- 5 Aug 2002
- Reaction score
I think England will want most probably 110-115 minimum overs at India. A lead of 390 plus will be extremely difficult but think England would want at least 420. I personally think anything over 360 then India have little chance. Then again I didn’t think SA had a chance in the current test match going on in Pakistan.Might not get to the point where we choose. Equally, we might have enough anyway.
Batting first definitely a massive advantage but:I know this one is far from over. I also know that there have been some brilliant individual performances, as well as some poor ones, which will influence the outcome. But generally speaking, do you think that the toss wins the match in India? Would India have prevailed if they had won the toss? They may still, of course.
Very strange tactics from Root. Sometimes I feel his approach is too laid back. You might be right about the bowlers. Cook thought he might want his bowlers to have two stabs with the hard ball. They also might be scared of Pant.This in a way reminds me of the first test in the last series. Alistair Cook wasted some time before declaring. India were holding on at the end. Ended a draw and then India won the next 4 tests matches.
Only thing I can think of is that the bowlers are tired and with little time until the next test match. I’m clutching at straws here but i am happy with England’s approach.
That’s Cook thought. I think we will still bowl them out as the pitch is misbehaving.All very logical, if frustrating. The ball only stays hard for, what, a couple of dozen overs. So half of those tonight, full-on, and the same first thing tomorrow morning when the bowlers are fresh, no?
If we haven't made serious inroads after that, another five or six overs is irrelevant.
I've been following the "non-declaration" meltdown on the BBC Sport app. Very funny. The tacticians (we hope) have an innovative plan and they're sticking to it. Rather new Brentford if you ask me. I hopeThat’s Cook thought. I think we will still bowl them out as the pitch is misbehaving.
I have a horrible feeling India will bat all day for the draw. England need quick wickets in the morning. My Teams call 0900 -1200 is very inconvenientHave to say this was India’s day. If you offered them to bat as close to lunch as possible and thereafter only have one wicket down by close of play they would have taken that in the morning.
Bizarre tactics post tea by England. I don’t get the hard ball argument as I didn’t get when Paine delayed declaring in the final test match in the Australia test series.
Pujara will bat as he does. Gill looks comfortable. England will be hoping to make inroads in the first session tomorrow. Sets up a fascinating day. England still favourites but not as favourites as they were this morning.
I think India will assess the situation each hour and after each session. There could potentially be some fireworks in the final session. Equally, India if they are more than 5 down by tea will hope to shut up shop, especially with our long tail.I have a horrible feeling India will bat all day for the draw. England need quick wickets in the morning. My Teams call 0900 -1200 is very inconvenient
The pace of scoring is very disappointing from England.
Exactly and if we had declared and lost everyone would be saying why did he declare so early.Fear factor in my eyes. The previous test here against England and what India did in Australia are playing on their minds. India are more than capable of scoring at 4 runs an over and if a big partnership develops they could be in a position to give it go at Tea.
Agreed completely with the nightwatchmen!I know I'll get pelters and be bombarded with all the obvious arguments (imperative of not batting last on this strip, tired bowlers etc.), but I reiterate my earlier position that I would very rarely not enforce a follow-on. Not least because to do so, cuts out all the dither and negativity involved in the declaration decision. And think of the impact on morale of both sides if England then come out with an innings victory.
Probably just me, but one of the s in my bonnet. This and nightwatchmen!