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Odds and Ends from England

June 22, 2016

Desultory Chatter from Keen Cricket Bloggers

Ilanks: “Isn’t there a Ben Foakes being discussed as a potential keeper for England. If he’s selected, England could have Stokes, Woakes and Foakes in the line-up!” Yes indeed. And wouldn’t that be A Thing?

39.3

Pradeep to Buttler, 2 runs, flicked off the pads to get things going once again

This is now the second-highest seventh-wicket partnership in ODIs… behind only Buttler and Adil Rashid’s tub-thumping stand against NZ at Edgbaston last summer

plunkett Plunkett’s Magical Moment 

39.6

Pradeep to Woakes, no run, back and across, worked to midwicket but a tight line keeps the damage down. A protracted over, but a good one for Sri Lanka

This stand is mildly reminiscent of Broad and Bopara’s rescue act to beat India at Old Trafford in 2007

41.3

Maharoof to Buttler, no run, dropped! A spank into the covers, all power, no finesse, and that would have been a stunning snaffle by Prasanna, at full stretch at short cover. Sharp work …

42.3

Prasanna to Buttler, OUT, what a catch! Buttler dragged the ball from outside off, aiming for the six over long-on, where Shanaka had to time his leap to perfection, and mind where he landed afterwards, to pull off a potential gamebreaker, He had just long enough to contemplate the enormity of that moment, too …

JC Buttler c Shanaka b Prasanna 93 (145m 99b 6×4 1×6) SR:

45.4

Maharoof to Willey, OUT, Willey finally makes contact but his attempted smear to leg ends up as a leading edge to deep extra cover! That might be a mercy … but what is this? This looks dangerously close to a no-ball. I’d give him the benefit, but it’s so tight… he’s out!

DJ Willey c Mendis b Maharoof 7 (17m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 58.33

The very epitome of marginal. But the original call was out, so I’m comfortable with that staying on-field. Here’s Plunkett. England realise they need boundaries, with the rate exactly 12

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