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stonesfan
Post subject: 4th Test Day One
PostPosted: 11:41 on 26th Dec 2013

Joined: 23:40 on 9th Feb 2013
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Fair play for those players for trying to guts and grind it out, but the fact is, that scoring rate was a disgrace considering we were 6 wickets down by the end of play. Neither entertaining nor productive!
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addtamx
Post subject: Re: 4th Test Day One
PostPosted: 12:08 on 26th Dec 2013

Joined: 21:02 on 9th May 2008
Posts: 966
Location: Australia
I just didn't understand the thought process at all today.

Before Cook had his brain fart he looked for all the world like he wanted to take the game to Australia, once he went out it seemed like none of the other batsmen had any intent to score at all. Carbs and Root it was kinda to be expected I suppose, but when we had stroke makers like Bell and KP at the crease patting back full bungers to the bowlers you've got to ask yourself the question WTF is going on here??

The bowling was tight and not many freebies on offer but there were scoring opportunities to be had.

Nothing less than a 100+ from KP and the tail tomorrow then a bloody good bowling performance is gonna keep us in this test.
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stonesfan
Post subject: Re: 4th Test Day One
PostPosted: 12:51 on 27th Dec 2013

Joined: 23:40 on 9th Feb 2013
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Oh my goodness.....England? Did someone put steroids in the bowlers morning tea or have the Australian batsmen already put their feet up? After a totally disgraceful batting performance first thing at least the bowlers have given us something to cheer about. If we can finish them off quickly tonight and stick 300 up (thats a big ask for the current lot) then you never know...we might just avoid the dreaded whitewash......
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: 4th Test Day One
PostPosted: 14:17 on 27th Dec 2013

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
Posts: 2182
Location: Preston UK
Regarding the scoring rate, I think KP's attitude epitomised the mindset. Despite the statement of intent to the press, he knew if he gave it away again there wouldn't be anywhere to hide, so he battled it out. The others were all in the same boat, no-one has scored sufficient runs to be excused another fail, thus the scoring rate becomes secondary to crease occupation. The 2nd day end just about justified the means.
TBF we were due to 'win' at least one day if only due to the law of averages. The trick now is to make sure we don't waste it by letting them make important late runs and then our all too predictable top order collapse. I think there are quite a few twists left in this test and although we are in pole position at the mo' I wouldn't be putting all my money on us, even at the odds MitchJ posted elsewhere.
I thought we had laid the MCG 'ghost', but it seems it may still haunt us yet.

God I wish I could be an optimist, if only for one day. :(
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stonesfan
Post subject: Re: 4th Test Day One
PostPosted: 12:16 on 28th Dec 2013

Joined: 23:40 on 9th Feb 2013
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Another batting shambles for the 2nd innings then.

If anyone sums up England's fractured mindset it was Carberry. A man we're told is there to get things moving and take the pressure off of Cook. Whats ridiculous about his snail pace innings is that he's actually in reasonably good form so why the total go slow for an innings which barely reached double figures? I'm afraid Compton will be sitting there flicking a few W signs towards the selectors.

Mind you....we're still in this game. A few early wickets tomorrow and we could nick this one.

Still won't paper over the cracks though.....
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fernando
Post subject: Re: 4th Test Day One
PostPosted: 12:27 on 28th Dec 2013

Joined: 12:48 on 25th Apr 2008
Posts: 1891
stonesfan Wrote:
Another batting shambles for the 2nd innings then.

If anyone sums up England's fractured mindset it was Carberry. A man we're told is there to get things moving and take the pressure off of Cook. Whats ridiculous about his snail pace innings is that he's actually in reasonably good form so why the total go slow for an innings which barely reached double figures? I'm afraid Compton will be sitting there flicking a few W signs towards the selectors.

Mind you....we're still in this game. A few early wickets tomorrow and we could nick this one.

Still won't paper over the cracks though.....


Surely there's a 34 or 35 yr old waiting in the wings for their debut? ;)
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