Test Cricket: South Africa-England IV

McGrain

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The rest of the month:

11-15 Dec: Pakistan-Sri Lanka
12-16 Dec: Australia-New Zealand
19-23 Dec: Pakistan-Sri Lanka II
25-30 Dec: Australia-New Zealand
26-30 Dec: South Africa-England

Pick of these for me is the first Aus-NZ test match. That test will tell you which way that one is going and it could be epic.
 

Haggis

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The rest of the month:

11-15 Dec: Pakistan-Sri Lanka
12-16 Dec: Australia-New Zealand
19-23 Dec: Pakistan-Sri Lanka II
25-30 Dec: Australia-New Zealand
26-30 Dec: South Africa-England

Pick of these for me is the first Aus-NZ test match. That test will tell you which way that one is going and it could be epic.
Aussie/NZ starts at 6pm NZ time. I'll be at my mate's place to play cards on the second day, and I'll be wearing an Aussie cricket shirt and cap and hoping like hell that my mates are forced to watch Warner score a ton. :lol:

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McGrain

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Aussie/NZ starts at 6pm NZ time. I'll be at my mate's place to play cards on the second day, and I'll be wearing an Aussie cricket shirt and cap and hoping like hell that my mates are forced to watch Warner score a ton. :lol:

:hat
It's strange times, there hasn't been a time in living memory where i've liked so many Australian cricketers.

Burns
Lasagne
Paine
Cummins
Starc
Hazelwood

Would all make a list of my favourite cricketers which is unprecedented. I'll still be rooting for NZ though.
 

Haggis

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It's strange times, there hasn't been a time in living memory where i've liked so many Australian cricketers.

Burns
Lasagne
Paine
Cummins
Starc
Hazelwood

Would all make a list of my favourite cricketers which is unprecedented. I'll still be rooting for NZ though.
I am going to take a lot of shit no matter what. If Australia is crushing them, if Australia is losing, if the match is finely poised. My friends pretty much can't stand any Australian cricketers. They even cheer for England over Australia, even AFTER England robbed the World Cup right out of their hands, ffs.

:hat
 

McGrain

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I am going to take a lot of shit no matter what. If Australia is crushing them, if Australia is losing, if the match is finely poised. My friends pretty much can't stand any Australian cricketers. They even cheer for England over Australia, even AFTER England robbed the World Cup right out of their hands, ffs.

:hat
I get that - it's the same as Scotland-England in the soccer. Doesn't matter what happens in a wider sense it's one of the real pleasures in life to see England beaten, even by Germany, which is pretty mad.
 

Haggis

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I get that - it's the same as Scotland-England in the soccer. Doesn't matter what happens in a wider sense it's one of the real pleasures in life to see England beaten, even by Germany, which is pretty mad.
I notice that you didn't contest that the World Cup was stolen. :lol:

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McGrain

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It would be a test series that would be hard to care about under normal circumstances, but Pakistan-Sri Lanka is the first test match played on Pakistani soil in a decade. Even better it was the Sri Lankan cricket team who were attacked in 2009 ending Pakistani test cricket as an event. Brave and admirable that they agree to return.

And the interest is huge. According to the BBC "the whole country has stopped" to watch the test, an exaggeration, but you know what they mean. The Immortal Abbas hit his mark to deliver the first ball of the new era and it was something to see.

Sickeningly, bad light and rain meant fewer than 20 overs were bowled on day two.

So Sri Lanka are 263-6 at stumps on day two, with de Silva closing in on a century at 72 and teenage quick Shah taking 2-71 the pick of the Pakistani bowlers.
 

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Meanwhile, New Zealand are struggling a little bit as Australia put on 248-4, dismissing Warner (Wagner) and Smith (also Wagner) for under 50 a piece before being mauled by Lasagne, who has been outstanding in amassing 110 patient runs to place his team in firm control. He and Head (20) will reemerge for play at the start of day 2.
 

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Gorgeous century from Lasagne. He has rocketed to 1000 runs.

He's so disciplined with the follow-through. Some find for Australia that.
 

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Disaster deepens for NZ overnight (UK time). Having put on 416 (Lasagne 143) on what is clearly a serviceable pitch, Australia then skittled the world's number two side for 166. Apart from Taylor (80) there were no meaningful NZ contributions. With Locke Ferguson out injured, this has put NZ in a desperate position. It's day three. Australia are at the crease and 39-0 look confident in leading by 289. The first test is gone for NZ.

Some cracking faint-praise put-downs form Australians in commentary. de Grandhomme is a "decent player" who bowls "lively medium pace" for a "solid side", you can see where the chip comes from. It's about to get bigger though.

Warner 18
Burns 19

It's a total disaster for Pakistan's return to the test fold. Basically no cricket being paid in what is now a certain draw. Very test.
 

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Disaster deepens for NZ overnight (UK time). Having put on 416 (Lasagne 143) on what is clearly a serviceable pitch, Australia then skittled the world's number two side for 166. Apart from Taylor (80) there were no meaningful NZ contributions. With Locke Ferguson out injured, this has put NZ in a desperate position. It's day three. Australia are at the crease and 39-0 look confident in leading by 289. The first test is gone for NZ.

Some cracking faint-praise put-downs form Australians in commentary. de Grandhomme is a "decent player" who bowls "lively medium pace" for a "solid side", you can see where the chip comes from. It's about to get bigger though.

Warner 18
Burns 19

It's a total disaster for Pakistan's return to the test fold. Basically no cricket being paid in what is now a certain draw. Very test.
NZ have fought back but this match is done and dusted
 

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Pitch is obviously doing a bit now, Lasagne & Lyon nabbed a few wickets in the first dig & that should ensure it turns even more later, which makes it a pretty good test wicket, it’s had a bit for everyone so far
 

McGrain

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Yeah, it's so sick that both Lasagne and to a lesser degree Head look really decent spinning it in these circumstances.

It's really coming together for Australia in a big way.

Lyon still the boss the obviously and today he nicked Williamson for 14 runs; probably it's the death knell.

New Zealand are four down and need 271 runs to win.

Nichols 21
Watling 20

At the very least, these two need to be in at close...and there's Lyon taking Nichols, his third wicket. Been referred. He's out. Travis Head takes a late catch, he was very late in going after it brushed the back of Nichols bat on the way out, he just gathers it before it drops.

Game over, man.
 

WaltzingMatilda

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It certainly is over

big win for the Aussies
this team is shaping up nicely for the future, I still feel there are a few dragging the chain with some younger talented players to come in before long
 

McGrain

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Yeah, Australia on really impressive form and the performances are coming from all over.

9 wickets for Starc and 6 for Lyon
Masses of runs for Lasagne, Smith, Warner and Burns all chip in.
They can afford to have key men fail and still do damage which is a sign of depth. Hazelwood gets injured and Lasagne rolls up his sleeve to bowl overs. I was really very impressed.

Beating New Zealand with a day to spare in the first test is real.
 
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DB Cooper

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Another great knock from Steve Smith, but falls short of what would have been his 5th successive Boxing Day Test hundred.