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The live coverage of day two of the third Test between India and England.

The England national cricket team is often portrayed as a scary tale parents use to frighten their children. Some believe they may not perform well in this series, potentially losing 4-1. However, their spirit is unmatched and they may be considered the most uplifting English team since 2005, possibly of all time.

I am intrigued by the idea of cricket. In the past, there was an annual ice cricket game held in Latvia, played on a frozen river. The surface may not have been conducive for spin, but a softer ball was used to prevent any serious injuries. I am excited for the day when Latvia becomes a force in cricket, just as we have in bobsleigh, ice hockey, basketball, and tennis. With our population being among the tallest in the world, I am sure there are some potential talented fast bowlers waiting to be discovered and nurtured.

How great would that be? The four horsemen, Latvian version.

Not only in a previous existence, but also in the present one.

even comes close.

I am wondering if I am allowed to point out that in order to prove that the five-run penalty given to Ashwin had a significant effect on the outcome of the game, England must follow on, set a target, and then dismiss India for 0-5 runs less than that target,” Brian Withington stated in his cricket predictions. “No other scenario could support this storyline, although it may be surprising to note that I deliberated over whether or not to include 0 in the ‘range of certainty’ mentioned above…”

Why is everyone suddenly requesting permission? Did I miss a Blackadder marathon last night?

Gary Naylor suggests that the reason for the poor catching performance may be due to Bazball’s optional practice, which aims to create a more laid-back atmosphere. However, catching requires focus and quick reflexes, which can be affected by fatigue. In these instances, muscle memory and rigorous training should kick in to make catching easier. Unfortunately, England is suffering as a result of subpar field work.

Is it a fact that they do not train as frequently as other teams, or is that simply a publicity tactic? The most cunning deception of the devil is making the world believe he has no concern.

In nine innings, Crawley and Duckett have achieved a minimum of 30 runs for the first wicket for the eighth time. While not on the same level as Greenidge and Haynes, they are currently England’s strongest opening duo in the past ten years.

At the beginning of the sixth over, England’s score is 31-0 with Crawley at 6 runs and Duckett at 19 runs. This over is the final one before the tea break. Duckett hits a shot to the cover boundary off Siraj’s delivery, teasing him about being in the year 2024. Crawley, who is playing a more conservative role compared to Duckett’s aggressive style, is caught off guard by a sharp nipbacker. He manages to defend the rest of the over well, resulting in a successful mini-session for England. They scored 26 runs in six overs, including five penalty runs at the start of their innings.

The difficult task begins after having tea: first comes the spin, followed by Jasprit Bumrah using the old ball.

In the fifth over, England’s score is 25-0 with Crawley at 5 and Duckett at 14. So far, Duckett appears to be handling Bumrah better than his teammate. He confidently hits a four to third man and then powers another boundary through extra cover. Excellent shot!

Pete Salmon expresses his pleasure at seeing a mention of Wilfred Rhodes upon waking. He compares Rhodes to the game of Mornington Crescent in terms of being able to resolve any question by simply shouting his name. Pete believes that only AC Bannerman and Gilbert Jessop come close to matching Rhodes in this regard. Are there any other players who could compete?

I have no idea why, but this idea – specifically the statement “All questions resolved by shouting his name” – will amuse me for days.

In the fourth over, England’s score is 16 runs with no wickets lost. Crawley has scored 4 runs while Duckett has scored 6 runs. Siraj is bowling exceptionally well, and Duckett has been beaten three times – twice while attempting aggressive shots and once while playing defensively. This was a fantastic maiden over from Siraj, who can be just as threatening as Stuart Broad when he gets into a rhythm. Therefore, England will need to be careful not to lose an early wicket to Siraj.

Krishnamoorthy V states, “I support your determination to avoid X, but the only drawback is that you are not able to experience this wonderful opportunity.”

I am curious as to what substance the Iceland cricket administrator is consuming.

Perhaps they are also in the Night Country.

In the third over of the match, England’s score is 16 runs for no wickets, with Crawley scoring 4 runs and Duckett scoring 6 runs. After not being able to hit any shots in the previous over from Siraj, Duckett manages to hit a well-timed four through the covers off the first ball from Bumrah. What a great shot! As a matter of fact, TNT Sports just shared a fascinating statistic with us. In this series, Crawley and Duckett have an average of 71 against Bumrah, while the rest of the England team has a combined average of only 6. This is a significant difference. While facing the new ball may have played a role in their success, there are certainly other factors at play as well.

Bumrah tries to rectify the unevenness by delivering a well-executed ball that outwits Duckett’s forceful shot.

“May I make a general statement based on a small sample size?” inquires Felix Wood. “Stokes’ continuous switching of field positions to locate the boundaries is hindering England’s fielders from getting into the rhythm of each ball. The dropped catches this innings can be attributed to fielders not being fully prepared, or in Root’s case, coming up too soon. Upon reading it aloud, it may seem nonsensical. However, as Boycott would say, England cannot expect to take 15 wickets per innings in India. This missed opportunity for England is truly unfortunate.”

Approval given. However, how can we account for the previous 20 Assessments? Perhaps they simply had a rough day and a half.

In the second over, England’s score is 11 for no loss with Zak Crawley scoring 4 runs and Ben Duckett scoring 1 run. Duckett seems to be struggling against Mohammed Siraj, as he is unable to make contact with a delivery outside off stump and ends up getting a lucky single with a leading edge. On the other hand, Crawley confidently faces Siraj and hits a crisp drive for two runs, this time placing it between extra cover and mid-off.

Siraj finished an impressive over with two nipbackers that struck Crawley’s pad. The first one missed the leg, while the second one was deemed too high.

In the first over, England has scored 8 runs with Crawley at 2 and Duckett at 0. Bumrah begins with a no-ball, his only mistake of the innings, but then finds his rhythm. Crawley, who has performed well against Bumrah, hits a clean drive for two runs and narrowly avoids being bowled by a ball that just misses the off stump.

It was a pleasant break, but for a brief moment, his heart would have been in his chest, as it normally is, but with a quicker pulse.

Finbar Anslow responds to Brian Withington’s 103rd comment by stating that he will match his Moeen Ali and add a Tony Greig, acknowledging that there is a scarcity of English allrounders in the spinning department.

Rhodes would certainly be a contender, having batted in all positions from first to eleventh and claimed 15 wickets (if I recall correctly) to defeat Australia in 1903-04.

The Indian team is entering the field, with Mohammed Siraj as one of their members. The English batsmen will face another challenge from Bumrah as they begin their innings with a score of 5-0. India was docked for practicing their moonwalk on a suitable pitch.

Source: theguardian.com