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    Fair to say it was Australia's day in the first day at the WACA - and they were winning even before a ball was bowled, with Morkel ruled out for SA.

    Starc shone early on and dismissed Cook in the first over, which is his 19th wicket in the first over of a Test match, before Amla was dismissed by Hazlewood, and the bowler struck again to remove Elgar, leaving SA flagging. The tourists never really recovered, with Duminy also dismissed inside the first hour, as Australia completely dominated.

    Bavuma's half-century was respite for them - but du Plessis was dismissed shortly after lunch, by Starc, and Lyon and Marsh did their best in removing Bavuma, while Starc got Philander, debutant Keshav Maharaj holed out to long-on off Lyon and de Kock missed the chance for a century when he pulled Hazlewood to Shaun Marsh. The innings ended with Steyn bowled by Starc, who finished with 4-71, for 4. SA ended on 242 - and Australia reached 105-0 in reply, David Warner racing to a brisk half-century after he survived an lbw shout from Philander. Warner went to stumps unbeaten on 73 with his new opening partner, Shaun Marsh, on 29.

    The pressure was on the hosts to deliver after a 3-0 Test series loss in Sri Lanka and equally shambolic 5-0 ODI series loss in South Africa - so fair play to them.

    They bowled, batted and fielded like a different side to the team who played in Asia back in August.
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    Fair to say it was Australia's day in the first day at the WACA - and they were winning even before a ball was bowled, with Morkel ruled out for SA.

    Starc shone early on and dismissed Cook in the first over, which is his 19th wicket in the first over of a Test match, before Amla was dismissed by Hazlewood, and the bowler struck again to remove Elgar, leaving SA flagging. The tourists never really recovered, with Duminy also dismissed inside the first hour, as Australia completely dominated.

    Bavuma's half-century was respite for them - but du Plessis was dismissed shortly after lunch, by Starc, and Lyon and Marsh did their best in removing Bavuma, while Starc got Philander, debutant Keshav Maharaj holed out to long-on off Lyon and de Kock missed the chance for a century when he pulled Hazlewood to Shaun Marsh. The innings ended with Steyn bowled by Starc, who finished with 4-71, for 4. SA ended on 242 - and Australia reached 105-0 in reply, David Warner racing to a brisk half-century after he survived an lbw shout from Philander. Warner went to stumps unbeaten on 73 with his new opening partner, Shaun Marsh, on 29.

    The pressure was on the hosts to deliver after a 3-0 Test series loss in Sri Lanka and equally shambolic 5-0 ODI series loss in South Africa - so fair play to them.

    They bowled, batted and fielded like a different side to the team who played in Asia back in August.
    Because their at home on pitches tailored to them. The current Australian team are excellent at home but don't seem to be able to adapt in other conditions, hence their recent humilaition by Sri Lanka.
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    Because their at home on pitches tailored to them. The current Australian team are excellent at home but don't seem to be able to adapt in other conditions, hence their recent humilaition by Sri Lanka.
    I agree - but Australia don't actually tailor their pitches as much as some.

    Remember the WACA Test last year? The bore draw with NZ? Little bounce, movement or pace. That Test showed how toothless Johnson was when the pitch didn't suit him.

    Starc clocked speeds, in kph, of 147.3, 145.9, 141.5, 147.6, 146.4 and 145.9 in his first over today.

    SA missed ABDV a lot - but they will take solace in Bavuma's performance, with the batsman playing his most accomplished innings to date. Morkel may not be fit, but I don't know why SA aren't going all-out pace and seam in their attack.

    There is still plenty of cricket to be played in this match - the pitch will quicken overnight, giving SA the chance for quick wickets on the second morning.
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    I agree - but Australia don't actually tailor their pitches as much as some.

    Remember the WACA Test last year? The bore draw with NZ? Little bounce, movement or pace. That Test showed how toothless Johnson was when the pitch didn't suit him.

    Starc clocked speeds, in kph, of 147.3, 145.9, 141.5, 147.6, 146.4 and 145.9 in his first over today.

    SA missed ABDV a lot - but they will take solace in Bavuma's performance, with the batsman playing his most accomplished innings to date. Morkel may not be fit, but I don't know why SA aren't going all-out pace and seam in their attack.

    There is still plenty of cricket to be played in this match - the pitch will quicken overnight, giving SA the chance for quick wickets on the second morning.
    SA's main weakness is the lack of a high-class genuine all-rounder, they seem to be the key difference and can make a team, hopefully their bowlers will be up to the job and restrict Australia to a low total
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    South Africa were in bad positions in every Test in their last tour of SA - including being 6/75 in the first innings in Perth - but they won the series. I can't stress enough that there is a long way to go.

    Boy, they really missed Morkel out there today though. That pitch would have been perfect for him and his height and bounce.
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    Chuffed they're not going back to the Caribbean empty handed.

    For those who don't know, Brathwaite became the first opener to be unbeaten in both innings of a Test. That marks the West Indies' first Test win outside the West Indies and Bangladesh since 2007. It was also West Indies' first win in 14 Tests and their first under the captaincy of Jason Holder.

    Naturally, the captain has hailed Brathwaite - and rightly so - saying he was "outstanding" and "took responsibility", something sometimes you don't necessarily associate with WI.

    Dowrich, who struck his fourth half-century in an 87-run sixth-wicket stand that helped West Indies wipe off the remaining 39 runs in 7.5 overs this morning, also deserves credit, but Brathwaite's concentration was boundless, and he managed to bat for 10 hours across both innings.

    I can't believe WI managed to bat 100 overs. Anybody watching their farcical tour to Australia at Christmas would have been gobsmacked had they been told that.

    There's some bad news in among the celebratory feeling, though, with the announcement Samuels, Bravo and Carlos Brathwaite have declined central contracts - taking the list of centrally-contracted players from 15 to 12.
    Samuels is such a disappointment. Supremely talented, but I get the feeling that he believes that he's a lot better than he is. Never kicked on. Bravo also hasn't lived up to his talent.
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    Have to admit, I laughed a lot when Holder said "we must not get complacent" after the match finished. First away victory in God knows how long - I don't think complacency will be an issue.

    The thing that impressed me most about Brathwaite is that he kept his head during the chase, even when WI threatened to wobble. He was calm, solid and competent. He has a real Test temperament and I think he can be a staple for the Windies side going forward.
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    We have a Test match on our hands - and like I said, there's a long way to go.

    A 158-run opening stand between Marsh and Warner, with the latter seemingly destined for a century, somehow become an embarrassing collapse.

    Australia take a paltry lead of just two runs into the second innings, with all the momentum SA's. Superb performances with the ball from Philander (4/56) - the first time Philander has taken more than 3 in a Test outside SA since Lord's 2012 (he'd only had taken 19 wickets in previous 20 Test innings anywhere) - along with Maharaj (3/56) and Rabada (2/78), who helped carry the tourists into a position they wouldn’t have dreamed about overnight and especially at lunch after Dale Steyn was ruled out with a shoulder injury.

    Steyn's dismissal of David Warner sparked the collapse with Australia's batsmen unable to find momentum after the opening stand, with the next highest partnership of the innings the 29-run eighth-wicket combination between Peter Nevill and Peter Siddle.

    Rabada removed Voges and Khawaja early, Maharaj claimed his first Test victim when he had Smith LBW, Philander got both Marshes, Hazlewood and Lyon, with Siddle not out on 18, as Nevill was sent back by Maharaj, as well as Starc.

    It was disciplined, pressure bowling and fielding, and calamitous batting. Credit to South Africa. Australia will be livid.
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    Oh man. Steyn has been ruled out of the entire tour.

    He went down after delivering the fourth ball in his 13th over, after picking up the wicket of David Warner for 97. A massive blow for the tourists - especially because du Plessis has stressed the importance of Steyn staying fit for the thee Tests because of his role in leading South Africa's attack.

    By stumps on day two, the visitors had a lead of 102 runs with eight wickets in hand, with Dean Elgar on 46 and JP Duminy 34.

    Stephen Cook was caught for 12 pulling Siddle to midwicket before Amla was sent back by Hazlewood - his first-innings duck meant a Test aggregate of one run in this match, equalling his career worst.

    The Australian batting decline was similar to the way they went to pieces in Sri Lanka - their middle-order is so, so brittle. If I was Warner, I'd be absolutely raging.
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    Just heard Philander's words post-day - saying "we want to win this for Dale". Good stuff - but it doesn't look good for Steyn. He could be out for six months.

    Today was the third time a team has been bowled out for a lower score than 250 in a Test innings after a 150-plus partnership by the openers. Both these instances were by Zimbabwe, which shows the nature of the collapse.

    Plenty will be said about the batting - and rightly so - but, Christ, SA bowled well. The most impressive thing, arguably, was the fact it was a shared load and they all chipped in.

    Maharaj - on debut - completed Steyn's over post-injury and really stepped up, creating pressure which the fast bowlers would be able to exploit from the other side.

    Rabada was the most aggressive - firing in bouncers - while Philander found subtle movement to get the Aussies to nick off.
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    Glenn Maxwell scores 81 to guide Victoria to a handy lead over Queensland on day two in the Sheffield Shield, strengthening his calls for a Test call-up after his controversial omission.

    With Mitch Marsh again failing to impress with the bat against SA on Friday, his opportunity could come sooner than expected. But selector Mark Waugh has guaranteed he won’t be dropped for the second Test. Why, though? He's averaging just 23 in the Test set-up.

    SA bat Australia into submission on the third day, losing just four wickets on a frustrating day for the hosts, in which it took them TWO sessions to pick up their first wicket. SA didn’t lose a wicket today until the final over of the second session, with Dean Elgar and JP Duminy firing 127 off 316 and 141 off 225 respectively. They put on an 250 for the third wicket, with Australia ending the day 388 behind with SA on 390-6.

    Full credit to Duminy, who was considering retiring from Test cricket in January, when he was dropped for the New Year's Test against England, before he was talked out of it by Ashwell Prince, who was a selector at the time.

    de Kock is at the crease now, on 16, with Philander partnering him on 23, after Duminy was dismissed by Siddle, who also removed Cook the day before you may remember, meaning he ends with figures of 2-47 from 22 overs. Hazlewood, meanwhile, chipped in with the wicket of Elgar to join his dismissal of Amla a day previously as he ends with figures of 2-97.

    Starc got the one wicket - removing du Plessis for 32 - and he conceded 99 runs from 27 overs, on a day where Australia's bowlers lacked a cutting edge and killer bite. Mitch Marsh - much-maligned right now - dismissed Bavuma who, alongside Amla, was the only SA batsmen not to break into double figures. The less said about Nathan Lyon’s fortunes the better. The spinner ends the day with no wickets from 21 overs, and over 70 runs conceded.

    Added to Australia's concerns was the fact that Adam Voges appeared to hurt his hamstring while diving to save a boundary; he initially stayed on the field, though had to leave later for treatment.

    Good news for England, too, by the way. Cook has confirmed Jimmy Anderson is heading to join up with the squad. In contrast, Steyn has said he regrets rushing back for SA - but he has brushed off any retirement talk.
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    Another day for SA - perhaps unsurprisingly - even without their best bowler, Steyn. Australia, who went to stumps at 169-4, require another 370 runs to win, which if they were to achieved it would smash the previous highest winning score in the fourth innings of a Test, the 418 West Indies scored back in 2003.

    Rabada went a considerable way to answering the question of whether SA could shine without Steyn, taking three top order wickets to place his side firmly in the driving seat. The fourth home victim was David Warner who was run out by Temba Bavuma in one of the most brilliant pieces of fielding you could ever witness.

    Warner was probably the biggest scalp for SA, with Bavuma acting quickly to dismiss him with the batsman short of his ground. With Warner's WACA record incredibly impressive, that wicket gave SA the initiative and, adding to Australia's woes, four balls later Warner's opening partner Shaun Marsh edged Rabada to second slip and was caught for 15.

    Faf du Plessis had delayed the tourists declaration until after lunch and set Australia 539 for victory, after de Kock drove Marsh to short cover and Smith bowled Philander, ending the SA innings on 540-8 with Maharaj unbeaten on 41. Smith himself was Australia's third wicket, caught behind off Rabada, before the same partnership struck to remove Voges, whose Test average has gone from 97 to 67 in the space of five Tests. Maybe he isn't as good as Bradman after all, eh?

    Lehmann says there will be no alterations to the Australian team for the second Test, which seems a bizarre move to me, but then again, Australia have always admired Mitch Marsh's heart and wearing his emotions on his sleeve, not to mention his outright passion, so perhaps that's unsurprising.

    Interestingly, Marsh remains at the crease unbeaten on 15, with Khawaja well set on 58, but they will need to re-establish both innings on the fifth morning.

    I think Australia are guilty - like England - of giving some players too long to impress. But that's just my thinking. I'd like my country to be a bit more proactive and reactive, rather than stationary and accommodating.
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    SA just one wicket away now, with Australia poised on 355-9 with Nevill blasting a half-century to delay the inevitable.

    Rabada has been absolutely remarkable in this second innings, claiming a five-wicket haul, with Australia losing three wickets in the morning session, and two after the interval. Rabada went to lunch with 5 for 73, picking up the wicket of Starc and Mitch Marsh, who remains under pressure to justify his place.

    JP Duminy even got in on the action, dismissing Khawaja for 94, which just shows up the luck that has avoided Australia during this rather irrelevant chase of almost 550.

    With Steyn unavailable, Faf du Plessis has had to call on part-timers during this innings and Temba Bavuma was given his first chance to bowl in Test cricket - and he got the ninth wicket of the innings, removing Hazlewood for a handy 29, after Philander had struck to have Siddle LBW.
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    Lyon given LBW off Maharaj. It's all over! Rabada has 5-for-92, a wicket each to Duminy, Bavuma, Philander and Maharaj. Nevill left unbeaten on 60, and SA win by 177 runs.
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    Shane Warne has been very critical over Steve Smith's captaincy, especially the fact that Lyon only bowled 12 overs. Have to agree with him here, I don't think Steve Smith is a good captain and doesn't seem to get the best out of his players, which is probably why they are having a terrible run of form. Du Plessis was excellent, making the most of his players as SA are missing some of their top players, the younger ones really stepped up. SA definetly deserved that win.
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    Smith has refused to blame an unusual schedule for his side's poor display in the first Test of the summer - but questions need to be asked: that defeat has made it four in a row and the first opening loss of a home season for 28 years.

    Australia’s middle-order is very brittle and poor - but their problematic top order does them no favours either: while David Warner and Steve Smith are undroppable, Voges and Shaun Marsh are ageing, Mitch Marsh looks shot, Khawaja has been dropped a few times and lacks confidence.

    Lehmann is locked in until the end of the 2019 Ashes and Cricket World Cup, but he needs to look at himself. Why aren't Nic Maddinson, Travis Head, Cameron Bancroft and Peter Handscomb being selected? Shaun Marsh is now injured, allowing Queensland opener Joe Burns and South Australian veteran Callum Ferguson a chance.

    There are other problems in this side - notably the fielding - as well as selection, and the quality of the pitches being used need an urgent spurt and facelift across the country.

    For SA, the future looks bright without Steyn. This was a real passing-of-the-torch moment, with the bowling coach lauding Rabada, saying he gave him "goosebumps". du Plesiss called him a "champion" after he bowled 51 overs in the match.

    They have worries themselves, of course. This is the first time in a decade that Amla had contributed just one run to a team effort. In the first innings, South Africa were blown away for 242.
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    Alastair Cook has suggested that the India series could be his last as captain.

    I think it would be a terrible decision if it is. He is a good captain and the team are still going through a period of uncertainty, right now the team need the experienced leader to help them settle. Root is the natural successor as captain and I think it is too early yet, he is still very young and has played roughly 50 tests, give it another year or two and he would be a good captain, but you don't want to give him the captaincy too young, Steve Smith is an excellent example of this. Right now England need stability, starting with the captain.
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    Glenn Maxwell scores 81 to guide Victoria to a handy lead over Queensland on day two in the Sheffield Shield, strengthening his calls for a Test call-up after his controversial omission.

    With Mitch Marsh again failing to impress with the bat against SA on Friday, his opportunity could come sooner than expected. But selector Mark Waugh has guaranteed he won’t be dropped for the second Test. Why, though? He's averaging just 23 in the Test set-up.

    SA bat Australia into submission on the third day, losing just four wickets on a frustrating day for the hosts, in which it took them TWO sessions to pick up their first wicket. SA didn’t lose a wicket today until the final over of the second session, with Dean Elgar and JP Duminy firing 127 off 316 and 141 off 225 respectively. They put on an 250 for the third wicket, with Australia ending the day 388 behind with SA on 390-6.

    Full credit to Duminy, who was considering retiring from Test cricket in January, when he was dropped for the New Year's Test against England, before he was talked out of it by Ashwell Prince, who was a selector at the time.

    de Kock is at the crease now, on 16, with Philander partnering him on 23, after Duminy was dismissed by Siddle, who also removed Cook the day before you may remember, meaning he ends with figures of 2-47 from 22 overs. Hazlewood, meanwhile, chipped in with the wicket of Elgar to join his dismissal of Amla a day previously as he ends with figures of 2-97.

    Starc got the one wicket - removing du Plessis for 32 - and he conceded 99 runs from 27 overs, on a day where Australia's bowlers lacked a cutting edge and killer bite. Mitch Marsh - much-maligned right now - dismissed Bavuma who, alongside Amla, was the only SA batsmen not to break into double figures. The less said about Nathan Lyon’s fortunes the better. The spinner ends the day with no wickets from 21 overs, and over 70 runs conceded.

    Added to Australia's concerns was the fact that Adam Voges appeared to hurt his hamstring while diving to save a boundary; he initially stayed on the field, though had to leave later for treatment.

    Good news for England, too, by the way. Cook has confirmed Jimmy Anderson is heading to join up with the squad. In contrast, Steyn has said he regrets rushing back for SA - but he has brushed off any retirement talk.
    england planning trying another new opener for 1st test - what your thoughts?
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    England's two world-class players are Cook and Root - and if they impress - England have a chance. I think Cook will step down as captain after this tour personally. I think, at his age, he's ready to pass the baton on with a healthy win percentage of 54 per cent. He will relish the chance to stand at first slip without the added pressure. Over the last three tours to Asia, Cook has fallen to spin 14 times in 17 innings, nine times to offspinners. He has struggled against Yasir and Mehedi, while Root's average in Asia drops to less than 37.

    Hameed, aged 19 and 297 days, will become England's fifth-youngest Test debutant tomorrow, selectors have confirmed. And with it, the Lancs youngster becomes Alastair Cook's tenth opening partner since the 2012. Duckett moves down to four, meaning Ballance is dropped (a sensible decision - he averaged only 19.90 in the six Tests since he was recalled in July) and Buttler misses out (another sensible decision).

    If England are to win a Test, they will need to reverse the ball - and to win the toss. India have not been put under scoreboard pressure since the pitch revolution in the country. England are the only travelling team to win a toss in the last 15 Tests in Asia. They won the Test. Only on one other occasion over this period has a team won a Test in Asia despite losing the toss.

    England's loss percentage in Tests in India since the turn of the century - the joint lowest for any visiting team - which gives them more hope. The injuries to KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan offer them a glimpse of hope, with India having to choose between the like-for-like replacement Nair, or all-rounder Pandya. Pujara and Jadeja, on home turf, will relish the chance to impress, as will Ashwin and the latter, who no doubt enjoyed England's brittle showing with the bat in Bangladesh. Ganguly has called for "good pitches" in the series against England, pitches that won't turn on the first two days, to allow India to develop into a competitive all-conditions bowling side.

    Kohli says his failure in England led him to being a better player - and he's right. Over 10 innings, never did he last more than 75 balls at the crease. But since August 2014, Kohli's averaging 55.

    I think India will win the series, but they need to be wary that England bat deep. They won't be run over like NZ - and their tail has a habit of wagging. Tomorrow, England will field an XI in which everyone has a first-class fifty. The only man in their 17 - now that Anderson might be back in action sooner than expected - who doesn't have one is Jake Ball; his best first-class score is 49 not out.

    I'm very excited by this series. It's probably - aside from the Ashes - the best series in cricket. Ashwin and Jadeja vs Root and Cook, Kohli vs Root, Stokes vs India... so many match-ups. I especially like Kohli, and his captaincy, because he seems unwilling to let games pass him by like Dhoni. Since England's last tour of India, they have lost two match-winning spinners and one of their best batsmen ever. I'm not confident - but I am excited.

    Oh, and DRS too. What a treat!
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    England's two world-class players are Cook and Root - and if they impress - England have a chance. I think Cook will step down as captain after this tour personally. I think, at his age, he's ready to pass the baton on with a healthy win percentage of 54 per cent. He will relish the chance to stand at first slip without the added pressure. Over the last three tours to Asia, Cook has fallen to spin 14 times in 17 innings, nine times to offspinners. He has struggled against Yasir and Mehedi, while Root's average in Asia drops to less than 37.

    Hameed, aged 19 and 297 days, will become England's fifth-youngest Test debutant tomorrow, selectors have confirmed. And with it, the Lancs youngster becomes Alastair Cook's tenth opening partner since the 2012. Duckett moves down to four, meaning Ballance is dropped (a sensible decision - he averaged only 19.90 in the six Tests since he was recalled in July) and Buttler misses out (another sensible decision).

    If England are to win a Test, they will need to reverse the ball - and to win the toss. India have not been put under scoreboard pressure since the pitch revolution in the country. England are the only travelling team to win a toss in the last 15 Tests in Asia. They won the Test. Only on one other occasion over this period has a team won a Test in Asia despite losing the toss.

    England's loss percentage in Tests in India since the turn of the century - the joint lowest for any visiting team - which gives them more hope. The injuries to KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan offer them a glimpse of hope, with India having to choose between the like-for-like replacement Nair, or all-rounder Pandya. Pujara and Jadeja, on home turf, will relish the chance to impress, as will Ashwin and the latter, who no doubt enjoyed England's brittle showing with the bat in Bangladesh. Ganguly has called for "good pitches" in the series against England, pitches that won't turn on the first two days, to allow India to develop into a competitive all-conditions bowling side.

    Kohli says his failure in England led him to being a better player - and he's right. Over 10 innings, never did he last more than 75 balls at the crease. But since August 2014, Kohli's averaging 55.

    I think India will win the series, but they need to be wary that England bat deep. They won't be run over like NZ - and their tail has a habit of wagging. Tomorrow, England will field an XI in which everyone has a first-class fifty. The only man in their 17 - now that Anderson might be back in action sooner than expected - who doesn't have one is Jake Ball; his best first-class score is 49 not out.

    I'm very excited by this series. It's probably - aside from the Ashes - the best series in cricket. Ashwin and Jadeja vs Root and Cook, Kohli vs Root, Stokes vs India... so many match-ups. I especially like Kohli, and his captaincy, because he seems unwilling to let games pass him by like Dhoni. Since England's last tour of India, they have lost two match-winning spinners and one of their best batsmen ever. I'm not confident - but I am excited.

    Oh, and DRS too. What a treat!
    Root has only played one test in India, which was his debut, his batting has come on a long way since then. His biggest issue is temperament, he seems to have had a tendency to get out playing a bad shot having worked hard to play himself in.

    I personally disagree with you, I don't think Cook should step down just yet, he is still in his early 30's and this England team is very unstable at the moment, the last thing they need is a change in captaincy. His natural successor would be Root, given that he is currently the vice captain, but he has played less then 50 test, and is still young, I don't think he is ready for the captaincy, so of the experienced players that leaves Broad and Anderson, both of whom would be better off just focusing on their bowling. Cook needs to stay at least another year, get a set opening partnership and middle order. We certainly don't want to follow in the foot-steps of Australia.

    England's batting order may be long, but its up to the senior batsman to dig in and grind out the runs. Some of the young players (especially Duckett) who don't quite have the temperament will need to follow their lead, get out of one day mode and work hard for their runs, pace themselves. No use in getting out early going after runs, especially after the batting collapse in Bangladesh.

    If most of the team contribute like in the Ashes last year they have a chance of a series win, but at the moment I'd back India to win by a massive margin.
 
 
 
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