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    **Official** NatWest Challenge Thread

    England have made a good start here with 3 early wickets - Alex Wharf might just be a handy little ODI player by the looks of things - Nasser certainly thought so before play.

    Geraint Jones doesn't seem to have improved his glovework this summer, however.

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    Go Alex Wharf!

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    wow.. out of the blue Alex Wharf fella..

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    Good opportunity for Kaif though...he really needs a big innings to keep his place.

    Is Wharf bowling with pace or is he a medium pacer with good line & length?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim
    Good opportunity for Kaif though...he really needs a big innings to keep his place.

    Is Wharf bowling with pace or is he a medium pacer with good line & length?
    I'd say he's the second option

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    Not quite - from what I've noticed he's a lot sharper than he seems, and that is what is causing the problems.

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    So he'd be a Daryl Tuffey like bowler? just so I can picture it in my mind!
    Or even Andre Adams?

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    89/5...not good for India.
    This really isn't a good sign considering how poorly England have been playing recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim
    So he'd be a Daryl Tuffey like bowler? just so I can picture it in my mind!
    Or even Andre Adams?
    More Adams than Tuffey - Adams gets a bit more out of his system than he should, whereas Tuffey doesn't get as much as he should. Wharf is fairly wiry, and seems to be getting suprising pace and bounce.

    On a side note, what a fine umpire Darrell Hair is - he's made some superb decisions this summer. I can't understand why he was never an original member of the panel - aside from politics.

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    i think hair is quite a fine umpire too and should be on the panel no doubt..
    and how usefula a batsmen is wharf.. from the people that have seen him at county..could be another craig white or paul collingwood..?

    India in huge trouble.. even gavaskar needs to step up , here is a perfect chance for him and kaif to step up and look for a spot..

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    Wharf is more a Giles-type batsman....Handy but a bowling all-rounder at best. He adds depth to the order.

    Hair is on the panel now - and rightly so. The re-do the panel every year from memory.

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    ahh okay.. thats helpful then.. seems like a good find for england then..

    thats good too that hair is on the panel..

    i think 2-1 series to England..

    Whats your predictions?

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    Alex who? I just came back a few minutes ago!

    CricInfo is down, I guess- I could not get on their site. How many runs did Ganguly make at the top? Might prove how useful he is there. Honestly, he is more vital in the middle. Why does he sacrifice himself- and the middle order- by going up so high?

    The more we see 7 batsmen in the team, the more redundant it seems. They have all failed with their main skill. What will happen when they're a fielding side? If they have to depend so much on a seventh batsman, they have major problems with their batting. The task should be done with six, five or even four batsmen. A promising bowler, all-rounder or wicketkeeper could have been brought in, and that would help the team a lot more. This team badly needs a bowler at 7 who can hit the big shots, if they have to stay alive after 5 wickets fall- someone like Klusener.

    Good chance for Rohan to get some runs. He's a big match player, who can come useful in tough spots like these- be it in batting, bowling or fielding.

    Harmison has a very good chance of running through this team at least once in this series.
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    Good catch by Collingwood- sent back Rohan.

    Now Pathan has to hit a few big shots. No point playing through the innings.

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