Test Cricket: India-South Africa, 2nd Test - South Africa humiliated; India set new world record

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And that's it! We'll see any casuals in 2 years, very India-heavy schedule for the next couple of months:

India-South Africa I 2nd of October
India-South Africa II 10th of October
India-South Africa III 19th of October
India-Bangladesh 14th of November
New Zealand-England I 20th November
Australia-Pakistan I 21st November
 
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Ended up remarkably similar.....


S Smith 2019 Ashes (away from home) - 7 innings - 774 runs - avg 110.57

A Cook 10/11 Ashes (away from home) - 7 innings - 766 runs - avg 127.66 (1 not out score)
 

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Who would you all pick for the next England coach and what team would you go with in the winter?
 
And that's it! We'll see any casuals in 2 years, very India-heavy schedule for the next couple of months:

India-South Africa I 2nd of October
India-South Africa II 10th of October
India-South Africa III 19th of October
India-Bangladesh 14th of November
New Zealand-England I 20th November
Australia-Pakistan I 21st November
dont we have sri lanka in australia in october?
 
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Who would you all pick for the next England coach and what team would you go with in the winter?
Gillespie


Burns
Crawley
Denly
Root *
Stokes
Pope
Buttler +
Archer
Leach
Broad
Anderson


Travelling

Sibley (dont mind if he swaps with Crawley)
Roy
Foakes
Curran
Ali
 
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It was a series full of ups and downs and disappointments. But the bottom line from an Aussie point of view is we retained The Ashes.
 

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No test central contract for Joe Denly, tough break, but not totally unexpected.

Rory Burns got a red-ball contract and so did Archer, Archer totally expected, Burns, not sure everyone saw that one coming but it's a big-time signal that he's the man for the problem position for 2020.

Archer, Bairstow, Buttler, Root, Stokes, Woakes, Anderson, Broad, Burns, Curran is the full list.

Ali and Rashid both lost their test contracts; Plunkett wins the world cup and then gets dropped for white ball central contract which is fucking brutal.
 
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England Test Squad for NZ:

Root
Archer
Broad
Burns
Buttler
Crawley
Curran
Denly
Leach
Mahmood
Parkinson
Pope
Sibley
Stokes
Woakes

Pretty far out.

And no Bairstow - and no Foakes.
 
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It was his chance to respond to Cummins. Though Rabada is actually ranked above him and he is playing (I hope).

Top ten bowlers:

01 - Cummins (Aus)
02 - Rabada (SA)
03 - Bumrah The Ever Living (Ind)
04 - Jason Holder (WI)
05 - Philander (SA)
06 - Anderson (Eng)
07 - Boult (NZ)
08 - Wagner (NZ)
09 - Roach (WI)
10 - Abbas (Pak)
 
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It was his chance to respond to Cummins. Though Rabada is actually ranked above him and he is playing (I hope).

Top ten bowlers:

01 - Cummins (Aus)
02 - Rabada (SA)
03 - Bumrah The Ever Living (Ind)
04 - Jason Holder (WI)
05 - Philander (SA)
06 - Anderson (Eng)
07 - Boult (NZ)
08 - Wagner (NZ)
09 - Roach (WI)
10 - Abbas (Pak)
agree with this list. These guys are all terrific. I wonder is Broad should be there though.
 

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Most test runs by opening bats in the last 12 months:

1 - Tim Latham (943)
2 - Dimuth Karunaratne (758)
3 - Rory Burns (702)
4 - Jeet Raval (426)
5 - Marcus Harris (385)
6 - Imam-ul-Haq (346)
7 - Aiden Makram (318)

It'll be interesting to see how many Makram adds against India, but sweet Jesus this has been a terrible year for openers. I guess Latham and Dimuth are the men right now although, like I said, Makram, what's interesting though is the status of Burns. He's been up against some pretty steep bowling. I'm pretty sure nobody expected to see him up there this summer.
 

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Ominous signs for SA on the first day of the first test on the sub-continent.

Rohi Sharma opens the batting with Agarwal, which is very interesting, and has rattled out 52 runs in 85ish balls. SA have tried a left-handed spinner (Muthusamy on his test debut) and Majaraj and achieved zero spin, right-arm off-break (Piedt) and achieved almost zero spin. Philander and Rabada meanwhile are toiling - and no Ngidi.

A breakthrough is required, India are 91-0 at lunch.
 

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Ominous signs for SA on the first day of the first test on the sub-continent.

Rohi Sharma opens the batting with Agarwal, which is very interesting, and has rattled out 52 runs in 85ish balls. SA have tried a left-handed spinner (Muthusamy on his test debut) and Majaraj and achieved zero spin, right-arm off-break (Piedt) and achieved almost zero spin. Philander and Rabada meanwhile are toiling - and no Ngidi.

A breakthrough is required, India are 91-0 at lunch.
SA's only hope is their bowling. And it will be tough going for their quicks on these flat wickets.

SA's batting is weak. Elgar is a good player but he seems slightly past it. Markram has tremendous potential but i haven't seen too much of him against spin bowling. De Kock has tremendous talent but is very hit and miss.

The rest of the batting is weak.

Its sad to see a decline in SA's fortunes. 6 years ago they were the best in the world in tests. Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, Ab De Villiers, Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and a host of good supporting players.

It seems like the quota system is really hurting them, and it is going to get worse as they lose more players to Kolpack.
 

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Yeah, they lost a lot of very good players. This is a "transitional" side, in other words a side ripe for caning.

And they are getting caned - absolutely incredible stuff from Sharma, who is 115 off 174 and looks every inch a near-perfect opener - despite the consecutive sixes he drilled poor Piedt for. Piedt's economy, if that's the right word, is now over six. It's looking like ritual humiliation for SA who, lest we forget, have produced arguably the best spinner in the world, abandoned international cricket for English county cricket. Sore stuff.

India 202-0

Agarwal 84
Sharma 115

Tea.
 
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Yeah, they lost a lot of very good players. This is a "transitional" side, in other words a side ripe for caning.

And they are getting caned - absolutely incredible stuff from Sharma, who is 115 off 174 and looks every inch a near-perfect opener - despite the consecutive sixes he drilled poor Piedt for. Piedt's economy, if that's the right word, is now over six. It's looking like ritual humiliation for SA who, lest we forget, have produced arguably the best spinner in the world, abandoned international cricket for English county cricket. Sore stuff.

India 202-0

Agarwal 84
Sharma 115

Tea.
This will be a painful and one sided series.