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    I'm sure you've been through this before, but humour me for now. What makes Taylor a fairly limited player?

    He's quite clearly shown to be a more than capable (and remember, he's only 26 so should only get better) test number 4, unless 25 tests isn't a big enough sample for you (and hundreds against England x 2, India x 2 and Australia).

    I'm interested to know how you'd rate Taylor alongside someone like Paul Collingwood, someone i'd call a limited player.
    They both have limitations. Taylor's a walking wicket against good seam bowling with the ball doing anything. That's why he's not a good top 4 batsman in general. Obviously if it's a flat pitch or the the openers have got through the new ball then it's not an issue.

    They're both form players and can look horrible if they're out of form.
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    Eh? Taylor was the only one besides Ryder who looked good enough to deal with the ball moving around when we played aganst Australia in Australia a few years back in some of the worst batting conditions in ages.

    His biggest issue is temperament and at times playing the wrong line. Not because he can't play it but because he premeditates the areas he wants to bat in.
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    Sri Lanka team
    TM Dilshan, DPMD Jayawardene, KC Sangakkara*†, LD Chandimal, CK Kapugedera, AD Mathews, ST Jayasuriya, NLTC Perera, S Randiv, SL Malinga, BAW Mendis
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    BRM Taylor, H Masakadza, T Taibu†, CR Ervine, E Chigumbura, CK Coventry, GA Lamb, AG Cremer, P Utseya*, RW Price, CB Mpofu

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    Mpofu? MCrapfu more like.

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    Poor old Dilshan's rough trot continues; Chigumbura gets his man as he holes out to long off.

    Nice shape from Chigumbura, actually. Lovely seam position.

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    Lucky for Sri Lanka that Jayawardene's in good form really. Their batting would be almost non-existant without him.

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    What nick he's in tho; gorgeous lofted drive for six there. "All timing" as the comms would have it.

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    Oh yeah, he's in glorious form. Jayawardene batting like this is a joy to behold, really enjoying his innings. Does appear to me that if he fails, Sri Lanka's batting is doomed though. Sangakkara's only in moderate form, Jayasuriya appears to be in as a bowler, and the rest are unproven. One of their key bowlers is out of the tournament now too; not looking good for them.

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    Matthews isn't exactly unproven but otherwise I agree with you.

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    4 from Perera there. He's quite a unit, isn't he? Bet it goes the distance if he catches hold of it.

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    50 for Jayawardene from just 27 deliveries. Fantastic innings.

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    One shot too many from Perera. Very good catch on the boundary; was a flat hit and it was travelling too.

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    Pretty poor innings from Sangakkara. Hasn't looked in great form early on in this tournament. Sri Lanka really need Mahela to bat until at least the 18th over now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlai View Post
    Eh? Taylor was the only one besides Ryder who looked good enough to deal with the ball moving around when we played aganst Australia in Australia a few years back in some of the worst batting conditions in ages.

    His biggest issue is temperament and at times playing the wrong line. Not because he can't play it but because he premeditates the areas he wants to bat in.
    He plays down the wrong line because he plays to leg so often. He 'premeditates' because he has one major scoring area, mid-wicket. That's his method, get used to it or you'll be whinging about his 'temperament' for the rest of his career when instead he just has a risky way of playing.

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