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Kiwis win toss and will bat, Siddle in, Smith at 3 and S Marsh at 5.

Pitch could offer a bit more for the bowlers then we've been seeing.

 

Will be nice to see a decent crowd at a Test match. See how the pink ball and day/twilight/night Test cricket goes, bring it on.

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85/5 with the Marsh boys quickly out.

 

Shaun run out by some slick fielding, by Mc Collum, but he hesitated at least twice.

 

Mitch probing forward to Bracewell, when he might have played back.

 

Bad situation, Smith will have to stay in.

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Crazy shot by Smith, ridiculous DRS call by 3rd ump on Lyon decision. Otherwise this is fascinating Test cricket, Aussies getting some vital runs and soaking up some time to limit the Kiwis time batting in daylight and give them the tougher night conditions.

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Starc slogging up a few runs as the game evens out.

 

Advantage still with the Kiwis, we are down a key bowler.

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They only need to set us 250, but 300 to make it secure.

 

Nice game of cricket.

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Marsh hits Mc Cullum going forward, out but for review.

 

Everything was good, the ball was on line, hitting top 1/3 rd of middle....OUT.

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Getting on top, but Bracewell back on.

 

We need 76 more but another wicket will swing it back their way.

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Amazeballs!

 

A track with a little bit of grass on it and the surrounding square and ... all those 'modern day Bradmans' look like park cricketers ...

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6-70 for Tamworth's finest, well done Josh Hazlewood. And a quality keeping effort by Peter Nevill.

 

Don't insult the boy, from Bendi not Tamworth.

 

Worked with Trev, his father, when Joshie was born.

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With Australia's latest injury list - not one quick in the frame who is not either injured, out of form or underdone will the selectors prevail on Mitch Johnson to do a Melba for the windies series?

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With the Windies, I suspect any decent Grade cricketer could take a few wickets. Might be time to have a look at some of the new guys. What about that Fekete guy from Tassie? We could bring back champagne Douggie.

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Bring back Jackson Bird - he won't let anyone down. Although I don't like the concept of having him and Siddle in the same line up as they are both 130km/hr max. For me the ideal set up would be Hazalwood, Pattinson and Bird (Siddle).

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With Australia's latest injury list - not one quick in the frame who is not either injured, out of form or underdone will the selectors prevail on Mitch Johnson to do a Melba for the windies series?

 

 

I thought the retirement was premature and in retrospect the selectors could have rested him in the 2nd test. Most bowlers his age would struggle 2-3 tests consecutively on hard wickets.

 

With Starc out, Mitch would be the natural replacemet.

 

What's his retirement status "from all forms of cricket" or from international duty only?

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Should be a massive crowd in tassie for the first test vs the Antigua schoolboys 2nd XI

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Full of 16 yo groupies but no cricket fans

So the Windies have progressed since their glory days in one aspect - from jailbait to the barely legal ...

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An innings and 212 runs, after only losing 4 wickets in our first innings. I think yoyo's comment about the Antigua schoolboys team was about right.

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With no action form Hobart am watching Kiwis vs Lankans from Dunedin instead, weather looks pretty similar to Hobart yesterday.

McCullum just hit his 100th Test match 6 to draw level with Gilly as the record holder for most 6s.

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Voges test average again the west indies.

 

541

 

Not a typo.

 

Clearly better than bradman

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Geez

 

Nathan Lyon has only just turned 28 - he already has 178 wickets from 51 tests including the current one.

 

While his average of 33 is not brilliant his strike rate of 64 is superb for an off-spin bowler.

 

He could easily get 500 test wickets before he retires ...

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Can't help but laugh at the size of Bavuma,the SAF No 5 batsman. Fairly use to the rising delivery I think...

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The Umpires not calling no-balls is a joke. If they can't do it then change to back-foot rule or get someone watching the side-on video to call it. Article in SMH this morning mentioned Sky Sports picking up 8 no-balls in a 3 over spell by Mitch Johnson in last Ashes series, umpires didn't pick up any of them.

Only calling them when reviewing a dismissal robs the batting team of runs and extra deliveries and doesn't give the bowlers a chance to correct their stride.

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It's a f@cking joke that the bowlers do it so much. What is to be gained by going as close to over the line as possible versus the risk? Aim for the front of your for to be behind the line and you'll never no-ball again. You see them practice in the nets and they can be a yard over sometimes. How can you expect to get it right in a game of you don't give a $hit in practice?

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It's a f@cking joke that the bowlers do it so much. What is to be gained by going as close to over the line as possible versus the risk? Aim for the front of your for to be behind the line and you'll never no-ball again. You see them practice in the nets and they can be a yard over sometimes. How can you expect to get it right in a game of you don't give a $hit in practice?

Did you know that Craig McDermott has implemented a fine system for all bowlers - no front foot no balls in either practice or matches with offenders facing stiff fines.

 

There is something to be gained from getting as close to the front line as possible - it increases the angle of attack BUT it is a skill to be developed like all others - see above.

 

Cry me a fracking river about how 'unfair' it is for batsman. It's a batsman's game already - with batsman friendly drop in pitches, perfectly manicured playing surfaces, bats as thick as roofing beams and the boundaries set 15 metres in from the fence. It's the bowlers who get the raw end of the pineapple because of the non policing of front foot no balls because it denies a bowler the chance to adjust early on in a spell thereby denying the little shits an undeserved second life when they get out off a no ball. ...

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Disappointing summer of cricket this year. Windies and NZ tests, i suppose it helps our confidence though and we can blood some newbies.

 

I only just found out that the India tour in Jan/Feb is only a few one days and 20/20's. Disappointing. Also, South Africa cannot come out next year for summer. I also am a bit miffed they only tried the one day/night test. I thought it went well and reckon they could have packed the stadiums out if boxing day test was a day night.

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