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Lots of glum faces in the crowd when he got out. I actually feel a bit sorry for him now. He's a legend, but his powers are on the wane. All the papers out there are gunning for him, which is a massive turnaround, and he looks like a man with the weight of the world on his shoulders. Surely he can't have much time left now, especially if India don't win this game.

Yes. It's very very unfortunate but he's been taking the shine off a brilliant career for over a year now. It seems he can't or won't see it and no-one dare tell him. A real shame for an outstanding cricketer.

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Don't worry, he'll score a beautiful century on a flat track in May and everything will be forgotten.

:dry: Quite.

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It seems to me english cricket fans can too easily switch from "we're rubbish" to "we're great", but I always wonder if that is because of their attitude or because english cricketers are actually unable to play consistently. This Test series in India doesn't help me to sort this out.

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Yes. It's very very unfortunate but he's been taking the shine off a brilliant career for over a year now. It seems he can't or won't see it and no-one dare tell him. A real shame for an outstanding cricketer.

I know. At least Ponting had the decency to realise his time was up. I remember seeing Sachin playing for India at Leeds in 1990, in his first ODI v India. He didn't make that many runs, but you could see his talent - he was only 17 (I think) at the time. He also played some wonderful innings for Yorkshire during the 1992 season, too.

There's no doubt that he's the greatest batsman I've seen play 'in the flesh', and certainly of my lifetime. It would have been nice for him to have ended it at his peak, rather than see his powers dwindle away as they have done over the last few years.

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It seems to me english cricket fans can too easily switch from "we're rubbish" to "we're great",

That's been the mindset of Welsh RU fans and journalists for the past fifty years ... it can often switch three times in a single game.

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The thing about Boycs is that no matter how many stories you hear about him, he still has the power to amaze.

Unfortunately generally for the wrong reasons.

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It seems to me english cricket fans can too easily switch from "we're rubbish" to "we're great", but I always wonder if that is because of their attitude or because english cricketers are actually unable to play consistently. This Test series in India doesn't help me to sort this out.

Cricket is a funny game. It is not like rugby where the best side wins 95% of the time.

Team A can absolutely slaughter Team B to the point where it is just embarrassing even for fans of Team A.

In the very next match, Team B might do exactly the same to Team A.

This is why teams play a series of games rather just the one match. It is the only way to say which side is the best.

Plus England in living memory were absolutely abysmal, the equivalent of Scotland at rugby union, and yet only last year we were the top side in the world.

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Another gripping day's test cricket. Those late wickets handed the momentum back to us after Dhoni and Kolhi had taken it slowly away. Great stuff.

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A long old slog, this last test. India's tactical choice of pitches has not paid off. Good to see Ian Bell getting some runs at last.

I reckon Sachin will stick at it 'til the forthcoming series with Australia, then knock Test-level Cricket on the head.

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One of the most bizarre test matches I think I can remember but that's a tremendous series win for England. I think it ranks up there with any wins in Australia - especially coming back after *that* first test.

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First 20/20 match on now. England 81 for 1 after 9 overs.

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That Kohli has been mouthing off again. Let's hope we can wind him up good and proper when he's batting.

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That Kohli has been mouthing off again. Let's hope we can wind him up good and proper when he's batting.

He needs reining in, he's getting tedious.

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Good to see Ian Bell getting some runs at last.

Without wanting to wish ill on anyone, I disagree. Bell saving his neck with another relatively inconsequential knock is bad for the team. He's a beautiful stroke maker and has obviously scored lots of decent runs. But he's been molly-coddled through his entire career and too often fails when the heat is on. In strolls Root with a very composed 73 on debut. Who will be the first out of the team come next summer?

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Without wanting to wish ill on anyone, I disagree. Bell saving his neck with another relatively inconsequential knock is bad for the team. He's a beautiful stroke maker and has obviously scored lots of decent runs. But he's been molly-coddled through his entire career and too often fails when the heat is on. In strolls Root with a very composed 73 on debut. Who will be the first out of the team come next summer?

Not too sure. Commentators suggest that Root is well liked amongst the coaching and selection team, hence his promotion above Bairstow and Patel into the team for the last test. Bell has performed well against Australia in the past and this may save him when it comes to Ashes selection - Root may well be eyeing Compton's place as an opener - Compton did OK but the tracks were pretty flat so both he and Root have to prove themselves against high quality international quick bowlers on English or southern hemisphere wickets. The NZ tour will no doubt reveal more.

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I'm not sure

Not too sure. Commentators suggest that Root is well liked amongst the coaching and selection team, hence his promotion above Bairstow and Patel into the team for the last test. Bell has performed well against Australia in the past and this may save him when it comes to Ashes selection - Root may well be eyeing Compton's place as an opener - Compton did OK but the tracks were pretty flat so both he and Root have to prove themselves against high quality international quick bowlers on English or southern hemisphere wickets. The NZ tour will no doubt reveal more.

Yes, Root for Compton would work. Tbh Im just so exasperated with Bell. He's very lucky to still be there

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Spectacular batting today from Lumb, Hales, Morgan and Buttler. Bowling was a bit dodgy again though.

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One last test series for SRT against Australia?

SRT or Bruce Forsyth - who will retire first?

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