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3rd Test | India v England at Mohali (Match Thread)

November 26 2016 at 3:13 AM

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3rd Test: India v England at Mohali, Nov 26-30, 2016

England from: AN Cook*, MM Ali, JM Anderson, ZS Ansari, JM Bairstow†, JT Ball, GS Ballance, GJ Batty, SCJ Broad, JC Buttler†, BM Duckett, ST Finn, H Hameed, AU Rashid, JE Root, BA Stokes, CR Woakes

India From: V Kohli*, AM Rahane, R Ashwin, RA Jadeja, B Kumar, A Mishra, Mohammed Shami, KK Nair, HH Pandya, PA Patel†, CA Pujara, KL Rahul, WP Saha†, I Sharma, M Vijay, J Yadav, UT Yadav

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Dave Morton
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Re: 3rd Test | India v England at Mohali (Match Thread)

November 26 2016, 5:12 AM 

Buttler in for Duckett, with a bit a of batting-order juggle, probably; Woakes for unfit Broad, but he deserves his place anyway; and not-good-enough Batty in for not-good-enough Ansari. Overall looks a slightly better side.

India have Patel in for Saha, and now opening the batting too.

Great toss to win, though Kohli tried to play it down.

Good start by England, Cook dropped twice, Ashwin at mid-wicket putting down a club 2nd XI chance. Hameed looking good again, but got flier off a length and caught off gloves; hope he's not going to be an unlucky batsman, because he got a grubber in his last innings, and run out in the one before that.

Root begins with two boundaries. 51 for 1 at drinks, first hour. Great cricket to watch.

Oops! Root out, just as I was finishing; poor shot. 51 for 2, even stevens, and who is going to bat at 4? It's Moeen Ali, so two lefties in.

Nasser Hussain: "The only place Ali hasn't batted for England is 3, which is where he bats for his county." Quite.

Cook out. Shite!

[Edit: could be worse, could be Yorkshire!]

This message has been edited by DaveMorton on Nov 26, 2016 5:18 AM

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Re: 3rd Test | India v England at Mohali (Match Thread)

November 26 2016, 6:35 AM 

Our middle order is so frail.

I would be tempted to move Root back to 4.

Ali is not a top 4 batsman at Test level.

Gubbins was one of the stand out bats last year. Could he be a choice for England?


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Re: 3rd Test | India v England at Mohali (Match Thread)

November 26 2016, 8:39 AM 

At least Bairstow will fell at home. It's just like he's batting for Yorkshire!!!

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Re: 3rd Test | India v England at Mohali (Match Thread)

November 26 2016, 8:43 AM 

Glad to see the inept Buttler doing well also!

Geoff B
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Re: 3rd Test | India v England at Mohali (Match Thread)

November 26 2016, 9:03 AM 

Good session for England repairing some of the damage done this morning.
Excellent batting conditions, they really don't want to loose more than 1 wicket in the final session while keeping the runs coming.

Last session has been a bogey for England so far, lets hope they can get through this one.

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Re: 3rd Test | India v England at Mohali (Match Thread)

November 26 2016, 9:15 AM 

Not sure it's fair the describe England's middle order as frail! A middle order of Root at 3, Bairstow at 5 and Stokes at 6 means all we're looking to fill is the KP/Bell sized hole at 4. Very surprised anyone would think of these 3 as "frail".

Geoff B
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Re: 3rd Test | India v England at Mohali (Match Thread)

November 26 2016, 10:53 AM 

Looks a different pitch when the lights went on, or maybe it was the change of ball.

Shame for Bairstow, he'd had a bit of luck but overall he played very well.

Need some application from the late order, Woakes and Rashid have the talent, they need to use it, and if we can get to 350 we are in with a chance.

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Re: 3rd Test | India v England at Mohali (Match Thread)

November 26 2016, 11:00 AM 

Yet again most of the batsmen get a start but can't take it further.
You've got to think that India - Kohli especially - won't give their wickets away.

Leg Glance
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Re: 3rd Test | India v England at Mohali (Match Thread)

November 26 2016, 11:03 AM 

Woakes gone to the new ball.Close at 268-8

Anything above 300 would be good from here.Hameed & Bairstow were got out. The other 6 got themselves out and it's an applling lack of application today.

Well done Jonny, he showed the value of getting your head down and fighting for your wicket.

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Re: 3rd Test | India v England at Mohali (Match Thread)

November 26 2016, 12:22 PM 

Jonny continues his rise to being England's MVP. Next step for him is to convert more scores into 100s. 16 innings since his last 100, with 10 of those involving scores above 40.

To think, though, that many in the media were writing him off (and crowing about it) after Mitchell Johnson got him out for 5 in his return innings last July.

Amazing how his rescue jobs for Yorkshire in 2015 provided him with such good preparation for his test recall. It must be helping. Looking back, it is increasingly clear that watching Jonny bat in the first half of the 2015 season was a truly once in a generation experience.

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Re: 3rd Test | India v England at Mohali (Match Thread)

November 26 2016, 12:57 PM 

The priority has to be to sign a decent replacement instead of having an inept one.

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November 26 2016, 3:47 PM 

and once again were are you going to get a replacement from just because you don't like hodd .

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Re: bairstow

November 26 2016, 4:35 PM 

My worry is that we're not looking for a replacement given Steve Davies was available and joined Somerset. This decision directly impacts on T20 with England playing Tests during the group stages and the quarter finals. All the fuss over Bairstow not being made available for the last few matches of last season was understandable, but the bigger issue should be an adequate replacement being brought in.

Geoff B
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Back to the test

November 26 2016, 5:24 PM 

I'm usually not keen on sitting watching cricket on TV in the morning but made an exception this frosty morning to watch Jonny Bairstow's innings. It's not just his batting but his whole demeanor that makes him so good to watch.

He plays hard and you know it really means a lot to him but it doesn't stop him having a laugh and exchanging a smile with the opposition when he gets away with one, or the ball does something strange.

More power to him and I hope some of it rubs off on at least one of the more confrontational members of the England team.

Twelfth Man
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Re: Back to the test

November 26 2016, 5:54 PM 

Hear hear. The way he conducts himself on and off the field is a credit to him and his family.

Things had been surprisingly cordial until today, but it comes as no surprise to learn that Stokes was involved in the first unsavoury incident of the series. Frankly he deserved all the abuse from the Indians after getting out like he did.

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Re: Back to the test

November 26 2016, 6:52 PM 

Only on this forum could we have praise for JB for smiling after Joe Root got told he didn't care for doing exactly the same at T20 finals day.

Geoff B
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Re: Back to the test

November 26 2016, 7:03 PM 

You couldn't make it up. Have that one on me!

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Re: Back to the test

November 26 2016, 7:25 PM 

How does every thread on this forum end up with a "sack Hodd" contribution from one poster in particular? It's getting very boring now.

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Re: Back to the test

November 26 2016, 8:25 PM 

Agreed. There's a trend where every England thread ends up complaining about some great England cricketers and how they don't treat tests like village green cricket, much like this one.

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