Originally Posted by Howe_zat
If Strauss declares before tea I'll eat my shoes.
One thing I learned today is that Marcus North isnít an awful bowler. He can put a decent, tidy spell together when his captain needs that. Itís just that he has never taken a wicket, ever.
Sure, sometimes he happens to be bowling when a wicket falls. But I was once stood on the street when somebody gave me a coupon book for Subway. Saying Marcus North took a wicket last night is a bit like saying I stole a coupon book.
It'll be interesting to see the intent though. I think the crucial part will be getting through the first hour with minimal damage, then hopefully gradually accelerate, and if we get into the position to declare then let's do so. But will be intruiging to see how we go about our business. If we lose a couple of wickets in the first hour then I presume we'll try and grind our way to safety, but if we do get the Aussies on the back foot let's go for it.
Yes North is not a bad bowler. As Warne says he's better than a part-timer, don't think you could go into a Test with him as your frontline spinner though, unless it is indeed a seamers paradise and he'll play little part in proceedings.