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#399"Any Eng team since 1988 90/4 overnight would have been bowled out by lunch"1988? You forget Rorke's Drift 1995. And numerous innings rescued by Paul Collingwood. But yes, any team since Colly retired would have folded before lunch. As you say, it's good to see some backbone in the England team at last.
#426Agree with all of that.That said I would never bother to watch India, unless they are playing against the mighty England so I can only access Ashwins performances on what he does against us, which as we can remember was attrocious in his own back yard, and together with Kohlis lack of skill gave us a nice and easy series victory.
In my opinion Ohja is India's best spinner. He wasn't at his best in the recent series against Australia but he missed the first two Tests through injury. He was certainkly better than Ashwin against England. Jadeja is in fine form at the moment but as I've said previously he's neither a specialist batsman nor a specialist bowler.
Ashwin is the best spin bowler, not Jadeja ( Jadeja comes second )
@420. JadejaRevs on par with a specialist. Trajectory is very controlled.Clean bowling or lbw or edged catches speak to accuracy and deception. Recent tests 8 , 6 , 7 (1 run out), 5 wickets. But I rate him highly because he is effective in the widest range of conditions, accurate, and has the most precise control over ball trajectory.
419Must say I forgot about Guppy. Ive not seen him much in international cricket, but as a Derbys fan, Ive seen pleanty of him, and he can be truly devastating. Any team who can overlook him must be pretty good. Could he bat at 3? RutherfordFultonGuptilWilliamsonTaylorMcCullumWatlingVettoriSoutheeBracewellBoultLooks a decent side to me. Not 8th in the world!
OliverThanks for that. I suspect that most NZ fans are just pleased that the team seems to have turned a bit of corner with this last series. I just hope they show the same grit and application over here.
@419, if NZ had a full strength squad to select from at the moment I think the only change they'd make would be Vettori for Martin. It's hard to believe that NZ went into this series without three of their intended eleven. Fulton and Wagner were two of the stars of the series but only played because of injuries to Guptill and Bracewell.
@409, the art of spin bowling is in serious trouble if Ravi Jadeja is the best spinner in the world at the moment! He's a classic example of a "bits and pieces" cricketer. He's a useful batsman and bowler but doesn't specialise at either! And I think you'll find Robin Petersen is currently South Africa's number one spinner, not Johan Botha.
Just wanted to give the NZ fans who come on here some credit. Unlike the opposition fans from a number of series, the New Zealand posts have been generally good banter, and gracious. Not to say that Eng fans are always innocent, but thanks so much for a refreshing change.How NZ are 8th in the world is beyond me. Add Vettori/Bracewell, and youre just one batsman away from a pretty serious side.
Well done England for a great rear-guard action on Day 5. Proud display by the kiwis but we weren't quite good enough. The last day stopped the nation.An excellent series hard fought by two good sides, and the final test showed yet again how absolutely gripping test cricket can be, even if it doesn't produce a result. Yes I know a draw is a result - but you know what I mean.
416.Would be nice to have some highlights though (I seem to recall in the dim mists of my brain that the beeb used to do this at least).I do remember staying up all night to watch WC matches on the BBC.IAC should be possible these days with le rouge button.
394.Mike Logan################################################BBC TV have never in history covered an away test match and the last time they covered at home test match was 15 years ago. You might be interested but BBC TV are definitely not.
As an aside, you know you're getting old when players you remember well (Paul Reiffel) are umpires. Mind you, maybe he should have stuck to playing...
Charismatic Prior continues to blossom in different circumstances. With Bell as ally and colleagues standing tall in testing conditions, Prior was able to snatch an exciting and an honorable draw for the Lions. What a terrific advertisement for Test Cricket ! Centurion Prior has played one of the most memorable innings in recent times. Congrats to the players and their fans.Dr. Cajetan Coelho
Yes the conclusion to this game was a great advert for Test cricket but I'm sorry 2nd best drawing with 2nd worst isn't anything to be proud of for England. England should have won this series and they didn't step up. I think they will win at home comfortably but Ind/Aus and NZ/Eng have just shown how superior SA are at the moment
Can't say I am happy because England should have beaten NZ in the series, instead they had to fight to save their dignity and in the process have lost 6 rating points. England were poor and NZ were excellent with a team of rookies. McCullum is a far better captain than Cook and he lead his team with passion. Cook lacked attacking skills, intent and his batting form was rubbish. NZ very good.
The positives for England in this series were five centuries (Cook, Trott, Prior and Compton (2)), and two six-wicket hauls (Broad and Finn). Three of England's five innings each occupied more than 140 overs.Player ratings: Root, Panesar, Bairstow 5; Pietersen, Anderson 6; Cook, Bell, Broad, Finn 7; Compton, Trott 8; Prior 9...
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