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Tony Tea

Day-Night, Duke balls, four days, no draws, no toss/away team chooses - what are we waiting for?

philsgone

2pm kick off

François "Papa Doc" Duvalier

I'm still reeling over the "hockey 1 hockey 2 hockey 3" rule change for re-starts in field hockey.

Big Ramifications

I am also reeling over that one.

philsgone

I think Steey Dan have got that one covered. Im Too old school to know how to put a link in

m0nty

We are away.

philsgone

I can see the ball pretty well. Hi Def now from channel 9

Tony Tea

Martin Guptil cannot possibly enjoy batting in Australia: 9 innings, 109 runs, 12.11 average.

Horrie the Wog Dog

Kiwi Kollapse is on.

Horrie the Wog Dog

Mitchell Santner has a first class average of 29.84. Obviously he must have an awesome technique.

Horrie the Wog Dog

That 31 will be good for his average.

Horrie the Wog Dog

Why was Koo selected since he's carrying an injury?

Tony Tea

Playing bowlers into injury is an Aussie tradition.

Carrot

Morning all - has anyone made any Jane McGrath quips yet?

Carrot

Jeez it's noisy, by the way - is that my feed, or is that just the sound of a big crowd at a Test for the first time in awhile?

Horrie the Wog Dog

Beautiful ball from Boult.

Carrot

OK, it's arguably a bullshit gimmick that has required tinkering with the conditions to make it work, but isn't it great to see batsmen have to work for their runs for a change?

Horrie the Wog Dog

Yes, very entertaining, Carrot.

m0nty

Boult's delivery was good, but that Timmay one to get Craig the Stop Sign was just sublime. Delivered from well wide, pitching on off, heading well past leg but straightening to clip the outside of off just under the bail. It wasn't necessarily the line either, it was the drift that meant it pitched fuller than it was looking like doing, which meant Stop Sign misjudged it completely. Damn near unplayable, would have got a lot better batsmen out.

Horrie the Wog Dog

Must admit I don't really like the day-night Test concept. I would much prefer to watch the cricket today than wait till this arvo and watch it through to late evening. It also removes any excuse to not mow the lawn this morning.

1st day was entertaining with the pitch offering more to the bowlers than the traditional Ozzie road pitch. But wasn't this due to the heavier grass cover of the pitch deliberately planned to ensure the pink ball didn't wear? Why not just do that for the red ball and thus produce a pitch that gives to the bowlers?

Also, the seam is difficult to see on the pink ball. This, I am told, advantages the spinners. But that's not a natural advantage being a problem with using the pink ball.

The Adelaide stands look magnificent, the overall ground superb. Big crowd in making for a good atmosphere. Well done Adelaide.

Overall I rate day 1 an 8 out of 10. Deduct 2 points for the fact that the Kiwis are a sub-par opposition. Much of the 8 is actually due to a pitch being prepared that doesn't favour batsmen, a by-product of the necessity to protect the pink ball.

Horrie the Wog Dog

Question for the AGB pundits: Who replaces Koo now that CA have driven him into the ground?

Pattinson must nearly be ready to be broken again. I have liked the looks of Jason Behrendorff for some time. Another outstanding NSW product and reckon he's ready for callup.

This Test is now in the air due to Koo being out of action. With 20/20 hindsight we probably should have gone with O'Keefe, Koo's 1st innings efforts not withstanding.

I very much despise the bowling action of Santner almost as much as I despise Smuth in commentary.

Steve Smith will have to take up the bowling slack in the Kiwis second dig and much will depend on if we can get a lead and how much of a lead we can get. My tip: Voges will not do much and he shouldn't really be there. Same goes for Smarsh. So, I'm tipping not much of a lead if at all.

There will be a result in this Test but it seems like a lottery and not a proper testing of each team in equal conditions seeing as the 3rd (night) sessions will determine more than they normally would. I'm favouring the Kiwis.

Horrie the Wog Dog

Judging the scorecard of the Black Caps, from whom opener Tom Latham top-scored with 50, without seeing the play which led to it could lead to the notion of the experimental ball or adverse batting conditions being to blame for it. Neither would be correct.

In the first 20 overs, the period where conventional swing typically plays its biggest part with a ball, there was scant deviation off the pitch from the pink ball and even less bend through the air. Australia boast the world's most dangerous strike-bowler: Mitch Starc. For him to be given only three of those first 20 overs betrayed just how little assistance there was for bowlers in fine early-afternoon conditions in Adelaide.

CA delighted as pink-ball behaviour predictions come true

I missed the first session and a bit but was under the impression the pitch was offering more. There certainly seemed to be a lot of extra bounce from the bits I did see.

Horrie the Wog Dog

Fox Sports analysis of the Shield pink balls matches.

Doesn't compare stats to regular Shield matches unfortunately.

1st Session avge 2 wickets
2nd Session avge 2.5 wickets
3rd Session avge 3.6 wickets

Further:

"...of the 86 wickets to fall in the opening round of the 2015-16 Sheffield Shield, in which a pink ball was used, 23.2 per cent were LBW.

That’s comparatively much higher than the overall number of 16.7 per cent, which factors in both red and pink ball dismissals across the entire season so far.

And substantially higher than the 13.4 per cent of LBW wickets to fall in rounds two and three of the Shield with the red ball.

Big Ramifications

In a pre match interview just then, Michael Slater told Peter Siddle that yesterday was "a great day for Australia". Bonus laffs coz I initially thought he was referring to Siddle's 200th wicket, but now I'm thinking he probably meant the first day-night Test.

But even more xXtra bonus laffs because my brain immediately channeled The 12th Man doing Bill Lawry....

"It's a great day for Australia! It's a great day for the world!!"

Horrie the Wog Dog

My tip: Voges will not do much and he shouldn't really be there. Same goes for Smarsh. So, I'm tipping not much of a lead if at all.

You read it here first.

Professor Rosseforp

If test cricket is really just to appease the old codgers, then they've made absolutely the wrong decision with starting times. The matches should start at 7.00am and most old codgers will be there by 6.00 "just in case". The day's play could end about 3.00, just in time to avoid peak hour on public transport, and they could be home and eating the evening meal and feeding the budgie by 5.00PM, and pretty well tucked-up in bed by 7.30PM -- all ready for the first of several weak bladder awakenings, "can't sleep past 4.30am" and ready for day 2 with the sandwiches and thermos ready by 5.00am.

Horrie the Wog Dog

Lol. Well said, Prof Prof.

Horrie the Wog Dog

I'm favouring the Kiwis.

You also read that here first.

Horrie the Wog Dog

Three day Test?

Horrie the Wog Dog

Much same right now. Starting to drink.

Tony Tea

CA & Nine currently shitting their pants over a short Test. They are desperate for Day-Night Tests, but they are also desperate Tests go the distance. Conflicted.

Horrie the Wog Dog

Much shame I meant. (broke a knuckle punching the TV thus typos)

Tony Tea

You're starting to drink now?!? What, did you forget where your fridge is?

Horrie the Wog Dog

How does the umpire get to refer?

Horrie the Wog Dog

I was lying for effect, Tones. Yes. Was already drinking. I'm still on day Test time.

Horrie the Wog Dog

I really don't like that Hotspot with the Kiwi fielder shoving his hand up his arse.

If this is given out I'm gunna...do nothing but feel very miffed.

Horrie the Wog Dog

Oh, ffs. Get on with it. Not out.

Horrie the Wog Dog

C'mon Lippy! Go the groundsman!

Horrie the Wog Dog

Great NSW fightback, here.

Tony Tea

Nevill's a Vic.

Horrie the Wog Dog

Thanks for biting. Go the Hawks!

Tony Tea

Nevill went to NSW because it was easier to get a game there than in Victoria.

Horrie the Wog Dog

We appreciate quality over technique. We abjure nepotism and prefer to win.

Tony Tea

I was subbing for Monty.

Horrie the Wog Dog

Lol

Horrie the Wog Dog

Geeze they're desperate to give Lippy out. Only one thing for that: Muttley

Horrie the Wog Dog

Onya Nobody! Now get another 50.

Horrie the Wog Dog

Great review. Mile down leg.

Horrie the Wog Dog

Oz lead!

Horrie the Wog Dog

Great catch.

Horrie the Wog Dog

It's all up to Sizzler now, under lights. Let's see the Vego Vic in action when it counts.

Carrot

The funny thing was that I was saying "that hot spot could have come from anywhere!" too, but this is why we have neutral umpires and not one-eyed punters in their living rooms. You've have to wonder what constitues as "conclusive evidence" in these situations - the umpire clearly has a mandate to follow his instincts, as opposed to what's on screen. It's a pity that he didn't use the front-on angle that Nein aired later on, that really showed that the spot came at the same time he played the shot.

As bad as the Khawaja-Swann decision in the 2013 Ashes - but ironically, NOT a decision that shows the supposed failings of the DRS from the Indian/BCCI perspective, who maintain it shouldn't be used because the evidence isn't often water-tight enough. The evidence was pretty clear here, and without the DRS the wrong decision would have been upheld anyway because the on-field decision would have stood. Bit of a shambles, really.

Carrot

So far we've seen movement from the new pink ball in daylight and under lights, and nothing much at all when it's older during the day. The way things are going, we may not get to see what the older pink ball does under lights.

My jury's still out on this, I have to say. It's good to see something different, and it's certainly good to see decent crowds. As I've mentioned previously, a better contest between bat and ball makes for much more interesting cricket too, and given what we saw in the first two Tests, we really needed it. What bothers me is actually what makes it interesting, though - the random factor of batting being made more difficult under lights. As a purist, we shouldn't be tinkering with the conditions like that. I worry about what would happen somewhere like Sydney or Brisbane in a bit of humidity or an impending storm - surely batting would become a crapshoot under those conditions which isn't right, and just wouldn't be Test cricket - or not since they got rid of uncovered pitches, anyway.

..... I gots to say that I've definitely enjoyed it so far though, so see above about my jury being out. What does everyone else think?

Horrie the Wog Dog

NSW strikes! Vics 0-NSW 1

Time to put on WSW?

Horrie the Wog Dog

Oh, thought that was on tonight. Sticking with this then.

Melbourne "Victory" (lots of imports) 1- Adelaide United (lots of locals) 0

Horrie the Wog Dog

Vics 0-NSW 2

Go Hazo!

Horrie the Wog Dog

Look at Nobody's eyes! What a champ! Love you Nevill.

Horrie the Wog Dog

One more wicket and it's time to go Physical Graffiti.

Horrie the Wog Dog

Dropped!

Tony Tea

Hazo? That's so gazo.

Carrot

Note to all batsmen: be very careful driving the pink ball under lights.

Horrie the Wog Dog

What's his nickname then?

Horrie the Wog Dog

Does Smith have an epipen to save us from a choke? What is that he's shaking about at first slip?

Tony Tea

The Woodler.

Carrot

Wow, Their Don absolutely SMASHED that pull shot.

Horrie the Wog Dog

The Woodler? wtf? lol, why?

Horrie the Wog Dog

Woodler is looking fucking flash here.

Tony Tea

It's the first dumb nickname I thought up.

Horrie the Wog Dog

NEPOTISM Junior! Go WA!

Vics 0-NSW 2-WA 1

Horrie the Wog Dog

Double speed transmission!

Horrie the Wog Dog

C'mon Vego Vic. Win the review.

Horrie the Wog Dog

Pad first. Strike 1.

Horrie the Wog Dog

Stupid Vic

Horrie the Wog Dog

Two dropped catches

Horrie the Wog Dog

Catches dropped NSW 1-WA 1-Vic 0

Horrie the Wog Dog

YEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAASSSSSSS!!!!!!

Horrie the Wog Dog

Out!

NSW 2-Vic 0-WA 2

Horrie the Wog Dog

Saaaaant-Neeeeer!

Horrie the Wog Dog

Nobody is a great keeper.

Horrie the Wog Dog

I have this to say about Adelaide cricket ground: It is a mid desert oasis of White man technical and aesthetic feat.

Horrie the Wog Dog

NSW 3!

Go the Woodler!

When NSW Forces give the nod. It's a set back for your country.

Tony Tea

Plumb diddly um plumb.

Horrie the Wog Dog

Dropped!

Horrie the Wog Dog

Catches dropped NSW 2-WA 1-Vic 0

Carrot

Another dimension: what hurt NZ mentally most of all after the Lyon decision was Australia's positive approach. The enormity and frustration grew legs once they started scoring quick runs. It wasn't like the umpires can take responsibility for that.

Tony Tea

Amazing how a slice of luck can change the, ahem, momentum.

Horrie the Wog Dog

What a magnificent day of Test cricket. Adelaide, I salute you.

Carrot

Evenly poised. NZ are in exactly the same position as they were in the first dig, and if they equal their first-innings score we could be in strife, assuming that we'll probably be facing a new-ish ball under lights at some point tomorrow. Going by precedence, tomorrow afternoon with the old-ish ball should be the best time to bat, so NZ have to cash in then, and a Starc-esque 20-odd from someone could make all the difference. I love low-scoring Test matches - how long has it been in Australia since we've had one?

That said: you shouldn't be able to bank on when the ball is going to move around or not. That's just bullshit.

Carrot

Here's a thought: if these matches are going to continue, and they play to the sort of form we've witnessed here, then is there an argument for leaning towards an extra batsman rather than an extra bowler? Koo is down injured but we haven't really missed him on account of it being low-scoring, particularly under lights. Maybe by consequence, teams will actually play a batsman at six in these matches instead of an all-rounder (something I've always hated anyway, no matter which team does it).

Also - matches where the ball moves around, albeit under false conditions, is surely good for an Australian team who have shown time and time again that they have dick in any conditions other than batting paradises. Learning how to scratch out a valuable innings when things aren't going your way is a skill that's gone out of the game, and these could be just the conditions for people to learn how to do that again.

Horrie the Wog Dog

I can't see how how NZ were robbed on the DRS of Lippy.

Yes, the final shot shows a mark but the initial Hotspot angle showed a mark that went well beyond the edge of the bat. That, I believe, is why Nigel Llong stated that the mark "could be anything." Chappel-I and Smuth, cricket commentary's most prolific pair of pompous punchinellos, rubbished that comment saying "well what is anything then?"

Anything could be a technical glitch in Hotspot; that's what "anything" could be. Why does Hotspot show a mark well beyond the edge off the bat in mid-air? That impossibility alone is enough to conclude that this particular Hotspot replay is unreliable and should not be used to overrule the on-ground umpire.

I don't have a link to a video showing the initial Hotpsot but my recollection is that the mark in mid-air was the same length as the mark on the bat. I posit that air does not produce edges.

Further, contra Smuth who says "we all heard it", "it" being an edge, I heard no such thing and neither did Snicko.

It's a good thing for all mankind that Smuth and Chappell-I are confined to an air-conditioned room, behind a microphone, far from human interaction and not as radiologists determining the meaning of the scans that your life-saving operation will be based upon.

Tony Tea

The buffoons in the commentaries flatly refuse to acknowledge that Llong was following DR protocol.

Tony Tea

And from what I saw on my telly, there was no CLEAR evidence of an edge, which means Llong had no evidence with which to overturn the on field decision. Sure, it LOOKED and FELT out when it happened, but the commentators combined that with their own confirmation bias to state baldly that it therefore was out. In fact, they went further to say they saw an edge, saw a deflection, saw Lyon looking guilty and worst of all, went with the usual commentators' madness that the fielder's were convinced Lyon hit it, so it must be out.

Big Ramifications

Hazel Hawke.

Big Ramifications
It's a good thing for all mankind that Smuth and Chappell-I are confined to an air-conditioned room, behind a microphone, far from human interaction and not as radiologists determining the meaning of the scans that your life-saving operation will be based upon.
Classic.
Big Ramifications

3 THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT HAITI ON WIKIPEDIA LAST WEEK:

Cristopher Columbus established the first European settlement of the New World there, after the ship Santa Maria ran aground off the coast during his 1st expedition. He left 39 men behind and buggered off back to Spain.

It was ceded to France in the early 1600s, eventually becoming "one of the most lucrative colonies in the world", mostly thanks to sugar plantations.

It is the only nation in the world established as a result of a successful slave revolt [beating Napolean's mob], becoming the charming overpopulated cesspool we have today.

François "Papa Doc" Duvalier

Oy!

François "Papa Doc" Duvalier

You forgot to mention that now our country's main source of revenue is begging for money foreign aid. Growing food and exporting it? Bugger that.

Horrie the Wog Dog

Didn't those natives slaughter the French there in some uprising?

So much for Smuth's prediction that BJ Watling was gunna be the big saviour. Guess Snuth now owes Watling a bj.

Tony Tea

What's prompted your Haiti fest?

Tony Tea

Queimada is a good fillum about slave revolts in the Caribbean.

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