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#1381

Chris Read never managed to be the regular first choice, should have been imho. Per wiki only played 15 tests over many years. Foster played 7 tests per wiki.

Jack Russell and Bob Taylor were great to watch. Hopefully Foakes can make the spot his own.


#1382

Great shame that Read and Foster were around at the wrong time, when batting has been considered the more important of the keepers skills. Russell was right at the end of The keeper is a keeper and nothing else era. He was a horrible batsman! :weary: I saw him make a century at Lord’s… Hell it was ugly! Foster was better imv but it was too late for him. Read a laughing stock after his ducking a yorker incident, also at Lord’s.

Foakes does indeed look a pretty complete player on the evidence of one match, we’ll see!


#1383

Not sure what drugs this guy was on when he wrote the piece on Bairstow, but I need to get some


#1384

Most of the previews I have read seem to think that Buttler is the next cab off the rank for the number 3 slot. Please one of you stick and make it work, law of averages right? :tired_face:

Otherwise it looks like the team may be unchanged and Bairstow will have to suck it up.


#1385

Yes, I read that Bayliss has said either Buttler or Stokes.

I think Stokes has the better technique, but Buttler has surprised me with his patience when the occasion demanded it.

^ This is all that matters


#1386

No Bairstow, Foakes keeper and Stokes at 3.

Happy with that.


#1387

Me too, He is probably the best equipped to own it. :crossed_fingers::crossed_fingers::crossed_fingers:


#1388

Raging Bunsen?


#1389

Curran on fire. This boy is amazing, what a partnership for the last wicket.


#1390

Curran is great, he plays the situation better than any player in the team.


#1391

Yes! The way he has manipulated the strike after starting in defensive mode and then attacked since Jimmy has come in is just perfect. It’s one thing to understand what you have to do, quite another to actually do it and he is doing it in every game. He is some find…


#1392

That is a tremendous innings by Curran and good support from Anderson. I took the dog out for half an our thinking he and Anderson would be finished quickly. Looking at the pitch 285 is a decent total.


#1393

And they are still going…

Edit: spoke too soon!


#1394

No Curran holed out in the deep. There was a very near thing with Angelo Matthews but he went almost immediately.


#1395

No he hasn’t


#1396

Done now 285 all out


#1397

Yes he has!


#1398

Ah bollocks


#1399

Lovely innings though. He has the makings of a top player.


#1400

Just need the bowling boys to get 2 or 3 before close