Posted by: tootingtrumpet | July 31, 2011

England vs India Second Test Day Two – The Final Over of the Day

Birthday boy in birthday suit swinging both ways

Ball One (11.00am) – What a privilege to be watching two such masters of batsmanship as VVS and Rahul Dravid. With gym bunnies wielding lightweight bats that smash the ball miles and the desire to get on top of the bowling on dead wickets a key component of so many game plans, we might not see their likes again. When Ponting and Tendulkar retire, there will be others who will reproduce their style, if not their output, but perhaps nobody will bat like these two.

Ball Two (11.30am) – DRS controversy! VVS edged it, but who saw it and with which kind of camera? I feel a sigh coming on. The technology was not intended to make every decision irrefutably “correct” – it can’t. It is intended to drive out the really bad decisions – and it does. If a side thinks there’s a feather and they don’t get the nod from the field umpire nor the TV umpire, that’s the game – it always has been and I suspect it always will be.

Ball Three (12.30pm) – There’s much I don’t understand about modern captaincy, but one of its more inexplicable decisions came at the fall of Laxman’s wicket. Andrew Strauss decided that the best man to bowl to a Tendulkar searching for a bit of form was… Jonathan Trott! Soon bat was on ball and just after that, ball was on boundary, as a long-hop got what it deserved. 14000+ Test runs or not, SRT would have been pleased to receive a welcome from Andrew Strauss every bit as warm as the one he got from the crowd.

Ball Four (1.44pm) – Just as I was complaining about Broad bowling three deliveries wide of off-stump, his fourth ball on the same line is edged by Sachin Tendulkar to Strauss who, for once, catches one. Sachin had not batted in a first class match between January 6 and this tour’s one warm-up match at Taunton and there was just a touch of anxiety in the innings and in its conclusion. Rahul Dravid, in contrast, has a century at Lord’s behind him and has left the ball beautifully – not a bad option in a game as advanced as this one.

Ball Five (2,30pm) – Rumour was floating around the ground that Jimmy Anderson was under the weather this morning – and something certainly prevented him from running in at full pace and bowling his booming swingers. Whatever it was must have cleared up over lunch, as the sight of Yuvraj Singh perked him up no end and Good Jimmy was back, hostile and swinging it both ways, old ball notwithstanding.

Ball Six (3.30pm) – The bouncer is an effort ball and one to be used with care in a four man attack none of whom are quick enough to bowl it without feeling it later in the day. So it has to count, especially against Raina and Yuvraj, both of whom are perceived as having a weakness against the short stuff. But England’s bouncers today have been too short easily evaded by batsmen hardly required to duck. The best bouncers are directed at the armpit or head, not so high they really should be wides.

Gary Naylor, whom you can tweet at @garynaylor999 and find at Cricket On Fivespincricket.com and Testmatchsofa.com

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Responses

  1. You are being merciless on Strauss. May be he was just being old fashioned and trying to give Tendulkar one off the mark, like they do in benefit games….

  2. Another day when you ran out of balls, Gary!

  3. Kartikeya – Strauss might, but Broad, in this mood and form, would knock his head off!

    Jake – What a day! I could have had a final 20 overs of the day!

  4. This is a from a cricinfo article regarding the use of hotspot to pîck up edges, after Laxman was given not out when all the English just knew he was out. Broad said:
    “There is a suggestion that using vaseline on the edge of a bat makes it difficult for the Hotspot cameras to detect an edge, but Broad confirmed for himself that Laxman had used nothing on his equipment. “I actually had a cheeky feel of his edge when the ball went past, but there’s no vaseline or anything on there,” he admitted. “I think it’s just Hotspot, we’ve found the really faint edges don’t show up. It’s just one of those things.”

    The arrogant prick feels free to check out the batman’s equipment to see if he’s cheating. There’s no limit to English arrogance is there?

    Magnificent batting from India today.

  5. Fred – Broad said that comment about VVS’ bat as a joke. I know this for sure because I was sitting ten feet from him when he said it. We all had a chuckle including the Indian journos who outnumbered the BRits by 3 to 1

  6. Broad checks Laxman’s wood for lubrication?

    Splendid day of cricket. Match could go either way still, though it’s just marginally in India’s favour.

  7. Broad says England are behind, Dravid says it’s even stevens, Dileep Premachandran says 150 will be a tough chase, I say England need to make 300 in the second innings. Trott’s fitness may be the crucual factor.

  8. I say India are better placed than the hosts. One thing seems fairly certain; unless rain intervenes there will be a result.

    • Yes – I’d want to be an Indian fan just now. It’s just gone cloudy too – one hour before the start.

  9. Dileep is right. This team is a throwback to the Indian team that failed to chase 120 in West Indies. Then, as now, the key lead paceman(Srinath then; Zaheer now) broke down but the unheralded, anonymous bowling pack outdid itself and gave the batsman a modest target. Still they fluffed it.
    One difference this time is England are well placed to rub it in with a sizeable target. But it must give enormous confidence to England batsmen, and conversely dread to Indian bowlers that even 120 can be defended by England bowlers if required. Ofcourse, they’ll 100% without doubt succesfully defend any target higher than 120

    • Dravid has two tons and Laxman two fifties in one and a half Tests. England’s catching is also poor. India will be favourites to chase anything below 220.

  10. The point is moot now India have to surely chase more than 420, and more likely, 520 :)
    England are good for taking over from Aus now. When is their next tour to S Africa? Can’t wait for it!


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