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nick

Can't wait! I'd forgotten about Instant and Punter as well - he may not get it off the square this series. Maybe he can work up some confidence against high quality spin by batting against White and Cokehead in the nets?

Tony T

Been wondering about Instant. Last summer he was bowling as well as any quick I've seen in the last ten years. In particular, those spell he bowled to Ponting were unbelievable.

But I haven't heard much since. Is he still zooming them around?

nick

He seems to have bowled well - took wickets, good economy - in the recent Test series against SL, but was overshadowed by Mendis and V Slog in the headlines.

Francis Xavier Holden

As part of my ongoing effort to become more of a real australian male can you "please explain" what is a "one bounce catch" and why it might be cheating?

I thought cricket had umpires who decided things like in or out or tippety run - how can you cheat at catching?

Tony T

V-Slog must have had some sort of vision splendid. Since he came back into the Test team in Perth, he seems to have taken up as India's official piss-taker.

Tony T

FX, it's not cheating in your back yard, but it IS cheating in a Test match. This discrepancy appears to have confused Test players.

SaggyGreen

Yeah, the kid can bowl. Being an Indian quick though, chances are he'll be injured very soon.

Tony T

Or he will fall into the infinitely more treacherous clutches of a Bollywood femme-fatale.

Tony T

The squads:

IndiaA Kumble, S Badrinath, MS Dhoni, R Dravid, G Gambhir, SC Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh, Z Khan, VVS Laxman, A Mishra, MM Patel, V Sehwag, I Sharma, RP Singh, SR Tendulkar

AustraliaRT Ponting, DE Bollinger, SR Clark, MJ Clarke, BJ Haddin, ML Hayden, MEK Hussey, PA Jaques, MG Johnson, SM Katich, JJ Krejza, B Lee, PM Siddle, SR Watson, CL White

Suggestion: Straya play butter-fingers Katich, so India have to play Party Patel. It's only fair.

Tony T

Good! Punter wins the one-up... I mean, toss. Bats.

nick

Winning the toss and batting - at least Punter hasn't stuffed that up. Hopefully we won't see White bowling tonight...

Tony T

I had forgotten that when Straya won the first Indian Test in 2001, Waugh won the toss and sent India in.

I had also forgotten that Tony Grieg seemed to be commenting the whole time.

Tony T

The teams:

Australia1 Matthew Hayden, 2 Simon Katich, 3 Ricky Ponting, 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Michael Hussey, 6 Shane Watson, 7 Brad Haddin, 8 Cameron White, 9 Brett Lee, 10 Mitchell Johnson, 11 Stuart Clark.

India1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Virender Sehwag, 3 Rahul Dravid, 4 Sachin Tendulkar, 5 Sourav Ganguly, 6 VVS Laxman, 7 Mahendra Singh Dhoni, 8 Anil Kumble, 9 Harbhajan Singh, 10 Zaheer Khan, 11 Ishant Sharma.

Is that Straya's deepest ever batting line-up? On paper, anyway.

Tony T

Or is it Sorth Efrican lite, with too may all-rounders and the proper batting gone after Hussey?

nick

It's definitely a Yarp quality spin attack.

Tony T

That's for sure. But hopefully, if the plan goes according to... errr, plan, the quicks will go into containment mode like 2004.

Tony T

Flatty gone for a duck.

Good start.

Russ

Not our deepest ever, some of those teams in the 50s were pretty much all all-rounders.

It always looks nice on a selection sheet, when you've got seven blokes worth tossing the pill to if you need it. Pity most of them are crap, forcing Ponting to panic and bowl Lee and Clark into the ground.

Not that I'm disputing White's selection over Krejza, if nothing else he keeps Katich away from the slips.

Russ

Ponting is a mess against Sharma right now, prodding at balls, leaving when he shouldn't, trying to pull balls that aren't there. Not good.

Adsy

White's selection is fair enough because he's a great slipper, is not a bad bat if he gets in and will take as many wickets as Krazy (which probably won't be many - any more than 4 out of 20 for the Test would be excellent)

I just hope he goes well on his own terms because until he or anyone else does the public will forever be comparing the spinners to the Warne era which is crap.

nick

I wonder whether the plan is to batter the Indian spinners into submission with Watson, Haddin, and White/Krejza...much like Yuvraj hit Krejza out of the attack in the warm up game. Roy was successful in doing this last year - and I'm sure he would be doing it again this year - if he wasn't earning the better part of 150k fishing and drinking.

Tony T

So, what happened? I'm sitting here at work writing a book of notes for Basslink, while following the croquet on CroquetInfo.

1/75 at lunch after 1/0 in the first over with Ponting batting like a crab (Is he still batting like a crab?) seems pretty solid.

Tony T

23rd over: "These two are looking comfortable on a track suited for batting."

Correct?

Tony T

And now I notice that Hayden was "incorrectly given out". Haven't seen it, but I'm assuming the Indians would NOT have appealed. Right?

Big Ramifications

And now I notice that Hayden was "incorrectly given out". Haven't seen it, but I'm assuming the Indians would NOT have appealed. Right?

I work with a sport mad Indian fella and he's always shooting his mouth off about things, sport and non-sport, and whenever he turns out to be wrong, or if he acts hypocritically and it's pointed out to him he acts all belligerent and chucks the sads.

It is a *most* annoying character trait. Not saying all Indians are like that no no no that would be racist.

The stumps in the middle picture are not vertically square.

Russ

I'm watching online (TVU, channel 30325). Whoever is streaming it is an arse though, it chews so much bandwidth the signal is choppy. Also I skipped the end of the session to watch the Daily Show.

Ponting wasn't so much batting like a crab as uncertain and erratic. He pulled his head together after drinks (and a bowling change), but Sharma seems to worry him for some reason.

Hayden's was close enough to the edge, with a noise. The sudden late swing as it reached Dhoni should have made the umpire wonder - deflected balls don't generally swing.

The track is playing up and down, swung a little early, but not really spinning to date, which is good for Australia, really. I'd say the sort of pitch you need to take advantage of a start. Again, suits the team with the longest batting lineup.

Can't complain at lunch.

Tony T

Thanks a billion, Glenn Mitchell: "Not much happening for India." Katich out.

Tony T

Mahendra Singh Coward is in vintage form, too: "India, the land of spiritual happenings, 1000 Gods, spiritual incarnations, Marangolies(sic)."

A willfully descriptive account of the Bangalore skyline can only be moments away.

Bruce

PUNTER!!! Well played sir!

m0nty

Haydos got stiffed. Nowhere near it.

Fair few elbee appeals, many of which involved no shot from the batsman leaning forward and looked reasonably adjacent line-wise, but the umps quite rightly assumed high bounce on the first day, variability of said bounce notwithstanding. Though inevitably this will lead to whinging when balls keep low later on and elbees that look roughly similar are given.

Punter's reaction on the ton was instructive. Obviously learnt the lesson from last time that you don't blow kisses to the wife (or new bub), instead preferring a rather belligerent stick-it-up-em gesture and angry facial contortions.

Still very early doors.

m0nty

Although on second thought maybe that was a tribute to the little tyke, Ricky did look like he was teething.

Vindicate

Damn I love this red button business where I get to piss off the commentary and have effects only, should be interesting listening come the aussie fielding session if things get a bit heated out there.

Bruce

Fark me! They choose that LBW shout to raise the finger. That was nothing more than a guess.

Russ

Decisions are balancing out, Punter probably unlucky to be lbw, but maybe lucky not to be caught earlier. Different kind of knock from him, very circumspect early, leaving a lot, but determined to survive and eventually score.

Clarke is a loss. The day has ended about even when we were well ahead with an hour to go. If the lower-middle order plays well, we are well positioned, if not then I'm very worried. We need 450 at least and that's a long way off.

Samir Chopra

Anything over 375 will be a good 'un. India do have to bat last.

nick

Oz need 500+. I don't think batting last against White, Kat, Clarke and the quicks is going to worry the Indians.

m0nty

This match has got draw written all over it. I can't see White scything through the Indians on day 5.

SaggyGreen

Anybody else notice Sehwag's fine, svelte new form?

More Patio Slog than Verandah these days...

Adsy

At least I'm now fully aware that Lord Ganesha is the so-called "remover of obstacles". I've been told by Mike Coward... repeatedly.

Is he ABC's version of the Channel 9 postcards from overseas when nothing much is happening out on the field?

And do you reckon ABC radio could organise a telly so they can get a replay of decisions? A couple of LBW's and especially Punters half volley cheatingly claimed by the cheating injuns/scooped straightforward catch took about 10 minutes before we got a definitive answer either way.

Oh crap, Paper Cut's out too. Now his body is in order, he can't bat for shit.

Tony T

A few points based on the highlights of the first session and a half which I watched before work this morning.

1. Ponting now has consecutive centuries against India.

2. Ponting was probably advantaged by getting in early.

3. Flatty was definitely not out. My instincts are good in real-time dismissals and it never looked out. Russ, as usual, makes a good observation about the ball swinging after it passed the bat. And I'm pretty sure Dhoni Kebab didn't think it was out, either. His was your typical speculative appeal more in hope than conviction.

4. There was an appeal for a Katich run-out where Rauf Mauf referred it to the Third despite Kat's bat being behing the stumps.

5. There was a ball that bounced off Kat's pad/glove but despite bing a bit of a lob it still landed a long way in front of the short leg who was either asleep on his heels or way too far back.

6. There's been too much talk about the so-called slow batting. Spanky makes the point today that "it was proper Test cricket." Spot on. After a few years of slog-a-thons against shit attacks, it looks like the bowlers have gotten better and the batsmen, especially the Aussies, have decided to get their heads down and bat properly. There have been way too may hollow runs against pie-chuckers and it's good to see batsmen applying themselves to the art.

7. Kumble appeals a lot - too much, if you ask me - but Kat was lucky on 94.

8. Losing a couple of wickets in the last hour is unfortunate, but it's still pretty common in Tests. And four-for at stumps is pretty solid stuff.

m0nty

I would be happy with 450, but want 500 to be sure of not losing. If we can reach 500 after tea then we slog to give ourselves a good half-hour of ankle-exploders before stumps.

Watson was shockingly late on his dismissal. Hope those fish aren't biting for Roy.

Tony T

5/333 at lunch is good, but plenty more needed.

Plenty of good judges rave about Paper Cut Watson's batting, but, and I won't be telling anyone anything they don't already know, Test cricket is a far-sight tougher than Hit & Giggle, Slather & Whack, Sightscreen Fruit or the Puras Shield.

m0nty

If they bat White ahead of Lee in future they need their heads read.

Tony T

Punjab Q. Coward has found time among his zesty descriptions of Indian life to make some good points about cricket. One of these related to Haddin not quite being used to the rhythms of batting in a Test. I reckon the same could apply to White. That depends, of course, on White being there long enough.

Russ

400, slow but steady. A bit like the pitch. A result is still likely I think, and the game is well balanced, maybe slightly in Australia's favour. The next innings is the one though. The big unknowns are the form of India's big-4 and Australia's bowling, rather than the other way around.

Fair play to Hussey too. Very good knock, as always.

Tony T

A text arrives from my brother: "Hussey is the best 'grit' player I've seen. Better than S Waugh." Hard to argue. We would have won the 2005 Ashes had he been picked and not been sent home post one-dayers.

Tony T

430... I'll take it.

Now it's up to the quicks to put the brakes on the Injuns.

Samir Chopra

430 is a bit of an escape. As I suspected last night, Hussey made India pay. An Indian win looks unlikely from here; but they could be made to sweat. Barring some sort of Sehwag miracle, I suppose.

Russ

Agreed Samir, India are still very negative in pursuing the victory when they get an edge... F**k. Clarke should have had Sehwag runout then. You shouldn't miss from there... there isn't much in this pitch for the bowlers though, they'll need to tough it out for 4 or 5 sessions at least. I'd take any sort of lead.

Samir Chopra

Yup, fair amount of work here for the quicks. And Ponting has to restrict his tendency to let the game drift at times by overbowling or underbowling someone (or become overly defensive in field placings).

Tony T

Wonder what will happen with Stuey Clark. He was slightly off-speed last summer and needs the pitch to offer a little life. He suffered from a dead pitch in Bangerland in 2006.

Vindicate

I dunno Tony, he seems to be looking pretty good so far - Gambhir has gone fishing but hasn't caught an edge so far, see what this over produces.

Aus are looking pretty pedestrian in the field too, rusty or complacent?

m0nty

The BCCI must be pissing themselves laughing at how slow this is compared to the vingt/zwanzig cricket. Not a great advertisement to the kiddies.

Samir Chopra

Shouldn't that be zwanzig/zwanzig?

m0nty

It's a French cut.

pat

People, people, how good are we?! The best line up that India has had to offer for 2 score or more against a tail comprised of Pup, Paper Cut, Braddin, some fella named White then in come the ferrets. FFS, we still got a score of 430! In India!!

If the team talents were reversed on paper, the media would be slating us. This is the worst team I have ever seen represent Oz going back to the days of Toohey and Darling, and those who know, know what I mean. Are you with me here?

Fucking fantastic effort from Oz. Beyond all scope, especially given that DoS was out for blot and Pup did his usual at stumps. Are we still in this game. My God...yes we are. Could be a draw as the rain comes a tumbling down.

Punter is easily, by far and away the best batsman Captain I have ever seen. He's taken shit for clay and made it gold.

Two days done and India trail by 362 runs. If I could have got odds for that at the start of play I'd have chucked all my shares in Lehman brothers on it plus my stake in the Bank of Iceland.

I'm throwing in all my lot in Macquarie Bank that Oz take a lead on 1st Innings. If India don't take a lead they aren't 3rd world, they're turd world. Tellin like it is.

Tony T

It's Venti20. Italians love Quicket.


When Shameless Hussey got his ton, Matchell called it a Chinese Drive. A Chinese Something, anyway.


Samir, is this an Indian saying? "Strange thing this, there is bright sunshine out there, but it's pouring at the same time. Not an original comment, but jackals must be getting married somewhere." I like it. I'm going to use it. It was on the CricInfo commentary but I couldn't find Mysore Mike Coward to ask him.

Tony T

I remember when Peter Toohey made 80-odd at the WACA against India in 1977. Bobby Simpson made 170-something, Tony Mann made a nightwatchman-like 100, Sam Gannon got a bag, and we won by 2 wickets chasing about 350.

Samir Chopra

Tony, yes, it really should be "a fox's wedding". By the way, this one is quite trans-cultural; I've seen variations of it elsewhere, most notably in Kurosawa's "Dreams".

Check out these links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshower

and

http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/584329.html

Cheers

pat

Samir, I've never liked Kurosawa since he ripped off the Magnificent Seven. That sort of plagiarism just grates. It was better said by Wim Wenders Dying Man: "The Far East. The Great North. The Wild West. The Great Bear Lake. Tristan da Cunha. The Mississippi Delta. Stromboli. The old houses of Charlottenburg. Albert Camus. The morning light. The child's eyes. The swim in the waterfall. The spots of the first drops of rain...The worst ever Oz team touring India take a lead of 362, stumps day 2..."

Tones, yes, I'm joining hands channeling the spirit of '77. So is the media who "can’t seem to face up to the facts".

m0nty

Nice cultural reference Samir.

The Bhaggies have got about seven samurai doing the business in a professional manner befitting the Green, but the others are playing like stray dogs. Or stray jackals. First we have to crack the hidden fortress of the opening pair. Here's hoping we can induce some rash (oh mon) shots tomorrow, so Glen Mitchell can shout at his colleague: "Yo, Jimbo!"

pat

Results of the 5th Test, India in Oz '77: 3 Decades.

All good things come in threes.

Samir Chopra

If the spirit of 77 results in a 2-2 series, I'm all for it. I remember that fifth test for the trick my uncles played on me. They taped the end of the match (as India lost) and then replayed it for me, telling me the umpires had called back one of the Indian tail. Gee, I was young and gullible then. Or perhaps just slow.

Pat: genius lies in imitation, what?

Monty: Unless Sehwag mounts the throne of blood.

pat

Homer, Aeschylus, von Eschenbach,Marlowe, Shakespeare, Kurosawa, Sturges, Palahniuk. All genius imitators.

Simpson = Ponting, Yallop = Hayden, Lee = Thomson, who's the rest?

Russ

Was I the only one sending a little thankyou skywards when the rain set in. That was an insipid effort in the last hour of play, negating whatever gains we made by fighting our way to 430. The fielding was getting sloppy, the attitude negative, and the bowling uninspired and ill-disciplined (unlike India earlier who were excellent across both days).

Gambhir and Sehwag were admirably assertive from the first over and were looking ridiculously comfortable by the end of the day. Tomorrow is a new day, but if it is anything like this evening we are going to get flogged.

John in Mandurah

Been watching on Foxtel. What the hell has Mark Waugh got on his head? Very like a small furry creature I once drove over ... Can't be real, surely?

Brett Pee

I didn't fully expect us to rack up 430 mate, a great well done to 'Iron' Mike Hussey who has ironed out a couple of flaws in his technique and looks all the better for it, very disciplined.

BUT and it's a big but, i'm VERY worried about our bowling. Johnson is bowling pies and looks very ordinary. Sehwag will feast, as all good park players feed, on pies.....

Samir Chopra

Pat: Mann=Haddin, Toohey=Clarke is all I can come up with for the moment.

I'd add Bach and all of the wigger rock-n-roll-blues lads of the 60s as genius imitators.

Sehwag has finally lost some weight. No pies please.

Professor Rosseforp

I've been listening to a bit of the ABC cricket commentary. So frequent are the references to the "great character" of various players, how "well loved" they are in India, "engaged in charity work" all over the world, "splendid fellows", "great sportsmen", "popular singer and designer of underwear", "great mentor to the younger players, a role willingly undertaken" etc, that I'm beginning to suspect that Cricket Australia has engaged a PR consultant who has issued a set of phrases and hagiographies of the various players. Obviously the aim is to gloss over the Australo-Indian unpleasantness of yore, and avoid rugby league rape situations, and VFL wall-as-lavatory experiments -- but it's actually getting difficult to find out the score amongst all the saintly white noise.

Tony T

Couldn't have said it better myself, Prof. I've had pretty much all my coverage via the radio and they have been obsessed with all things Indian. It's a travelogue, not a cricket coverage. A fulsome discussion on Ganesh v Shiva can only be consecutive maidens away.

But it could be worse: Neville, Oliver.

Although, to be fair to Spanky and Mysore Mike, they've made some sound observations. Matchell has been pretty much standard OPERATING!!!! procedure.

I was also mighty relieved it rained. My brother texted me "If it's 0/50 at stumps, worry." Now it's 0/68. There was even the odd moment where I wondered about the benefits of a day lost to rain. Driving home I was doing run-rate calcs in my head, wondering if India would be in a winning position at stumps tonight based on the way we bowled in the last hour. At least we didn't drop any catches, although Braddin could have been closer up for that snick. Wonder who's going to be the first fieldsman to claim a dodgy catch. And catching - I'm dreading we start putting down sitters like last summer. If someone drops V-Slog first up this arvo, I'll have a fit. We just can't afford any largesse now that there's no McGrath and Warne. In fact, McGrath is precisely the sort of bowler who would have snagged a "pole" last night.

There's been a lot of talk about "containment" and bowling "in the right areas", as they did in 2004. That was alright for 2004, but what it the Injuns have refined their games since then. Verandah might be a slogger, but he also played some deft dabs. Could it be India have a counter plan to our 2004 plan?

Jeez, Instant is a good bowler. He is only a bee's away from being the best quick in the world. Or am I putting too much on him?

And am I mistaken, or have the roles been reversed? The way India bowled then batted reminded me very much of the way Straya used go about it two or three years ago. And we seemed to bat then bowl like sides did when they played Straya. At least we ground it out. Like you do against good bowling.

Last night's break couldn't come a moment too soon. At least Hussey has acknowledged in today's papers that we need to knuckle down. If it keeps going like it did last night, we are cactus... sorry, lotus.

Samir Chopra

Verandah ain't no slogger. Sloggers don't get two triple tons and two double tons, and several 150s. If that was the case, Afridi would have them too. Or several other sloggers that all of us could name.

Samir Chopra

I'm a little worried that Ishant is going to be wasted in one-days and IPL and all that shite. Save him for the tests.

pat

And the talk about Ganesh comes across as extremely patronising. He is a deity after all and I know they wouldn't talk about Allah on a tour of Pakistan in such a condescending way.

It's very much like Spanky's constant chatter about "Mr Subramanian". We hear he's got no shoes on, he's got a 54 hour train trip to Chandigarh, "how many trains is that Mr Subramanian?". "Where will you sit Mr Subramanian?". Mr Subramanian is Madge Allsop to Spanky's Dame Edna Everage. It comes across as quite demeaning.

pat

I took a look at that '77 Test in Perth and am gobsmacked that Oz could have competed, let alone win.

Names like Serjeant, Ogilvie, Mann, Clark and Gannon all in the 'where are they now' 'who were they then' category.

That we are still in this game is just as astounding. India should steamroll us, at least that's what the form guide says. It's a real test of Oz character allright.

Samir Chopra

Methinks youse all are talking down the Aussies too much. Way more talent and experience in this outfit compared to the 1977 outfit.

Samir Chopra

Batman gone, plumb. Groan.

Tony T

Why do you call him Batman? Does he live in a mansion on top of a cave?

What was that I said about Braddin being too far back?

Verandah ain't no slogger. Sloggers don't get two triple tons and two double tons, and several 150s.

I didn't say he was a bad slogger.

Samir Chopra

Gautham. Gotham.

m0nty

Verandah can't argue with that catch. Tell your story walking, memsahib.

Tony T

Gotcha.

That would make his opening partner, V-Slog, his ward.

Gotcha, too, V-Slog. Catch, Flatty.

pat

"There's no doubt about the legitimacy of Hayden's catch." This is important to know. Every catch must have the imprimatur of Lord Coward and the Duchess of Spanky.

Samir Chopra

Ah, bugger. Viru gone. Right, I'm off to bed. Time to get a little shuteye before trying to catch some of the post-tea session in the early AM.

nick

'Johnson's a wicket taker'. 'Bullsh*t', I thought. Shows what I know...

m0nty

Silly, silly Verandah. Out slogging at a pie. If this was the Windies they'd all be talking about drowning in honey, mon. In this case I think Johnson is drowning the Injuns in tomato sauce.

m0nty

That was rather limp by Sachin. At least Cameron White can tell his grandkids he did something in his one and only Test.

Tony T

Mont, did you see today's McArdle?

Selectors putting on their best spin

The choice of Cameron White might yet be the best solution to the spin problems.

m0nty

Wow, Johnson the destroyer. Doing it all with change of pace. I would credit Punter with most of that, though - notwithstanding that Hussey reacted gleefully enough for the Tendulkar dismissal that it makes me think he was part of the plotting.

Do cricket sides have leadership groups these days? Or is that just called "the batsmen"?

m0nty

Tony, McArdle tried valiantly to justify White's selection as any hometown scribe has to do, but you only have to look at Cam's current bowling analysis of 0-0-0-0 in the 36th over to tell you all you need to know.

His argument mostly seemed to consist of saying MacGill was crap, a position which I am fully in support of but I fail to see the connection. Comparing White to Roy was going a bit far.

m0nty

Geez, now even Watson's getting a pole, iffy though the decision may have been. Good toss to win.

m0nty

And Clarke joins the party. Dhoni done like a macaroni dinner.

Tony T

Go, Clarkey! Matchell, or Mysore Mike, I can't remember, called it a bonus wicket. But Clarke get's too many wickets for them to be classified as such.

Mont, I still reckon McArdle is onto something. White is the best of an ordinary bunch after the retirements of Warne, SCG and the Tongue, and the injury to Nyce Bryce. And what he's written in the past is too pragmatic to be dismissed as state parochialism. And and, White is one of those "cricketers" - you know, the sort of bloke who can bat, bowl, field, catch and influence procedings - who could well develop into a gun international player.

As another Monty might put it: "I like the cut of his jib."

Brett Pee

Clarky is a very underrated spinner, but perhaps he is the best we have got. Ganguly worries me, he is like a crab, gotta get him out soon.

m0nty

On Aunty earlier, YoJimbo was talking about how the true definition of a Test all-rounder is that he would qualify for selection in both disciplines on their own, and the last to do this was in the Kapil Dev era (Gilchrist being the exception). Apart from anything else, he was thusly shafting some quite worthy candidates in Flintoff, Kallis and even the ranga Shaun Pollock. White, to get back to the point, is the sort of all-rounder who is not quite of Test standard in any discipline.

Tony, I admire your passion and dedication. Your courage, as Humphrey from Yes Minister would have put it. However, you're starting to get into "grit" territory. Next you'll be comparing him to David Eckstein.

pat

Unbelievable day for Oz so far. Not sure that Coward has any validity to his statement that Indian morale dropped with Slog's wicket. If he's right then that is a plainly ridiculous attitude for this Indian team.

Amazing effort from Oz. One more session though. I note that QLD after hammering Tasmania were 6/16 in the 2nd innings. Just making the point, anti-mozz, anything could happen yet before stumps.

Adsy

Have you seen the scores in the QLD V TAS shield match? QLD was 4/10 then 8/80 in first dig, somehow made 230 odd. TAS all out today for 106. QLD now 6/20! Up by 150 with a day to play.

Needless to say Roy didn't make much either hit.

Brett Pee

Shit- we have to isolate Ganguly and knock over the rabbits at the other end- and i include that arch Clown Harbajhan in that, this fool does not know one end of a bat from the other. Get Bretty Boy on to knock his flamin' head off.

m0nty

Gangoogly has NFI how to bat with the tail. Single off the first ball of the over, nice one Bengali Bradman.

Brett Pee

Bengali Bradman my Fishes eye. Come on Aussie.

m0nty

Ah, and now White delivers a nice hip-n-shoulder to Gangles. Could be in trouble with the MRP, but it goes down as a 1%er so it will be good for his Supercoach score.

Brett Pee

Harba is beginning to annoy me now. Brett is the bloke to dismiss this joke.

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