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Good away series win at a time where no one country is dominant and most teams are only winning their home test series
286What now makes Leach the no1 spinner? You seem very keen to get Mo out of the side, one bad series when he was injured, most of the time he has produced match winning performances with bat or ball.He was left out this year but was bought back & helped beat India. I'm not knocking Leach as both could play but Leach bowled 17 overs Saturday without causing any problems.
I notice that Moeen is joint top with a Sri Lanka bowler for number of wickets taken, yet it is all about Leach. You can't argue with the figures.
@248- but the 'social' radio commentary cringeworthyumm er hate to say it I've listened to quite a bit of the TalkSport 2 commentary & it was pretty good ( ducks ) instead of endless discussion about cakes & buses 'Cricket' focus was exemplary - sharp,lively, incisefull & terrific summaries someone called Gough really knows his cricket TMS need to improve style asap
No 89. May be wrong, but were not their bottom order that Moen wrapped up their highest scorers ?
Congratulations for England team to win a series in SL it is definitely Herculean task & they did very nicely with precision & never allowed SL to dominate the series with well well coordinated effort from Root & Co ,their approach to game was altered to situation that worked in their favor ,this type of approach was looking forward they did in style & keep it up.
248. Couldn´t agree more. The cringeworthy fashion that was "Johnners" and "Blowers" etc. seems to be ending, but theres no replacement for the poetry writing copper from Hampshire, the true voice of summer. J Agnew is the current capo, and his duets with the delightful Ebony make pleasant listening, but the former opening bat from Yorkshire is still beyond the pail.
Any win in the sub-continent is a good win. Denly isn't a forward-thinking choice so I would include Bairstow at 3, Stokes at 6 and move Moeen down to 8. I know there have been some stand-out performances but for me the keeping of Foakes has been an absolute pleasure to watch and long may it continue.
@284. Eagle_One "Reality check: SL just beat SA at home in a test series. This is therefore, by any criteria, a significant achievement."No it isn't SA arnt the team they were 4 years ago, SL were posting similar scores to what they got this series, the difference was SA batsmen are worse than England's, and have generally suffered against spin.
EagleOne @284Not only that, but with the increasing trend for Test sides to be unbeatable at home & poor away, an Away series win - & in such different conditions - is a signal achievement. Taking the final Test seriously would be wise & show respect to SL.And hats off to The Bat @206 for an object lesson in grace, dignity & sportsmanship, that some others here could do well to follow.
SCC BoyWhen I started to read your post @280 my finger hovered over the down arrow, but as I read through, it switched to "up".I totally agree. Both are fundamentally attacking batsmen. Opening in Tests really needs patient ascetics who will build a foundation, so later batsmen can accelerate. Buttler in particular has shown the ability to REbuild sensibly, but neither should open in Tests.
An added bonus for England of Leach becoming #1 spinner is that Bess will get plenty of game time at Somerset, and he will soon be able to replace Moeen for the off-breaks when needed. That way, with Leach's selection, England win twice.
presume the ECB will complain about the pitch they normally do when jack leach takes five wickets at Taunton
“Even lowly WIndies thumped...”Reality check: SL just beat SA at home in a test series. This is therefore, by any criteria, a significant achievement.
Well done England. The team may not be perfect with people not batting in their preferred position, and some not consistently making runs, but that's a good series win overseas to backup the home win over India.
I wouldn't read too much into this series win because even the lowly West Indies recently thumped the Lankans.
Well done to England, winning abroad is alwayshard, no matter the opposition. For the final test withCurran injured- no need for unnecessary risks so bring inBairstow at three, rest Anderson- then one from eitherBroad/Woakes or stone- though pace not likely to be in muchdemand. As for the future in the West Indies, pace is not asdominant as it was once- will probably need two spinners.
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