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Cricket 43: So long, and thanks for all the Finch


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Very minor point, but I’m not sure I like this Black Caps order. I’d get Conway back up to open, push Kane back down to 4 and hopefully Nicholls is fit again soon for the middle order. 

I hate when successful teams mess with a winning combination! 

Anyway, nice fightback from Mitchell and Blundell so far. England need to strike.

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That was a massive fight back by Mitchell and Blundell. Puts NZ in a strong position. England will be hoping that that partnership is a sign of the pitch flattening out since they are most likely going to have to chase a 300+ target in the 4th innings.

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It could well be a match-winning partnership from Mitchell and Blundell who have played very well despite being perhaps the lower-profile members of the New Zealand line-up.

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Ollie Pope's a bit of a problem for England. He's got a phenomenal first class record, to be averaging over 50 in County Cricket to start your career in an era were pretty much everything is in favour of the bowlers is extremely impressive. He's pretty clearly the most talented English batsman of his generation but it doesn't seem to be clicking in test cricket. Given England's severe issues with their batting they really can't afford for him to end up being another Ramprakash.

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Well that was surprisingly composed from England this morning.

Good test match in the end I suppose although it was made so by a fair bit of subpar batting from both sides.

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8 hours ago, ljkeane said:

Well that was surprisingly composed from England this morning.

England comfortably chasing down the target today was probably the least expected twist of the match.

de Grandhomme 'dismissing' Ben Stokes off a no-ball feels like the crucial moment of the match in retrospect, even if he couldn't get England over the line himself the partnership with Root was crucial to set up a platform for Root and Foakes to win the game.

It's a great victory for them considering how good the current New Zealand side is and a good bowling and fielding performance. However, it's not really solved their biggest issue which is that only Root seems to be able to consistently score runs.

8 hours ago, Paxter said:

Where is @Hereward?!

Probably temporarily revising his opinion on cricket.

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Kane Williamson will miss the second Test after a positive Covid test, which is a blow to New Zealand even if his form recently hasn't been up to his usual stellar standards.

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