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Dwight_Schrute
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Re: 3rd Test | England vs South Africa at the Oval (Match Thread)

July 28 2017, 4:57 PM 

TRJ

 
 
Geoff B
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England on top

July 28 2017, 5:06 PM 

I think it's fair enough to say that with them 5 down.

Excellent spell on his Test debut by TRJ.

 
 
Brian
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Re: 3rd Test | England vs South Africa at the Oval (Match Thread)

July 28 2017, 5:46 PM 


follow on?
Didn't expect this, but England have fought back brilliantly here. Showed character in batting and have bowled well. Don't think it's a 61-7 pitch though.

 
 
Seadog73
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Re: 3rd Test | England vs South Africa at the Oval (Match Thread)

July 28 2017, 5:57 PM 

Roland-Jones is a serious cricketer, as Yorkshire know to their cost.

 
 
Brian
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Re: 3rd Test | England vs South Africa at the Oval (Match Thread)

July 28 2017, 5:59 PM 

Thought I saw a news story this week about Toblerone having shrunk. Don't see any evidence of it here.

 
 
Guest
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Re: 3rd Test | England vs South Africa at the Oval (Match Thread)

July 28 2017, 7:57 PM 

Seems the CDs of whale music, candles and yuka plants did their job.

 
 
Gavin Gray
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Re: 3rd Test | England vs South Africa at the Oval (Match Thread)

July 30 2017, 3:56 PM 

I didn't catch any off today's play so far. So I missed Malans 2nd innings. Did he look any better than that pitiful attempt in the 1st.

 
 
Brian
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Re: 3rd Test | England vs South Africa at the Oval (Match Thread)

July 30 2017, 4:46 PM 

Not much, but suppose you could argue he had to get on with it. Could have done with quicker runs and an earlier declaration.

 
 
Stu
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Re: 3rd Test | England vs South Africa at the Oval (Match Thread)

July 30 2017, 6:37 PM 

Interesting series so far. The side batting first has hammered the opposition in all three games.

Win the toss, bat first, win the match comfortably. Should it be so, that there is so much advantage in batting first?


    
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Twelfth Man
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Re: 3rd Test | England vs South Africa at the Oval (Match Thread)

July 30 2017, 7:25 PM 

Apart from the first Test, it is through no fault of the pitches. Neither team seems to be able bat under our old friend scoreboard pressure. I would say the fault lies in the mind rather than the pitches.

 
 
Guest
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Re: 3rd Test | England vs South Africa at the Oval (Match Thread)

July 30 2017, 10:19 PM 

Could it be that the modern mind can see no value in the draw. Rear-guard action consumes effort, energy and application. Perhaps it is better to leave behind an unpromising situation and conserve the scarce resources for the future.

Just a thought!

 
 
Geoff B
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Playing for a draw.

July 30 2017, 10:58 PM 

Could it be we have got what we wanted.

Investment in drainage and floodlights must surely increase the percentage of time the players are actually on the field in Test matches in this country.

Faster scoring rates and the brand of entertaining cricket which was demanded barely leave room for a draw over a 5 day match. We'll gloss over the abysmal over rates shall we.

If SA get a draw out of this one, or if England had managed a draw out of the last one it would be remembered as a monumental effort to tell their grandchildren about. Not just a plain old draw as in days of old, or back in the day, if you prefer.

We didn't really like those old bore draws anyway did we!

 
 
Guest
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Re: 3rd Test | England vs South Africa at the Oval (Match Thread)

July 31 2017, 7:05 AM 

I haven't seen any recent comment about Bairstows wicketkeeping.

It's a shame those quick to criticise are slow to praise. He has taken some great catches this summer and from what I have seen he has come on leaps and bounds with the gloves. The clamours for a Foakes or Buttler to play and keep wicket so Johnny can bat in the top 5 as he is more than capable seem to have died away.

I presume the improvement will be attributed to all the resting rather than any hard work on the practice ground with French.

 
 
Brian
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Re: 3rd Test | England vs South Africa at the Oval (Match Thread)

July 31 2017, 10:53 AM 

French? What's he doing learning foreign languages when he should be practising his game?

 
 
Egham Tyke
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Re: 3rd Test | England vs South Africa at the Oval (Match Thread)

July 31 2017, 11:36 AM 

Everyone seems to think this is a shoo in for England but SA quite capable of holding on for a draw. No wickets before lunch and it will be squeaky bum time

 
 
Seadog73
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Re: 3rd Test | England vs South Africa at the Oval (Match Thread)

July 31 2017, 11:58 AM 

Well bowled Egham!

 
 
Egham Tyke
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Re: 3rd Test | England vs South Africa at the Oval (Match Thread)

July 31 2017, 12:39 PM 

Thank you though even I would have struggled to get Hales out yesterday. No more before 3pm though Seadog

 
 
Egham Tyke
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Re: 3rd Test | England vs South Africa at the Oval (Match Thread)

July 31 2017, 2:17 PM 

Coming up to the 50 partnership and looking comfortable

 
 
Dwight_Schrute
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Re: 3rd Test | England vs South Africa at the Oval (Match Thread)

July 31 2017, 2:28 PM 

Yes Moeeeen!

Terrible umpiring nearly ruined the moment!

 
 
Guest
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Re: 3rd Test | England vs South Africa at the Oval (Match Thread)

July 31 2017, 2:38 PM 

Not bad for a bloke supposedly not the front line best spinner....

Well done England. Lessons learned from last teat with disciplined batting from Cook Westley Jennings allowing Stokes and Bairstow to attack from a stronger base.

TRJ looks a good player and offers more than Wood so interesting to see if Woakes usurps him when fit .

Still issues to address with opener and Malan

 
 
 
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