Congratulations England. Their best series win of the last few years particularly considering they won from behind and India losing at home has been an extremely rare event.
Gun tour thread, with little to no need for moderation.
India, well, let's hope this is the last straw.
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Originally Posted by Jeffrey Tucker
1 point each for the draw
1 point to me for most centurions (6-4)
.5 points each for top series wicket taker (Ohja and Swann with 20)
1 point to me for the series win
.5 to me for Trott's 143
.5 each for Anderson and Chawla getting 4 wickets
Furball 10.5-5 Jono
So what will the batting line up look like for the first test against New Zealand? I'd assume Root and Compton have secured places, but where will they bat?
i don't see why you would move either, yet. compton did what he had to do. root did what he had to do.
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Will say this once and then nothing else. Defamation laws quite clear in Aus.be careful.
I think it would make sense for Root to swap places with Bell actually. Two boneheaded dismissals in succession from KP and Bell is too likely if you bat them at 4 and 5. Root I think would bat better in combination with KP and it gives a better balance to the lineup. Bell is better at batting with the tail than Root (not saying much) and for that to become an issue again would be a good problem to have, considering his efforts this year.
If Bell flops again Bairstow is a straight swap at 6. The part-time option of Root is a bonus.
Have to see what they want for the ashes really, do they want Compton or Root to open? Whichever one they want now should open in New Zealand to give them a few games at it first. Compton can then move to 6 or Root stay there but both would know Bairstow is waiting for a place in the side. The good news is Bopara seems a million miles away from the side now thank god.
Main issue is that they are both too defensive, England need at least one more attacking batsman to replace either one.
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