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Old 09-12-2019, 08:44 AM
Dead Cat is offline
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Location: UK
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I agree on all counts (though two of the Aussie quicks have had plenty of rest days). Some chat on cricinfo about it being a strategy to play for the draw. I personally doubt that came into it - I mean, Paine is no Steve Waugh, but surely no Aussie captain worthy of the name would think that way? A better reason would be the general fragility of both sides' top order. But if England do go on to 300+ (as they really ought to, but I'm not counting any chickens by any means), that just increases the pressure on the Aussie openers.