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« on: Saturday, December 26, 2015, 13:48:27 »

First Test today and off to our usual flying start. Lost the toss and lost 3 wickets including Cook and Root.

Still, nice to have it back.
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« Reply #1 on: Saturday, December 26, 2015, 15:19:17 »

Indeed, a lovely way to spend Boxing Day. Nice to see Conpton back in the team, adds solidity which you need with a younger side. Should be an interesting series, both sides in transition a bit but with a few classy players apiece.

Impressed with Taylor at the moment.
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« Reply #2 on: Monday, December 28, 2015, 16:20:10 »

England looking good here. Currently lead by 250 with 7 wickets left, and 2 days remaining.

The Saffers look like they're falling apart with Steyn going to hospital to check a shoulder injury.
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« Reply #3 on: Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 12:32:54 »

 Well done chaps. Hopefully, some of the inexperienced players, can kick on from here.
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« Reply #4 on: Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 12:33:52 »

Fantastic win, can't help but think momentum and confidence will be big in a series with so few experienced players. Could go on to win big from here... 3-1 perhaps, especially if Steyn is injured.
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« Reply #5 on: Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 12:41:32 »

Fantastic win, can't help but think momentum and confidence will be big in a series with so few experienced players. Could go on to win big from here... 3-1 perhaps, especially if Steyn is injured.

I hope Steyn makes it, cricket needs its great fast bowlers. Saffas in a bit of disarray, but that was always likely when talent such as Graeme Smith and especially Jacques Kallis have called it a day.
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« Reply #6 on: Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 12:47:14 »

Kallis balanced their side for sure, they don't seem to have any other bowlers who can bat even a bit, although nobody was ever likely to be as good as Kallis. Too much pressure on ABDV to carry them at the moment especially if he's keeping, but that does at least mean a chance of us seeing the delightfully named Quinton De Kock in this series.
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« Reply #7 on: Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 12:55:32 »

Kallis balanced their side for sure, they don't seem to have any other bowlers who can bat even a bit, although nobody was ever likely to be as good as Kallis. Too much pressure on ABDV to carry them at the moment especially if he's keeping, but that does at least mean a chance of us seeing the delightfully named Quinton De Kock in this series.

De Kock looked a player when he first appeared, particularly in the LOI stuff, so not sure what's happened to him. Another massive miss for them is Vernon Philander, because he does get some lower order runs as well as being a top bowler.
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« Reply #8 on: Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 13:03:16 »

The Saffers are in a mess. The batting is poor. They are relying on ABDV and Amla. Elgar stepped up in the first inns, but the rest, well... Duminy is a walking wicket for Moeen (I did notice when batting with the tail this morning, Duminy left facing Moeen to his batting partners) and Bavuma...not good enough. It seems there are a few players in there to fill the SA non-white quota. The Saffers couldn't manage a 100 partnership in any Test this year.

Rabada looks good to come in for Steyn, but England will strengthen with Jimmy coming in for Woakes.

The Saffers are seemingly relying on their good record in Cape Town. If England turn them over there, and go 2-0 up, this series is only then going one way.
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« Reply #9 on: Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 13:09:00 »

The Saffers are in a mess. The batting is poor. They are relying on ABDV and Amla. Elgar stepped up in the first inns, but the rest, well... Duminy is a walking wicket for Moeen (I did notice when batting with the tail this morning, Duminy left facing Moeen to his batting partners) and Bavuma...not good enough. It seems there are a few players in there to fill the SA non-white quota. The Saffers couldn't manage a 100 partnership in any Test this year.

Rabada looks good to come in for Steyn, but England will strengthen with Jimmy coming in for Woakes.

The Saffers are seemingly relying on their good record in Cape Town. If England turn them over there, and go 2-0 up, this series is only then going one way.

Because we only seem to go to SA irregularly, and of course not at all post d'Oliveira, I've got no idea as to the traditional nature of Saffa pitches, other than it's more seam than spin.
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« Reply #10 on: Sunday, January 3, 2016, 11:10:17 »

If you're able to watch and aren't, tune in immediately. Ben Stokes is smashing them to all parts of Cape Town - 189 off 152 and accelerating
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« Reply #11 on: Sunday, January 3, 2016, 11:31:14 »

Fastest double hundred by an englishman, second fastest all time!  Hats off to that man.
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« Reply #12 on: Sunday, January 3, 2016, 11:32:27 »

And in the meantime, Bairstow is serenely heading for a hundred.
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« Reply #13 on: Sunday, January 3, 2016, 12:39:56 »

And in the meantime, Bairstow is serenely heading for a hundred.

And how much did that mean to him!!
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« Reply #14 on: Sunday, January 3, 2016, 13:17:52 »

258 for Stokes now.

What a splendid morning.
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