3rd Test | England vs South Africa at the Oval (Match Thread)

Joined: 02 Apr 2014, 09:31

27 Jul 2017, 15:12 #11

July 27-31, 2017 - 3rd Test at Kennington Oval, London

ENGLAND probable: Cook, Jennings, Westley, Root (captain), Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stokes, Malan, Moeen, Roland-Jones, Broad, Anderson.
SOUTH AFRICA probable: Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, De Kock, Du Plessis (captain), Bavuma, Philander, Morris, Maharaj, Rabada, Morkel

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I find it bizarre one of our best 3 batsmen is coming in at number 7.

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27 Jul 2017, 15:57 #12

July 27-31, 2017 - 3rd Test at Kennington Oval, London

ENGLAND probable: Cook, Jennings, Westley, Root (captain), Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stokes, Malan, Moeen, Roland-Jones, Broad, Anderson.
SOUTH AFRICA probable: Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, De Kock, Du Plessis (captain), Bavuma, Philander, Morris, Maharaj, Rabada, Morkel

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It's amazing, to me, how the pundits make such sweeping judgements ss soon.

Lloyd " Westley looked totally at home in test cricket" and another , can't remember who " Malan looked good" He'd face d 5 (five) balls.

Next week they'll be pulling Westley's technique apart.


Didn't he just fall away a little as he edged to slip or does that not apply to right handers?
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Joined: 17 Oct 2013, 09:52

27 Jul 2017, 16:07 #13

July 27-31, 2017 - 3rd Test at Kennington Oval, London

ENGLAND probable: Cook, Jennings, Westley, Root (captain), Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stokes, Malan, Moeen, Roland-Jones, Broad, Anderson.
SOUTH AFRICA probable: Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, De Kock, Du Plessis (captain), Bavuma, Philander, Morris, Maharaj, Rabada, Morkel

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Bairstow at 7 strengthens the side - provided there are a string of quality test-class batsmen ahead of him. It looks like we don't have that, so an alternative would be Foakes at 7 and Bairstow higher. Also means we could have Woakes, Foakes and Stokes, which will make some of us very happy indeed.

"Woakes, Foakes and Stokes," sounds like a legal firm's shingle Charles Dickens would conjure up...or the textlexic editor of an online porn site. A clever observation, BTW - Alex
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Joined: 10 Feb 2014, 19:23

27 Jul 2017, 16:12 #14

July 27-31, 2017 - 3rd Test at Kennington Oval, London

ENGLAND probable: Cook, Jennings, Westley, Root (captain), Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stokes, Malan, Moeen, Roland-Jones, Broad, Anderson.
SOUTH AFRICA probable: Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, De Kock, Du Plessis (captain), Bavuma, Philander, Morris, Maharaj, Rabada, Morkel

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Decent blokes
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27 Jul 2017, 16:51 #15

July 27-31, 2017 - 3rd Test at Kennington Oval, London

ENGLAND probable: Cook, Jennings, Westley, Root (captain), Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stokes, Malan, Moeen, Roland-Jones, Broad, Anderson.
SOUTH AFRICA probable: Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, De Kock, Du Plessis (captain), Bavuma, Philander, Morris, Maharaj, Rabada, Morkel

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Not sure what the selection criteria is but don't go giving the selectors ideas.
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Joined: 17 Oct 2013, 09:52

27 Jul 2017, 17:38 #16

July 27-31, 2017 - 3rd Test at Kennington Oval, London

ENGLAND probable: Cook, Jennings, Westley, Root (captain), Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stokes, Malan, Moeen, Roland-Jones, Broad, Anderson.
SOUTH AFRICA probable: Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, De Kock, Du Plessis (captain), Bavuma, Philander, Morris, Maharaj, Rabada, Morkel

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Good day of proper Test cricket despite the rain, and England deserve credit for grinding it out. Most of the wickets, if not all, were down to excellent bowling, in contrast to that last outing.
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28 Jul 2017, 10:27 #17

July 27-31, 2017 - 3rd Test at Kennington Oval, London

ENGLAND probable: Cook, Jennings, Westley, Root (captain), Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stokes, Malan, Moeen, Roland-Jones, Broad, Anderson.
SOUTH AFRICA probable: Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, De Kock, Du Plessis (captain), Bavuma, Philander, Morris, Maharaj, Rabada, Morkel

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Isn't there a bit of a double standard in comments on batsmen? Malan got a very good ball, but he did play it in the style of Norman Wisdom. I hate to think what they'd have said if that had been Gary Ballance.
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28 Jul 2017, 14:10 #18

July 27-31, 2017 - 3rd Test at Kennington Oval, London

ENGLAND probable: Cook, Jennings, Westley, Root (captain), Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stokes, Malan, Moeen, Roland-Jones, Broad, Anderson.
SOUTH AFRICA probable: Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, De Kock, Du Plessis (captain), Bavuma, Philander, Morris, Maharaj, Rabada, Morkel

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Ben Stokes. What a Player!
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28 Jul 2017, 14:45 #19

July 27-31, 2017 - 3rd Test at Kennington Oval, London

ENGLAND probable: Cook, Jennings, Westley, Root (captain), Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stokes, Malan, Moeen, Roland-Jones, Broad, Anderson.
SOUTH AFRICA probable: Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, De Kock, Du Plessis (captain), Bavuma, Philander, Morris, Maharaj, Rabada, Morkel

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It`s a long time since you have been able to say that!!
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Joined: 02 Apr 2014, 09:31

28 Jul 2017, 14:58 #20

July 27-31, 2017 - 3rd Test at Kennington Oval, London

ENGLAND probable: Cook, Jennings, Westley, Root (captain), Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stokes, Malan, Moeen, Roland-Jones, Broad, Anderson.
SOUTH AFRICA probable: Elgar, Kuhn, Amla, De Kock, Du Plessis (captain), Bavuma, Philander, Morris, Maharaj, Rabada, Morkel

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Well, it's about 6 weeks since he scored a brilliant 100 against the Aussies in the Champions Trophy so not that long to be honest.
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