1st TEST | Bangladesh vs England (Match thread)

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Joined: April 28th, 2014, 12:12 am

October 22nd, 2016, 7:38 am #11

Are the wickets currently being prepared in the sub-continent really good for test cricket?
Surely there has to be a better balance between bat & ball?
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Joined: April 2nd, 2014, 9:31 am

October 22nd, 2016, 8:06 am #12

What's wrong with them?
Should be asking if the players are good enough for test cricket on the sub continent. Ballance was like a fish up a tree this morning. Typified by two full tosses he received which he could only bunt away for singles.
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Joined: August 7th, 2014, 4:58 pm

October 22nd, 2016, 10:23 am #13

This now a terrific test match and pitch is a big part of that, surely.
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Joined: April 22nd, 2014, 6:08 pm

October 22nd, 2016, 10:35 am #14

It's called test cricket because it's a test, can't expect batsman friendly pitches everywhere, great partnership from Stokes & Bairstow, think could be the end of Ballance's test career for the time being
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Joined: April 28th, 2014, 12:12 am

October 22nd, 2016, 11:02 am #15

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Posted Oct 22, 2016 11:35 AM

It's called test cricket because it's a test, can't expect batsman friendly pitches everywhere, great partnership from Stokes & Bairstow, think could be the end of Ballance's test career for the time being

Maybe but when Somerset did this everyone on here called "foul".
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Joined: June 3rd, 2014, 8:54 pm

October 22nd, 2016, 11:39 am #16

Said on TMS that in 2016 tests England's two highest averaging partnerships have been for the 6th then the 7th wicket. Part coz of good depth, part coz of fragile top order, i guess. Bit like another team we know.

What England are doing picking Ballance is anyone's guess. They are going to ruin him for ever at this rate.
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Joined: May 24th, 2016, 9:00 pm

October 22nd, 2016, 12:22 pm #17

Ballance might end up being our permanent 4 day captain.
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Joined: October 18th, 2013, 8:29 pm

October 22nd, 2016, 12:42 pm #18

Recently caved in to family pressure and got SKY- so I've actually seen lots of this test as well as listened to it. What a cracking contest, really enjoyed it. Still struggle to leave the comfort of the bedside wireless and go downstairs at 4.30am though.
Have to say Bairstow has had a very impressive game all round. Fear for Balance though.
As JB said after play today, England should have enough- but another 50 would give Cook a bit more freedom to pressure batsmen.
I loved the bloke in the crowd with the parrot on his shoulder. Could just imagine how the Headingley stewards would react...
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Joined: October 17th, 2013, 8:44 pm

October 22nd, 2016, 2:35 pm #19

Three gripping days on a brilliant pitch. You wouldn't want ALL matches to be played on bunsens, but this is hugely preferable to the usual sub-continental or Caribbean pudding. The class players come through the difficulties, not only the spinners who are favoured, but also the batsmen and pace bowlers who are good enough to find a way.

Stokes has confirmed himself a true successor to Botham and Flintoff, and Jonny B was superb behind the stumps (fingers crossed!) as well as with the bat.

Oddly, the pressure is on the spinner, who is expected to succeed. I still think Leach should be there. Did people really criticise Somerset for finally preparing an interesting pitch after decades of flat 'uns?

Bowlers win matches
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Joined: October 21st, 2013, 1:37 pm

October 22nd, 2016, 4:28 pm #20

Dear Spanish. Try the record function. You get to sleep in and you can fast forward through the breaks in play
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