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It is frustrating being a cricket fan from the north. Me and my girlfriend looked into going down for one of the test matches this summer against India, problem is that three of them are London or further south, the Manchester one we can't make which left Nottingham, but even that is a bit further south than either of us really wanted to travel to watch a 'home' match (no family within commuting distance that we could stay with). Ended up going for the fifth ODI in Leeds, but as neither of us are that fussed about One Day cricket it's not really what we wanted, but the idea was we could go see one of the Ashes matches, but once again they are pretty much all held in the south of the country.

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Cook now undroppable. :lol: England will have to endure his captaincy for a few more tests at least.

Alistair Cook is undroppable. He's England's best player by a mile. He's just been in horrendous form. Not the first, won't be the last.

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England 270 odd for 2 at stumps... very much their day. Cook out for 95; snicko says it was an excellent decision by the umpire, but I wasn't convinced and haven't seen a hotspot replay of it. Either way, 95 very timely runs. Gary Ballance is the new Jonathan Trott, with perhaps a more rounded game... 104 n.o at the close.

England played really well. I just wish Moores hadn't determined that they should slow their scoring down; the pitch is likely to offer more to the bowler as the game goes on.

One last thought; Southampton's a pretty sterile ground, isn't it?

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Starting on a Sunday has confused everyone! Ooo-err.

Anyhoo, a good first day and surely (!) we can't go on to lose this one! - draw at worst?

Decent first inns and then a declaration if we don't have a spazzy batting collapse.

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Apropos of nothing, Shane Warne really is an outstanding commentator. Full of insight. Unlike Charles Dagnall or Henry Blowfeld.

Edit: Currently talking about the mindset of a bowler on debut who is getting smacked all over the place.

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Ian Bell masterclass at the moment. I'm very thankful to the surprise declaration of Eid a day early so I don't have to go to work (but still get paid) and can sit and watch this with a six pack. I'm not sure any sport goes hand in hand with beer as well as cricket.

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I honestly think that Scotland would have put up a better fight today.

Never judge a batting performance until both sides have had a chance to bowl. Or something. I'll say this; some of England's batting was outstanding, some of the bowling looked toothless. Whether it's a dead pitch or a dreadful bowling performance, we shall see.

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Apropos of nothing, Shane Warne really is an outstanding commentator. Full of insight. Unlike Charles Dagnall or Henry Blowfeld.

Edit: Currently talking about the mindset of a bowler on debut who is getting smacked all over the place.

What's wrong with Henry Blofeld? He's one of the things that makes TMS so good and unique. Cricket commentary does generally seem considerably better than commentary for any other major sport though. With the exception of Ian Botham there is no one I can really think of on either Sky or TMS who I dislike.

As for Warne I think he is a good commentator, and I like the 'analysis' pieces he does, but often his articles are sensationalist 'click bait' affairs IMO.

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What's wrong with Henry Blofeld? He's one of the things that makes TMS so good and unique. Cricket commentary does generally seem considerably better than commentary for any other major sport though. With the exception of Ian Botham there is no one I can really think of on either Sky or TMS who I dislike.

As for Warne I think he is a good commentator, and I like the 'analysis' pieces he does, but often his articles are sensationalist 'click bait' affairs IMO.

I've seen tests in which Blowers has called Kevin Pietersen "Jimmy Anderson" for an entire day. I just value insight and accuracy. I agree with what you say about TMS and cricket commentators though. Generally a very high standard, and of those who I don't like, it's generally just a personal preference. You don't get too many of them talking complete bollocks for a living, a la Billy Dodds.

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Looking good today England should be looking to get them out for around 300 then enforce the follow on.

There's no point in enforcing the follow on unless they are out tonight. The England bowlers will want to put their feet up, and if England can put a couple of hundred, it'll leave India chasing 500 odd. As bad as England were in the last test, they've played very well today.

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