I’ve just heard Harsha Bhogle, refer to the backdrop of the HPCA stadium (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamshala) as breathtaking, I have to agree. This of course is where England are playing their 5th and final ODI against India today.
Picture from espncricinfo.com
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Lunch day 5
Perhaps you don’t have access to which ever satellite provider has the rights in your area, my commentary seems to be alternating between Sky (Botham, Hussain) and the local Indian broadcaster, both more than adequate.
Anderson doesn’t look too happy, the wicket looks flatter than Brisbane, it’s going to be hard work for the bowlers!
Following Soutie’s lead, here’s another colourful picture to brighten the Chariot.
3/335, with Pup on 140 and Punter on 137. Sydney revisited? Let’s hope so.
If this means nothing to you, please don’t worry about it, but you can click on the piccie if you want to find out. Cricket Tragics won’t need to.
I posted this yesterday, but on reflection I felt that it was not really saying anything, so I deleted it. But since nobody else is posting (except dear old two-face), here it is again. It’s better than a blank page!
As you are probably aware, our new domestic “get the public interested with glitz and glamour” competition is currently under way between eight teams in the T20 Big Bash.
What you may not know is that each team includes one or two players from overseas. Chris Gayle, for example, Dan Vettori and so on, most of them well-known in Australia.
I had not previously been aware of Luke Wright, a young Englishman playing in the Melbourne Stars, although I must have watched him at the Gabba a few weeks ago. But yesterday in Tassie, against the Hobart Hurricanes he hit 117 off 60 balls, a phenomenal achievement that included nine sixes. Luke may not be good enough for the English Test Team, but the crowds at Bellerive Oval loved him.
He may have ‘only’ managed 51 off 23, but Travis achieved a hat-trick of sixes for the Hurricanes. Have a squiz at the video clip.
Predictions for 2012
For those who haven’t already read it on Cricinfo, here’s a link to a wonderful article written by Sidin Vadukut, who uses his crystal ball to tell us What will happen in cricket in 2012. Sidin has a way with words, and doesn’t mind who he pokes fun at. Most enjoyable.
You were worried that Graeme Smith had declared too soon, and I was equally worried about Michael Clarke’s decision – even more so when Tendulka and Laxman had taken the Indians over halfway in the run chase for the loss of only three wickets.
But I was wrong, and following Clarke’s astonishing/well-deserved/fluky dismissal of the Little Master and Hilfenhaus’ elimination of Laxman, I felt I could relax a bit. The Indian tail wagged far too well by putting on another 120 or so, but we were still 68 ahead when the tenth wicket fell. Plus an innings, and a day to play it in, of course.
Looks like your guys are well on track to deliver your own innings win on day four, so Graeme turns out to be as astute as Michael – and we armchair tragics should have confidence and STFU!!
“400+ bring back Alan Donald” was the text I received from a rooinek presently holidaying here, India were on 2 hundred and plenty and seemed heading that way.
As India lost their 2nd wicket Tim the fisherman declared “they won’t make 300″