Newlands Wicket rain……

One for the History!

SouthAfrica Vs Australia,1st Test,Newlands

The Australia Tour Of South Africa is notably one of a eye-ball turner but to the misery of everyone it was rather a shorter one and too much of people were shouting angrily about the shortened series and the players from both the teams had some disappointments regarding the shortened series . But, the teams proved how short can be exiting by playing one of the freakiest days in test cricket . “4innings played in a single day (2nd day)” this says it all isn’t it… Ok, lets see a further more shortened version of the test(may be my tribute).

Day 1 – Ponting sloppy , Pup classy , Steyn Fiery

Day 2 – Watson’s five , Proteas nose dive , Philander’s five , Aussies deeper dive , Amla and Smith thrive

Day 3 – Amla and Smith cut loose , Proteas Cruize

Day 4 – Saturday

Day 5 – Sunday

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Another Oz mishap – Hussey is needed again

Flying high!

3rd test,Australia Vs England,Perth,Day1

Today, The Aussies are having a day where Ponting had nothing to go his way. As i expected Beer was not selected in the playing XI and Aussies are now being criticized for dropping Beer . The Aussies have made huge amount of changes as it seems to me like seeing a new Aussie team.Huges replacing katich,Mitch replacing bolinger,hilfenhaus in place of doherty,smith in for north. Meanwhile,England had just one change of Tremlett in for injured Broad. Even though Aussie’s have a nearly new team but kinda of repeated the Adelaide freakishness here as well.

Today,Ponting lost the toss and was asked to bat in a placid seaming wicket ,Ponting surprisingly accepted that he would also be bowling. Then came Tremlett and Anderson to start their spell and immediately spelt trouble as Hughes who was making a comeback actually soon wentback with the scoreline being 2/1 ,Ponting then came and went without much of a challenge, Clarke followed soon with yet another first innings failure,Watson ass i expected could not score a fifty this time around.Now, Hussey and Smith are trying to save some pride with the score @ 65/4 @ lunch.

About the English bowlers, Tremlett sizzled cleaning up hughes and made Clarke to nick one to the keeper and a due credit has to be given to collingwood for taking one stunner of a catch when ponting nicked one towards the slips of Anderson. Then Finn joined the party with an superb delivery getting watson’s toe in front ,Watson made an referral thinking UDRS would save him again. but finn was too good to hit him exactly in line. The game in Oz point of view is in a sorry state of affairs and in Barmy Army’s view “Just Great”.

Trouble Ahead of Oz – Swann Spins it!

It is called sending them to all parts of the ground

2nd test,Australia Vs England,Adelaide,Day4

The 4th day, at last has some heat in the air as the match is heating up for a finish as England declared their innings @ 620/5 leading by 375 with KP signing off @ 227

The start of the day was as expected the English came with a fire or get fired attitude and they improved their lead and declared. Then came the Aussies into bat and they had a promising opening stand with katich seemingly having a niggle and could not run good between the wickets and @ lunch the scoreboard read 78/0. Swann was already in good rhythm and was hitting rough frequently and the much deserved wicket for swann di come as katich departed and soon enough the ever willy ponting left soon(will he be in the next match line up now?).

The ‘PUP’ clarke looks confident and ever in form watson seems to be providing some form of resistence to Englands quest towards leading the Ashes 1-0. @9.13 IST the score is 120/2 trailing by 225

Here’s Watson scoring yet another 50,Then Drinks