ENG vs SA Test series - all hail President Root 🦗

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#181

super alex davies obvs.

nick browne & tom westley are probably the other ones in with a shout, less likely now cook isn’t captain but he’s pushed for them both before and they’ve carried form into div 1.


#182

essex are fairly spoiled at the top of the order thinking about it - those two; former england captain cook; future england captain lawrence; former future england captain chopra…


#183

Pretty well judged, sir…


#184

Oh, Moeen…


#185

Dismal stuff. Poor old Dawson stranded on 5*.


#186

How very England…

Last time I checked they were still 5 down. Did some work for 25-30 minutes and it’s all over.


#187

Just in, the_excession’s report live from the ground:

Shite.


#188

That was an absolute travesty of a day’s play.

Pros:
Morkel and Morris bowled fast, menacing spells.
Sunshine was nice.

Cons:
Couldn’t even bat until 3 pm.
Jennings and balance
No-one managed a swashbuckling 30, never mind 50 or 100.
YJB burping one horribly to mid on.
Ridiculously over the top rendition of Jerusalem complete with gigantic England flag waving, just before breathtakingly feeble defeat.
All the other stuff.


#189

Thought Moeen was going to provide some sort of resistance when he notched three fours off consecutive Maharaj balls, but his dismissal was so lame. Almost as lame as Bairstow’s. Cook’s wasn’t great either.

So much work is needed on the top order it’s pretty terrifying, even if the Ashes don’t go ahead in the autumn.


#190

Toby Bollinger-Tatty to make his debut tomorrow then replacing Wood.

Westley in at number 3 with some pretty impressive stats at Essex - 478 runs, 2 centuries in there and averaging 53.11.

Rabada’s back which is great for SA, less so for England after that last performance :grimacing:


#191

What do we reckon then? Toss won, pitch looks quite green, sun’s poking through.


#192

Here’s the weather forecast. Looks a bit iffy.


#193

Ooft.


#194

I’m going on Saturday. Hopefully the rain holds off…


#195

Noice. Looks like you’ll be reet in the morning.


#196

Jennings :expressionless:


#197

Uh, wickey wild wild
Wicky wicky wild
Wickey wild, wicky wicky wild wild wild Tom Westley.


#198

Don’t want to put the mockers on him but he looks quite patient and assured here. Good on the leg side.


#199

Corbz on TMS :heart_eyes:


#200

Well done.