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

McGrain

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The Windies lead by 5 runs and are five wickets down. Dowrich and Bravo at the crease, Holder still to come. It's another weird comeback like yesterday, in that they'd have taken it at lunch.

Broad finally got two wickets, he earned them; Ali got a brace himself, Stokes got the other one. Anderson seems a little huffy still, no wickets for him and he's been a little underused.

Been a good hour for England and a good test.
 
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McGrain

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Darren Bravo continues to torture England with exactly the type of innings the English have proven incapable of producing. Bravo has been at the crease for 148 balls for just 31 runs, block,block,block, but the affect it is having upon the English bowlers can be seen with the naked eye. In short they cannot get him out. And they need to get him out.

The Windies lead by 73. The game is creeping away, slowly, slowly, Holder joined him at the wicket and batted with the same assured defence but he's picked up for 13 runs off 37. Hussain has just made the point that the English are fit, how impressively they run in, but so what? Windies have neutralised that in that they'd be doing the same against knackered players - making them grovel for the wickets they can't get.

And it's put them in the box seat. If they make it through to close they are completely in charge of this test.

Windies 260-6

Bravo 31
Holder 13
 

Haggis

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Darren Bravo continues to torture England with exactly the type of innings the English have proven incapable of producing. Bravo has been at the crease for 148 balls for just 31 runs, block,block,block, but the affect it is having upon the English bowlers can be seen with the naked eye. In short they cannot get him out. And they need to get him out.

The Windies lead by 73. The game is creeping away, slowly, slowly, Holder joined him at the wicket and batted with the same assured defence but he's picked up for 13 runs off 37. Hussain has just made the point that the English are fit, how impressively they run in, but so what? Windies have neutralised that in that they'd be doing the same against knackered players - making them grovel for the wickets they can't get.

And it's put them in the box seat. If they make it through to close they are completely in charge of this test.

Windies 260-6

Bravo 31
Holder 13
See this is exactly the type of play that I never expected the Windies to produce. I was 100% wrong, and now I am cheering for them to keep it up.

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McGrain

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See this is exactly the type of play that I never expected the Windies to produce. I was 100% wrong, and now I am cheering for them to keep it up.

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Maybe it's like that film, It Follows? And now England are fucked?
 

Haggis

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Maybe it's like that film, It Follows? And now England are fucked?
Hopefully. I love seeing England and Broad in particular being methodically ground into dust, no matter who is doing it.

:hat
 

McGrain

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Hopefully. I love seeing England and Broad in particular being methodically ground into dust, no matter who is doing it.

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This, as a %, is how much support I offer England in test versus the other nations:

Windies - 1%
Zimbabwe - 1%
Afghanistan - 1%
Pakistan - 2%
Bangladesh - 2%
New Zealand - 15%
Ireland - 40%
Sri Lanka - 40%
India - 45%
Australia - 60%
South Africa - 65%
 

McGrain

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Day 2 over.

Fascinating, fascinating days play.

Windies lead by 85 runs.

Bravo 33
Holder 19

See the first session, tomorrow? It's huge.


I'm now going to set up a race between me and whisky to see how much of the Australia-Sri Lanka test I can watch.
 

Haggis

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This, as a %, is how much support I offer England in test versus the other nations:

Windies - 1%
Zimbabwe - 1%
Afghanistan - 1%
Pakistan - 2%
Bangladesh - 2%
New Zealand - 15%
Ireland - 40%
Sri Lanka - 40%
India - 45%
Australia - 60%
South Africa - 65%
:lol:

This, as a %, is how much support I offer Australia versus the other nations:

vs all nations: 100%

vs England and India: slightly more than that.

:hat
 

McGrain

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:lol:

This, as a %, is how much support I offer Australia versus the other nations:

vs all nations: 100%

vs England and India: slightly more than that.

:hat
I wish Scotland played test cricket.

Actually, do I fuck, just a series of maulings by countries full of war.
 

DB Cooper

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Most interest today will centre around whether Burns can raise the double ton and play Harris out of being Warner's partner of the future.
 

McGrain

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Burns is out! Played on, what a fucking disaster for the kid. But in a summer where Australians can't make centuries, he's made the daddy century of 180.

So as bad mornings go, that's pretty fucking great.

Now it's all about Patterson who has turned in another lively thirty-something. Needs to convert it, needs to push on.
 

McGrain

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Even better than the hundreds from Burns and Head: hot hand Kurtis Patterson added 114 in his second test to lead Australia to 534/5. Paine timed his deceleration bravely IMO allowing for a reasonable tilt at the Sri Lankans and reducing them to 123/3 and in need of another 350 to stay in touch. It's a big ask from a struggling side sans their best bat.

Also worth noting is that the youngster Will Pucovski who was called up by Australia has been sent home by Australia. The issue is a mental health one. There are some stories fluttering about on Twitter, specifically that the big bad selectors told him he would start and when he didn't, he got sad. There's no way to know if this is true or not but if it is, test cricket definitively is not for Will Pucovski. No shame in it.

On the other hand, the insistence of Australian commentators that some sort of explanation was owed seemed weird. The guy isn't well so he's gone home; leave it alone.


Well done fella.


"I've played that innings in my mind ever since I was a little boy so it was nice to get out there and make it a reality, but more importantly put the team in a position to win another test match."

He speaks well. Not as stupid as he looks. There might be a test cricketer in there somewhere.
 

McGrain

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Dimuth getting shook big time by the admirable Cummins.


I love Cummins and Dimuth, despite getting the full treatment, stretcher, immobiliser, wagon, everything, seems to be OK - an might be back at the crease tomorrow which would be a wonderful thing.

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McGrain

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More BS on TalkSport this morning.

Apparently, Broad's bowling yesterday was "some of the best ever" and on another day he'd have had "six or seven", note that this has been steadily rising in the English media from since yesterday. Despite this fabled spell, somehow better than the spell during which Roach took six or which Chase took eight last week. Furthermore, this is an incredibly difficult pitch to bat on, apparently, with the English set to take to it at some point today - but not really too much gushing over the Windies batting who resisted the incredible Broad and the "Fabled" Jimmy on this impossible-to-bat on pitch.

No fucking wonder those of us who are kinda neutral end up rooting so firmly against them.

That said, trying, again, to be neutral, England have an exciting task ahead of them. If test cricket really is the toughest non-combat sport there is, this is the toughest kind of mission, on an uneven pitch against a doughty opponent who are ahead. Catch-up cricket, catch-up test cricket. So they need to have their wits about them.


Windies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph's mother died late yesterday. It seems like Joseph is actually going to play. That's fucking crazy, he's a brave man, he surely won't bat though. We shall see.

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McGrain

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Dowrich: "We just need to continue what we've been doing. Pitch seems to be offering the bowlers a bit...bounce is a bit inconsistent with a few grassy areas on the pitch. Moisture has caused some divots as well. But we want to put up a big score in the first innings...[wicket keeping] is not such an easy job with one coming through and one staying up...right now our lead is pretty decent and anything over a hundred would be pretty useful...this [performance] is something that has been building for a while. We just have to go out there and perform."

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McGrain

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Bravo has scored an absolutely astonishing 50 of 215 balls, the third slowest in the history of the game, the slowest in the history of the West Indian cricket and I'd argue one of the more important such scores of the decade for that nation.

As I said previously, it's the rock that the innings has been lashed to, it's the type of thing that the Windies absolutely cannot do but he's guided his team to 306 all out and a lead of 119 priceless runs. Beautiful stuff. England will get into bat before lunch - but just before lunch. Awkward, difficult period this. Lots can go wrong in 20 minutes and very little can go right. Huge session :lol:

How many do England need? If they score 240 - which would be exceptional - they've set the Windies a target of 120 - which is very doable. They need to match, really, what the Windies have just produced if they are going to win, I'd say. Or something approaching, anyway.
 
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McGrain

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So much has happened.

Al Joseph has turned in a Buster Douglas level mother-dying performance, what a great, great man, and he's done it all with this weird, sombre, respectful tone, he's not even appealing for LBWs or shit at this point, the slips are doing all that work for him. He just walks in, lets rip with beautiful balls, then walks back to start.

Gabriel, meanwhile, looking like Chisora's slightly more dangerous cousin, is steaming in and letting ripping and offering up the occasional terrifying stare.

Holder, appealing like an absolute Don to get Root out - how he saw the glove brush, I will never know - and bowling as well as I've ever seen.

What it adds up to? England are 75-4, 44 runs behind - and I have this weird feeling there might not be any cricket after lunchtime tomorrow.
 

McGrain

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Holder is the best Captain at calling reviews by 150 miles. Best i've ever seen, doubtless.
 

McGrain

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Absolutely glorious slower ball - with weird, weird bounce - is Holder's fourth wicket. Joseph, whose mother died a few hours ago, takes a beautiful diving catch by Joseph. Not a word for the lad on Sky Sports, or TalkSport - who thought it was someone else taking the catch, having consistenly mis-identified the Windies players throughout the series - have a word for him. Not a word. I can only imagine how hard Sky Sports would be cumming in their pants if an Englishman took a catch to dismiss the opposition and basically win a test a few hours after his mother died. But fuck this black guy. Disgrace.

Windies coming in to knock off the pathetic 14 the English have set them. Worth remembering, for me, that the commentators are a miserable disgrace, and the cricketers are not to be blamed.