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There was a time you could predict Englands tactics. Cheap Nike Air Max 95 .You knew that the new ball would be taken by Stuart Broad and James Anderson - it was that way for the best part of eight years. You knew that Graeme Swann would come on just before lunch and you knew that he and Anderson would bowl in tandem at the start of many sessions. Even the field - two slips and a gully - was predictable. England had experienced players and they were - personality clashes notwithstanding - pretty easy to captain.Those days are gone. England had a new opening batsman in Chittagong - Alastair Cook;s ninth opening partner since Andrew Strauss retirement - and, in the second innings, opened the bowling with two spinners. For this tour, at least, every habit and convention has been shelved.This has made life a challenge for Cook. While he has the substantial benefit of a team containing three decent all-rounders - you could make a decent argument to suggest both Mike Brearley and Michael Vaughan owe some of their captaincy reputation to the presence of fine all-rounders within their teams - he also has three relatively inexperienced spinners in his side. That means he has to captain as never before.True, he led England to success in India in 2012 as the captain of a spin-led attack. But he did so with two highly experienced, highly proficient spinners. While it would be an exaggeration to state he could just throw them the ball and let them go about their work, they certainly required a great deal less care than the trio he will have in Mirpur.Confirmation that Zafar Ansari will join Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid in the side for the second Test (Steven Finn also replaces the rested Stuart Broad) means Cook will have three relatively inexperienced spinners to captain. While Ansari, who Cook compared to Ravindra Jadeja on Thursday, tends to bowl wicket-to-wicket, none of them can offer the holding role their captain requires.This means that Cook has to approach matters in a different way. He has to use his seamers - admirably fit and reliable as they are - to retain control in the way that other captains might use their spinners. He will also turn to his seamers if there is any chance at all the ball will reverse. While Bangladesh look set to play just one seamer, England look more comfortable with three. Its not the conventional way to win in Asia, but its their way and it probably represents their best chance.Ansari is an interesting selection. As a left-arm spinner, he will take the ball away from the right-handers which, with India having a top-order containing only one left-hander, could be crucial. Cook was his maiden first-class wicket - he tried to reverse sweep me and dragged on, Ansari recalled on Thursday. It wasnt a magical moment. - and, had it not been for cricket, he reckons he would have tried to gain a PHD. Modern sportsmen dont say that very often. He has a great opportunity to stake a claim for long-term selection here.England, and Cook in particular, learned plenty from Chittagong. In the first innings, England spent the best part of 50 overs trying to look after the ball with a view to find conventional swing. In the second innings, after opening with spin from both ends, they were happy to scuff up the ball as soon as possible to accelerate the process where reverse was achievable.Cook will also have learned a little about how to get a little bit more from his spinners. With the ball turning sharply, Moeen was asked to bowl, at times, with a 6-3 or even a 7-2 field. That made sense, too.But Moeen doesnt have a huge amount of experience of bowling in such conditions. He rarely played on turning surfaces for Worcestershire - certainly not at New Road - and when he did, he was rarely the first spinner for his captain. So the pressure of bowling to a sparsely populated off-side field may have played on his mind a little and resulted in him bowling just a little bit more leg-side than was ideal. While he bowled several unplayable deliveries, he also bowled quite a few loose ones and conceded more runs per over than any other spinner in the match.The answer? England may well utilise one more fielder on the off-side for Moeen in Mirpur. He wont see much of the ball in the covers, but he will give Moeen the confidence to bowl the off-stump line required and help him optimise the value of his spin. Its not ideal, but England arent in an ideal situation and there is little point expecting their spinners to be the finished articles they might have been a decade or so ago.There were times in Chittagong when Cook attempted to give Rashid confidence by bowling him without a deep point as cover for the first time in his Test career. Once again, though, it seems to have persuaded Rashid to bowl further on the leg-side. Rashid has many qualities, not least an ability to turn the ball both ways in circumstances in which none of his colleagues can turn it at all, but it seems optimistic to believe he will ever be a tight bowler. As part of a three-man spin attack, he can be an asset, but captaining him is a significant challenge.It was noticeable in Chittagong that, with the game coming to its climax, Cook turned to his seamers. He was right, too. In Ben Stokes and Broad, Cook knew he had bowlers who would concede runs slowly and backed them to create the chances required to win.This does not reflect too well on the spinners. They are the ones who are meant to clinch the game in such circumstances. It was the fourth-innings of a game in which the ball had turned from the start on a fifth-day pitch. It was exactly the scenario spinners are meant to dream about.But Cook was right. He knew that, if he utilised Moeen or Rashid, they could leak 12 in an over. And he knew that, if he utilised Gareth Batty, batsmen reared on such bowling might look to attack him. So he played to Englands strengths and trusted in his seamers and reverse swing.That does not meant he got every decision right in Chittagong. Perhaps Batty was removed from the attack for too long on the basis that he was less dangerous against right-handers. Perhaps, in protecting the boundaries, he allowed too many opportunities for singles.But Cook isnt operating with a handful of aces on this tour. He has some talented but flawed spinners at his disposal. Theres no point blaming him every time one of them bowls a full-toss or long-hop. He has to nurse them through spells. He has to juggle and protect. He cant trust them in the way he once trusted Swann and Panesar.Cook has probably never gained the respect he deserves as a Test captain. But if he can cajole his talented but imperfect side to success over the next few weeks, it will be a truly great achievement. Nike Air Max 95 Sale Cheap . Dusautoir, the former World Player of the Year, sustained a torn bicep playing for Toulouse in the Heineken Cup on Saturday. The flanker, who has played 65 times for France, is expected to be out for up to four months. Air Max 95 Cheap Authentic . Rinne played two periods in his first game since left hip surgery in early May. Gabriel Bourque scored 3:07 into the second period and Austin Watson tallied 5:15 later for Nashville. . Newcastle dominated in the early stages but City weathered the storm and then raised its game in extra time. Negredo broke the deadlock from close range after a simple move in the 99th minute before Dzeko took the ball round goalkeeper Tim Krul to seal the victory in the 105th. SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The San Antonio Spurs are only now getting used to having their starting five perfectly healthy. Not that its kept them from navigating the road unblemished during the seasons first three weeks.The Spurs carry a 5-0 road mark into Wednesdays contest at Sacramento, a place where theyve already won once this season. Danny Green, a 10.6.-point-per-game scorer in 16 games against Sacramento, missed San Antonios first nine contests, including its 102-94 victory here on Oct. 27.That marked one of nine games the Spurs (8-3) endured without their forecasted starting five. All three losses came without 19-year veteran Tony Parker, who sat with a knee injury.Parker, Green, Kawhi Leonard (25.5 points per game), LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol did not take the floor together until Nov. 12 in Houston. On Wednesday, theyll be starting together for the third straight game -- the Spurs have won three straight since Parker returned.Tony is Tony, teammate Manu Ginobili told the San Antonio Express-News after the Spurs 94-90 home win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday. Hes been the point guard of this team for 16 years. Its not something where he can take 10 days off and were not going to feel it.The Spurs next get to see how strong their road magic is over the next three weeks. San Antonio kicks off a stretch in which it will play nine of 12 games away from AT&T Center. Five of the next six are on the road.Its always tough to play on the road, Leonard told reporters. Weve just got to focus in, as always.The Heat werent good for the Spurs renewed health. Green took a knee in the groin and missed the second half. Center Dewayne Dedmon, averaging 4.9 rebounds in 13 minutes per game off the bench, sprained his left knee in the third quarter after coolliding with Justise Winslow. Nike Air Max 95 Sale Outlet. Green is questionable to play against the Kings, but Dedmon is out. Dedmon put up a season-best 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks while helping defend Kings center DeMarcus Cousins in San Antonios earlier victory.Cousins and his teammates havent played since Saturday, and coach Dave Joerger used the four-day break to run through an offense that his players have been working to learn since camp. The break is their longest this season, not counting the All-Star break.Sacramento nearly climbed all the way out of a hole it created by losing five of its first seven, but the Kings blew a 19-point lead in a home loss to the Lakers, then fell in overtime at Portland the next night. Now, the Kings (4-7) will fall a season-worst four below .500 if they lose to the Spurs, a team that has beaten them seven consecutive times.Cousins is scoring 26.6 points per game, the ninth-best mark in the NBA, but the Kings have won only when theyve defended. Three of their four wins have come when theyve held an opponent under 100 points, and opponents were shooting 45 percent and turning over the ball an average of 11.3 times.But Sacramento turns over the ball a lot, too. The Kings committed 15 against Portland, leading to 25 points, and have averaged 13 turnovers in their seven losses.I think some of them are just careless, Joerger told the Sacramento Bee. The long passes, I love the fact that guys are out running, and were looking for our teammates. Those are good. But were not completing them. Nothing bad happens if you dont throw that pass. Something bad can happen if it doesnt get there. ' ' 'he period, and the Wild killed two penalties.Suter scored his third goal of the season 2:58 into the third period, sending a wobbly wrist shot from the right circle over Nillsons glove. Koivu added an empty-net goal with 1:09 left. ' ' '

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