mkhammer wrote:palerider wrote:Well Cook's had a good day. Can't catch and can't fucking bat now either. Ashwin will open the bowling and have him on toast. And Malan's droppped catch, equally simple, only cost 135 runs. I'd only pick Cook now for the 2nd test as we've had problems getting one opener after Strauss retired let alone two, but it's last chance saloon for him.
Curran proved me wrong but I did suggest he played now instead of Broad, and that's even more evident now. Noticeable that Root was happy to bowl Stokes into the ground rather than risk Broad.
Those two drops off consecutive balls, one of them Kohli, have handed India the match.
England should really be on top....India bit disappointing so far ,thought they were gonna
put us to the sword today but Kohli was their only real threat.....thought we would lose this series
but have a bit of hope now..
Stupid mistakes in 1st and some crap slip fielding....and god knows how many runs went
down to where a 3rd man should have been.....think it was Vaughn who was banging on about that...
Agree Malans not convincing.....and was worried for Curran,but done well tho,Anderson always
bowls well,but can't see him making all 5 tests,never know what Broad is gonna turn up,unplayable
And yeah openers,to many times there's pressure on middle order to get the runs..
Cooks been Brilliant,up there with best I've seen...but maybe losing his edge now.
But looks like gonna be an exciting series.....thought we might have been in for a spanking
from these guys..
Totally agree with the 3rd man thing, poor captaincy from Root. With the ball swinging, take mid-on away to encourage the drive. Also, Root himself is our best slip fielder yet as captain doesn't field there now. Why ? Ponting used to captain from there. The problem with Cook is that he's such a donkey in the field you have to hide him.
Probably sounds that I'm digging Cook out but that's far from the case. I'm an Essex fan, but you can't hide the obvious. 11,000 test runs or not, he's struggling badly and the look on his face last night when he was out suggests to me he may be close to retirement from tests anyway.
And 7 left-handers in the team is so unbalanced. Ashwin, who's probably the world's best spinner, has an amazing record against them. For the next test, Malan and Broad should be out whichever way this match goes.