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16 Mar 22 11:12
Date Joined: 04 Feb 21
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This has wound up being an excellent match.

Still somewhat in the balance into the final session...
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Report Aptdemon March 16, 2022 10:41 AM GMT
Pakistan backed in from 300 to 8.0 this morning Crazy
Report Aptdemon March 24, 2022 10:44 AM GMT
Somewhat bold declaration by Australia in this third test - going for the win.

England set WI 280odd in ~60. Australia 351 in 121 (against a much better batting lineup).
Report Aptdemon March 24, 2022 11:32 AM GMT
Pakistan in to sub 4.0, from healthy chunks matched north of 50.0.
Report brentford March 24, 2022 12:14 PM GMT
didn't really understand why Oz didn't get on with it a bit sooner and set a tougher ask...carrot dangling always referenced but a very generous dec by modern standards and out of sync with the grind of the series.
Report Aptdemon March 24, 2022 12:31 PM GMT
Missed you on the Windies threads, b - became something of an echo chamber Plain

This could be a superb final day tomorrow...
Report brentford March 24, 2022 12:33 PM GMT
very kind...but realised I was spending too much time reading and posting and not enough concentrating on what I was supposed to be doing Grin

hope you're well anyway and as you say nicely set up...
Report Aptdemon March 25, 2022 9:51 AM GMT
No surprise Smith wants to go for the one he holds onto Devil
Report Aptdemon March 25, 2022 9:51 AM GMT
Definitely out, but he's not to know that.
Report Whisperingdeath March 25, 2022 9:55 AM GMT

This could be quite exciting.
Report Whisperingdeath March 25, 2022 11:28 AM GMT
Sadly inevitable finish but with hindsight shows what great foresight Cummins showed with his declaration.

Sadly Babar didn’t hang around long enough to put the Aussie bowlers under pressure. If that target just fell below 100 we would all have been in for a treat.
Report Aptdemon March 25, 2022 11:33 AM GMT
Perhaps easy to be said when your bowling includes Cummins, Starc & Lyon but...

Thinking about winning, rather than thinking about losing, when making a declaration is paramount.

In fact, thinking about winning is probably half the battle.
Report Aptdemon March 25, 2022 11:36 AM GMT
There's some stat (that I'm going to recreate by making up the numbers here..) along the lines of:

World Cup penalty shootouts throughout history...

The guy that strides up to take the penalty to win the tie scores ~95%

The guy that strides up to take the penalty to not lose scores ~37%
Report Aptdemon March 25, 2022 11:37 AM GMT
Boils so much of life down for me, that.

Think about success, succeed. Think about failure, fail.
Report Aptdemon March 25, 2022 11:39 AM GMT
Right, enough of my drivel...

Over to England's bowlers in a couple of hours after a sunny walk up some small hills.
Report Whisperingdeath March 25, 2022 3:42 PM GMT
Good point ( not about the drivel! )

Positive vibration yeah
Live as you want to live

Jah loveLaugh
Report Try My Best March 26, 2022 5:49 PM GMT
Another professional performance from Captain Cummins and the boys. How test match cricket should be played with a great declaration from the skipper.
Report brentford March 26, 2022 8:50 PM GMT
felt as though he bowed to media pressure over his previous decs or lack of to me (was trying to remember the last time I'd seen a team bat in to day 3 without weather at Karachi) ...but all is well that ends well..and was a very decent effort from Oz in other respects through the series..

not sure why Pak weren't over preparing pitches and subjecting Australia to trial by spin from early in the game but maybe the tv and sponsor money dictated a long series and some of the reverse swing spells from Australia were of the highest order you could wish to see (mention to the Pak youngster Naseem on that front)..
Report Try My Best March 26, 2022 9:06 PM GMT
You could be right about that. I must admit I would have batted on for longer. Cummins has really fitted well into the role as captain and his bowling performances have been top drawer. Comes across as a top guy too. Right to mention young Naseem. He looks a fine prospect.
Report detraveller March 27, 2022 10:18 AM BST
That was a brave declaration no doubt. But they proved it was enough.

I was reading that Ramiz Raja introduced drop in pitches as soon as he was made chairman(or president whatever their rank is). I don't know how hard it is to deal with drop in pitches but it seems the Pakistanis got something wrong handling the pitch rather than making dull pitches on purpose.
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