 2
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Awful thing to say but to be frank the third umpire seems to see what he needs to and then goes with it makes it even more suspicious that kohli didn’t walk when bowled ??
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24/02/2021 17:44:37 8 1
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Strangely hasty when England are batting. Much more considered when an Indian wicket is on the line. Wonder why
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24/02/2021 17:51:26 3 2
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However valid everyone's points may or may not be, the umpires and few support staff couldve padded up and joined us on the field and we still would've got battered today.

Close calls and umpire performance discussions are probably best reserved for close games!
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24/02/2021 18:20:10 3 5
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Too many Indians , not enough chiefs
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24/02/2021 19:06:26 1 1
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Can't believe this comment is the highest rated.
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24/02/2021 19:15:47 1 1
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Kholi bowled again but wouldn’t say he walked, more crawled off waiting for the crowd to say they had come to see him bat????

Third umpire I thought much better today - Stokes clearly didn’t catch cleanly ( not his fault). Some replays were poor quality but better performance than last test.
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24/02/2021 20:16:52 3 2
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He got the decisions RRIIIGHT!! ENGLAND ARE GRAASPING DESPERATELY!!
24/02/2021 22:45:17 0 1
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You did not need any more angles to see that the ball hit the ground.Time to bring in yellow cards in cricket to stop the petulance shown by Root and expressions of Stokes when he must have known it hit the ground.I would say he was trying to cheat.
24/02/2021 23:20:33 0 1
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there was nothing wrong with both decisions!

If the results had gone england's way, all those who complain would have heard a huge chorus how " everyone must move on" and "the third umpire is using up too much time looking at the various video footages"!

i have seen and heard england trash dl method when they lose and tell others to "suck it up" when dl tipped the result in their favor!
AKP
25/02/2021 07:52:14 1 0
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4) is a matter of perspective. One can also see it as efficient umpiring aiming towards lesser time spent on reviews, especially when the evidence is so clear as in these instances. Why waste time when it’s clear from one angle?
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24/02/2021 16:41:24 21 2
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I don’t get leaving Stone out. Bringing Anderson back seems reasonable (he should probably have played in the 2nd Test) but Stone performed better than Broad. (Cue predictable but not necessarily inaccurate criticism of Broad.) Plus we’ve left one of our main spinners out and sent another home (and then blamed him for it). Ho hum.
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24/02/2021 16:41:44 131 30
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90% of England fans clearly stated (last match) “win the toss win the match”. What’s the excuse this time. 112 all out winning the toss and batting first is the issue. Everything else is noise. Lets not even go there on ganging up on the umpire on a clearly grounded catch which every English pundit said was grounded.
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24/02/2021 16:43:09 48 3
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Is the match over already?
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24/02/2021 16:45:12 10 5
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yep the win the toss brigade wont be on here for a while methinks
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24/02/2021 17:09:57 9 0
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The first match it may have been the case - we won the toss and won the match?

Second test it ragged from the first morning, both sides had similar batting and bowling conditions, Indian team played them better.
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24/02/2021 17:14:05 22 2
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Different circumstances completely. The last pitch was shocking and specifically prepared to help the home team. This one is a fair cricket wicket and England have picked the wrong team and played poorly. No complaints from me as an England supporter here- India deservedly well on top. We should look at our own failings, buckle down and make the best of it
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24/02/2021 17:52:19 2 0
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Quite right, Dips....the 8 at this stage (5:50pm) who've down voted your comment don't want great cricket and may the best team win cricket...they just their team to win at any cost...very silly - and not in the true spirit of the game
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24/02/2021 18:42:40 4 0
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In the second test, India scored 286 in the second innings batting mostly on Day 3. This was almost as much as England scored in both innings combined(Day 2 & Day 4). The "win the toss win the game" theory is an excuse to absolve the English batters of their horrendous performance. Note also that India had 5 different players score 50s in the last test so scoring was possible.
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24/02/2021 18:46:42 3 0
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Funny isn't? Like i said at the time...
Manc45
21:06 16 Feb
India's batsmen are better, the end. England did very well to win that 1st test...
India are very, very good. This is hard .
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24/02/2021 19:29:29 1 0
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Is your 90% anecdotal?
24/02/2021 21:18:04 0 0
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They hadn’t seen the replay in the stadium at that point - I hope they were embarrassed after they had seen it. Stokes clearly felt one finger under the ball but the grass is too long for that to be seen. Many catches that feel right don’t look it for the same reason.
24/02/2021 22:15:17 0 1
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Those pundits arguing the toss (no pun intended) re grounded or not catches, are stuck... Caught up in the heights of Indian's brilliance today. Reminds me of days past when the 1980's West Indian team of Marshall, Holding, Garner & Croft were taking poorly defending, unpatriotic, careless English wickets...!!
24/02/2021 22:36:05 0 0
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The first test pitch was too flat, the second overprepared and not to test standard. This one more even but still to India's advantage, which is fine. England must ensure India are welcomed in kind and must err on the side of green seamers. The shame of this is that you don't get an even battle with too much home advantage either way.
25/02/2021 04:30:04 0 0
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Well said.
25/02/2021 06:27:11 0 0
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Solution, prepare a day 4 or 5 turning wicket for day one and play three spinners. Batting first or second makes no difference then?
MrQ
25/02/2021 10:57:03 0 0
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Oh dear, Dips. 90% of England fans will tell you not to gloat at the end of Day 1 of a test match!
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Jka
24/02/2021 16:42:06 6 21
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It's biased umpiring, plain and simple. It's happened far too many times in this series now for it to be called 'bad umpiring'. I would've had Bairstow come in for Pope instead and bat at five, Crawley at three, Bess instead of Archer as well.
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24/02/2021 16:47:24 2 0
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I suspect dropping Pope for Burns may well be on the cards, as he's only scored 118 in his last 8. And yes, I would prefer to have Crawley at 3 (although that doesn't make much odds when one of openers keeps getting out for a duck!). And, logically, that pushes YJB to 5 & Stokes to 6.
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24/02/2021 16:50:37 0 0
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Nonsense pal
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24/02/2021 16:42:16 9 19
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India once again disrespecting Test Match cricket by preparing yet another 5th day pitch for the 1st day. Test Matches are designed to test all aspects of the game not just Spin.
In a few months the ECB will be foisting the ridiculous Hundred on us whilst forcing proper cricket to the edges.
What is happening to our great game???
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24/02/2021 16:43:33 13 9
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the behaviour of England players all day was a total disgrace ??
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24/02/2021 16:50:22 2 1
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Haha typical comment... Don't watch cricket played in India then. 'Your' great game has gone downhill because you win the toss and underperform
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24/02/2021 16:42:22 13 5
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Very poor 1st innings score. I blame the Indians, really – the players, the coaches, the groundstaff, the crowd; in fact, the entire nation of India. And Brexit, obviously.
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24/02/2021 16:42:40 185 11
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Even I can tell that Stokes dropped that catch, and I have a guide ??
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24/02/2021 16:49:44 46 13
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Mr. Fatboy, this might be the comment of the day ..... lol.
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24/02/2021 17:34:41 16 4
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I agree.
When a player drops (doesn't complete a catch, he knows it 99% of the time). I wonder why Stokes didn't say he didn't take it cleanly?
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24/02/2021 17:53:42 18 5
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???? brilliant. Even looking through biased eyes I didn't see an incorrect call today. Just got done
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24/02/2021 18:02:39 9 1
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Your dog got it right, too?
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24/02/2021 18:18:14 2 1
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So did England's batsmen !!!!!
24/02/2021 22:38:14 5 1
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Yep - don’t see how Stokes can’t have known he dropped it before claiming it.

And Root just embarrassed himself trying to argue and harass the on field umpire.
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24/02/2021 16:42:42 87 21
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Very poor behaviour from Root and Broad today. I'd like to think neither will be coming home with their match fee.
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24/02/2021 18:35:59 9 8
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Kohli disagrees !
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24/02/2021 16:43:03 5 1
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What's the excuses this time Capt Root? Bowled out again under 200! Disgraceful from a international team ! Gutless
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24/02/2021 16:41:44 131 30
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90% of England fans clearly stated (last match) “win the toss win the match”. What’s the excuse this time. 112 all out winning the toss and batting first is the issue. Everything else is noise. Lets not even go there on ganging up on the umpire on a clearly grounded catch which every English pundit said was grounded.
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24/02/2021 16:43:09 48 3
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Is the match over already?
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24/02/2021 16:46:51 11 3
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No it isn’t but if you follow the logic it should be because England won the test as soon as they won the toss
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24/02/2021 17:15:22 7 2
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I'm 90% certain it is... ??
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24/02/2021 17:24:26 1 5
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Tell us how are we going to win this match and i might think your comment carries some merit
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24/02/2021 17:30:48 4 1
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Almost surely is.
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24/02/2021 18:50:12 2 0
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"Is the match over already?"
In the immortal words of Kenneth Wolsteholme at the 1966 world cup. "They think it's all over. It is now"
24/02/2021 22:34:24 0 0
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The players are still going through the motions but the match was over before the second break (the long one, whatever they're calling it).
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24/02/2021 16:43:19 29 1
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Q - Why is it that in every single innings so far in this series, one batsman always seems to be batting on a different pitch from the rest?
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24/02/2021 16:42:16 9 19
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India once again disrespecting Test Match cricket by preparing yet another 5th day pitch for the 1st day. Test Matches are designed to test all aspects of the game not just Spin.
In a few months the ECB will be foisting the ridiculous Hundred on us whilst forcing proper cricket to the edges.
What is happening to our great game???
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24/02/2021 16:43:33 13 9
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the behaviour of England players all day was a total disgrace ??
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24/02/2021 16:43:43 43 6
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Looking a really clever idea isn't it going into the match with four seamers on that pitch and only one recognised spinner ?

Poor batting too, Geoffrey Boycott last seen in John Lewis looking at new TVs and crockery.
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24/02/2021 16:47:39 30 3
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I think the reality is Bess isn't trusted. I guess we cold have thrown Virdi in (if he is still out there). I don't blame India for preparing this pithc. It takes the toss out of the equation as they couldn't risk a featherbed for 2 days . We have to accept the conditions and get on with it. THe third umpire needs to look at himself - where's the rush fella!?
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24/02/2021 16:56:08 4 13
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Are you perhaps suggesting that you know more than the England Management Team? If England had rolled over India with all the seamers taking wickets, you would be saying, ''what brilliant tactics and management from the England staff".

Maybe you should give Root a call and give him some advice, as clearly you are vastly experienced and know more than him.
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24/02/2021 17:26:44 5 0
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You are right. We missed the batting of Dom Bess down the order
546
24/02/2021 18:19:07 0 0
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Apart from the fact all John Lewis stores are closed due to Covid.
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24/02/2021 18:19:22 0 0
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Classic comment ??
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24/02/2021 19:58:08 1 0
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you reckon stokes will bowl enough overs to count as a 4th seamer?
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24/02/2021 16:43:47 73 3
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Shocking display from England, yes the wicket turned but there was consistent bounce unlike the previous pitch
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24/02/2021 17:23:44 12 59
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In what way was the England performance shocking?
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24/02/2021 17:34:33 20 2
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I wasn't shocked by England's performance. It was the 1st test that shocked me. This test appears to be shambolic, starting with selecting one one spinner.
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24/02/2021 19:14:59 1 4
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Huge clouds of dust coming up from the strip on day one, bowlers already risking life and limb with footholds shifting.
A few years ago a Test was abandoned in the West Indies v England series after it was dangerous to play on topsoil that had sand in it. Will this ever happen in India or have they got the cricket authorities firmly by the googlies??
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24/02/2021 16:44:04 13 14
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Usual rubbish from the third umpire again.... that looked out at the end but took one look and bailed out. Shocking again.
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24/02/2021 16:45:05 8 3
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Care to comment on the behaviour after the clearly grounded catch or selective amnesia
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24/02/2021 16:44:34 10 6
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We were bad.
But if you want an example as to why we need neutral umpires just watch today’s play.
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24/02/2021 16:50:11 6 2
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Give all England players out so if they review India get Unpires call decisions and don’t give Indian batsmen out so they get the benefit of Umpires calls, one rule for one as they say
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24/02/2021 16:44:52 141 4
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Being bowled out for 112 isn’t what you do when you win the toss and bat - apply yourself and get 300+ at least. Not a bad display with the ball though.

Also, the third umpire is irritating some by not being more thorough - I don’t think he’s got any decision wrong, but it’s more a case of silencing any doubters. Just show us some more angles!
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24/02/2021 17:05:54 51 10
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Pretty much spot on regarding the third umpire mate
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24/02/2021 17:19:38 9 6
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Isn't it prudent on the part of the fielder to not claim a catch when you know you dropped it (didn't take it clean)?

Please don't tell me a fielder doesn't honestly know if he didn't complete a catch cleanly.
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24/02/2021 17:19:46 5 10
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Yeah let's make it more irritating for everyone let's waste more time on angles rather than adding more runs to the board/bowling more and taking wickets... England are complaining because Indians have a long batting lineup they desperately want rohit out as well as Kohli. Pathetic
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24/02/2021 17:25:53 8 3
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I agree that the third umpire should have looked at more angles for the Rohit stumping chance but even the crowd cheered the first replay was shown for the Stokes catch (non-catch) as it was kind of obvious that the fingers of Stokes' left hand were not under the ball.
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24/02/2021 17:28:08 6 0
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If the 3rd umpire had indeed spent longer looking at the replays, then the complaint would be that since the umpire needed to look at multiple angles, there isn't conclusive evidence to overrule the on field decision. What I dislike is the on field umpires even making a out/not-out calls for these kinds of decisions. It should just be left to the 3rd umpire to look at all replays and make a call.
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24/02/2021 17:30:04 8 7
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You don't need another angle when the one looked at was definitive.
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24/02/2021 20:25:34 3 0
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I thought we want the game sped up when it comes to making decisions. Once they are correct, move on.
25/02/2021 07:51:47 0 0
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"apply yourself" - the English disease. We so rarely do - our national football team thought for years they 'deserved' success because they had so much ability...but were found wanting. This England side refuse to learn, albeit with a few honourable exceptions. Bairstow should not be there, and does anyone else think Stokes' bowling is waay too inconsistent at this level? Botham he is not.
25/02/2021 10:05:58 0 0
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to get umpires working properly you dont need more angles you need more angels
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24/02/2021 16:44:53 15 1
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Biggest disappointment is not learning from last game. Poking around on these dry pitches against quality spinners will get you nowhere. No one used their feet or showed any form of positivity except for Crawley, who got out when he stopped being positive. Just awful defensive technique and Ben Foakes, 12 from 58 balls was not what was needed in that situation.
Kohli wicket keeps us in it. Just.
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24/02/2021 17:43:17 1 4
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We might as well play the one day team and get 250-350 quickly. Even 20 overs team can get more runs by smashing it.
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24/02/2021 16:44:04 13 14
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Usual rubbish from the third umpire again.... that looked out at the end but took one look and bailed out. Shocking again.
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24/02/2021 16:45:05 8 3
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Care to comment on the behaviour after the clearly grounded catch or selective amnesia
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24/02/2021 16:41:44 131 30
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90% of England fans clearly stated (last match) “win the toss win the match”. What’s the excuse this time. 112 all out winning the toss and batting first is the issue. Everything else is noise. Lets not even go there on ganging up on the umpire on a clearly grounded catch which every English pundit said was grounded.
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24/02/2021 16:45:12 10 5
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yep the win the toss brigade wont be on here for a while methinks
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24/02/2021 16:45:16 4 2
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How can England win a test by 227 runs, only to lose the next one by 317 runs a week later to the same opposition? That's a swing of 544 runs - in one week! And they've started this test in the same vein. Frightening how England still show no ability to adapt or consolidate.
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24/02/2021 16:55:33 2 0
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England have a fragility issue. It’s not as bad as it used to be, but those of us who’ve watched England for a while know that this is far from the first collapse.

What’s frustrating is that we always seem to find a way to disaster. If it spins, we struggle, if it goes straight on, we struggle. We have to be more adaptive and avoid this kind of contagion
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24/02/2021 16:59:12 1 0
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I would place my bet on India being underprepared for their own conditions in first test after playing away tests for so long - along with Root's magnificence. England on the other hand came from a recent test in the sub continent. Not taking anything away from England's win but since the first test, India have shown that they have better adapted to the subcontinent and going about their business.
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24/02/2021 17:21:14 0 0
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Soreas betting
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24/02/2021 16:45:27 12 5
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Horror show today.

Can’t understand Broad’s selection.

Crawley aside, batting was poor on a 250 pitch. When you bat that badly, you have to take your catches. We didn’t.

The ‘umpires call’ decision all went against England and another questionable call by the 3rd umpire.

India well on top, Kohli still obnoxious. Game and series feel over
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24/02/2021 18:09:33 4 3
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Broad averages 46.63 with just 19 wickets in the Indian subcontinent since 2010 (12 matches).

Bess averages 22.41 and has 17 wickets (all in 3 matches this year).

But Bess isn't good enough...
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24/02/2021 16:45:31 1 13
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14 v 11 not fair!
24/02/2021 22:18:24 0 0
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I don't think if India had had 14 players it would have made a difference :-) Eng had a bad day, Ind batted OK & unless the seamers have a blinder should probably go 2-1 ahead.
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24/02/2021 16:45:41 102 33
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Starting to get embarrassed by the BBC commentary staff and English players. Take a deep breath and see that the Stokes catch and the Rohit stumping are not out. Third umpire doesn't need to stroke the team's ego by going through the other angles if the first view shows obvious "NOT OUT" calls. Excuses are being made for terrible performances. The players crowding round the on-field umpire is poor
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24/02/2021 16:49:59 48 26
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He does and should review all angles to dispel doubt. All TV umpires usually go for the belt and braces approach. Nothing wrong in investing time in getting it spot on. The fact that this is being debated on here shows that there is an element of doubt.
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24/02/2021 18:31:33 6 0
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It probably won't make much difference come the end of the match, but the photographic quality between Stokes "catch" and the catch to dismiss Leach was startling - at least on my TV.
24/02/2021 22:26:16 1 1
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IMHO both decisions were clearly correct on 1st view thus no need to waste time. I have no problem with those who disagree but accusations of bias &/or incompetence by the 3rd umpire is disgraceful.
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24/02/2021 16:45:53 81 7
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I’m not sure which was the most embarrassing:
England's collapse, Bairstow’s selfish referral or Swann’s narcissistic ramblings.
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24/02/2021 17:09:29 78 9
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Swann is in a league of his own when it comes to bad commentary
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24/02/2021 17:27:04 15 0
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I've never read Swann's Narcissistic Ramblings all the way through. I'm told it's a great book...by Swann himself.
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24/02/2021 17:36:58 12 0
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Swann tries far too hard to be funny and it shows.
622
24/02/2021 18:36:12 4 2
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You missed that you need a mute bottom solely when Gavaskar is on
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24/02/2021 16:46:01 74 1
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It is about time younger cricket fans experienced what we had to go through in the nineties.
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24/02/2021 16:46:07 4 4
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Dreadful . Four top five out LBW to straight bals they should have easily kept out the other giving catching practice to India. Also blatant cheating by third umpire . Why look and every angle on a review from India to give best possible chance of giving decision to home side then just quick look and turn down England reviews? very suspect.
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24/02/2021 16:46:21 4 7
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Rohit Sharma looked out to me his foot comes down after bails broken shocking not to look from other side with camera
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24/02/2021 16:50:46 2 0
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Try lightly putting your foot on the floor and then applying more pressure. Your toes will bend more. There are more important hills to die on and excuses to be made...
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24/02/2021 16:46:23 2 2
bbc
Win the toss, win the match.
34
24/02/2021 16:46:27 104 12
bbc
Absolutely disgraceful over rate from England 11.3!!!!. That's least half a dozen overs that have slipped into oblivion. If its not cheating your opponents it's certainly cheating those who were watching. No doubt there will be silence from the sainted commentators.
95
24/02/2021 16:54:46 41 6
bbc
I think England will be docked points in the championship not that its going to matter.
261
24/02/2021 17:20:09 14 2
bbc
Slow over rates is one of the biggest threats to Test cricket, but nobody wants to do anything about it. Pundits and commentators are all former players so they don't see it from a fan's perspective. No wonder kids think Test cricket is slow - it IS slow
276
24/02/2021 17:22:22 5 1
bbc
I agree (sorry I downticked you by accident and can't undo it).
966
24/02/2021 20:27:33 4 0
bbc
It's supposed to be an entertainment industry - imagine going to any other event and being told to leave part way through which is effectively what is happening with this

Slow over rates need to be punished punatively - make it 36 runs per over not bowled and they will easily manage 15 overs an hour
24/02/2021 20:59:20 2 0
bbc
I'm wandering how much time was lost trying to make the pitch safe for the bowlers? I don't know but seemed to take a fair time out of the game.
24/02/2021 22:30:38 2 0
bbc
Absolute disgrace 69 balls in an hour. Oh no wait a minute in the 1st test India managed 42 balls in one hour on the fourth day after tea.
35
24/02/2021 16:46:29 2 1
bbc
Well nothing's gone right for England there, and they need to park the whingeing tomorrow. Root & Smith made some odd bets for this game and none have come off. No wonder he's narked.
36
GGS
24/02/2021 16:46:30 9 1
bbc
Bad selections from England. No one to accompany jack leach. Partnership with Dom Bess would have been handful for the indian batsmen. Also, they just can't play spin for some reason. The whole win the toss, win the match argument in India is in the bin now.
37
24/02/2021 16:46:49 47 0
bbc
All I can say is well bowled India & batting 99-3 absolutely dispels the pitch myth comments. England were appalling in batting, fielding, selection & management. Only Crawley (who looks like a young Gower!) comes away with any England credit.
212
24/02/2021 17:13:57 16 2
bbc
Indeed Zak was tremendous. My memory stretches to Peter May and some of Crawleys drives were reminiscent of that wonderful player.
480
24/02/2021 18:03:19 2 0
bbc
Comment of the day, very well summed it up today
714
24/02/2021 18:56:26 1 0
bbc
Spot on.
what is very concerning is this...
Zak Crawley 53 (84)
Rest of England 53 (211)
24/02/2021 21:03:00 2 0
bbc
Thought Foakes also batted well. It was just that we was left with a bunch of rabbits (8 to 11) to bat with.
25/02/2021 05:27:03 2 0
bbc
Crawley batted beautifully. His technique looks compact. Should be a wonderful all-format player for England for years to come.
14
24/02/2021 16:43:09 48 3
bbc
Is the match over already?
38
24/02/2021 16:46:51 11 3
bbc
No it isn’t but if you follow the logic it should be because England won the test as soon as they won the toss
67
24/02/2021 16:51:00 9 3
bbc
Today it will all be about the 3rd umpire
39
24/02/2021 16:47:08 16 8
bbc
That’s it England fans blame the pitch you batted first ????????????????????????
214
24/02/2021 17:13:59 8 0
bbc
I haven't seen anyone blame the pitch? We just missed straight balls ?????
8
Jka
24/02/2021 16:42:06 6 21
bbc
It's biased umpiring, plain and simple. It's happened far too many times in this series now for it to be called 'bad umpiring'. I would've had Bairstow come in for Pope instead and bat at five, Crawley at three, Bess instead of Archer as well.
40
24/02/2021 16:47:24 2 0
bbc
I suspect dropping Pope for Burns may well be on the cards, as he's only scored 118 in his last 8. And yes, I would prefer to have Crawley at 3 (although that doesn't make much odds when one of openers keeps getting out for a duck!). And, logically, that pushes YJB to 5 & Stokes to 6.
41
24/02/2021 16:47:34 4 1
bbc
All is not lost.

Many on here said 'win the toss, win the game.'

Let's hope I was wrong and they actually do know something about cricket.
42
RSK
24/02/2021 16:47:36 4 1
bbc
What you blaming today on boys and girls?

Pink Ball has really helped England ????

Team selection looks great right now!

Awesome India today ?? Axar looks a real find, absolute quality ??

If India score 350 on this I reckon they won't have to bat again!

??????????????????
17
24/02/2021 16:43:43 43 6
bbc
Looking a really clever idea isn't it going into the match with four seamers on that pitch and only one recognised spinner ?

Poor batting too, Geoffrey Boycott last seen in John Lewis looking at new TVs and crockery.
43
24/02/2021 16:47:39 30 3
bbc
I think the reality is Bess isn't trusted. I guess we cold have thrown Virdi in (if he is still out there). I don't blame India for preparing this pithc. It takes the toss out of the equation as they couldn't risk a featherbed for 2 days . We have to accept the conditions and get on with it. THe third umpire needs to look at himself - where's the rush fella!?
85
24/02/2021 16:53:23 10 0
bbc
Both Stone and Bess had wickets in their India test matches, Broad 0 wicket in his and still wicketless, just an observation.
524
24/02/2021 18:14:45 3 0
bbc
But Bess averages 22.41 in the Indian subcontinent. Broad averages 50.79 with only 24 wickets in 25 innings.
576
24/02/2021 18:24:47 0 0
bbc
Slow over rate doesn't help him to take more time.
710
24/02/2021 18:55:37 0 1
bbc
that is really not a bad shout honestly.... I think many have forgotten about Amar Virdi, he has done consistently well for Surrey
717
24/02/2021 18:57:22 0 0
bbc
perhaps he was trying to make up time for the slow over rate ?
803
24/02/2021 19:24:42 1 0
bbc
He was correct. Right.
44
24/02/2021 16:47:42 4 3
bbc
When will we start blaming pitch or toss?
45
24/02/2021 16:47:55 2 1
bbc
Vaughan and Agnew have been less vociferous about the state of the surface today... yes it’s spun on day 1 again which isn’t good but doesn’t underestimate the poor choice to only go with one spinner.
125
24/02/2021 16:59:29 3 0
bbc
But Most England batsman actually got out to balls that went straight on playing for spin that wasn’t there i wouldn’t blame the pitch, i would blame the poor shots played
46
24/02/2021 16:48:14 24 1
bbc
India are better than us, it's not rocket science.
47
24/02/2021 16:48:16 56 2
bbc
classic batting collapse by england...

whats the excuse this time? pink ball not favouring batsmen? Well bowled Axar Patel though..
297
24/02/2021 17:27:19 27 1
bbc
Aye, a great display of slow bowling by Axar Patel; upstaging Ashwin is no easy task
385
24/02/2021 17:43:07 3 0
bbc
Wrong shade of pink
48
24/02/2021 16:48:24 4 1
bbc
Please enter your rant here if you are an England supporter and would like to complain.
49
24/02/2021 16:48:29 5 1
bbc
Why does Stokes test the middle of the pitch so often ?
He's a very ordinary bowler
50
24/02/2021 16:48:58 5 4
bbc
England will list 3-1 and then get walloped in our backyard 5-0 in the Ashes!
51
24/02/2021 16:49:01 4 3
bbc
When India got smashed first test there were no complaints from the losing team or fans about ANYTHING
52
24/02/2021 16:49:03 150 42
bbc
I hope people complain about the boorish behaviour of Root and co. like they did with Kohli in the last match. Root taking out his frustation of playing only one spinner on the umpires.
534
24/02/2021 18:17:10 60 6
bbc
Broad needs a dummy
615
24/02/2021 18:34:31 11 17
bbc
Nobody does boorish better than arrogant Kohli
693
24/02/2021 18:52:53 10 34
bbc
I think Root was upset because the review showed Rohit was out, but the 3rd umpire gave him not out.
I'm not saying that the Indian umpire was cheating....actually, I am saying that.
But it's India.
They prepare pitches purely for their team and the umpires are active in their support for their team.
If this series had neutral umpires Rohit would have gone.
761
ph
24/02/2021 19:11:27 9 5
bbc
Difference is, Root will probably get punished. Unlike Virat Kohli, the ‘Ronnie O’Sullivan of Cricket’.
825
24/02/2021 19:31:33 3 6
bbc
Problematic when you are facing a great spin attack,good batters and dodgy umpiring again.
24/02/2021 22:08:20 0 0
bbc
Ripped em a new one!!
24/02/2021 22:51:15 1 0
bbc
I agree,Mind you i do not rate him as captain material,then his vice captain is hit or a miss with his batting and bowling.
53
GGS
24/02/2021 16:49:19 11 0
bbc
There will be tendency to bury the head in the sand and blame everything on the condition and umpires but fact of the matter is that England played horribly in the best batting conditions available in the whole match which has caused all the frustrations.
70
24/02/2021 16:51:37 1 1
bbc
No there won't be.
11
24/02/2021 16:42:40 185 11
bbc
Even I can tell that Stokes dropped that catch, and I have a guide ??
54
24/02/2021 16:49:44 46 13
bbc
Mr. Fatboy, this might be the comment of the day ..... lol.
28
24/02/2021 16:45:41 102 33
bbc
Starting to get embarrassed by the BBC commentary staff and English players. Take a deep breath and see that the Stokes catch and the Rohit stumping are not out. Third umpire doesn't need to stroke the team's ego by going through the other angles if the first view shows obvious "NOT OUT" calls. Excuses are being made for terrible performances. The players crowding round the on-field umpire is poor
55
24/02/2021 16:49:59 48 26
bbc
He does and should review all angles to dispel doubt. All TV umpires usually go for the belt and braces approach. Nothing wrong in investing time in getting it spot on. The fact that this is being debated on here shows that there is an element of doubt.
137
24/02/2021 17:00:25 10 9
bbc
Indeed it avoids the perception of bias.

I suspect the stumping is not out, although the fact the host broadcaster has not provided stump cam replays makes me a little concerned.

The catch i do have an issue with! In that the soft signal was out - there was not enough to overturn that. The ball likely carried, unclear if it was then dragged. If the soft signal had been not out then fine.
221
24/02/2021 17:14:55 21 4
bbc
I understand where you are coming from but third umpire's job isn't to re-assure the English fans and BBC commentators; their job is to adjudge correct rulings. If it is clear in the first view that should be enough - we need to respect umpires etc., it annoys me when frustrations are focussed on those who are facilitating the match.
795
24/02/2021 19:22:32 2 0
bbc
There was none. Doubt that is.
24/02/2021 21:33:30 3 0
bbc
This is being debated because there is no other excuse to this abject performance
25/02/2021 05:14:07 0 0
bbc
It is upto the game's authorities to take the TV umpire to task if they don't follow the guidelines/rules. Don't express opinions on matters where you are not part of the process.
56
24/02/2021 16:50:00 3 2
bbc
Do not get this focus on the Stokes catch or Rohit stumping. Yes there is always a margin or error, people see things differently. Get that when youre down, lamenting what could have been is tempting. But sorry, neither was out!
133
24/02/2021 17:00:05 3 2
bbc
Agree about the catch, but the stumping should have been checked better. I thought his foot was off the ground.
20
24/02/2021 16:44:34 10 6
bbc
We were bad.
But if you want an example as to why we need neutral umpires just watch today’s play.
57
24/02/2021 16:50:11 6 2
bbc
Give all England players out so if they review India get Unpires call decisions and don’t give Indian batsmen out so they get the benefit of Umpires calls, one rule for one as they say
227
24/02/2021 17:15:18 1 0
bbc
In the last match root was out and given the benefit, is that the same rule
58
24/02/2021 16:50:15 3 0
bbc
No excuses,,just frustratingly soil pipe waste,,
96
24/02/2021 16:54:54 1 0
bbc
The pitch or England's performance?
59
24/02/2021 16:50:17 3 1
bbc
Good job we brought Bairstow back !
60
24/02/2021 16:50:22 4 1
bbc
Have we sent the England football team by mistake ! ??
9
24/02/2021 16:42:16 9 19
bbc
India once again disrespecting Test Match cricket by preparing yet another 5th day pitch for the 1st day. Test Matches are designed to test all aspects of the game not just Spin.
In a few months the ECB will be foisting the ridiculous Hundred on us whilst forcing proper cricket to the edges.
What is happening to our great game???
61
24/02/2021 16:50:22 2 1
bbc
Haha typical comment... Don't watch cricket played in India then. 'Your' great game has gone downhill because you win the toss and underperform
5
24/02/2021 16:41:16 218 35
bbc
A few comments:-
1) Well bowled Axar Patel and Leach
2) Well batted Crawley
3) Good to see Kohli walk :)
4) Can the third umpire please take a little longer over making key decisions. He probably got the Stokes 'catch' and stumping at the end correct, but probably isn't good enough when he has multiple camera angles and zoom available. Too hasty and this must be looked at for the good of the game.
62
24/02/2021 16:50:29 17 14
bbc
Im not so sure on the last bit, it might be because its a new stadium and they might not have sorted out all the mini issues (like the lights turning off and all that), but pretty spot on!
135
24/02/2021 17:00:14 4 6
bbc
It was out anyway. The stump view doesn't always show the toe on the ground... would have been inconclusive
201
Ash
24/02/2021 17:11:46 1 0
bbc
Appears he looks at various angles only for LBW
8
Jka
24/02/2021 16:42:06 6 21
bbc
It's biased umpiring, plain and simple. It's happened far too many times in this series now for it to be called 'bad umpiring'. I would've had Bairstow come in for Pope instead and bat at five, Crawley at three, Bess instead of Archer as well.
63
24/02/2021 16:50:37 0 0
bbc
Nonsense pal
64
24/02/2021 16:50:39 3 4
bbc
Is this the team you'll be bringing over for the Ashes?
80
24/02/2021 16:52:59 2 0
bbc
No, we're sending the under 14s over to make it a fair contest.
81
24/02/2021 16:53:11 2 0
bbc
At least we don't have a captain whose better at sledging than he is at playing cricket.
91
24/02/2021 16:54:10 3 0
bbc
Didn’t Australia get beat by India in their back yard just over a month ago? Pipe down.
65
24/02/2021 16:50:42 2 0
bbc
India have three spinners England have one (respectfully not including JR).
Such forward thinking!.
32
24/02/2021 16:46:21 4 7
bbc
Rohit Sharma looked out to me his foot comes down after bails broken shocking not to look from other side with camera
66
24/02/2021 16:50:46 2 0
bbc
Try lightly putting your foot on the floor and then applying more pressure. Your toes will bend more. There are more important hills to die on and excuses to be made...
105
24/02/2021 16:56:00 1 0
bbc
It would be helpful if the host broadcaster player the stump camp which is normally very good at confirming groundings, as they suffer from the same issues as catches appearing to have not carried. Strangely, that does not seem to have appeared.......?
38
24/02/2021 16:46:51 11 3
bbc
No it isn’t but if you follow the logic it should be because England won the test as soon as they won the toss
67
24/02/2021 16:51:00 9 3
bbc
Today it will all be about the 3rd umpire
210
24/02/2021 17:13:54 9 1
bbc
Which is a shame, it should not be but it will be because that was not a particularly competent performance from the 3rd official?

The focus should be the poor batting from england.
318
24/02/2021 17:31:21 3 1
bbc
What? For getting every decision correct.
68
24/02/2021 16:51:01 4 9
bbc
That pitch is spinning too much. Time to do something about these biased pitches the home teams set up.

Get this Indian team onto a proper cricket pitch in England and see how they do.
74
GGS
24/02/2021 16:52:24 7 2
bbc
I hope you can see the irony there mate!
79
24/02/2021 16:52:56 2 2
bbc
Yep, a poor surface prepared once again...
84
ken
24/02/2021 16:53:14 4 2
bbc
The pitch is spinning too much and yet several players being lbw to balls that just went straight on...interesting!!!!
86
24/02/2021 16:53:30 4 1
bbc
Haha another silly pitch rant. England won the toss and didn't perform. Face it.
113
24/02/2021 16:57:07 2 0
bbc
Pitches in England generally seam, pitches in India spin, it’s the weather you know?
271
24/02/2021 17:21:29 1 0
bbc
I think we (England) prepare pitches also.
Real world needed for you Mr Mainwaring!
69
24/02/2021 16:51:14 17 1
bbc
Surprised with England's team selection today and in general not quite sure how effective the rotation policy is . The fact that India went in with 3 spinners and England went in with 1 spinner says one team has read the pitch & conditions wrong. Hope that team is not England but highly unlikely given the state of play on day 1 and with Leach being the best bowler on day 1 of a day/night test
262
24/02/2021 17:20:10 20 0
bbc
Hopeless selection. Plainly ridiculous rotation policy- Especially away from home - spend a few games getting used to conditions and you are out. In come players who have start all over again. Misread the pitch and conditions- short of a batter and a second spinner. Too many seamers. Long tail. Could not have got it more wrong.
53
GGS
24/02/2021 16:49:19 11 0
bbc
There will be tendency to bury the head in the sand and blame everything on the condition and umpires but fact of the matter is that England played horribly in the best batting conditions available in the whole match which has caused all the frustrations.
70
24/02/2021 16:51:37 1 1
bbc
No there won't be.
217
GGS
24/02/2021 17:14:19 1 1
bbc
I wouldn't put it past aggers and bumble
71
24/02/2021 16:51:51 6 2
bbc
Can’t believe Bairstow got out lbw said no one. Stop picking your mates root. Already dumped lawrence and bess. That will help their confidence no end
72
24/02/2021 16:52:06 15 3
bbc
If you;
1 Pick the wrong team.
2 Bowl your spinner from the wrong end.
3 Set ridiculous fields.
4 Bat very badly.
Then you are going to struggle.

The omission of Stone and Bess was a moronic decision.

Still, we may improve tomorrow.
129
24/02/2021 16:59:32 5 2
bbc
Dropping Bess was right decision, probably bowled more full tosses in this series so far than all the other bowlers put together
136
24/02/2021 17:00:23 5 0
bbc
Very much doubt it, but would be nice if we bowled 15 overs an hour, about time something was done about slow over rates.
155
24/02/2021 17:03:49 2 0
bbc
Saw the line up and thought crikey win the Toss and we bowl then ... Obviously not.

Old Boys doing selection then again yes run containment but they or one of them will need to pull a rabbit out the hat job.

As for Leach one hell of a long time now bowling too going to happen. JR need to be turning his arm over.
73
VSM
24/02/2021 16:52:07 46 3
bbc
I think we (England) need more back room staff, there is not enough, more bowling "coaches" maybe a 12th man coach and also a coach for the coaches
90
24/02/2021 16:54:05 37 1
bbc
What about a coach for the coaches coaches?
287
24/02/2021 17:25:42 4 0
bbc
Better players, that's what you need :-)
471
24/02/2021 17:58:46 0 0
bbc
Nice
Perhaps we need a coach for the coaches, a double decker over which India can lob their 6s and a cricket pantechnicon...because we need to move lots of old cricketing furniture into storage, in order to decide on a different way of preparing to do our best
559
24/02/2021 18:21:47 1 1
bbc
Behaviour coach needed
930
24/02/2021 20:13:43 0 0
bbc
Unfortunately too many coaches are being parked at football matches.
24/02/2021 20:54:19 2 0
bbc
Time for a couch, methinks
24/02/2021 22:25:18 1 0
bbc
There is definitely not enough backroom staff within the England set up. The ECB must throw more money at non-essential employees. The travel/hotel costs alone are not enough surely ? A farcical situation.
68
24/02/2021 16:51:01 4 9
bbc
That pitch is spinning too much. Time to do something about these biased pitches the home teams set up.

Get this Indian team onto a proper cricket pitch in England and see how they do.
74
GGS
24/02/2021 16:52:24 7 2
bbc
I hope you can see the irony there mate!
5
24/02/2021 16:41:16 218 35
bbc
A few comments:-
1) Well bowled Axar Patel and Leach
2) Well batted Crawley
3) Good to see Kohli walk :)
4) Can the third umpire please take a little longer over making key decisions. He probably got the Stokes 'catch' and stumping at the end correct, but probably isn't good enough when he has multiple camera angles and zoom available. Too hasty and this must be looked at for the good of the game.
75
24/02/2021 16:52:25 5 30
bbc
What you mean is why can't the Indians be more English
106
24/02/2021 16:56:04 39 3
bbc
I mean can the third umpire take his time to dispel any lingering doubt. THe fact that his performance is being debated is not good and if the technology is available it must be used properly.
121
24/02/2021 16:58:34 7 0
bbc
I would use the word thorough.
542
gb
24/02/2021 18:18:02 3 4
bbc
you mean to moan like English cricket, when losing
76
AJY
24/02/2021 16:52:48 5 6
bbc
Players don’t become superstars or rubbish overnight. The problem is that the pitches are so biased to the home side in test cricket (including England) that’s why this format is dying.
Vaughan at 16:29:
Jack Leach is getting better and better, he's improving every day

Vaughan at 16:41:
The England players don't seem to be improving.

Troll.
Removed
5
24/02/2021 16:41:16 218 35
bbc
A few comments:-
1) Well bowled Axar Patel and Leach
2) Well batted Crawley
3) Good to see Kohli walk :)
4) Can the third umpire please take a little longer over making key decisions. He probably got the Stokes 'catch' and stumping at the end correct, but probably isn't good enough when he has multiple camera angles and zoom available. Too hasty and this must be looked at for the good of the game.
78
24/02/2021 16:52:51 37 16
bbc
I would like to see the concept of umpires call shelved when neutral umpires cannot be used. There is probably nothing in it - but Gill is not out with half the ball hitting the wicket and Root is out with 1/4 hitting. After the last test destroyed any faith England had in the umpires, it would help to remove any suspicion of bias.
152
24/02/2021 17:03:21 17 6
bbc
In the last match Kohli got out to Moeen on umpires call and Root survived plump lbw on umpires call. Just two examples. There were other Indian players who got out to umpires call.
163
24/02/2021 17:05:20 11 2
bbc
I think the on field decisions have been fine and i do not think the players have had a problem with that. It is the TV decision making , specifically the process. I don't think it is bias, more an issue of very inexperienced 3rd umpires at test level.
392
24/02/2021 17:43:52 3 2
bbc
Sorry but that's always the same. You won't be complaining if we get wickets in the Ashes due to the same.
535
gb
24/02/2021 18:17:30 2 3
bbc
It is English technology, so you need to be careful before pointing. if the decision favours England then it is fair always isn't it.
68
24/02/2021 16:51:01 4 9
bbc
That pitch is spinning too much. Time to do something about these biased pitches the home teams set up.

Get this Indian team onto a proper cricket pitch in England and see how they do.
79
24/02/2021 16:52:56 2 2
bbc
Yep, a poor surface prepared once again...
64
24/02/2021 16:50:39 3 4
bbc
Is this the team you'll be bringing over for the Ashes?
80
24/02/2021 16:52:59 2 0
bbc
No, we're sending the under 14s over to make it a fair contest.
942
24/02/2021 20:19:12 0 0
bbc
It sure looked like the under 14s were playing today.
64
24/02/2021 16:50:39 3 4
bbc
Is this the team you'll be bringing over for the Ashes?
81
24/02/2021 16:53:11 2 0
bbc
At least we don't have a captain whose better at sledging than he is at playing cricket.
82
24/02/2021 16:53:13 4 1
bbc
Straussy just said it - England players (and all their fans) are just exasperated by being completely outplayed last test and so far this match.
83
24/02/2021 16:53:13 4 3
bbc
That was a poor day from England. No luck with a few decisions but the Indians were better at bowling and batting! All is not lost, a few quick wickets tomorrow and all out for under 250 and you never know.
68
24/02/2021 16:51:01 4 9
bbc
That pitch is spinning too much. Time to do something about these biased pitches the home teams set up.

Get this Indian team onto a proper cricket pitch in England and see how they do.
84
ken
24/02/2021 16:53:14 4 2
bbc
The pitch is spinning too much and yet several players being lbw to balls that just went straight on...interesting!!!!
43
24/02/2021 16:47:39 30 3
bbc
I think the reality is Bess isn't trusted. I guess we cold have thrown Virdi in (if he is still out there). I don't blame India for preparing this pithc. It takes the toss out of the equation as they couldn't risk a featherbed for 2 days . We have to accept the conditions and get on with it. THe third umpire needs to look at himself - where's the rush fella!?
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24/02/2021 16:53:23 10 0
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Both Stone and Bess had wickets in their India test matches, Broad 0 wicket in his and still wicketless, just an observation.
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24/02/2021 16:51:01 4 9
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That pitch is spinning too much. Time to do something about these biased pitches the home teams set up.

Get this Indian team onto a proper cricket pitch in England and see how they do.
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24/02/2021 16:53:30 4 1
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Haha another silly pitch rant. England won the toss and didn't perform. Face it.
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24/02/2021 16:58:32 0 2
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Doesn't matter if you win the toss on a pitch that acts like a 5th day pitch on day 1!
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24/02/2021 16:53:40 3 2
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England just couldn't catch a break today. That said they've been outplayed for the past two tests. They need some early wickets tomorrow otherwise its 2-1
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24/02/2021 16:53:42 169 8
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Another pathetic display with the bat. Technically flawed. None of them have an even half decent basic defensive shot. Prod with hard hands around a planted front foot or go back to length deliveries. Attack consists of the sweep shot. As for the personnel choices. One spinner! We’re playing in India. They are not going to prepare a green top. Utterly incompetent team selection. ??
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24/02/2021 16:59:08 35 5
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Batting on that pitch looked tough, the ball was spinning / not spinning / bouncing / not bouncing for the first few hours of the match. Plus their spinners are great bowlers, bowling really well on a pitch designed for their strengths.
25/02/2021 05:34:38 0 0
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And we seem to have about 10 thousand backroom staff so surely someone could have seen that ! You are spot on
25/02/2021 10:04:22 0 0
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sorry is that england or india ?
25/02/2021 14:07:19 0 0
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Wait until you see the second innings, 0 for 2 after 3 balls with a succesful review. Why did Root not bowl until India were in the lead on a spinners wicket then taking 5 wickets for 8 runs. Bad selection, bad captaincy, bad performance, bad decisions. The pitch is not good but that is no excuse for an inept performance. Why rotate Moeen Ali out of the team on spinners wickets.
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24/02/2021 16:53:56 14 1
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Bad pitch? Poor umpiring? No excuses this time England. You have been outplayed!! Need a change in cricket culture from grass root to have better spinners and produce better spin playing batsmen!!
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24/02/2021 16:52:07 46 3
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I think we (England) need more back room staff, there is not enough, more bowling "coaches" maybe a 12th man coach and also a coach for the coaches
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24/02/2021 16:54:05 37 1
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What about a coach for the coaches coaches?
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24/02/2021 17:04:18 6 0
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And a bigger coach to drive them to the matches in. Can save money on booking the return in 3 days instead of 5
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24/02/2021 17:04:37 2 0
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How would they get to the stadium ? Coach?
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24/02/2021 17:15:40 2 0
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What about a coach for the coach driver? It’s been a bad day.
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24/02/2021 17:17:17 3 0
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Nah. At best they deserve tuk-tuks.
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24/02/2021 17:32:30 2 1
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It is getting like Clive Woodward's Lions Tour, with nearly sixty players and three hundred support staff.

None of which was any help when the Kiwis crippled BoD in the first minute of the first test and got away with it.
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24/02/2021 16:50:39 3 4
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Is this the team you'll be bringing over for the Ashes?
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24/02/2021 16:54:10 3 0
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Didn’t Australia get beat by India in their back yard just over a month ago? Pipe down.
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24/02/2021 16:54:26 0 0
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Another shocking bowler friendly pitch ... erm ... dodgy footing on landing foot ... fercrisakes !... erm ... ;D
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24/02/2021 16:54:29 4 1
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I see all the Cr*ms are awake.

Strewth.

As far as I am aware, Australia can't beat Indian now either home or away.

Oh great...now I have that stupid theme song in my head.

Is Alf still alive?
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24/02/2021 16:54:45 16 1
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Load of old rubbish from England today. Haven't challenged India with bat or ball.
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24/02/2021 16:46:27 104 12
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Absolutely disgraceful over rate from England 11.3!!!!. That's least half a dozen overs that have slipped into oblivion. If its not cheating your opponents it's certainly cheating those who were watching. No doubt there will be silence from the sainted commentators.
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24/02/2021 16:54:46 41 6
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I think England will be docked points in the championship not that its going to matter.
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24/02/2021 16:50:15 3 0
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No excuses,,just frustratingly soil pipe waste,,
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24/02/2021 16:54:54 1 0
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The pitch or England's performance?
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24/02/2021 17:03:15 1 0
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It's a close call, both down the pan,
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24/02/2021 16:54:56 2 0
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Very poor team batting application on a Day 1 pitch. That top order needs some serious work to get consistent scores especially the number 3 position.
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24/02/2021 16:55:00 6 2
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Will Root grow a pair and come in at number 3 in the 2nd innings when his team will desperately need a score from him. Nah! He'll shuffle in at 5 once the night watchman gets out and it'll all fall apart??
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24/02/2021 17:55:49 0 0
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Agree, it’s ridiculous
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24/02/2021 20:07:16 0 0
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The "Root at No3" argument is a bit of a fallacy. Because our openers and No3 have tended not to last very long anyway, Root has been coming in within the first 10 overs anyway - practically, an opener when the ball is still very new
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24/02/2021 16:55:01 1 1
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Confidence must have been shattered after the last test match I was very surprised England chose to bat first. The best hope was to put India in and try and get some early wickets to seize the initiative and India sensed the opportunity by piling pressure on the nervous English batsmen. Real shame for Crawley not to take it on to a bigger score after playing so well and Root also looked assured.
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24/02/2021 16:55:10 2 0
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If there is one thing you can count on it's an "England Collapse". Simply not good enough. Missed chances in the field as well. Poor day.

Indian Spinners doing the work again. Axar and Ashwin were simply unplayable at times.

Why we only selected one spinner is beyond me.

At this rate, the game will be won by Friday.
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24/02/2021 17:03:26 1 1
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neither of our spinners are unplayable, that is the problem. They struggle to pitch the ball at times.