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Trott and Morgan!!

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This partnership is very very good!! Trott over night is 175* not out and Morgan is 40* not out on his debut!! Now Trott should be looking to hit a high double hundred or maybe even a triple hundred!!Morgan should be looking at a madien test century and my god does he deserve!! they both hav been in good knock lets hope they can continue that into tomorrow!! Well done lads!

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posted May 27, 2010

"Bell, by not capitalising on the beautiful Lord's conditions, has put himself squarely under the microscope, again."

No, he hasn't, except in the eyes of those who are always quick to criticise him.

He played a gutsy Ashes-winning innings against the Aussies. He played as well as anyone in SA, including under pressure situations. He did fine in Bangladesh. Now, in decent bowling conditions on a pitch which offered the bowlers something extra, he got out to a decent (not great, but certainly not bad) ball. It changes absolutely nothing, it's one innings, lay off the guy seriously.

Ironically, KP's test form has been scratchier for somewhat longer, and his troubles with left-arm spin have been highly-documented. Yet he doesn't find himself behind the 8-ball?

The bias of some people on here is laughably palpable.

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posted May 27, 2010

here here craig

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posted May 27, 2010

Craig, couldn't agree more. I get really annoyed with all the Bell bashers on this, and most other websites. It appears to me that a lot of people still haven't forgiven Bell for his poor showing in the 2005 ashes. Ever since then he doesn't get the credit he deserves. Clearly he hasn't always been brilliant, which he is the first to admit, but he has been playing very well for England of late. Better than Pietersen, in the test side and yet a truly dreadful shot from KP, again, gets no coverage and Bell's not great shot gets blasted. I think it's about time people got off his back and support him and realise that he is a pretty decent player.

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comment by JA (U14302891)

posted May 27, 2010

" comment by splendidsparrow (U8536572)

posted 1 Hour Ago

A couple of English battters find themselves behind the 8-ball:"

I agree, Trott and Pietersen should certainly be concerned.

Trott at least got some runs against this third rate line up, but having failed in S Africa he needs to prove his text in 2009 wasn't a fluke. In SA he averaged 27, Bell averaged almost 45.
Pietersen was even worse in SAfrica (25) - and hasn't scored a hundred in 18 innings since the port of spain test where everyone made hundreds.

Why would Bell be the one under scrutiny, except that the press refuse to criticise Pietersen?

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posted May 27, 2010

Anybody got stats for Bell's stats for his county this season ?

I have a feeling that they are not good.

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posted May 27, 2010

Bell's stats not that good in the championship so far, excellent in CB-40. So almost Morgan like.
Bell was out to a good ball nipping back down the slope according to all the reports. On TV they showed the deviation.
Why would Bell be under scrutiny? He didn't give his wicket away. And is anyone seriously suggesting that you can have a really good winter top scoring and then one innings puts you under scrutiny?
As for Morgan he is being treated like a magic bullet. Despite failing badly in the IPL he picked up his game for the England in the Twenty-20 competition. On the back of his performance in one-day cricket he is now in the Test side. Last year he couldn't score runs for the worst County team in England. He's not been tested in the long form of the game by decent bowling. Today he ballooned the ball up into the air twice. Better fielders might have been put into positions to catch them by better sides. Test cricket isn't Twenty-20. Risky shots work in Twenty-20. In Test cricket the odds are against you. In Morgan's favour he did restrain himself once his shots went awry. He has a lot to learn. I'm worried that world class bowlers will expose his lack of experience.

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comment by Silk (U1717598)

posted May 28, 2010

These tests are a complete joke. No one (at least no batsman) is going to be judged on them.

To put this into context, Bell averaged 297 the last time Bangladesh toured, but it didn't count, because it was 'only' Bangladesh.

The series against Pakistan, particularly if Shoaib, Asif and Kanaria play, will be a real test.

Hopefully Trott will make a stackful of runs against Pakistan and cement his place @ 3.

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posted May 28, 2010

Bangladesh were very timid yesterday. Their field placings were defensive even to new batsmen and not really putting the debutant Morgan under pressure when he arrived at the crease, showed a distinct inexperience of captaincy.
It seems they were resigned to defeat before play began and are just going through the motions, until the inevitable happens.

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posted May 28, 2010

Don't worry about statistics,both these guys can play.I saw Bell save a test match in Cape Town in January-he's already proven at test level,and Morgan obviously has all the shots,terrific hand-eye coordination,great teperament-it's all there.You can only gain experience by playing.A bit of credit is due to the selectors who are picking the best talent from the county scene.

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posted May 28, 2010

Poor old Penis. Still sore!! Dry your eyes you big moaning whinger!!! You lost! Get over it pal!! IBatLikePhilWho..... didn't hear much from you after your T20 thrashing the other day kid!!! All VERY quiet on the Aussie front!! You don't seem to practice what you preach my friend, but that's just your typical Aussie traits coming out I suppose! Bad winners and bad losers!! As I have mentioned before. "Will it be witchcraft, will it be the toss.... we'll have to wait and see....!" ha ha ha

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