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Post by Liam_Main Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:52 pm

So the 2nd test is upon us,Will England make another tremendous win or will Sri Lanka fight back to win the 2nd test? All will be known in 5 days time.

The 12 man teams are as follow:

England
Andrew Strauss (C)
Alistair Cook
Jonathan Trott
Kevin Pietersen
Ian Bell
Eoin Morgan
Matt Prior (W-K)
Stuart Broad
Graeme Swann
Chris Tremlett
Steve Finn
Jade Dernbach

Sri Lanka (Can't find the 12 man squad anywhere)

Tillakaratne Dilshan (C)
Tharanga Paranavithana (Spell check!)
Lahiru Thirimanne
Kumar Sangakkara
Mahela Jayawardene
Thilan Samaraweera
Dinesh Chandimal
Prasanna Jaywardene (W-K)
Thissara Perera
Suraj Randiv
Ajantha Mendis
Rangana Herath
Dilhara Fernanado
Chanka Welegedara
Suranga Lakmal
Farveez Maharoof

Once again like the 1st feel free to discuss the action OK

And updates of the match will be up on the thread.
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Post by LivinginItaly Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:29 pm

Finn or Dernbach?

Any idea what the pitch and weather should be like?

These could be factors in their final selection decision. Think I would go for Finn, but a bit worried that this may leave England's pace attack a bit one dimensional.

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Post by Liam_Main Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:43 pm

LivinginItaly wrote:Finn or Dernbach?

Any idea what the pitch and weather should be like?

These could be factors in their final selection decision. Think I would go for Finn, but a bit worried that this may leave England's pace attack a bit one dimensional.

Not sure on the pitch but I know theres no forecast for rain over the next few days.

Flower says he won't make his pick until the morning of the test depending on the pitch and conditions. Wouldn't surprise me too much if they went with Dernbach. Although Finn obviously will be the likely option.
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Post by msp83 Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:54 pm

think it should be Finn. its his home ground where he has a good record. Finn's a wicket taker, all be it with an economy rate that has to come down. with experience he'll be able to address.

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Post by Guest Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:16 pm

gonna be a close game but gonna be harder to knock over the lankans in this game cos lords is a lot flatter pitch where as cardiff spins miles a lot

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Post by Liam_Main Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:53 am

Toss predictions anyone?

Surely if England win the toss they'll bat first after the success in the 1st test. Forecast looking lovely aswell.
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Post by Liam_Main Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:35 am

Sri Lanka win the toss,bowl first.

Finn in for Anderson.
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Post by eirebilly Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:58 am

Finn was always going to play i feel. Right, lets go.
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Post by Liam_Main Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:01 am

Welegedara to bowl the first over for Sri Lanka.
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Post by Liam_Main Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:06 am

Lakmal starts with a wide,no surprise there.
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Post by eirebilly Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:08 am

I really hope that England get off to a decent start.
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Post by Liam_Main Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:11 am

A 50 partnership here or even more would be terrific.
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Post by eirebilly Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:12 am

Nice shot from Strauss
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Post by Liam_Main Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:14 am

Strauss gone for 4 least thing that we wanted.
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Post by eirebilly Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:15 am

Oh no, not great from Strauss.
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Post by Liam_Main Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:15 am

Trott should come in and settle the ship here.
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Post by eirebilly Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:17 am

Ahh the Cook Trott pairing, this should lead to runs Very Happy
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Post by Liam_Main Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:18 am

Credit to Sri Lanka, there bowlers have started well
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Post by eirebilly Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:22 am

Is there a better pairin than these two in International cricket right now?
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Post by Cowshot Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:24 am

Argh.

Sounded pretty plumb.

Cook doesn't sound too secure yet. Everyone's vulnerable early.

Good to hear the commentator aying he looks good on the front foot though. That's where he's poor when out of form.

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Post by eirebilly Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:26 am

It was pretty plumb cowshot. Cook did very well in advising Strauss not to refer as it would have been wasted.
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Post by Liam_Main Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:26 am

Nope there isn't.

Not many people come to close to these in the batting ranks aswell.
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Post by eirebilly Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:27 am

Just the pairing you want in these situations Liam.
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Post by Peter Seabiscuit Wheeler Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:28 am

Oh my oh my ..fun times

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Post by Liam_Main Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:29 am

Trott looks to be out,refers it.
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Post by Liam_Main Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:29 am

Review wasted.
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Post by Cowshot Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:30 am

Sounds like they were right to bowl!!!!!!

Poor shot Trott.

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Post by eirebilly Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:31 am

Not a great start, certainly not what England have wanted Sad
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Post by alfie Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:31 am

Hmm...

Just as well we keep picking 6 batsmen Sad

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Post by Liam_Main Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:32 am

Pietersens chance to prove himself now. Decisive innings for him.
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Post by eirebilly Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:33 am

Big time for KP now, he simply has to perform here i feel.

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Post by Cowshot Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:35 am

Pietersen needs to be there still at lunch tomorrow. Think he knows that. Hope he knows that...

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Post by Liam_Main Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:37 am

I like KP but time is starting to run out on him now. Needs a big score.
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Post by msp83 Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:39 am

in a way, good for KP that he came in early, doesn't have to face the left am spinner right away.

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Post by Liam_Main Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:41 am

Pietersen gone for 2.

Place well under threat now.
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Post by Liam_Main Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:41 am

Played a poor shot,shouldn't of had a go at it.
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Post by eirebilly Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:42 am

Great start from Sri Lanka. KP must surely be under pressure now....
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Post by Liam_Main Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:43 am

Bell plays a lovely shot first ball.
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Post by eirebilly Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:44 am

Class from Bell. He and Cook should steady the ship.
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Post by Cowshot Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:45 am

What the *%£" is going on???

Conditions are perfect, the pitch is fine, and England getting themselves out, by all accounts!

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Post by Liam_Main Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:46 am

Both form players.

Should do well but if they do remains to be seen.
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Post by Cowshot Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:47 am

Am now sulking. Doh

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Post by eirebilly Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:48 am

Its ok cowshot. Cook and Bell will steady the sip and see England recover from this.
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Post by Liam_Main Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:49 am

Cowshot wrote:What the *%£" is going on???

Conditions are perfect, the pitch is fine, and England getting themselves out, by all accounts!

This is what annoys me with England,they make one outstanding performance then the next play poor.

Perfect conditions for batting England should be scoring alot of runs on this pitch.
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Post by eltham_college_spin Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:50 am

Hello one and all:

Would it be churlish of me to say, 'time to drop him'?

What a terrible shot. Boycott's mum ...

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Post by Stellar Key Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:51 am

The pitch isnt doing much, I wonder if Trott was a bit fatigued. So SL off to a great start.

Cookie and Belly need to keep it tight and get to lunch.

Lovely day at Lords - looks great Very Happy 8)

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Post by Liam_Main Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:51 am

Welcome Eltham OK

I think alot of people including myself think he should be dropped. It's Bopara or Hildreths chance now surely.
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Post by eirebilly Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:53 am

Good to see youve joined up eltham.

Bell looking good already.
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Post by eirebilly Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:54 am

That said, Bell was nearly out then.
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Post by Cowshot Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:54 am

By gum. And some people say test cricket is dull...

Bell sounds in good nick.

Wonder if Trott had really recovered from his marathon at the weekend? Sounded like a tired shot.

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