Vampire wrote:I just don’t understand why the poms see Moeen Ali as a possible no.3? He’s a lower order slogger at his best flogging tiring attacks with a soft ball down the order - he just doesn’t have the technique to bat in the top three in test cricket.
The stats bear this out. He has scored 171 runs in 12 inns at an average of 14.2 batting in the top three compared with 1555 in 49 inns at 37.0 batting at nos 7 &8. Is he a captain’s toady in the dressing room or something?
AndyPaul wrote:...most people would agree he’s (Moeen) not a 3...
AndyPaul wrote:Vampire wrote:AndyPaul wrote:...most people would agree he’s (Moeen) not a 3...
Then why have the poms put him there in their batting order?
Because most people don’t pick the England team
Tommy wrote:Admittedly it's 'only' against Sri Lanka, who are currently diminished by injuries and no doubt somewhat distracted by ongoing political strife but England have won a series overseas! Quite a remarkable performance by the spinners, claiming every wicket in the match barring one run out in the first innings. Plus another century for Joe Root in the second innings, which was a very welcome sight. Not to mention promising contributions from Leach, Foakes, Burns and even Jennings.
Like the home test in India, one thing I will say about Root's captaincy (and Ed Smith's selections to a degree) is it's producing tests that are rollicking good fun, which is all you can ask for really. It'll be interesting to see if they can maintain that momentum going into the series against Pakistan.
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