I tried to use BBC website to find when it started. But it doesnt recognise International Test Cricket, which is how it is listed by them on Friday
BBC useless as usual
IMHO discipline, patience, orthodoxy key in this series. Sri Lanka lost to England because of a lack of these. You mention Archer. He's going to find it tough. To stand a chance of success he has to be prepared to patient and metronomical with line and length, in addition to his x-factor pace. Anything off the straight and narrow will be punished by the superior quality of the batting opposition. Same goes for all bowlers. A test match mind-set required by all, with bat and ball. Burns and Sibley (kiss of death?), have started out in the right vein.So this is my prediction. I personally think England will do far better than what most England fans believe reading the comments above. Have faith in your team.
Really looking forward to this test series. England will find India a far stronger opposition than Sri Lanka in terms of batting and bowling. Equally, England will field a far stronger line up than they did in Sri Lanka.
In any India wicket, win toss bat first. Think Trott made the right comment, need to bat big in the first innings. The one area where India was relatively poor in Australia was our fielding. We dropped far too many catches. Interesting that Kohli has confirmed that Pant will keep wicket.
Some big battles ahead and I am particular interested to see how well Archer will do. All ok taking wickets at home, lets see how he does in the sub-continent.
Root is in form (his battle against Ashwin and Bumrah will be great to watch) and expect Stokes and Butler to contribute. Anderson and Broad didn't have a good last series in India but Broad has been on superb form in the last 2 years.
if England can win one of the Chennai tests then this series will be very close as the day/night third test in Ahmedabad is up for grabs IMO.
Already set my alarm for 3:45am.
Curious, isn't it, this balance between best interest of the result in a given test and longer term interest of individuals and squad as a result of bubbles, over-exposure to harsh conditions etc? Very similar, in a way, to what we are seeing at BFC at the moment. Only time will tell, but I share your concerns (well, not really your concerns ).Be interested to know what English fans think of the decision to play Anderson ahead of Broad. This may come back to haunt me but just feel the English attack is a bit light.
Actual 3 ball of last over, so they all went offSibley out last ball - 263-3 which is still a great day from England. Bat 2 more sessions tomorrow and then scoreboard pressure might tell
Bad to lose that wicket right there but Englands day, no question.Sibley out last ball - 263-3 which is still a great day from England. Bat 2 more sessions tomorrow and then scoreboard pressure might tell