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Re: England v SA (Cricket)

So now it all rests on Bell... The magnificent player whom cricket lovers drool over with his classical strokeplay... but who crumbles under pressure and can only score tonnes when the victory is safe.

If he does it, I promise you this: I shall never say another bad word about him.
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So now it all rests on Bell... The magnificent player whom cricket lovers drool over with his classical strokeplay... but who crumbles under pressure and can only score tonnes when the victory is safe.

If he does it, I promise you this: I shall never say another bad word about him.
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Re: England v SA (Cricket)

Bye Bye Bell... :P carlos... good omen...
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Old 23.07.2012, 17:55
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Bye Bye Bell... :P carlos... good omen...
You know, when he reached 50, I nearly poster a comment that he wouldn't reach 60. But refrained. I come back to the internet and out for 55.

To give credit where due, he is very good at reaching 50... sadly he rarely seems to get much more when it really matters.

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Like I needed to worry...
Well, you know. Just in case, like.

Bresnan and Jimmy seeing us safely to tea?

Edit: Oops, spoke too soon. Jimmy out as I was posting.
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Re: England v SA (Cricket)

Dear lord... England have been absolutely pasted...I was wondering how Dale Steyn can get the ball to move of the same concrete slab that the English bowlers toiled for two days taking two wickets.... A bit of overconfidence or true lack of skill? Also Swann should develop a doosra or he is going to be found out on these pitches... Tahir turned it a mile sometimes.. The one to bell where it turned past his edge and went above the stumps was a ripper..
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Old 23.07.2012, 18:07
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Re: England v SA (Cricket)

So SA are 1-0 against a supposed world number 1 who look anything but convincing at retaining that position.
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Old 23.07.2012, 18:20
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So SA are 1-0 against a supposed world number 1 who look anything but convincing at retaining that position.


No. SA are up 1-0 against the world number 1.

Fact. Get over it. By the end of the series, SA will probably be #1 - I'll be happy if it's still England, but for the time being they remain #1.

Australia, however, are not. Have a nice day.
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No. SA are up 1-0 against the world number 1.

Fact. Get over it. By the end of the series, SA will probably be #1 - I'll be happy if it's still England, but for the time being they remain #1.

Australia, however, are not. Have a nice day.
We are no 2 however (not sure how actually). So, does anyone know what happens if South Africa do win this series? I know South Africa go to no 1, do England go to no 3? Seems odd we would get shuffled from 2 to 3 on the back of a series we are not involved in. Not that I would argue we deserve it but just seems odd.
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Re: England v SA (Cricket)

So, have the England batsman been happily rolling along safe in the knowledge that their bowlers will recover most bad positions they end up in?
Does 6 batsman simply encourage a lack of responsibility in the batsman?

One positive to take out of it (yes, that is the sound of straws being clutched) a good turn-out from the crowd at the Oval - I don't know any other country where they would still turn up in such numbers to see pretty much a certain loss.

Roll on Headingley, but will a grassy seaming track really suit England?
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So, have the England batsman been happily rolling along safe in the knowledge that their bowlers will recover most bad positions they end up in?
Does 6 batsman simply encourage a lack of responsibility in the batsman?

One positive to take out of it (yes, that is the sound of straws being clutched) a good turn-out from the crowd at the Oval - I don't know any other country where they would still turn up in such numbers to see pretty much a certain loss.

Roll on Headingley, but will a grassy seaming track really suit England?
Change of wicket won't matter. If both teams play the same over 5 days it will be the same result. England had the chance to drive home the advantage on day 2 and instead played 4 pretty poor days of test cricket.

So England need to play better (for 5 days), and they can, and also hope or pressure South Africa into making mistakes/ playing worse.

My personal opinion is that South Africa in Dale Steyn have someone special and the rest of their bowling attack is good. They can bat as well, but so can England. It will be interesting to see how England bounce back. My moneys on South Africa (as it was from the start).
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Re: England v SA (Cricket)

Soooo... BBC clutching at straws - England just edged today...

I would say let's see if we manage to bat well in our first innings before making any judgements...

England's much vaunted bowling attack had them on the ropes at 54-4 and quite frankly let them off the hook. IMO, 262-7 at the end of the first day is a good result when on tour against the *ahem* best team in test cricket.

I'm going for the follow-on to be narrowly avoided, only for SA to pile on a quick 300 and then get England all out on the last day losing by "a margin".

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Soooo... BBC clutching at straws - England just edged today...

I would say let's see if we manage to bat well in our first innings before making any judgements...

England's much vaunted bowling attack had them on the ropes at 54-4 and quite frankly let them off the hook. IMO, 262-7 at the end of the first day is a good result when on tour against the *ahem* best team in test cricket.

I'm going for the follow-on to be narrowly avoided, only for SA to pile on a quick 300 and then get England all out on the last day losing by "a margin".

I think its fair to say England are shading it. Having elected to bat SA will be a little disappointed. The Kallis decision especially seems wrong and odd as all the TV commentators were calling it not out before the 3rd Umpire gave it out.

Dont know why he didn't pick up what everyone else can see.

As always tomorrows first session will determine how good SA first innings is. Runs on the board always an advantage.

Still fancy SA but think it might be a little closer than your calling it.
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309 - good result from 54-4... I think getting over 300 is a big pyschological boost.

England 39-2

Are we looking at an inning defeat...

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