Cricket: More Than a Game

(looks out of the window)

Yup, it's raining.

davet010 wrote:

(looks out of the window)

Yup, it's raining.

Not just any rain either. That’s Manchester Rain......

Not heavy, but persistent - "the kind that gets you wet through", as my mother would say.

So. I love test cricket

West Indies looked to be cruising towards a decent total and a draw being the only viable outcome.

Then Stuart Broad decided he’d had enough of that and went from 0-64 to 3-65 in the space of about 14 balls. Cue a West Indies collapse, but they still managed - just (17 runs) - to avoid the follow on

So England send out Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler to open their second innings. Buttler is out for a 3rd ball duck.

Tell me that’s not the best cricket......

Blimey, didn't really see what happened to Dowrich when he went down in real time, but getting a ball full into the mush looked as painful in slow motion.

davet010 wrote:

Blimey, didn't really see what happened to Dowrich when he went down in real time, but getting a ball full into the mush looked as painful in slow motion.

Yeah I think that hurt. Very confused when Da Silva came on though - I thought you needed permission for that.

England getting their act together the last 2 test matches. Winding up Broad by leaving him out of the first test was clearly the way to go.......

I think the rules about sub keepers were changed a couple of years ago - to the effect that you can now bring one on with the approval of the on-field umpires. Dowrich was clearly in some pain, so it wasn't like it was being done for tactical reasons.

davet010 wrote:

I think the rules about sub keepers were changed a couple of years ago - to the effect that you can now bring one on with the approval of the on-field umpires. Dowrich was clearly in some pain, so it wasn't like it was being done for tactical reasons.

It was more that Shai Pope took over and then Da Silva came in. I don’t have a problem with that I hasten to add, I just thought it wasn’t allowed on the basis Pope seemed to have taken on the keeper’s position. No idea how bad Dowrich’s injury is though. It looked nasty.

I think that Hope took over temporarily because they had to go and get Da Silva from the nets. So rather than wait around for him to arrive and then put his keeper gear on, they just put Hope in temporarily. I think there might have been more of an issue had it not been an injury concern.

And was it just me, but the best description I can come up with for the West Indies players reaction to Dowrich getting hit in the face would be 'pithily unarsed'. Only one player came to see how he was, which I can't imagine being the case for most other sides.

Well, that was a chase and a half.

Just watched the highlights package on BBC2. Not sure who the Pakistani co-commentator was towards the end of England's innings (wasn't Wasim Akram), but he was really putting the boot into Azhar Ali's captaincy. Described him as 'soft', 'too nice' and similar. Not unreasonable, but the tone was a bit harsh. I guess the idea was that with a very young bowling attack starting to struggle, having a captain just letting the game slip away is not what is required.

Mightily impressed with Buttler and Woakes there, the ball was doing all sorts for a while and they did well to carry the attack to Pakistan. That ball that did for Pope was venomous.

The commentary was just how it was edited I think, although do I think Pakistan backed off far too much and allowed Buttler & Woakes to play how they wanted.

Also seen a lot of online comments about some of the Pakistan bowlers no-balls towards the end. Some of them were damn near a foot (distance!) over the line but I think it was just the pressure getting to them. A bit disappointing to see the comments.