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Been a real topsy turvy match. More drama to come I expect, but I think we'll see it home.

Shows the folly of dropping Broad and Anderson too.
 

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Impressive run chase by England, not a 4th/5th day pitch, but still expected New Zealand to win by 50+ runs when the innings started.

Surprised but it's the First time Root has scored a century in the 4th innings.
 

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Been a real topsy turvy match. More drama to come I expect, but I think we'll see it home.

Shows the folly of dropping Broad and Anderson too.
Yeah it was a big mistake dropping them in the first place. I kind of feel the selectors/captain were hoping for the Anderson/Broad effect when they first came in for Harmison and Hoggard in the NZ series many years ago. Sadly so many of our seamers are injury prone so there isn’t any outstanding candidates. I can see Anderson retiring after this summer but think Broad still has some time to go. Potts looks an outstanding prospect.

Great batting by Root and Foakes today to get us over the line. Hopefully we can carry on winning now!
 

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Kane Williamson out of the 2nd Test which starts later today after testing positive for Covid-19.
 

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Very impressive again but think the outcome would've been different if Kyle Jamieson had been available to bowl in the second innings.

They basically chased the score down against 3 frontline bowlers(and two of those not fully up to speed because of recent injuries) and a part-time spinner who has only taken 30 wickets in 97 first-class matches.
 

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English cricket is revitalised with this new ‘Bazball’.

Dispatched India chasing 378 easily today. It really was some chase and Root/Bairstow are clearly the two most in form players in the world right now.

Long may this continue!
 

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Good partnership from the openers to get them going as well.

Incredible run chase bet India will be fuming.

Certainly entertaining to watch from England but it has the capacity to go spectacularly wrong at some point.
 

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Yeah the openers did a really good job getting us off to a flyer and then Root and Bairstow took on the reins.

This approach does have the capacity to go wrong but I would rather we play like this, than the negative cricket we have done over the last few years. There comes a time when we will have to sit in and remains to be seen whether we can do that but I say enjoy this ride!
 

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Yep if test cricket wants to survive it needs to be played this way where momentum swings from one team to the other and chases are possible.

Be interesting to see how the style works when we're on tour through the winter
 

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Never seen anything like it, and what makes it even more impressive is that the 4 times they've chased down unlikely winning totals all have been against the top two sides currently in Test cricket.

Test cricket is in a great place now, it has been for a few years, and long may that continue.
 

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Test cricket has always been the pinnacle for me. I enjoy watching the one day stuff but nothing like watching 5 days especially if England are playing - even when we are rubbish it’s never short of entertainment!
 

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Never seen anything like it, and what makes it even more impressive is that the 4 times they've chased down unlikely winning totals all have been against the top two sides currently in Test cricket.
Both sides were played at home, it will be interesting to see if this approach can be replicated overseas.
 

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Both sides were played at home, it will be interesting to see if this approach can be replicated overseas.

Be no chance in India where the ball would be turning square on the last two days, but could see them doing it in New Zealand against the same attack providing it wasn't blowing a gale which suits their bowlers.

In Australia no chance, in Pakistan maybe, the same in South Africa, and the rest aren't good enough to set such a target.
 

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It will be interesting to see what they can do when they go out first if it's batting conditions can we get in and take control of the game that way.

We've got the comeback in the locker and it's a great weapon to have if conditions allow it like they have here but hopefully we can show that this new style can also build some healthy first innings leads.
 

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Test cricket alive and kicking ....

Depleted low on confidence Sri Lanka with 3 debutants beat Australia by innings and 54 runs in Galle with 30 year old journeyman Prabath Jayasuriya, a left-arm spinner taking 12 wickets on debut.

Australia 364
Smith 145*
Labuschagne 104
Jayasuriya 6-118

Sri Lanka 554
Chandimal 206*
Starc 4-89

Australia 151
Jayasuriya 6-59
 

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Big shake up for the one day team with Morgan and Stokes both retiring from 50 over cricket.
 

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