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Thursday, January 19, 2012


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It's difficult to argue with these marks. In many respects, those who actually got starts, like Morgan and Trott, are more culpable than those who didn't (KP excepted; he might as well have smacked his own wicket down, such was his suicidal impulse). I am reminded of what the coach (a solid county player) said at school. 'No one can blame you for getting out for a duck. Even Bradman got them. But getting out for 20.. Now that's really bad.'
Where does England go from here? Well, KP should be on notice. One more brain-dead shot like that and you're gone, unless you've got a ton first - that should be the message. Panesar has to play in both of the remaining tests: Chris Tremlett has to step aside. The batting will get a chance to redeem itself in Abu Dhabi, where scores are likely to be high. Let's make no mistake though, Saeed Ajmal is the best slow bowler since Warne and Murali. He is not just a spinner, as speed of delivery and flight, besides the devastating doosra actually make him effective on non-turning pitches. Seven cheap wickets on a road in the first innings; it almost beggars belief!

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