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Morning everyone,Here's the live text commentary of day five of the first Test in Chittagong. news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cri... 606 will be open for business at 0900 GMT - will England have wrapped up victory by then? Or will Bangladesh still be grimly hanging on?Do get involved and join the debate.
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posted Mar 16, 2010
Stargazer - what a foolish remark. If putting forward logical statements is aggressive, then I plead guilty.
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Silk, it's fair to say that Bresnan held the attack together as Broad faded out of the match. he doesn't convince me either as the guy to roll over the Aussies in Perth, but for a guy with just 2 Tests he did his job.The selectors have been left with some real posers here. They were too conservative with the team selection for this Test: even most of the people who wanted the extra batsman now feel that we needed the extra bowler more.It will be interesting to see how the selectors react. I wonder if Stuart Broad was completely fit over the last two days. It is also, as was pointed-out, curious that having touted Collingwood as our 5th bowler for this Test, not a single delivery did he bowl, even when a big partnership developed. I wonder what the story behind that is...
Stargazer - what a foolish remark. If putting forward logical statements is aggressive, then I plead guilty.-----Final comment to you. Did pointing out to another poster who disagreed with you that you are six foot four and would "probably tower over him" count as a logical argument, reasonably put?
Stargazer - he address me as little man, I think my reply was appropriate.Incidentally, I did exaggerate, I'm in fact only 6'3".
Everyone seems to have forgotten about Prior.I couldn't really understand why England batted on after 434 but Prior was on 0* same as Bell at close of play. In the first innings he had been 0* when they declared.No team goes in with five batsmen. It just doesn't happen. Either you have an all rounder at 6 like Flintoff or you have a wicketkeeper batsman like Prior.Prior had to have some time in the middle but he was soon out for 7.There have been worries about Prior batting at 6 for a while. Is he really a No 6 batsman which seems to bedevil England as much as the No 3 spot. Or is he a No 7?This is no easy matter. Going with a batsman light is not an option even in Bangladesh especially as your opening bat is a debutant, your No 3 hasn't performed and your No 4 is still finding his feet.The management and Strauss didn't like the way Trott panicked at 3 in the Wanderers but to be fair to Trott he usually bats at 4 for Warks after Bell and puts in very useful grinding runs. What is getting Trott out is when he is asked to accelerate.Everyone seems to forget also with talk of a flat pitch that England lost six batsmen in the second innings for not many runs.There is a tendency to lump everything together. The pitch flattened out as Bangladesh said it would - their reason for bowling first.The bowling was poor on the first day and more importantly the fielding was abysmal.On the second day bowling and fielding had tightened up.By the third day better still from Bangladesh.Their spin bowling on day 2 and 3 was not rubbish at all. Listen to the commentary.Commentators like to deal in big statements not analysis.England should beware. Bangladesh could take heart from this game.In 2003 England scores at Dhaka were not very high. First innings 293 in response to 203. Bangladesh second innings 255. England needed 164.That is why England are in a dilemma. Bangladesh batting has improved. If Prior or Carberry/Trott had performed no problem.But given Broad's vulnerability to heatstroke, they may have to go with five bowlers or replace Broad.Trott or Carberry? Who is likely to offer the most runs? Because Bangladesh move quickly onto spinners with the new ball I would open with Trott.
Yawn.... the Aussies are quaking in their boots awaiting this English(nee Saffer) team.
Yawn...perhaps they might beat us this time.
Good result, hard work and application but please please England get over this fear of your batsmen failing and pick 5 bowlers!
Well said Badger. It seems rather strange for the Aussies to be so dismissive when they aren't holding the Ashes - twice in 4 years.
posted Mar 17, 2010
Anyone think England might struggle the next time we play in Bangladesh? They're a really good young team in the same way Sri Lanka were in the early 90sI think anyone calling the pace bowlers mediocre didn't watch the match. Bresnan was the pick of the 3: you wouldn't fancy him to bowl Australia out on that pitch, but to be fair if we faced Australia on that pitch the onus is on the batsmen not to collapse, call it a draw and move on. Broad clearly wasn't fit enough to be one of a four man attack - the big worry over quality is in the back up pace bowling. Finn looked like he could become a test bowler - let's give him a chance for the next three tests at least. What was mediocre was the team selection that left Cook without a second spinner - if he couldn't enforce the follow on because his bowlers were tired then it took one decent 2nd innings stand from Bangladesh to make sure that the bowlers are struggling to recover for the 2nd test.... and that is in a team that has numbers 6,7 & 8 averaging over 30 in tests and Bresnan and Tredwell with a bit of batting potential as well.
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