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52-5 at lunch. The dream's over. Flower out.
Who has done the damage?
spinning a web
it seems that England have done the damage to themselves. Dead flat deck and Pakistan bowling a tight line, but the only wicket that the bowler forced looks like bell falling to the doosra first ball.
glad to see our first team being challenged. i hope it's a close series.
It was weird watching it this morning before school. No-one there.
This lower-order resistance by England feels like the precursor to all manner of grotesque batting implosions, though. To the bowling of Trott or something
and playing an innings for the situation rather than attempting to impose himself
Thought it would be a mammoth score on a road of a track.
Very surprised to see the spinner doing the damage in particular
in my 15 years of following Test cricket
(n.b. muralitharan was a wrist-spinner, before you carp)
they need to get to grips with him fast or he's gonna merk us all series long
I remember him getting four wickets vs NZ in '99 and taking a great catch to dismiss MacMillan the ball after he got to 100. They fucking destroyed us. I think it was Such's last Test though
we're all forgetting Paul Harris obvz
And Murali was an off-spinner, albeit the most unauthodox one I've seen.
Just means that he turned it from the off to the right-hander. [/nerd]
Saqqy in his prime was probably a slightly bigger turner of the ball than Ajmal - thing is, I reckon Ajmal disguises his doosra much better than Saqqy, whose career fell to tatters (like, absolute ruins) once he'd been worked out (see also: Ajantha Mendis)
Only one spinner and it looks like Swan's been putting all his perks in his batting skill tree recently.
after being 94 for 7.
we'll se how they get on. They seem to be taking to Swann quite nicely, and he certainly doesn't like it up 'im. The decision to not play panesar could be a bad one.
Calling it now
so they're using skype.
Best in the worrrrrld!
need to put on roughly 200.
that's pretty rough
Stuart Broad's gonna cop a stinker later and won't be able to do a thing
seems like another week or so
*so long as the ball's swinging and the wicket isn't too bouncy or too flat, and the opposition don't have a decent spinner.