One has to question where the current management seems to rate Onions at this point. If someone who was dropped earlier in the series for not being good enough is playing ahead of him, despite having the kind of conditions that are overwhelmingly in his favor.
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Will be the first time since 1983 India would have lost 3 tests at home. And that was against the mighty West Indies team.
It's not often I agree with Botham, but he said Meaker was his shout before the game.
Think I could've been persuaded, actually. Faster bowler than both Bresnan and Onions and a better batsman than Onions too. I think with his trajectory (all three bowl a similar line, tbf) and extra pace he could've done more on this deck than we've seen from Bresnan so far.
It was interesting to note his speed gun measurements too; in his initial burst he was around 82-4mph but by the close down around 77-8mph, whereas Anderson was up and around 85mph throughout.
I really think he's lost a yard since his elbow probs.
Hope he proves me wrong tomorrow by reversing the old nut round corners.
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As has been said before, Meaker being picked would've been worth it just for the Scaly dummy spit.
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Moeen is a perfectly fine bowler FFS
Batsmen under pressure at the end of the day, deny them runs, bowl a good line with some swing, low bounce now and then. The best you can do is survive.
Meaker's one 'problem' is he's not a tall bowler - plenty of pace though. I suspect the selctors don't think him quite 'ready'.
Finn would have been very tough here on days 3 and 4 I reckon.
BB I agree with you, I love Bresnan but it has got to the stage now where he should be dropped and I wouldn't take him to NZ. Let him have an op if he needs one and then get fully fit and firing for Yorkshire in Division 1. If he has totally lost the extra nip then sadly his test career looks over. Maybe the NZ tour is a chance to look at Woakes?
yes meaker or onions would have been a better bet than bresnan.
Meaker wasn't even with the squad afaik so he couldn't be selected.
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Unless you just mean he wasn't at the ground for some reason.
i think he left before the start of the kolkata test to join the performance squad in pune.
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