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Adlerhorst
26-04-2006, 08:28 AM
Should be an interesting series. Looking forward to seeing Maharoof who looks to be an interesting prospect for them. Also should be a decent opportunity for some of our kids given the likely absentees in the England team. I'd like Tremlett to be given a go against them - at 6 foot 7 and 80 mph plus he ought to do rather well.

Also Hair has been appointed for the series. Please please please call that chucker again.

jazman
26-04-2006, 11:43 AM
Looking forward to it as well. First home series since the Ashes win. Wasn't the greates in Pakistan but made amends with the Test against India. Hoping that a few of the new boys get another go, especially at home.

Hoping to get tickets as well at some stage.

elliott
26-04-2006, 11:53 AM
Friday at Edgbaston, got my tickets. Sold out now for that day I think

jazman
26-04-2006, 11:58 AM
My cousin and his mates have ordered tickets. Just waiting for a spare for either Sri Lanka or Pakistan. Either would be great :p

kolinkins
26-04-2006, 12:09 PM
Originally posted by Adlerhorst

Also Hair has been appointed for the series. Please please please call that chucker again.

Is Kirtley playing?

OriginalNutter
26-04-2006, 12:11 PM
I've got tickets for Headingley on the 1st July. There is eight of us so we are dressing up as Snow White and the seven Dwarfs.
Still got to draw straws for who's going to be Snow White....

Oddjob
26-04-2006, 12:17 PM
I am going to the ODI at the Oval v SL, and friday of the Oval test V Pakistan, fancy England to win both test series, bit sure about the shorter form - would like to see Rikki Clarke back in the ODI side at some stage as well

Radders
26-04-2006, 12:20 PM
Going to the first day at Lords on May 11th, will probably piss down with rain innit!!

KentExpress
26-04-2006, 12:32 PM
I spoke to four umpires last year at various Kent matches, three of which were test umpires and all said Muttiah Muralitharan chucks. However there is a large amount of pressure from the powers that be to have a strong Sri Lankan side.

What I don’t understand is why they don’t test him in match conditions when somebody like Ponting is getting after him & Muralitharan is really trying to spin the ball. When they test him in the lab you can not tell me he is really “ripping” the ball out of his hand, like he would in a match.

There are still photo’s of him bowling with a bent arm, then later in the same action his arm is straight. If that is not proof I don’t what is.

It is a shame, that Bishen Bedi is one of the few people to speak out in public about Muralitharan, and he was threatened with being sued.

Adlerhorst
26-04-2006, 06:39 PM
Originally posted by kolinkins
Is Kirtley playing?

If he was, he should be called as well. This isn't a sub continent thing. Worth looking at Bishan Bedi's comments on the subject.

EDIT: I see Kentexpress has already raised Bedi. Bedi also slated Harbhajan so not an Indian thing either.

Adlerhorst
04-05-2006, 12:09 PM
Jon Lewis bowling himself into contention for the spare bowling spot by taking 4-22 for England A against Sri Lanka (who are pretty much full strength bar the chucker). Sri Lanka 74-5 at lunch.

kolinkins
04-05-2006, 12:43 PM
Aldi – why do you feel the need to always refer to him as the chucker? If that is what these cricket threads this summer are going to be like, then I am going to just stay away.

KentExpress
04-05-2006, 02:12 PM
Originally posted by kolinkins
Aldi – why do you feel the need to always refer to him as the chucker?

Because that is exactly what he is, a chucker. Hopefully his records will be regarded in the same light as those of the East German swimmers in the 1970’s & the Chinese women distance runners.

Webb
04-05-2006, 03:18 PM
We have to play Jon Lewis instead of Mahmood in the first test next week. For me, it's not even a choice.

Yes, I'm slightly biased, but Lewis has been in brilliant form since the start of the season in all forms of the game for Glos, and deserves a chance at the higher level.

kolinkins
04-05-2006, 03:55 PM
Originally posted by KentExpress
Because that is exactly what he is, a chucker. Hopefully his records will be regarded in the same light as those of the East German swimmers in the 1970’s & the Chinese women distance runners.

Hopefully he will be recorded as the record taking Test match wicket taker for decades to come.

elliott
04-05-2006, 04:44 PM
Originally posted by Webb
We have to play Jon Lewis instead of Mahmood in the first test next week. For me, it's not even a choice.

Yes, I'm slightly biased, but Lewis has been in brilliant form since the start of the season in all forms of the game for Glos, and deserves a chance at the higher level.

He's also one of my favourite players if it helps

Adlerhorst
04-05-2006, 04:46 PM
Originally posted by kolinkins
Aldi – why do you feel the need to always refer to him as the chucker? If that is what these cricket threads this summer are going to be like, then I am going to just stay away.

Just for you Klinx i'll never call him that again (on this thread). I feel i have made my position on his action quite clear

ps. I'm not a cheap supermarket:p

kolinkins
04-05-2006, 05:07 PM
Originally posted by Adlerhorst
Just for you Klinx i'll never call him that again (on this thread). I feel i have made my position on his action quite clear

ps. I'm not a cheap supermarket:p

:p

Oisin
05-05-2006, 12:51 PM
With Joyce playing for England A does that mean he won't be able to play for Ireland in the World Cup?

Radders
05-05-2006, 01:00 PM
Originally posted by Oisin
With Joyce playing for England A does that mean he won't be able to play for Ireland in the World Cup?

I think its the same as Giggs playing for England schoolboys. If he played for the full team it would be different.

west country boy
05-05-2006, 01:06 PM
Originally posted by Radders
I think its the same as Giggs playing for England schoolboys. If he played for the full team it would be different.

Did Gavin Hamilton play for England as well as Scotland or am I making that up?

Webb
05-05-2006, 01:33 PM
Originally posted by west country boy
Did Gavin Hamilton play for England as well as Scotland or am I making that up?

Nope, he played a few tests for England after playing for Scotland in the, um, 1999 World Cup, I think.

Adlerhorst
05-05-2006, 05:31 PM
Sri Lanka falling apart in the second innings. 50 odd for 5. Wickets shared this time.

Webb
07-05-2006, 08:50 AM
England squad: Andrew Flintoff (Lancashire, capt), Marcus Trescothick (Somerset), Andrew Strauss (Middlesex), Alastair Cook (Essex), Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire), Paul Collingwood (Durham), Geraint Jones (Kent, wkt), Monty Panesar (Northamptonshire), Liam Plunkett (Durham), Matthew Hoggard (Yorkshire), Sajid Mahmood (Lancashire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Jon Lewis (Gloucestershire).

Adlerhorst
07-05-2006, 02:10 PM
Apparently Cook is to bat three.

On the basis of the squad my team would be

Tresco
Strauss
Cook
Pietersen
Bell
Flintoff
Collingwood
GO Jones
Hoggard
Mahmood
Panesar

So no place for Lewis or Plunkett. Reason being if its going to swing then Hoggard will exploit the conditions so little need for Lewis, and Mahmood is that bit quicker than Plunkett. Collingwood is a more than handy second change seamer in early season English conditions and adds some solidity to an otherwise long tail.

Webb
07-05-2006, 06:15 PM
For me.....

Strauss
Cook
Tresco
Bell
Pietersen
Flintoff
Collingwood
Jones
Lewis
Hoggard
Panesar

pete eagle
07-05-2006, 11:49 PM
I don't think Bell will play so Collingwood will be at no.4 or no.5 with the normal 4 seamers and a spinner. Mahmood and Lewis can be inconsistent so it's between whichever one is more in form and since Lewis decimated the Sri Lankans, the case for him becomes more forceful.

JKM
11-05-2006, 11:29 AM
A pretty solid start so far, 73-0. Looks a lovely day at Lord's.

jazman
11-05-2006, 11:35 AM
Quite key winning the toss. Avoids having to face the chucker late in the test i.e the last dat when the pitch is wearing .....

Baron Greenback
11-05-2006, 12:01 PM
What's the latest that play can continue tonight? Is it 6.30?

Baron Greenback
11-05-2006, 12:06 PM
Strauss out just before lunch. 86-1.

Adlerhorst
11-05-2006, 05:15 PM
Cook gone for 89. Tresco got his ton and got out. KP past 50. Hoggard playing out the last over of the day.

Steve in Phoenix
11-05-2006, 05:40 PM
Including Cook, Mahmood and Panesar is definitely a nod towards the Ashes. On form alone, Lewis is the first bowler on the team, but his swing bowling would be crucified down under.

crystaljim
12-05-2006, 05:12 AM
One question, if you are 2- 300 odd and dominating the bowling, what is the point of a night watchman?

Adlerhorst
12-05-2006, 06:44 AM
They'd just taken the new ball and it was moving about a little bit. Only two overs before close, absolutely no point in not doing it, and anyway these days you are entitled to expect double centuries from nightwatchmen. ;)

Adlerhorst
12-05-2006, 06:54 AM
Oh and well played Alistair Cook. Think it is about a year ago since i Posted (http://forums.cpfc.org/showthread.php?s=&postid=3223568&highlight=Cook#post3223568) that he'd do rather well at this lark.

< Smug >

Here's the next one for you. Sam Northeast. 16 at the moment and going to be excellent. Just broken by the fact he's from Kent and not Surrey.;)

Radders
12-05-2006, 09:37 AM
The missus treated me to two tickets yesterday as a gift for my birthday back in April.Took her with me and although she was dreading it we had an excellent day. Good weather, good cricket 100s & 50s all over the shop.

Lets hope it continues today.

Quality! :D

KentExpress
12-05-2006, 09:46 AM
Originally posted by Adlerhorst

Here's the next one for you. Sam Northeast. 16 at the moment and going to be excellent. [/B]

I can confirm this boy is going to be a very good player in the future.

Adlerhorst
12-05-2006, 11:40 AM
KP ton up

jazman
12-05-2006, 12:01 PM
KP in fine form, off 128 balls!

Oisin
12-05-2006, 12:45 PM
432-4 down are four sessions with KP bang in form, Collingwood settled in and Freddie still to come. Sri Lanka won't be enjoying their lunch.

Adlerhorst
12-05-2006, 12:48 PM
An afternoon of carnage will follow. 11 off the first seven balls after lunch.

Radders
12-05-2006, 12:52 PM
Agree Adlerhorst, I think KP, Colly & Freddie are gonna have some fun this afternoon!

GDP
12-05-2006, 12:59 PM
KP, Collingwood and Freddie are all big hitters and hopefully we can pile on the runs. I would like to see us have a bowl at them late on to see if we can take a couple of wickets.

Brilliant yesterday from Tresco and especially Cook. He has settled in very quickly. Looks like the start of a great summer! :)

GreatGonzo
12-05-2006, 01:20 PM
First innings declaration?

Weather is not favourable over the weekend, put them in sometime today?

GreatGonzo
12-05-2006, 01:57 PM
No-one posted it yet?

KP out LBW and Collingwood bowled a few balls later!

Bobby Woodruff
12-05-2006, 02:35 PM
Originally posted by GreatGonzo
First innings declaration?

Weather is not favourable over the weekend, put them in sometime today?

Good call, quick Freddy hammering and then declared at 551 for 6.

GreatGonzo
12-05-2006, 02:50 PM
0-1

3rd over and we have the first out for 0!

3/4 wickets today needed

Baron Greenback
12-05-2006, 02:50 PM
0-1 Fantastic ball from Hoggard.:lux:

Justy C
12-05-2006, 02:57 PM
We're looking good for this one.

Fingers crossed regarding the weather, have a ticket for tomorrow.

Tomo
12-05-2006, 02:58 PM
I want sky.

Lewes Eagle
12-05-2006, 03:05 PM
Originally posted by Tomo
I want sky.

Me too :(

Baron Greenback
12-05-2006, 03:14 PM
Hoggards got another. Great bowling 21-2

GreatGonzo
12-05-2006, 03:14 PM
Great leave by the Sri Lankan, middle and leg 3/4 of the way up, thank you for playing and 21-2.

Timbo
12-05-2006, 03:15 PM
Any live commentary sites?

John.K
12-05-2006, 03:18 PM
Originally posted by Timbo
Any live commentary sites?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/england/4764551.stm

on the right hand side - 5live

Timbo
12-05-2006, 03:25 PM
Brill, Thanks JohnK, I didnt even think to check BBC!

Timbo
12-05-2006, 03:28 PM
Man, I wish I was in England for this! Not necessarily at the ground but there is just something about going to a nice seaside or country pub and watching cricket on the telly

At least I am travelling back to Jamaica next week to see the one dayers against India at Sabina!

jazman
12-05-2006, 03:39 PM
The Sky score centre is very good especially the online commentary :p

jazman
12-05-2006, 03:42 PM
http://home.skysports.com/

Lee B
12-05-2006, 03:44 PM
Guardian unlimited over by over reports is always entertaining.

Really enjoyed the 2 hours of highlights last night on Sky!

If your going to Edgbaston clap your hands.:lux:

Timbo
12-05-2006, 03:48 PM
Yes Jazman that look kinda interesting too....a bit more colloquial than the cricinfo text commentary!

jazman
12-05-2006, 03:51 PM
Originally posted by Timbo
Yes Jazman that look kinda interesting too....a bit more colloquial than the cricinfo text commentary!

The commentary is very good over by over, plenty of humour. I can't get on with the cricinfo one, you can't just take a quick glance....

Timbo
12-05-2006, 03:52 PM
Rikki Clarke on as sub?

elliott
12-05-2006, 03:53 PM
Originally posted by Lee B
Guardian unlimited over by over reports is always entertaining.

Really enjoyed the 2 hours of highlights last night on Sky!

If your going to Edgbaston clap your hands.:lux:


Much clapping.

Friday for me

Radders
12-05-2006, 04:33 PM
81-3

Lewes Eagle
12-05-2006, 04:46 PM
81-4

El Aguila
12-05-2006, 04:55 PM
Super Mahmood!
A star is born?

Lewes Eagle
12-05-2006, 04:56 PM
85-6

Don't think a break of one day or more for rain will make much difference to the outcome of this match.

Good start for Mahmood; 3.2 overs, 1 maiden, 6 runs for 3 wickets.

Radders
12-05-2006, 04:56 PM
85-6!

:lux: :lux: :lux:

Adlerhorst
12-05-2006, 05:26 PM
Originally posted by El Aguila
Super Mahmood!
A star is born?

That's some comeback after his first three balls in test cricket.

BaldEagle96
12-05-2006, 05:30 PM
91/6 close of play. Get in!

YASSA the PALACETINIAN
12-05-2006, 05:35 PM
Originally posted by El Aguila
Super Mahmood!
A star is born?

He looked good in India.

A star is born? could well be.

El Aguila
12-05-2006, 05:36 PM
I haven't seen him. Young, tall and pretty fast, right?

Adlerhorst
12-05-2006, 05:41 PM
Originally posted by El Aguila
I haven't seen him. Young, tall and pretty fast, right?

Yep, also i'd add ugly.

Timbo
12-05-2006, 05:41 PM
Great day for England. Strauss injury probably not serious

pete eagle
12-05-2006, 05:42 PM
He's done well but against a batting line up that is desperately short of form and confidence.

One to keep an eye on, but as a regular for the first team, I think he's a long way off.

Adlerhorst
13-05-2006, 11:12 AM
He's still quite raw, and bowling far too full at the moment. Have no problem with him chucking (and i'll ge tonto that later) in a couple of yorkers but every other ball and you become about as effective as Brett Lee before he saw the light.

Anyway gives England four bowlers who operate at 90 mph, which has to be good.

Slight concern about his action when he really tries though.

Adlerhorst
13-05-2006, 11:17 AM
Vaas dropped twice now. Feel sorry for Plunkett.

Adlerhorst
13-05-2006, 11:56 AM
All out for 192 and that's lunch

pete eagle
14-05-2006, 03:40 PM
Monty giving a lesson in controlled spin bowling out there today, doing himself a whole word of good in the chase for an Ashes place. The rest of them however are not too clever today, as Geoff Boycott said earlier. They aren't bowling with their brains.

Adlerhorst
15-05-2006, 07:13 AM
Dreadful performance yesterday. Monty desperately under-utilised. Plunkett was unlucky and the less said about the catching the better. Still got quite a lot to do to win this. And looks like rain until lunchtime.

Rather bizarrely, Jones became the quickest wicketkeeper to get 100 dismissals for England, though i suspect that says mre about the state of our pace attack than his keeping.

Lewes Eagle
15-05-2006, 10:33 AM
Another dropped catch! Flintoff this time.

Diggers digs in?
15-05-2006, 10:50 AM
Originally posted by Adlerhorst
Rather bizarrely, Jones became the quickest wicketkeeper to get 100 dismissals for England, though i suspect that says mre about the state of our pace attack than his keeping.

Agreed.

Baron Greenback
15-05-2006, 11:06 AM
7 down now.

greybot
15-05-2006, 11:53 AM
Are we going to win this or is rain going to ruin it??

jazman
15-05-2006, 11:58 AM
Finally a wicket for Plunkett :lux:

GreatGonzo
15-05-2006, 11:59 AM
Not sure the rain is strong enough, we need just over an hours play.

Question is when we get back in do the batsmen play 20:20 style to ensure they beat anymore rain?

Adlerhorst
15-05-2006, 02:26 PM
This is now getting silly.

greybot
15-05-2006, 02:37 PM
It's a joke!

Lewes Eagle
15-05-2006, 02:37 PM
Originally posted by Adlerhorst
This is now getting silly.

Casual approach since Saturday and dropped catches have been mostly to blame but definately missing Michael Vaughan's leadership, to mix up the bowling and field placing.

Mr C
15-05-2006, 02:42 PM
Off for bad light - still 8 down

Baron Greenback
15-05-2006, 02:43 PM
Off for bad light now. Sri Lanka 151 ahead.:bash: :bash: :bash:
it's slipping away.

GreatGonzo
15-05-2006, 02:43 PM
Draw now 1.22 with betfair, the England win is 5.7!

PalaceSi
15-05-2006, 02:45 PM
Englands bowling attack without Jones is lame and if we can't take six wickets in two days on days four and five against Sri Lanka then gawd help us against Pakistan and the Aussies.

Steve M
15-05-2006, 02:46 PM
We only have ourselves to blame. If we'd held our catches we'd have been home long ago. :bash:

Super-frustrating though - Sri Lanka aren't exactly the greatest side in the world, especially away from home. We really ought to be beating them comfortably, even without two frontline bowlers (and that's not to take any credit away from their second innings batting).

(I still think we'll win the series though :cool: )

Freddy Kurz
15-05-2006, 02:47 PM
Originally posted by greybot
Are we going to win this or is rain going to ruin it??

It's not the rain that is ruining it, it's England's lousy catching that's doing that!!

GreatGonzo
15-05-2006, 02:59 PM
Back out

GreatGonzo
15-05-2006, 03:52 PM
Game on.

Hard and fast at Mulralitheran (sp?) and out in the next couple of overs and we have a real chase on.

GreatGonzo
15-05-2006, 03:59 PM
Bollocks.

Sri Lankan's off with bad light again.

Lewes Eagle
15-05-2006, 04:31 PM
Another dropped catch! :rolleyes:

GreatGonzo
15-05-2006, 04:54 PM
Was the final nail in the coffin, off again with bad light and now unlikely to come out again.

what was it that Aussie banner said?

Dropped catches lose matches (well draw them in this case)

Lewes Eagle
15-05-2006, 05:01 PM
Originally posted by GreatGonzo
Was the final nail in the coffin, off again with bad light and now unlikely to come out again.

what was it that Aussie banner said?

Dropped catches lose matches (well draw them in this case)

Psychologically, that was a win for Sri Lanka. Interesting to see how both sides react in the next test.

Adlerhorst
15-05-2006, 05:39 PM
Match now drawn. Terrible performance in the field with the ball in the second innings. And it has to be said, pretty poor captaincy.

GreatGonzo
15-05-2006, 05:43 PM
Originally posted by Adlerhorst
Match now drawn. Terrible performance in the field with the ball in the second innings. And it has to be said, pretty poor captaincy.

Pretty much how the former captains in the commentary box were saying things.

Adlerhorst
15-05-2006, 05:46 PM
Originally posted by GreatGonzo
Pretty much how the former captains in the commentary box were saying things.

Cool - i now have an alternate career if this one doesn't work out. And one with sun, travel and sport. Nice

Adlerhorst
25-05-2006, 10:07 AM
Second Test: SL win the toss and bat

3-1 Hoggard strikes in the first over

Adlerhorst
25-05-2006, 10:35 AM
16-2 Plunkett strikes in his first over

Lewes Eagle
25-05-2006, 10:37 AM
16 for 3 Sangakkara gone now :)

Adlerhorst
25-05-2006, 10:38 AM
Useful over

west country boy
25-05-2006, 10:38 AM
Huzzah.

Lewes Eagle
25-05-2006, 10:40 AM
Originally posted by Lewes Eagle
16 for 3 Sangakkara gone now :)

Opps it's not Sangakkara , even better, Jayawardene's gone for 0 :lux:

Adlerhorst
25-05-2006, 10:41 AM
That over took Plunkett's bowling average from 80 down to 54.

Ruskin Old Boy
25-05-2006, 10:59 AM
Why did Sri Lanka choose to bat first? Madness

Adlerhorst
25-05-2006, 11:00 AM
Another one gone - t'was sunnyish when they won the toss.

Adlerhorst
25-05-2006, 11:04 AM
Drinks 25-4. Carnage

Mr C
25-05-2006, 11:33 AM
Originally posted by Adlerhorst
Drinks 25-4. Carnage

Another one gone 5 down...46-5

Adlerhorst
25-05-2006, 11:34 AM
Plunkett is having a fairly decent morning.

Palaceman95
25-05-2006, 11:35 AM
i swear i heard a guy singing the Clinton Morrison song in the background.

StudentEagle
25-05-2006, 11:40 AM
Christ they're falling quickly. Do hope there's some play left for Sunday, have tickets for then :)

Lewes Eagle
25-05-2006, 11:45 AM
Originally posted by StudentEagle
Christ they're falling quickly. Do hope there's some play left for Sunday, have tickets for then :)

Not sure at this rate.

Dilshan caught off a no ball then dropped by Collingwood, sounds like he's itching to get back to the pavilion!

Lewes Eagle
25-05-2006, 11:51 AM
Now Strauss has dropped Maharoof... here we go again!

Adlerhorst
25-05-2006, 11:52 AM
Three gone down so far this morning.

Embassy No.1
25-05-2006, 11:58 AM
1254: Metronomic stuff from Hoggard, who sticks in another maiden over.

(BBC)

Neil
25-05-2006, 12:00 PM
65-6 - LUNCH :lux:

Adlerhorst
25-05-2006, 12:01 PM
Originally posted by Neil
65-6 - LUNCH :lux:

For six? Did i miss something.

Neil
25-05-2006, 12:02 PM
Originally posted by Adlerhorst
For six? Did i miss something.

Yep, Mahmood got a wicket and they took lunch mid-over

Adlerhorst
25-05-2006, 12:02 PM
Clearly i did. Maharoof gone.

Adlerhorst
25-05-2006, 12:03 PM
A good morning. Had to be really though - pitch expected to flatten out this afternoon and rain for the next three days.

Embassy No.1
25-05-2006, 12:07 PM
Originally posted by Neil
65-6 - LUNCH :lux:


BBC:

EDGBASTON MATCH SUMMARY:

Sri Lanka 65-6 v England
Liam Plunkett and Matthew Hoggard ripped the heart out of Sri Lanka's batting on the first morning of the second Test at Edgbaston.

England's bowlers had the tourists in all sorts of bother at 65-6 after Sri Lanka had elected to bat first.

Hoggard bowled Upul Tharanga in the match's first over before Plunkett replaced Andrew Flintoff and opened with two wickets in his first over.

Hoggard struck again before Plunkett dismissed Kumar Sangakkara (25).



http://www.xbox-evolved.com/images/smilies/woot.gif


Shame the weather forcast for the weekend.

Webb
25-05-2006, 12:32 PM
Wow! I miss a morning of play, and we do amazingly well.

Might pop down to the pub after lunch and watch a little.

Embassy No.1
25-05-2006, 12:55 PM
"Devon Malcolm's fielding was atrocious. On his first tour in the Caribbean, he turned his back on one in the field because he said the sun was in his eyes. Coach Micky Stewart exploded, and said 'for crying out loud Devon, why didn't you get round the other side of it?' And Devon said: 'Because it's millions of miles away...'"

TMS analyst Gus Fraser

crystal essex
25-05-2006, 01:02 PM
79-7 now

Embassy No.1
25-05-2006, 01:07 PM
EDGBASTON MATCH SUMMARY:
Sri Lanka 80-7 v England
Andrew Flintoff collected England's first wicket 20 minutes after lunch as Sri Lanka lost their seventh wicket on day one of the second Test.

Tillakaratne Dilshan made 27, the highest score by a Sri Lankan, before edging to Marcus Trescothick at slip.

Earlier, Liam Plunkett and Matthew Hoggard had shared five wickets after Sri Lanka had elected to bat first.

Paul Collingwood took two catches, one at gully and one at fourth slip, while Geraint Jones claimed three.

(BBC)

Neil
25-05-2006, 01:07 PM
82-8

Embassy No.1
25-05-2006, 01:15 PM
Originally posted by Neil
82-8

1407: WICKET - SRI LANKA 82-8: KULASEKARA C TRESCOTHICK B MAHMOOD 3
Kulasekara is out flashing irresponsibly at a Mahmood delivery. First slip Trescothick takes a difficult catch around about his left shoulder.

(BBC)

Embassy No.1
25-05-2006, 01:22 PM
1412: Malinga discovers he has forgotten his box and quickly sends for it. Wise move with the ball nipping around like it is. Vaas gets rapped on the left wrist by Flintoff. Pietersen, mobbed by children out on the boundary, takes the opportunity to sign some autographs. Good man.

Neil
25-05-2006, 01:29 PM
Panesar drops anoter catch.

Bloody hell, I would have caught that one!

Embassy No.1
25-05-2006, 01:44 PM
Originally posted by Neil
Panesar drops anoter catch.

Bloody hell, I would have caught that one!

"Strikes me that Monty Panesar has some close vision difficulties. In both incidents today his hands have been a couple of inches from the correct position when he attempted to catch the ball. The answer: glasses."
John Benson (BBC)

Embassy No.1
25-05-2006, 02:44 PM
EDGBASTON MATCH SUMMARY:
Sri Lanka 141 v England (tea)http://www.spinquad.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif
A dogged ninth wicket partnership involving Chaminda Vaas and Lasith Malinga was finally ended when Monty Panesar struck in his first over.

Panesar had dropped Malinga on nought but then trapped him lbw for 26.

The partnership had been worth exactly 50 and came after Sri Lanka had been 82-8, still 15 shy of their lowest ever score in a Test match innings.

Liam Plunkett had been England's most effective bowler with 3-43 in 12 overs, and he could have had more wickets.

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1537: WICKET - SRI LANKA 141 ALL OUT: MURALI C PLUNKETT B FLINTOFF 1
It's old Lancashire team-mates Flintoff v Murali and the banter has been turned up in the middle. Murali goes for a huge heave second ball and Plunkett is wiping ice off the ball after safely pouching it.http://www.feebleminds-gifs.com/smiley-faces-76.gif

AddiscombeEagle
25-05-2006, 02:46 PM
Good performance by England, imagine Fletcher is working on Monty's fielding.

dannyboy1807
25-05-2006, 02:47 PM
they shoudl have been out a long time ago we obviously stepped of the boil again

Lords Eagle
25-05-2006, 04:45 PM
England 75-2, but we've just got 5 Pen runs, what do you get that for? never heard of it? or is something like stopping the ball with you hat?

west country boy
25-05-2006, 04:49 PM
Originally posted by Lords Eagle
England 75-2, but we've just got 5 Pen runs, what do you get that for? never heard of it? or is something like stopping the ball with you hat?

It's when it hits the fielder's helmet that is on the pitch behind the wicket-keeper (when it's not being worn by a fielder obviously). Although I think that you incur five penalty runs for catching the ball in your hat as well.

Adlerhorst
25-05-2006, 05:02 PM
KP going nuts

Granada allover
25-05-2006, 05:15 PM
Originally posted by Adlerhorst
KP going nuts

From BBC:

'Malinga is on to bowl to Pietersen who, as always, is twitching around like he forgot to go to the toilet before he strapped on his pads...'

PalaceSi
25-05-2006, 05:16 PM
Monty's fielding and batting are so atrocious we really should play someone else. Surely theres a spinner out there who can bat and field a little bit. Theres no point Monty getting a couple of wickets if he drops a few catches, concedes untold runs and when he gets to the crease he scores nothing.

Embassy No.1
25-05-2006, 05:18 PM
1810: Kulasekara comes into the attack and is little more than military medium. Cook pushes him down the pitch for three runs

1806: England milk five from Murali's over. Has Pietersen pulled up the shutters with 20 minutes to play?

1803: More buffet stuff from Malinga as he strays onto Cook's legs and the Essex man helps himself to a four to the mid-wicket boundary. Cook, opening the shoulders, rocks back and cuts Malinga for another boundary.

1800: While Pietersen is providing the pyrotechnics at the other end, Cook is more a pipe and slippers man. He has five from 34 balls.

(BBC)

Adlerhorst
25-05-2006, 05:30 PM
Cook gone to the Doosra. Disappointing silence from the Umpire re the legality of the delivery. Must be hard to keep quiet when you know that it is an illegal delivery but you have been gagged by the sport's governing bodies as the guy is popular in certain parts of the world.

Rant over.

Lords Eagle
25-05-2006, 05:36 PM
3 behind with 7 wickets in hand, not bad first day's work :p

Webb
25-05-2006, 09:22 PM
How is Malinga's action legal?! His arm is almost horizontal when he bowls.

Oisin
25-05-2006, 09:31 PM
I was trying to work that out myself.

Adlerhorst
26-05-2006, 08:11 AM
As long as Malinga doesn't chuck or bowl underarm there is nothing wrong with his action. MCC Laws of cricket: Law 24.

And he can bowl underarm if it is agreed beforehand.

Oddjob
26-05-2006, 08:34 AM
Got my tickets through for the ODI at The Oval next month, still can't beleive they have banned the taking in of booze, you are looking at 70 odd notes for a good day in there now.

Adlerhorst
26-05-2006, 11:48 AM
And we're back on. Ball going past the bat very regularly. KP scoring quickly though - i guess on the basis that he knows that sooner or later one is going to take the edge. Fifty up.

jazman
26-05-2006, 11:52 AM
Should be an interesting afternoon if KP keeps his foot on the pedal ...

Embassy No.1
26-05-2006, 01:44 PM
EDGBASTON MATCH SUMMARY (Day two):
England 230-4 v Sri Lanka 141

England resumed after a late lunch on day two of the second Test already 52 ahead of Sri Lanka, with Kevin Pietersen at the helm.

The hosts scored 55 for the loss of night-watchman Matthew Hoggard in a truncated 70-minute morning session.

Rain prevented play until 1220 BST, but Pietersen moved from 30 to 65 as England sailed past Sri Lanka's 141.

Chaminda Vaas bowled Hoggard with a yorker, bringing Paul Collingwood in to bat on his 30th birthday.



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1441: Maharoof makes way for Kulasekara but it makes little difference as his first ball is cracked through the covers by Pietersen, who moves to 96 by swinging the next ball to backward square-leg for two.

"The Sri Lankans look content to push the field back and give Pietersen singles to take him off strike. He looks like a man in a hurry."
TMS expert Mike Selvey

1437: With runs flowing, Jayawardene brings on trump card Muralitharan in an attempt to slow Pietersen down.

1432: Are we at Wimbledon already? Pietersen produces a repeat of the previous Maharoof over, pirouetting to flip the ball down to the long-on fence. He then plays a quite exquisite cover drive straight out of the text book to bring up the fifty partnership. In this mood he is almost unstoppable.

1430: Pietersen races through for a quick single and the throw fells the batsman after thudding into his pad.

1426: We had some hockey-style shots from Pietersen at Lord's, and now it's time for tennis as he plays a top-spin forehand off Maharoof to crash the ball from outside off-stump down to the long-on boundary. The last ball of the over flies off the edge over the slips for another four to agitate the tourists futher.

1420: Pietersen finally makes clean contact to whip Kulasekara through mid-wicket to bring up 200 for England. The lead is now 60.

1415: Maharoof comes on for his first spell of the day instead of Malinga. Pietersen tries to thrash the first ball away but gets his timing all wrong and then misses with another swish off the next delivery.

Adlerhorst
26-05-2006, 02:48 PM
KP ton up. Starting to destroy Murali. Freddie quiet at the moment. Adlerhorst's useless fact for the day is that KP's middle name is Peter.

GeeTee
26-05-2006, 02:50 PM
Brilliant innings KP. Shame it was just shy of the 150.

GreatGonzo
26-05-2006, 02:51 PM
But he did score more runs on his own than Sri Lanka did in their innings! :eek:

Freddy now gone!

Webb
26-05-2006, 02:54 PM
Originally posted by Adlerhorst
As long as Malinga doesn't chuck or bowl underarm there is nothing wrong with his action. MCC Laws of cricket: Law 24.

And he can bowl underarm if it is agreed beforehand.

What happened to the arm being at no more than a 15 degree angle? Or have I made that rule up?:confused:

Embassy No.1
26-05-2006, 02:57 PM
1551: WICKET ENGLAND 290-7 Flintoff 6
Malinga beats Flintoff for pace and rips out his off-stump with a good delivery. The skipper had been unusually subdued and registers a rare failure. England have lost their two kingpins in successive overs but are still in control with a lead of 149.

"What a player. If he continues to produce performances like that, England supporters will have plenty of days in the sun for the next 10 years or so."
Gus Fraser pays tribute to Pietersen on TMS

1546: WICKET ENGLAND 290-6 Pietersen 142
Groans from the crowd and Pietersen walks off shaking his head after Hair decides he is out lbw this time to a Muralitharan doosra. A good decision from the umpire robs the crowd of more entertainment.

1545: One of the most amazing shots you will ever see from Pietersen, who reverse sweeps Muralitharan for six over point. He follows up by berating someone for moving behind the sightscreen.

"England are in such control that you almost feel it's fading out as a contest. I can't imagine Murali has been treated like this by many batsmen."
TMS analyst Gus Fraser

eaglejez
26-05-2006, 02:58 PM
I expect KP will be criticised for getting out !!

StudentEagle
26-05-2006, 03:06 PM
Looks like they're going to rip through the tail now..Pity, could have done with at least batting out today and building up a lead!

GreatGonzo
26-05-2006, 03:07 PM
Nothing quite the same as an England batting collapse!

Steve M
26-05-2006, 03:12 PM
150 is still a good lead though shame to have lost some momentum at the end. With the forecast not being great for tomorrow I think if can take 3 or 4 wickets before the end we can be well happy and will still be well on course for the win.

GreatGonzo
26-05-2006, 03:15 PM
Overcast, pitches being covered and sweating should surely suit our bowlers over the next couple of days!

Embassy No.1
26-05-2006, 03:16 PM
EDGBASTON MATCH SUMMARY (Day two):
England 295-9 v Sri Lanka 141

Sri Lanka rallied after Kevin Pietersen had blasted a memorable century on the second day of the Edgbaston Test.

Pietersen hit 142 off 157 balls before England tumbled from 290-5 to 293-8, though they still led by more than 150.

Pietersen's century made him the first England player since Graham Gooch in 1990 to hit tons in three successive Test innings in this country.

But Muralitharan finally trapped him lbw for his fourth wicket and had Liam Plunkett caught at mid-on for a duck.



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1611: Mahmood doesn't know much about a rapid yorker from Malinga which is missing leg-stump and a leg-bye is scrambled. There is a hush, with the crowd fearing the worst for Panesar.

1609: To his credit, Monty sees out the rest of the over, much to the bemusement of the Sri Lankan fielders.

1607: The crowd roar as loudly as they did when Pietersen completed his century to greet cult hero Panesar. The odds must be very short on wicket number seven for Muralitharan.

1605: WICKET ENGLAND 294-9 Jones 4
Muralitharan is gifted a sixth wicket when Jones' sweep balloons to short fine-leg.

1603: After looking distinctly average in his earlier spells, Malinga has suddenly found his radar and a searing yorker almost does for Jones.

1600: Mahmood is in and England's innings is in danger of folding in a hurry.

Adlerhorst
26-05-2006, 03:17 PM
WTF happened there - i was only in a meeting for 30 minutes and we're all out.

Adlerhorst
26-05-2006, 03:44 PM
Hoggard strikes in his first over - again.

StudentEagle
26-05-2006, 03:46 PM
I really do hope for some resistance from Sri Lanka and rain tomorrow, else this test is going to be over very quickly.

PauLo
26-05-2006, 04:42 PM
der der der der, MONTY PANESAR! :lux:

PalacePie
26-05-2006, 10:22 PM
England cannot play with an 8,9,10 and 11 who can't bat. Compare what Sri Lanka's tail did in the last test with our display today. Any quality opposition will destroy England with a batting line up like that and it puts far too much pressure on the quality batsmen who against Pakistan or Australia will be out cheaply regularly. The number 8 needs to be a quality batsmen, this is not Plunkett and losing 5 wickets for 5 runs today illustrated perfectly the point.

greybot
26-05-2006, 10:39 PM
Kevin Pieterson is England's finest player, and it's ashame he's South African ;) If it wasn't for him in that 5th test match against Australia we wouldn't have won the series. Forget the dropped catches. It's all about scoring runs, and he delivers!!

henryhallandhisbasque
28-05-2006, 10:22 AM
Another Test being pissed up the wall by England.

Voldo
28-05-2006, 11:50 AM
Originally posted by henryhallandhisbasque
Another Test being pissed up the wall by England.

Time to retract that statement...5 wickets in half hour, only need 78 to win

Good Work Boys

:lux: :lux:

Voldo
28-05-2006, 11:53 AM
ooohh 9-1

69 needed

Webb
28-05-2006, 01:46 PM
"Cook drops a Malinga delivery down in front of him and scampers through for a single. Just 13 runs needed, but the players take drinks. Silly really."

El Aguila
28-05-2006, 01:51 PM
Originally posted by henryhallandhisbasque
Another Test being pissed up the wall by England.
You really are a little ray of sunshine, aren't you?

Tampa Eagle
28-05-2006, 01:55 PM
Any chance of a quick update please? :p

Mong!
28-05-2006, 01:57 PM
68/3

Tampa Eagle
28-05-2006, 01:58 PM
Sri Lanka 2nd innings?

El Aguila
28-05-2006, 02:00 PM
We need 6 runs to win, with seven wickets standing.

Mong!
28-05-2006, 02:01 PM
No, England need 78 to win. We're 68-3

Tampa Eagle
28-05-2006, 02:02 PM
:p Thank you both Appreciated:lux:

Timbo
28-05-2006, 02:14 PM
Originally posted by henryhallandhisbasque
Another Test being pissed up the wall by England.

Right as usual eh!:clown:

Oisin
28-05-2006, 02:42 PM
Sri Lanka aren't much cop away from home are they?

YASSA the PALACETINIAN
28-05-2006, 02:55 PM
Originally posted by Webb (STUMPY)
How is Malinga's action legal?! His arm is almost horizontal when he bowls.

Originally posted by Adlerhorst (WILLOW)
As long as Malinga doesn't chuck or bowl underarm there is nothing wrong with his action. MCC Laws of cricket: Law 24.

And he can bowl underarm if it is agreed beforehand.

PalacePie
28-05-2006, 03:02 PM
Thank god England didn't have to chase 150 as they wouldn't have got them.

pete eagle
28-05-2006, 08:57 PM
However convincing the victory looks, it wasn't, Pietersen in the first innings and Cook in the second innings aside our batting was simply atrocious.

ozeagle
29-05-2006, 05:11 AM
this is great news. bring on the ashes.

well, at least the tickets. they go on sale to ME on June 1.

expecting some form of buffoonery to rear it's head on behalf of the Aussie selectors.

Adlerhorst
29-05-2006, 11:48 AM
When KP first came into the side i was not at all convinced, far too much bottom hand and all that, show pony etc etc.

I'm prepared to admit when i am wrong. I take it all back. He plays straighter than most, and appears to have removed the hoick to square leg / midwicket from his fearsome armoury of shots. And you would never believe it when looking at the shots he plays but he actually plays the percentages, even that reverse sweep, there was no one there, so half connect its a single, three quarters and its a four, properly connect and its a six.

He's simply frighteningly good.

ozeagle
29-05-2006, 11:59 AM
i agree. KP is top notch.

when it was all said and done, he alone won you the Ashes with the magnificent innings at the Oval.

can't field for shit, but who cares. quality bat. best you have.

Adlerhorst
29-05-2006, 02:22 PM
Originally posted by ozeagle
i agree. KP is top notch.

You agree with me about cricket. Shit. I might have to reassess ;)

kolinkins
29-05-2006, 02:32 PM
Originally posted by Adlerhorst
When KP first came into the side i was not at all convinced, far too much bottom hand and all that, show pony etc etc.

I'm prepared to admit when i am wrong. I take it all back. He plays straighter than most, and appears to have removed the hoick to square leg / midwicket from his fearsome armoury of shots. And you would never believe it when looking at the shots he plays but he actually plays the percentages, even that reverse sweep, there was no one there, so half connect its a single, three quarters and its a four, properly connect and its a six.

He's simply frighteningly good.

Agree with this. I too was of the same school of thought, but he developed over the last year. Test will come though when he plays against the best bowlers in the world, the thinking bowlers.

Adlerhorst
29-05-2006, 02:58 PM
Anyone else concerned with the somewhat alarming issue Freddie seems to have developed against genuine pace bowling? At the moment Shaun Tait could get him out.

kolinkins
29-05-2006, 02:59 PM
Originally posted by Adlerhorst
Anyone else concerned with the somewhat alarming issue Freddie seems to have developed against genuine pace bowling? At the moment Shaun Tait could get him out.

I can only think that as captain, he is trying too hard not to play his natural game.

Adlerhorst
02-06-2006, 10:11 AM
Lewis playing and takes a wicket in his first over.

SRL 2/1

Jim Cannons Moustache
02-06-2006, 10:18 AM
:lux:

Jonathan Lewis is an ex-teammate of mine.

Stanley Techer
02-06-2006, 10:26 AM
I shopped in him once! :lux:

Jim Cannons Moustache
02-06-2006, 10:31 AM
:p :D :o

very good.

Oddjob
02-06-2006, 11:47 AM
Anyone else think that Nasser Hussain is a bit of a cock?

Oddjob
02-06-2006, 11:48 AM
Sangakarra Out

Oddjob
02-06-2006, 11:48 AM
Caught behind - might have been unlucky

Oddjob
02-06-2006, 11:56 AM
And another, Hoggard gets it !

Adlerhorst
02-06-2006, 12:02 PM
Given how many times the ball had passed the edge i think perhaps the umpire was putting their keeper out of his misery

Oddjob
02-06-2006, 12:02 PM
And another !!!

Adlerhorst
02-06-2006, 12:04 PM
Like sodding busses, these edges.

Oisin
02-06-2006, 12:18 PM
Why did this test start on a friday?

Oddjob
02-06-2006, 12:21 PM
Not sure, perhaps because the other one just finished, though they have played on a Thurs following a Mon before

Oddjob
02-06-2006, 12:23 PM
If anyones interested a few more tickets have just gone on sale for the ODI between these 2 on the 17th June, in the Mound Stand which is one of the better views, I have got 2 already, saved a fortune from buying them on ebay.

Adlerhorst
02-06-2006, 12:30 PM
Just thinking about this we now have the basis of a serious fast bowling battery that will be around for a number of years.

Harmison - 27
Flintoff - 28
S Jones - 27
Hoggard - 29
Plunkett - 21
James Anderson - 23
Mahmood - 24
Jon Lewis - 30

Okay so Mahmood has some work to do and Lewis is only effective when it is swinging (note that was once said of Hoggard - clearly no longer the case) but there really is quite a lot of depth in the pace bowling department these days - never thought i'd see the day when England clearly had the best pace attack around.

Oisin
02-06-2006, 12:47 PM
Originally posted by Adlerhorst
Lewis is only effective when it is swinging (note that was once said of Hoggard )

As recently as last summer

stevek
02-06-2006, 12:54 PM
Five down.

Oddjob
02-06-2006, 12:54 PM
Another wicket, all they need to do is keep putting the ball in the right place and SL oblige every time

Adlerhorst
02-06-2006, 12:57 PM
This is what happens when you do not have experience of playing in England, especially early season.

stevek
02-06-2006, 01:10 PM
And that's the sixth wicket :lux:

Adlerhorst
02-06-2006, 02:00 PM
Eight down now.

Voldo
02-06-2006, 02:22 PM
Lets build a solid innings for once, with all contributing, we should have them all out soon

Voldo
02-06-2006, 03:07 PM
There goes the 9th wicket for 169

Baron Greenback
02-06-2006, 03:07 PM
Nine down now.
3 wickets fro Lewis. Lets get this last one quickly.

Godstone Eagle
02-06-2006, 03:30 PM
England struggling against the tail yet again

Voldo
02-06-2006, 03:44 PM
How frustrating..i was hoping with our strong bowling through the middle section we would have them all out well before 200...not england though, gotta make things a little more difficult for ourselves

jazman
02-06-2006, 03:49 PM
Last 3 wickets made 80 odd. That Extras has done well, unbeaten on 29 ...

Oisin
02-06-2006, 04:01 PM
About bloody time

Godstone Eagle
02-06-2006, 04:01 PM
Hurrah! All out for 231. Lack of a killer instinct from the England bowlers again though, which is worrying!

selhurstparkflyer
02-06-2006, 04:43 PM
What is with Sri Lanka's 9th Wicket Partnerships?

PengeEagle
03-06-2006, 11:27 AM
Cook out early doors to Mr Slingly Action.

Voldo
03-06-2006, 11:39 AM
OMG!! its all goin wrong, Trigger Happy Pietersen gone for 41 and now Flintoff for 1.....


118-5


TERRIBLE

rhiannapaul
03-06-2006, 07:46 PM
the aussies must be trembling in thier boots we got no kin chance if we play like that

pete eagle
03-06-2006, 09:02 PM
There seems to be a frightening tendency amongst certain players and yes they are the usual suspects to just throw their wickets away. The way Geraint Jones just tossed his away was shocking and completely unnecessary and it really has to be questioned whether there is not a better batter/wicketkeeper, certainly Chris Read and Matt Prior have batted well in the county game and may deserve a chance. Flintoff as well was not too clever.

stevek
04-06-2006, 11:37 AM
At last, a wicket (100-2)

pete eagle
04-06-2006, 11:41 AM
Why has Liam Plunkett not had a bowl yet?

GDP
04-06-2006, 11:56 AM
If Sri Lanka knock up a lead of 250+ it will be very interesting. They have made a good start and England have to up the tempo. We have got to be winning these sort of series if we are going to go to Australia with confidence.

pete eagle
04-06-2006, 11:57 AM
If we'd batted better then we wouldn't have to be doing this.

StudentEagle
04-06-2006, 05:46 PM
Murali is gonna rip us to shreds on this pitch. Game Sri Lanka I'm afraid.

Godstone Eagle
04-06-2006, 10:16 PM
Originally posted by StudentEagle
Murali is gonna rip us to shreds on this pitch. Game Sri Lanka I'm afraid.

Have to agree unfortunately.

England will only have themselves to blame if Sri Lanka do go on and draw the series. They should have had this series wrapped up. They have blown some fantastic positions, at Lords, and in this game - Sri Lanka should have been bowled out for 150. The one thing that is noticeable is that England have lacked a killer instinct!
Some of the young players have come into the side, and done well. But we now need the likes of Vaughan, Jones, and Harmison back as soon as possible. The bowling struggled today - especially with Freddie struggling with injury, and Vaughan needs to come back, so can take the extra burden of the captaincy away from him. Not convinced about Lewis, and Plunkett is inconsistent.

pete eagle
04-06-2006, 10:23 PM
I think Panesar that he is probably the best spinner we have at the moment, but he has a long way to come before he can be put in ahead of Giles in terms of fielding and batting. It might help if Harmison or Jones could be turned into real number 8's with the bat but for the moment it's debatable whether he should go to Australia.

kolinkins
05-06-2006, 12:10 AM
Originally posted by pete eagle
I think Panesar that he is probably the best spinner we have at the moment, but he has a long way to come before he can be put in ahead of Giles in terms of fielding and batting. It might help if Harmison or Jones could be turned into real number 8's with the bat but for the moment it's debatable whether he should go to Australia.

A spinner should be picked because he can spin a ball, not for his batting or fielding. See Kaneria, Murali et al.

oz_da II
05-06-2006, 12:32 AM
No use picking a spinner that can bat and field a bit if he serves up a plethora of pies.

Aki Aki Aki
05-06-2006, 07:41 AM
Originally posted by kolinkins
A spinner should be picked because he can spin a ball, not for his batting or fielding. See Kaneria, Murali et al.

Monty has bowled very tidy and with great control in his six Tests to date. However, no disrespect to Monty, but he can hardly yet be compared to either Kaneria or Murali. Monty cannot terrorise an opposition's batting line up with a variation of wickedly spinning deliveries like Murali or Kaneria, and as with Phil Tufnell, his batting and fielding will be rightly criticized and seen as a joke. IMO, Monty has huge potential as a bowler and reminds me of Daniel Vettori. But unlike Vettori, Monty's fielding is awful and i can't see him scoring many Test match hundreds.

kolinkins
05-06-2006, 10:47 AM
Well, he just for a 5-for....

Embassy No.1
05-06-2006, 11:42 AM
"It would be a brave man to completely write off England. They certainly have enough time to get these runs."
BBC TMS commentator Jonathan Agnew

Embassy No.1
05-06-2006, 11:47 AM
"This is the main event now and it's what we were all anticipating. We have a genius bowling at one end and it's a question of whether Sri Lanka's other bowlers can support him. They did it in the first innings."

BBC TMS analyst Mike Selvey

Aki Aki Aki
05-06-2006, 12:07 PM
Originally posted by kolinkins
Well, he just for a 5-for....

Well played Monty. I can't believe i was half calling for Ian Salisbury on another thread :eek: . Monty to score the winning runs in this Test ?.....

Embassy No.1
05-06-2006, 12:21 PM
BBC:

LUNCH: ENGLAND 49-0 (Trescothick 21, Strauss 24)

1300: A ball from Jayasuriya scuttles along the ground after landing in the footmarks but easy runs are available here with plenty of fielders set back. The openers walk off knowing that was probably England's best session since the opening day.

Adlerhorst
05-06-2006, 12:33 PM
Originally posted by Aki Aki Aki
Monty has bowled very tidy and with great control in his six Tests to date. However, no disrespect to Monty, but he can hardly yet be compared to either Kaneria or Murali. Monty cannot terrorise an opposition's batting line up with a variation of wickedly spinning deliveries like Murali or Kaneria, and as with Phil Tufnell, his batting and fielding will be rightly criticized and seen as a joke. IMO, Monty has huge potential as a bowler and reminds me of Daniel Vettori. But unlike Vettori, Monty's fielding is awful and i can't see him scoring many Test match hundreds.

Completely agree with this.

Monty whilst tidy is not going to turn into a spinner who can bowl out an opposition on any track, primarily because he's a finger spinner as opposed to a leggie like Warne, or the possessor of a mystery ball (legal or otherwise (a la Saqlain or Murali). As such he has to have something else to back up his bowling, like Vettori, or :eek: like Giles.

Adlerhorst
05-06-2006, 12:35 PM
Back to the test - the record score thing is an irrelevance. We have the time to knock off the runs scoring at two an over. Patience is the key to winning this.

kolinkins
05-06-2006, 12:52 PM
Originally posted by Adlerhorst
Completely agree with this.

Monty whilst tidy is not going to turn into a spinner who can bowl out an opposition on any track, primarily because he's a finger spinner as opposed to a leggie like Warne, or the possessor of a mystery ball (legal or otherwise (a la Saqlain or Murali). As such he has to have something else to back up his bowling, like Vettori, or :eek: like Giles.

In terms of spin bowling, he is already better than Giles. And thats the basis upon which the sole spinner should be picked. After all, if the top 7 cant get runs, then the problem is with the batsmens batting, not with the bowlers. Numbers 8-11, especially 9-11, should be left to just bowl.

Embassy No.1
05-06-2006, 01:19 PM
"This is too good to be true. You have to give these two credit for batting so well, but you still get the feeling one wicket will lead to another quick wicket, which will put the pressure back on."
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