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It is a big century by Shane.He is a very aggressive one down batter.Congratulations.Dr. Cajetan Coelho
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You just know cricket Australia has sent the ECB $100,000,000,000 dollars so they would pick a weak side. Otherwise if England got to Australia after another rout, there would only be the Barmy Army a hot dog seller and a fat dog in the stadium. You have to give them hope for now or Christmas would already be ruined in Australia. Better to ruin it at the last moment when the presents are wrapped.
England time wasting is poor. Football is not the best comparison but at least time wasters get a booking - cricket umpires need to be firmer and the authorities should act as well.This is not in the best interests of the game and the paying public.
@289.EarlsfieldOwl, THis told the selectors and england more about Woakes and Kerrigan than any county Game.In regards to Woakes not doing well this season a batting average of 42 and bowling of 26 suggests otherwise.
#286 - has Kerrigan been hit on the head by a bouncer? I can see the comparison, 1 test but the circs are very different..Kerrigan is only 24, Lloyd much older when he played. Kerrigan has been picked too early - an incorrect selection but will get another chance if he continues to progress. Lloyd still the only opening Test batsmen never to be dismissed at Test level.
I'm no expert, but I thought Root's three wickets earlier in this series looked pretty good! If there's not going to be enough spin bowled for two specialist spinners, why not let Root and Pietersen have a crack?
#282 AntonFast forward a few months to that little matter of an ashes series down under. I know you are not suggesting only taking one spinner on tour. So who will the 2nd one be? Monty has to be a major doubt now. Tredwell? ... give me a break. So now is the perfect time to try out someone the selectors clearly have in mind to make the trip. Hence playing Kerrigan.
Agreed - Cook needs to bowl Kerrigan - we don't want another Andy Lloyd.
Not really fussed about the result of this match, the series is won and the urn retained. I think the selectors were right to blood a couple of of hopefuls, ok so it didn't go exactly the way as planned, things usually never do. Cook needs to back Kerrigan though, bowling him for 8 overs then hiding him like a frightened rabbit will only shatter his confidence, get him back in the saddle.
282. Woakes is an issue - not a sparkling season yet he still gets selected. Lets hope he bats better than he bowls.Surely New Zealand in April/May would have been the time to blood these guys?
I really dont understand why people are getting so het up about whether England win or lose/At OT we were told by regular posters Kerrigan had to play, it had to be a 5 man attack with 2 spinners, the oval, the only other test ground that spins like OT, they done this and you still arnt happy with a 3-0 (3-1) series win.
Selecting Woakes is not the issue as he may well prove to be an adequate replacement for Bairstow, but it's Kerrigan ahead of Tremlett or Finn when there was absolutely no need to play a second spinner. I have always believed if your main spinner is good enough then there is no reason to play a second one. Spinners can bowl whole day from one end.
Yes Earlsfield, as I said yesterday, I suspect Kerrigan will remain a passenger for the rest of the match. If he bounces back and takes wickets in the second inns, then I'll eat my words. Woakes is going to owe us some runs here, to justify his selection. Our weakness has been our batting in this series. So we change the bowling formula, and further weaken the batting. Madness.
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