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Started by spirali on Jan 2, 2020 10:53:30 PM
England 2020 (Cricket)

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spirali - 02 Jan 2020 22:55:35 (#1 of 630)

England's SA tour descends further into farce as Burns is ruled out of the rest of the tour after injuring himself playing football in training.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/28409991/r
ory-burns-ruled-series-warm-football-injury


Zak Crawley set to make his debut in Burns' place.

Archer also doubtful, which would at least mean the selectors don't have to tell Jimmy he's not playing.

MontyPeculiar - 02 Jan 2020 22:58:04 (#2 of 630)

Didn’t that happen to Bairstow a couple of years ago?

spirali - 02 Jan 2020 23:03:06 (#3 of 630)

It happened to another England player fairly recently yes, googling suggests it was indeed Bairstow, and it was only about a year ago.

fogger - 03 Jan 2020 08:21:13 (#4 of 630)

What a bunch of dopes.

spirali - 03 Jan 2020 11:15:00 (#5 of 630)

67-2 at lunch. Could be worse, I suppose. After lunch it will be the familiar scenario of Denly and Root trying to ensure the innings doesn’t plummet into chaos.

spirali - 03 Jan 2020 11:40:09 (#6 of 630)

Zak Crawley set to make his debut

Actually it's his second Test. He played in one of the NZ Tests, where he played one innings and made 1. So he bettered that, at least.

cozzer - 03 Jan 2020 11:44:52 (#7 of 630)

After lunch it will be the familiar scenario of Denly and Root trying to ensure the innings doesn’t plummet into chaos.

Whatever they manage, as soon as one of them is out the innings will plummet into chaos.

kalva44 - 03 Jan 2020 12:08:45 (#8 of 630)

We’ll see what happens now

cozzer - 03 Jan 2020 12:13:38 (#9 of 630)

It would be useful if Denly can convert his gutsy grinding into some runs now.

spirali - 03 Jan 2020 12:52:59 (#10 of 630)

Denly the third player to be out for 30-odd.

They've all got in, they've all got starts, they've all got out (/Boycott).

spirali - 03 Jan 2020 12:57:34 (#11 of 630)

So this would be about the point where we might expect the collapse.

spirali - 03 Jan 2020 13:04:20 (#12 of 630)

I listened to a bit of the Talksport commentary this morning. Harmison thinks Bairstow should have been batting at 3 with Denly opening. While Shaun Pollock thinks Bairstow should have been opening with instructions to play in one-day mode and knock Philander off his line.

I mention this just to illustrate the point that ex-players don't necessarily have great insight into the game.

cozzer - 03 Jan 2020 13:07:36 (#13 of 630)

While Shaun Pollock thinks Bairstow should have been opening with instructions to play in one-day mode and knock Philander off his line.

Why not? it worked for Jason Roy, after all.

spirali - 03 Jan 2020 13:14:49 (#14 of 630)

Well quite. In fact that comparison was made by the other commentator, whose name I didn’t catch.

kalva44 - 03 Jan 2020 13:40:29 (#15 of 630)

Neither were top order batsmen

cozzer - 03 Jan 2020 14:54:10 (#16 of 630)

Darren Gough spends about minutes explaining how amazing Jos Buttler is, and that's exactly how we want to see him play etc etc. Buttler then gets out, gough says 'that's what I mean about Buttler, the ball before he plays an exceptional shot, and then next ball he gets himself into the wrong position and getting out to a ball he should h ave left'.

cozzer - 03 Jan 2020 15:15:43 (#17 of 630)

So the experiment of picking Dom Bess to score some runs down the order worked out well.

Maybe he'll take 7 now, though.

Moschops - 03 Jan 2020 15:36:26 (#18 of 630)

Gough was dreadful this morning

spirali - 03 Jan 2020 15:49:07 (#19 of 630)

this would be about the point where we might expect the collapse

Well, it came a bit later than in the last match, but it's certainly present and correct now.

I wasn't following it while Buttler was in - 29 off 27 balls, was he Playing His Natural Game (because That's The Way He Plays)?

SaffronSunrise - 03 Jan 2020 15:52:31 (#20 of 630)

I thought Curran should probably have played at that.

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