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How lucky were Sri lanka to get a bloody draw ? Saved by the weather which is sods law. Heard 140,000 was put on England to win when they were 1/20 to win at one point. Well some people just have chuffing money to blow. Bowling twice in a row wasn't what fucked them up. It was simply dropping NINE CATCHES that did it. How you manage to drop so many ? Even Freddie dropped one with his bucket hands. On a sidenote last saturday i was going to watch my village play cricket but it got rained off. The reason for this was that our opponents have former Sri Lanka batter Ravindra Pushpakumara playing for them. Our local cricket league as had some test players over the years playing for teams. Wasim Jaffer still plays for one when he can and my village had Darren Gough back in the day.
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We were just waiting to win rather than trying to force the issue and dont forget we're still missing 3 first choice bowlers.  Dont think they'll make the same mistake again.
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Dropping Mahmood was stupid because he was doing great. They expected the third test to be easy whoever they picked. Letting someone chuck the ball to eight wickets in such a short space of time was piss poor. I love Monty Panesar though and think Giles won't get back in the team now. Vaughan got 99 for Yorkshire today to put us in a strong position which is good. He's got 230 or so runs in 4 innings for us so i would expect him back for the one day series for England which starts next week.
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It's a shame that they are not bringing back Vaughan for the One Day series with the form he is in for Yorkshire, but lets hope the new guys that they have brought in playing well, especially against the bowlers that Sri Lanka have got.

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England really need to pick up their form against Sri Lanka, they lost the Twenty- Twenty match, they need to win the One Day Series to give the team confidence going into the series against Pakistan later in the summer. From the look at it at the minute we are playing pretty well, if we can restrict Sri Lanka to the lower than 250 then we stand a pretty good chance of winning to.
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Geraint Jones feel the pain after being struck on the second day at Old Trafford Getty Images
England have recalled Chris Read, the Nottinghamshire wicketkeeper, for the third Test against Pakistan on Friday, replacing Geraint Jones. They have also drafted in Jon Lewis, whose bowling is expected to be ideal for Headingley, at the expense of Jamie Dalrymple.

Although Jones sustained a finger injury in the second Test at Old Trafford last week, the selectors confirmed the decision to replace him was based on Jones's form with the bat.

"Geraint has kept very well this summer, but he has been short of runs and the selectors feel that this is the right time to make a change," David Graveney, the England chairman of selectors, said. "We have taken this decision regardless of the injury to Geraint's finger. The key factor for the selectors was his form with the bat and we believe that he will benefit from having a break from international cricket and spending more time in the middle with his county."

Somewhat ironically, it was Jones who replaced Read in 2004 owing to his poor form with the bat. Until this season, it was Jones's ability behind the stumps which caused so many to call for his head. Yet despite considerable improvement with his glovework, it is his batting which has forced the selectors' hand: in his last ten matches, he has passed fifty just twice. Read, meanwhile, has scored heavily for his county in the past two seasons; since 2004, he has hit 3843 runs for Nottinghamshire and England A, with 20 fifties and eight hundreds. Earlier this month he struck an unbeaten 150 batting at No.8 against the touring Pakistanis.

"Chris Read was selected in the England Development Squad earlier this summer and he has also performed well for the A team against Pakistan," Graveney added. "There is real competition for places in the wicket-keeping department at present and I am sure Chris will want to make the most of his opportunity."

Read admitted his delight at his recall to the England side - he last played against the West Indies at Bridgetown in 2004 - while adding that he has worked hard on improving the supposed weaker facet of his game, batting.

"I felt that I kept well in the West Indies two years ago, but I knew that if was I going to get back in the Test side I would have to work on my batting because I hadn't scored enough runs," he said. "So I made a conscious effort to look at my batting and analyse where I can improve and have worked hard with the help of Mick Newell and Paul Johnson at Nottinghamshire as well as the staff at the ECB National Academy.

"Things have gone well for me and I feel that I have reaped the rewards by scoring well in both first-class and one-day cricket over the last couple of seasons," he said.

Jones was understandably disappointed at losing the place he has held for over two years, but remained confident of pushing for a place on the plane to Australia for this winter's Ashes.

"It's a blow to lose my place, but the selectors have explained the reasons why and I will be working extremely hard to win it back," he said. "I have been very pleased with my wicketkeeping this summer but I am also conscious of the fact that I am in the side as a batsman as well as a keeper.

"Your performances in Test matches are always going to come under intense scrutiny and what I need to do now is recapture my best form away from the international arena. It's up to me to go back to Kent, and as soon as my finger has recovered, look to score plenty of runs and put myself back in the frame for the Ashes this winter."

England squad Andrew Strauss (capt), Marcus Trescothick, Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Ian Bell, Chris Read (wk), Sajid Mahmood, Jon Lewis, Matthew Hoggard, Steve Harmison, Monty Panesar.

Jones innings  against Pakistan with the bat was shocking. He was being hit too much by the ball and only just made the six he hit. About time he was dropped because bad form can not keep you in the team when their is about 6 wicketkeepers who could keep stumps. His batting average is the worse out of the top 8 test nations. That shows just how poor he's been. The first ashes hero to be dropped due to something other then injury.
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His batting innings have been a bit disappointing but you can't take away that he has made some improvement behind the stumps, it is a shame that Alec Stewart retired, no one has been able to replace him properly. Lets hope at Headlingly and The Oval that Read can perform well with both bat and ball and then he will be a definate for the Ashes tour in the winter.
 
On another note who is going to England's number one spinner; Panesar or Giles?
 
I personally can see it being Giles despite Monty's performance at Old Trafford, Giles is a lot more confident with the bat and fielding whereas Monty isn't and we are going to need that when we face Australia, we are going to need torestrict the Aussies to as little runs as possible and we can't go making mistakes out in the field.
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About bloody time Jones was dropped.  Last time Read was in the side against the Windies he got dropped from a winning side after 3 tests yet Jones has been crap with both the gloves and the bat for a year and only now he gets dropped.  No doubt that Read is better with the gloves and he cant exactly do any worse than Jones with the bat.
 
As for the spinner selection its a tough call.  I'm a big fan of Monty but the Aussies will target him.  They'll go after his bowling and try to pick him out in the field.  Whether he can handle that we wont know whereas with Giles you know what your going to get.  The main difference between the 2 of them though is that Giles only bowls to keep the runs down whereas Monty actually tries to take wickets by bowling a more attacking line and length and by actually spinning the bowl.  I'd go for Monty but he's got to improve in the field. 
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A great performance by England today to win the series. At the start of the day anything could happen. But great bowling soon brought an end to the Pakistan innings alot quicker then expected. What makes me prouder is the main two bowlers were British asains proud to play for us. You can see how happy Monty gets with a wicket. And last week Mahmood wouldn't give his own parents tickets unless they cheered for England. The captain also lead by example with his century. The team looks stronger at the minute then it has in ages. It's the one day team we have to worry about.
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The match was brilliant especially the final day, it was good to see that it wasn't the two main bowlers getting all the wickets, Monty and Mahmood played awesome, especially yesterday. I was expecting Pakistan to hold out but was disappointed with some of their batsmen especially after their performance in the first innings.
 
There are questions now on whether to have Flintoff or Strauss as captain during the Ashes. I personally would go for Strauss with him having a good series here and it would take the load off Freddie and then he only needs to concentrate on his bowling.
 
As for the one day series I am not sure what is going to happen, we could stand a chance with us coming off with the series win but Pakistan have got a very good one day side and it is going to be difficult for us to beat them, but we'll have to see what side they are going tio use and at the end of the day we have got Monty.
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