3rd Test | India v England at Mohali (Match Thread)

Joined: 03 Jun 2014, 20:54

26 Nov 2016, 12:22 #11

Jonny continues his rise to being England's MVP. Next step for him is to convert more scores into 100s. 16 innings since his last 100, with 10 of those involving scores above 40.

To think, though, that many in the media were writing him off (and crowing about it) after Mitchell Johnson got him out for 5 in his return innings last July.

Amazing how his rescue jobs for Yorkshire in 2015 provided him with such good preparation for his test recall. It must be helping. Looking back, it is increasingly clear that watching Jonny bat in the first half of the 2015 season was a truly once in a generation experience.
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Joined: 24 May 2016, 21:00

26 Nov 2016, 12:57 #12

The priority has to be to sign a decent replacement instead of having an inept one.
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Joined: 28 Apr 2016, 12:45

26 Nov 2016, 15:47 #13

and once again were are you going to get a replacement from just because you don't like hodd .
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Joined: 24 May 2016, 21:00

26 Nov 2016, 16:35 #14

My worry is that we're not looking for a replacement given Steve Davies was available and joined Somerset. This decision directly impacts on T20 with England playing Tests during the group stages and the quarter finals. All the fuss over Bairstow not being made available for the last few matches of last season was understandable, but the bigger issue should be an adequate replacement being brought in.
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Joined: 07 Sep 2015, 21:28

26 Nov 2016, 17:24 #15

I'm usually not keen on sitting watching cricket on TV in the morning but made an exception this frosty morning to watch Jonny Bairstow's innings. It's not just his batting but his whole demeanor that makes him so good to watch.

He plays hard and you know it really means a lot to him but it doesn't stop him having a laugh and exchanging a smile with the opposition when he gets away with one, or the ball does something strange.

More power to him and I hope some of it rubs off on at least one of the more confrontational members of the England team.
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Joined: 12 Sep 2014, 18:27

26 Nov 2016, 17:54 #16

Hear hear. The way he conducts himself on and off the field is a credit to him and his family.


Things had been surprisingly cordial until today, but it comes as no surprise to learn that Stokes was involved in the first unsavoury incident of the series. Frankly he deserved all the abuse from the Indians after getting out like he did.
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Joined: 02 Apr 2014, 09:31

26 Nov 2016, 18:52 #17

Only on this forum could we have praise for JB for smiling after Joe Root got told he didn't care for doing exactly the same at T20 finals day.
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Joined: 07 Sep 2015, 21:28

26 Nov 2016, 19:03 #18

You couldn't make it up. Have that one on me!
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Joined: 07 Aug 2014, 16:58

26 Nov 2016, 19:25 #19

How does every thread on this forum end up with a "sack Hodd" contribution from one poster in particular? It's getting very boring now.
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Joined: 02 Apr 2014, 09:31

26 Nov 2016, 20:25 #20

Agreed. There's a trend where every England thread ends up complaining about some great England cricketers and how they don't treat tests like village green cricket, much like this one.
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