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Cricket 37: Boycott's Grandma Probably Should Bat

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Did some research. At least Lyon and Leach have combined for 1 over of bowling and 2 batted runs this match.

Adil Rashid apparently had a Test match where he didn't bowl and didn't bat at all (and didn't take a catch either).

Yes, Broad and Woakes always get more movement. In some ways it's been to their detriment with a lot of plays and misses.

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Archer's radar is a bit off but pace is up. You can tell that both Archer and Broad are quite pissed off at the moment. They might need to bring in Woakes a lot earlier this innings since Broad and Archer wouldn't have gotten much rest.

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I'm hoping the end of that last thread doesn't herald a return of form for Warner! It was working a treat (that 60-odd notwithstanding).

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Just now, Paxter said:

I'm hoping the end of that last thread doesn't herald a return of form for Warner! It was working a treat (that 60-odd notwithstanding).

It did do quite some good voodoo work, didn't it! Five single figure scores and a 60-odd is a pretty bad return.

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People talk about Buttler as captaincy material. It's difficult because not many batters are cemented in the side. Stokes...it didn't worth with Flintoff, I doubt it would work with him.

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Harris looking to be positive. I think it's a great tactic because a quickfire 50 will really take the game even further from England.

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I wouldn't be surprised if they went for Stokes as captain, to be honest. I know he had those off field problems but with the World Cup win and his performances in general being one of the better players, he at least always has a secure place in the team.

However, I don't think they will sack Root, although he might be expected to resign if they lose this series.

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4 minutes ago, Paxter said:

Harris looking to be positive. I think it's a great tactic because a quickfire 50 will really take the game even further from England.

Harris has always been a bit aggressive, evidence like the first ball of this innings where he waved wildly at a wide one. But if he stays in for a bit it will be trouble for England.

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3 minutes ago, Jeor said:

However, I don't think they will sack Root, although he might be expected to resign if they lose this series.

Yes not many captains survive two consecutive failed Ashes campaigns.

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Leach strikes first ball. That ball spun!

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Just now, Paxter said:

Lol. Where was Leach in the first innings.

Taking a back seat to the fast bowlers in overcast conditions. But that ball was amazing. Australia's phalanx of left handers are not going to like that rough...

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That is now 20 wickets since tea yesterday and we haven't even reached tea today! 20 wickets in less than a day's play. Such poor batting (and good bowling).

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6 minutes ago, Jeor said:

Taking a back seat to the fast bowlers in overcast conditions. But that ball was amazing. Australia's phalanx of left handers are not going to like that rough...

There was a passage of play yesterday though when Woakes and Stokes were leaking a lot of runs...trying Leach from one end while Broad and Archer take turns would have been worth a try.

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1 minute ago, Paxter said:

There was a passage of play yesterday though when Woakes and Stokes were leaking a lot of runs...trying Leach from one end while Broad and Archer take turns would have been worth a try.

Yes, I did wonder whether Root persisted with Woakes/Stokes too long and could have tried something different.

Leach might be a wildcard here for England to get back in the match. He's got rough and a lot of turn to work with, against a batting order stacked full of lefties with that rough positioned perfectly outside off stump as he aims to spin it into their stumps or pads.

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