5th Test | India v England at Chennai (Match Thread)

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December 17th, 2016, 5:50 pm #31

I hope Joe gets loads of big hundreds in the future as long as it's not at the expense of his natural game. Test match cricket needs to be attractive and entertaining if it is to survive.

The sheer accumulations of runs through chanceless cricket leading to bore draws, while the crowd entertains themselves with Mexican waves is hopefully a thing of the past from this England team.

My pet hate at the moment is listening to Jonathan Agnew. If you are out while playing any form of attacking shot you have simply thrown your wicket away to a lazy shot. Mans a buffoon.
Typical response from a bowler but worry not, Sir Geoffrey will put him back in his box !
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December 18th, 2016, 10:47 am #32

I think Kl Rahul is better than M vijay..

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He certainly looks impressive on this pitch against this bowling.

There may be a decent 5th day with a bit of pressure on England but it looks like the pitch is going to win this one.

TMS struggling to find things to talk about.
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December 18th, 2016, 11:52 am #33

Do we now have a long debate about a batsmans failure to convert centuries into double centuries....
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Joined: April 28th, 2014, 12:12 am

December 18th, 2016, 12:06 pm #34

I know you're not being serious but I'd be absolutely delighted if we'd had a single batsman getting anywhere near a double century in this series.
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December 18th, 2016, 12:31 pm #35

Do we now have a long debate about a batsmans failure to convert centuries into double centuries....
No, because that's a one off. Roots failure to convert 70's/80's into 100's is a recurring pattern. Would've thought that's fairly obvious.
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December 19th, 2016, 9:51 am #36

Back to the test - goodness, England on a whole been completely outplayed in this series. It's not for the lack of trying, but we've taken quite a beating. It's hard to see how we can move forward at the moment.
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December 19th, 2016, 10:24 am #37

We've been absolutely walloped.
Batsmen not making the most of their opportunities, dropped catches, missed stumpings, stupid run-outs & bowlers just not good enough.
The only area in which we've outplayed them is in winning the toss, not that that's made much difference.
My only hope in this match is that by delaying the declaration until Nair gets to 250 Kohli's given them too few overs to bowl us out.
But I fully expect to see us lose before lunch tomorrow by an innings.
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December 19th, 2016, 10:34 am #38

I agree Old Feller, our attack has simply not been good enough and has been exposed yet again. This is getting increasingly embarrassing, the Indian's could quite easily post a score of a 1000 at this rate. There needs to be some changes around management and leadership, as we seem to be going backwards.
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December 19th, 2016, 10:39 am #39

England will hope they do. Surely should be having a crack at the openers after two days in the field.
Call for TKC..
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Joined: February 10th, 2014, 7:23 pm

December 19th, 2016, 10:47 am #40

At 10.24 OF wrote about waiting for Nair's 250. At 10.46 he's 6 short of 300!

The wheeels are well and truly off.
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