India v England Test Series 2021

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Looking back at today’s play. I honestly feel there was a fear in England not losing that delayed the declaration. I actually am not sure when England would have declared as it took India to bowl them out.

England are still firm favourites and an England win is still the most likely out of the 4 possible results but as I noted earlier, looked very cautious to me.

Pujara is a key wicket for England tomorrow. Pujara laid the foundations for India’s win in the last test against Aussies but the number of balls he faced. If England can get his wicket early then they should wrap it up. However, I think it will go down to the last hour.
 

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What, you mean you have the audacity to disagree with me about follow-ons? :judge: :LOL:;)
Since that partnership between Dravid and Laxman against the Aussies back in the day - captains are relunctant to ask the team to follow on if there is sufficient time to bat still.
 

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Since that partnership between Dravid and Laxman against the Aussies back in the day - captains are relunctant to ask the team to follow on if there is sufficient time to bat still.
I can't remember what happened. Tell me more.
 

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Probably be a draw however England in with a chance and India will (this match) be happy with a draw.

Red ball cricket has been my thing even longer than supporting the Bees. 50+ years. However 50 over white ball cricket is results driven and possibly my preferred format these days.
 

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Believe it was the first time since Headingley 1981 that a side had won after following on. Tendulkar was out from memory with a lot still to get just to make Australia bat a second time. Laxman and Dravid then batted the whole fourth day and into the fifth. India bowled Australia out on the last day in front of 100,000 at Eden Gardens that sounded like 300,000, such was the frenzied volume.
 

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Mr Anderson. That was a fantastic 3 balls!
 

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Apologies to my neighbours for my reaction to Jimmy’s 2nd wicket in 3 balls. It could easily have been a hattrick if the previous ball has been given out by the umpire
 

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Jimmy again 😱😱. 3-7 in the second innings.

Pant goes for 11.

India 110-5.

Kohli next please.
 

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India’s falling apart again…

117-6. Dom Bess in on the action.
 

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How many full tosses does Bess bowl? and WHY???
 

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Not able to watch the C4 coverage (some of us have got work to do......... ;) ) so I've been listening to TalkSport commentary instead.
While I think that the recorded, background crowd noise is marginally better than complete silence, I'm not sure that the 'loop' that TalkSport are using, which clearly includes players/crowds appealing for, and celebrating wickets, is the best choice...........Even though I know it's recorded, I can't help but get a bit excited everytime I hear a celebration.........even when it happens between overs or during a drinks break!!!
P.S. @Indian Bee what's with all the no balls India have been bowling?
 

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Believe it was the first time since Headingley 1981 that a side had won after following on. Tendulkar was out from memory with a lot still to get just to make Australia bat a second time. Laxman and Dravid then batted the whole fourth day and into the fifth. India bowled Australia out on the last day in front of 100,000 at Eden Gardens that sounded like 300,000, such was the frenzied volume.
Ah thanks. Well, when this kind of thing happens with such frequency, it's hardly surprising that skippers hesitate to enforce the follow-on. :rolleyes:
 

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Fantastic win.

one of, if not our best test win in last 5 years.
 

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What a fantastic victory. England march on. Root and catching key factors.
 

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Silverwood has done pretty well since he took over. Root looks a different player.

brilliant win from England, surprisingly easy in the end. I am shocked after India played so well in Australia that England dominated this test so much. I am sure it won’t be the same story in the rest of the series.
 

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England have the wood over India. A superb win. Anderson gets better with age, no reason why he cannot go on. He is the Tom Brady of cricket.
 

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England have the wood over India. A superb win. Anderson gets better with age, no reason why he cannot go on. He is the Tom Brady of cricket.
I'm hoping he'll turn out to be the Stanley Matthews...
 

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Well India were truly outclassed in all departments. England probably with the exception of 1 maybe 2 won all the sessions.

They really have done their homework in how not only to play but also to win in India. So fair play to
England and their coaching staff led remarkably well by Root.

India have got to think about the balance of their team in the absence of Jadeja and Shami. Nadeem is not the answer.

Well done England- this really sets up the series nicely. Pressure all on India.
 

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Well India were truly outclassed in all departments. England probably with the exception of 1 maybe 2 won all the sessions.

They really have done their homework in how not only to play but also to win in India. So fair play to
England and their coaching staff led remarkably well by Root.

India have got to think about the balance of their team in the absence of Jadeja and Shami. Nadeem is not the answer.

Well done England- this really sets up the series nicely. Pressure all on India.
Well, i find it incredible England batting for more than 2 days in Indias own back yard and blew you away (after i was shouting over the moot point of a timely declaration!!)

A perfect victory in the end for the England team.

Only questions for England in the next test is whether to push Pope up to 3 (and Lawrence down to 6) and/or drop Anderson or Archer.

I would drop Archer for Broad. Keep Anderson, he only bowled 28 overs.
 

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What a result - dominated from start to finish and a deserved victory. However India will coming out fighting in 3 days time and winning the toss will again be key.

I'd be tempted to start Broad for Archer and Foakes will come into the side for Buttler - same formula, big 1st innings score and then go from there please...
 

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Just watching the highlights. Ridiculous bowling from Jimmy Anderson. Removing 3 dangerous batters in 5 overs for 7 runs.
Got to go for 2-0 lead so keep Jimmy and rotate Broad for Archer.
 

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Without doubt Anderson is one of the all time England greats. The over to remove Gill & Rahane was almost as good as it gets.
 

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Just watching the highlights. Ridiculous bowling from Jimmy Anderson. Removing 3 dangerous batters in 5 overs for 7 runs.
Got to go for 2-0 lead so keep Jimmy and rotate Broad for Archer.
I wouldn't do the Archer for Broad move. Archer did not bowl that well but he does offer something different. If you want to replace Archer bring Wood in. I agree about Jimmy though, he must play the next test and then perhaps a breather in the 3rd.
 

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I’ve been reflecting a lot on the “delayed” declaration, so apologies for a bit of a meander off topic.

We all see attention levels falling everywhere (primarily due to ‘instant’ social media, immediacy of modern day needs etc) and CoVid is exacerbating it. No external stimulation, lockdown boredom, the works. The England players were shut in their rooms for three days apparently on arrival.

In those circumstances, there’s no way concentration levels can be maintained to “normal” levels. So everything surely has to be in shorter, more intense bursts.

May well be drivel, but it made me all the more sure the Bees will win the league, with our progressive thinking, medical staff etc. Not to mention the return of one CN.

And Stuart Broad of course 😉
 

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Without doubt Anderson is one of the all time England greats. The over to remove Gill & Rahane was almost as good as it gets.
It was but the key wicket for me was the wicket of Pujara first up in the morning. They opened the door.

Gill was hugely impressive and took a Jimmy special to bowl him out.
 

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It was but the key wicket for me was the wicket of Pujara first up in the morning. They opened the door.

Gill was hugely impressive and took a Jimmy special to bowl him out.
It was a crucial moment and a pretty decent delivery from Leach who also bowled extremely well. Just in the wider context Jimmy Anderson never ceases to amaze me, the control and movement and desire at this stage of his career.
 

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I must report that my morning call with my team in Hyderabad was very short today. Could have been because I mentioned James Anderson.
 

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