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Title: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on September 11, 2018, 07:50:04 PM
Yes I'm going there already... it's been a cracking series v India but there's plenty of questions over the side, especially with a subcontinent tour coming up. Quite a lot of cricket to be played in between, but nothing like a long range predicton... what would be your tour squad and starting XI for the first test? Assume a 16-man squad, let's see if anyone can channel Ed Smith and get it all right (given his record so far, I bet none of us do).

First test XI:
1 Jennings
2 Burns
3 Ali
4 Root
5 Stokes
6 Buttler
7 Bairstow
8 Woakes
9 Rashid
10 Leach
11 Jimmy

Squad players:
Vince
Clarke (expect Pope more likely to go but prefer Clarke's experience of subcontinent A tours/batting top 3 - Pope goes with Lions to UAE)
Curran
J Overton
Bess.

Broad gets a rest. Near misses/Lions contenders - Livingstone (if he gets a few before the end of the season), Samit, Stone, Parkinson.

Who would you choose?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: smilley792 on September 11, 2018, 07:58:16 PM
@Bats_Entertainment will be mad we playing selector again....


Oh well

Jennings
Burns
Ali
Root
Bairstow
Stokes
Buttler
Rashid
Broad/Curran
Leach
Anderson


Squad would be woakes, pope, Vince, Bess, Overton.

Donít like to agree with @Seniorplayer but woakes will be squealed on those pitches.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on September 11, 2018, 08:00:50 PM
@Bats_Entertainment will be mad we playing selector again....
So long as it's not in the county championship thread we'll be alright! No Leach, even though you've picked 17?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: smilley792 on September 11, 2018, 08:17:35 PM
So long as it's not in the county championship thread we'll be alright! No Leach, even though you've picked 17?

Forgot to put leach in my starting xi. Only had ten as it be broad or Curran.

Overton to travel if the rumours are true and they rest broad.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: hammersjr on September 11, 2018, 08:27:54 PM
Squad of 16 for me,

Jennings
Burns
Denly
Vince/Pope
Root
Buttler
Bairstow
Ali
Rashid
Leach
Stokes
S. Curran
Broad
Anderson
Woakes
Stone/ J.Overton

Canít decide between Vince/Pope and Stone/Overton but donít see them playing much anyways so isnít a massive deal which of them they take
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: FattusCattus on September 11, 2018, 08:28:25 PM
I donít see any point in flogging Anderson or Broad around those pitches. Pick all the fringe quicks and see who thrives.

They will only be playing bit parts anyway.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexevo94 on September 11, 2018, 08:35:49 PM
I donít see any point in flogging Anderson or Broad around those pitches. Pick all the fringe quicks and see who thrives.

They will only be playing bit parts anyway.

Thatís what Australia have done for there tour of pakistan
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on September 11, 2018, 09:10:18 PM
Thatís what Australia have done for there tour of pakistan

They've only picked their fringe batsmen, too...  ;)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on September 11, 2018, 10:27:33 PM
Thatís what Australia have done for there tour of pakistan
Not strictly true. Hazlewood, Cummins and Pattinson have merely renewed their memberships to their local hospitals as the resident sick notes
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on September 11, 2018, 10:31:17 PM
Hoping that Jamie Overton gets a shot. Starc managed to blast out Sri Lanka when they went down their. Overton similar pace could rattle them.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: sgcricket on September 12, 2018, 02:29:52 AM
From the India series, drop Jennings and pick Burns. Rest all are fine. And pick an extra spinner. Not too sure anyone is good enough though.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Ams4287 on September 12, 2018, 05:48:51 AM
From the India series, drop Jennings and pick Burns. Rest all are fine. And pick an extra spinner. Not too sure anyone is good enough though.

You might need another opening batsmen though
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: stevat on September 12, 2018, 07:28:29 AM
Have to say, given Cook's announcement and Jennings form the pressure was on opening batsmen in the championship this week. The hundred Burns hit when teammates fell at the other end bodes very well with regards to his temperament.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on September 12, 2018, 10:22:37 AM
No point in having more than 2 pace bowlers in the starting XI. Possibly have Stokes as 3rd pace bowler/all rounder.
Then play as many spinners as possible. Obviously Root, Rashid and Ali are starters on those wickets. But at least one "proper" Leach/Bess spinner and a few more batsmen.
Should be an interesting starting XI  :D
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Kulli on September 12, 2018, 11:12:26 AM
is there any point/likelihood in/of loading the side with not good enough spinners, we don't really have much previous for not just picking 2 spinners and 3/4 seamers.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on September 12, 2018, 11:21:18 AM
No point in having more than 2 pace bowlers in the starting XI. Possibly have Stokes as 3rd pace bowler/all rounder.
Then play as many spinners as possible. Obviously Root, Rashid and Ali are starters on those wickets. But at least one "proper" Leach/Bess spinner and a few more batsmen.
Should be an interesting starting XI  :D

Completely agree, anyone who saw the SL vs SA series would have seen how much spin was bowled. SL only played 1 seamer throughout the series (Lakmal) and he's the captain! and he only bowled 6.3 overs across the 2 tests!

In the series -
Wickets to seam = 15
Wickets to spin = 57

1st test at Galle -
https://www.cricbuzz.com/live-cricket-scorecard/20164/sl-vs-rsa-1st-test-south-africa-tour-of-sri-lanka-2018 (https://www.cricbuzz.com/live-cricket-scorecard/20164/sl-vs-rsa-1st-test-south-africa-tour-of-sri-lanka-2018)

2nd test at Colombo -
https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-scores/20165/sl-vs-rsa-2nd-test-south-africa-tour-of-sri-lanka-2018 (https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-scores/20165/sl-vs-rsa-2nd-test-south-africa-tour-of-sri-lanka-2018)

Team for the 1st test -

1. Burns
2. Jennings
3. Mo
4. Root
5. Butler
6. Stokes
7. Bairstow
8. Curran
9. Rashid
10. Leach
11. Anderson

Others to Tour -
12. Broad - him and Anderson to rotate
13. Pope - spare middle order bat
14. Denly - spare top order/opener
15. Woakes - alternative to Curran
16. Jamie Overton / Oli Stone - young quick bolter to tour as different option
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Buzz on September 12, 2018, 05:03:45 PM
There is a genuinely eclectic load of selections from the below Telegraph article, so I have followed suit! 

My team for SL
Burns,
Stoneman, (won't get picked it will be Jennings and Denly)
Ali,
Root,
Buttler, (whoever keeps needs to be at 7 due to the heat and having to stand up for most of the day)
Stokes,
Bairstow,
Curran,
Leach,
Bess, (yes three spinners. This is sri Lanka we are talking about.)
Anderson/Broad

Plus Pope, Livingston, Overton, Archer (fast tracked!)
We know that Denly will get picked and could end up opening with Burns in the tests.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/cricket/2018/09/12/england-xis-first-test-v-sri-lanka-writers-make-picks/amp/?__twitter_impression=true (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/cricket/2018/09/12/england-xis-first-test-v-sri-lanka-writers-make-picks/amp/?__twitter_impression=true)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on September 12, 2018, 05:48:37 PM
Oooh, this is really interesting.

So, in picking my XI, I am assuming that we get similar pitches to the ones that the Yarpies got last season - though this is not the given everyone assumes, as a Barmy Army tour brings with it certain financial benefits that the South Africans just can't mirror.  As such, I would not be hugely surprised if two of the three tests are played on more Indian style pitches designed to last the full five days (and extract the full five days revenue).  My thinking then takes the following path:
1. I want Liam Livingstone in the side.  He was by far our best player when the Lions toured down there, and he gives us a useful additional spin option.
2. I want Ed Smith to retract from the Rashid farce and make a clear statement that County cricket matters.  That means that, even though I think its the wrong time to blood Burns, who would ideally wait until the West Indies, he's in.
3. I want to rest some of our older bowlers, whether they like it or not.
4. I'm taking 16 players, because I want to have options, and to give experience to a couple of players.

So that got me:
Burns
Buttler
Ali
Root
Stokes
Bairstow
Livingstone
Curran
Rashid
J Overton
Leach

In the squad, I would take Anderson, in case we do get a flat top where his craft will benefit the side, and Vince as the reserve batsman (Pope misses out because I genuinely think it is a bit too soon for him, and we have enough number sixes anyway).  I'd then have three quite left field solutions:

Ben Foakes - won't let anyone down with the bat, and was talked of as a good tourist last year.  At the back of my mind, there is the thought that if the ball is really ragging, we may actually want our strongest gloveman there.
Amar Virdi - Rashid as one of three and two half spinners is okay, but the fact is that leg spin may not be the route on these pitches.  If that turns out to be the case, Virdi for me edges Bess for the accuracy needed to get the best out of them.
Ben Coad - I know this one has been suggested elsewhere and mocked, but there is actually a good argument for it - Coad is excellent bowling cutters with the keeper up to the stumps, and bowls a similar trajectory to guys like Vaas and Lakmal who do well there.  He would only be back up for injuries, and it would be good experience and a change for teh coaches to work with him.



My squad
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on September 12, 2018, 06:12:11 PM
Controversial @Manormanic ! Deja vu in one way at least - why on earth bat Livingstone at 7? He normally bats 3/4 and scored all his boatloads of Lions runs at 4 last year, so why bat him behind Stokes and Bairstow who are natural 6/7 players? I agree I'd like him in though, hopefully he gets a few in the last two CC games and gets selected feeling confident.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on September 12, 2018, 06:30:20 PM
Well, aside from Buttler, who is a strategic move, you have Stokes, who wants to bat six but should probably bat five and Bairstow, who wants to bat five but should probably bat six.  So, seven.  It used to be the way that the new guy came in at the bottom of the established batting order to find his feet and I see no issue with that still being the case now personally.  Though I agree you could just as easily go Livingstone/Stokes/YJB or Livingstone/YJB/Stokes!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on September 12, 2018, 06:53:45 PM
It did used to be that way, until Ian Bell failed to make the step up from 5 to 3 and then all the all-rounders got in the way. 7 is the slot for a keeper or all-rounder, picking a specialist bat to bat 7 is like telling them you don't think they're good enough before they've even had a go.

Also, regardless of who prefers to bat where (I think Bairstow is starting to realise he doesn't want to bat at 5) - if you're taking Stokes/YJB/AN Other to bat 5/6/7 then look at it this way; Stokes has done ok at 5 but performed best at 6 and was terrible at 7. Bairstow has been great at 7, ok at 6 and poor at 5. Clearly we need a no5!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on September 12, 2018, 08:47:24 PM
I am coming round to the fact that anything more than 1 pace will be excess!! So I reckon better to have 1 pace plus Stokes!

Burns
Denly/jennings
Vince
Root
Buttler
Stokes
Bairstow (keeper)
Ali
Leach
Bess/Rashid
Anderson/Broad/Curran

some choices to be taken in the next week!!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: FattusCattus on September 19, 2018, 10:36:00 AM
When are the squads announced?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: 19reading87 on September 19, 2018, 01:15:57 PM
Great to see Olly Stone called up! The lad bowls gas!!!

A friend of mine coached him as a youngster at Northants and said he will make it to the very top - he wasn't wrong!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on September 19, 2018, 01:16:03 PM
one day squad out

Olly Stone in it, I think a forum tip for the top  :)

liam dawson still in which is a bit of a surprise.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on September 19, 2018, 01:37:37 PM
one day squad out

Olly Stone in it, I think a forum tip for the top  :)

liam dawson still in which is a bit of a surprise.

Yes, a spinning all rounder who's been in and around the squads for a while, who has been performing well domestically and for the Lions. What a surprising selection... 
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on September 19, 2018, 01:43:59 PM
Yes, a spinning all rounder who's been in and around the squads for a while, who has been performing well domestically and for the Lions. What a surprising selection... 

and a Hampshire player of course   :)

who is not a kolpack  :)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: mohawks94 on September 19, 2018, 03:40:30 PM
More detail about to be published in my blog that I linked earlier, but my 11 for the first test plus travelling squad:

1. Rory Burns
2. Keaton Jennings
3. Moeen Ali
4. Joe Root (c)
5. Ben Stokes
6. Jos Buttler (vc)
7. Jonny Bairstow (wk)
8. Dom Bess
9. Sam Curran
10. James Anderson
11. Jack Leach

Not playing: Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jamie Porter, Joe Denly, Olly Stone, James Vince and Adil Rashid.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: SD on September 19, 2018, 03:49:18 PM
Good to see Stone getting a call up.  His first class and fitness records aren't ideal but it is good to see England taking a look at someone who has the attributes to help England to win abroad rather than pick the low-80s seamers who are cannon fodder abroad without a Dukes ball on dry surfaces.

Less impressed to see Dawson in that squad.  A left over from the experiment of picking spinners based on their ability to bat.  Ali and Root are there as batsman who can bowl spin and Rashid has a comparable first class average to Dawson with the bat.  There should be a front line spinner taking that spot
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on September 19, 2018, 04:21:47 PM
Dawson's just there as cover isn't he - very unlikely to actually play any cricket but steady head and won't let anyone down as a replacement for Ali or Rashid if called upon. Gun fielder as well iirc? If they were considering playing 3 spinners you'd assume 4 would have made the squad.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Sam on September 19, 2018, 04:39:54 PM
Less impressed to see Dawson in that squad.  A left over from the experiment of picking spinners based on their ability to bat.  Ali and Root are there as batsman who can bowl spin and Rashid has a comparable first class average to Dawson with the bat.  There should be a front line spinner taking that spot

Dawson was one of the major standout performers in the England lions tri series (from all teams) this summer including ripping through a strong spin playing side like India A in English conditions. His bowling record and consistency alone in recent years puts him up there as one of the best limited overs spinners in the country before you even start to consider his batting and gun fielding.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on September 19, 2018, 05:45:46 PM
Dawson averages less than one wicket per match in his list a career, so he's not scaring anyone with his non turning left armers. He's merely a fill in in case Moeen gets a knock, Dawson in quite frankly no more that bits and pieces(poor mans Jadeja/Shakib)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: SD on September 19, 2018, 06:31:38 PM
Dawson's just there as cover isn't he - very unlikely to actually play any cricket but steady head and won't let anyone down as a replacement for Ali or Rashid if called upon. Gun fielder as well iirc? If they were considering playing 3 spinners you'd assume 4 would have made the squad.

Seems to me to be an odd player to take on tour as cover though when we are nonths away from a world cup.  Would much rather see a young spinner with something about him like Matt Parkinson have that opportunity
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on September 19, 2018, 06:51:04 PM
Seems to me to be an odd player to take on tour as cover though when we are nonths away from a world cup.  Would much rather see a young spinner with something about him like Matt Parkinson have that opportunity

They won't take a third spinner in the World Cup squad, so it actually makes some sense to take a guy who is there and thereabouts and known to be a good tourist.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Sam on September 19, 2018, 06:56:59 PM
Dawson averages less than one wicket per match in his list a career, so he's not scaring anyone with his non turning left armers. He's merely a fill in in case Moeen gets a knock, Dawson in quite frankly no more that bits and pieces(poor mans Jadeja/Shakib)

An excellent example of how a changing playing role (among other reasons) can affect someones career stats. Take the last 3 years and Dawsons wickets per match increases to 1.6.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on September 19, 2018, 08:54:45 PM
An excellent example of how a changing playing role (among other reasons) can affect someones career stats. Take the last 3 years and Dawsons wickets per match increases to 1.6.

Wait, you mean he didn't take any wickets in those matches early in his career when he played solely as a batsman, and that had an effect on his average number of wickets per game?
Don't let the truth cloud your judgement of irrelevant stats ;)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on September 20, 2018, 09:05:51 AM
one day squad out

Olly Stone in it, I think a forum tip for the top  :)

liam dawson still in which is a bit of a surprise.

 Ollie Stone now he's back to full fitness probably would have been selected sooner except for injury
tipped him to tour in the England v India thread  watched him bowl in July topped 90 MPH.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: FattusCattus on September 20, 2018, 11:06:02 AM
When's the test squad out - that's the one that interests me!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Buzz on September 20, 2018, 11:06:50 AM
Test squad is out tomorrow and there are rumours that Jason Roy could be in it. 😮😮😮
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: FattusCattus on September 20, 2018, 11:32:13 AM
Test squad is out tomorrow and there are rumours that Jason Roy could be in it. 😮😮😮

Pffft! You've been on the office sherry a bit early haven't you?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Buzz on September 20, 2018, 11:42:45 AM
Pffft! You've been on the office sherry a bit early haven't you?
Nah, just passing on what the Wisden editor has said.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: SD on September 20, 2018, 05:22:28 PM
Roy would be my first pick to open for the test
  He has shown he has what is necessary to perform on the international stage something we are in fairly short supply of when it comes to openers 
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: mohawks94 on September 20, 2018, 06:02:32 PM
I would question whether Roy has the defensive technique against spin for test cricket. We all know that in one day stuff he can take offies in particular to the cleaners, but on a day 4/5 deck in Colombo would he be able to keep out enough balls to get a decent score?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: stevat on September 20, 2018, 06:10:16 PM
I would question whether Roy has the defensive technique against spin for test cricket. We all know that in one day stuff he can take offies in particular to the cleaners, but on a day 4/5 deck in Colombo would he be able to keep out enough balls to get a decent score?
Only one way to find out. I think he's great, and would give him a crack, but has to be said the skill set is vastly different when it won't matter how many runs you get personally and you just need to keep am attack out. Like I said though, I think he can, and as SD has said he's shown great maturity and ability to deal with pressure in the shorter forms.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on September 20, 2018, 06:12:43 PM
Also gives us a right/left option with burns (or Jennings if the selectors are weak)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: FattusCattus on September 20, 2018, 06:52:16 PM
Is Denly a right- hander ?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: golders on September 20, 2018, 06:59:05 PM
Personally Iíd be very happy to see Roy get picked alongside Burns.get another right hander up top - Sherminator at 3!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: mohawks94 on September 20, 2018, 07:04:04 PM
Is Denly a right- hander ?

Yes
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: mohawks94 on September 20, 2018, 07:05:30 PM
Only one way to find out. I think he's great, and would give him a crack, but has to be said the skill set is vastly different when it won't matter how many runs you get personally and you just need to keep am attack out. Like I said though, I think he can, and as SD has said he's shown great maturity and ability to deal with pressure in the shorter forms.

Agree that there is only one way to find out. Whoever gets the nod, I'm 100% behind the team. Personally think Roy would be more suited to playing in Aus or SA than Sri Lanka, but if he goes and plays I hope he goes well.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on September 20, 2018, 07:23:48 PM
Guardian backing Roy as a slightly surprise choice with burns of Surrey and/or Joe Denly.

Not the choice I would have, Burns thru sheer weight of runs deserves a shot...but Smith has made a couple of surprising picks so far and seems unafraid to go against the norm...

So Roy is looking more possible. He doesn't have a defence from the games I have seen but does have exceptional attacking shots.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on September 20, 2018, 07:24:15 PM
Roy is Sri Lanka would be an awful idea.  Look at the problems he has had starting against spin in the hit and giggle stuff and extrapolate that on to raging bunsens.  I like the guy, if our existing stregths were different I could even see a role for him in the near future, but no...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: liscon12 on September 20, 2018, 07:52:27 PM
I see Roy has only had one CC match this year and it was the most recent game Surrey played......but with Smith at the helm that won't matter to him.

If Burns doesn't get selected then you're basically saying CC is a waste of time and that it shouldn't be played. He deserves a chance at opening and while I'm all for those picking players who will benefit the team in the long run, he should have the chance to test his technique by better sides.

I'll eat my hat if Roy is selected in the first XI this winter!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: hammersjr on September 20, 2018, 08:31:51 PM
I donít think Roy would be the answer in Sri Lanka. Some people have already pointed out that on turning pitches he has struggled and I canít imagine this will have changed.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: SD on September 20, 2018, 09:02:13 PM
It is early days to come to a judgement on Ed Smith but so far he seems to be heading down the path we went down under Duncan Fletcher where players we selected based on a judgement as to whether they had what it would take to step up to the next level and perform in international cricket.  More recently we have lost our way by reverting to 1990s selection policy and picking whoever happens to be performing in county cricket at that time. 

The county championship has a clear purpose in producing cricketers ready to step up to the next level but I don't see it as a failure of that competition that those those who excel in it aren't necessarily going to be the ones who can adapt to the next level.  It happens at every sport that there are those who achieve up to a point but then can't crack it at the next level above. 

You can never be certain who will have it them to cope with the step up to test cricket but i would say that performing under the pressure of ODIs and international t20s is a good start
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on September 20, 2018, 09:21:14 PM
Yes but with uncapped players you don't know either. Let's say England stick with Jennings, which I think they are going to do and want Joe Denly on tour...,just for arguments, er sorry, discussions sake... :)

You might be left with a devastating attacking player who has the temperament for one day and t20 cricket, and an uncapped one who has 1000 FC runs for the last 5 seasons to choose from...


There won't be much medium pace even for the openers to face, spinners will be on real quick
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: stevat on September 20, 2018, 09:24:11 PM
I see Roy has only had one CC match this year and it was the most recent game Surrey played......but with Smith at the helm that won't matter to him.

If Burns doesn't get selected then you're basically saying CC is a waste of time and that it shouldn't be played. He deserves a chance at opening and while I'm all for those picking players who will benefit the team in the long run, he should have the chance to test his technique by better sides.

I'll eat my hat if Roy is selected in the first XI this winter!

Burns surely has to be selected, would be farcical if he wasn't.  Great that he's put in the hard yards, think it'll see him right in the long run in Test cricket - that said the tour of Sri Lanka will be a serious test having watched the South African team struggle out there.  Not a gentle introduction at all.  Dananjaya looks a quality mystery spinner too if you've not seen him yet.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: golders on September 20, 2018, 10:14:33 PM
Is squad announced tomorrow?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: hammersjr on September 20, 2018, 11:37:35 PM
Is squad announced tomorrow?

Believe so
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: FattusCattus on September 21, 2018, 02:09:12 PM
Is the squad actually announced today?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: jamielsn15 on September 21, 2018, 02:10:08 PM
I'm wondering the same. Usually squads announced at lunchtime?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on September 21, 2018, 02:29:22 PM
i wouldn't be surprised if they're still deciding/making calls!!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on September 21, 2018, 02:33:52 PM
broad picked

burns denly and stone on tour also

root
ali
anderson
broad
burns
buttler
curran S
denly
jennings
leach
pope
rashid
stokes
stone
woakes
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on September 21, 2018, 02:33:56 PM
Anthony Joshua's weigh in was on SSN from 12-1.30 so I doubt the ECB wanted to clash with that
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: hammersjr on September 21, 2018, 02:53:37 PM
Managed to predict the squad, makes a change!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on September 21, 2018, 02:54:32 PM
First test squad announcement of recent vintage I can remember without it getting leaked in the papers the night before, amazing. Think they actually only met and decided this morning so that's probably why.

No massive surprises then, one of Stone/Overton was always likely to go and Smith had trailed Denly. Saying that, a little surprised they've gone with no backup opener and no spare spinner (assuming we'll play 2 specialists + Ali).
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: 19reading87 on September 21, 2018, 02:57:13 PM
First test squad announcement of recent vintage I can remember without it getting leaked in the papers the night before, amazing. Think they actually only met and decided this morning so that's probably why.

No massive surprises then, one of Stone/Overton was always likely to go and Smith had trailed Denly. Saying that, a little surprised they've gone with no backup opener and no spare spinner (assuming we'll play 2 specialists + Ali).

Denly has opened for much of his career so Iíd assume heís the back up opening batsman. Can see him batting at 3 tho
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on September 21, 2018, 02:58:03 PM
Did they actually pick Burns? What? Common sense.

Disappointed to not see Porter ahead of Stone though
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on September 21, 2018, 02:58:41 PM
First test squad announcement of recent vintage I can remember without it getting leaked in the papers the night before, amazing. Think they actually only met and decided this morning so that's probably why.

No massive surprises then, one of Stone/Overton was always likely to go and Smith had trailed Denly. Saying that, a little surprised they've gone with no backup opener and no spare spinner (assuming we'll play 2 specialists + Ali).

when you say no spare spinner are u discounting Denly? I think that's maybe why he has got the nos for his leggies. he has opened or 3 for Kent in  the past not 100 per cent sure he bats there in the Championship
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on September 21, 2018, 02:59:23 PM
What, no Roy?! ;)

Will Leach play ahead of Rashid?
I can see Denly being picked ahead of Rash too if they want to get a leg spinner in as that sures up the top order a bit.

No real shocks in the squad. James Vince's omission surprises me a bit seeing as he's been in and around the squad this summer, maybe his cordial ratios aren't up to scratch...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on September 21, 2018, 03:01:32 PM
no Roy  :)

not surprised about Denly, I think if he gets on the field it will be with a lot of fans well wishes hoping he does well.

 wouldn't of taken Jennings myself so one spare spot in my team

I think Jennings is lucky to get a gig
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on September 21, 2018, 03:03:48 PM
Is Jennings the spare opener?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on September 21, 2018, 03:05:36 PM
Is Jennings the spare opener?

haha... technically the man in possession of the spot..

hmmm. There are some players over the years who have been given more chances than others. Hope he does well but he hasn't done enough for me
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on September 21, 2018, 03:09:58 PM
I think Denly's a bit of a lazy selection in that he's just been picked because he ticks a lot of boxes, can't see how he gets in the team unless there's an injury or Keaton gets out leaving it 4 times in the first two tests. Yes he's opened in the past but the more recent run of top form that's got him in contention has been not opening. That said, his bowling stats this season are surprisingly tidy!

The twitter rants about whyyyyy is Ian Bell not batting three are amusing...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on September 21, 2018, 03:13:01 PM
haha... technically the man in possession of the spot..

hmmm. There are some players over the years who have been given more chances than others. Hope he does well but he hasn't done enough for me

Although heís in possession heís hardly done enough to play

We have to pick the xi we think will perform best and for me burns and denly are the teo who play

I also like a left/right hand combo opening the batting. Doesnít allow bowlers to settle on a line and length
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on September 21, 2018, 03:18:24 PM
Although he’s in possession he’s hardly done enough to play

We have to pick the xi we think will perform best and for me burns and denly are the teo who play

I also like a left/right hand combo opening the batting. Doesn’t allow bowlers to settle on a line and length

totally agree. I would of left Jennings behind and made a spot for another top order player. Bell...Clarke or Vince....Vince and Bell have been tried before and it means batting a number 3 as a number 2....I still would of done it.

Denly I think is a good choice, not exactly top order but we do need an alternative to Jennings.

Burns is the most deserving selection in recent memory, and a shot in the arm for the Championship after Roy was being touted

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on September 21, 2018, 03:33:21 PM
Having watched finals day (different format i know) but clarke looked class and hes highly spoken of also, id have picked Clarke

that would mean (doubt it) 3 debuts at 1 2 3.

they'll be a toss up between curran and leach too i reckon

unless root shocks us all and drops broad

id quite like to see broad have a rest and leach play with 3 spinners, anderson, stokes and curran (left armer to produce rough)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: mohawks94 on September 21, 2018, 03:48:00 PM
Pleased to have got 15 of the squad right! Pope has a big future but is likely to carry the drinks which is why I wanted to see him on the Lions tours this winter.
Seeing as I chose 18 in my squad I was always going to be slightly wrong. Vince has done what was asked and scored more heavily than before and earned his recall, Bess I would have liked to have seen taken but he will tour with Lions, Porter was always a long shot but think it is when, rather than if, he gets a test cap over the next couple of years.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on September 21, 2018, 04:06:18 PM
totally agree. I would of left Jennings behind and made a spot for another top order player. Bell...Clarke or Vince....Vince and Bell have been tried before and it means batting a number 3 as a number 2....I still would of done it.

Denly I think is a good choice, not exactly top order but we do need an alternative to Jennings.

Burns is the most deserving selection in recent memory, and a shot in the arm for the Championship after Roy was being touted

Mo will bat at 3 because it then allows us to play Leach and Curran, Broad or Anderson.

So it is a straight forward decision between Jennings and Denly.

Burns
Jennings/Denly
Mo
Root
Stokes
Butler
Bairstow
Curran
Rashid
Leach
Broad/Anderson
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: shadowlight on September 21, 2018, 05:21:57 PM
Burns
Jennings/Denly
Mo
Root
Stokes
Butler
Bairstow
Curran
Rashid
Leach
Broad/Anderson

Just one change in batting order.  I would swap Buttler and Stokes but knowing England management we are likely to see Baristow bat at 5, Stokes at 6 and Buttler at 7.  We will also see either one of Curran/Rashid/Leach getting dropped to accommodate both Broad and Anderson.  I feel for Curran since he is most likely guy to get the chop for Broad, unless Root is going to act as the 3rd spinner.  Based on recent matches in Sri Lanka, more than one seamer seems to be a luxury.

How many folks on here think that both Anderson and Broad should have been rested for the series (especially the pitches are likely to be spinner friendly), so some of the less experienced seamers could get more match experience at international level?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: cricketbadger on September 21, 2018, 10:00:36 PM
Mo will bat at 3 because it then allows us to play Leach and Curran, Broad or Anderson.

So it is a straight forward decision between Jennings and Denly.

Burns
Jennings/Denly
Mo
Root
Stokes
Butler
Bairstow
Curran
Rashid
Leach
Broad/Anderson

That's the exact same team as me

Only thing is I had made a decision of Denly over Jennings (Jennings can't play) And Anderson to start, broad to come in for him when rested
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: golders on September 22, 2018, 05:58:31 AM
Surprised Jennings in- must have been his hindered on debut and the fact it was in India no?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on September 22, 2018, 06:12:07 AM
That's the exact same team as me

Only thing is I had made a decision of Denly over Jennings (Jennings can't play) And Anderson to start, broad to come in for him when rested

Oh just because i put their name is 1st doesn't mean anything really just that it's a choice between the 2.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on September 22, 2018, 07:52:10 AM
Yes figured Denly was in maybe to open as well and smith on interview said Denly is in as a top order batter an an option to spin.

Like a lot of us on here I think I would start him and burns first test,the guy deserves a chance. And....it gives us possible 4 spinners in the side....

You got to think all matches will turn a lot. Or they could leave one out play 3 spinners and slot in stone for extra pace(or rest Anderson or broad to do that)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on September 22, 2018, 08:26:33 AM
Yes figured Denly was in maybe to open as well and smith on interview said Denly is in as a top order batter an an option to spin.

Like a lot of us on here I think I would start him and burns first test,the guy deserves a chance. And....it gives us possible 4 spinners in the side....

You got to think all matches will turn a lot. Or they could leave one out play 3 spinners and slot in stone for extra pace(or rest Anderson or broad to do that)
Not a bad call at all but England will be thinking if we play just 2 seamers what happens if one breaks down.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on September 22, 2018, 08:29:28 AM
Surprised Jennings in- must have been his hindered on debut and the fact it was in India no?
Yep
Sure that's  the deciding factor struggles against  the  moving ball but  scored 112 in Mumbai.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on September 22, 2018, 09:10:26 AM
Jennings will start won't he - what would the point of taking him otherwise?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: jamielsn15 on September 22, 2018, 12:27:49 PM
Jennings will start won't he - what would the point of taking him otherwise?

To leave him there?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: smilley792 on September 28, 2018, 03:16:19 PM
So the central contracts are out.


Glad to see Curran has been given a full one.


His buttler to, but a tad bizarre that Adil Rashid has got one to, do we reckon yorkshire new this before his extension? As technical they no donít have to pay him.


Tom Curran given an incremental one to cover the Odis/t20s.


No contract for Jennings, unsurprisingly, but shows England through gts and that if he doesnít perform is this tour heíll be gone.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on September 28, 2018, 04:16:46 PM
yes I think they are sticking with Jennings but unsure he will make it to be a regular player.

he could well get runs on this tour thou, he has in the past in sub continent, don't think that solves much thou if he does.

lets hope Burns is the real deal otherwise we will be back to square one  :)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on September 28, 2018, 09:08:40 PM
Sri Lanka named their test squad, just the five spinners listed. They also named three seamers but I doubt they'll pick more than Lakmal. #sandpits
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on October 23, 2018, 03:03:23 AM
So Bairstow is being trailed in the media as likely out injured for the first test. Does this provide a handy way for the selectors to add a third spin option in Denly without having to face up to dropping Broad?

Jennings
Burns
Moeen
Root
Denly
Stokes
Buttler (wk)
Curran/Woakes/Stone
Rashid
Broad
Jimmy

Which would give a ridiculous 4 seamers and 3 spin options, plus Root/Jennings. OR are 4 seamers a bit pointless given the likely conditions and you play Leach for Broad then choose between Denly/Pope purely on their batting.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on October 23, 2018, 06:13:49 AM
Yes It does exactly that. I think Denly should play and bat 3 with everyone moving down. Stone in for broad would make sense, cannot see how both jimmy and broad playing helps on these pitches.

Pope and Curran is tricky as I think we will play Woakes....

Long term Curran has potential to bat top 6 for us I think
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on October 23, 2018, 07:59:31 AM
Curran left arm and tricks gives England something different he could also  become a top six Basman who bowls. Wouldnt play Woakes in SL is record on the sub continent is not good also if he gets some stick he bowls  wide of off stump  which you can get away with it in one dayers but achieves little in tests particularly on SL wickets.
 Also Wouldn't play Broad or Anderson.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on October 23, 2018, 08:40:54 AM
Chuffed to see Tom and Sam both have a go today
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on October 23, 2018, 08:47:31 AM
Batting looks shockingly lightweight.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on October 23, 2018, 12:06:13 PM
Surely Stokes, Jimmy plus 1 other seamer would do on these wickets? I would play Jimmy for his control in any conditions.
After seeing the wickets, it is likely that they will be turning sideways after a couple of days of the test matches, if not sooner (assuming it's not raining 7 hours a day!)
So I would love to see...

Jennings
Burns
Denly
Root
Pope
Stokes
Buttler
S Curran
Mo
Rashid
Jimmy

That would give up a spare keeper if Buttler got injured.
Would also give 3 seamers (Stokes for pace, Jimmy control and swing, and little Sam as swing leftie)
Then Mo, Rashid, Denly and Root.




Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Buzz on October 23, 2018, 04:48:36 PM
Mo will be batting at 3
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on October 23, 2018, 05:49:34 PM
Mo will be batting at 3
Not too surprising, even allowing for it being Moeen/England moving him to a different batting spot after two reasonably successful innnings would seem unusually harsh!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on October 23, 2018, 06:12:03 PM
I was about to ask where cool was.... I then remembered:í(
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on October 23, 2018, 07:20:34 PM
Surely Stokes, Jimmy plus 1 other seamer would do on these wickets? I would play Jimmy for his control in any conditions.
After seeing the wickets, it is likely that they will be turning sideways after a couple of days of the test matches, if not sooner (assuming it's not raining 7 hours a day!)
So I would love to see...

Jennings
Burns
Denly
Root
Pope
Stokes
Buttler
S Curran
Mo
Rashid
Jimmy

That would give up a spare keeper if Buttler got injured.
Would also give 3 seamers (Stokes for pace, Jimmy control and swing, and little Sam as swing leftie)
Then Mo, Rashid, Denly and Root.

Agree regards number of seamers. But like Buzz says I think Mo will bat 3 therefore it is between Pope and Denly for the number 5 slot and then Leach plays as 3rd spinner.

Jennings
Burns
Mo
Root
Pope/Denly
Stokes
Buttler
S. Curran
Rashid
Leach
Anderson
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on October 23, 2018, 07:34:24 PM
Throw into the equation that Stokes' hamstrings looked an absolute state by the time he got out today... that really would put the cat amongst Ed Smith's pigeons.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on October 25, 2018, 08:09:50 PM
Foakes flying out now....

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket/article-6317587/England-call-best-wicketkeeper-world-Ben-Foakes-cover-injured-Jonny-Bairstow.html (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket/article-6317587/England-call-best-wicketkeeper-world-Ben-Foakes-cover-injured-Jonny-Bairstow.html)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on October 25, 2018, 08:40:12 PM
Hmmmm . Foakes is there as cover, but I've been trying to think past a whole generation when we had the best keeper keeping....it's a fair while ago.

I'm sure there are many on here that are used to batsman keepers playing.

I just wonder if England might play him if Bairstow is out and leave Butler as a batsman.We could well be going in with 3 spinners first test....

If there was ever a chance to play this might be it. bairstow and Butler are good but neither are at Foakes' s level.

Would we change tack and play the best available keeper?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: stevat on October 25, 2018, 09:28:01 PM
To be fair to Foakes, he's a good bat as well, with a First Class average in the 40s - better than many who've been given a crack as batsmen only.  Mostly runs scored in Div 1 as well.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on October 25, 2018, 10:04:48 PM
So what happens if Foakes plays, shows he's a far superior gloveman to YJB and gets runs?

Does YJB come in as a batsman, if so for who?
Or does Foakes get shafted once YJB is fit again regardless?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on October 26, 2018, 07:23:40 AM
Quote from: WalkingWicket37 link=topic=44996.msg726898#msg726898 date=1540505088
Or does Foakes get shafted once YJB is fit again regardless?
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You got it on one mate
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on October 26, 2018, 08:02:10 AM
So what happens if Foakes plays, shows he's a far superior gloveman to YJB and gets runs?

Does YJB come in as a batsman, if so for who?
Or does Foakes get shafted once YJB is fit again regardless?

Current England  thinking batter first keeper second
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Kulli on October 26, 2018, 08:17:31 AM
Quote from: WalkingWicket37 link=topic=44996.msg726898#msg726898 date=1540505088
Or does Foakes get shafted once YJB is fit again regardless?


You got it on one mate
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Even if he does well I'd say it'd be more shafting YJB to drop him than it would be to leave Stokes out after 1 test.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on October 29, 2018, 09:25:18 AM
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/46016569 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/46016569)

Quote
England captain Joe Root says Jos Buttler is likely to keep wicket in the first Test against Sri Lanka next week if Jonny Bairstow is ruled out.

Bairstow is recovering from an ankle injury picked up while playing football, but Root says England have options with Buttler and Ben Foakes.

The first of three Tests starts in Galle on Tuesday, 6 November.

"Although Jonny will be a big loss, we've got great players that can come in and rebalance the team," said Root.

"It's day-by-day with Jonny at the minute. He's actually made good strides and recovered a little bit quicker than we anticipated, but it's still a long way to go.

"It's obviously a big three-match series, so we need to weigh all that up and make a decision closer to the first game."

Surrey wicketkeeper Foakes was called up to England's Test squad as cover for the injured Bairstow.

But asked whether Lancashire's Buttler would be the man to start in Galle, Root told BBC Sport: "That will probably be the likely scenario.

"But the reason we called Ben up is because he's a high-quality keeper and we give ourselves another way of balancing the side out and give ourselves a chance of winning.

"These are all different options we've given ourselves going into this series and it's a really nice position to be in."

Root says warm-up games against a Sri Lanka Cricket Board President's XI will give him a chance to assess the conditions and his team for the first Test.

"I've got a strong idea of what the core of it looks like, but we have got some great options," he added.

"We are going to make sure we've got a very balanced side that gives ourselves the best chance of winning in these conditions."
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on October 29, 2018, 01:17:43 PM
roots press conferences are all on autoque

I would like to see Faokes keeping this match. he is the best by a street and could be stood up a lot

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: shadowlight on October 29, 2018, 02:25:24 PM
roots press conferences are all on autoque

I would like to see Faokes keeping this match. he is the best by a street and could be stood up a lot

I am not sure if Foakes spent recent time playing in SL but I saw a video interview with him playing and training with the local Sri Lanka club.  I just do not remember if it was recent or couple of years ago.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on October 29, 2018, 02:35:20 PM
I am not sure if Foakes spent recent time playing in SL but I saw a video interview with him playing and training with the local Sri Lanka club.  I just do not remember if it was recent or couple of years ago.

im not sure either, I expect the test matches to be far harder than the one dayers....having said that I don't think this Lankan team are a patch on previous teams we have played away from home.

my point is, with a side packed with allrounders, and 3 spinners likely, would the team benefit from having a spcialist keeper?

neither butler nor bairstow are specialists....
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Rob580 on October 29, 2018, 02:41:06 PM
The question really boils down to how good you think Bairstow &/or Buttler are.

I'm of the opinion that they're both just about passable enough to get away with it. If we had Murali and Shane Warne, then yeah, you'd need a specialist, but the only mystery we have is Rashid and both Buttler & Bairstow should be able to read him by now, having kept to him each for years now.

The real issue for me is Moeen at 3, but that's an issue for another day!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on October 29, 2018, 02:51:59 PM
So what happens if Foakes plays, shows he's a far superior gloveman to YJB and gets runs?

Does YJB come in as a batsman, if so for who?
Or does Foakes get shafted once YJB is fit again regardless?

Okay, to start with, y ideal side for the coming test, assuming Jonny is out, would be:

Jennings
Burns
Denly
Root
Stokes
Ali
Buttler
Foakes or Leach
Curran
Rashid
Anderson

If they go for Foakes, they should give him the series - one of the top three dops out.  Comes the West Indies, I doubt they would need a specialist keeper so unless Foakes scores masses of runs - which would be tough from eight...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on October 29, 2018, 02:56:10 PM
As much as I would love to see Foakes keeping, the talk seems to be for Buttler keeping!

Jennings
Burns
Denly
Root
Pope
Stokes
Buttler
S Curran
Mo
Rashid
Jimmy

But I suspect they will play..
Jennings
Burns
Mo
Root
Denly
Stokes
Buttler
S Curran
Rashid
Broad
Jimmy

So Mo bats at 3, Denly at 5 and Broad or another seamer in for Pope! That would weaken the batting a lot.
Plus Jimmy, Broad, Curran and Stokes. Then Mo, Rashid, Denly and Root as spinners! OTT?
Surely we don't need anymore than 3 seamers and Mo, Rashid, Denly and Root as spinners?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on October 29, 2018, 03:06:18 PM
It will be a travesty if Leach doesn't play on these bunsens!

4 seamers is at least 1 too many. Id personally go

Burns
Jennings
Denly
Root
Stokes
Butler
Moeen
Foakes
Rashid
Leach
Anderson

Stokes to take the new ball (briefly). Foakes to take the gloves - Butler is a specialist bat at 6. 3 spinners offering something different. If I had to pick another seamer it would be Stone on these wickets ahead of Broad and Curran
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on October 29, 2018, 05:42:09 PM
Reckon Stone will play.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on October 30, 2018, 06:21:14 AM
First warmup now underway, the now usual 14 a side farce. England are playing everyone except Stone and Leach, top 7 is Burns Jennings Denly Root Stokes Moeen Buttler. Sadly I think that gives a good look at what the plan is, can sense the anger in cider country already!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Gelds on October 30, 2018, 06:48:46 AM
Disappointing to see Leach hasn't been given an opportunity. We won't need more than 3 seamers and given all the allrounders we have Leach really should be in.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on October 30, 2018, 07:05:27 AM
It won't be just those in wessssscountreeeee not happy if Leach is not picked. I find selection in recent years really gets my goat.

We have specialists and we don't seem to want to trust them. Can't fathom how broad and Anderson are both on this tour at all.

Rashid, Ali and leach are our best 3 spinners, Foakes the best keeper.

Frustrating
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: FattusCattus on October 30, 2018, 09:55:55 AM
England subtly hinting (with a sledgehammer) that Broad may not be picked for the first test.

There is a second warm-up game, where I would hope Leach would be given a decent bowl. Doesn;t look like Rashid is ripping through them in this innings.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: SD on October 30, 2018, 03:50:36 PM
I would go in with

1 Burns
2 Jennings
3 Denly
4 Root
5 Pope
6 Stokes
7 Butler
8 Ali
9 S Curran
10 Rashid
11 Anderson

3 seam options, 3 spin options (plus Root) and plenty of batting in the lower order to give some breathing room to a new top order. 
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: FattusCattus on October 30, 2018, 06:17:57 PM
I think Denly and root just about make up 1 spinner together.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Gelds on October 30, 2018, 07:27:58 PM
Side I would like to see is:

Jennings
Burns
Ali
Root
Stokes
Buttler
Curran
Rashid
Leach
Anderson

Think that gives us the best balanced bowling attack for this series. We won't need anymore than 3 seamers and it gives us a good variety of spinners.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Mpt7 on October 30, 2018, 09:47:29 PM
Denley
Burns
Ali
Root
Stokes
Buttler
Foakes
Curren
Stone
Leach
Anderson

Gives leach Ali root and Denley as spin options. The main two have to bowl a lot of overs cause they are spinners and you could swap Ali and Buttler if Ali bowls loads and Buttler isnít keeping. Buttler is great against spin
Anderson (master) Stone (pace) Curren (left arm) stokes (makes things happen)

Foakes to stand up to everyone but stone and maybe Anderson
Reduces Buttler workload - who wants to keep stood up for a day and then bat for a day

I personally wouldnít pick Rashid as I donít think we score enough runs to get him in the game but can see why you would in place of stone or Curran

Iíd leave out Jennings as out of nick. They wonít but I would.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: stevat on October 30, 2018, 10:59:49 PM
Not sure I'd fancy keeping wicket standing up to Ben Stokes mind.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on October 31, 2018, 06:34:35 AM
I think what we have seen by everyone's different sides is that we actually have quite a few options for once!!

These 2 warm up games, all be it complete jazz hat 14 a side jobs, they are going to be interesting to see if anyone can push their case for selection.

As we have seen in our 1st bowling opportunity it wasn't that great which opens it up for Stone and Leach when they get a go?? And Jennings has just failed again.... Burns starts well in an England shirt with a composed 47 before being run out.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on October 31, 2018, 07:07:16 AM
Mpt7ís team is the one I would have but with rashid in somehow...not 100 per cent on rashid because he tends to get a lot of wickets caught in the deep..fine for one Dayers

Would love to see a specialist keeper in and I think Denly could do a job instead on Jennings, he might be older but Jennings has had a lot of chances over 12 months
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on October 31, 2018, 08:35:10 AM
Burns looked the part, can't believe it's taken  this long to give him a go.
Jennings out cheaply again
Denly made 25, a score may have put more pressure on Jenning.

Stokes retired injured.

All in all its not looking great at the moment...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on October 31, 2018, 08:36:06 AM
What's wrong with Stokes?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on October 31, 2018, 08:39:43 AM
Waking up to see Stokes retiring hurt on 10 is not my ideal way of starting the day
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on October 31, 2018, 08:42:17 AM
What's wrong with Stokes?

He got hit around the left elbow so went off for treatment but they are now saying it is just bruising and he may even bat again later today.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: FattusCattus on October 31, 2018, 08:42:28 AM
I reckon he's been hurt for days.

Bad leg in the ODI's, hasn't bowled in the last 2 games, England insisting he's fine - they are just 'resting' him from bowling. They must think people are morons!!!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on October 31, 2018, 09:09:35 AM
I hope he is alright! If he can't bowl then we will end up having to bowl 3 seamers as well as him! That means that we would be a spinner short as normal!!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on October 31, 2018, 09:20:10 AM
agree I don't think he is fit.

might make Denly more likely to play if we were to leave out a spinner, and poss Denly to bowl a few overs with Rashid and ali
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: FattusCattus on October 31, 2018, 09:41:26 AM
Just read he got hit on the elbow - pah! Shows what i know.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on October 31, 2018, 10:06:02 AM
root on 96 good to see him getting runs its been a bit lean by his standards recently
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Mpt7 on October 31, 2018, 10:29:31 AM
Not sure I'd fancy keeping wicket standing up to Ben Stokes mind.

should be easy...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on October 31, 2018, 10:31:25 AM
100 retired for root
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Obts1970 on November 01, 2018, 04:42:20 AM
This will enable both batsmen to see if another run is available without craning
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Gelds on November 01, 2018, 06:31:32 AM
Day one of the second practice game washed out. Could see Leach thrown in to a test match with zero match practice.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 01, 2018, 06:56:07 AM
That would be a real surprise, he didn't play all summer and no bowling in the first warm up

I think he should 100  per cent play But if he was going to play surely he would of bowled by now on the tour?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 01, 2018, 04:53:16 PM
This whole tour schedule has been an absolute mess from the off. Also this photo makes me sad

(http://a4.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=%2Fi%2Fcricket%2Fcricinfo%2F1163810_1296x729.jpg&w=920&h=518&scale=crop&cquality=80&location=origin)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 01, 2018, 05:15:53 PM
totally agree Rick, he's a good pro in the press he is waiting his chance working in the nets.

I don't think he is going to play but hope im wrong

I think myself we should sometimes go back to specialists, we are blessed with allrounders yes but the one day influence in our test side has not worked much recently.

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on November 01, 2018, 05:37:39 PM
This whole tour schedule has been an absolute mess from the off. Also this photo makes me sad

([url]http://a4.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=%2Fi%2Fcricket%2Fcricinfo%2F1163810_1296x729.jpg&w=920&h=518&scale=crop&cquality=80&location=origin[/url])


It just gets worse Rick....

https://inews.co.uk/sport/cricket/england-vs-sri-lanka-2nd-test-series-pallekele-hotel/

How can you overbook a hotel the teams are staying in for a test match!!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 02, 2018, 06:59:56 AM
Today's flavour of farce is 50 overs a side. Good news: Leach is playing, Stokes got 50rtd, Jennings got 45rtd (wtf, that is serious jug avoidance). Bad news: Denly and Pope both got second ball blobs. Interesting news: Curran has gone in ahead of Root/Ali/Foakes, while Our Lord and Saviour Woakes is not playing.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 02, 2018, 08:38:50 AM
HAVE to bowl Leach and Stone today to see how they look, otherwise they may as well put their feet up!
I suspect they will only consider playing 1 of them though, as their batting is not that strong compared with Curran, Ali, Rashid, Stokes, etc!!

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on November 02, 2018, 08:48:02 AM
Today's flavour of farce is 50 overs a side. Good news: Leach is playing, Stokes got 50rtd, Jennings got 45rtd (wtf, that is serious jug avoidance). Bad news: Denly and Pope both got second ball blobs. Interesting news: Curran has gone in ahead of Root/Ali/Foakes, while Our Lord and Saviour Woakes is not playing.

According to the media Stone ahead of woakes for 1st test selection.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 02, 2018, 08:56:04 AM
HAVE to bowl Leach and Stone today to see how they look, otherwise they may as well put their feet up!
I suspect they will only consider playing 1 of them though, as their batting is not that strong compared with Curran, Ali, Rashid, Stokes, etc!!



Itís areal shame I think specialist bowlers and keepers have to carry the batsmen in this England side. leach is the best spinner in the country and heís not going to play in this test. What Root is doing bowling overs ahead of him god only knows.

It really gets my goat!!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 02, 2018, 09:38:36 AM
If it was just 1 out of Stone and Leach, I would prefer to see Leach get the gig!
On these wickets it's generally spin that works after day 1. So Stokes, Jimmy and think it would be Curran for me (if they insisted on playing one stronger batsman)
Then Leach for sure!

If they get Leach in, then they would surely go either:

Burns
Jennings
Denly
Root
Pope
Stokes
Buttler
Curran
Ali
Leach
Jimmy

Or even not play Pope, move Buttler to 5 and play Foakes at 7, although I think they want Buttler to keep!! Obvious really, Buttler is a decent keeper! So why play Foakes who is easily one of the best keepers on the planet!!  :(

But if they wanted to play 3 main spinners and the 2 part timers, then they could easily go with
Burns
Jennings
Denly
Root
Buttler
Stokes
Curran
Ali
Rashid
Leach
Jimmy

On a side note, Jennings must surely be approaching "last chance saloon" by now! Cook retiring probably saved his bacon amd gave him this last opportunity I reckon.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 02, 2018, 09:55:51 AM
Moeen isn't going to bat at 9 is he! Curran as second seamer worries me a little but that's the way I think they'll go. A lot could depend on how fit to bowl Stokes is too.

Personally, if Stokes is fit to bowl his overs, I'd probably pick the below. Denly is getting nowhere with the ball in warmups and both he and Pope haven't scored, so Buttler plays as a batsman and in comes Foakes. 2 seam, 2 spin and 2 all-rounders. Woakes ahead of Curran on the grounds of better control, but realistically I think Curran is ahead of him after the home summer. Would like to try Stone but think it would probably mean too many overs from Stokes if you're only picking two seamers.
Burns
Jennings
Mo
Root
Buttler
Stokes
Foakes
Woakes
Rashid
Leach
Jimmy

Jennings will get the series at least.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Buzz on November 02, 2018, 04:57:01 PM
This is a very hard team to pick - because you want three spinners, three seamers and 6batsmen plus a keeper... and I am pretty sure that is more than 11

Broad has bowled with some control in the warm up games. Sam has batted nicely but been a bit profligate.

You have to wonder if Leach is going to be the one to miss out here. Denly hasn't settled at all.

I think they will do with the below - but I would probably play leach ahead of broad and Rashid

Burns
Jennings
Mo
Root
Stokes
Buttler
Woakes
Curran
Rashid
Broad
Jimmy


Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on November 02, 2018, 05:35:22 PM
This is a very hard team to pick - because you want three spinners, three seamers and 6batsmen plus a keeper... and I am pretty sure that is more than 11

Broad has bowled with some control in the warm up games. Sam has batted nicely but been a bit profligate.

You have to wonder if Leach is going to be the one to miss out here. Denly hasn't settled at all.

I think they will do with the below - but I would probably play leach ahead of broad and Rashid

Burns
Jennings
Mo
Root
Stokes
Buttler
Woakes
Curran
Rashid
Broad
Jimmy

That's actually more seamers than we had in the last test against India. That can't be right surely.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Buzz on November 02, 2018, 05:37:47 PM
I agree, but this is who I think will get picked (rather than who should get picked)
The other option is to play Pope or Foakes ahead of Woakes or Sam.
I have no idea what will actually happen.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on November 02, 2018, 05:53:07 PM
I agree, but this is who I think will get picked (rather than who should get picked)
The other option is to play Pope or Foakes ahead of Woakes or Sam.
I have no idea what will actually happen.

Yes I think it is anyone's guess what side will play really!

I hope Leach plays and we go with 3 spinners. I only think we need 3 seamers.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 02, 2018, 05:55:33 PM
Notable that England changed plans to have Buttler keep all day today I think, Foakes could be  closer than we think.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: cricketbadger on November 03, 2018, 06:15:03 AM
Thank God some of you aren't selectors.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 03, 2018, 08:44:23 AM
Slightly off kilter but still on this series has anyone been interested in the coverage of Burn's technique?

I watched some highlights of the warm up games and did not see a jerky head movement to mid on before the ball is bowled, he has an open stance and is very quick on his feet which is a huge plus against a moving ball

What he does have is a very wavy and uneven backlift, plenty of other players like cook and Lara have had this too.

does it make any difference anyway, there's been plenty of text book players who simply dont have the mental game for batting long, or the hand eye co ordination needed at the top level.

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on November 03, 2018, 12:03:21 PM
Didn't SL in their last home series play 4 spinners and 1 seamer(Lakmal and he was captain). So why on earth would we be going in with 3/4 seamers?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: t2ylo on November 03, 2018, 01:49:19 PM
Didn't SL in their last home series play 4 spinners and 1 seamer(Lakmal and he was captain). So why on earth would we be going in with 3/4 seamers?

Iím with this guy.

Anderson & Stokes to open the bowling then wait for reverse.

Denly
Burns
Jennings
Root
Ali
Pope
Stokes
Buttler
Rashid
Leach
Anderson

RH/LH at all times to avoid spinners ďsettling inĒ

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Dedman95 on November 03, 2018, 04:11:02 PM
I agree no point playing 4 seam bowlers . If you watch the highlights between South Africa and Sri Lanka is all spin . England have to play mo leach and rashid. South Africa went with playing the quick bowlers in Rabada and ngidi and it didnít work. As they say if cant beat them join them so we do what Sri Lanka do .
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 03, 2018, 05:07:44 PM
Away from selection for a moment

I was speaking to a few England supporters on the beach this morning and apparently lawyers are already involved regarding the potential ground change for the 2nd Test.

Players have refused to travel 2 hours each way from their new hotel after the previous one was double-booked.

The barmy army have been offered free air conditioned buses or taxis if the ground is moved as their accommodation was booked a while back

All in all a bit of a farce.

On the plus side its 32 degrees in Galle and the rupee is at its lowest for ages due to the recent controversial change of prime minister!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on November 03, 2018, 09:02:39 PM
Hasnít a cyclone been forecast for the first test ?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 03, 2018, 09:37:44 PM
Hasnít a cyclone been forecast for the first test ?

Jesus is this the worst planned tour ever?

Perhaps if the money grabbers could just hold fire for a minute we could actually go a play in Sri Lanka at a half decent time of year!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 04, 2018, 04:21:03 AM
Cyclones probably a bit dramatic. Theres thunder and lightening every afternoon/evening as the pressure builds over the day. Clears the air and then by 7am its 30 degree blue skies again

Ive only had rain during the daytime once in 15 days and that was in Kandy which is halfway into the mountains.

The locals dont fancy their chances of winning regardless of the weather!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: csnew on November 04, 2018, 09:05:38 AM
Feel sorry for the fans whoíve flown out to watch this.
Previous SL vs eng series were in December and over the festive period. All down to the ecb Iím afraid - (I know Sri Lana are playing New Zealand over December)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 04, 2018, 09:27:43 AM
Isnít the timing of the tour down to the future tours program so some balms must be with the icc

I canít imagine the ecb would choose too be there now!

Also a tiny bit of googling from fans would know itís stormy season so any decision should be educated
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on November 04, 2018, 05:35:29 PM

In other news.... Bumble with a hilarious video bomb....

https://twitter.com/LordSkytower/status/1059065248941006848?s=19
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: FattusCattus on November 04, 2018, 07:53:54 PM
i feel Leach should be including - according to those in the know, he was both beating the bat and also offering control to his captain.

Indispensible out there!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on November 05, 2018, 08:13:18 AM
Live interview with Root just 20 mins ago.... doesn't give anything away! It looks nice and dry there.... NOT!!!


https://twitter.com/SkyCricket/status/1059351451221155840?s=19
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on November 05, 2018, 08:54:44 AM
For the first test  against one of the weaker test teams to see what Burns Stone  etc can do and a team for the SL conditions why not go with:
Burns
Jennings
Denly
Root
Stokes
Buttler w/k
Moeen
Curran
Rasid
Leach
Stone
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 05, 2018, 09:56:52 AM
Sure

(https://preview.redd.it/xkx1zfd9fhw11.png?width=636&auto=webp&s=6b2320c360e87f74e836a7d65cdd7c36595462cf)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 05, 2018, 03:25:46 PM
Sounds like Foakes is getting his debut tomorrow, and therefore we have Stokes, Foakes and Woakes. YES.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Buzz on November 05, 2018, 03:29:47 PM
Woakes isn't going to play.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 05, 2018, 03:31:40 PM
DON'T STOP ME FROM DREAMING
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 05, 2018, 03:32:05 PM
They were talking about batting Stokes at 3 as they reckon he has the game for it? He doesn't seem to like batting anywhere but at 6 so not sure that'll happen!
I say get Woakes in at 3!  ;) Although I wouldn't be sure that he will be included in the starting XI? Obviously Jimmy and BS as bowlers, but they seemed to be discussing either Curren or Broad as 3rd paceman?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 05, 2018, 03:33:50 PM
DON'T STOP ME FROM DREAMING

Would be fun as they are likely to bat in Stokes, Foakes, Woakes order too!  :D
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 05, 2018, 03:57:09 PM
I can't say I am keen on Stokes at 3, but he's proved this year he can play the patience game as well. Personally hope they go with Modern though
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on November 05, 2018, 04:37:34 PM
Woakes isn't going to play.

Are you @Seniorplayer in disguise? :D
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 05, 2018, 04:48:09 PM
Given it seems Foakes is playing, we should be able to make a good stab at the likely side...
Burns
Jennings
Mo
Root
Stokes
Buttler
Foakes
Curran
Rashid
Broad/Leach
Anderson

Personally, I reckon I'd play Leach... and get Stone in for Rashid. Realistically Leach is our best spinner and will bowl pretty much all day if it's ragging, and if Leach/Moeen aren't knocking people over for whatever reason I'd back Stone to make more of an impact than Rashid. Bet that won't happen though!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 05, 2018, 10:59:16 PM
Right !! Far too long without a possible team by the time we wake up the water polo, er sorry, test match is on. the guardian who uncannily seem to get most selection right have gone with this...quite why the boy Woakes can't get a gig is a mystery...anyway to my absolute delight two,count em, two specialists are in...back to the good old days about about time too

Burns
Jennings
Moeen(not a number 3 for England anymore than I am)
Roooooooooooot
Stokes
Butler
Foakes(yes!!!)
Curran
Leach
Rashid
Anderson.

If that's the side it looks pretty good to me. From my armchair I think Jennings has had a lot of chances, I hope he gets runs but Denly must of been discussed to open.

Curran looks more of a potential top 6 batter to me and forth seamer, but he does do a bit with the ball in the air and maybe that's why he could be a better option than Woaksey.  :)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 06, 2018, 01:03:26 AM
Wouldn't be the worst line up i guess.
The actual order would likely be Burns, Jennings, Ali, Root then Buttler amd Stokes (he likes to bat 6!)
Then Foakes, Curran, Rashid, Leach, Jimmy.
So bat down to 9 i guess!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 06, 2018, 06:19:46 AM
Curran's playing because the selectors dropped him in the summer and looked like goons when he tore up the next game, and because Woakes' overseas record is less than brilliant. That said, if Woakes got to play more consistently abroad maybe it would be better, but can't blame them for picking a man in form.

104-5, I've woken up and seen Jennings (who got 46 at a good rate) make a mess of cutting a straight one, then Stokes make a mess of a lap round the corner. Sigh. Track doesn't look like it's ragging either.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 06, 2018, 07:08:09 AM
To be fair edge with the new ball SL have found a bit of swing, Curran does get it back into the right handers which could be handy...

Jennings had some luck it's all a bit frnetic this morning it seems from the highlights, hard to know what a good score is but we need plenty more that's for sure..

Outfield looks like a ploughed field somewhere in the West Country only there are no sheep,cows,donkeys..
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: csnew on November 06, 2018, 07:09:12 AM
What was that! Giving wickets away - first session and no bottle whatsoever

Thankfully it might rain
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: 19reading87 on November 06, 2018, 07:49:53 AM
If Foakes performs, I can see Bairstow coming back into the team at number 3. Not sure if it will be on this tour but when 2/3 spinners arenít needed I reckon YJB will be 3, Root 4
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: lazza32 on November 06, 2018, 07:52:11 AM
whats Rory burns like guys? His record seems good at first class level.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on November 06, 2018, 08:15:45 AM

104-5, I've woken up and seen Jennings (who got 46 at a good rate) make a mess of cutting a straight one, then Stokes make a mess of a lap round the corner. Sigh. Track doesn't look like it's ragging either.

I think i turned on the same time as you Edge, saw the reply of Jennings get out and then Stokes, i literally thought oh here we go same old.... but to be fair Buttler and Foakes have dug in and played well.

After watching the highlights of the morning my thoughts -

1. The pitch hasn't turned as much as thought put will surely get worse
2. The outfield looks very slow and shocking so will bring the scores down
3. Sri Lanka's fielding is awful
4. Jennings was actually lucky to make 26 let alone 46, you can't just score square of the wicket, ultimately it will be your downfall
5. Burns was very unlucky
6. Mo is not a number 3 - but we knew that
7. There is a fine line between 'looking to score' and 'being reckless'
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on November 06, 2018, 08:19:12 AM
Buttler out last ball before drinks good  sensible fight back with Foakes after England tried to force the scoring only to achieve 5 wickets down before lunch.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 06, 2018, 08:19:12 AM
Bring back tms
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on November 06, 2018, 08:25:43 AM
The dismissal of Buttler showed the advantage of having a specialist keeper, outstanding take by Dickwella. 100% correct that Foakes was selected.

SL skipper Chandimal pulled up with groin injury
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 06, 2018, 08:35:04 AM
Err, what was Stokes doing?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on November 06, 2018, 08:45:51 AM
This Foakes fella, with a first class average over 40, looks handy with the willow, who'd have thought it..  What's his glovework like? ;)

Do we think YJB is getting twitchy about his place yet?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 06, 2018, 08:58:13 AM
I don't think anything pleases me more right now than Sam launching it.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 06, 2018, 09:10:57 AM
This Foakes fella, with a first class average over 40, looks handy with the willow, who'd have thought it..  What's his glovework like? ;)

Do we think YJB is getting twitchy about his place yet?

nearly 50 for Foakes.  think he can keep so ive heard.  :)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on November 06, 2018, 09:12:37 AM
I don't think anything pleases me more right now than Sam launching it.
Yep Sam aged  20 what a talent.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 06, 2018, 09:27:58 AM
This Foakes fella, with a first class average over 40, looks handy with the willow, who'd have thought it..  What's his glovework like? ;)

Do we think YJB is getting twitchy about his place yet?
I can see the periodic Bairstow toys out the pram press conference coming soon!

Really good to see Foakes doing well though, he's been so close to a place in the team for a few years now but was always hard to see how he found his way in. Always a good sign when the new players in a side are performing, something England have missed for a while.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 06, 2018, 09:34:50 AM
really really like JB but Faokes being picked has restored my faith in selection a bit. he's a class act and we need him

Moeen for me never a number 3. I would bat Root or Denly 3 long term and bairstow at 4 or 5
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 06, 2018, 09:36:55 AM
Foakes 50
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on November 06, 2018, 09:56:13 AM
I love Sam Curran!

England 6 down with what looks to be a sub-par total on the board, and he comes out hitting bombs!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on November 06, 2018, 10:16:10 AM
Odd looking helmet  grill Mendis wearing at short leg looks like it's designed fo deflect the ball from the throat.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 06, 2018, 10:17:21 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/GS5BjfJ.png)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 06, 2018, 10:21:08 AM
If I wasn't a Surrey/England supporter than Sam would probably trigger many things in me.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 06, 2018, 10:22:19 AM
Odd looking helmet  grill Mendis wearing at short leg looks like it's designed fo deflect the ball from the throat.
Short leg grille, they've been around a long time!
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/db/Ian_Bell_fielding%2C_2011.jpg)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on November 06, 2018, 10:42:37 AM
Oh, Sam!
What have you done? :(
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: SD on November 06, 2018, 10:44:54 AM
Obviously the present series is the immediate focus but I think that the number 3 position is too important - particularly with a new opening partnership - to sacrifice in order to get an extra spin option into the side.  England need to identify who they want to bat in that position next summer and given them a run in the side
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on November 06, 2018, 10:54:28 AM
They probably will in the West Indies to be fair - but aside from the expediency it is worth pointing out that Ali, for all his struggles against short pitched pace, is one of our most accomplished players of the turning ball.

On the selection front, the next test could become interesting. 
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: liscon12 on November 06, 2018, 11:09:45 AM
First time listening to Talksport 2 and tbh I actually like it, I love that the Sky guys rotate in the com box.

Not sure Jarad Kimber is up to scratch as a stats man though, seems like he's just constantly googling stuff to say
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 06, 2018, 11:09:55 AM
Our lower order is our top order
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: liscon12 on November 06, 2018, 11:13:32 AM
Our lower order is our top order
Isn't that just how England have played for the last 4 years
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 06, 2018, 11:21:18 AM
Our lower order is our top order

It's ok when the middle and lower order fires! But if they don't do well, it leave us with a ridiculously poor score for the innings!
We need to get at least 3 batsmen in the top 5/6 batting sensibly and setting up the middle and lower order.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Rob580 on November 06, 2018, 12:12:02 PM
Well batted Ben Foakes, Essex to the rescue!  ;) All he did was keep it simple.

Jennings, Root, Stokes all got out trying to be clever, force the pace, or trying to be too cute.

Hope they can all learn a thing or two from it and do a better job in the second innings.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 06, 2018, 12:23:13 PM
Very good score batting first that. The pitch will only get worse from this point

So glad they've picked Foakes and Leach! Although the irony isnt lost that the 'specialist' keeper has excelled with the bat
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 06, 2018, 12:50:10 PM
great stuff from butler,foakes,rash and curran

we don't know what a good score is...but if we can get to 350 I don't think SL are that clever even thou its their conditions

there was some swing early this morning Anderson and maybe Curran could get it going off straight

anyone else getting over excited we could force a win here? am I getting out of my box?

come on England!!!!!!   :)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 06, 2018, 01:29:10 PM
great stuff from butler,foakes,rash and curran

we don't know what a good score is...but if we can get to 350 I don't think SL are that clever even thou its their conditions

there was some swing early this morning Anderson and maybe Curran could get it going off straight

anyone else getting over excited we could force a win here? am I getting out of my box?

come on England!!!!!!   :)


I think we will win with that 1st innings score yes. Not sure im as excited as you are by it all though  :D
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 06, 2018, 01:42:25 PM
cant help it!  we seem to have been waiting ages for this series to come round.  :)

the thing is with selection, you have to back yourselves to get runs, and then pick your attacking bowlers, you cant pick a side based on only getting 200 every time

to be fair to Rashid...I don't think he is that good myself...but he needs runs behind him

Leach I think will keep it tight like Panesar did at his best.

Foakes is a great call for this series

it does beg the question thou about JB....his worse case scenario is coming true, he only has his batting to fall back on

personally I think he is best at 4 or 5, not 3...



Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 06, 2018, 02:33:01 PM
So foakes has top scored if he keeps well and gets us a few wickets, bairstow if fit

Who misses out? For me itís bairstow a bit like the odi side man in possession and all that!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on November 06, 2018, 02:53:46 PM
So foakes has top scored if he keeps well and gets us a few wickets, bairstow if fit

Who misses out? For me itís bairstow a bit like the odi side man in possession and all that!

Think if he fails 2 innings Bairstow to replace  Burns Moeen should revert to 8 and everyone  else moves up one.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 06, 2018, 03:01:01 PM
Think if he fails 2 innings Bairstow to replace  Burns Moeen should revert to 8 and everyone  else moves up one.

I wouldn't want you as a selector! Considering dropping Burns after 1 test innings  :o
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 06, 2018, 03:12:31 PM
it's  hard school this forum sometimes
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 06, 2018, 03:32:52 PM
Sorry but from initial look, Burns looks to have a far better quality than Jennings!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 06, 2018, 04:11:52 PM
Think if he fails 2 innings Bairstow to replace  Burns Moeen should revert to 8 and everyone  else moves up one.

You serious?

If so care to explain why youíd drop burns?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on November 06, 2018, 04:12:50 PM
You serious?

If so care to explain why youíd drop burns?

He's mates with Woakes
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on November 06, 2018, 04:17:18 PM
Who misses out?

That's a tough one.

I'd say its probably a bowler - we don't exactly need six plus Root and Jennings' part time contributions.  If its one of the batsmen/keepers, obviously Root is locked in and Bairstow has been our best player for nearly three years.  It wouldn't likely be an opener, unless Jonny was asked to do that for a game or two, so I'd sat either Buttler or, daft as it sounds, Foakes.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Rob580 on November 06, 2018, 04:31:43 PM
Jonny averages 31 over the last two years and hasn't had a single not out. His keeping has been decent, but no better than you should expect from a test keeper. He's not setting the world on fire in tests (he is in ODI's mind...)

I think he needs a bit of time to re-hone his technique for tests, his white ball improvements have been possible as he has been staying more legside of the ball and keeping his front leg out the way. Unfortunately that has transferred to his test game and means he has been waving the bat away from his eyeline and getting bowled / caught behind far too much to bat any higher than 6, in my book.

Lets not judge Foakes too early (or overstate Buttler's ability) but I don't think Bairstow is doing as well (in Tests) as everyone likes to think.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on November 06, 2018, 04:47:54 PM
That rather evidences a famous quote regarding lies and statistics...

Thing with Jonny is, he spent a lot of time down the order batting with the tail, and plays for the team. You'll see a disproportionate number of dismissals batting with ten and Jack playing big shots...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Rob580 on November 06, 2018, 04:56:08 PM
Hence my use of opinion on his technique to support the statistical evidence...

All I'm saying is, he's not averaging 50+ and holding every chance & half chance, so it's not like he's absolutely undroppable. If someone comes along who proves he's a better keeper and is good enough to be in the side on batting, then why not give him a shot. Might free Jonny up to become the batsman we all know he's capable of being, which I hope we can all agree is a lot better than he has shown in Tests thus far (a couple of sparking innings aside)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 06, 2018, 05:12:51 PM
Have to say that although I am a big fan of Bairstow I do agree with @Rob580 in that he has not made himself undroppable in either facet of his game

I don't entirely buy the giving wicket away with the tail theory either as this has been a characteristic of the lower order batsman for as long as I can remember. Prior still averaged 40 being a lot more aggressive than Bairstow without ever getting a chance in the top 5.

I think YJB really has to decide what his role is and quickly. And then nail that down.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on November 06, 2018, 05:22:26 PM
I think there is a pretty big difference between Priors situation coming in at 350-5 against demoralised bowlers and Bairstows's regular rear guards. That said, I'm not opposed to Foakes keeping  and Bairstow batting higher up the order.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: csnew on November 06, 2018, 06:12:42 PM
Got a seriously generous match referee allowing stokes to get away with hitting his bat into the playing surface! Donít think many other sides wouldíve got away with that

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 06, 2018, 06:15:08 PM
I think there is a pretty big difference between Priors situation coming in at 350-5 against demoralised bowlers and Bairstows's regular rear guards. That said, I'm not opposed to Foakes keeping  and Bairstow batting higher up the order.

Granted

My point is that he hasn't nailed down a role. Is he a dasher who can score quickly with the tail and take the gloves? Or a top 5 bat capable of scoring daddy tons?

You are probably the best qualified on this forum to form an opinion - what would you do to get the best out of him?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on November 06, 2018, 06:47:05 PM
The history of the game shows very few allrounders have both parts of there game on fire at the same time and modern day batsmen/keepers are in my mind classed as all rounders, flintoff tended to have one better than the other and they switched, stokes the same and even back to Botham.
Personally I know as much as he want to keep his strongest asset is his batting and foakes strongest asset is his keeping, in test match cricket the weakest of both disciplines for me is Butler, although arguable man of the series vs India and has certainly improved since his last stint at test match cricket.
So for me to for YJB in he either replaces Rashid or a butler. England will never drop Stokes

Secondary is depending how he bowls Ali for Denley should be thought about long and hard as personally donít think there is much between them in the bowling department and Denley has always been a longer format top order bat
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 06, 2018, 06:49:32 PM
That rather evidences a famous quote regarding lies and statistics...

Thing with Jonny is, he spent a lot of time down the order batting with the tail, and plays for the team. You'll see a disproportionate number of dismissals batting with ten and Jack playing big shots...
I'll go there... Bairstow's played 18 test innings over 11 games in 2018, averaging 26.88. In those 18 innings he's been the 6th or earlier wicket to fall 16 times, the two occasions he batted longer than that both being in the same game in Auckland. Given that the fall of the 6th wicket normally means one of Moeen/Woakes/Curran coming in, he's not even regularly batting with the tail - never mind giving his wicket away because of it. You can see why the question's being asked.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on November 06, 2018, 07:22:09 PM
You are probably the best qualified on this forum to form an opinion - what would you do to get the best out of him?

Thats a tough one to answer - I've been pondering for the last twenty minutes and, accepting that my first reaction* is not going to happen under any conceivable circumstances, even now am not certain of this but...

At the root of the issue seems to me to be that Jonny doesn't feel like he's had a fair shake in the past - whatever anyone here may think, you can see why he may perceive it that way, given how much time he spent as 12th man, thrown in without match prep for ad hoc tests, and constantly the extra wheel in the one day side.  He therefore likes the reassurance of having two roles, and has worked incredibly hard to bring his much weaker suit up to a level where this has only been a discussion because of the perception that we need him to bat higher than the gloves allow, and now because we have a "proper" keeper who can hold up his end with the bat.

So, there are a lot of factors here - not least the fact that we have one of the top four a certain pick, and potentially six or seven players who would ideally bat six or seven.  His best position for Yorkshire/in first class cricket has been batting at five whilst keeping.  That has never really been a feasible bet in international cricket - even Sangakkara was reduced to mortality when he was asked to combine - so the options are combine roles and bat him six or seven, ask him to convert to an opener, or bat him at five (Joe having a sinecure on four).  My view?  His height means that keeping wicket is going to shorten his career, and Foakes is a definite upgrade with the gloves (and a different type of player in the middle order, which will be valuable going forward), so I would go with a batting only role - and that would be at five long term, with a pitch akin to we want him to be the player KP used to be - play proper innings, but dominate the opposition.

The only problem is who gets dropped!

*if you've read this far and are curious as to the first reaction - it was "give him the captaincy".  Obviously not going to happen, but would actually play well with his personality and good understanding of the nuance of the game, lets face it, even if we think Root is improving tactically, the fact is his batting is being affected...

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Johnny on November 06, 2018, 07:31:56 PM
It's a doozy isn't it!

One of our no.6's really does need to take the bull by the horns and turn themselves into an opener or no.3
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 06, 2018, 08:14:45 PM
Yep, problem is that we've got three number 5/6s - Stokes, Bairstow and Buttler. So one of them has to be promoted or dropped, and if promoted probably to the top 3 as Root (justifiably) wants 4. Could you drop one of the top 3 to make way? Probably, none of them are all that secure at present even if Burns is obviously likely to get a run to prove himself.
Stokes is probably the best technician of the three and pre-mBargogate had been getting more consistent, but since returning his test form hasn't been great. Plus do you really want to make life harder for your key all-rounder? Hard to see him getting dropped for a specialist batsman.
Buttler's been the best player in the team since returning in the summer, so right now must be pretty secure in his place, even if he would likely be most vulnerable to a run of poor form. If he bats top 3 then Ed Smith really has gone maverick.
Bairstow is the only one of the three with much experience playing as a specialist bat, and could make a claim to having the best overall test record, so would seem the obvious candidate for promotion. On the other hand, his form is lousy and has looked to be developing technical flaws - bowled or caught behind the wicket in every test innings this summer. Would have to be persuaded as has a bit of a record of throwing a wobbly if he doesn't get the spot he wants.

Either way... someone's getting stiffed if Bairstow's fit for the next game - second innings could be vital!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on November 06, 2018, 09:12:41 PM
I think that encapsulates the issue, though I think we're all missing the fact that we're playing six bowlers at the moment - as much as I can see why that might continue in the shorter term, I doubt it is the plan from next Summer on. Either Ali would drop to eight or, more likely, drop out altogether (I suspect given the winter we'll find ourselves enamoured of Leach as the slow bowler).

Still leaves an issue of who bats three mind.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on November 06, 2018, 09:20:34 PM
Burns - deserves a run
Jennings - not good enough
Moeen - lol.. heís a 7+ who also bowls spin
Root - 4/5, our best bat.. wants 4 so itís his
Bairstow - one of our best domestic avg and shown he can do it but has developed some bad white ball technical and mental habits. Needs to break them ASAP but IMO, Iíd say ĎJohnny lad, youíre my 5 for the ashes and then evaluate after that (needs to avg 40+ )
Stokes - all rounder and wants six
Foakes - canít knock the lad after today and is the best keeper
Donít care about bowling but pick the best bowlers.. literally donít care if they score runs or not

Dropped is buttler but tell him to go score runs and if anyone at 5/6/7 dips below 40 avg in test cricket.. in he comes

Top 3 is our issue as there doesnít appear to be anything coming though with the right technical or mental attributes. Not a shock given the primacy or white ball. Hammeed was the great hope but heís literally fallen off a cliff . Iíd just tell the counties to produce Some specialist test openers and enusre the structure is there to promote that style of player as much as the white ball dashers
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 06, 2018, 09:27:13 PM
I think that encapsulates the issue, though I think we're all missing the fact that we're playing six bowlers at the moment - as much as I can see why that might continue in the shorter term, I doubt it is the plan from next Summer on. Either Ali would drop to eight or, more likely, drop out altogether (I suspect given the winter we'll find ourselves enamoured of Leach as the slow bowler).

Still leaves an issue of who bats three mind.
I doubt the three spinners policy will make it to the West Indies, never mind next summer! If Leach goes well one potential way out of the too many batsmen problem is Bairstow in for Rashid, but Bayliss/Root do seem to love maximum bowling options.

One thing to consider if you are YJB... if Jennings has a poor tour his slot will be open, but in that scenario I'd bet good money on Roy making the Windies tour...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on November 06, 2018, 09:28:43 PM
I doubt the three spinners policy will make it to the West Indies, never mind next summer! If Leach goes well one potential way out of the too many batsmen problem is Bairstow in for Rashid, but Bayliss/Root do seem to love maximum bowling options.

One thing to consider if you are YJB... if Jennings has a poor tour his slot will be open, but in that scenario I'd bet good money on Roy making the Windies tour...

Bairstow is quite simply not good enough to open or go 3. Neither is Roy
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 06, 2018, 09:42:06 PM
Bairstow is quite simply not good enough to open or go 3. Neither is Roy
Reckon you're probably right on Bairstow with his current hanging legside, I'll hold judgement on Roy though and see how it goes if he ever does get a go. His defensive game is pretty solid (when he uses it!), who's to say he can't make the mental shift to test batting.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on November 06, 2018, 09:45:43 PM
Reckon you're probably right on Bairstow with his current hanging legside, I'll hold judgement on Roy though and see how it goes if he ever does get a go. His defensive game is pretty solid (when he uses it!), who's to say he can't make the mental shift to test batting.

The fact he isnít doing it at county level suggests it. White ball form is irrelevant to test cricket
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on November 06, 2018, 09:45:59 PM
I heard a really interesting stat about Bairstow today on the Cricket Social....

He has only ever scored his test 100's when England batted 1st ie. Before he has had to keep wicket. His highest score in all other innings is something like 80 odd.

I think that really does put a case forward that Bairstow should be playing as a batter only.

For me it is a simple case of conditions. We have a all rounder spin bowler batting at 3, so we can play 3 spinners. That just isn't going to happen anywhere else apart from maybe India. So Bairstow replaces whichever bowler dependent on conditions and then the order adjusts.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on November 06, 2018, 09:52:58 PM
I heard a really interesting stat about Bairstow today on the Cricket Social....

He has only ever scored his test 100's when England batted 1st ie. Before he has had to keep wicket. His highest score in all other innings is something like 80 odd.

I think that really does put a case forward that Bairstow should be playing as a batter only.

For me it is a simple case of conditions. We have a all rounder spin bowler batting at 3, so we can play 3 spinners. That just isn't going to happen anywhere else apart from maybe India. So Bairstow replaces whichever bowler dependent on conditions and then the order adjusts.

But heís not good enough for 3.. square peg round hole
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on November 06, 2018, 09:58:46 PM
But heís not good enough for 3.. square peg round hole

I didn't say he would be batting 3. I said the batting order adjusts.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on November 06, 2018, 10:06:47 PM
I didn't say he would be batting 3. I said the batting order adjusts.

Roots a 4.. stokes a 6.. who is shuffling where ? Youíll end up with a square peg, round hole
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 06, 2018, 10:16:31 PM
The fact he isnít doing it at county level suggests it. White ball form is irrelevant to test cricket
His county record is alright to be fair, especially considering how little of it he's played in the last few years when he's been at his best. Higher first class average (38.4) than most to have come into the England side lately.

Slightly more on topic... anyone seen any news come out about Chandimal's potential injury?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on November 06, 2018, 10:20:13 PM
There are other variables here. One, we're assuming Foakes goes on to bed in (he looked to the manor born but who knows how he will manage against better opportunity). More interesting - temperament wise, he looked suited to the top order...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: SD on November 07, 2018, 12:29:40 AM
England need to make a decision as to who will bat at 3 now Root isn't going to do it (and never should have been coerced by Bayliss into giving it a go in the first place) and the short termist selection off Ali has only made it more difficult to eventually resolve.  If Bairstow is to get back into the side it would have to be to bat at 3.  If the current players unsure of a place, Foakes probably has the best defence and temperament for the job, but he can't do it and keep and Butler doesn't have the game to bat that high in red ball cricket.  Seems to me to be a straight contest between Roy and Bairstow to bat 3 in the Windies
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 07, 2018, 05:19:06 AM
Ton up Foakes well batted
And Jimmy has prised one out already! Ct Foakes

 :)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 07, 2018, 08:31:33 AM
Chaps - question please.
I am listening to BBC commentary but there is no real commentary!! They are just gassing away with no commentary on the actual cricket!!
Does anyone know where I can listen to some actual proper live commentary?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: liscon12 on November 07, 2018, 08:39:13 AM
Chaps - question please.
I am listening to BBC commentary but there is no real commentary!! They are just gassing away with no commentary on the actual cricket!!
Does anyone know where I can listen to some actual proper live commentary?
Talksport 2 is the only option in UK, you might need to download an app or it might be on DAB if you're in the right area.

I use the Radioplayer app, its free
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 07, 2018, 08:45:42 AM
Also the talksport website
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 07, 2018, 08:53:21 AM
Thanks chaps! Excellent!
BBC was getting on my nerves!
That's much better  :D
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 07, 2018, 08:58:54 AM
Would Bairstow have made that stumping happen?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 07, 2018, 08:59:18 AM
Bairstow practising fully on the outfield today fully kitted out in keeping stuff

question

what happens next?  :)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: liscon12 on November 07, 2018, 09:06:14 AM
We should just have a Royal Rumble style wrestling match, last man standing gets the gloves!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on November 07, 2018, 09:09:59 AM
Foakes has earned the right to keep his place. Bairstow isn't exactly an outstanding gloveman anyway. Bairstow should essentially be pushed up to open.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on November 07, 2018, 09:10:49 AM
Burns got hit on the head at short leg
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 07, 2018, 09:15:04 AM
Bairtow is a decent gloveman but he is not the best we have! Foakes is supposed to be that man!
So Bairstow needs to be told that if Foakes is playing, put your toys away as you're not keeping....simple as!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on November 07, 2018, 09:17:26 AM
Burns got hit on the head at short leg

Unusual to get hit on on the back of your neck  when you don't turn your body Burns  seems okay though.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: FattusCattus on November 07, 2018, 09:22:34 AM
Three questions -

1) Roy being discussed as a potential no3 - surely he doesn't bat there for Surrey, I thought he batted about 5 or 6 for them in 4 day games?

2) Bairstow - how long should perceived sulking be tolerated? He's not the best gloveman, but he is potentially a superstar batsman, and the best job he could do for England is to knuckle down and become a top 5 batter.

3) Same for Root - for the good of the test team, could he not suck it up and take posession of the no3 slot? Using the talent we have, surely the best option we have is:

A Opener
B Opener
Root
Bairstow
Buttler
Stokes
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on November 07, 2018, 09:35:19 AM
Bairstow's desperation to retain the gloves is clearly an effort to mask the diminishing returns with the bat. Last 21 Tests average of 30 isn't exactly standout
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 07, 2018, 09:42:11 AM
Bairstow's desperation to retain the gloves is clearly an effort to mask the diminishing returns with the bat. Last 21 Tests average of 30 isn't exactly standout

He's still one of our more reliable players, although I'm still confused by some of his brainfades against India this summer. Don't really want a situation where's he moving up/down the order like Moeen has done all his career
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: stevat on November 07, 2018, 10:40:29 AM
Foakes is very sharp with the gloves mind, very impressive.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: SD on November 07, 2018, 10:52:08 AM
Would Bairstow have made that stumping happen?

Yes.  The keeper had a great view of it before it got to him and the lad was miles down the track and restricted from getting back by his groin injury.  Foakes took it very well, but a club keeper would have had enough time to drop it, pick it up and still stump the guy
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on November 07, 2018, 01:10:48 PM
Foakes is very sharp with the gloves mind, very impressive.

What I like about Foakes is that he remains exactly as reliable regardless of how far he has to extend, whereas manufactured keepers tend to misjudge where first slip is and tip some round the post.

Not sure how they fit everyone in for this series but longer term, if noone makes a mess of things, how about:
Burns
Butter
Jennings
Root
Bairstow
Stokes
Foakes
Curran S
Leach/Ali/Rashid
Broad/Stone/Roland-Jones
Anderson
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on November 07, 2018, 01:32:27 PM
Could we not at least wait until this match has finished before picking the team for the next match?

I'm not surprised to see Ben Foakes doing so well, but am pleased for him nonetheless.

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on November 07, 2018, 04:39:04 PM
Could we not at least wait until this match has finished before picking the team for the next match?

I'm not surprised to see Ben Foakes doing so well, but am pleased for him nonetheless.

I wasn't - I was looking at how the available variable can be pieced together longer term.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on November 07, 2018, 05:38:13 PM
Poor Chris Woakes. What's he done to have fallen behind Toby Roland-Jones in the 'long-term variables'?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: jamesisapayne on November 07, 2018, 06:07:54 PM
Poor Chris Woakes. What's he done to have fallen behind Toby Roland-Jones in the 'long-term variables'?

I think @Seniorplayer must have logged in with @Manormanic's details to post that ;)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on November 07, 2018, 06:18:28 PM
I think @Seniorplayer must have logged in with @Manormanic's details to post that ;)

Haha yes.

But I stick by it. Woakes is a great guy to have around the squad and in the one daters but he is majorly a one trick pony as a test bowler. Away swing at reasonable licks. Roland-Jones has the potential to be a bit better - great areas, metronomic and with a hint of bounce. It's interesting that a Yorkshire side with seven test players in the top eight described him as the best good wicket bowler in England.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: stevat on November 07, 2018, 06:25:22 PM
TRJ is great, highly accurate and ultimately as a batsman facing him you know you need to avoid any lapse in concentration.  That fear factor alone for the opposition is a great asset I think, even/especially on a good track.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on November 07, 2018, 07:22:57 PM
I'd be surprised if Toby Roland-Jones plays for England again.

I think some people like the sound of their own keyboard.

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on November 07, 2018, 07:27:57 PM
I'd be surprised if Toby Roland-Jones plays for England again.

I think some people like the sound of their own keyboard.

Yourself, for example?  ;)

Why wouldn't he? Did well when selected, not prohibitively old, well thought of...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on November 07, 2018, 07:55:35 PM
He's 30, he's had a serious injury and other bowlers have moved ahead of him in the pecking order.

I like TRJ.  He did well for England. But even fully-fit and  in form, I'd never take him over Woakes.

Can we not just enjoy the fact that England are doing well in the Test match?

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Alvaro on November 07, 2018, 08:08:25 PM
More lists! More lists!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 07, 2018, 08:31:42 PM
What do we think of burns?

Seems to be playing his way which I like, only seen the highlights so far but looked good until strangled in day one and looked really organised and good footwork at the tbf of today!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 07, 2018, 08:33:07 PM
He's 30, he's had a serious injury and other bowlers have moved ahead of him in the pecking order.

I like TRJ.  He did well for England. But even fully-fit and  in form, I'd never take him over Woakes.

Can we not just enjoy the fact that England are doing well in the Test match?



Of course we can Bats, I was up at 5am over enthusiastic as usual when we do well, inconsolable we we do badly of course

As for the lists....do you not get any fun out of it? I much prefer making a list of the team than discussing whether a clear scuff sheet improves you game more than a fibreglass one. For what's it's worth neither will do

Go on please, Bairstow is available for the second test give us your team

Go on please just once won't ask again  :)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 07, 2018, 08:44:17 PM
What do we think of burns?

Seems to be playing his way which I like, only seen the highlights so far but looked good until strangled in day one and looked really organised and good footwork at the tbf of today!

Old  enough to know his game and a solid FC record behind him, his backlift is all wavy as others players have had. looks to have an appetite for consistent runs.
Very very nimble footwork for an opener

I like him, at test level whilst technique is important it's not the be all and end all

Rumours he has not been picked previously because of technical concerns.

If nothing else it's good we move away from that and deserves both this tour and the next one

I've got my fingers crossed for the lad
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 07, 2018, 08:48:07 PM
Old  enough to know his game and a solid FC record behind him, his backlift is all wavy as others players have had. looks to have an appetite for consistent runs.
Very very nimble footwork for an opener

I like him, at test level whilst technique is important it's not the be all and end all

Rumours he has not been picked previously because of technical concerns.

If nothing else it's good we move away from that and deserves both this tour and the next one

I've got my fingers crossed for the lad

Hope he does get the windies tour! Really wanna see him bat live (Iím going to the St Lucia test)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 07, 2018, 08:54:06 PM
Just caught the evening session highlights, wow Foakes made the catch off Moeen look easy. Beautiful glovework.

Dare I say it... Keaton Jennings has looked rather good so far in this test. Good to see him batting so much more positively.

With Burns, don't think the backlift has kept him out of the team - more the plant of the front foot. Hasn't stopped him at county level (although you could argue it contributed to his dismissal first dig) so be interesting to see how he gets on in tests, he's earned his go to be fair.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 07, 2018, 08:54:26 PM
Hope he does get the windies tour! Really wanna see him bat live (Iím going to the St Lucia test)

St Lucia is lovely. It will be fabulous.the beer is great and so are the people.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on November 07, 2018, 09:05:14 PM
Of course we can Bats, I was up at 5am over enthusiastic as usual when we do well, inconsolable we we do badly of course

As for the lists....do you not get any fun out of it? I much prefer making a list of the team than discussing whether a clear scuff sheet improves you game more than a fibreglass one. For what's it's worth neither will do

Go on please, Bairstow is available for the second test give us your team

Go on please just once won't ask again  :)

Straight (without gloves) Buttler or Bairstow decision for me at this point in time. I'd probably go with Bairstow, and longer term you'd definitely expect him to regain his place.

Unless the pitch dictates we need amother seamer, that's it.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on November 07, 2018, 10:07:09 PM
Not a hope in hell that Jos gets axed. Since his recall, he's averaging 45 and he's also VC. Should SL lose, they'll probably request square turners for the rest of the series, meaning that either Stokes or Curran miss out for Bairstow
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: billyb on November 07, 2018, 10:26:10 PM
Curran will make way for Bairstow, who will bat 3.

Ali to move to Curran's place in batting order... Maybe.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: stevat on November 07, 2018, 11:00:04 PM
Just caught the evening session highlights, wow Foakes made the catch off Moeen look easy. Beautiful glovework.

Dare I say it... Keaton Jennings has looked rather good so far in this test. Good to see him batting so much more positively.

With Burns, don't think the backlift has kept him out of the team - more the plant of the front foot. Hasn't stopped him at county level (although you could argue it contributed to his dismissal first dig) so be interesting to see how he gets on in tests, he's earned his go to be fair.
On Burns dismissal in the first innings, he lined it up wrong, but looked comfortable up until that point.  Hopefully he learns from it, and makes a good go of it in the second innings.  Jennings looked like he could get out any moment but clung on in there and benefited.  He looks a good player when he is a little more aggressive.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on November 07, 2018, 11:21:41 PM
If we are talking batting averages: Sam Curran's is superior to Jos Buttler's.  That's on top of his 13 wickets at 23s.

If Buttler's recent form makes him undroppable, then Bairstow waits.

Can't believe I've been roped into this!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: SD on November 07, 2018, 11:32:46 PM

With Burns, don't think the backlift has kept him out of the team - more the plant of the front foot. Hasn't stopped him at county level (although you could argue it contributed to his dismissal first dig) so be interesting to see how he gets on in tests, he's earned his go to be fair.

This has certainly been my observation when I have watched him bat.  The stuff with jerking his head at midwicket and his back lift make him looking an ugly player but it is the walking across his stumps and planting in front of off that would concern me.  It is the sort of thing you can get away with in the CC but makes him an lbw candidate against better seam bowling on quicker decks
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: shadowlight on November 07, 2018, 11:38:10 PM
Where are you guys watching the highlights on?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: billyb on November 07, 2018, 11:54:40 PM
Burns has only faced a couple of balls, give him a chance!   :D
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on November 08, 2018, 12:13:29 AM
Can't believe I've been roped into this!

Relax, you'll get in to it...

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on November 08, 2018, 12:15:46 AM
On TRJ - let's see. His action is one that should withstand injury and his skill set is one that will get him noticed.

Burns. His technique has improved over the last two years, in that he transfers his weight forward better
 The look tomidwicket is idiosyncratic but actually doesn't really impact on his ability to play the ball.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: hammersjr on November 08, 2018, 01:10:40 AM
Without worrying too much about who might or might not play, I think itís good that we are having selection headaches now. Competition can only be good for us and my view is you play different players for different conditions, it doesnít always have to be the same 11.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on November 08, 2018, 07:36:16 AM
I am going to throw one out there.... we win by a lot so why change a winning team? Bairstow doesn't have to play.

On the game. Jennings looks so much better against spin it is actually quite strange for an opener.

Regards Burns technique, as they say... It's not what happens before it's where and when you finish. Who gives a monkeys if it looks strange if he is in a good position when the ball is being delivered etc... we all know about Steve Smith etc...

I would actually say the 'batsman' under most pressure is Mo. I know he is unlikely to actually lose his place in the team but he has wanted to bat higher for ages and is getting the chance and playing awful shots. If he doesn't come good it screws the whole line up etc...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: smilley792 on November 08, 2018, 07:41:02 AM
Amusingly Jennings, they guy most wanted to not tour is holding our top order together.


Sky sports saying that the rumour forms bgalnda camp is, if Mo bowls excessive overs, then buttler goes 3 and mo 6.

Be interesting if that happens in the next game and buttler is successful. Especially as he hasnít got the gloves .
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 08, 2018, 08:15:42 AM
Good from these two
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: spoonbed on November 08, 2018, 08:28:25 AM
St Lucia is lovely. It will be fabulous.the beer is great and so are the people.
Thatís good to hear!, Iím another CBFíer thatís going there
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 08, 2018, 08:34:51 AM
regards Burns technique, as they say... It's not what happens before it's where and when you finish. Who gives a monkeys if it looks strange if he is in a good position when the ball is being delivered etc... we all know about Steve Smith etc...
It's the opposite of that, despite the media noise about looking to mid on and all that I'd be amazed if anyone cares what his batting looks like. The issue is that he gets himself into a poor position with his front foot at delivery. Can't blame selectors for being a bit wary, but Burns has got enough county runs to get past any of that, if there ever were genuine concerns.

Keaton looking confident, guess this was always on the cards given how well he plays spin but hope there's a lot of sofa selectors chowing down the humble pie for breakfast :D
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on November 08, 2018, 08:39:45 AM
Happy for Jennings finally getting a couple of decent innings under his belt, but he's not turned the corner yet. Jennings more than decent against spin but that doesn't detract from how terrible his record is at home
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 08, 2018, 08:44:52 AM
As people have said, the only position that is obviously lacking in No3 bat.
Ali is certainly showing that he's not a top order batsman! Jennings is looking better against spin than he does against pace!
And too early to tell with Burns yet. So we need to keep the openers as they are for the next Test.
BUT someone definitely needs to think about move Ali down the order and batting someone else at 3. We need Ali to bowl on these wickets though.
So if Bairstow is fit, where do we put him? At 3.....he may be able to do well. But if he comes in at 3, who gets dropped? In theory (and on these wickets) we need as many spinners as we can cram in!!
So logically it needs to therefore be a pace bowler - Stokes is needed for his all-round ability. But there is also an arguement that young Sam bowls well and bats well here.
Either Curran or Anderson surely are the only players you could consider "resting" if Bairstow is to play?
But like others have said, why change a team that has performed well?

But if no changes are made to the starting XI, I really think we need to look at playing someone like Stokes or Buttler at 3 and move Ali down the batting order!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on November 08, 2018, 08:53:41 AM
I'm sure it won't be long before Rory Burns is the fall guy on here.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 08, 2018, 09:05:11 AM
England on fire here for all those fans out there this could be a great couple of days to come

im going to throw this out there regarding Bairstow, are we playing TOO MANY spinners?

or is 3 the minimum number we should be going into the matches with?

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: JB on November 08, 2018, 09:18:31 AM
I'm sure it won't be long before Rory Burns is the fall guy on here.

Hopefully the selectors will give him a decent run and time to develop
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 08, 2018, 09:19:22 AM
I'm sure it won't be long before Rory Burns is the fall guy on here.
Even allowing for the fickleness of England fans/CBF members I don't see that one! That said, it did amuse me how quickly the cricketing public went from 'Burns? Who?' to 'it is a travesty that Rory Burns has scored over 1000 county runs for 5 seasons in a row and not been selected' back in the summer, so I suppose it could go the other way.

Reverse sweep couldn't quite get Jennings to the ton this time... I'm glad amateur cricket provides very limited opportunity to be stuck on 98 at tea break!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 08, 2018, 09:21:48 AM
I'm sure it won't be long before Rory Burns is the fall guy on here.

possibly some Bats, but there's a whole lot of us wishing him well, he needs this tour and the next one

we don't exactly have many alternatives banging the door down to open the batting.He has to be given a decent runs and most supporters I know anyway think the same
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on November 08, 2018, 09:27:43 AM
Jennings shows  again why he is Englands opener  for the sub continent.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: jamielsn15 on November 08, 2018, 09:33:37 AM
Oh dear god. This means Jennings is going to get another extended run doesn't it?...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 08, 2018, 09:41:38 AM
Well played Keaton
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 08, 2018, 09:43:11 AM
Jennings does play well away from home. Just wish he could play well in home conditions too!
I mentined Burns months ago, so really hope he gets a long, lon g run! Especially at home where he has proved that he can be incredibly consistent!
Ton for Jennings....has just saved his place for a while. Bairstow is probably disappointed  ;)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 08, 2018, 10:01:43 AM
From a starting XI point of view, if Bairstow gets a start in the 2nd Test, I would like to see...

Burns
Jennings
Buttler (I believe he can play patiently and has a decent defensive game, so better option than Ali at 3)
Root
Baristow
Stokes (he prefers batting at 6!)
Foakes (Wk!!)
Ali
Rashid
Leach
Anderson/Curran

If wicket is a genuine turner, there is no real point in having 3 seamers. In the first innings the pace men bowled 20 overs out of 68. In the second innings that would likely be even less.
Therefore do we need 3 pace bowlers on these wickets. Plus we could always open with pace at one end and spin at the other. Although I think that the first 10 overs should be pace/swing at both ends as the Kookaburra ball only swings for a dozen overs apparently!
That would surely be the best lineup on current form if Bairstow comes back?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: FattusCattus on November 08, 2018, 10:03:53 AM
Jennings might be ideal for our middle order at home - unfortunately that's a rather congested place at the moment!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 08, 2018, 10:10:19 AM
Jennings might be ideal for our middle order at home - unfortunately that's a rather congested place at the moment!

Was thinking the same thing - he would like ideal at 5/6 at home, when a mixture of pace and spin would suit him. But who bats at 2 if he doesn't? And we already have Pope waiting in the wings, who I genuinely think would be better than Jennings at 5/6, but as you say, it is already so congested in the middle! In fact, from 6 to 11, we have a lot of quality - they have saved England so much recently too.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 08, 2018, 10:15:32 AM
Decent grab that!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: liscon12 on November 08, 2018, 10:23:30 AM
From a starting XI point of view, if Bairstow gets a start in the 2nd Test, I would like to see...

Burns
Jennings
Buttler (I believe he can play patiently and has a decent defensive game, so better option than Ali at 3)
Root
Baristow
Stokes (he prefers batting at 6!)
Foakes (Wk!!)
Ali
Rashid
Leach
Anderson/Curran

If wicket is a genuine turner, there is no real point in having 3 seamers. In the first innings the pace men bowled 20 overs out of 68. In the second innings that would likely be even less.
Therefore do we need 3 pace bowlers on these wickets. Plus we could always open with pace at one end and spin at the other. Although I think that the first 10 overs should be pace/swing at both ends as the Kookaburra ball only swings for a dozen overs apparently!
That would surely be the best lineup on current form if Bairstow comes back?

One specialist seamer? I think Sri Lanka have showed that it isnt the right way to go about it.

I don't think you can class Stokes as a front line bowler nowadays
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 08, 2018, 10:42:34 AM
we are pumping it into the stands

think its fair to say Faokes is doing his absolute best not to be dropped for the second test   :)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on November 08, 2018, 10:58:18 AM
Ouch  anyone who's had there  thumb  pushed back trying to take a catch a full drive off the bat knows that's hurt
De silva
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 08, 2018, 11:03:44 AM
Think Root needs to work out how to declare properly
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on November 08, 2018, 11:12:33 AM
With an eye on the weather and 7 overs left to bat today it's a good declaration.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: stevat on November 08, 2018, 11:34:12 AM
Foakes very slick again with the gloves.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on November 08, 2018, 11:52:40 AM
Foakes very slick again with the gloves.

Support county cricket, people!  ;)

Will be a straight Buttler/ Bairstow decision for the next Test, unless there is reason to play another seamer (unlikely).

Stokes and Ali could possibly swap positions in the batting order, but I don't think that will happen yet.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on November 08, 2018, 12:46:06 PM
Wouldn't be all that surprised if Bairstow replaces Burns tbh
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 08, 2018, 01:16:47 PM
I donít think theyíll drop foakes especially after they dropped Curran after he performed well came back and won man of the series!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Buzz on November 08, 2018, 03:16:03 PM
Leach or Rashid will get dropped for the next game so Bairstow doesn't have a tantrum
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 08, 2018, 03:23:23 PM
It would be a shame - I thought that Rashid bowing leggies, Ali bowling offies and Leach bowling left arm worked well together and covered all options.
But I fear you are right. I suspect they will drop Rashid as normal.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 08, 2018, 03:29:34 PM
I agree o like the theee spin options but out of the two I think leach has more threat and control

Although I wouldnít change bairstow needs to be told to grow up and acccept heís lost his place!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 08, 2018, 04:58:50 PM
I agree o like the theee spin options but out of the two I think leach has more threat and control

Although I wouldn’t change bairstow needs to be told to grow up and acccept he’s lost his place!

well said. terrific player and there will be a role for him for sure, but it might not be immeadiatley

the 'I will bat anywhere mentality' that some of us have had to adopt for our clubs need to come into play.

Bairstow has worked hard on his keeping and is decent, but Foakes has always been thought of as the best. He can bat too, very well.

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: jamielsn15 on November 08, 2018, 05:08:37 PM
I still maintain Buttler is a luxury and I'd have him make way for Bairstow. Tell Root the team needs him at 3. I feel for Mo, moved around all the time and his batting suffers for it. First rule of management, don't ask anyone to do something you wouldn't do yourself. Root at 3...

Burns
Jennings
Root
Bairstow
Mo
Stokes
Foakes
Curran
Rashid
Leach
Anderson
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 08, 2018, 05:12:48 PM
Foakes showed in the second dig that he can be expansive the perfect combo so far! and his second catch off the edge was excellent too!

i do think if bairstow sorts out his technique and egt it back to where it was 2 summers ago he could bat at 3
which could mean for the ashes we have something like this (dont agree with all of it, Jennings at home for one but he'll get the summer or at least part of it after his ton)

burns
jennings
bairstow
root
stokes
buttler
foakes
ali
leach/curran
broad
anderson

i can see why bairstow is so desperate to play after being messed around with the ODI side and struggling in the test game for so long but he needs to get on with it and force his way back now.

The only reason he got a run in the ODI side was because hales was dropped after Bristol and score 2 hundreds. He got fortunate with the ODI but unfortunate here, you cant always have your cake and eat it!

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 08, 2018, 05:13:06 PM
Big fan of this 3 spinner attack!

They won't be stupid enough to drop Rashid if we win surely? The attack looks perfectly balanced for these wickets to me.

They definitely won't drop Butler whoever suggested that, isn't he vice captain? And loved by Ed Smith. And our player of the series in the summer

Bairstow isn't in the same ballpark as Foakes when it comes to glovework that much is clear after 3 days! I'm sure the Surrey fans knew that already but its the first I've seen of Foakes other than a bit in the Blast
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: jamielsn15 on November 08, 2018, 05:23:16 PM
They won't drop Buttler I know. I think he's a luxury is all. He can't bat top 4, there are better suited players. We have an abundance of middle order bats who bowl - Stokes, Mo. Bairstow is the better test batsman, without doubt.
Foakes is a better keeper and has proved he can bat at seven. Deserves the series and more. Three spinners are needed and Buttler doesn't bowl. He bats 5-7 and we have the four mentioned above. Thays why, to me, he's a luxury.
Appreciate he was player of the series in the summer. But this is the sub continent. We need flexibility. Play him again when we need four steamers and a spinner...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on November 08, 2018, 05:56:59 PM
Buttler plays spin considerably better than Bairstow
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: fros23 on November 08, 2018, 06:06:54 PM
Foakes showed in the second dig that he can be expansive the perfect combo so far! and his second catch off the edge was excellent too!

i do think if bairstow sorts out his technique and egt it back to where it was 2 summers ago he could bat at 3
which could mean for the ashes we have something like this (dont agree with all of it, Jennings at home for one but he'll get the summer or at least part of it after his ton)

burns
jennings
bairstow
root
stokes
buttler
foakes
ali
leach/curran
broad
anderson

i can see why bairstow is so desperate to play after being messed around with the ODI side and struggling in the test game for so long but he needs to get on with it and force his way back now.

The only reason he got a run in the ODI side was because hales was dropped after Bristol and score 2 hundreds. He got fortunate with the ODI but unfortunate here, you cant always have your cake and eat it!

Wrong!  Bairstow replaced Roy for the final match of the champions trophy and was in the side for the Bristol game, it was Roy who got fortunate with the Hales situation
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 08, 2018, 06:10:55 PM
Wrong!  Bairstow replaced Roy for the final match of the champions trophy and was in the side for the Bristol game, it was Roy who got fortunate with the Hales situation

So he did
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 08, 2018, 06:26:24 PM
They won't drop Buttler I know. I think he's a luxury is all. He can't bat top 4, there are better suited players. We have an abundance of middle order bats who bowl - Stokes, Mo. Bairstow is the better test batsman, without doubt.
Foakes is a better keeper and has proved he can bat at seven. Deserves the series and more. Three spinners are needed and Buttler doesn't bowl. He bats 5-7 and we have the four mentioned above. Thays why, to me, he's a luxury.
Appreciate he was player of the series in the summer. But this is the sub continent. We need flexibility. Play him again when we need four steamers and a spinner...
Are you sure? If Buttler is a luxury, then Bairstow is also a luxury. Neither of them 'can' bat in the top 4, both usually bat in the middle order, neither bowl. Since when did being a specialist make you a luxury?! Graham Thorpe, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, AB De Villiers... who'd pick them, they were all a waste of a selection at 5 :o

On the other hand, let's say you're right - both are specialist batsmen and we 'need' too many bowlers. Take a read of this table and then explain why Buttler, our second-highest scorer this year/top of the averages/vice-captain, is for the chop?
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Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on November 08, 2018, 06:49:52 PM
It might be that - for the next two games - England have to say to Bairstow "look mate, its not forever".  Long term, one of the bowlers goes, but pragmatically they are all playing a role here and the one that England absolutely must not do is sacrifice the chance to find out whether Burns is a long term option.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 08, 2018, 06:53:53 PM
It might be that - for the next two games - England have to say to Bairstow "look mate, its not forever".  Long term, one of the bowlers goes, but pragmatically they are all playing a role here and the one that England absolutely must not do is sacrifice the chance to find out whether Burns is a long term option.
Think this is the most realistic option, the specialist batsmen have all earned their place ahead of Bairstow next game and the all-rounders/bowlers are all doing a job at the moment. Should the pitches change they could drop Rashid but seems unlikely at present. Can't see Jonny taking it well though!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on November 08, 2018, 06:59:47 PM
It might be that - for the next two games - England have to say to Bairstow "look mate, its not forever".  Long term, one of the bowlers goes, but pragmatically they are all playing a role here and the one that England absolutely must not do is sacrifice the chance to find out whether Burns is a long term option.

This

If this team wins then they all deserve to survive and those who missed out await people to fail or conditions change. Jennings wonít last once they leave the SC as heís already shown he isnít capable so a few runs vs SL will just buy him more games to fail (sadly less time for England before the ashes) and more likely to Ďhe did well in SLí or Ďhe avg x over the last 10 gamesí...

Still, pleased for the lad as whatever itís always nice to score runs. Just canít get all hyped up like some
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on November 08, 2018, 07:11:11 PM
It should be noted that not a single one of you (/us) was pushing for Ben Foakes inclusion before now.  :o
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on November 08, 2018, 07:25:20 PM
It should be noted that not a single one of you (/us) was pushing for Ben Foakes inclusion before now.  :o

Letís see if heís consistent first before declaring either way shall we...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: billyb on November 08, 2018, 07:39:38 PM
Letís see if heís consistent first before declaring either way shall we...

That guy just scored 100 on debut and is keeping like Jesus himself (if he were a keeper)... He's not going anywhere!  :D
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on November 08, 2018, 07:59:32 PM
That guy just scored 100 on debut and is keeping like Jesus himself (if he were a keeper)... He's not going anywhere!  :D
Did I say he was ? Or are you just suddenly declaring another messiah ?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on November 08, 2018, 08:13:21 PM
It should be noted that not a single one of you (/us) was pushing for Ben Foakes inclusion before now.  :o

Hate to be smug but at least I had him in my squad...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: SD on November 08, 2018, 09:51:53 PM
The side for this game looked a bowler heavy and a batsman light but given the next game is being played at a ground that offers more to the seamers, I can't see that a bowler could be left out.  Foakes should keep his place which leaves Bairstow competing as a specialist batsman and the only person he could displace on form is Burns which would be very harsh at this point and would require Bairstow to bat in the top 3.

Not sure why Butler's place would be at risk.  The game must have moved on since I started watching it if a middle order batsman averaging over 40 for the year is now considered to be a luxury.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: jamielsn15 on November 08, 2018, 10:18:20 PM
I rate Buttler. But the selectors seem to want players who can do a bit of more than one thing. That's all. I actually don't care who bats between him and Bairstow, but it has to only be one of them.

Everyone's jumped on that but does any one agree Root should bat three? If not I'll get my coat...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 08, 2018, 10:46:56 PM
If root bats 3 it means the bus load of middle order players we have are easier to fit into the batting order.

The great team man Moeen has been chucked under the bus by Root and Bayliss, there's no way he has the technique or temperament to bat higher than 6/7/8...

He's very effective down the order when the bowlers are not so fresh.

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: SD on November 08, 2018, 10:49:15 PM
I think it should be Root's call.  If he wants to bat at 4 then that's where he should bat.  As our best batsman, the last thing we need is to push him into a role he isn't happy with. 
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 08, 2018, 10:57:59 PM
Nah. Root's the captain and best batsman, if he wants to bat 4 he bats 4! 4 is where your best bat usually resides in England anyway.

Root averages 51 at 4 with more than twice as many tons from a similar number of innings, compared to averaging 40 at 3.

Say Root moves to three. Who is the genius bloke we've got lined up to replace him and average 50+ at four? Oh...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 08, 2018, 11:35:00 PM
I watched Root get 250 batting 3 he didn't seem any different to batting 4 during that test.

He is our best batsman by miles for sure, over the last couple of years we have needed our middle order players to get the runs and they have done time and again.

So the middle is our engine room, someone  has to take one for the team.

Moving a player from 7 or 8 to 3 is too much. Where he bats in second division county cricket of a poor standard is irrelevant.

On this tour in this match Sri Lanka played one seamer, the rest was spin, what's the difference for a top order player in 3 or 4?

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: SD on November 09, 2018, 12:26:48 AM
If you rationalise it, there is little difference between the top order positions.  You can be down to come at 3 or even 4 and end up facing a ball before the number 2 gets to face a ball. But there are plenty of number 3s who wouldn't want to open.
 The point is that has been pressured into batting at 3 for a time but simply doesn't want to bat there and his record shows that he doesn't perform as well there as he does in his chosen position at 4.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: billyb on November 09, 2018, 01:52:37 AM
I thought Vince or Deny would end up being the number 3, but that would mean losing a player...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on November 09, 2018, 06:19:39 AM
Have woken up and SL are 86-2 and look a lot better than 1st innings however once again I have to question what Root is doing with the field. We have a massive score on the board and he has boundary riders everywhere and only 2 men around the bat, 1 at slip and 1 in front.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Tailendfielder on November 09, 2018, 06:43:16 AM
Just watching the cricket on Super Sport in SA. Sky sports is terrible in comparison. I couldnít comment on the other thread because of the bickering. England have done really well here.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 09, 2018, 08:15:26 AM
THE NUT
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 09, 2018, 08:29:40 AM
THE NUTTTTTTTTTTTTT
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 09, 2018, 09:40:29 AM
MO
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 09, 2018, 09:45:28 AM
COME ON LADS!!!!!!!

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ScottParko on November 09, 2018, 10:05:05 AM
Might have a new entrant for the village thread! Rashid bowling with his trousers tucked in his socks.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on November 09, 2018, 10:09:31 AM
Oh no, it's still going...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 09, 2018, 10:37:42 AM
Suffice to say this is going to be an absolutely massive win
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 09, 2018, 10:41:10 AM
Why do I want root to bring foakes on for an over... heíd probably get a wicket!

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 09, 2018, 10:42:26 AM
Hearth run out!!

England win
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 09, 2018, 11:06:40 AM
brilliant away win for us they are like gold dust

its a winning side now but will refrain from posting the team for the second test  :) 

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: richyreed on November 09, 2018, 11:56:24 AM
Great to see Leach and Foakes really taking their chance.

I don't think Mo should be batting at 3, especially if he is having to bowl a lot of overs. I would personally move Buttler up to 3, if he's there as an out-an-out batsman he shouldn't be at 6. The way he played against India proves he can dig in when required and we have plenty of firepower in the middle / lower order.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: billyb on November 09, 2018, 11:58:43 AM
Did Foakes really not give away any byes? Awesome!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 09, 2018, 12:08:45 PM
Did Foakes really not give away any byes? Awesome!

blimey, that's impressive if correct...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: billyb on November 09, 2018, 12:40:34 PM
153 Overs, no byes.

Awesome.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on November 09, 2018, 12:51:35 PM
England's first test win on that ground.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on November 09, 2018, 01:02:30 PM
brilliant away win for us they are like gold dust

its a winning side now but will refrain from posting the team for the second test  :)

Second test  one change  only stone  or Broad to play instead of Leach.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 09, 2018, 01:14:30 PM
Second test  one change  only stone  or Broad to play instead of Leach.

have you mis-typed there Al?

youre leaving out Leach from the next game?

any thinking behind that?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on November 09, 2018, 01:29:25 PM
have you mis-typed there Al?

youre leaving out Leach from the next game?

any thinking behind that?

He meant to write Woakes instead of Stone or Broad   :( :( :(
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on November 09, 2018, 01:32:14 PM
If a spinner was to miss out it would be Rashid whom was rubbish. Leach offered control whereas Rashid only looks a test bowler to tail enders
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on November 09, 2018, 02:39:37 PM
have you mis-typed there Al?

youre leaving out Leach from the next game?

any thinking behind that?
Yes second test more of a  balanced side on
A more seamer friendly wicket 2 seamers plus Moeen to bowl off spin Rashid to bowl leg spin  orthodox spin not needed  also  both are better batters  than Leach
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on November 09, 2018, 02:43:38 PM
If a spinner was to miss out it would be Rashid whom was rubbish. Leach offered control whereas Rashid only looks a test bowler to tail enders

No doubt he goes for a few  but gets wickets.
only a bowler for tailenders bit harsh ask Kholi about that magic ball.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Byo on November 09, 2018, 05:42:26 PM
No doubt he goes for a few  but gets wickets.
only a bowler for tailenders bit harsh ask Kholi about that magic ball.
Leach got more wickets than Rashid!!!!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on November 10, 2018, 05:14:53 PM
I hate to open this up again, but I've just read that Bayliss is saying that Ali may drop down the order and all three keepers could play.

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on November 10, 2018, 05:27:43 PM
I hate to open this up again, but I've just read that Bayliss is saying that Ali may drop down the order and all three keepers could play.

Assuming itís not wet the wicket will be a Bunsen. Curran out as englsnd will need spin. SL are way to crap to not produce a Bunsen
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on November 10, 2018, 05:32:02 PM
Assuming itís not wet the wicket will be a Bunsen. Curran out as englsnd will need spin. SL are way to crap to not produce a Bunsen

Pundits are saying the wicket is  normally more seamer freindly
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on November 10, 2018, 05:41:18 PM
Whatever they do, please don't drop Burns. 
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on November 10, 2018, 05:44:32 PM
Whatever they do, please don't drop Burns.

Surely not ? Got to give him a run of 10 innings at least (with account taken for who itís agaisnt )
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on November 10, 2018, 05:52:39 PM
Surely not ? Got to give him a run of 10 innings at least (with account taken for who itís agaisnt )

We've made the same mistake repetitively for the last seven years - bring someone in, give them five minutes, cast them aside.  The fact that only Jennings of the double figures of openers have been recalled is worrying.  So, yes, I worry that the selectors will get this wrong again and go "ah, he did nowt much, he can wait till the Windies".  He needs to be told he will play everything to the second Ashes test to give him confidence and reassurance.  If that means Bairstow rests two tests, much as I think we're wasting one of our two best players, its the right thing to do.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 10, 2018, 05:58:17 PM
Pundits are saying the wicket is  normally more seamer freindly

More seamer friendly than Galle yes. But we aren't talking Headingley in April

The same attack should be picked, 3 seamers is plenty!

For me, and this is where England have messed up several times to my memory, when picking an attack in an away Test you should see what the hosts do and try and replicate it. England in this case have the luxury of Stokes and Ali as all rounders and so are able to have an even better balance and variety to their bowling attack than Sri Lanka!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on November 10, 2018, 06:05:52 PM
I hate to open this up again, but I've just read that Bayliss is saying that Ali may drop down the order and all three keepers could play.


I believe this is what you are referring to....

Sri Lanka v England: Moeen Ali to move down batting order - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/46162267 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/46162267)

I also draw you to this..... in which Root says 'i don't think we can leave Ben Foakes out".

Joe Root: England captain says he has tough job to pick second-Test XI - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/46153517 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/46153517)

The way I see it Root has 3 options -

1. Don't change a winning team and Bairstow doesn't play
2. Drop Curran move Mo down to 8 and Bairstow comes in.
3. Drop a spinner (likely Rashid) move Mo down to 8, Curran to 9, and Bairstow comes in.

Personally I favour number 1. Don't change a winning team. Bairstow waits his turn etc...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on November 10, 2018, 06:06:58 PM
We've made the same mistake repetitively for the last seven years - bring someone in, give them five minutes, cast them aside.  The fact that only Jennings of the double figures of openers have been recalled is worrying.  So, yes, I worry that the selectors will get this wrong again and go "ah, he did nowt much, he can wait till the Windies".  He needs to be told he will play everything to the second Ashes test to give him confidence and reassurance.  If that means Bairstow rests two tests, much as I think we're wasting one of our two best players, its the right thing to do.

Iíd give him this tour and next at the bare min. I would expect high returns from WI and having seem this SL side is expect high returns from this tour too. Avg sub 40 canít be tolerated agaisnt such teams (plus, it should be consistency not one monster innings).

Always look deeper than the bare stats
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Johnny on November 10, 2018, 06:11:27 PM
Interested to see who bats 3 in scenarios 2 & 3
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: billyb on November 10, 2018, 06:22:01 PM
Could drop Rashid for Denly, who would bat 3 and bowl leggies, then you can bring Bairstow in for Curran or leave it at that.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 10, 2018, 06:30:28 PM
Could drop Rashid for Denly, who would bat 3 and bowl leggies, then you can bring Bairstow in for Curran or leave it at that.

They could if they were idiots. Why would you want to severely weaken a bowling attack that was perfectly balanced in the last Test?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: billyb on November 10, 2018, 06:39:41 PM
I don't think they would, but it would solve the 3 problem. Obviously Rashid is the better spinner.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on November 10, 2018, 06:43:19 PM
I don't think they would, but it would solve the 3 problem. Obviously Rashid is the better spinner.

Denly doesnít solve any problem as he is totally unproven too..
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Kulli on November 10, 2018, 06:44:14 PM
Could drop Rashid for Denly, who would bat 3 and bowl leggies, then you can bring Bairstow in for Curran or leave it at that.
And bat who at 8 and 9, Ali and Buttler?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: t2ylo on November 10, 2018, 06:49:42 PM
Either donít change a winning team. Or Rashid or Curran out for JB at 3.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: billyb on November 10, 2018, 07:00:13 PM
The more I look at the squad, the more optimistic I am. Say it quietly, but we have the makings of a great test side here...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on November 10, 2018, 07:31:23 PM
The more I look at the squad, the more optimistic I am. Say it quietly, but we have the makings of a great test side here...

Umm, we donít have anyone that looks like a 1/2/3 and once Anderson and broad go Iíd you really think curran is going to be as good ?? Heís an all rounder bits and pieces bowler so in reality is competing with stokes for the all rounder spot. So, where is the next Anderson/broad class coming from ??

What you mean to say is that we have a 4/5/6 and possibly a good wk/bat. We donít really have any bowling coming brought to claim all looks rosy and we still have no top order... we do however have many 5/6/7 bats so could easily rotate there and not lose much/anything
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on November 10, 2018, 08:20:43 PM
It's the classic thing on here. People go from one extreme to the other.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 10, 2018, 08:41:59 PM
The question might be if we Had too many bowlers at Galle....

Root will want options away from home and rightly so, but was the team top heavy bowling wise? We actually has 6 proper bowlers

If Bairstow is to come in its probably for a bowler.

Personally I think my team would be unchanged for now, Bairstow will come back for sure soon enough.

Root seems to use Rashid to clean out the tail, he wants control(leach) and then thinks the tailenders at clueless against Rash
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: billyb on November 10, 2018, 08:59:09 PM
Umm, we donít have anyone that looks like a 1/2/3 and once Anderson and broad go Iíd you really think curran is going to be as good ?? Heís an all rounder bits and pieces bowler so in reality is competing with stokes for the all rounder spot. So, where is the next Anderson/broad class coming from ??

What you mean to say is that we have a 4/5/6 and possibly a good wk/bat. We donít really have any bowling coming brought to claim all looks rosy and we still have no top order... we do however have many 5/6/7 bats so could easily rotate there and not lose much/anything

We have a good enough roster of players to be a very good test side. It will take a while, but in two or three years with how these players will develop, so yes, I do think we have a rosy future at test level. Please don't suppose that you know what I mean to say, because you really don't. I'm not saying that one test victory in Galle suddenly means we have instant world beaters- not at all. I do think, however, that with more experience at the international level, we'll have a strong enough side to compete against nearly everybody (perhaps not India/Australia away). My view is more nuanced than what you presuppose. Rome wasn't built in a day, and nor will this England side be- but there is something in the players we have now moving forward. Lastly, I've never said Curran is going to be good as Anderson and Broad- and he isn't my frontline pick for a seamer. You've inferred one hell of a lot from two sentences.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: billyb on November 10, 2018, 09:06:21 PM
The question might be if we Had too many bowlers at Galle....

Root will want options away from home and rightly so, but was the team top heavy bowling wise? We actually has 6 proper bowlers

If Bairstow is to come in its probably for a bowler.

Personally I think my team would be unchanged for now, Bairstow will come back for sure soon enough.

Root seems to use Rashid to clean out the tail, he wants control(leach) and then thinks the tailenders at clueless against Rash
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I agree with you. I wouldn't change the side after this match, and Bairstow will be back soon enough as you say- you don't make the ICC Test Team of the Year (2016) for just being ginger! 'In 2016, Bairstow set a new record for the most dismissals (70) by a wicket-keeper in a calendar year.[1] In the same year, Bairstow also set a record for most runs in Test matches by a wicket-keeper in a single year. By scoring 1,470 runs in Tests in the year, Bairstow almost doubled the previous record of 777 for England wicket-keepers set by Matt Prior in 2012, and comprehensively surpassed the former record for any Test country of 1,045 runs, held by former Zimbabwe wicket-keeper Andy Flower'.

YJB will be back, and I can't wait to see him at his best again!  :) His Waca ton was awesome.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on November 10, 2018, 10:08:09 PM
of a great test side here...

Great means something to rival WI/Aus sides... if youíd said Ďto capture world no:1 in this eraí then sure.. given the state of world cricket I can agree that this bunch of players could indeed become world no:1..

Never ever a great side though, not in a million years
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on November 11, 2018, 09:50:30 AM
Bef we conclude England have the making of a great test side It  needs  to be decided who's in it.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: DorsetDan on November 11, 2018, 10:26:35 AM
If thinking to development on the batting side, England need a gritty top order who can lay a platform and need Root to shine. Just for funsies how about Root doing a Kohli and dropping down to 5 when it suits him and then have a Royal Rumble of wannabe openers 1-4? *

* Post of course not completely serious
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on November 11, 2018, 11:18:48 AM
Chandimal out for the hosts and Akila been reported for suspect action
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on November 11, 2018, 04:06:19 PM
Pope leaving to play for the Lions in Pakistan, to get some game time before the WI series. Fair play that their not just going to make him sit around carrying the drinks.

'Pope to join up with Lions squad'
http://www.skysports.com/share/11551253 (http://www.skysports.com/share/11551253)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 11, 2018, 05:38:00 PM
Makes sense so he is playing some cricket, they rate him so could be long term with Pope providing he does not have a horror run like Hameed

Denly and Bairstow options in the batting too. Bayliff saying today Butler or Stokes to bat 3 with Mo moving back down.

That's fine but that would be a change in batting line up not in players.i think at the moment Bairstow only plays if one of the spinners is left out...and that would be tough because Root wants bowling options.

I think England are preparing to be unchanged with one batting swap. a team that has won an away test perhaps deserves that.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 13, 2018, 09:53:07 AM
Aggers reporting England unchanged

Stokes to bat 3
Mo to bat 6
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 13, 2018, 09:58:53 AM
papers have Butler at 3 with Mo moving down

either way Foakes confirmed to play

that's got to be right surely

Bairstow will miss out for now

and what about Broad?  no space !!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 13, 2018, 10:12:12 AM
They seemed to be thinking of exchanging Rashid for Broad if damp conditions continued.
But evidently the weather has dried out and they suspect it will be dry and a turner. If that's the case, I reckon they will not play an additional seamer.
And I heard Buttler will bat at 3 too.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 13, 2018, 10:16:50 AM
It's already been announced - unchanged, Stokes 3 Ali 6.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 13, 2018, 10:26:30 AM
Correct call - well done selectors

The way Root explained Bairstows absence read like he's a 9 year old boy whose feelings get hurt if he's left out of the school team.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on November 13, 2018, 11:10:32 AM
Liking it. :)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 13, 2018, 11:25:19 AM
Good team selection, but I feel a bit sorry for Moeen. Got to be more value in giving him a good go at 3 than sticking Stokes there for two games.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 13, 2018, 11:50:24 AM
On a side note, this means Stokes fights back in his little-publicised battle with Moeen to bat in every spot from 1-11 for England. Assuming he does actually bat 3, he'll have walked out everywhere from 3-11 in tests. Moeen has batted in every spot from 1-9... who will get there and complete the set first?!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 13, 2018, 11:54:04 AM
I reckon Mo will be happy that he is given the opportunity to bat in mid order! He is not a number 3 and as he has hit some great knocks down the order, I suspect he will be more confident there?
So we need to either bat Stokes there and see if he can adapt his game to be more patient? (no optimistic but he has been trainingthis week to bat that way, so who knows)
And if Stokes doesn't bat well there, then surely the next option will be to get Clarke/Vince/Gubbins/etc/etc long term? So a "proper" opener/top order batsman to bed in?
I can understand that it is not easy to do now, as England are trying to get the opening pair settled and bedded in. And also because we have to play extra spinners in these conditions.
But once we are back in greener fields, then it would surely be the next step?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 13, 2018, 12:08:31 PM
Given that Moeen has batted pretty much his entire county career at 3 you'd imagine he'd be fairly comfortable with the spot! Also it's in his interest to bat there - outside the subcontinent Stokes is going to bowl too many overs to bat 3 (last home test he bowled more overs than Curran and only 3 less than Broad), he has the technical game to do it but this is a short term fix only. Long term, we'll need a 3 for all conditions. Moeen's a candidate for that, even if you're unconvinced how good he'd be. If he doesn't bat 3, where is he getting in when we go back to picking one spinner?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 13, 2018, 12:12:30 PM
I genuinely hope that Mo does flourish batting at 3, because it would give us a fantiastic option to play Leach all the time and still have Mo and Root who can bowl spin!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on November 13, 2018, 12:23:24 PM
Correct decision made by the selectors..... will be interesting how Bairstow takes it.

In SL news Akila Dananjaya is going to play despite being reported for a suspect bowling action in the 1st test.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 13, 2018, 12:25:59 PM
Given that Moeen has batted pretty much his entire county career at 3 you'd imagine he'd be fairly comfortable with the spot! Also it's in his interest to bat there - outside the subcontinent Stokes is going to bowl too many overs to bat 3 (last home test he bowled more overs than Curran and only 3 less than Broad), he has the technical game to do it but this is a short term fix only. Long term, we'll need a 3 for all conditions. Moeen's a candidate for that, even if you're unconvinced how good he'd be. If he doesn't bat 3, where is he getting in when we go back to picking one spinner?

and therein lies the problem

however Mr Edge, it does not become any problem whatsoever if youre view is if we are only picking one spinner, Moeen is the best in that position

im not saying he is, but he has just gone past 150 wickets for England which is no mean achievement

some of the ex players on the telly believe the best spinner we have is Moeen
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 13, 2018, 12:41:52 PM
I genuinely hope that Mo does flourish batting at 3, because it would give us a fantiastic option to play Leach all the time and still have Mo and Root who can bowl spin!
Exactly, would be handy. But that's gone now, Moeen won't be seen at 3 again after getting binned off down the order one test into a tour.

I think if we only pick one spinner it has to be Leach.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on November 13, 2018, 02:04:10 PM
Exactly, would be handy. But that's gone now, Moeen won't be seen at 3 again after getting binned off down the order one test into a tour.

I think if we only pick one spinner it has to be Leach.

Leach (or Rashid), plus Mo at 6, surely?  Broad comes in for Rashid (or Leach) in more seamer-friendly conditions.

Battle for no.5 between Buttler and Bairstow, as I suggested earlier.

Bairstow might also be considered a contender for an opener's spot longer tterm.  A top 3 with Bairstow and Stokes in? Wow!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on November 13, 2018, 02:05:47 PM
And let's not forget Chris Woakes...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 13, 2018, 02:11:58 PM
Leach (or Rashid), plus Mo at 6, surely?  Broad comes in for Rashid (or Leach) in more seamer-friendly conditions.

Battle for no.5 between Buttler and Bairstow, as I suggested earlier.

Bairstow might also be considered a contender for an opener's spot longer tterm.  A top 3 with Bairstow and Stokes in? Wow!
That would only work if Stokes bats 3, which was my point really - hard to see him making a sustained success of batting 3 while also bowling 30 overs a game.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: hammersjr on November 13, 2018, 03:52:54 PM
Good call by the selectors here
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 13, 2018, 04:05:33 PM
i actually think stokes at 3 works (even long term),

he's clearly worked hard on his technique and shown he can dig in and battle it out in the last few games and if he continues then if were 1-1 early thats ok

hes also got that flair and aggression if were 200-1 when he comes in to go form ball one.

give him time but if burns scores runs and stokes does at three we could be looking at our ashes top 4 already
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Kulli on November 13, 2018, 04:09:15 PM
i actually think stokes at 3 works (even long term),

he's clearly worked hard on his technique and shown he can dig in and battle it out in the last few games and if he continues then if were 1-1 early thats ok

hes also got that flair and aggression if were 200-1 when he comes in to go form ball one.

give him time but if burns scores runs and stokes does at three we could be looking at our ashes top 4 already

Tought ask to go in a 1st drop if you've just bowled 20 overs though.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 13, 2018, 04:13:17 PM
i agree however its been done before (someone mentioned kallis)

i do think we need a proper number three but theres no reason stokes cant be successful at it, besides if we have a decent set of openers he should get a decent break between batting and bowling.

it can be said now if he bats at 6 hits an unbeaten ton then has to bowl a few overs he wont be as effective with the ball
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 13, 2018, 04:46:32 PM

 if were 200-1


Some ifs are bigger than others
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 13, 2018, 04:47:03 PM
'Kallis used to do it' is hardly a convincing argument given he's about the only bloke who's ever managed it! Also Kallis mostly didn't bat 3, or bowl as much as Stokes, and usually had the luxury of batting behind an obdurate top 3. The average opening stand for England since Strauss retired is a little over 12 overs.

You could say that, but then you'd be ignoring the fact that Stokes is usually the 4th seamer and so can if necessary have a good rest before he bowls. He's a good batsman, it'll do for now, but can't see it going for much longer.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on November 13, 2018, 07:15:53 PM
The way Root explained Bairstows absence read like he's a 9 year old boy whose feelings get hurt if he's left out of the school team.

Actually I thought it was quite sensitively done.  Whilst it is probably the correct call, you can sort of see things from Bairstow's point of view - no one seriously doubts he is in our top two batsmen, he has worked incredibly hard on his keeping, and will doubtless be flashing back to three years of playing an ODI, succeeding, then being told that Hales (or whoever) is coming back because he is the man in possession, and wondering where the consistency is.  So, it was good not to hear "like it or lump it" or something similar.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on November 13, 2018, 07:16:43 PM
Tought ask to go in a 1st drop if you've just bowled 20 overs though.

It may be  - he is primarily an old ball reverse swing fourth seamer, so will do the bulk of his bowling later in the innings. 
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 13, 2018, 07:25:29 PM
It may be  - he is primarily an old ball reverse swing fourth seamer, so will do the bulk of his bowling later in the innings. 

It's tough on Bairstow but it is the right call. We do have a lot of bowlers in the team, as captain Root wants options, that's understandable away from home so you kind of get that....

Bairstow will be back soon enough, he's def top 6 best in the Country. Hard to know what England will do long term regarding the keeping position, is this a real change now to a specialist or just for this tour?

I think Stokes to 3 myself is a sign of things to come, perhaps he won't be bowling that much in the future and England want him as more of a batsman going forward. He may also have some injury problems or niggles.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Kulli on November 13, 2018, 07:33:47 PM
I think it just suits for now as we're playing the extra bowler to accomodate 3 spinners and being SL he won't bowl much anyway.

Oncve we're back to 4 seamers and a spinner he'll be back down the order.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on November 13, 2018, 08:45:41 PM
Keeping position...tbh I think that does Foakes' batting a bit of a disservice. In a team full of dashers, he is a natural accumulator.

On Stokes at 3 long term, the big issue for me would be three consecutive left handers.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 13, 2018, 09:44:36 PM
I don't see any sign of Stokes bowling workload being reduced! Maybe on these pitches and rightly so, but back in England he'll be queueing up to get the ball.

For me having Stokes at 6 provides the luxury genuine all rounder that many sides crave. It is also the position where we should see the best of him - taking the game to the opposition. That South Africa knock was one of the best I've seen. Please don't turn him into a boring accumulator because all our other 3s are rubbish!


Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on November 13, 2018, 11:22:44 PM
I don't see any sign of Stokes bowling workload being reduced! Maybe on these pitches and rightly so, but back in England he'll be queueing up to get the ball.

For me having Stokes at 6 provides the luxury genuine all rounder that many sides crave. It is also the position where we should see the best of him - taking the game to the opposition. That South Africa knock was one of the best I've seen. Please don't turn him into a boring accumulator because all our other 3s are rubbish!

Boring but in tests itís what is required from your top 3. Thatís the beauty of the formst, roles for all style of batsmen
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on November 14, 2018, 12:42:13 AM
I don't see why Bairstow has an grievances about being dropped tbh. Foakes is considerably a better gloveman, hence why Bairstow grabbed the gloves back off Buttler after his finger injury. Secondly Bairstow is averaging 30 with the bat in the last 2 years. Hardly the numbers of 'the two best batsman in the side'. Bairstow is currently firmly behind Buttler in the pecking order, forget about dislodging Foakes.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 14, 2018, 04:41:13 AM
Well, Dilruwan's ragged two past the outside edge in only the  second over of the game... good toss to win!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 14, 2018, 06:23:06 AM
Turning quite a long way already

89-4, good score from here? 250?

We will need the three spinners!!

Akila bowling and there seems to be a definite straightening but whether itís illegal is anyoneís guess
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 14, 2018, 06:37:15 AM
First innings runs vital just like the last test the pitch will only turn more

Hugely impressed with Butler since he came back, seems to have a good team attitude unaffected where he bats and comfortable with his own game

And he plays a lovely sweep shot!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 14, 2018, 07:03:15 AM
Boring but in tests itís what is required from your top 3. Thatís the beauty of the formst, roles for all style of batsmen

Obviously

Stokes should be unleashed at 5 or 6 to do what he does best and take teams apart. Not used to do the donkey work at 3
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 14, 2018, 08:07:21 AM
Not sure why Buttler didn't talk to Foakes about that one
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 14, 2018, 08:27:11 AM
Eurgh
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on November 14, 2018, 08:45:54 AM
this is the sort of wicket that did for South Africa and Australia.

will be interesting to see how we bowl and SL get on with it.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: csnew on November 14, 2018, 09:03:41 AM
Massive toss to win. Is that 7 in a row for root in tests?

230 looks like a good score already.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 14, 2018, 09:13:08 AM
Massive toss to win. Is that 7 in a row for root in tests?

230 looks like a good score already.

IF England can get to 230/250, I suspect that would be a competitive score if the ball is turning already.
Just hope the wicket stays lively and deteriorates!  ;) Although these are the kind of wickets that Sri Lanka are more used to batting and bowling on.
Home advantage in these conditions will at least make life intertesting.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on November 14, 2018, 09:42:18 AM
Rashid out for 32 trapped LBW on the back foot.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 14, 2018, 10:01:22 AM
God I love it when Sam goes down the track
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on November 14, 2018, 10:12:21 AM
Curran showing batting with Anderson he has an excellent cricket brain
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: csnew on November 14, 2018, 10:14:57 AM
Curran with match winning runs again. well above par now
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 14, 2018, 10:20:32 AM
Strong Surrey, Strong England. Love you, Sam.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 14, 2018, 10:24:00 AM
Strong Surrey, Strong England. Love you, Sam.
This kind of thing is bad enough normally but when you've got Gareth Batty preaching the Surrey gospel on the radio as well... give it a rest ;)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 14, 2018, 10:30:53 AM
This Curran lad is half decent

Get him in at number 3
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on November 14, 2018, 10:47:27 AM
Sam  shows he has the temperament for 3 also with 64 top scorer for England  this. Innings.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 14, 2018, 11:29:27 AM
NUT
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 14, 2018, 12:22:41 PM
Sam  shows he has the temperament for 3 also with 64 top scorer for England  this. Innings.

def impressive so far. Seems to read the situation well for a youngster and he is doing a Chris Woakes type job down the order. At present justifying why England rate him so highly.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 14, 2018, 12:41:51 PM
IF England can get to 230/250, I suspect that would be a competitive score if the ball is turning already.
Just hope the wicket stays lively and deteriorates!  ;) Although these are the kind of wickets that Sri Lanka are more used to batting and bowling on.
Home advantage in these conditions will at least make life intertesting.

if there is luck with the toss, which we have had so far, batting first is the only option, this pitch only predicted to last about half an hour so runs on the board are gold dust.

the top may bust open tomorrow and its then you see, just like the old days, the value of quality behind the stumps

im not a keeper having only done it once is a game when the regular keeper turned up smashed but its wonderful to see a top class keeper

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 14, 2018, 12:44:09 PM
https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjK7ZnG9NPeAhUBNOwKHaraCusQFjAAegQIABAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.littlehamptongazette.co.uk%2Fsport%2Fcarlo-takes-keeping-honours-1-1129188&usg=AOvVaw3zewsTkv2uwR14wHDZpnH6 (https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjK7ZnG9NPeAhUBNOwKHaraCusQFjAAegQIABAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.littlehamptongazette.co.uk%2Fsport%2Fcarlo-takes-keeping-honours-1-1129188&usg=AOvVaw3zewsTkv2uwR14wHDZpnH6)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: WalkingWicket37 on November 14, 2018, 12:53:03 PM
Can we calm down about Sam Curran please.

The lad has undoubtedly got serious talent, but is he really the answer at number 3? If he's flourishing down the order why change it, let him continue as he is as he's doing a fine job, no need to throw him into an unfamiliar position and risk ruining him this early in his career.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 14, 2018, 01:10:37 PM
Can we calm down about Sam Curran please.

The lad has undoubtedly got serious talent, but is he really the answer at number 3? If he's flourishing down the order why change it, let him continue as he is as he's doing a fine job, no need to throw him into an unfamiliar position and risk ruining him this early in his career.
Yep, easy to imagine him ending up higher up the order than 8 in years to come but he's not even got a first class ton yet - just enjoy him bashing it about for now! Remember how excited we all got about Broad's batting..?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 14, 2018, 01:13:53 PM
Can we calm down about Sam Curran please.

The lad has undoubtedly got serious talent, but is he really the answer at number 3? If he's flourishing down the order why change it, let him continue as he is as he's doing a fine job, no need to throw him into an unfamiliar position and risk ruining him this early in his career.

My comment was, of course, not serious

He is making himself a pretty important member of the team though
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 14, 2018, 01:18:20 PM
My comment was, of course, not serious

He is making himself a pretty important member of the team though

he is keeping Woakes out of the side. I think for that reason we need to be going nuts about a potential Lara/wasim akram cross  :)

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 14, 2018, 01:55:58 PM
Turning quite a long way already

89-4, good score from here? 250?

We will need the three spinners!!

Akila bowling and there seems to be a definite straightening but whether itís illegal is anyoneís guess

id have taken 250 when buttler went!

285 massive plus with the wicket doing planty

if ti breaks up tomorrow we could be in bother second innings and i reckon we need at least 100 run lead going into the third innings of the game to make it safe.

If Sri Lanka can get close then we could easily lose this game, another good couple of sessions tomorrow and its as good as over i reckon

really enjoying seeing us not just compete but actually be on top in an away series for all but a couple of sessions!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 14, 2018, 02:30:20 PM
anyone else catch the pce with Thorpe this morning early on the 2001 win and playing spin

superb stuff one of my favourite players who could play genuine pace and came up with a plan in Pakistan and Lanka

its superb stuff do watch if you can
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: InternalTraining on November 14, 2018, 02:49:08 PM
What a talented bunch of young players! Foakes, Curran et-al...
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 14, 2018, 03:40:12 PM
anyone else catch the pce with Thorpe this morning early on the 2001 win and playing spin

superb stuff one of my favourite players who could play genuine pace and came up with a plan in Pakistan and Lanka

its superb stuff do watch if you can

yeah it was excellent, loved seeing how he adapted following the loss in galle and starting to look hit hit back over murali's head.

it looks like he's brought that into the one day side and maybe he should replace ramps as test batting coach!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 14, 2018, 05:07:10 PM
indeed.

actually back -in-the-day he was on his own playing spin for us, Gooch of course was superb but that was few years before Thorpe. If I remember correct Thorpe played one inning getting a ton virtually with singles and the odd 2....

proving how he could adapt in the sub continent. Like a lot of players now he played off the back foot back then....

in complete contrast to that skill, he also gave it back too the Aussies and was never intimidated

all in all...a lot to like about his batting for us  :)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 14, 2018, 05:37:52 PM
Reckon that will be on demand? Would love to see that, Thorpe was my favorite player as a lad. I had the full Bubble gear in homage

It was either Sri Lanka or Pakistan where he was scratching the practice tracks up on a length with his spikes to replicate match conditions.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: DorsetDan on November 14, 2018, 06:54:46 PM
Reckon that will be on demand? Would love to see that, Thorpe was my favorite player as a lad. I had the full Bubble gear in homage

It was either Sri Lanka or Pakistan where he was scratching the practice tracks up on a length with his spikes to replicate match conditions.

I didn't catch it during the broadcast but this is probably the one: https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/11545532/thorpes-batting-demo (https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/11545532/thorpes-batting-demo)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: stevat on November 14, 2018, 06:56:07 PM
Thorpe was a very thoughtful player, loved it when a plan came together. Great strategist with regards to his batting. Loved watching him bat, and of course that Kook gear always looked great.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Duck Duck Mongoose on November 14, 2018, 11:57:20 PM
I used to love Thorpe til he screwed his clubmate Alex Tudor over for his only ever chance at a test ton. That was pretty low
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 15, 2018, 06:18:52 AM
Brilliant run out from Stokes we needed that
Good morning for SL thou
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 15, 2018, 06:22:21 AM
And a brilliant catch!
Stokes in the game!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 15, 2018, 07:35:00 AM
I used to love Thorpe til he screwed his clubmate Alex Tudor over for his only ever chance at a test ton. That was pretty low

It was a test match not a benefit game. Get on with it
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 15, 2018, 07:36:10 AM
Some big turn here from Rashid! Good to see an English leg spinner ripping it
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 15, 2018, 08:35:51 AM
Roooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: csnew on November 15, 2018, 09:03:50 AM
Criminal from rashid bowling short balls with it turning so much - cutting into this lead now
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Mister Le Chiffre on November 15, 2018, 10:00:29 AM
Leach should become the lead spinner in all conditions going forward. Really good bowler
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: 19reading87 on November 15, 2018, 10:17:36 AM
Leach should become the lead spinner in all conditions going forward. Really good bowler

I agree, Leach could become one of Englandís best spinners and with age on his side itís an exciting prospect.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: csnew on November 15, 2018, 10:22:32 AM
Extremely poor from england allowing sri lanka to get a lead. On a pitch turning square why would they bowl curran - give the new ball to a spinner.

Think the spin quality from both sides has been rubbish, on a wicket like this the likes of india and pakistan would've knocked both sides over for under 150
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 15, 2018, 11:41:48 AM
Yet another opener for England!

This time jack leach

Keaton Jennings hiding behind a night watchman! Poor!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: 19reading87 on November 15, 2018, 11:45:51 AM
Yet another opener for England!

This time jack leach

Keaton Jennings hiding behind a night watchman! Poor!

Not really, this way they have protected Burns and Jennings, 1 over was bowled and Burns has taken 1 so far this tour. So, by sending Leach out it makes all is Ok for tomorrow. I think it was a good move.

Also, Jennings was at short leg for hours! He might have been shattered
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 15, 2018, 11:56:19 AM
Nothing to gain from sending one of the normal openers out to face, perfectly sensible decision and Burns/Jennings can get a good night's rest in before batting. Job well done Jack Leach (have to say I'd have been tempted to try and bomb the last ball out of the ground!)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 15, 2018, 11:59:21 AM
Not really, this way they have protected Burns and Jennings, 1 over was bowled and Burns has taken 1 so far this tour. So, by sending Leach out it makes all is Ok for tomorrow. I think it was a good move.

Also, Jennings was at short leg for hours! He might have been shattered

Iím thinking more for the morning, weíve seen how wicket fall in clusters I just think that a nightwatchmen gives them more chance of an early wicket and get their tails up

If itís jennjngs and burns walking out then itís much tougher for Sri Lanka than burns and leach
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Kulli on November 15, 2018, 12:18:45 PM
Iím thinking more for the morning, weíve seen how wicket fall in clusters I just think that a nightwatchmen gives them more chance of an early wicket and get their tails up

If itís jennjngs and burns walking out then itís much tougher for Sri Lanka than burns and leach

Or they can't even get the NW out and get mega frustrated, can work both ways. Understand it'll split option but if the openers wanted a NW then it makes sense to have one.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 15, 2018, 12:29:16 PM
this is set up for the nightwatchman to hit a big score and boost himself up the order for the next test

well who would rule it out?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on November 15, 2018, 01:15:42 PM
Leach to get 150* tomorrow and become England's new number 3!  :( :( :( :o :o :o :o

No joking aside, that was 1 of the only occasions that i fully advocate a nightwatchman. There was only 1 over left, the nightwatchman was only ever going to face. There was absolutely nothing to gain from both openers going out there. Imagine if Jennings/Burns had got one with their name on it and we had gone in overnight 0-1!!

Leach is a batter fully capable of hanging around for a while and scoring a few and if he gets out early then so be it, it's just like we are starting over.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 15, 2018, 01:27:47 PM
I like Leach a lot..he lands it so consistent on that left armers line

but seriously we don't want to be too far behind on first innings

I think...if we can we need a 200 lead and hopefully the pitch explodes when we bowl

great game this one
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 16, 2018, 06:20:46 AM
Two shocking reviews!

England in a spot of bother here too

Burns and stokes gone in quick succession

100-4
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: hammersjr on November 16, 2018, 06:36:43 AM
Two shocking reviews!

England in a spot of bother here too

Burns and stokes gone in quick succession

100-4

Same from Sri Lanka, they have lost all their reviews too.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 16, 2018, 07:02:29 AM
Yep! With burns wicket and stokes and the sl review in between it was a shocking 4 balls of test cricket
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 16, 2018, 07:19:40 AM
I've just switched on and the first ball I've seen has rolled across the ground!

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on November 16, 2018, 07:31:20 AM
What does everyone think we need as a lead to win this??

Other thing I keep on thinking is... how good would have Herath been on this wicket for SL right now!!

EDIT- going to add I am really enjoying Brad Hogg's (I think it's him) commentry on Sky
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 16, 2018, 07:41:54 AM
What does everyone think we need as a lead to win this??

Other thing I keep on thinking is... how good would have Herath been on this wicket for SL right now!!

EDIT- going to add I am really enjoying Brad Hogg's (I think it's him) commentry on Sky

200 is competitive

I'm not a fan of Hogg, he is just seeming to state the obvious. Expect a little bit more insight or intelligence from an ex pro
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 16, 2018, 07:42:47 AM
200 lead would be good
Great to see burns getting runs he played well and butler continues to bat smart for us
I think the selectors need a pat on the back there
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: hammersjr on November 16, 2018, 08:17:25 AM
Personally feel a lead of 250 is needed
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: csnew on November 16, 2018, 08:18:19 AM
4 more overs to go in this ODI, hopefully a big finish :D
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: csnew on November 16, 2018, 08:22:02 AM
No reviews left when Ali could've used one
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Kulli on November 16, 2018, 08:32:08 AM
Has a side ever lost all 10 wickets sweeping before?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: hammersjr on November 16, 2018, 09:13:37 AM
Serious knock by Root here!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 16, 2018, 09:38:39 AM
Rooty you absolute beauty!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 16, 2018, 10:11:58 AM
Just seen someone tweet in to the bbc feed asking if this counts as a hundred for root at 3 as there was a night watchman! Inventive but it may do!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 16, 2018, 10:14:16 AM
7/7 for the sweep
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 16, 2018, 10:17:38 AM
Curran gone nooo!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 16, 2018, 10:22:50 AM
Another 40/50 runs would be fab! Doesn't sound like the wicket is easy to get yourself in on though  :(
A lead of 280-300 would ensure that SL have to really bat well on a tough wicket.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 16, 2018, 10:24:59 AM
Just seen someone tweet in to the bbc feed asking if this counts as a hundred for root at 3 as there was a night watchman! Inventive but it may do!

 :)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: liscon12 on November 16, 2018, 10:25:34 AM
And Rashid has to go and mess it up
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 16, 2018, 10:26:55 AM
And Rashid has to go and mess it up

Not really, that's shambolic umpiring. Clear inside edge.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: csnew on November 16, 2018, 10:31:18 AM
Not really, that's shambolic umpiring. Clear inside edge.

Shouldn't have wasted the reviews. Simple. They are for howlers 
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: liscon12 on November 16, 2018, 10:32:44 AM
Not really, that's shambolic umpiring. Clear inside edge.
Oops, I made the comment before I saw the replay showing he'd hit it  :(
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: edge on November 16, 2018, 10:35:49 AM
Jimmy's whipped the V sticker of the back of his Slaz, looks decent! Time for Foakes to give it some humpty I think.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 16, 2018, 10:47:00 AM
This is excellent from Foakes
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 16, 2018, 10:59:20 AM
I don't know why no one else has posted this im getting a bit over excitable here

WE HAVE ENOUGH TO WIN !!! :) :) :)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 16, 2018, 11:29:06 AM
We still need to bowl well!

Although 270+ will be a tough ask!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: billyb on November 16, 2018, 11:38:16 AM
How good is Foakes! Root class, happy to see him back scoring runs.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 16, 2018, 01:51:13 PM
How good is Foakes! Root class, happy to see him back scoring runs.

wonder is anyone thinks having a high class keeper improves our team like I think it does, must give confidence to the bowlers

Bairstow I think will be back soon enough but only as a batsman
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 16, 2018, 02:01:51 PM
How on Earth do you fit Bairstow back in the team, though?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Buzz on November 16, 2018, 02:13:22 PM
Bairstow will have to bat in the top 3, at the expense of a spinner, probably in the windies. Broad or Woakes then comes in for one of the other spinners when back in England.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Jlscarroll17 on November 16, 2018, 02:14:00 PM
How on Earth do you fit Bairstow back in the team, though?

They could think about leaving Anderson out but I very much doubt that. But there could be an argument that he hasnít bowled many overs so would it merit bringing in another batsman and going with Curran and stokes as your seamers along with three spinners
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on November 16, 2018, 02:19:35 PM
They could think about leaving Anderson out but I very much doubt that. But there could be an argument that he hasnít bowled many overs so would it merit bringing in another batsman and going with Curran and stokes as your seamers along with three spinners

I know everyone suddnely loves curran but are you suggesting heís better than Anderson ? To fit Bairstow in you lose an all rounder.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 16, 2018, 02:43:15 PM
I know everyone suddnely loves curran but are you suggesting heís better than Anderson ? To fit Bairstow in you lose an all rounder.

I think itís more resting Jimmy for the ashes summer
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 16, 2018, 03:04:45 PM
Dunno why people are obsessed with Anderson and 'rest'
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on November 16, 2018, 03:11:05 PM
Bairstow will have to bat in the top 3, at the expense of a spinner, probably in the windies. Broad or Woakes then comes in for one of the other spinners when back in England.

Wouldn't it be great, though, if two spinners and a proper keeper was the default selection policy?

And if everyone would stop talking about 'first' and 'second' spinners.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Tailendfielder on November 16, 2018, 04:05:16 PM
wonder is anyone thinks having a high class keeper improves our team like I think it does, must give confidence to the bowlers

Bairstow I think will be back soon enough but only as a batsman

I agree and itís about time. Chris Read should have played more tests. We really have this mentality that our keeper needs to be a Gilchrist style aggressive counter attacking batter when itís been obvious our middle order has missed a collingwood esq player. Think foakes could be a missing piece. Bairstow will have to force his way in on batting merit which means he might have to wait a while.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: smilley792 on November 16, 2018, 04:56:45 PM
I can remember when test cricket was all about dig in. Bag long. Grind them runs out.


Today I saw in the space of 6 balls.

Buttler reverse sweep and get out(normally say rash shot, commentators just said it was his go to shot)
Root reverse sweep two balls later(no ďlost a wicket letís make sure we donít lose another here)
Moeen get off the mark with a sweep to cow for 6!!


Test cricket us seriously changed!!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: stevat on November 16, 2018, 06:50:46 PM
I can remember when test cricket was all about dig in. Bag long. Grind them runs out.


Today I saw in the space of 6 balls.

Buttler reverse sweep and get out(normally say rash shot, commentators just said it was his go to shot)
Root reverse sweep two balls later(no ďlost a wicket letís make sure we donít lose another here)
Moeen get off the mark with a sweep to cow for 6!!


Test cricket us seriously changed!!

It has, but the likes of Elgar who are willing to play a stoic innings still reap the benefits of their endeavors, that's why it's such a great game and format. There's something glorious in watching a batsman leave the ball confidently to frustrate a bowler.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: csnew on November 16, 2018, 07:45:38 PM
It has, but the likes of Elgar who are willing to play a stoic innings still reap the benefits of their endeavors, that's why it's such a great game and format. There's something glorious in watching a batsman leave the ball confidently to frustrate a bowler.

That said - South Africa have been absolutely hammered on their recent tours of Sri Lanka and India. So that approch didnít work
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: spoonbed on November 16, 2018, 08:24:25 PM
I can remember when test cricket was all about dig in. Bag long. Grind them runs out.


Today I saw in the space of 6 balls.

Buttler reverse sweep and get out(normally say rash shot, commentators just said it was his go to shot)
Root reverse sweep two balls later(no ďlost a wicket letís make sure we donít lose another here)
Moeen get off the mark with a sweep to cow for 6!!


Test cricket us seriously changed!!

On the radio earlier, they said that the reverse sweep was played a total of 27 times in all tests in 2006.
2018 and itís upwards of 250 times
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on November 16, 2018, 09:28:30 PM
That said - South Africa have been absolutely hammered on their recent tours of Sri Lanka and India. So that approch didnít work

Englsnd havenít played on a sandpit yet, two very friendly wickets to tour on
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 16, 2018, 10:20:55 PM
Englsnd havenít played on a sandpit yet, two very friendly wickets to tour on

I agree, Not on the same level as the South African series which I watched a bit of

Each day of Barmy Army drinking is worth a lot of money to these Sri Lankan grounds. What a Brit is willing to spend on a beer at cricket is probably around half a days wage to the locals.



Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Kulli on November 16, 2018, 11:55:30 PM
I agree, Not on the same level as the South African series which I watched a bit of

Each day of Barmy Army drinking is worth a lot of money to these Sri Lankan grounds. What a Brit is willing to spend on a beer at cricket is probably around half a days wage to the locals.
You mean in one visit to the bar?
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 17, 2018, 05:40:16 AM
THE NUT
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 17, 2018, 09:03:36 AM
Rashid has got to be taken off here he is leaking too many runs from long hops.

Squeaky bum time in this one but we need to be much tighter.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: alexhilly1492 on November 17, 2018, 09:14:06 AM
Rashid has been awful!

Root left him on way too long!

A sharp barrage from stokes right about now would be good
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: csnew on November 17, 2018, 09:17:07 AM
Ali going at 4s too.

Spinners offering no control
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 17, 2018, 09:22:11 AM
I think the Sri Lankans may just chase this down.
The 300 is always going to be competitive, but if Sri Lanka bat well enough to chase it down and keep their heads, then you just have to say "Well batted chaps!"
It's not over yet as 2 quick wickets could change everything. But I just sense this could make it 1-1.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: thegowerwaft on November 17, 2018, 10:02:50 AM
With Matthews gone... gonna be a nail-biter. Edit - just as you post, another gone.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: petehosk on November 17, 2018, 10:07:22 AM
Well - whatever the result, this has been how Test cricket should be most of the time  :D
Still not over yet!!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: rickjames on November 17, 2018, 10:10:27 AM
EL NUTTO
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 17, 2018, 10:39:25 AM
It's Mo again with the crucial wicket of Matthews.

him and leach have been the best on show on either side.

I don't know if Ali is a batsman who bowls a bit, our number 1 spinner or a keeper he gets wickets and that is all that matters

 :)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: smilley792 on November 17, 2018, 12:10:40 PM
Rashid more economical This innings than mo and leach.

Still gets abuse on here for being awful and leaking runs...............
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: DorsetDan on November 17, 2018, 12:21:05 PM
Broad on his bowling
https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/cricket/11556343/broad-in-training (https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/cricket/11556343/broad-in-training)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on November 17, 2018, 12:30:12 PM
Rashid more economical This innings than mo and leach.

Still gets abuse on here for being awful and leaking runs...............

Safe to say none of them have performed well enough rather than picking out one individual
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on November 17, 2018, 01:19:14 PM
We're great. Oh, hold on, maybe we"re not.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 17, 2018, 02:13:03 PM
Safe to say none of them have performed well enough rather than picking out one individual

Around 05.10 tomorrow we are going to win an away series in Sri Lanka with a game to spare

I would argue that all 3 have been good enough. In fact I would genuinely say that the whole 11 has contributed something important to at least 1 game

Stop moaning
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: jamesisapayne on November 17, 2018, 02:52:49 PM
Safe to say none of them have performed well enough rather than picking out one individual

Have we been watching the same game?

All 3 spinners have been great, Leach and Ali especially.

I really do wonder what people expect of our players sometimes. These first 2 tests have been fabulous entertainment all round and both teams could have won either one. What more do people want - every single player and the team to be the best in history, to never make a mistake or have an off day. Jesus.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Seniorplayer on November 17, 2018, 04:15:09 PM
 Don't believe this series has been a proper test of England's new guys.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on November 17, 2018, 04:19:41 PM
Have we been watching the same game?

All 3 spinners have been great, Leach and Ali especially.

I really do wonder what people expect of our players sometimes. These first 2 tests have been fabulous entertainment all round and both teams could have won either one. What more do people want - every single player and the team to be the best in history, to never make a mistake or have an off day. Jesus.

Great ??

Rashids multiple full tosses and half trackers
Ali and leach not showing the ability to create pressure through dot balls.

Theyíve done a job sure but hardly worthy of over hyping. Of course, if youíve only watched highlights then you probably tbf wouldnít have seen it so would think theyíve bowled Worldie

Still, itís been an enjoyable test regardless to whether you believe this side is destined for greatness or not.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: SOULMAN1012 on November 17, 2018, 04:41:19 PM
Don't believe this series has been a proper test of England's new guys.

Possibly but I think itís good that they get a couple of series under there belts against some or the lesser Quality sides away from home to start to learn about test cricket and fit into the squad etc before being thrown in the deeper end. After all we know how they play etc in England.
Think Burns has done well so far, shame he ran himself out 1st innings, Leach looks good as well so far. Still room for improvement I agree but none the less solid, confident starts especially if we, as I expect win the test series 3-0
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: RPC/Blueroom Cricket - Adie on November 17, 2018, 04:52:56 PM
Possibly but I think itís good that they get a couple of series under there belts against some or the lesser Quality sides away from home to start to learn about test cricket and fit into the squad etc before being thrown in the deeper end. After all we know how they play etc in England.
Think Burns has done well so far, shame he ran himself out 1st innings, Leach looks good as well so far. Still room for improvement I agree but none the less solid, confident starts especially if we, as I expect win the test series 3-0

Agree about blooding players vs weaker oppos is the best strategy. However, people seem to go overboard and start declaring they are suddenly great after a few games
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 17, 2018, 05:20:20 PM
Great ??

Rashids multiple full tosses and half trackers
Ali and leach not showing the ability to create pressure through dot balls.

Theyíve done a job sure but hardly worthy of over hyping. Of course, if youíve only watched highlights then you probably tbf wouldnít have seen it so would think theyíve bowled Worldie

Still, itís been an enjoyable test regardless to whether you believe this side is destined for greatness or not.

One person used the word Great, probably not meaning it in its true sense, and you are losing your mind over it

I'm fairly certain most England supporters on this forum know they are a long way from the finished article but are pleased that they are doing well in foreign conditions. And are happy when we win!

You on the other hand - when we lose whiteball cricket is to blame. When we win abroad its still not good enough

Really quite a strange old fish. Do you smile at Christmas?

Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 17, 2018, 05:46:15 PM
Yeah whoever used the term great I think was more on future potential, we know what he meant. An overseas series win these days is pretty rare, we are good at home like most countries, not so good away. A superb India side came here in the summer and we still won comfortably in the end...

So if we do win tommorow it's a fantastic achievement for a newish side but SL are not as strong as they were..we are  still,however,battling conditions, the pitches and the heat....so yes excellent from us

Spinners wise I don't see it like some on here, leach and Ali have been good, Moeen leaks runs but generally get wickets, Leach is a bit like Panesar...right on the money pretty consistent to give Root control.

Rashid is good but Root seems to use him just to clean out the tail...I'm not sure that's enough but they are bowling as a unit.

More generally regarding the comments, most on here know their cricket, different opinions of course but that's the nature of the ameteur game and the forum reflects that
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: csnew on November 17, 2018, 10:51:47 PM
One of the worst Sri Lanka line ups ever. Wouldnít get carried away with this one.

Rain expected tomorrow - could be an interesting 15-20 overs
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 18, 2018, 05:46:36 AM
We did it!! leach and Ali wrap up the win  :)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 18, 2018, 08:13:27 AM
I think the selectors did well to pick a team with the correct balance in Asia.

And a good day for the County Championship when the leading English batsman, keeper and spinner from the last season or 2 have all come into the team and been big contributors. Hopefully all are here to stay

Be nice to avoid defeat in the final Test, build some momentum going into the Windies and then really go hard at the convicts next summer
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: ppccopener on November 18, 2018, 08:27:14 AM
Talk of resting Anderson for the third and stone coming in according to Sky which makes sense.

That leaves Bairstow out till the West Indies tour where we would play one less spinner maybe even thou their pitches have spun in recent years.

There's a door ajar for a number 3 long term, YJB needs to forget what's gone before and walk thru that door.

3 might be a bit high but.......

It would be far better for Root to bat 3 and swap with Bairstow coming in 4 but that won't happen, Root wants 4 like Pieterson always did
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: LateBloomer on November 18, 2018, 08:34:14 AM
Talk of resting Anderson for the third and stone coming in according to Sky which makes sense.

That leaves Bairstow out till the West Indies tour where we would play one less spinner maybe even thou their pitches have spun in recent years.

There's a door ajar for a number 3 long term, YJB needs to forget what's gone before and walk thru that door.

3 might be a bit high but.......

It would be far better for Root to bat 3 and swap with Bairstow coming in 4 but that won't happen, Root wants 4 like Pieterson always did

Would be good to see Stone get a run out for sure

Nice paid holiday for Stuart Broad. Caribbean next, not a bad life. He deserves it for going right through Australia at Trent Bridge that time
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on November 18, 2018, 08:50:47 AM
Also talk that Curran is not fit to bowl so he he might not play in the 3rd test
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Manormanic on November 18, 2018, 09:46:49 AM
This is a better win than the first game because the conditions were that much more alien, and Sri Lanka actually turned up.  Be interesting to see what they do for the last game - I suspect Stone will come in for Curran if the rumours about his fitness are true.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on November 18, 2018, 09:50:49 AM
How terrible that the spinners weren't doing their job.  ;)
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Alvaro on November 18, 2018, 11:26:05 AM
Iíd rather have a functioning team over great players. Enjoy England winning away.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: jamesisapayne on November 18, 2018, 11:50:03 AM
19 Sri Lankan wickets falling to spin this test.

Safe to say none of them have performed well enough? Yeah ok :)

Love watching spinners in tandem, especially leggies/left arm at one end and offies at the other. Both edges of the bat come into play and the over rates are good.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: six and out on November 18, 2018, 03:00:02 PM
Was just thinking if Curran is injured, do we have a realistic  chance of finally seeing Stokes, Foakes, Woakes in the same team!  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Duck Duck Mongoose on November 18, 2018, 04:35:36 PM
Was just thinking if Curran is injured, do we have a realistic  chance of finally seeing Stokes, Foakes, Woakes in the same team!  :D :D :D

Cue the barmy army singing the okey kokey ad nauseam... Woah the Stokesy Foaksey Woaksey
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: Bats_Entertainment on November 18, 2018, 05:03:19 PM
19 Sri Lankan wickets falling to spin this test.

Love watching spinners in tandem, especially leggies/left arm at one end and offies at the other. Both edges of the bat come into play and the over rates are good.

With a top class keeper behind the stumps? Me too!

All we need now is to stop the nonsense first/ second spinner talk!
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: jamesisapayne on November 18, 2018, 06:59:50 PM
With a top class keeper behind the stumps? Me too!

Foakes was faultless with the gloves in both matches. It's a real skill to make keeping wicket look that easy. He's got some pair of hands that lad.
Title: Re: Sri Lanka vs England test series
Post by: billyb on November 18, 2018, 10:30:33 PM
Foakes was faultless with the gloves in both matches. It's a real skill to make keeping wicket look that easy. He's got some pair of hands that lad.

To my eye he looks more natural than the other two behind the sticks... Like wicket-keeping was what he was born to do. He's just so, so good.