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Pakistan - pretty wet at the moment huh?
Will we win?
Will the £60 per ticket price go down this weekend?
what's the weather forecast like for birmingham? if it's not likely to improve much then batting first might be the sensible thing. the question is whether the presence of big mo yousuf on the bench will focus the minds of the young bloods in the middle or propel them even deeper into profligacy and drama.
i'm betting the latter.
to tell you it will be mostly overcast, probably a few showers and maybe some sunny spells.
Even if the conditions are going to be similar throughout the match, from Pakistan's point of view, i can't really see them winning at any point in a Test match right not when they're batting first. They would have to rely on skittling the opposition out first for a low figure, as they did when they beat Oz, and then with that momentum get a half decent total with the bat. Now they're just going to get a below par score at best and be on the backfoot throughout.
Either way it shouldn't really matter that much, there's no reason England shouldn't wipe the floor with them.
Obvious England slight concerns coming into the match - the only two are Cook and Piteresen's form. However you can't have every batsman in flying form. Less worried about Pieteresen, more Cook, mainly because there's no opener in First Class *really* knocking on the door.
a 32 ball duck.
Pakistan all out for 50 then?
12/2 off 13 overs. I don't think I've ever seen such slow scoring.
This is madness. After the 2nd innings of the 1st test as well. How did Pakistan score enough runs to beat Australia?
Only scored 250 odd in reply but it turned out to be enough to chase down 180 with 3 wickets spare
They're just completely clownshoes with the bat right now. With these conditions being pretty much ideal for our attack... *rubs hands*
Of course there's always the small possibility (say... 99.9%) that we'll bottle it and get skittled for a lead of 4, but we've got to be aiming to win this convincingly
Pakistan are a bit of a joke
the only day I can make is the Monday and that's looking like it would take 3 days of rain and Jimmy bowling lefty
Lord's is a lot more batsman friendly than Edgbaston.
mo yousuf will be batting at 3, which should drag things out a bit.
I just want to watch some cricket and get royally shitfaced. Is that too much to ask?
"Nice weather for ducks..."
Umar Gul goes for a duck. Looks like we could be batting before tea...
Tail ender with massive 'cherries' on his bat: Check.
Tail ender with Fraser-esque lack of supplier sticker on his bat: Check.
Well done Pakistan. You can't bat for shit but you've made me happy.