dirty leeds wrote:Easily ignorable.
At 150-3 on this wicket, I’d say not.
Bobbycollins wrote:That last wicket partnership will have been extremely demoralising for South Africa, who know that they need 600 to force a win, which given the weakness of their batting looks unlikely. I still don't understand why Butler is preferred to Bairstow, who was regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world before a disappointing Ashes series.
kennyb41 wrote:Didn't they rest him for NZ, think i'm right in saying he picked up slight injury, he also went out of nick so rest ull do him good, he'll come back better for it.
Agree he's better that Buttler, I think Foakes has a good shout with his batting also, no slouch.
Tommy wrote:Pope a good wicket keeper anyone? If so it seems like the obvious solution is right there.
Tommy wrote:Have to wonder what could have been had Mark Wood been regularly fit for the past five years. On form he’s something else. As long as he’s fit I’d have him over Archer, who still has a lot to learn.
Bobbycollins wrote:Seemed like a strange second half to the England innings. I had expected them to grind the South Africans down until declaring after an hour tomorrow morning with a lead of around 450 but instead the batsmen appeared intent on scoring boundaries. I'm not sure about allowing South Africa to rest overnight knowing that they'll bat first thing, rather than keeping them out in the field. However it will be a major surprise not to win from here.
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