23 Nov 2012 09:56 - 23 Nov 2012 09:58#734861by The Purple Cow
I've now got Brett Lee as well, BTW.
People are saying that Bresnan's test career could be over because he has lost 10 mph since his elbow operation, but what is Broad's excuse? He's bowling in the range 77 - 80 mph today. I know bang it in hard bowling doesn't really work in India, but that sort of pace isn't going to worry Indian test batsmen, especially if you don't move the ball laterally.
Very big day coming up for England. If Cook and Pietersen can be patient and therefore dominate as they did on day 2, England could build a useful lead of anything over 150. However, and this is a problem with the middle order recently, you feel a collapse is just waiting to happen.
A proper test match being played, as are those in Adelaide and Khulna, showing that 5 day tests are the future of cricket
Congratulations to Alistair Cook. He's now England's record centurion with 23, and about to become the youngest man to 7,000 runs. Overtaking Tendulkar, who made his debut five years younger (although ST played fewer innings).
I'm more impressed by him scoring a century per test in his first series as permanent Captain. There have been many highly talented batsman whose game has become stifled by the extra pressure of leading the team.
If Cook can maintain his batting, then England are on a very good thing. I suppose being Gooch's protégé might be a help in this regard...