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    Why isn’t leg spin popular in test cricket?

    You need to consistently impart a lot of revs on the ball to challenge batsmen. In test cricket, batsmen can sit back, defend and wait for a bad ball to be out way. So unless you can get massive turn on your legbreak, you will be played easily.
  2. If SL win this test, we would be no.1 even if England beat us 5-0
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    How fast was David Johnson?

    I think you mean the Pakistan match right? Because the speed gun was only brought only from the super six stage from what little I remember. But yes mohanty was clocking very low speeds.
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    1st Test vs ENG-Choose your Batting Order

    Actually I wanted pujara to open instead of Dhawan.
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    1st Test vs ENG-Choose your Batting Order

    Dhawan Rahul Rahane Kohli Nair Pant Pandya Ashwin Should give us enough depth and firepower to get us to scored of 350-400 or more even in England.
  6. Lanka should just keep batting and pummel Saffers as much as they can. Plenty of time left in this test.
  7. Anderson,Broad and Woakes are coming off injuries so i hope they can't find rhythm in time. Jimmy in particular will be innocuous if there isn't much off the deck. Even if they somehow do well, i think we need to focus on getting Root and Buttler out. Others are poor batsmen if the ball moves.
  8. The problem is after the CT thrashing, our selectors replaced the older spin duo with Chahal/Kuldeep and while that is commendable, the real problem was and is the batting. Apart from Dhawan and Kohli, there are no clutch batsmen in that lineup. All has beens were/are being brought back like yuvraj/raina/DK etc. or mediocre talents like Jadhav.
  9. No i was asking whether Shardul had performed well in A games like Siraj or was he just selected into the test squad based on his LOI/IPL performances?
  10. Ajinkya Rahane is probably our best batsman against pace and movement but is woefully inadequate against spin and is easily the worst player of spin in this batting lineup. Why are we playing him at 6 then? A number 6 should be able to counter attack and score runs and cannot be someone who is vulnerable against half decent spin. Our top 3 , on the other hand , are not particularly great against quality swing/seam bowling but are very good against the turning ball. Is it time to bat Rahane either as an opener or at 3 ?
  11. I suspect the same. One of the reasons why I don't want our main players playing IPL right before an important away tour or the World Cup next year.
  12. Vijay has failed miserably in the last 2.5 years. Not one good series against a decent bowling attack anywhere. My point was not whether Cook scored a ton or not. That was just to show the quality of the A side and that siraj was good enough to take wickets against a decent lineup in these conditions. With bumrah and bhuvi injured and Shami coming back from injury , our bowling attack may not be as effective. Also by a similar token , on what basis was shardul added to the test squad?
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    Ajinkya rahane is not a number 6 in tests!

    Except that he had a torrid time in county this season . I think he scored only 1 fifty or something. I really hope he is back to his best by the time the tests start but it looks like it's going to be a tough time for him.
  14. How is that living in denial ? On what other basis are you supposed to select cricketers on a test tour? That too in England. Someone like Siraj has bowled to Cook in an A game and had taken 7 wickets in these conditions. Shaw and Pant outbatted a senior team member like Vijay in the same conditions. Don't they merit selection based on that?
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    Ajinkya rahane is not a number 6 in tests!

    With Pant at 6, Pandya at 7 and ashwin 8? That's not a bad lineup. Pujara should just be charged with blunting the new ball then. He had a terrible county season so we can't expect him to score much.
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    Ajinkya rahane is not a number 6 in tests!

    I would ideally not play Pujara overseas at all but yes Pujara at 5 seems to be a fair call in tests away.
  17. Not sure what saini has done before this but 2/165 in this A game suggests he may not be good enough right now to play the tests. Siraj should definitely deserves a go though.
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    Dale Steyn, the greatest fast bowler of the century

    There is no daylight difference between McGrath and Steyn. Both play in the 2000's era and were successful on some of the flattest pitches in the history of cricket. If Steyn had pace and late away swing, Mcgrath had the bounce,accuracy and the seam movement and of dead tracks, found enough pace and reverse as well. Also putting Ambrose in the same category as McGrath is flawed. Ambrose did not play test cricket after 2000 and a lot of matches were on broken tracks of the windies, green seamers i England etc. He would use his height and bounce to bowl accurately in a series without impact on flatter decks while turning up after the series was lost on a more helpful deck. Also, except for one tour of pakistan in 1990 or 1991, he never really took wickets in the SC. Mcgrath and steyn have done very well atleast in two three series.
  19. Quoted for truth. Pakistan had a two test series and they played 2 practice matches and a test against ireland to select their best XI for that. We are playing a five match series and just one practice match? Ridiculous.
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    Ranji Trophy 2018-19

    There is far too much dissipation of talent in Ranji especially with the increase in number of teams. We should relegate this to tier 2 and tier 1 should consist of 6 teams with squads of 15 each which has the best players available in the country. Need to emulate Shield cricket just like the Saffers did and it worked wonders for them.
  21. Vijay failed in both innings. Guy hasn't done anything of note in tests for quite sometime. Should have included Shaw over him.
  22. And it's not just their analysts . Their entire system is geared towards producing such batsmen now. Australia too but they don't have the personnel to execute it like England. Our only hope is that after the world cup we can go back to 1 ball in ODIs.

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