Just saying that global spin-playing stocks have gone down drastically over the past five years. Don't get me wrong, Swann is a good, steady, consistent bowler but his bluster and modern techniques in general - even subcontinental techniques - give him far too much respect. I'll wager even middle tier batsmen like Sidhu and Ranatunga from twenty years ago would've played him far better.
Broad deserves higher ratings than most have given. His innings was crucial to England winning this match. It doesn't matter if you think he should have been out. agar was out for 6 but it hasn't detracted from Hid score. Broads bowling on the 4th evening was also superior to Jimmys at the time. He made the all important breakthrough twice, dismissing Australia's two most dangerous players.
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It's curious that some people are saying Australia's lower order won't add runs through the series after the first test, but are happy to say the top order won't do anything at all based on the same sample size.
Anyway, time will tell.
I was very happy with Broads performance in this test, he looks back to being somewhere near his best. He'll never be consistent like Jimmy, we all know that but I reckon he is a shoe in to win us at least one of these 5 tests off his own bowling......lock him in for an Oval 2009 or Lords 2013 type performance at some stage this series.
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Ummm yeah it is. If you want to say how poorly the top order has gone, including India as an example, then check out how the lower order went there as well.
Fact is that we have 4 guys who could easily bat at 8 so whilst it is unreasonable to suggest that the last wicket will put on 100 every time, I think it's fair to assume that the last 4 combined will do it more often than not
Anything less than a 9 for Agar is a bloody disgrace
hang your head in shame youse blokes
hang your head for saying youse.
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