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Soups

Can't wait til 10pm WST for the first ball. How many Sandgropers will be in the team?

Hangover Black

One less than there should be.

Carrot

Argh, can't get crictime to work - they're still got old links up. Does anyone know of any alternatives?

Carrot

Re: West Indian spinners, when was the last time we faced a leggie, I wonder?

I really liked the look of Bishoo when he first came onto the scene. I thought he was unlucky to be dropped (maybe an internal thing, they're big on that sort of thing in the West Indies camp), and he bowled well without much success for one Test against England recently, before being dropped again for the next one. Let's hope he gets a better run here.

2BarRIff

Carrot - got a good view on Crichd.in, especially since ABC grandstand didn't work.

OZ bowling a lot of filth at the moment, could be a long day in the field if they don't tighten the line up.

Carrot

Found something. I hate to think what it's doing to my computer, but it seems to be working ok. You know it's a slow pitch when Lippy's taking wickets 45 minutes before lunch on the first day.

2BarRIff

Agreed. Hope Voges has been practicing his offies.

Carrot

Slow outfield. A lot of these twos and threes would have otherwise gone to the boundary. 102/6 could have otherwise been 130/6. We're still well on top, but the outfield definitely makes it better than it is.

Carrot

Is it just me, or is Brendan Julian quite passable as a commentator? Not a Strine, not an excitable peanut, doesn't use stupid ocker slang..... I don't mind him at all.

Tony Tea

Move the West Indies into a better please.

Tony Tea

BJ has always been pretty solid.

philsgone

My wife and daughters like him becasue he is a spunk apparently. Never rated him, pretty boy that knows people. Having said that, better than the channel 9 team by 1.6km

philsgone

Already Hazelwood vs McGrath comparisons started. Lets make it easier for him. Start the comparisons with Stuart Clark, then once he passes 100 test wickets, pundits can work on the McGrath comparison.

but I've said too much already

BJ's half brother is in the Mongrel Mob.

// NTTAWWT

Carrot

The West Indies were pretty shocking, but not in a way that they have been previously. They didn't give it away, they just got becalmed by a pitch that's pretty difficult for everyone, and didn't know what to do. I still have hope that this version of West Indian bad is nowhere near as bad as previous versions.

As for us, we summed up the conditions really well and bowled really intelligently, it was good to see. I think the extra yard of pace that our bowlers have made a difference in a way that the English couldn't in the Caribbean only a few weeks ago, too.

PS - just tried to find a record for the most first-class runs before a Test debut but got bored pretty quickly. I thought that Hussey held it - has Voges just broken it?

2BarRIff

Sh!t. Watto Lotto already.

2BarRIff

Starting to think that batting last on this pitch may be a bad thing.

Carrot

I'm starting to think that batting last on this pitch might be a VERY bad thing.

This could be a tail-ender's pitch. A quick, agricultural 20 or 30 from someone without much technique but a good eye could make all the difference (not exactly a tail-ender, but Haddin?).

Carrot

.... As Haddin hits a six and gets out two balls later. First Mozz of the Northern Hemisphere season, I think!

2BarRIff

Can't see our tail hanging round. Will be lucky to see 160, let alone 200 methinks.

Carrot

I loves me a low-scoring Test match. Great to see Voges doing well, too.

lou

Great to see Voges doing well indeed, the old fart.

2BarRiff

Glad to reverse that mozz for you Carrot.

Tony Tea

It would appear that although Voges is a fossil, picking players who are in form is paying dividends. i would rather see players have short fruitful careers than long fruitless ones.

Tony Tea

I assume Bishoo bowled well coupled with the fact that our batsmen were characteristically unable to bat time against spin.

m0nty

Batsmen minus Vogon: 5/81
Bowlers: 4/81

If Chanderpaul was playing (and maybe was five years younger) we'd definitely lose this. Not sure any of the current Windies have an innings in them to set us enough to make it interesting.

Tony Tea

I wonder how many people will get the Vogon reference.

Tony Tea

Was there some Hawkeye fun last night? I hate missing a good farce.

m0nty

Those who don't should be subjected to Vogon poetry.

Tony Tea

In triplicate.

philsgone

I'd rather see a 21 year hold hit a cenyury in his first test, but well done AV, if we win this one its all down to you.

Hangover Black

"I might take a run off the first one this time, mate" - Adam Voges on 99 to Hazelwood in the break between overs.

I think we can allow putting self before team just this once.....

from: http://www.cricket.com.au/news/reflections-adam-voges-debut-test-century-australia-west-indies/2015-06-05

Tony Tea

Ball of the century? Balls!

Tony Tea

Interesting list of Aussie debut centurions.

Carrot

Don't remember any real Hawkeye comedy moments, Tones. I was struggling with my dodgy internet feed for much of the day though, so could have missed it. Lippy did get an umpire's call which would have been laughed out of town by the likes of Dicky Bird, but that's par for the course these days, and Voges successfully appealed an elbee from a Bishoo legbreak that would have missed off by miles.

Just watched that link, HB. Jaysus - I've been out of the country too long, I wanted to tear my face off when I heard that journalist's voice and the stoopid hyperbole he was using. Arg. And it's "debut", not "dayboo" ya bogan dickhead (er, that's him, not you, HB).

Another day which flattered our "dominance". We more than doubled their score but it could have been so, so different. Bishoo is no Warne, but I really like him. Maybe I just like him on principle, I don't know - there's something about somone dabbling in the dark arts of legspin that's always a bit different and interesting. Hope his finger mends, and that he continues to do well.

Big Ramifications

J.W. Burke was an absolute rabbit.

Archbishoo Tutu

Rise up!

Professor Rosseforp

I still think Bannerman's effort was absolutely freakish, and becomes more so as the years roll by and he still hasn't been bettered.

2BarRIff

Bishoo was all over us like a rash early on. The pressure plus some great deliveries led to the 3 middle order wickets.

Big Ramifications

Charles Bannerman's brother was the first Test cricketer to score a 50 in his first and last career innings.

"Afghanistan banana stand", which kinda rhymes with "Bannerman", was a key term in the movie The Hot Rock starring Robert Redford.

Carrot

Well that's that, then. Thought the West Indies might be a bit more up for it after the big partnership between Samuels and Dowrich, but they really fell to pieces at the end. All out for 218 is pretty awful when it includes a 140-odd run partnership.

Other thougths: our bowling is looking really good at the moment. MUCH better than England's. Disciplined, quick (for the most part), organised and relentless. Starc looks really good as well - as good as I've seen him with the red ball. It's hard to see where Harris will fit back in, actually.

Nick

Will Harris 2015 be Gillespie 2005?

Tony Tea

This is not news: Lower order continues to save face for Aussie batsmen.

lou

Hazelwood looks the goods even if he's not bowling much faster than IPCoS. He can get whatever is in the pitch to work for him or so it seems.

Starc looks ok, but I thought he bowled a bit meh for a lot of the time. Johnson was whistling it past the bat far more than him and Johnson isn't even bowling that fast.

But it's good to have someone who fires up against the tail, we didn't need the Windies doing a job on us like our tail did on them.

Voges looked so much better against spin than anyone else it wasn't funny.

Professor Rosseforp

"Charles Bannerman's brother was the first Test cricketer to score a 50 in his first and last career innings" -- did he only play one innings?

Tony Tea

Biggy was making things up.

Carrot

Is no-one around today? Clarke gone when he was set, but he looked positively scratchy by comparison with Smiff, who looks like he's seeing them like a football.

Carrot

OK well, there's nothing much going on, here. They're taling about the Olympics. Except for Taylor, the West Indies might as well have gone in with their U-13s attack for all the good they're doing. I suppose there's not much they can do about it - their best spinner and one of their first-choice seamers are both out. Even in our pomp, when you took out Warne and/or one of McGrath/Gillespie/Fleming for instance, we struggled.

Carrot

Yeah I know that we should have been 22/3 if it wasn't for Roach over-stepping, but who ever thought it would be a good idea to send a team in on this deck? If you're not absolutely convinced that you're a good chance of rolling a side for 200 or less, you've just given the advantage to the other side. Sending teams in happens far too often - and I think Ramdin has certainly done a few times before. If I know that it's not a good idea, how can guys who do it for a living not understand this?

Carrot

Sorry, that should be 200 or fewer. Although can we see 200 runs as a measure of volume in this case, rather than individual units? I mean, I know they're individual units, but maybe they can be both?

Watson's gotta score, here. They're probably dead keen for him to go to England given what he offered with the ball last time, but he has to justify it. Not that they probably won't give him a free pass, like they nearly always do.

Pat Hannagan

Poor decision by Kettlebourough. On first view looked to be missing leg comfortably. I reckon Kettlebourough was intimidated into that shocker by Taylor's reaction after being shocked, dismayed, disturbed and disillusioned at having his plumb outside edge off Watto LBW shout turned down.

Carrot

"I'm shocked a disillusioned by all this, I really am....."

Hurrah, someone to talk to! Thought I'd slipped into an alternate reality there for a moment - no-one on the AGB during the first day or a Test? Yegods.

Carrot

That's shocked AND disillusioned. Throw in angry and dismayed as well.

Pat Hannagan

The entire coaching contingent looked shocked, dismayed and disillusioned when Bravo dropped Smith on 107.

Carrot

Smiff is a run-machine. According to crooky, he's the only player to score 2000+ runs over the last two years. Who you would choose between Smiff and Dudley Root? Or Kane Williamson? All young players scoring shedloads of runs at the moment.

Carrot

Dear Denesh

TAKE THE NEW BALL, YOU FUCKING MUPPET.

Yours faithfully, etc etc.

Pat Hannagan

Smith by a country mile (or even an Irish mile).

Heard on the TV that Smith joins Bradman and The Great Doug Walters as being an ozzie to have scored 9 Test centuries at the age of 26.

Carrot

Mark Waugh is pissing me off. He's right, though.

Take the new ball! Why aren't you taking the new ball? TAKE THE NEW BALL!!!

Pat Hannagan

244/4 with Watto on 14. Or 4/244 with Watto on 14. Ominous.

Pat Hannagan

Run rate 2.94.

Pat Hannagan

Yeah, Waugh is carrying on a bit. Maybe they are saving the new ball for 4 overs to go with Taylor having been rested and ready for a final onslaught to get 4 off 2?

Carrot

"Oh but maaaaaate, it's a tough game!"

Stick to the Big Bash, Junior.

Pat Hannagan

Waugh is bordering on being a blatherskite.

Pat Hannagan

At least without the Nein commentary there are no cacafuegos.

Carrot

It's not so much what he says, it's the Strine intonation that bothers me.

Jeez, they're bowling pies. This is really poor cricket.

Pat Hannagan

Smith's day. Nearly out last ball but he's there for the morning, the new ball and a great chance to get a double ton.

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