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    August 08, 2006

    Declaration delay

    Someone try and convince me that England's unwillingness to declare their innings yesterday at Leeds is a strategic decision. Really, England ought to have asked Pakistan to bat either after Hoggard got out, or if they had to accomodate a personal landmark, after Read's first test 50. That'd have meant that Pakistan faced around 4-5 overs (8, in case the declaration was when Hoggard got out).

    Pakistan's opening pair has been lasted, on an average, for 7 overs (204 balls for 5 innings) this series. This includes the 13 overs they stayed together during the first innings of the Leeds test. In addition, Pakistan's revolving door openers policy and the unsettled middle-order after Inzamam's absence (he can't bat higher than #7) meant that, to me, it'd have been the right (and obvious?) thing for England to do.

    Maybe the need of the hour was to preserve the 1-0 lead.
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 8:40 AM |
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    Well they did win the match comfortably. In fact, I seem to remember a similar post before England beat India.

    By Anonymous Geoff (10-Aug-2006, 12:50:00 AM)  

    They did, undoubtedly. But my point was about why the declaration was delayed. Asking Pakistan to bat for anything more than 5 overs would have almost invariably led to 1 or even 2 wickets being taken before close of play. The conservative attitude has definitely won them games. But its baffling, nevertheless.

    By Blogger Jagadish (10-Aug-2006, 1:21:00 AM)  

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