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  1. 1. Do you like cricket?

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Well that’s one way to get him out. Shame to see him retire hurt but looks like we finally found a bowler in archer who can make him uncomfortable. The first one that hit his arm put doubt in his mind for the first time all series 

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Going to have to be honest here, Gloom. I’m not sure you were right about playing Root at 3 :razz: 

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3 hours ago, Tom said:

He’s got all the shots but he’s utterly brainless at  times. Some of his reviews :doh: 

Root’s got the best record of all test captains for successful reviews. And that’s with Broad in the side ;) 

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6 hours ago, Alex said:

Going to have to be honest here, Gloom. I’m not sure you were right about playing Root at 3 :razz: 

He’s been out of form in tests wherever he’s played recently, which I suspect is because of the burden of the captaincy rather than his batting position. 

I think in an ideal world he would play at 4, which is where he clearly wants to bat. The problem is we don’t have a number 3 and he’s our senior batsman 

I’ve seen some people on twitter saying he should even be given another go as opener. 

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This game is up for grabs if England are aggressive. I fancy bowling them out in 50 overs without Smith and Buttler and Stokes need to go through the gears. You almost want to set them a total that gives them an outside chance of a win as it increases our chances if they’re not just playing for the draw. Massive call to make though if it goes tits up.

 

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2 minutes ago, Dr Gloom said:

Another 50 runs are probably enough 

Hmm I’d be confident with a 250 lead and 40-50 overs to skittle them in. 

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250 and they’re out of the game though, which probably increases the chances of a draw because they won’t play as many attacking shots 

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We’re running out of tests though and we need to win the series to regain the ashes. This is a massive opportunity to share the series with Smith out. He’s scored about half their runs. Got to be bold and declare while they are still enough overs to bowl them out, if we’re not bowled out first. Big test of Roots captaincy.

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39 minutes ago, Dr Gloom said:

He’s been out of form in tests wherever he’s played recently, which I suspect is because of the burden of the captaincy rather than his batting position. 

I think in an ideal world he would play at 4, which is where he clearly wants to bat. The problem is we don’t have a number 3 and he’s our senior batsman 

I’ve seen some people on twitter saying he should even be given another go as opener. 

I’ll take that as you admitting I was right 

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No :lol:

I still think he’s our best option at 3. There isn’t another player in the test team better qualified to play what is the most challenging role in the batting order.

Could he do worse than all the others we’ve tried at the top of the order since Strauss and Cook? He didn’t look a natural opener when he first came into the side. 

Giving the captaincy to stokes and telling him to concentrate on his batting might help him.

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