Just showing the highlights of the first test on Fox here atm. Jeez it seems like it was years ago, there's been so much cricket in so short a time frame since then.
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The ball will go through more, he will just naturally be able to score more easily, it's how pitches work. That's not to say he's guaranteed to get more runs but I certainly think it will help.
Only a bunch of convicts having been beaten 3-0 and gone 9 tests without a win and won just 1 in 11 against England could go into the home series saying they will win. England will win in Australia again this winter as they are a better side which they have shown this summer. 3-0 doesn't lie girls.
I don't forsee a close series. There will be at least one English victory by an innings in the winter.
He bowls to the left, he bowls to the right, but when he bowls at the stumps, he makes England look ****e!
My Modern Test XI (since 2000): AN Cook, GC Smith (c), HM Amla, KC Sangakkara (w), MJ Clarke, IR Bell, S Watson, GP Swann, VD Philander, DW Steyn, JM Anderson.
The Cricinfo commentary is a ****ing mess right now, they are running a quiz thing that is not worth following at all, and instead of boldfacing the weather updates that occur in between the ridiculous competition, they boldface the questions, meaning I have to scan a whole damn page of trivia bull**** in order to get my crappy weather update.
Result doesn't reflect the play but it is what it is
Reckon it's at worst 50/50 in Oz as a number of the English batsmen have been exposed, they wont have the benefit of ordering conditions to suit next time and they have no quality at all in backup spin or batting
A point that bears repeating is that Cook's overseas record is a fair bit better than his home one.
His MO means that when he's not in absolutely prime nick he'll struggle with movement. He plays down the ground more than when he first came in, but width is still his meat and drink. He's fighting his instincts, but occasionally he will poke at wide ones like the one Harris bagged him with yesterday.
He might not score 766 this winter, but it's dollars to donuts he'll contribute more than he has this series on the truer Australian decks. I think Root, being primarily a back foot player, who's more cause for concern at the top of the order. Case for bringing back Compton or blooding Robson to open, both of whom were weened on bouncier tracks and shifting him back down to six, which, it's fair to say, is still up for grabs.
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