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179 – The lowest score in Test history to yield a 100-plus run first-innings lead.

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Just looked at the Aussie bowling figures. They bowled 27.5 overs. Poor old Hazelwood had to bowl 12.5 of them. They must be exhausted.

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It is hard to work out why the batsmen are struggling to stay in.

Are they just not very good?

Are the bowlers much better than those of the past?Or perhaps they are just more accurate which means there are more deliveries likely to take wickets.

Is there something different about the balls being used?There seems to be a lot more  seam deviation off what appears to be decent pitches.There has been comments about the Duke balls having a more raised seam than the Kookaburra balls.Perhaps they are more raised than in the past which could explain why the ball is deviating more off line?

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On 22/08/2019 at 2:47 PM, wolster said:

I'm tipping Warner to fire this evening.

You were spot on.. he did fire but not before he played and missed at least a dozen balls. Marnus Labuchagne continues to show character. A good choice to bring him in for Smithy. he must now stay for remainder of the series with one to make way.

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8 minutes ago, THOMO said:

There has been comments about the Duke balls having a more raised seam than the Kookaburra balls.Perhaps they are more raised than in the past which could explain why the ball is deviating more off line?

Therein lies the answer. The Dukes ball. It does have a more raised and a wider seam than the Kooka.. is hand made and does not soften as quickly. It will swing and seam all day. So there is always a wicket just around the corner.

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2 hours ago, mikey d said:

Just looked at the Aussie bowling figures. They bowled 27.5 overs. Poor old Hazelwood had to bowl 12.5 of them. They must be exhausted.

Hazlewood bowled with skill. Earned his 5fer whereas one or two others were gifted theirs by some atrocious batting. Cummins looked flatter than usual .. Pattinson is lacking real pace. 

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Hazlewood bowled with passion and skill. Earned his 5fer whereas one or two others were gifted theirs by some atrocious batting. Cummins looked flatter than usual .. Pattinson is lacking real pace. 
They barely had time to warm up. Hazel did bowl beautifully.

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2 minutes ago, cultfilman said:

Therein lies the answer. The Dukes ball. It does have a more raised and a wider seam than the Kooka.. is hand made and does not soften as quickly. It will swing and seam all day. So there is always a wicket just around the corner.

Yes I agree that is at least part of what is going on but there used to be a way to play in English conditions-play late and use "soft" hands which does not seem to be very evident in modern players.Also a general lack of footwork.

It would be interesting to see how a really good batsman like Virat Kholi would fair if he was in out there against the same bowlers.

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13 minutes ago, THOMO said:

Yes I agree that is at least part of what is going on but there used to be a way to play in English conditions-play late and use "soft" hands which does not seem to be very evident in modern players.Also a general lack of footwork.

It would be interesting to see how a really good batsman like Virat Kholi would fair if he was in out there against the same bowlers.

Definitely the case. Too much white ball. Some have forgotten how to play the deft late shot with soft hands.

 

Kohli had a poor tour of England several years ago against the moving Dukes. Fared better last year during their heatwave when the ball did not move all that much. 

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27 minutes ago, cultfilman said:

You were spot on.. he did fire but not before he played and missed at least a dozen balls. Marnus Labuchagne continues to show character. A good choice to bring him in for Smithy. he must now stay for remainder of the series with one to make way.

And there is the question. Who makes way for Labuchagne when Smith slots back in?

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20 minutes ago, cultfilman said:

Pattinson is lacking real pace. 

89mph not quick enough for you? I rarely saw below 85-86 and he appears to be like Cummins in bowling a "heavy" ball, yet Archer was often around 83 and looks like the work load is starting to have its effect.

 

Archer is still very young with little first class experience so they will need to gradually increase his work load, not continually turning to him and creating injury. That said, the technique is extraordinary and fantastic to watch how easy his speed appears to be off an ambling run up.

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5 minutes ago, wolster said:

And there is the question. Who makes way for Labuchagne when Smith slots back in?

as much as I love watching him bat, Usman.

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1 hour ago, cultfilman said:

You were spot on.. he did fire but not before he played and missed at least a dozen balls. Marnus Labuchagne continues to show character. A good choice to bring him in for Smithy. he must now stay for remainder of the series with one to make way.

 

Labuchagne is riding a lot of good luck.  He was dropped twice last night ( one an absolute sitter ), so let's hope he makes England pay with a century tonight.

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1 hour ago, wolster said:

And there is the question. Who makes way for Labuchagne when Smith slots back in?

Good question.  Khawaja has to be moved down the order away from the new ball... or drop him.  Wade may be the unlucky batsman. Tho Head is struggling but has credit in the bank and is the vice captain.

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24 minutes ago, metal beat said:

 

Labuchagne is riding a lot of good luck.  He was dropped twice last night ( one an absolute sitter ), so let's hope he makes England pay with a century tonight.

I like his attitude. These are tuff batting conditions. He scored more in the first innings than the entire England team scored in their second innings. 

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Posted (edited)

Folks evidently there is an Ashes thread. Best we post there if you all agree.

 

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