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George Dobell
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ESPNcricinfo 4h
All those scented candles and yucca plants in the England dressing room may be paying off after all, says
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George Dobell 7h
I'll have a bath and everything.
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George Dobell 8h
All true. He's done really well and has most of Swann's weapons. But not his control. Swann clearly the better bowler. Maybe the hardest of that side to replace.
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George Dobell 8h
Replying to @T0mLang
completely agree. Mathews dropped on 7. No idea why Root bowling himself.
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George Dobell 8h
Replying to @AdsMatthews
He didn't really. Obvs.
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George Dobell 8h
Replying to @AdsMatthews
Yup. Told me he hates Kidderminster, though. Shame.
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George Dobell 8h
Replying to @MAfzal_UK
2, maybe. Botham, for sure, and Flintoff. But not more than that.
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George Dobell 8h
Replying to @Vitu_E
Can I just shock you? I like Moeen.
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George Dobell 8h
Only 20 men have now taken more Test wickets for England than Moeen Ali. He now has 157. Monty (167) Tony Lock (174), Angus Fraser (177) next in line.
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George Dobell 10h
Replying to @viewfromamerica
having just looked at the forecast, I think the draw has an outside shout, still.
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George Dobell 11h
That's exactly how I see it.
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George Dobell 11h
Only in odd circumstances. So in run-chase or to set-up deceleration. He may have to think as you said, but I don't think it's at all easy.
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George Dobell 11h
Some of those pitches - Antigua, especially - will be no quicker than this, I fear. Pretty sure these 3 spinners will all be there.
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George Dobell 11h
Yes, that could happen, for sure. Will never be able to afford two poor Tests in a row with the bat. Or miss a chance.
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George Dobell 12h
Yup, that's decent side. I fear it won't happen. Maybe Roy will go to Windies. Instead of Denly.
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George Dobell 12h
Maybe in the long term. He's not scored a first-class hundred, you know. Maybe a bit premature? Quite different to coming in at No. 8.
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George Dobell 12h
Yes, but they'd need more seamers, too.
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George Dobell 12h
He had a tough time in the warm-up games. Very harsh to judge on that limited opportunity, but that's the way of things, unfortunately.
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George Dobell 12h
Yup, very good player. Of spin, too. But where could he go in this team? Would have to replace Buttler and that doesn't seem realistic.
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George Dobell 13h
Not sure it's about mindset. It'a different job. I don't see that easy a solution.
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