India v England Test Series 2021

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Outstanding from Root and Sibley. Shame this pair couldn’t see it out. great ball from Bumrah to get Sibley.
So pleased to see Trott involved in the coaching setup. i vaguely remember hearing this. He will hopefully be able to sort out the top 3 problems.
 

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Sibley had been slowing down for a while and while it was Root that had the bad cramp Sibley was looking more and more uncomfortable. Such a shame for him but it's hard to know how difficult it is to bat for that long in those conditions.
 

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Great day for England, shame about losing the wicket of Sibley, at the end, but if England can get close to 450, it will make it very interesting, but the wicket looks extremely flat.
 

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Brilliant couple of sessions to put England in a promising position. Well done to Root for doing what he does. When you look at that graphic they show of him climbing through the ranks of other England run scorers, his average is significantly better than all the rest.

And very well done to Dom Sibley for batting like a test opener. Proper obdurate effort to ensure that Burns' earlier aberration should not ultimately be costly. Such a shame he couldn't bring up three figures.
 

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Thoughts on the pitch? Rooty wasn't exactly effusive in his praise thereof. To what extent will it get *interesting* going into days 4&5? Perhaps a spot of egg-chasing on it will sort it out :LOL:
 
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Really good day, old fashioned test cricket as Silverwood promised when he took over, bat big and bat long 1st innings and then build scoreboard pressure. Sibley really blunted the attack and wore the bowlers down, now the likes of Stokes, Pope and Buttler can push us on hopefully to a score of over 450.

Root's conversion rate will always be held against him and he doesn't have as many hundreds as he should, but 70 scores of 50+ in 100 tests is a phenomenal record.

It's great to see cricket back on terrestrial tv but it does highlight how good sky's cricket coverage is. A very basic set up from channel 4, just Alistair Cook with a presenter sat in a tiny room. Short notice I know but hopefully they improve this a bit over the next few weeks.
 

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unfortunately I missed the last hour of play due to a work team meeting.

Some points:

I thought the coverage by Channel 4 was excellent. Equally I am glad that the second test crowds will be back in - not a fan of fake noise.

It was a classic first day test match in India. Win the toss and bat big. England stuck to their task really well and although scoring was slow first two sessions it picked up in the final session.

Root innings was superbly. His had his problems early doors against Ashwin and Sharma but rode the storm. Exceptional innings.

India bowled as well as they could with the pitch offering number. That is expected on day 1. Best days for batting will be tomorrow and on day 3.

Crucial wicket at the end. New ball still fresh and the morning session will be important. Could swing either ways but England should be looking at 420 min and India hoping to take wickets early doors and restrict to under 400.

A good test match day. Wonderful viewing.
 

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As England are batting well and we have Root, Stokes, Buttler to come, I hope the BCCI will do the decent thing and delay the start for a couple for hours so we don't have to get up so early.
 

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Thoughts on the pitch? Rooty wasn't exactly effusive in his praise thereof. To what extent will it get *interesting* going into days 4&5? Perhaps a spot of egg-chasing on it will sort it out :LOL:
Yep. That’s my take that the third innings of this test match could be crucial.
 

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I was thinking 450 would be a good score, but then I just read this:

" England scored 477 in their first innings on this ground during their last tour and lost by an innings, after India racked up 759-7 declared. "
 

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I was thinking 450 would be a good score, but then I just read this:

" England scored 477 in their first innings on this ground during their last tour and lost by an innings, after India racked up 759-7 declared. "
Before anyone gets too carried away with this good start a quick reminder of the scorecard the last time England&Wales played in Chennai 😕
:rolleyes: :fishing:
 

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England's bowling now much better than the attack in that Chennai test match. However still think India will rack up over 500 when they bat
 

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Really good day, old fashioned test cricket as Silverwood promised when he took over, bat big and bat long 1st innings and then build scoreboard pressure. Sibley really blunted the attack and wore the bowlers down, now the likes of Stokes, Pope and Buttler can push us on hopefully to a score of over 450.

Root's conversion rate will always be held against him and he doesn't have as many hundreds as he should, but 70 scores of 50+ in 100 tests is a phenomenal record.

It's great to see cricket back on terrestrial tv but it does highlight how good sky's cricket coverage is. A very basic set up from channel 4, just Alistair Cook with a presenter sat in a tiny room. Short notice I know but hopefully they improve this a bit over the next few weeks.
This and the fact that as yet not scored a century in Australia (I expect this will change this winter). I think he needs to score 149 in this innings to get his average up to 50. This is such an important milestone. Those whom have played 50 plus test matches and above and have an average of 50 for me are in the truly greats category. He is already in my view the best English batsman I have seen.
 

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This and the fact that as yet not scored a century in Australia (I expect this will change this winter). I think he needs to score 149 in this innings to get his average up to 50. This is such an important milestone. Those whom have played 50 plus test matches and above and have an average of 50 for me are in the truly greats category. He is already in my view the best English batsman I have seen.
Nobody enjoys a cricket stat more than myself but I suspect he is personally fairly indifferent about it. He is the best English batsman I have ever seen. The best batsman in the best 50 over side England have ever produced but there are a lot of gaps on his CV in test cricket that I'm certain he'd like to take care of first.
 

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Nobody enjoys a cricket stat more than myself but I suspect he is personally fairly indifferent about it. He is the best English batsman I have ever seen. The best batsman in the best 50 over side England have ever produced but there are a lot of gaps on his CV in test cricket that I'm certain he'd like to take care of first.
Trust me to end a career with an average over 50 is special. I suspect he would want to be in that crowd. Remember speaking to Virender Sehwag at one reception in Bombay - although he didn't admit to it but he kind off noted he should have retired after England toured in 2012 (?) - think he played a few tests matches after that and his test average dropped from 50 to 49 odd.

As for Root the only gap I can see as a batsmen and happy to be corrected is to get a century in Australia and as a Captain to win a test series in both India and Australia as a captain.
 

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Sussed it now. The trick at the weekend is to get up at 6.00, watch the highlights of the first session, with Sir Alastair's take, then straight in to the afternoon session.

Another excellent couple of hours in the morning! Really good sign that Stokes has hit the ground running. England must continue to score all their runs in this first innings. Bat India right out of it.
 

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Sussed it now. The trick at the weekend is to get up at 6.00, watch the highlights of the first session, with Sir Alastair's take, then straight in to the afternoon session.
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Exactly! With a large mug of Yorkshire Gold, the perfect way to start the day. (Well it was today 😉)
 

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Ben Stokes has just reached 4,500 Test runs, passing Ted Dexter, and closing in on Peter May and Herbert Sutcliffe.

Currently 27th on the all-time list.

Joe Root also close to Alec Stewart in the 3rd on that same list, having played 33 less matches.
 

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Ben Stokes has just reached 4,500 Test runs, passing Ted Dexter, and closing in on Peter May and Herbert Sutcliffe.

Currently 27th on the all-time list.

Joe Root also close to Alec Stewart in the 3rd on that same list, having played 33 less matches.
And look at the averages too!
 

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I'd like to know how many times Root goes past 150 when he gets a 100, seems to get big hundreds a lot of the time.
 

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That's an amazing geeky stat.

Root has the highest score by someone playing in their 100th test.
 

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What an absolute legend, Joe.

If I were Joe now, I would seriously be targeting 300 (well, 250 first, obviously). Just keep batting mate.
 
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Root reaches 200 with a 6 and is the first player to do it in their 100th game. 228,186 and 202 no in the past 3 matches - quite ridiculous.

England got to be looking at 550 here and hope the pitch breaks up on day 3 onwards
 

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Root reaches 200 with a 6 and is the first player to do it in their 100th game. 228,186 and 202 no in the past 3 matches - quite ridiculous.

England got to be looking at 550 here and hope the pitch breaks up on day 3 onwards
Roooooooooooooooooooooot
 

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Three consecutive 150 plus scores in the subcontinent but an England player is one hell of an achievement. Not sure it has ever been done before?

Think England game plan is to now really push on in this final session. Could be interesting with Butler next. Not expecting any declaration until lunchtime tomorrow.

Pitch does look flat mind you. Nothing in it for the bowlers. Think this is where England may have missed a trick in not selecting Broad with his off cutters. Although Broad looking at this pitch may feel happy.
 

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Three consecutive 150 plus scores in the subcontinent but an England player is one hell of an achievement. Not sure it has ever been done before?

Think England game plan is to now really push on in this final session. Could be interesting with Butler next. Not expecting any declaration until lunchtime tomorrow.

Pitch does look flat mind you. Nothing in it for the bowlers. Think this is where England may have missed a trick in not selecting Broad with his off cutters. Although Broad looking at this pitch may feel happy.
I don't think the "d" word has even been mentioned yet in that England dressing room.
 

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Root gone for 218 think it is time for Buttler to play some shots and try to get us to 550 tonight
 

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Kohli use of the DRS is abysmal and its cost them big time here.
 

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Poor leave which will probably mean we are all out tonight for circa 550. Whatever happens we cant lose...can we.
 

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Surely Root should declare now, have a go with the new ball tonight, and another go tomorrow morning.
 

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Surely Root should declare now, have a go with the new ball tonight, and another go tomorrow morning.
I would also.

I made a cricketing error earlier when said the pitch is so flat. One should always judge the pitch when both teams have batted.
 

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Surely Root should declare now, have a go with the new ball tonight, and another go tomorrow morning.
Maybe. But these two can both bat. Maybe best to let them accumulate. Try and sneak up to 550, 600 even. You have to keep asking yourself the question, will it be easier to get these runs now or in the third innings? I say milk this innings for all you can. Runs scored now you don't have to score later.
 

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Poor leave which will probably mean we are all out tonight for circa 550. Whatever happens we cant lose...can we.
No.

Draw is most likely but be interesting to see if Archer can extract something from the pitch.
 

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Surely Root should declare now, have a go with the new ball tonight, and another go tomorrow morning.
I wonder how Root is mentally after batting for 5 sessions in that heat. Perhaps he needed a bit of time before going straight back out. Combine that with hopefully adding another 40 (now 20 probably) runs
 

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I wonder how Root is mentally after batting for 5 sessions in that heat. Perhaps he needed a bit of time before going straight back out. Combine that with hopefully adding another 40 (now 20 probably) runs
Also keep India out there keep them guessing. This England team seems to be all about attrition and wearing teams down. There are 4 tests in a quick time. Keeping them in the field in the heat for as long as possible will help in the long run.
 

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