3rd test about to start, hopefully England can get some runs on the board this time. 2nd test was a joke.
Kinda worried about dropping Dawson on what could be a good wicket for spin later on - still need to take 20 wickets, and with 4 right-arm seamers and two right-arm off-spinners, I'm concerned about a lack of variety...
Also whenever I'm confident about England they collapse like a sack of spuds, so here's the anti-curse.
Great result for England - good bowling performances all round, especially for TRJ. Early days, but nice to see fast bowlers stepping up at a time where we need to be thinking 2 years ahead, when Anderson and Broad retire / slow down.
Still questions over the batting, but I see no need to change things in the 4th test.
good news: west indies have improved their bowling loads this time
bad news: their fielding has got much worse and simple catches are now a step too far
england on the other hand are a model of consistency: top-order collapse, which is then steadied by root who makes fifty then gets himself out to a nothing ball soon after, then #battingdeep pulls us to near 300.
Well, to coin an old cliche: An interesting day's cricket in Dhaka. Australia's decision to go in with 3 spinners is vindicated, but Warner's reputation as a flat-track bully gets reinforced once again.
England have currently got three batting spots that contribute fuck all, and no-one of express pace that can play more than 2 matches without breaking down (Wood) - we're not exactly firing on Ashes-winning cylinders just yet...
don't think australia struggling on a minefield against a quite good bangladesh side says anything about the ashes. i'm sure players like warner who look profoundly confused by a turning ball in the sub-continent will go on to average 85 on australian pitches against a swing attack built for english conditions and moeen ali.
very much enjoying our second test. quite like malan despite being baffled by his inclusion prior and not seeing how he is an international test player, he has a good temperament and plays the match situation.
I respect Malan for digging in, but if you are getting bogged down by Bishoo and Rostan Chase - even on a pitch with decent spin - you probably aren't test calibre. I wouldn't drop him because there are already too many gaps in the lineup, but he is not good enough.
Umpire Ravi is terrible. He has had loads of decisions overturned and that no ball call for Bishoo was negligence. They've missed many of Gabriel's where he is going six inches over the line for fuck sake.
the bbc really need to re-do their 2002 "100 greatest britons" tv series to take into account the existence of moeen ali
west indies have been poor after putting themselves in a great position as late as an hour before tea. i know our batting lineup is deeper than the mariana trench but there's been so much village fielding and captaincy. roach and shannon really let the game get away from them with loose deliveries too.
Well we needed a professional performance, and pretty much got one. Stokes and Bairstow will be disappointed, but Moeen and Woakes have done a great job after the upper order had done some hard grafting.
Malan will be on the plane for the winter - if he applies himself that well in Australia then all well and good, although he did look a little tired at the end, and it's going to be a lot harder down under.
I'm all for laughing at our inability to play on the sub continent, but that first innings was literally our first of the tour after the warm up match was washed out. Was always too early to jump to conclusions.
we've bowled absolutely terribly today. not impressed. buzzing for the ashes where australia will make 756-6d on a road and then we'll still end up 34-3 again.
however as a tight conclusion to a five day test match it is extremely good. wouldn't be particularly unhappy if the windies won here after the ludicrous uk media over-reaction to the 1st test and how magnificently braithwaite and hope have batted.