Test Cricket: Sri Lanka stun South Africa in one of the Most Thrilling Tests of All Time

McGrain

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Burns all out for 4 runs. Roach takes the wicket (ominous), Holder caught him in an aggressive field with three slips and a gully.

Denly survived a desperately close LBW decision that could have gone either way (given not out - forunately in my view, review was Umpire's Call). There is bounce in the pitch IMO, but the commentary booth is unimpressed.

England need to stiffen here.

Five overs in, low run rate, one wicket...
 

McGrain

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Joe Denly manages 6 in his debut innings.

Out to an absolute joke of a loosner (by the sounds - I haven't seen it yet, just heard it on the radio). Root is at the crease, as usual, far too early.

Roach and Gabriel strangled him a bit; he didn't manage a single boundary. Frustrated, he succumbed to a Joseph loosener, caught behind.

16-2.

Century required already.
 

McGrain

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Root out for seven.

42-3

Bairstonw 25
Buttler 0

Bairstow looks ready to open up; I wonder if Buttler will follow?
 

McGrain

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Buttler added 1. Holder has a wicket. Disaster unfolds for England.

Every England batsman has been a failure apart from Bairstow who is batting like he is possessed.

Root was brilliantly caught, but 7 is 7 is 7.

55-4

Bairstow 37
 

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Bairstow gone for 52. It was a brave innings in the circumstances and he took the right road with the disaster unfolding all around him but it wasn't a test innings. Roach the man to take Bairstow.

87-5, the test now rests with the men at the crease, Stokes whose strike-rate has been low, low since he came back from his legal issues and Ali, whose batting confidence is utterly shot.
 

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England have rallied to 172 for 6 at tea.

Ali is playing Chase very well and picking off loose deliveries from the quicks and he's ably supported by Foakes who looks in tune. Big test after tea when Holder will put his top seamers on after the rest.

Ali 55
Foakes 32

Two priceless innings.
 
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England have rallied to 172 for 6 at tea.

Ali is playing Chase very well and picking off loose deliveries from the quicks and he's ably supported by Foakes who looks in tune. Big test after tea when Holder will put his top seamers on after the rest.

Ali 55
Foakes 32

Two priceless innings.
Good fight back by these two. This is Cricket at its best. Exciting, filled with drama, good fight back
 
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He certainly is.

Older ball and tired bowlers helps but it's possible England could get through here.

I'd be surprised, most likely result is Windies get in at some point tonight, but it's possible.
 

McGrain

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They played "Dancing Queen" at the stadium when Sam Curran got out :lol: so unnecessary.

186-9, and it's Jimmy and Broad at the crease? What price 30 runs.
 

McGrain

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Broad is bowling like he absolutely means it, taking the bounce, hand behind the ball, round the wicket, giving chat to both opening batsmen, zipping the ball through, just cracked one of them in the chin, economy of 1 exactly - but no wicket.

No wicket.

Anderson looks OK, and you never when he's going to zip something awful out...but right now the Windies are proving barely good enough for some excellent bowling. Fascinating stuff.

12-0
 

McGrain

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Windies had the opportunity to skittle England today and didn't take it; weirdly they'll be disappointed to have gone for 187 in a first innings where their quicks dominated brutally once more.

England's rally, such as it was, has left the door open for a competent counter-attack and worst of all, when the Windies come in for 90 minutes, they show England how to bat for test match cricket, exactly how to function as an opener, batting carefully, leaving anything approaching the edge, straight bat on the stumps, punishing the loose balls.

It's led to a musclar position of 30-0. In test cricket it's the final number that is most important. 30-2 looks terrible for that many overs. 30-0 is unassailable. Every single batting contribution is possible at close; Windies know test cricket, somehow, and England don't, somehow.

First session tomorrow is huge :lol:
 
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McGrain

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Here is a preview of Australia-Sri Lanka 2nd Test:

Sri Lanka are terrible and have loads of injuries. Australia will win by a bag.

Paine wins the toss (!) and it's the home team who are to bat on temperate conditions on what looks like a pretty wicket.

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Marcus Harris is out to a wide nothing ball for all of Autralian's 11 runs.

Just poor. The ball before he lifted one over the slips in a half-measure cut. It's far, far too aggressive for the first hour and if I know that why can't these guys understand that? Two bad shots on the trot, the first of which was only a "good" shot because it came off.

Usman to the crease. Could use a score, but all eyes on Burns now.

Who will partner Warner for the Ashes.

By the by, the bowler that took the wicket is in for one of SL's legion of injured quicks - his name is Fernando, no lie. Got a lot going on, can't make up my min how much of it is good; know nothing about this interesting dude.
 
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Marcus Harris is out to a wide nothing ball for all of Autralian's 11 runs.

Just poor. The ball before he lifted one over the slips in a half-measure cut. It's far, far too aggressive for the first hour and if I know that why can't these guys understand that? Two bad shots on the trot, the first of which was only a "good" shot because it came off.

Usman to the crease. Could use a score, but all eyes on Burns now.

Who will partner Warner for the Ashes.

By the by, the bowler that took the wicket is in for one of SL's legion of injured quicks - his name is Fernando, no lie. Got a lot going on, can't make up my min how much of it is good; know nothing about this interesting dude.
two wonderful hundreds.
 

McGrain

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two wonderful hundreds.
Yep, and we now know who will partner Warner for the Ashes.

Burns 172* guarantees him he opening slot for the second biggest contest in world cricket. Must be a nice feeling.

Usman, meanwhile, is in trouble and faces the axe according to Mark Taylor. He emerged from he Pakistan series as the gun batsman and even if Taylor is a little over-excited (they have 2 returning batsmen, really, not 5), eyes will be on him in the second innings. A 50 would be nice.

That, of course, is if there is a second innings. Travis Head doesn't give a hoot though. His 161 guarantees him a place in the team too...odd how many batsmen have guaranteed themselves selection for the forthcoming year against Sri Lanka. Keatings even made it as far as the day before yesterday based on what he did with them.

Kurtis Patterson is not out overnight, and i'm glad he's continuing to make a mark. New blood. Hopefully him and Burns make it to lunch tonight/tomorrow.
 

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We might be on the bones of our cricketing arses but we have finally found our Washington Generals - thank you Sri Lanka.
 

McGrain

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"D-Day for England" according to Talk Sport. You see what they mean.

But the rest of the English rhetoric is so bizarre. After a bad day at the cricket it's ten unrelenting hours of doom, gloom, judgement and denouncement. Now, in the final hour before play, overwhelming optimism :lol:

"We don't know if 187 is a good score or a bad score."

"We did well to keep the Windies to 30 overnight."

"We have players who can change the game."

There also seems to be this group think where it's now "our second innings versus their fourth innings."

Why? Not if Windies make 350 now. Not if England make 58 in their second innings. It's like any optimistic opinion forms as fact.

Still, England have a chance here this morning. This pitch, traditionally, plays faster on day 2 than any other day and Broad looked mean yesterday.

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McGrain

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No wicket for England and Windies have survived Anderson/Broad into Stokes. Braithwaite and Campbell have, once again, shown great discipline in coming out and seeing off the dangerous opening attack. They've done so only for another 30 runs, but, once again, all batting contributions remain possible with them a third of the way to England's total.

Campbell's been lucky though - Broad should have taken him, Buttler, of all people, with an unforgivable drop. He was just short of Bairstow catching him too.

Jimmy Anderson looks pissed off with the whole thing. The English GOAT has arguably shown a really bad attitude on this tour. I'd suggest that this, more than England's performance here, has the ghost of Root's demise as Captain within it.

The Windies openers need to open up a bit now; but they are firmly in control.
 

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Exquisitely patient, Brathwaite remained utterly disciplined on 48 and goes to lunch without making his fifty. Hope underlined his patience with a punchy 20 once Campbell had been dismissed. Campbell tried to move things along once Broad/Jimmy had finished their spells - and immediately fell victim to Stokes for 22.

Brathwaite has killed the ball and tired the opposition bowling. World class opening in an era where it is unfashionable and generally unseen. But Brathwaite has proved the value of such an innings - he's the rock on which the Windies innings is lashed.

126-1

Brathwaite 48
Hope 22

Broad's "incredible bad luck" overstated by Sky IMO. He bowled very very well, but apart from the ridiculous Buttler drop, there was nothing stuck on.