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Australia v. India. 4th. Test - Gabba.

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Lazza 



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:29 pm
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Agree with about 90% of what you wrote K, but I think all teams have at least one batsman who is technically correct. 25 years ago there were at least five batsmen who were. They are an endangered species though and dwindling quickly due to the reasons you mentioned. Funny but I remember coaches telling us young ones that playing indoor cricket affected the outdoor performance techniques but none of us took that advice on board 😆
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:49 pm
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Lazza wrote:
Pies4shaw, I disagree with your comments about Pujara but realise that my appreciation of test cricket was cemented in much earlier times to you, listening to commentary of Trevor Bailey, Chris Tavare and Geoff Boycott batting. Sure there were others. There was no ODI or 20/20 pyjama cricket. Slowly building up an innings, especially on terrible uncovered pitches, was inspiring to watch. This type of stoic batting defined test cricket but people also had far more patience to appreciate the battle, albeit slow.

This is a joke, right? I have religiously watched and loved Test cricket since the early 60s. I just dislike watching Pujara play. Mind you, he’s better than Chris Tavare, who was an actual spud. I give you Gavaskar and you give me Tavare? Goodness, me. As far as I can recall, Tavare never managed a Test 100 against either of the two good teams in international cricket at the time. Frankly, I don’t recall him getting to 50 against the Windies.
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90 nice 



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:09 am
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Is it true that New Zealand is the current number 1 test team in the world with Australia in 2nd and India 3rd all I know these 3 it’s all pretty close but NZ are currently number 1
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 10:52 am
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Not in the real world, no.

Meanwhile, Hazlewood is my nomination for life-membership of the ICC. Pujara gone, cricket resumed.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:48 pm
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90 nice wrote:
Is it true that New Zealand is the current number 1 test team in the world with Australia in 2nd and India 3rd all I know these 3 it’s all pretty close but NZ are currently number 1

Look in the "ICC World Test Championship" thread.

NZ are #1. It's all a matter of qualifying for the final that's supposed to be played at Lords this year.

I don't know what the upcoming Test schedule is for every nation, but they can't possibly have played each other home and away by then. Luck will be involved. Oz will get lucky if it's upcoming tour to S. Africa is off or switched to UAE.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:52 pm
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India's 3rd XI bowlers Thakur and Sundar have put the Oz bowlers to the sword with the bat. A century partnership and 50s for both. Thakur brought his up by smashing Lyon for 6.

They are showing how flat this pitch is. The specialist batsmen should be ashamed for throwing their wickets away.

A Test win and series win are slipping away from Oz. Our boys do better when there's something in the pitch for the bowlers. If they keep producing pitches like they have in recent years, Oz will continue to struggle to win at home except at Adelaide.

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Before tea, Brayshaw: "The famous Gabba swing. We haven't seen it."

Brayshaw: "Still very flat. That ball apologised its way to the keeper and it's only four overs old!"

After tea, Ponting: "Starc hasn't swung a ball the whole match."

Ponting was critical of the bowlers for not trying a short-ball attack earlier. It reminds me of the silly bowling to Broad in the Ashes. They didn't bowl short to him, although everyone knows he's struggled with the short ball since having his jaw broken. He went on to his longest innings in years.

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Now Slater retuns to Oz's batting. He says on a "450" pitch they have only themselves to blame for what's happened.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 4:19 pm
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Cummins finally gets the breakthrough with an off-cutter hitting stumps.

Still 3 wickets to go before batting again though.

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Slater says Oz will have to "go for broke" when they bat again.

I just don't agree with that. They could end up losing. Sure, India hold the trophy. But there is a Test championship final to qualify for. Why gift India a spot?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:08 pm
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Not now.

All out 336. Hazlewood 5/57.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:09 pm
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Good partnership, this. Both openers are still there.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:26 pm
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Congratulations to Harris and Warner. That's already Australia's second-best opening stand of the Series. And the lead is 50. 0/17, now, really digging in.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:33 pm
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Stumps. 0/21. The lead is 54. Two days to play.
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90 nice 



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:49 am
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Time to move on the following players as in drop them:

Wade - the weak link in the middle order and besides hes too old
Warner- warner mark 2.0 is past it and no longer a reliable opener gets out too early for my likeing
Smith- see Warner

like to see Will Pski and Harris as our future opening batting pair.

Like the look of Green too.

Green and Will are the future of the Aussie cricket team.

Like the bowling attack but i feel they are getting on and Lyon say is in the twilight of his career. Starc Cummins Hazelwood are ok but are not really threatneing these days either.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:57 pm
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You really do throw the baby out with the bath water. Wade is not skilled enough. Warner has only been back for a game or two after a lengthy injury-stint on the sidelines. His Test average in 2020 was 156, for goodness' sake.

Harris lacks talent, too.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:22 pm
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(Yet another) Test 50 Bradsmith. 4/185. The lead is 218. Green is at the other end, channeling Pujara.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:27 pm
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The bounce is now very uneven, so it will be difficult on this pitch for any team to reach 250, now.
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