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England win the toss, choose to bat.
I've got tickets for Sunday so hope it goes the distance.
I'm going to be very pissed off if I don't get a full day. Hopefully India have remembered how to play cricket.
Please rain all day today (apologies to Antpocalypsenow).
Sunday is supposed to be thunder stormy...
Hoping it changes.
No chance of a refund all for 75 runs.
If it's any consolation this queue for the shitters is mental.
Peace out brothers
Overcast, plenty of moisture in the air, Friday and Saturday supposed to be clear conditions...
I agree it seems tailor-made for Anderson if he's fully-fit.
...I saw that England were in and just assumed that they had lost the toss.
I see that the Indian fielding is looking as energetic as ever.
India without their best bowler in this series, pile up another big score and wait for India to crack under the pressure again
*waits for England to be 200 all out at tea*
...given how quickly they've managed to knock over the Indian top order in previous tests. Still, Strauss seems to have got most of the big decisions right so far this series so fair play to him.
and decent weather predicted for tomorrow and Saturday, might have been the right decision.
...altho I would have liked to see Indian four wickets down by now. Also has given Anderson extra time to get over whatever is niggling him.
Good start from England though. They need to only bat once it would seem so there's a chance of forcing a result here.
One over less and they would've got a 50% refund.
Hoping that England get 350+ today, 100 tomorrow and declare, India are all out and forced to follow on, meaning on Sunday I see Tendulkar get a ton, Khan smack 50 and India eventually losing to England by an innings, 4-0.
I CAN DREAM.
...was a poor start in what looks like perfect conditions.
not disastrous, but not the 500-0 we were all dreaming of
India's energy from the first session has just evaporated - they seem resigned to another mammoth total. I feel for them, England had plenty of tours when we really just wanted to go home at some point.
...it must be dispiriting for any bowling attack.
Until he promptly gets himself out of course.
as will probably happen?
...also, plenty of time left for a result yet!
I think Trott does come back in at 3 when he returns but it's nice to know that the alternative is in such good form.
Who wouldn't have laughed at that a few years ago? Who's laughing now?
I've probably said some very negative things about Bell in the past. He's just proved everyone wrong, it's great to see.
...just seemed to lack the mental toughness. Hopefully the hard years have done him a favour and he's got a long career ahead of him.
Like clockwork, every time in the 80s he has some horrible miscued slog. Got away with that...
And get out for around 4, isn't he?
and then :(
I hope when someone gets out they instead give Bopara a nudge and send him out strapping his pads on, no time to think about it
...that makes it so hard to will him to succeed? Is it because he looks like such a smug prick?
I'd will him to succeed because our batting depth, as opposed to our bowlers, isn't that good. It would be nice if he was confident and ready to fill in the middle order when needed. Otherwise...Jesus, we might need to contact Owais Shah.
...James Taylor getting a shot, especially in relatively low-pressure conditions such as these.
Looking through the county averages, our next best aren't inspiring. Mustard and Kieswetter have some experience, they could cover Prior. Carberry isn't getting any younger and isn't favoured by the selectors. Then there's some of the rejects of years gone by like Read, Joyce and Yardy.
...should maybe have been given more of a chance. Maybe a bit biased as he just seems like such a nice chap. Not sure he could be called back for England now having already gone Ireland-England-Ireland tho!
but he's an excellent batsmen and i think he would make a great middle order player at test level. beyond him i think we have a lot talented youth players - taylor being the obvious one, but root a good potential opener, and hales and stokes looking like decent middle order bats. gale's gone off the boil this season but is still a good prospect..
all in all i think out stocks are good. they only look weaker because there's less of a turn over in batsmen so they don't get the opportunities for international experience that bowlers do.
but the ones that have been given opportunities don't fill me with confidence. We'll see in future when they need to step up. If England really want to be one of the best teams ever there'll have to be a second wave of players that continue to win.
both root and bairstow are gritty batsmen who could add solidity to any point in the batting order. the fact that we still produce batsmen prepared to make a fight of an innings rather than sulking when it gets a bit difficult really reassures me.
but then, y'know, he would.
they're the safety net. stroke makers are ten a penny in the modern age but a fighters are harder to come by.
he's had so many chances, alright, there are some mitigating circumstances, but I can't get excited about him coming in. He just fills me with apathy.
Reckon he's got this test to show some promise, else start blooding James Taylor
and it always takes us too long to declare
I reckon about 550 should stop us having to bat again.
I meant 450. Maths fail.
Strauss will probably want to get to 500.
Even on form I can see India getting 270 on this pitch. 320 or thereabouts becomes more of an ask.
It does feel a bit like it's written in the stars.
Alongside me missing Tendulkar getting a ton tomorrow and instead Sunday being rained off...
Bad ball, sure, but absolutely demoralising nontheless
Fitness is making such a difference. India look like they've had a long day in the field, these two look like they've just walked out.
I reckon at least half of our boundaries this series would have been stopped by the England fielders. It's been embarrassing.
That last one was off one foot and down the ground.
If these two get 5 more runs, for example, it'll be the highest third wicket stand by any team since Atherton and Smith in 1994.
it's *our* highest third wicket stand since then, but not *the* highest. Not anywhere near.
Get Blowers on the blower
when Sangakkara & Jayawardene put on 624 for the 3rd wicket (hence destroying what I initially said up ^there).
but Samaraweera and Jayawardene stuck on 400 and a bit in 2009 v Pakistan
That Jayawardene could have a good career ahead of him if he keeps his head down...
bloody hell, cricket <3
ye take 10 minutes to get everything "just so", and some bugger gets there first..
my inner monologue goes all Bumble
I missed the partnership contributions so you made up for in thoroughness where you lost out in speed
Bit like Boycott, again
I bet the opening Sri Lankan batsmen felt a tad stupid for getting out for 7 and 4 respectively...
Sangakarra (285 in the partnership, total of 287) and Jayawardene (309/374)
One run short of two double-tons in the partnership, but it was only in 2009. Again, it's Sri Lanka.
Samaraweera (231) & Jayawardene (199/240):
2009 for the 400, 2006 for the double double tons then
Tufnell just said "seeing it like a football". Do I win a prize?
checked a big drive and the bowler held it well
if only he had Bell's aggression :D
not sure about this nightwatchman. i can hear beefy and boycott already fuming tomorrow morning as anderson eats up time at the crease.
They won't be hanging about.
350 partnership, our 7th highest ever and highest since Gooch & Gower in '85. FACT. Raina's been their best fielder all series, tbh.
Or declare near 500?
it looks like it's going to be quite clear until lunch weather-wise, with cloud/rain later. Stick them in then with 600 on the board.
They don't want Anderson sitting at the crease for too long wasting time. Sending in a nightwatchman last night was a bit pointless really as the Indian attack was knackered and lacking anything.
It won't really affect the tactics - if they need quick runs, he'll be told to go for it, if they need to grind it out a bit, he'll be told to do that, on the basis if he loses his wicket doing either, he's already done his job. Unlikely to try and stay in but keep the higher man on strike for the sake of preserving a lower order wicket.
Of course it's kind of irrelevant with this England team where everyone is capable of tonking at least 50.
I hope he gets one at some point - he seems like he has the capability to have a decent knock but never really produces much.
Got a bit of a soft spot for shit batsmen, being one myself haha.
in the morning he'll be free to bat more normally - i.e. a middle ground between keeping him off strike and swinging at everything. As it's normally a tail ender, sooner rather than later the opposition will get him out, so I see no real need to speed up or delay that event.
It's worth him being watchful for a couple of overs too though, just to give the guy at the other end and the guy in the pavilion a look at the pitch.
you work within those set parameters, I'M GOING OFF ROAD!11!!
If Bell is still there and pushing for a triple-hundred it may be a bit longer. Either way, before tea India should be in to bat.
Weather for Sunday looks patchy but there should be some cricket. Every chance of seeing Tendulkar going for a century.
He was very fortunate to get his ton last time...
Similarly good going from Bopara who has managed to reach the milestone of 2...
then I never want to see him on a cricket field again.
What wouldn't be a failure? He's obviously looking to score reasonably quickly so is a 30-40 a failure if it's rapid?
He's got 20 on the board, which is a vast improvement from his usual 5 or 6...
Bowl these out for 500 easily.
his name has gone all dark on the skysports score centre thingy :-(
but you can never be too sure Bell is actually out!
Warwickshire have made a shocking start to their 2nd innings against Hampshire.
After 8 overs we're 24 for 5. Chopra on 17* and Clarke on 4*, 3 extras.
Westwood, Porterfield, Chanderpaul, Troughton and Ambrose all gone without scoring :o
Best chance of seeing Tendulkar tomorrow is in a follow-on isn't it?
Dravid on 146* and looking like he'll bat through both innings
Not a great one either. A great knock from Dravid again but otherwise pretty slow going.
England tried everything but nothing much was happening. One awesome catch aside, a pretty average days cricket from the sidelines. I suspect tomorrow will see a Sachin ton and an Envland win...
There was a spell after lunch where (bar Bell's amazing catch) the time was better spent drinking booze and reading the paper, but I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of it.
real good competition between the two sides yesterday. Bit bored of England ultra-dominance*
*never, ever thought I'd be in such a position.
And drank 10 pints. I find cricket harder to follow at the event itself weirdly. Harder to gauge the build up of tension.
Thought Dravid played magnificently. Quite enjoyed a couple of the tail enders knocks too.
I had fun, don't get me wrong. It was just a bit bitty and quiet in my stand.
I decided to go see Glamorgan on my own a fortnight ago, as twas free for students (4 days game) and in spite of the prospect of an exciting run chase/ wickets falling, I read far more of Cosmopolis than saw the game. It's just too damn hard to concentrate/care all day, I don't know how the players do it.
As it was, I was with 5 mates I hadn't seen in a bit and trying desperately hard to get rid of a spare ticket I had for the first hour of play. My own fault really, should have just ignored them all...
It was a tough slog for the bowlers - every partnership seemed to hang around for little runs. Dravid played beautifully at times, must have frustrated him to have little support. He should really be a candidate for man of the series, not to win of course.
should've gone LBW, should've been caught a couple of times
he's going to get his ton
and Mishra's just been absolutely skittled by Swann!
LBW to Bresnan for 91
JUST hitting the stumps, with no review possible
5th day test cricket with 5 men round the bat
Ironically with a delivery which sounds like it may not have been out.
despite facing 42 balls
Swann's looking lethal
Especially as Gambhir's a left hander.
Come on whitewash!
they seem to be throwing it all away again. mental.
5 wickets for 7 runs in 8 overs.
stroll out ready to hit it for 6
next guy in nurdles a single to square leg
getting close now
Oops I meant 269-8 - scoreboard changed while i WAS TYPING HIT Caps Lock button - surely India can't hold on now - they have been a real dissappointment, Rahul 'The Don' Dravid aside
Maybe it's how much we've improved. Maybe it's how tired, poor and injured India have been.
But the fact is, Pakistan were more competition last summer. Which is a worrying sign for the future of Test cricket in India.
They'll slip to third behind South Africa now, won't they?
regardless of how week the international competition is at the moment the margins of england's victories, here and in australia, is a measure of how genuinely brilliant this side is. exciting times.
Hard to look past Broad as man of the series. Wickets, runs, hat-tricks, what more do you want.
Special mention for Dravid.
Just purely as his knocks were important and selfless and his wicket keeping immense. Plus he has improved so much. And stood up to Jimmy.
When you compare the bowling he's had to play with the sheer guff out batsmen were faced with, plus the pressure of knowing he's the only one on the side who can be relied on (compared to our ridiculous 10-man batting lineup), he's been astounding.
Leading wicket taker at an average of 13! Plus a bunch of runs from number 9. Swann unlucky to miss out on MotM here though.
I know India have (for the most part) been very poor in this series, but I don't think that really takes away from the fact that we've utterly smashed them.
and look back at all comments on the cricinfo series preview articles from India supportors saying how India were going to destroy England and Broad and Anderson would have to retire in shame after being smashed around by Tendulkar et al.
Looks like the English have already started worrying about India! Get a team of sports psychologists ready guys; believe me, you need them as Sachin, Dravid, Laxman & Sehwag will leave permanent scars on your psych. Go ask all those bowlers that suffered at their hand and were forced into retirement.
India will remain at no. 1 for long time from now.. Only england will move to 4 th after this series.. 4-0 win for india....
but I don't think we've got a series sceduled against them in the next eight months or so.
SA have two series so they'll go top in the meantime
than anyone else whose ever played cricket.
We get a MACE!
none of this boring 'cup' nonsense. we get presented with a jewel encrusted fuck off weapon. Hopefully Strauss gets to mace Dhoni good.
I'll hold my hand up here and admit I got this totally wrong as well (although Bresnan did end up doing really well anyway).
I think the captain should have to bat with it though.
and 5 top 11 bowlers
and it's a great thing to see. haven't been this excited about a team since the england rugby team a decade ago.
great series win obviously, and it's so good to see England being a bit ruthless. Like Gambhir comes in at number 9 with concussion, the game as good as won for England, and yet they still sledge him by calling him Braveheart and then bowl a series of bouncers at his head. Awesome stuff.