Monday, October 31, 2005

England in Pakistan 1

Good news - Trescothick scored a ton, the tail wagged, although Matt Prior batting at 10 is going to strengthen just about any lower order.

Bad news - the rest of the top order struggled.

Listening to Banger's interview, it seems the ball moved all over the place early doors and then the pitch went completely flat. Useful local knowledge gained on day one then.

To be honest, apart from getting used to conditions and finding form, England's batting in the warm-up games is a bit of a non-issue - the top seven is a given. The last bowling place on the other hand, is very interesting, with Udal, Loudon, Plunkett and Anderson all in with a shout - I suspect Colly's trundlers won't get a look-in this tour unless one of the batsmen is injured, or Bell's wretched run continues. I reckon it'll be Udal or Anderson, with the final decision coming down to the look of the test pitch, but a good performance by anybody tomorrow will give them a head start on the field.

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