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Wanderer100 11:54 Thu

Solid start by the openers. Even though Sibley fell after lunch there seems to be a good chance of a first innings of more than 400.

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Michael Hood 23:32 Thu
In reply to Wanderer100:

Ha ha, 220 odd for 4, ideal platform for a 290 all out collapse 😁

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GrahamD 08:23 Fri
In reply to Michael Hood:

The joys of watching England!

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ianstevens 08:26 Fri
In reply to Michael Hood:

> Ha ha, 220 odd for 4, ideal platform for a 290 all out collapse 😁

I live in hope that this supposed world class middle order we have will fire. That said... Pope looks rather good doesn’t he? 
 

To go back to the openers, what do we think of Crawley so far? I can see a situation in the summer where Joe Denly ends up getting dropped and the top three becomes Sibley/Burns/Crawley. Shame because I like Denly, but he does seem to lack some versatility and struggles to score vs spinners

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Wanderer100 09:34 Fri
In reply to ianstevens:

I think Denly will last the course. He just needs to add consistency to his Test game. Back to the match, a good start to the second day for England.  Heading for 300 and Stokes and Pope look set.

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ianstevens 09:48 Fri
In reply to Wanderer100:

> I think Denly will last the course. He just needs to add consistency to his Test game. Back to the match, a good start to the second day for England.  Heading for 300 and Stokes and Pope look set.

I hope so as I quite like his conventional style of bating and he seems like a good chap. However, Lets say Crawley gets a few 50s and a century either here or in SA, and Sibley keeps in the same vein whilst Denly continues getting nice 30s... and then Burns comes back. Pick 3 from 4.

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Ben_Climber 09:49 Fri
In reply to Wanderer100:

Ben Stokes' off field dramas a few years back may have been a blessing in disguise.

The fear of loosing cricket out his life seems to have refocused him and gave him a kick up the backside. He has been incredible since his return, with bat, ball and fielding in all forms of cricket. Not many others in world cricket that have such an impact in all areas and forms of the game. Well done Sir Ben.

Pope looking composed at 21years old as well.

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Dave Garnett 11:11 Fri
In reply to Ben_Climber:

> Ben Stokes' off field dramas a few years back may have been a blessing in disguise.

> Not many others in world cricket that have such an impact in all areas 

That was certainly true outside MBargo!  But you’re completely right he’s sorted himself out brilliantly.

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stevieb 11:26 Fri
In reply to ianstevens:

> I hope so as I quite like his conventional style of bating and he seems like a good chap. However, Lets say Crawley gets a few 50s and a century either here or in SA, and Sibley keeps in the same vein whilst Denly continues getting nice 30s... and then Burns comes back. Pick 3 from 4.

For the top 3, it will be interesting to see who they take to Sri Lanka. It's one place where you would like faster scoring against the new ball. The current 3 will go as first choice, but they will probably take a back up, it could be Keaton Jennings as a horses for courses selection, or could be Azad or Malan or even Bairstow. At the moment, all the players have something to prove. Burns and Sibley are definitely in credit, but no one has made an unanswerable case.

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Michael Hood 14:14 Fri
In reply to Michael Hood:

> Ha ha, 220 odd for 4, ideal platform for a 290 all out collapse 😁

Got that one wrong then, who'd have thought it!

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Hat Dude 14:17 Fri
In reply to Wanderer100:

Great entertaining day's cricket

All we need now is one of Malfoy's magic spells at the start of SA innings!

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In reply to Michael Hood:

Good carnage at the moment from Wood and Pope 73 runs from 59 balls.

Edit: Wood out 499-9 declared

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Wanderer100 14:29 Fri
In reply to Graeme Alderson:

Amazing knock from Woods. Well, that's was an entertaining couple of sessions. Let's see what the bowling attack are capable of but the Saffers are going to be up against it.

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Welsh Kate 14:32 Fri
In reply to Graeme Alderson:

A decent-looking England scorecard with good contributions from the whole top order. Makes a nice change!

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In reply to Welsh Kate:

Saffers are 60-2 at close so all in all a good day for England

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BnB 17:54 Fri
In reply to Graeme Alderson:

Definitely take that. But can we take 18 wickets in 3 days? Could be a long day for the bowlers tomorrow if we don't make regular breakthroughs.

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Wanderer100 18:35 Fri
In reply to BnB:

The wet weather forecast should help the Bowlers. Wood and Broad should be able to get the ball swinging. I'll be surprised if South Africa don't follow on. 

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GrahamD 20:04 Fri
In reply to Wanderer100:

Surprised Malfoy was so expensive and Bess starred 

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