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Monday, August 02, 2010

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Beeswaxy

Hmm I too was left feeling that headline of the scale of the victory didn't tell the whole of the story. There was a lot to praise in the batting, bowling and fielding, but equally some less memorable performances.

I think your comments about Prior are fair, but I can't help worrying about his performance in the 90s. I read somewhere he left Finn to face over 40 balls. Understandably I think he was very anxious to get the century, but actually he would have made it easier on himself to concentrate on protecting his tail ender rather than acting like a rabbit in the headlights.

The Reverse Sweep

Thanks for the comment Beeswaxy. Agreed, that Prior certainly could have done with a bit more nous in the nineties, but it was great to see him finally produce a top innings when England really needed it. Craig who?

Beeswaxy

In retrospect my comment looks a bit harsh. Yes it was great to see that and I hope it will boost his confidence. I see the latter as being KP's main problem. Great that he is spending all that time in the nets, but I can't help thinking that psychologically you can't beat belting a few county bowlers around the ground.

MartDawg

Don't worry too much about KP. I am utterly confident that he will get it together for the big contests. He likes the big occasions, which is why I don't see him not playing for a county as an issue.

Cook is the big worry. Poor footwork and a weakness outside the off stump are not ideal qualities for an opener, and we have no options beyond moving Trott up ther.e

The Tooting Trumpet

Finn was worth 9 - he took wickets as often as Jimmy and only conceded runs when Gul went for everything. Strauss was only a 5 though - should have been caught in the first dig and was too negative captaining.

Silly of me to contest ratings as I don't give them!!

I like how reports cards have developed for Tests - I did my first in the comments here (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2006/dec/05/ashes2006.cricket) which looks very thin now!

The Reverse Sweep

Agree with you on KP Beeswaxy. He just needs one socre and then he will be away. He was looking good in the 2nd innings and must be counted unlucky that Kamran Akmal actually managed to hold on to a catch!

The Reverse Sweep

Thanks for the comment MartDawg. Agree with you on KP and Cook. Personally, I think Cook is a bit overrated, but as you say other than moving up Trott to open, we don't have any alternatives. Lyth of Yorkshire looks promising as does Hales at Notts. But they are too inexperienced to be thrust into an Ashes series and the only other alternative is Carberry. Maybe we could borrow Tamim Iqbal?

The Reverse Sweep

Thanks for the comment Tooting Trumpet - and by the way, I enjoy your commentating on the Sofa. Maybe I was a bit mean with Finn's mark - he probably did deserve a nine. I guess I had the Gul onslaught at the forefront of my mind. All is not rosy for England with Strauss, Cook and KP all out of form - it could be an interesting last three tests

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