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    (Original post by Mackay)
    SA back in the lead as quickly as England were in it and then all out.

    Everything is very, very even.
    Until one of Stuart Broad's spells where he is almost unplayable.
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    This is something else from broad.. guy has single handedly won england this test after it was all so even. Where are the broad bashers claiming he steals wickets from jimmy and jimmy is better than him?
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    Nailed it England

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    India become the number 1 team if England win this test match. :lol: :lol:

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    Phenomenal from Broad. Jaw-dropping stuff. What a sensational, sensational morning of cricket. Test cricket is NOT dead. I repeat: Test cricket is NOT dead.
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    The only day I miss, and England win by a thumping. SB is something else on his day! Well played.

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    Just a remarkable day's cricket, to be honest.

    Broad was absolutely on fire. Impeccable bowling for the majority of the innings, able to tear through the upper SA order and really make his mark. I actually questioned him being replaced by Finn, but the latter duly responded by taking a wicket - and England's bowling attack right now surpasses the 2005 Ashes for me. At least on paper, anyway.

    Anderson and Broad are the two leading wicket takers, with Finn able to pitch in with key wickets at key times and bowl well for prolonged periods. Stokes gets wickets with the dodgiest of balls, and bowled an absolutely unplayable delivery for SA's seventh wicket today.

    Bairstow behind the stumps is really growing into his skin, and England took their chances in the field thanks to some magnificent cat-like reflexes from James Taylor.

    Add into that Joe Root, who is the best middle order batsman in the world right now and probably the second best batsman on Earth behind Williamson, and you think that the next 12 months will be a great time for English Test cricket.

    There's still a long way to go - and questions to be asked. Hales probably isn't a long-term solution, though I trust Compton completely, and Anderson is close to making that move from the wicket into the commentary box.

    Still... what a turnaround from 2014-15, eh?
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    Imo Broads spell was better than the one in the summer. Whilst the Aussies were playing idiotic shots on a green wicket; today Broad was just unplayable

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    (Original post by Angry cucumber)
    Imo Broads spell was better than the one in the summer. Whilst the Aussies were playing idiotic shots on a green wicket; today Broad was just unplayable

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    Absolutely. Doing it in England, with the crowd at their most boisterous, is decent. Doing it in SA is another kettle of fish.
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    When Broad is like that, as a batsman you must brick it knowing you have to face a guy who is in that groove and unplayable. Very worrying times for South Africa - their team only has two players with experience (Amla and AB) and they don't look certain either.

    Caught up Pakistan's win over New Zealand yesterday, game should have been over quicker had Afridi not dropped Kane early on; Amir should have had more wickets (was it just me or were the home team fans singing a chant when he came on) but bowling wise, Pakistan seemed to have plans. Batting will be their problem, as always

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    When Broad is like that, as a batsman you must brick it knowing you have to face a guy who is in that groove and unplayable. Very worrying times for South Africa - their team only has two players with experience (Amla and AB) and they don't look certain either.

    Caught up Pakistan's win over New Zealand yesterday, game should have been over quicker had Afridi not dropped Kane early on; Amir should have had more wickets (was it just me or were the home team fans singing a chant when he came on) but bowling wise, Pakistan seemed to have plans. Batting will be their problem, as always

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    what a fall from grace for SA. the slip started happening when kallis retired. now take steyn out and they are half a team

    re amir , wait till he tours in england this year - then there will be some chants lol
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    (Original post by JRP95)
    This is something else from broad.. guy has single handedly won england this test after it was all so even. Where are the broad bashers claiming he steals wickets from jimmy and jimmy is better than him?
    broad has always been better than andersen. if you ignore his childish petulence, he doesnt need a green wicket to be effective
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    Kohli is the fastest to 7000 ODI runs in terms of innings and has already scored 24 centuries. Crazy stats for the ODI format.

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    No TMS on Sunday? Strange but happy as England have won the series. Hopefully a win or draw in the fourth test, as a 2-0 or 3-0 series win (or even 1-0) seems a lot better than 2-1.
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    (Original post by Aky786UK)
    When Broad is like that, as a batsman you must brick it knowing you have to face a guy who is in that groove and unplayable. Very worrying times for South Africa - their team only has two players with experience (Amla and AB) and they don't look certain either.

    Caught up Pakistan's win over New Zealand yesterday, game should have been over quicker had Afridi not dropped Kane early on; Amir should have had more wickets (was it just me or were the home team fans singing a chant when he came on) but bowling wise, Pakistan seemed to have plans. Batting will be their problem, as always

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    Most pleasing thing is the amount of times Broad seems unplayable. The man is clearly in his prime, but he has been delivering match-winning innings since 2009.

    Only Botham and KP have won more MOTM awards for England in Test cricket. Wow.
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    India have lost their 3rd odi on the trot while putting up 290+ score, their bowling needs to be changed. Even 320 doesn't look like enough with their bowling.
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    C'mon Australia! The batting is too strong for India, who need to work on their bowling.

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    On the other hand, Pakistan came crashing back down from their win the other day, most bowlers going for nearly 10 per over. Lacking consistency and discipline.

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    India have lost their 3rd odi on the trot while putting up 290+ score, their bowling needs to be changed. Even 320 doesn't look like enough with their bowling.


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    That's the best bowling attack in their country of over a billion people...
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    There are not so many tournaments being played now as they used to be back in the 80s and 90s:

    Sharjah Cup, Benson and Hedges World Championship of Cricket, Perth Challenge Cup, Austral-Asia Cup, Wills/Singer/MRF World Series, Rothmans Cup, Singer Akai Nindhas Throphy, Hero Cup, Titan Cup, Pepsi Cup, Coca Cola Cup, World Series, Sharjah World Series, Nehru Cup. Asia cup is being played.

    I remember back in the 90s their used to be a Sharjah Cup every year with a myriad of tournaments mostly featuring India and Pakistan.

    I'm not sure why these tournaments of 4-6 teams are not being played anymore.
 
 
 
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