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I suppose Buttler could replace Ali if we're going with three seamers and A Spinner, but I don't see them doing that so it would have to be for Bairstow. Who knows! India have been really good this Test especially, that first day aside. That controversial non-selection of Ashwin seems alright now, Thakur weighing in with all those runs and getting key wickets.

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Well the best team won, no complaints there, but there are those wonderful 'what ifs' that sport delivers: What if England had rolled India for 150? What if Ali hadn't thrown his wicket away and caused a mini-collapse? What if England had not dropped 6 catches and missed a few good run-out opportunities?

 

You would expect the short turnaround is not going to help England, having been in the field for 200 overs this match, so it'll be interesting to see what happens on Friday. 

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Upside is that Burns and Hameed appear to have some promise as an opening pair. And Robinson has been a bit of a revelation, albeit not operating in the area of obvious bowling weakness. 
 

Ali seems to be a really thoughtful, sensitive and intelligent cricketer and has been routinely mismanaged. He came out and spoke to the media after the third day session and was open and honest about his own failings. Seemed low on confidence which was sad to see. 

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Ali has totally been messed about and, sadly, I do think it has ruined his Test career. At various times he has been hailed as our spin saviour, our aggressive top-order batsmen, an experienced middle order anchor, an all-rounder or a batter who bowls a bit or a bowler who can bat. 

 

Who wouldn't be frazzled by all of that?

 

It's a bit like how Stuart Broad was once our next great all-rounder after his century against Pakistan, but then he got hit on the head and his batting collapsed and now he is firmly a bowler who sometimes likes to have a bit of a swipe. Ali has never really had a firm role laid out for him and that's part of the problem.

 

These days it almost feels like he's a second spinner in a team that only plays one - he isn't trusted enough as a frontline spinner and is no longer reliable enough as a batter. Where do you put him and get the best out of such a clearly talented guy?

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/58512624

 

They've forfeited the match.  It's a shame, but considering the fact that Covid seems to be spreading through their camp cancelling the match is surely the only sensible thing to do.  I guess the logic behind making them forfeit is that teams could get ahead in a series and immediately go out licking door handles and hanging around at anti-vax rallies to get a Covid outbreak happening. It's kind of stupid and pretty unfair.

 

Still, England win by default!  :omg:

 

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18 minutes ago, feltmonkey said:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/58512624

 

They've forfeited the match.  It's a shame, but considering the fact that Covid seems to be spreading through their camp cancelling the match is surely the only sensible thing to do.  I guess the logic behind making them forfeit is that teams could get ahead in a series and immediately go out licking door handles and hanging around at anti-vax rallies to get a Covid outbreak happening. It's kind of stupid and pretty unfair.

 

Still, England win by default!  :omg:

 

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they've removed the words "forfeited" - presumably while they argue about money.

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1 minute ago, Gigawatt said:

England don’t deserve to level the series by default. If the ECB had any integrity they would call this one off completely and give India the well-deserved series win. 

 

It's not about integrity. It's money - on all sides:

* The spectators (poor sods) want their money refunded.

* The indian players and BCCI want their IPL payday.

* The ECB wants the insurance money, and if it's a mutually agreed cancellation they probably won't get it.

 

Given the indian players were the ones who decided to go to a book launch, perhaps they should put their hands in their pockets?

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Glad I was going tomorrow and not today so we could cancel the hotels and not have drive across the country. Farcical to cancel it two hours before the first ball was due though. I see Yorkshire are trying to slip out the racism report in its slipstream as well.

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Interesting reading the ECB comments from Tom Harrison talking about mental health but downplaying any link to the IPL. 

 

There's talk of rearranging this test now but it won't be the same nor have the same intensity - not does it help fans who have had to pay for travel/hotels for this morning and won't get that money back. 

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