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So, Siddle left out for Hazlewood for the first test. I wonder how that will work out?

 

With two strike bowlers working from one end - both who can be wayward and provide an attacking batting line up - like the one NZ will sport - ample opportunities to score runs - Hazlewood better be up to bowling a tight line and length at the other end - something he wasnt capable of doing in England.

 

For my money they should have gone with the workhorse Siddle ...

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I saw the pitch today, it is a road.

I've haven't watched a ball this game - under the gun at work, but it seems that you are right. While it is terrific to see our new top order getting a bunch of runs and batting time, it would be delusional to put down Australia's first innings success to our batting awesomeness. Particularly when NZ probably have the best bowling line up in international cricket, bar Australia.

 

It just shits me. When not as bad as the down right cheating (thankfully that backfired) of the poms in the first two tests of the last Ashes tour it should not happen. Sure Channel 9 and Cricket Australia both want a test match to go 5 days but the quality of the game suffers. Moreover it does nothing to prepare our batters to be competitive on the sub convenient or in England. As I said. Shitful.

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No Kerry O'Keefe anymore but the ABC Grandstand call is still as good as ever and Dirk Nannes and Brian Waddle are having a bit of fun...

 

Nannes: "Is there anyone he could throw the ball to?"

Waddle: "Guptill."

Nannes: "What does he bowl?"

Waddle: "Rubbish."

 

 

Nannes: "I had this dream that I'd save a match. Not slogging, get behind it, bat all day."

Waddle: "I had a nightmare I was watching it."

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Front Sports page of Auckland paper today headline "When does the rugby season start?" with a picture of a test cricketer walking back to the sheds. About sums up NZ attitude to cricket.

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If this ends in a draw (and I hope it does) it will be a case of suck shite TA - dishing up that road was being to smart by half. Stop treating everybody like fools and start preparing pitches that are fair to bowlers and conducive to wickets.

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So, by my estimates, we have lost around 3 hrs of play to rain delays. That still leaves 21 hours of play, for the fall of 21 wickets in total. Really a descent and fair pitch should produce well over 30 wickets in that time ...

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Remember when the gabba was a day 1 & 2 seamers paradise ?

Joy! Yet even in those days good batsmen could get big scores and there was enough in the wicket for the spinners to get a look - in Warne's case, even in the first innings ... Sigh

 

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One point worth raiding imo. Johnson took 4 wickets for the match but his team mates dropped a bunch of chances off his bowling as well. I reckon Smith should have done him a solid and given him first crack at the second new ball in recompense - especially as he'd drawn level with Lee on 310 wickets...

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Am I watching the same test? Day 5 session 1 result. Spinner takes wickets at the end. This is bad for cricket how?

A heap of day 4 was washed out.

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Am I watching the same test? Day 5 session 1 result. Spinner takes wickets at the end. This is bad for cricket how?

because if you win the toss you win the match

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because if you win the toss you win the match

 

Why?

Yes, we put on a huge 1st innings total, but then bowled NZ out and could have put on another one if we weren't just going for quick runs (4/264 at over 6/over). NZ just did not have the batting, or the bowling after Southee was injured.

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because if you win the toss you win the match

NZ scored more than 600 combined as the losing side including near on 300 for the 4th innings. To me this was a perfectly designed pitch for a result in 5 days.

 

Looking at the rain delays it really was 4 days of play. Seeing the side batting last still scored well, it was not the pitch that won it. Australia won by having better batsmen and bowlers. Simple.

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If this ends in a draw (and I hope it does) it will be a case of suck shite TA - dishing up that road was being to smart by half. Stop treating everybody like fools and start preparing pitches that are fair to bowlers and conducive to wickets.

This may have slipped through to the keeper but how did you manage to blame TA for this. Even Gimili couldn't draw a bow that long.

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Since the end of the Warne Mcgrath era:

 

Batting first Oz wins 83 %

 

Batting second 29 %

 

When a result occurs

 

Winning the toss matters a lot

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