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leon

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Indians trying to deflect attention from their poor batting this series. Both teams batting weak, similar to this Ashes series, but Indian output has markedly deteriorated since the 1st test. They're under the pump.
Haven't been able to watch this series but what have the wickets been like - greentops to start tests? Does that explain limited batting successes?
 

marella jube

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Not green tops but pitches with good bounce suiting the hosts largely pace attack. Bumrah, Shami & co. enjoying the conditions too. Indian batting very undisciplined. Too much white ball cricket perhaps ?

Good viewing. Low scoring but not dull. South Africans appear to have a find in beanpole left arm quick Janzen, who's grown into the series, along with Petersen.
 
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leon

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Labuschagne's dismissal peak hilarity
Just ridiculous. Weird for statistically 'the leading world batsman'. Really liked the aggressive counter-attack he led with Head with nearly every shot a 4. But walking right across your off-stump prior to the ball being bowled every ball is bound to be unraveled at Test level with bowlers as experienced as Broad. T20 only tactic.

Embarrassing dismissal but better to see him attacking with his bat again rather all the histrionic leaves.
 
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leon

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Top innings from Head but really odd to throw it away immediately after when he was right on top ... mostly.

Quality application, controlled innings from Green for half-century. Time for Carey to really step up.
 

pete and tys

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Well the green top has settled down quickly..must have been sweaty under the covers.
Aussies should have sent in the tail before Smith .
Looks like it will now be a high scoring game and the grass should prevent it breaking up.
Aussies will need 300 plus. Green looks very good finally..what a handy player.
Root will have a lot of bowling to do.
 

leon

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Clearly these last two tests should have been played in the sporting capital of Australia (arguably world?) as mooted at the time. All this unreliable and wet weather and rain delays is going to cost us a 5-0 Pyrrhic Ashes victory.

In Melbourne, we make sure it hardly rains at all during playing hours. :D:D
 

royce67

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Clearly these last two tests should have been played in the sporting capital of Australia (arguably world?) as mooted at the time. All this unreliable and wet weather and rain delays is going to cost us a 5-0 Pyrrhic Ashes victory.

In Melbourne, we make sure it hardly rains at all during playing hours. :D:D
Perfect weather here from 11-6 aka proper cricket hours.
Can't help it if the umps misapply the playing conditions as I outlined a few days ago.
 

leon

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Perfect weather here from 11-6 aka proper cricket hours.
Can't help it if the umps misapply the playing conditions as I outlined a few days ago.
No idea what you posted a few days ago. But relax. thought it was pretty clear I am kidding around. Spot the smilies.
 

royce67

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No idea what you posted a few days ago. But relax. thought it was pretty clear I am kidding around. Spot the smilies.
Leon, I'm fully aware you were joking and I don't require *smile* smilies. Don't take yourself so seriously.
To elaborate, my post was in relation to the (mis)application of poor playing condition rules by the umpires.
 
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leon

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Leon, I'm fully aware you were joking and I don't require *smile* smilies. Don't take yourself so seriously. Ok but you seemed to do just that.


Anyone who knows Melbourne knows it has fickle weather. However, far more reliable than Sydney - 16 days of test cricket lost over recent years.
Somehow this got all screwed up; my initial sentence in response got deleted, but it was to the effect that you seemed to be the one taking yourself seriously re a throwaway line: '(mis)application of poor playing condition rules by the umpires.'
 
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Well the green top has settled down quickly..must have been sweaty under the covers.
Aussies should have sent in the tail before Smith .
Looks like it will now be a high scoring game and the grass should prevent it breaking up.
Aussies will need 300 plus. Green looks very good finally..what a handy player.
Root will have a lot of bowling to do.
I thought this at the time, too.
Would have been a gutsy call.
Bradman did this in the second innings at Melbourne in 1936/37, even opened with #9, #11 and then #10 from the first innings, and then he and Fingleton put on 346 for the sixth wicket.
 
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TigerMasochist

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Green looks very good finally..what a handy player.
Young fella starting to look like he's putting all the little bits together into the total package.
Batted very well against India last summer, but couldn't buy a wicket.
First few tests against the Poms chipped in nicely with important wickets off limited bowling opportunities, but couldn't scrounge a run.

Runs have started to flow again in his last couple of innings n wickets are still coming so it looks like he'll be a ripping player.

Pity he got sucked in by some short stuff n a leg side field before he got his hundred, he's got some fearsome beast mode when he loosens the shoulders.
 

Leysy Days

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Reading back through the thread a lot of over reaction to the pitch.

Test batsmen should be tested on the first morning of a test.

This pitch also promotes good stroke play. Curator looks to have done a good job.

BTW India are a bunch of sore losers.
 
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tigerman

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The transformation in Heads batting has been impressive.
At times a couple of years ago he was flat out hitting the ball off the square. He has obviously evaluated his game, worked on a few things and is now reaping the rewards, good on him.
 
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bigwow

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Thought the Poms ran out of ideas in the middle session, and by the end of the day, Wood's bowling with no slips, and men on the boundary, admittedly he was bowling crap, and got a cheapy when Green holed out. Lucky it rained, or they'd be playing for free again, they were so far behind the over rate.
 

Streak

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Thought the Poms ran out of ideas in the middle session, and by the end of the day,

Was amazing really.

They had us 3 for 12 doing the one thing they haven't done all series, starting the day bowling a consistently good length just outside off and holding catches. Simple stuff.

Then Head and Labuschagne decide to counter attack.

The Australian bowling attack would have been licking their lips at the prospect of the batsmen playing shots in those conditions. They would have stuck to the plan knowing that the mistakes and chances would come.

But England, no. A couple of boundaries and they go defensive. It is like the team focus is to prevent runs at all costs.

The end result is I think Australia is firmly in control now.

If the conditions today are similar to yesterday, and our tail wags in to an hour or so of the second session, things could get very ugly very quickly.

The English should also be very thankful that Starc is out there, not Hazlewood. Which is not a knock on Starc, but imagine an attack of Cummings, Hazelwood, Boland and Green with conditions like it was yesterday.
 
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