This is the best 4th inning win at the W.A.C.A. by the way.
This is the best 4th inning win at the W.A.C.A. by the way.
Yeah, I did. I think he was unlucky there with the lbw appeal on Pathan. Still, he's erratic. He's fast and can naturally swing the ball, but he hasn't displayed that at all in any of the tests thus far.Originally Posted by Tabata
Tait in now - he needs to show some skill.
Pace is useless unless you get the line and length right. Look at how much Lee has improved.
He needs to show anything. He's playing not to get dropped right here.Originally Posted by gdn
I have no faith in either Johnson or Tait.
We need to get Laxman out before the lead gets over 300 runs.
What I don't understand is why they don't have someone at third man and why they're not bowling short, shorter and shortest.
Congratulations to India on a fine win in the third test match. Thoroughly deserved despite the Australian lower order batting out of their socks and making the Indians sweat!
Well, I have to say I'm surprised. Although I did hear that the Aussies got some bad decisions on the last day. Not that they complained or anything.
The fourth test shall be interesting and I think Tait gets dropped.
Congratulations to India, even though we were rubbish, we didn't have Hayden, we didn't pick the right players for the match and the umpires had it out for us...
Final test under way! India's looking good
Australia just got screwed. Dravid was plumb. So if they go on to lose, this umpire should get canned and Australia should threaten to send India home.
That's TWO reprieves! The umpires are cheating.
Terrific 124 n.o. by Sachin Tendulkar. Dare I say a drawn match on the cards given the benign nature of the pitch?
One thing you don't see very often is a wicketkeeper putting down a regulation catch behind the stumps. It happened today when Gilchrist dropped Laxman with one of the most straightforward catches you will ever see. Richie Benaud, as usual, sorted out where Gilchrist had gone wrong: he simply forgot to move his feet! Poor Brett Lee looked as if someone had killed his dog, such was his horror at being deprived of another test scalp.
I think it's certainly possible.
I take it someone's hidden the "optimism pills", gdn? Not like you to sit on the fence, particularly as your team gained such a spectacular win in Perth.Originally Posted by gdn
HahaOriginally Posted by Nashwan
I think a result is certainly possible, but the Indians didn't push the issue and should have ended the day on a higher score.
Oh my god, we've looked like India in the field! ................house that is!
When should India declare?
Right now would be nice , but I think they'll get bowled out before they declare imo.Originally Posted by gdn
Yeah, it's looking more like it.
These two have made it a habit of hanging on.
Doesn't help when you drop one of them first ball.Originally Posted by gdn
Why are they wearing the black armband?
Who are you talking about, gdn?Originally Posted by gdn
Got the answer from cricinfo. The NSW players are wearing black armbands because their physio's grandmum died.Originally Posted by Tabata
Thanks, by the way lunch is 16 minutes away.Originally Posted by gdn
It will be sad if they don't get a wicket before lunch.Originally Posted by Tabata
"pathetic" would be a better word to use imo.Originally Posted by gdn
Can't figure out for the life of me why Ponting won't put in a third slip.
I'll be back after lunch in a hour of so, maybe more, gdn! But it's not like I'll be missing much!
well, the links died, so I can't watch it anymore. I'll be following on cricinfo, though.
Ouch, gdn.Originally Posted by gdn
I was going to post something about the session, but since tea just start, I'll leave it and try to forget about it. If I was them I'd declare now.
I do have one thing to say though, if we're this rubbish when we tour them, then they're gonna kill us over there.
5 overs to go until stumps... come on boys, hold out!
Great work Haydos & Pro! Thank god for that! Just what we needed after two days of nonsense Cricket by us in the field and with the ball. Now, just bat until lunch on the 4th day and this match is over, and we've won the series. Hopefully one of these guys can go on with it tomorrow and make a ton.
Originally Posted by gdnJust saw these just now, gdn.Originally Posted by gdn
I think India went on too long.
I must admit that when I joined the action at 5.30 a.m. this morning, I was very surprised to see the Indians still batting. Trying to get Anil Kumble a relatively meaningless century? The pundits reckon the pitch will be at its best tomorrow so Australia will be looking to put a huge total on the board.Originally Posted by gdn
I tell you what, gdn, no matter what happens now, the Indians can congratulate themselves on having made such a good fist of the series. I think that this has been the best series to watch for a few years now, mainly I suppose because there are so few sides capable of giving the Aussies a decent game.
I agree Nash. Job well done and certainly an entertaining series to boot. Although, it really could have gone the other way had the Aussies restricted India to a lead of just about 330 in that third test.
The balls in India's court here. They're the ones who have to push a result, and the pitch is giving them nothing. Also it looks like one of their bowlers is out for the whole game. Draw on the way it looks.
And Jaques just gave his wicket away.
Hayden gets his 30th Test century!! Now go on with it.
Nice send off by Sharma. Always playing in the "right spirit of the game" it seams.
That must be one of the most turgid day's batting from an Aussie side for a long time. Once Hayden got out out, batting seemed to become very hard work. Congratulations to "Punter" on another test 50 but, hell, I had trouble staying awake during the course of it!! I would say a drawn match is almost a certainty.
Gilchrist announced his retirement from Cricket after todays play. I still remember his first Test match for Australia. Couldn't have asked for a wicketkeeper batsman. Class on and off the field. He will be missed. Hopefully he can go out with a top class innings tomorrow.
This guy changed the face of wicketkeeping - terrific bloke from all accounts and a tremendous cricketer. I look forward to him joining channel nine in the near future after his performance in the 20/20 game where he commentated live whilst playing!Originally Posted by Tabata
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Jesus! How many ex-Australian cricketers do you want on Channel 9? There's already Ian Healy, Mark Taylor, Michael Slater, Bill Lawry, Richie Benaud, Ian Chappell and probably 100 others whose names I've probably forgotten. Gilchrist's shoes, along with those of Shane Warne, are going to be mighty hard to fill and this could leave a nice hole in the Aussie line-up for teams to exploit.Originally Posted by Blokee
Oh India. What a waste of a day's play. Not forcing the issue at all and letting Australia get back on top. Now, if the Aussies can score quickly by lunch and get India back in before the end of the day, maybe we might get a sniff of a result, but that's highly unlikely.
As for Gilchrist, truly a great wicketkeeper. It will be a loss to cricket to see him go. But does Australia have a replacement for him? Who will step into his shoes in tests? Haddin?
If Clarke hadn't had dropped Sehwag on 2, then I'd have given this match a shot at getting a result, but I don't think so now.
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