Good post Mr Indian Bee.
I'll be watching here in South Africa. The Safffers are backing the baggies big time.
You’d like to think that Hazelwood is a massive miss for them, but Cameron Green seemed to do depressingly well in the 1st Test and even took wickets as well as bowling very economically.
We’re desperate for top order runs and for other batters to take the pressure off Root.
Looking for more from Hameed and Pope, I’ve no faith at all in Burns. He’s just keeping an opening slot warm until someone decent finally comes along.
See post #316Looking forward to the 2nd test. Not a huge fan of day night test matches as I find watching test match cricket with a pink ball hard but will be able to watch two whole sessions each day at a reasonable time:
I hope if Root wins the toss he is brave and opts to bat first. I have got no stats to back me up but I think generally teams batting first in day night test tend to win more often than not. Odds on it be Anderson, Woakes, Broad and Ollie leading the attack. England hope their bowlers can replicate what they did in the second innings last time round in Adelaide (remember Anderson & Woakes blowing away the Aussie batting).
I actually thought there was some pluses for England in the first test with Ollie bowling well and Malan looking good at number 3. Hameed needs to start converting his early starts into bigger runs. Burns needs a score in this match and also needs a haircut ! Having a ponytail in 2021? What is that about …
And another cheat replaces him.
Positives for England so far, scoring rate has been low and one is hopeful that in the next hour and ‘night’ session the ball will do more. One negative the bowling seems one dimensional at the moment - all like for like. Woods whom bowled superbly would have been useful on this wicket. Let’s see how the 2nd half of the day goes. It would not be unrealistic to still see Aussies bowled out for under 180.