Test Cricket: New Zealand-Bangladesh Third Test abandoned due to terrorist mongs; Afghanistan-Ireland

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Perera, obviously, man of the series.

"I heard a lot of good comments [about my innings] and i'm very happy for that...[Bowling] Fernando did a really good job for us, credit goes to every player, as a team we did a really good job - we lifted up our country's flag. I try to back myself, do my normal game, I try to play to my strengths."

Fucking magic.

"We lifted up our country's flag."
 

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Tomorrow, the first test of three - nice number, I appreciate that - tests between world #9 test side Bangladesh and...drum roll please...


World number two test side New Zealand, begins out in Hamilton, NZ. Yes, the black caps are now the side best equipped to catch Kohli's India, heading up the hunting pack formed by NZ, South Africa, Australia and England. Almost nothing separates the four BUT NZ now have a chance to make themselves legitimate contenders in chief by battering Bangla 3-0 in home conditions. With not much more test cricket to be played between now and The Ashes because of the STUPID one day world cup or something, NZ can become the clean second seeds and hope that The Ashes is narrow and they retain the spot.

But they must dominate in what reads as an exciting clutch test series for the New Zealanders. What are the chances?

Having dominated the silly ODIs and having never -ever- lost a test to Bangladesh, NZ start as red hot favourites. You can see why with the probable starting line up including ATG Kane Williamson and some really deep batting in Taylor, Nichols, Watling and some legitimately thrilling quick bowling in Southee, Wagner and Boult. Anyone following this thread knows that these guys are good for their #2 spot. This is a generational NZ team, probably once a century and they have worthy adversaries up the road in India. I wish they'd just play a fucking series against them, it would mean going to the subcontinent but take a fucking swing at it.

Bangla batting is going to come up short against this bowling unit I reckon; but their own test bowling attack impressed me against the Windies. Their problems are a) their test record away from home is hideous and b) Shakib Hasan is out injured. So they'll be relying heavily upon the other Hasan and the two Islams to do the damage. I'd say two of these bowlers need to have ATG series to make a dent. Because the Bangla batting isn't good enough to resist this NZ attack.

No rain is forecast in Hamilton. This is a big chance for NZ to make a big statement.

Normally I pull for Bangla, but here i'll be hoping to see them dominated. NZ as clear #2 in the world is a fascinating thought and them as #1 would really put the cat among the pigeons as far as you "big three" goes. Interesting and exciting stuff.
 
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PosTeamWeighted MatchesPointsRating
1India435,007116
2New Zealand303,213107
3South Africa424,397105
4Australia444,566104
5England535,490104
6Sri Lanka514,73793
7Pakistan322,80388
8West Indies392,99577
9Bangladesh251,72769
10Zimbabwe1113813
 

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PosTeamWeighted MatchesPointsRating
1India435,007116
2New Zealand303,213107
3South Africa424,397105
4Australia444,566104
5England535,490104
6Sri Lanka514,73793
7Pakistan322,80388
8West Indies392,99577
9Bangladesh251,72769
10Zimbabwe1113813
Look at what utter cunts the ICC are. It's like they are determined to kill the game everywhere outside of India. Absolutely disgraceful. There is literally nothing that NZ can do to be treated with even basic respect. Finalists in the last World Cup, somehow manage against all odds to become the #2 Test team which should be the biggest story in world cricket right now, one of the international fan favourite teams, a lovely and marketable place to tour.... and what's their reward? Their reward is that nine out of their last 12 Test series were two-Test "series". The other 3 were three Tests. And 2019 will be the first Boxing Day Test that New Zealand has played since 1987. More than THIRTY YEARS. Meanwhile, Pakistan has played 3 Boxing Day Tests in the last 15 years, even though they're shit, their country is in complete disarray, they have zero cultural connection to Australia, nobody in Australia gives a fuck about them since Wasim and Waqar retired, and half of the population of NZ already lives in Melbourne. Absolutely fucking disgraceful. :fire

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Off to bed, but i'm a bit pissed off about it because this test match is lifting off. And what a hiding Boult is getting exalted upon by Tamim Iqbal who is just lashing him when he puts up anything off a good length or that's even a little wide. It's a legit kicking.

Bangladesh are 80/1 and we've had like an hour.

Wtf New Zealand?
 

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Jos Buttler is an incredible player. England has never had a destructive batting talent like him.
 
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Look at what utter cunts the ICC are. It's like they are determined to kill the game everywhere outside of India. Absolutely disgraceful. There is literally nothing that NZ can do to be treated with even basic respect. Finalists in the last World Cup, somehow manage against all odds to become the #2 Test team which should be the biggest story in world cricket right now, one of the international fan favourite teams, a lovely and marketable place to tour.... and what's their reward? Their reward is that nine out of their last 12 Test series were two-Test "series". The other 3 were three Tests. And 2019 will be the first Boxing Day Test that New Zealand has played since 1987. More than THIRTY YEARS. Meanwhile, Pakistan has played 3 Boxing Day Tests in the last 15 years, even though they're shit, their country is in complete disarray, they have zero cultural connection to Australia, nobody in Australia gives a fuck about them since Wasim and Waqar retired, and half of the population of NZ already lives in Melbourne. Absolutely fucking disgraceful. :fire

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I wouldn't be shocked if NZ wins the WC this year, i have a sneaking suspicion that they will surprise everyone and put in another stellar WC performance.

I fully agree that NZ deserve more tests though, way more.
 

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Tam Iqbal really stepped up for Bangla last night, he hit an absurd 126 runs off 128 balls including 21 4s. Brutal stuff. And for a further 70 balls he was supported by opening partner Shadman Islam (24) and Momi Haque (12) who batted rather more sensibly, and must have felt like they were onto something. But Bangla are without two of their best bats because of injury...it was inevitable that the wickets would fall quickly at some point.

The tireless Neil Wagner charged in for 5 wickets for just 47 runs for a startling economy and haul. He busted the middle order.

New Zealand are in control after adding 86 for no wicket at close.

Raval 51
Latham 35

Given what these boys got up to against Sri Lanka, that's ominous. You feel bad for Bangla, as always, but nothing else but 3-0 will do for NZ; Day 1 is in the bag.
 

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de Grandhommie's partnership busting ball (1:50) is a joy to behold.

The left handed driving from Tam Iqbal's innings is absolutely beautiful.
 

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Tam Iqbal really stepped up for Bangla last night, he hit an absurd 126 runs off 128 balls including 21 4s. Brutal stuff. And for a further 70 balls he was supported by opening partner Shadman Islam (24) and Momi Haque (12) who batted rather more sensibly, and must have felt like they were onto something. But Bangla are without two of their best bats because of injury...it was inevitable that the wickets would fall quickly at some point.

The tireless Neil Wagner charged in for 5 wickets for just 47 runs for a startling economy and haul. He busted the middle order.

New Zealand are in control after adding 86 for no wicket at close.

Raval 51
Latham 35

Given what these boys got up to against Sri Lanka, that's ominous. You feel bad for Bangla, as always, but nothing else but 3-0 will do for NZ; Day 1 is in the bag.
Wagner is the definition of a Test bowling workhorse. Always enjoy seeing him get in among the wickets, because he's never the main man of the attack but he'll run in hard all fucking day and keep his tail up and give his best effort no matter what the match situation. Those types of guys are so valuable to a successful Test team.

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Wagner is the definition of a Test bowling workhorse. Always enjoy seeing him get in among the wickets, because he's never the main man of the attack but he'll run in hard all fucking day and keep his tail up and give his best effort no matter what the match situation. Those types of guys are so valuable to a successful Test team.

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He was absolutely loving that, you could see. He's got a lot of work to do in March.

Remember Botham doing 20 overs odd in a row in Pakistan? Fucking crazy.
 
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de Grandhommie's partnership busting ball (1:50) is a joy to behold.

The left handed driving from Tam Iqbal's innings is absolutely beautiful.
Tamim iqbal in full flow has to be one of my favourite batters in the world, that mix of power speed and a flashy blade
 
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Tamim iqbal in full flow has to be one of my favourite batters in the world, that mix of power speed and a flashy blade
Yeah, some of those strokes are beyond beautiful. And you're right, it is a balance, a mix. It's not like his exquisitely elegant or master blaster, he straddles both though.
 
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Yeah, some of those strokes are beyond beautiful. And you're right, it is a balance, a mix. It's not like his exquisitely elegant or master blaster, he straddles both though.
What I also love he always plays on the edge of disaster.

Compare that to Williamson, always on it, when he's playing well, you know what's coming next, sure that's great, I really like watching Williamson bat, but you never go 'damn look at that' a 100 made of that all the way is something that you remember.
 
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What I also love he always plays on the edge of disaster.

Compare that to Williamson, always on it, when he's playing well, you know what's coming next, sure that's great, I really like watching Williamson bat, but you never go 'damn look at that' a 100 made of that all the way is something that you remember.
Ooh, yeah, good post, like something being less interesting because it's more brilliant. Every flash at a ball that was marginal that saw someone troop back to the pavilion was also the beginning of something beautiful. Not said enough.
 
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Bangladesh been put to bed by New Zealand.


It's ovaaaaahhhh!!! No rain forecast.

In response to 234 all out, NZ are 451/4.

Raval 132
Latham 161
Williamson 93 not out
Taylor 4 (lol)
Nicholls 53
Wagner 1

Williamson has moved the run rate on something fierce, he will come out launching the bat today. It could be thrilling. They could take two sessions of day 3 no bother, give themselves 2.3 days to bowl out Bangla.