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That’s a good idea John
I’d like to see this trialled in the county championship. Plenty of matches, therefore plenty of data will be produced quite quickly on what happens In practice rather than theory. Certainly Essex and Somerset would be quickly on the defensive.

The obvious danger would be the preparation of ”roads”, hence my desire to see it trialled here first before thinking of rolling it out into a two year test cycle.
 
I think I’ve come round to the idea that the away team should always have the option to bat first unless they decline. It might tone down the preparation of blatantly unfair pitches be they greentops or unpredictable spinners paradises in order to favour the home team. I see that even Mark Waugh has criticised this pitch! However, in this case I think that India would have outplayed England even if England had first use of this wicket.
I think it would have been an interesting match if England had won the toss. Let’s say they’d have got 250, taking advantage of the fact that in the first two sessions on Saturday the ball wasn’t frequently bursting through the surface. Could well have ended up with India chasing 160 in the fourth innings, which would have been fun.
 
I’d like to see this trialled in the county championship. Plenty of matches, therefore plenty of data will be produced quite quickly on what happens In practice rather than theory. Certainly Essex and Somerset would be quickly on the defensive.

The obvious danger would be the preparation of ”roads”, hence my desire to see it trialled here first before thinking of rolling it out into a two year test cycle.
Well it's already been applied to allow away sides the option to bowl without a coin toss, so it seems a logical extension to extend it to allowing the away side to simply choose whether to bat or field first.
 
Head scratching here. How intelligent people can start questioning the reasoning for who bat's first, when it is a totally fair situation.

Who won the toss in this game had now bearing on who won the game. India's first score didn't give them a strangle hold on the game. Their second innings was a decent performance as well. Just two pretty piss poor batting performances by England.

Well done India, they wanted the win much much more than England.
 
Head scratching here. How intelligent people can start questioning the reasoning for who bat's first, when it is a totally fair situation.

Who won the toss in this game had now bearing on who won the game. India's first score didn't give them a strangle hold on the game. Their second innings was a decent performance as well. Just two pretty piss poor batting performances by England.

Well done India, they wanted the win much much more than England.
Are you an angling man, Sean?
 
My team for the third test:

Burns
Sibley
Bairstow
Root
Pope
Foakes
Stokes
Bess
Leach
Stone
Anderson

Could strengthen the batting with Woakes for Stone I suppose
Moeen has gone home
I would like to see Foakes batting a little higher in Asia since he can play spin and as he is an accumulator rather than an aggressive player, and our tail tends not to hang around, I would rather have him at the crease for longer with a good player at the other end.
 
Crawley and Archer may or may not be fit, no? Tempting to go with Broad and Anderson given the pink ball, I'd think. Don't know what that will do for the spinners, but I imagine Bumrah under lights being terrifying.
 
My team for the third test:

Burns
Sibley
Bairstow
Root
Pope
Foakes
Stokes
Bess
Leach
Stone
Anderson

Could strengthen the batting with Woakes for Stone I suppose
Moeen has gone home
I would like to see Foakes batting a little higher in Asia since he can play spin and as he is an accumulator rather than an aggressive player, and our tail tends not to hang around, I would rather have him at the crease for longer with a good player at the other end.

Probably close to the final team, though I agree with Alex, that a fit Crawley would probably oust Burns, who doesn't appear likely to hit any sort of extended form. I suspect Broad will also play in place of Stone, though neither were bowled into the ground in the last test. Probably sensible to give Archer a little more rest if there is risk of aggravating the elbow injury. I suspect we might see a 3rd spinner come in for the 4th test if it's another turning track. I agree about moving Foakes up, though I'd be amazed if they actually do it.

p.s. A shame Moeen needed to leave, but I fully support him - after all he's the one who had Covid whilst away, so had to suffer that, plus the extra isolation. Nice that he at least signed off with a good hit out.
 
As I pointed out on WA group when teams announced, the odder decision was to select only one frontline spinner. India went in with three - but what do they know about conditions in Ahmedabad?
Notwithstanding his results, Root is a mediocre captain.
Fortunately, I was too busy to follow play today.
 
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