Snapped stumps and pitch predictions – day two at Visakhapatnam

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Alastair Cook
“Cook in particular had lived dangerously in his 11-ball stay,” reports Cricinfo. You wonder how he found the time. At least he went out in style, his off stump halved by Mohammad Shami.

Ben Duckett was also bowled. “Here are my stumps,” he seemed to say. “Snap one if you can!” R Ashwin correctly deduced that merely dislodging the bails would be sufficient.

Haseeb Hameed was run-out moments after Prince Prefab had goaded us by saying that the young opener was “unjinxable” and destined for a hundred.

Joe Root whopped one to a deep fielder. Moeen Ali came down the pitch and padded up – which didn’t work.

There were pitch-related challenges, but it was probably England’s response to pressure which played the greater role. We predict that this rapidly deteriorating pitch may improve markedly in time for the next innings before then falling completely to pieces. Depends who bats next really.


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    1. That makes it sound like he’s a relative.

      He’s not a relative.

      He’s just some bloke.

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