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If you had taken your seat at Chepauk on Friday morning having never seen Moeen Ali bat, you would have been forgiven for wondering how on earth he found himself batting in the top four. Cheap Air Max 95 Free Shipping.But had you only taken your seat in the afternoon session, you would have been forgiven for wondering how he had ever found himself batting down at No. 8 or 9.For this innings was a microcosm of Moeens Test career with the bat. Like Beauty and the Beast rolled into one, it was, in turns, awful and ugly and brilliant and beautiful. It rarely hinted at permanence, but contained several strokes of rare quality. As he persuaded some balls to the boundary and flirted footlessly at others, he provided a demonstration of all his strengths and all his weaknesses. It was just a little bit Goweresque.He was beaten like a snare drum in the early stages. He was dropped before he had scored - the second match in succession an England centurion had benefited in such fashion - after trying to flick one over midwicket, and then survived a couple of early wafts against Ravi Ashwin that suggested a lack of confidence in his own defensive technique. He also saw an attempted flick into the leg side dart towards point off a leading edge. That he made it to lunch unbeaten (on 7 from 44 balls) was little short of a miracle.At that stage, it seemed safe to conclude that this was Moeens last foray into the top order. This was, after all, his 11th innings in the top four (one at No. 3, four at No. 4 and six as an opener) and they had brought seven scores under 20 and a best of 50. Some of the dismissals - not least hooking a bouncer to the men placed for the shot in the first innings in Mohali, or scooping to mid-on in the second - were just too soft to sustain the experiment.But after the interval he was a different man. Apparently determined to be more aggressive, he slog-swept both left-arm and offspin, he skipped down the track and, even though Ravi Ashwin beat him in the flight and he didnt quite make it to the pitch of the ball, he carried through with the stroke and cleared the field. He played with the uncompromised conviction that is the mantra of Trevor Bayliss and provided a pretty decent advert for the virtues of the approach.He had some fortune. Having a man with the class of Joe Root at the other end for the first portion of his innings ensured there was little scoreboard pressure; Moeen contributed just 13 of the first 50 runs they added together. And, while the only bouncer that Umesh Yadav bowled at him resulted in an attempted pull that spooned just over midwicket, it was a line of attack that India failed to exploit. Ishant Sharma bowled him three more, but it seemed an odd oversight. There were a couple of decent lbw shouts after that but Moeen, learning the lessons from earlier in the series, ensured he had his pad outside the line of the stumps and, once he had reached 40, was hardly troubled. Amit Mishra, whose relative lack of pace allowed Moeen time to skip down the pitch to him, came in for particular punishment, but he also coped with Ashwin admirably after that torturous first hour. He had given England a decent chance of the sort of imposing first-innings total that could end this demanding tour with a consolation victory. Two more sessions of batting may be required, though.It was Moeens second century of the series - the first was made while batting at No. 5 in Rajkot - and the fourth of a calendar year that has seen him become one of just five men to record 1,000 Test runs in 2016. While the inclusion of four England players in that list underlines the huge amount of Test cricket they have played, that still represents a fine achievement. His average for the year (48.00) is almost six higher than Alastair Cooks (42.10) and less than two fewer than Joe Roots (50.20).Where does it leave him in the future? Back at No. 7 or 8, probably. With Jonny Bairstow pencilled in to stay at No. 5 (he is clearly good enough to bat at No. 4 but the England management are keen to provide him with a break between batting and keeping) and Ben Stokes looking settled at No. 6, those are the obvious vacancies. Root could well return to No. 4 - especially if Keaton Jennings makes a strong case for his retention at the start of the next English season - leaving Moeen squeezed out of the top order. Besides, for all the charm and fluency of his batting, we have probably seen enough now to appreciate that consistency is unlikely to be one of his strengths. There are too many flaws, too many foibles. And top-four players need to at least offer the potential of consistency.Ideally, he would bat no lower than No. 7 and be given the chance to establish himself there without further confusion. Batting at No. 8 will be an obvious temptation - it allows room for Jos Buttler at No. 7 and still allows room for four seamers (including Stokes) - but Moeens record there is poor. Often forced to accelerate before he is ready, he averages only 28.06 in 19 innings there. At No. 7, high enough to placate his batsmans pride and low enough to alleviate the worst of the pressure of expectation, he averages 87.85 in 10 innings.The other issue he faces is the possibility that he has been replaced as Englands first-choice spinner. Adil Rashid has claimed far more wickets than him this series (22 to nine) and has been referred to as Englands best spinner by the coach, Trevor Bayliss. There wont be too many surfaces in England when they require two spinners, though they may conclude that, such is their allround strength, they have room for both Rashid and Moeen.Recognising this problem some weeks ago, the England management have given Moeen a chance to establish himself as a specialist batsman (and support spin bowler) in recent weeks. As Bayliss said after the Mumbai Test: We came here to give Moeen a chance to cement a spot in the top six and play more as a bat and, as we saw in the first three games, the third spinner.This century may convince them that he has taken the chance. But Moeen, who batted everywhere from one to nine in his first 35 Tests, has emerged as Englands ultimate utility player and is likely to remain in a floating role in the immediate future. If Englands priority is getting the best out of Moeen, they will probably bat him at No. 7 or higher, but if the priority is what is best for the side, it is understandable that, despite all the runs this year, he plays his next Test as a No. 8. Cheap Air Max 95 Wholesale. -- Ken Appleby made 32 saves for his first shutout of the season to lead the Oshawa Generals to a 2-0 win over the Belleville Bulls on Wednesday in Ontario Hockey League action. Air Max 95 Kerry,  Just watched the shootout in the Coyotes/Leafs game and I have to ask, why was the James van Riemsdyk goal allowed to count?  All of the video replays we were shown on TV were inconclusive about whether the puck had entirely crossed the line or not. - After leading the Saints to a fourth playoff appearance in five seasons, Drew Brees expressed confidence in the direction of his team and, perhaps more importantly, showed a willingness to listen to contract proposals if the team needs his help getting under the NFLs salary cap. RENTON, Wash. -- The aftermath of the first NFL tie since 2014 became a study in the delicate psyche of kickers, and how they are handled by their coaches.Last Sundays 6-6 tie between Seattle and Arizona was remarkable from many aspects. One of the lasting memories were the reactions from Arizona coach Bruce Arians and Seattle coach Pete Carroll to a pair of short missed field goals in overtime that could have won the game for either team.Arizonas Chandler Catanzaro had a 24-yard field goal clang off the left upright, and minutes later Seattles Steve Hauschka pulled a 28-yard attempt wide left . Then came the reactions, and a study in how two coaches seeking the same goal took differing tones.Arians was gruff, Carroll was supportive.Arians on Catanzaro: Make it. This is professional, this aint high school, baby. You get paid to make it.Carroll on Hauschka: He made his kicks to give us a chance, and unfortunately he didnt make the last one. Hes been making kicks for years around here ... but hes gonna hit a lot of winners as we go down the road here. I love him and hes our guy.Two divergent reactions, all with the same goal of getting their kickers to be better.It means a lot to me, Hauschka said this week. Coach is incredible. He is the reason that this team is so good and why this whole atmosphere up here in Seattle is so positive. And it all starts with him. I couldnt ask for a better head coach.With such a unique role on the team, and such a specific skill in stark contrast to the rest of the roster, kickers really only have their peers who can relate to their highly visible and deeply scrutinized mistakes. How coaches handle those mistakes can be all over the spectrum.Back in 2009, then Seattle coach Jim Mora unloaded on kicker Olindo Mare immediately after he missed 34- and 43-yard field goals in a 29-25 loss to Chicago.Were not going to fight our (tails) off, and have a field goal kicker go out there and miss two field goals and lose a game. Its not going to happen, Mora said.A day later, Mora apologized for his harsh assessment.There was no such recanting from Arians. Catanzaro was already drawing the ire of his head coach before his overtime miss Sunday. A bad snap helped led to Catanzaros missed field goal that would have beaten New England in the season opener.And while Arians said he still fully supports Catanzaro, he expressed it in an acerbic way.The kicker just needs to kick it through the two poles and wed be 5-2, he said. Air Max 95 Cheap Authentic. Minnesotas Blair Walsh didnt watch the game Sunday night, but he sure knew how Catanzaro and Hauschka were feeling afterward. Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal last January that kept the Vikings from beating the Seahawks in the first round of the playoffs.Those are two great kickers, and theyll be fine, Walsh said. I know both of those guys will have great years, and they shouldnt worry.The fraternity of kickers is tight. Catanzaro had a similar reaction after seeing Hauschka miss.I never pull for another kicker to miss, Catanzaro said. It was tough. My reaction the other night, I wanted another shot to win it for the team because they deserved for me to put that through. But I hated to see Hauschka go out there and miss it. Hes a great kicker and hell come back from it.Being a kicker puts them in a glaring spotlight. Walsh knows that all too well after last seasons miss.From the suburban first-graders who wrote him sympathy cards the day after the game to the teammates who consoled him in the locker room, Walsh has experienced more support than backlash -- despite the predictable social media trolling from upset fans. He has some inspirational quotes hanging in his cubicle at the teams practice facility, motivation passed on by one of his high school teachers.Walsh, though, has been unable to put the gaffe out of the public discussion. He missed two field goals and an extra point in the season opener, shanked another extra point two weeks later, and missed another field goal the game after that. The Vikings won all of those games comfortably, but while they havent brought in any free agents for competition, theyve clearly lost some patience.We need to make those, or its going to bite us in the rear end, coach Mike Zimmer said after Walshs last miss on Oct. 3.Zimmers public stance on supporting Walsh has fallen somewhere between the reactions of Carroll and Arians, though tilting more toward Arians lately.Were going to need Blair down the stretch and need him to play well for us, special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said, and hopefully thats what hell do.---AP Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell and AP freelance writer Jose Romero contributed to this report.---AP NFL website: and AP NFL Twitter feed: ' ' ' 

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