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    导出博客文章Had Pakistan moved their kit into the England dressing-room they could hardly have made themselves more at home at Edgbaston. Vincent Trocheck Jersey .Having shown England how to bowl in such conditions on the first day, they showed them how to bat in them on the second. From the moment Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and took the bold decision to field first, Pakistan have demonstrated a better understanding of the ground that Stuart Broad referred to as Englands Gabba. If they also provided local restaurant recommendations and the best tips on avoiding the traffic, it would be no surprise.Even in selection, they have shown the way for England. By dropping Shan Masood for Sami Aslam, they have shown decisive decision-making that makes Englands rather give a player one Test too many policy appear cautious and laboured. Continuity of selection is clearly a fine policy in general but, taken to extremes, it can become a burden. Several times in the last year or two, England have gone into Tests with players low in confidence and with their places hanging by a string. It is hard to think of a single occasion - not with Trott, not with Compton, not with Lyth and not, as yet, with James Vince - when it has worked.Aslam showed England how to bat in England. He left more deliveries than the whole of Englands top four combined. He left the sort of deliveries that dismissed Joe Root and Vince. He defended with the sort of conviction that might have saved Alex Hales, and he rotated the strike and accumulated in a way that might have alleviated the pressure on Vince. And yet Aslam is a 20-year-old playing his first Test outside Asia, and his first first-class game of the year.It was similar on the first day. Sohail Khan, also playing his third Test and his first outside Asia, provided a masterclass in bowling on the sort of slow, seaming wickets that are so prevalent in England. He made the batsmen play, didnt waste effort on too many short deliveries and he bowled the full length that ensured he optimised any lateral movement on offer.England had patches in which they bowled very well. Straight after lunch, James Anderson and Stuart Broad delivered tight spells which demanded respect from the Pakistan batsmen. At no stage did England allow the Pakistan run-rate to build. As a result, they have maintained a foot-hold in this match.But, by then, they had largely squandered the new ball. They had failed to make the Pakistan batsmen play at enough deliveries and allowed them to play themselves in. The insistence on giving the new ball to the labouring Broad, in particular, when Chris Woakes has emerged as Englands most dangerous seamer, increasingly looks inflexible and stubborn, while Steven Finn was rarely threatening on a pitch offering him little. By going at more than four an over Moeen Ali, too, struggled to hold down an end. And that really is a substantial part of his role in this side.That all left England reliant on Plan B. But if a team is going to bowl dry and wait for the batsmans mistake, they have to make sure they take their chances. Joe Roots dropped catch here was not easy, but nor was it the first slip chance they have put down this summer. Ben Stokes, with bat, ball and for his catching, is keenly missed.England could claim, with some justification, that these conditions do them few favours. They might, at a push, even claim such slow, low wickets have more similarity to those found in the UAE than those they might prefer to find at home. And it is true, there is none of the steep bounce that might exploit Pakistans potential frailties and this surface lacks the carry to exploit some of the edges that might have carried to the slips. Certainly, there has been very little home advantage exploited by England in this series.But England cant sulk like truculent teenagers - and for a large part of the day, Anderson did look very much as if he had been asked to tidy his bedroom before he was allowed on his skateboard - every time they are not gifted a green seamer. Theyre not going to find any green wickets in India or Bangladesh this winter. And theyre not going to find any in Australia the winter after. If they are going to be the best side in the world, they have to prove they can be potent in a variety of conditions.To be fair to Anderson, he admitted as much after play. As well as apologising to the umpires, he conceded that they could have bowled better and that their average batting had got us in this situation.Besides, the suspicion remains that conditions had not eased so much for batsmen from day one to day two. The suspicion remains that, while Englands batsmen pushed at balls they could have left, Pakistans waited for them and had the patience to build at under three an over. We will see for sure when Pakistan bowl for a second time, but the suspicion remains that their bowlers simply gained a little more from the surface than Englands and that their batsmen sold their wickets more dearly.Misbahs decision to bowl first has been hailed, in some quarters, as a masterstroke. But had anyone asked the Edgbaston groundsman ahead of the game, they would have heard him talk of the potential virtues of such a decision. They would have heard him suggest that the wickets here tend to be at their best for batting on day two and three and warn that, in the first few hours of the game, the bowlers would gain more assistance than at any other time. He also believes there will be little assistance for spinners and that the pitch is unlikely to deteriorate noticeably. It is, in short, a pretty typical contemporary Edgbaston surface.There has been much talk in recent years about the disproportionate value of home advantage in Test cricket. But, during this Edgbaston Test at least, Pakistan have shown the greater ability to adapt and the better technique to exploit such conditions. It has given them an outstanding opportunity to build a match-defining lead on day three. Youth Panthers Jerseys . Luis Suarezs double powered Liverpool to a 4-0 victory over Fulham, and Southampton easily overcame Hull 4-1 to continue the south coast clubs impressive start to the season. Liverpool and Southampton sent Chelsea down to fourth place as the west London club was held to 2-2 at home. Mark Pysyk Jersey . MORITZ, Switzerland -- Fog prevented downhill racers from getting their Olympic dress rehearsal. . The (11-11-4) Jets are seventh in the Central Division with 26 points.  Fifth place Dallas and sixth-seeded Nashville also have 26 points, but the Stars have three games in hand on Winnipeg while Nashville has two. MIAMI -- Martin Prado wasnt optimistic when the ball left his bat, and Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly also underestimated the opposite-field fly.Right fielder Jay Bruce was fooled, too, which meant trouble for the Cincinnati Reds.Prados fly fell for a two-out, two-run double that put the Marlins ahead to stay in the fifth inning, and they beat shaky Cincinnati 4-2 Saturday.It was weird -- the ball kept carrying for some reason, Prado said. It had a weird spin, and I think Bruce misjudged it and overran it. Im glad. Its one of the signs Im blessed.Prado went 3 for 3 to hike his average to .323. J.T. Realmuto added two hits and scored three times.All-Star Adam Duvall hit his 23rd home run for the Reds, and Brandon Phillips had two hits and an RBI with a broken left hand. Phillips played less than 24 hours after suffering a hairline fracture when he was hit by a pitch from Jose Fernandez.But too often the last-place Reds hurt themselves, and the Marlins were able to capitalize.You take wins any way you can get them, Mattingly said. Weve had some losses in these kind of games. Theyre the kind were going to have to continue to win.John Lamb (1-6) took the loss despite a career-high nine strikeouts in five innings, and defensive lapses contributed to all three runs against him, with one unearned.Worst was the misplay by Bruce hours after he was added to the NL All-Star team.Obviously it looked terrible, and it was embarrassing, Bruce said. I felt like I had plenty of time. I looked back up and it wasnt where I thought it was going to be.In addition, conservative baserunning likely cost Cincinnati a run in the fifth. Catcher Ramon Cabrera led off with an apparent triple to right field, but third base coach Billy Hatcher stopped him at second.Miami center fielder Marcell Ozuna threw out Phillips trying to advance from first to third on a single in the seventh. Phillipss was initially ruled safe, but the call was reversed in a replay review, and the Reds failed to score despite three hits in the inning. Alex Petrovic Jersey. Just an incredible throw, Mattingly said. Thank God for relay, right?Cincinnati also dropped the ball on a rundown but still came managed the putout, however unsightly. It was scored 1-3-6-3-1-4.Adam Conley (6-5) singled to start a rally, raising his average to .065. The left-hander also limited Cincinnati to two runs in 5 2/3 innings.He got us where we needed to get, Mattingly said.Four relievers combined for 3 1/3 shutout innings. A.J. Ramos pitched around a walk in the ninth for his 27th save and was helped by shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who made a leaping catch of a liner by Phillips.Miami has won the first two games of the series while outscoring Cincinnati 7-3.The Marlins scored an unearned run in the first inning when Lamb threw a curve that crossed up and eluded Cabrera, allowing Realmuto to score from third on a passed ball.My fault, Lamb said. Coming into the game we knew our signs and I happened to have a brain cramp.MUSCLING UPMiamis Giancarlo Stanton drove in a run in the eighth with a single that shattered his bat.Thats what you call strong, Prado said. Youve got to be strong to get a base hit when your bat is in 25 pieces.ALL-STAR PROMOTIONOzuna learned less than two hours before the game he will start in the All-Star Game because of injuries to other players.I feel awesome, Ozuna said. I never think of starting in the All-Star Game.TRAINERS ROOMMarlins: RHP Carter Capps is scheduled to begin throwing July 19 and remains on schedule in his comeback from Tommy John surgery.UP NEXTMarlins RHP Tom Koehler (6-7, 4.40) is scheduled to start Sunday against LHP Cody Reed (0-3, 9.00). Nike NFL Jerseys China Jerseys NFL Cheap Cheap NFL T-shirts Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China ' ' '
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