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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratters View Post
    This has been a dead pitch so far. England to get 400 plus.
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    Siddle! Into the tail now. England won't make 200.
    I called it pretty early.

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    Gotta agree with Athers, 175/2 would be a pretty good score for any team, but knowing England's middle order propensity to crumble 175/2 is a pressure situation.
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    North's wicket.
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    A full delivery which should have been despatched for a four caught out. Dire dismissal. Very pure test cricket bu Australia will take it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tooextracool View Post
    Gotta agree with Athers, 175/2 would be a pretty good score for any team, but knowing England's middle order propensity to crumble 175/2 is a pressure situation.
    Sledger called it early - one wicket and it's unknown territory and that one wicket has fallen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Son Of Coco View Post
    He's been pretty ordinary before lunch but is looking better now. Was possibly out very early, but would have been hard to give. Would say he went straight to the toilet at lunch and emptied a few nuggets out of the back of the strides after Johnson went at his head early.
    Frankly speaking day 1 on this pitch if you struggle as batsman, then you aren't going to do too well in international cricket, I think the toss was vital, and England were lucky that they won the toss and batted first, because this pitch is gonna get pretty difficult to bat on as the game progresses, and a substantial 1st innings total can put England firmly in the driver's seat for the rest of the game.

    EDIT: Good catch that from Hussey, put a pretty poor shot from Collingwood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    TEC confirms the long held suspicion of his having his head up his own arse.

    Bell > North eh? Have another pint mate. FMD.
    Never said that Bell was better, so you just pulled one out of your own arse there 'mate'.

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    What the hell! I jinxed him big time! Grrrrrrrrrrr

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    Right then, let's see what Jonathan Trott is made of.

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    Would much rather have had Ramps coming in right now tbh. Nonetheless nice forward defense from Trott, will be interesting to see how he handles the pressure on him. Might be a good thing that he's batting with fellow Warwickshire player Ian Bell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tooextracool View Post
    North's inning in the last test had more to do with poor bowling than good batting. England bowled atrociously poor in the last test, almost certainly the worst I have seen in the last year and there is very little arguing that. The odd time they pitch the ball up to North he looked completely clueless and not surprisingly in the 3 innings where England have actually bowled competently this series (twice at Lords and first innings at Edgbaston) North has barely looked like scoring a run.

    Regarding Bell, he's done it plenty of times before, including on a couple of 50s on the Ashes tour a couple of years ago and in his 83 and 74 at Kandy.



    He may never do so, and it's looking increasingly likely. However, its hard to deny that he's batted fairly well so far or that he has potential.
    Can I simply say that Bell's good innings are more to do with poor bowling than good batting too then? You made my point brilliantly re: Bell. He's done it with a couple of 50's, 83 and 74...very impressive stuff. Not horrible scores, but Bell's great at getting to 50.

    I have never seen Bell look like a competent batsman. Mind you, most of the time it's been against Warne and McGrath etc so that's not surprising. If he gets runs it always seems like he's just managed to get them somehow rather than looked decent.

    To deny North has batted well isn't quite so difficult it seems. Funny that.
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    Poor shot, but decent reward for disciplined stuff post-lunch.

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