I find it hard to understand why Jack Leach isn't at Marcus Rashford levels of public love tbh. Went to a state school, used to work in a supermarket until he got into the Somerset side, chronically ill with Crohn's (and he was very, very ill last winter by all accounts) and an international cricketer who plays in glasses. I don't know what more people could want from their heroes.
To give my absolutely 100% original thoughts on today:
Angelo Mathews batted very well. I’m certain people will ask why England's spinners aren't destroying good players of spin on a track that resembles the M5, but personally today should focus on two very good batsmen, especially Mathews. It’s curious to see TMS saying that Sri Lanka would have the advantage with anything over 300 - this feels like the kind of pitch the old Sangakkara/Jayawardene/Samaweera side would have scored 700/4d on. There’s absolutely nothing in it right now. We shall see how many days that goes on for!
Oof Sibley's game starting v Spin needs some work. Saw on Twitter he averages 63 in the CC v spin, but new ball spin feels like a different beast here.
Noticeable how much more threatening Embuldeniya looks with the new ball than and older one, all about grip I suppose. Not suggesting that Jack Leach should be taking the new ball or anything like that but wonder if the orthodoxy of opening with seamers serves us well (especially as it's done nothing off seam or swing for Curran).
Root averages 216.5 in innings where he reaches 100, behind only two England batsmen ever (Amiss & Hammond). Minimum 10 test tons. Most impressive thing is that his not out percentage in those innings (which obviously inflates the averages) is miles lower than everyone above him not called Bradman.
Mad that the same player has struggles between 50-100, you'd think it would be almost the same mindset wise.
Balladeer: Happy new year and Christmas and all that to all. (Sorry - again, I mostly browse on mobile, so didn't see your earlier wishes!)
Dec 31, 2020 8:55:05 GMT
Mattzo: I hope you are all well, and good luck for 2021.
Dec 29, 2020 20:14:16 GMT
nemouk: Merry Boxing Day Test Eve!
Dec 25, 2020 12:59:41 GMT
waughandpeace: Merry Christmas all, and a happy new year - fingers crossed we'll all be back watching more cricket in 21
Dec 25, 2020 2:01:50 GMT
pierredelafranchesca: Gale and Pyrah to support Lions as coaches.....OK, i mean Gale has been shit for Yorks and is potentially neck deep in this racism case, but sure why not. In fact, keep the useless prick.
Dec 1, 2020 14:52:55 GMT
Balladeer: Definitely needed to be a thread. I came up with one of the same answers as you because I can't see the chatbox on mobile.
Jun 22, 2020 16:14:58 GMT