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.That’s a good idea John
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 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.
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.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 always think cricket is a bit like chardonnay Alex. Usually those who claim to dislike them have never tried a good one.As a non cricket expert/enthusiast , I’m just baffled as to how it can be so vital to win a toss - it seems that it’s such an advantage that it makes a joke of the game. Is it often like this? But yes, I have been on the juice.
Are you an angling man, Sean?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.
Now it all makes sense. I had always assumed it was more like Sauvignon Blanc!I always think cricket is a bit like chardonnay Alex. Usually those who claim to dislike them have never tried a good one.
My team for the third test:
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.