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A quick comparison of where I think the teams are today:
Cowan / Compton (=)
Warner / Cook (Eng)
Hughes / Trott (Eng)*
Watson / Pietersen (Eng)
Clarke / Bell (Aus)
Hussey / Patel (Aus)
Wade / Prior (Eng)
Starc / Broad (Eng)*
Pattinson / Finn (=)*
Siddle / Anderson (Eng)
Lyon / Swann (Eng)
Which is 7-2 to England (2=), however * is where I think (hope) it may change Australia's way which would then make a cracker of a series as it would be equal at 5-5
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Can't complain at that, though I personally don't hold out much hope for Hughes. In fairness, the difference between Hussey and Patel is probably the biggest of the XI.
Something I've never learned - what are the stereotypical pitches for each English ground? It's relatively common knowledge that:
Gabba - greenish first day, bouncy throughout
Adelaide - road, occasional delusions of fifth day turn
Perth - exaggerated bounce for seamers
Hobart - road (until recently?)
Melbourne - slowest/lowest of Australian pitches (not saying much)
Sydney - spinner's deck
But what about Lord's, Headingley, the Oval, Trent Bridge, Edgbaston, Old Trafford, Chester-le-Street?
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Lord's is a serious road. Oval is dry, but also pretty good to bat on.
TBH most of the English decks are pretty placid. It's the weather that makes things dicey for batsmen.
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Lord's - flat deck, all about cloud cover to get movement
Oval - same for the first 3 days, will take spin later if it doesn't rain
Headingley - green seamy deathtrap (less true in recent times)
Old Trafford - takes plenty of spin late in the match
Trent Bridge - seam and swing, even more so since redevelopment
Edgbaston - jack of all trades, getting flatter, loud crowd
Cardiff - slow and terrible
Trent Bridge has always looked fairly pleasant for batting whenever it's been a sunny day and I've been watching.
Since they have rebuilt the ground the ball seems to move a lot more even on sunny days. Taken over as the hardest of our test grounds to bat on for me as Headingley is increasingly becoming flatter flatter as the years go by.
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