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Re: England in Sri Lanka
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
15 March, 2012 12:56
The Sri Lanka Board XI were bowled out for 169, with Monty Panesar taking 5-37 and James Anderson taking 4-19, although it was left to Steven Finn to dismiss the top scorer Ashen Silva. England batted for seven balls before the day closed, finishing on 6-0.

 
Re: England in Sri Lanka
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
16 March, 2012 09:14
Andrew Strauss got a 40 under his belt today, so hopefully that will be a launchpad for him to make bigger scores in 2012.

England are currently 191-4 with Alastair Cook on 87 not out, so they look like making a sizeable first innings lead. However, while I was writing this post, the score on Cricinfo changed to show that Kevin Pietersen and the out-of-form Ian Bell had fallen in the space of three balls.

 
Re: England in Sri Lanka
16 March, 2012 20:22
Without Brocketts 40 and the outstanding 100 of the day from Cook that England score would look pretty pee poor.

Nice to see Monty pushing a claim to play with loadsa wickets in the Boards first innings too.

 
Re: England in Sri Lanka
17 March, 2012 06:32
SL Board 62/5 at lunch still 72 behind England's declared overnight score.

Hi Fi has a couple of wickets.

 
Re: England in Sri Lanka
17 March, 2012 08:57
SL Board 119 all out England duly win by an innings and a few.

Swann,Hi Fi and Anderson 3 wickets apiece.

 
Re: England in Sri Lanka
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
17 March, 2012 09:11
Probably a conspiracy, to make sure the out of form Bell, and others didn't get a second innings!

 
Re: England in Sri Lanka
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
21 March, 2012 10:12
Straussey 100 retired out today (J Trott 101 retired out)

Latest score England 231-2 in reply to SriLanka Development 431-6 dec.

The tests are what really count ofcourse, but nevertheless a very welcome ton for AS.

 
Re: England in Sri Lanka
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
21 March, 2012 10:43
Update- 255-4. Bell has failed again- out for 14. Pieterson not much better- out for 26.

 
Re: England in Sri Lanka
Vic. (IP Logged)
21 March, 2012 12:00
Sounds rather similar to a Middx v SL game from last season Chunky. Are there demonstrators at todays game?

 
Re: England in Sri Lanka
adelaide (IP Logged)
21 March, 2012 12:49
Was the difficulty of protesting in SL one of the grievances of those protesting at Uxbridge?


Adelaide

 
Re: England in Sri Lanka
Vic. (IP Logged)
21 March, 2012 12:52
Dunno Adelaide, couldn't hear what the girl was shouting and the leaflet distributor got ejected before I could lay hands on his info. Poor form that, people were getting very aggresive towards him.

 
Re: England in Sri Lanka
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
21 March, 2012 14:46
I am glad that Andrew Strauss has shown signs of being in form and silencing the critics ahead of the two Tests v Sri Lanka (Sm53). However, he warmed-up for the Tests v Pakistan by hitting a 78 and a 62 before that series yet couldn't shake off the critics, so hopefully it won't be a false dawn.

 
Re: England in Sri Lanka
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
22 March, 2012 09:24
It is difficult to ignore Ian Bell's recent form, as his run of scores this winter does not make for good reading.

In the second innings of the current match v Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI, England promoted Bell to open the batting as well as promoted others up the order so they can get time in the middle, but Bell could only score 11 to add to his first innings 14. The reason why the selectors decided to have faith with Bell and drop Eoin Morgan despite them both being equally poor in the UAE was because Bell had a history of bouncing back from poor form, so they will be hopeful he can come good in the Tests.

After Steven Finn recorded second innings figures of 5-0-17-1, England were set a second innings target of 359 off 64 overs, and they go to tea on the final day on 129-2 off 27 overs, with a run rate of 4.77 and a rate required of 6.22, so it will probably be a draw.

 
Re: England in Sri Lanka
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
22 March, 2012 12:32
England managed to pull off the win by reaching their target in 60.4 overs, so that will stand them in good stead ahead of Monday's first Test. Everyone aside form Andrew Strauss, Jonathan Trott and Steven Finn batted in the second innings.

The one negative to come out of the match is that a side strain to Ravi Bopara means that Strauss will be unable to get any overs out of him, meaning he will have to play in the series as a specialist batsman.

 
Re: England in Sri Lanka
Seaxe_Man (IP Logged)
22 March, 2012 14:24
Middlesex and their players always have critics JW. Goes with the territory.

However, as you say, AJS gave the correct reposte.

Chunky: one of the critic's. surprisingly. was on Bell, Bopara and Patel's cases.

Saying none have put their hand up as yet, to take the vacant Morgan position convincingly.

Though Straussey and Trott did'nt open 2nd time around to give others a chance for practice.

Latest update England win by 4 wickets 360 for 6. The aforementioned Bopara and Patel getting 66 and 72 respectively.

However, Bopara strained his side and will be unable to bowl in Tests.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 22/03/2012 14:31 by Seaxe_Man.

 
Re: England in Sri Lanka
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
22 March, 2012 14:59
If Bell's poor run continues we could have a significantly different Top 6 this summer. Is Bopara good enough? I'm not sure, but he's probably earnt one last chance to establish himself. That would still leave room for someone else- probably James Taylor- but he needs to start well in the championship this season.

 
Re: England in Sri Lanka
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
25 March, 2012 12:27
Andrew Strauss has hinted that England may select five bowlers for tomorrow's first Test v Sri Lanka so he can rotate his bowlers to cope with the heat, so that could pave the way for Steven Finn to make an appearance. However, the BBC article say that it is likelier that the beneficiaries would be Tim Bresnan or Samit Patel due to their capability with the bat.

 
Re: England in Sri Lanka
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
26 March, 2012 09:23
So Samit Patel makes his Test debut and Ravi Bopara and Steven Finn miss out. A lot of Test debuts were handed around the world in 2011, which makes it seem strange that England handed not a single Test debut last year, and indeed Patel is their first debutant since June 2010. He is the 651st player to represent England in Tests.

Taken in isolation, Sri Lanka being 126-4 after 48.4 overs isn't a bad situation for England, although it isn't as good as when they were 15-3.

 
Re: England in Sri Lanka
26 March, 2012 17:51
It would seem that Monty's hand transplants during the winter have become faulty and may need looking at.

 
Re: England in Sri Lanka
chunkyinargyll (IP Logged)
26 March, 2012 18:54
Trouble is- Scott Newman was the donor!

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