India right on top now, all up to whether their spinners can deliver.
Reckon I was bang on about Panesar playing. These are two spinner pitches.
Batsman I tolerate: V. Richards, S. Tendulkar, E. Morgan, N. Hussain. KEVIN O F******* BRIEN
Not that many seamers do much better, mind. But let's not pretend that throwing in a middling finger-spinner is any kind of a solution to the dominance of India's batting at home. Those guys almost always just get eaten.
Has to be the best image of the lot so far.
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Broad was nowhere as bad really, even in this test. He was comfortably the most economical of England's pacers going into the third session and still has a reasonable ER of 4.1 in contrast to Bresnan's 5.6.
Besides, Broad actually looked threatening when he maintained a wicket-to-wicket length and piled the pressure on. Yes, he really should not have bowled the 5-6 freebies that he did, but in contrast to Bresnan, he had a far superior day. Bresnan taking 0-56 in 10 flatters him really. He was the one who really let Sehwag get in by bowling a massive amount of lollipops to him. Sehwag's first sixty runs or so included 32 of 19 balls from Bresnan.
Much talk will surround the exclusion of Panesar, and the way Swann has bowled it could be a justifiable claim. Swann was excellent today. Personally speaking I'm not a fan of two seamers and two spinners, nor would I have been keen to see us go in with five specialist bowlers. By process of elimination I was happy with the side selected, but was disappointed in Bresnan, who looked well down on pace and was treated disdainfully at times by Sehwag.
Sehwag proved today he can still do it, and it was no surprise, these pitches are perfect for Sehwag, no movement through the air or off the deck for the quicks allowing him to spank it with authority through the line.
Pujara too looked good and deserved to be not out overnight. England will be disappointed again with the chances/half-chances that have gone down again. Prior's down the legside off Sehwag was a stiff one, but he'll be disappointed, Trott should have snaffled one at slip, Prior's missed stumping, that fortunately wasn't costly, was probably the easiest opportunity.
India are on top, no doubt, but England can bounce back in the morning, but must bat well and long when we get our chance.
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I found the England fielding to be rather sloppy today. Too many diving fielders who "just" missed the ball or failed to take the ball first grab.
Indian outfield; however it looked relatively smooth.
Monty is clearly a better bowler than Patel. This wicket needs to spinners, Monty is our second best spinner and should be playing.
Patel is a poor batsman and I'd rather see youth get a chance with Bairstow who has done well when used recently and is the future.
I think both Bresnan and Broad have been abysmal for a while now, much to my own chagrin with regards to Broad as he genuinely looked like a world class bowler during the 2011 summer. There should be question marks asked with regards to fitness of all of the bowlers, all three (including Anderson) were at one point or another bowling in the high 80s to low 90s mph mark during the careers and none of them have been able to reach anywhere near that pace for over a year now.
I also think that England need to rethink their thought process when making their bowling selections in the subcontinent as, excluding the rather unlikely scenario of a green top, it makes little sense to select 3 fast bowlers let alone two of them that have been under a fitness cloud for a while. Given that Finn was out, England's best bet was Panesar for this match, for the sole reason that in these conditions he could have at least held an end up for most of the day.
Tendulkar = the most overated player EVER!!
Beckham = the most overated footballer EVER!!
Vassell = the biggest disgrace since rikki clarke!!
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