Friday, May 18, 2007

England Ride on 4 Centuries!

England did an Australia today!

While we should sit back and applaud all the four centurions (especially the debutant Prior), WI have only themselves to blame - not only were they up against a solid England today morning when they took up the field, they missed chances galore and had they taken half of those, it could very well have been a different story.

England are sitting pretty with 553/5 after 2 days of play and it will not be long before they declare tomorrow - probably in the first session itself. The WI team, then will have a real uphill task, first to avoid follow on and then to avoid defeat. And whatever the result, they have only themselves to blame.

In the meanwhile, let's look at the English batting:
1) Cook played really well yesterday but went home early today.
2) Collingwood, ODI specialist, rode his luck for an important century.
3) Ian Bell, an opener of one time, came at 4 down and has played exceedingly well to hit a balanced unbeaten century.
4) And Matt Prior has batted almost run-a-ball to strike a wonderful unbeaten century on debut at Lords!
Prior to Prior, England had the old Nixon who was good, but with Prior, if he continues in this vein, they have an excellent addition to their team. And mind it, there is no Flintoff in this match.
Great team work!

So - well done England !
(Er...not Dwyane, but just "Bravo, England!')

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