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Australia in Sri Lanka 2016

Discussion in 'Cricket' started by The torpedo, Jul 26, 2016.

  1. Quick Hands David Wilson (68)

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    Our best session with the bat so far this series. Gritty sensible batting. Good to see batsmen valuing their wicket and playing to the conditions. Smarsh used soft hands very well.
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  2. Strewthcobber Mark Ella (57)

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    He's such a frustrating player. Could have been anything. Instead averages 37.

    (Having said that he has probably got himself selected for every subcontinental match for the foreseeable future)
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  3. Quick Hands David Wilson (68)

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    He's played spin better than anyone else in the squad. Certainly he looked far more comfortable in the conditions than Smith.
  4. The_Brown_Hornet Michael Lynagh (62)

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    Indeed. He's got so much talent and a great technique, especially against spin. I just wish the mental side of his game was stronger!
  5. Quick Hands David Wilson (68)

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    He watched the ball really closely yesterday and was able to adjust his stroke on a number of occasions. The few false strokes were harmless as he used beautiful soft hands when palying at the ball.
  6. waiopehu oldboy Tim Horan (67)

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    316/4 at tea on Day 2. I'm thinking you'll need a big lead, 150-180 at least, so the Voges/ MMarsh partnership is key.
  7. Strewthcobber Mark Ella (57)

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    9-119 once Smarsh got out. Fair to say we haven't quite mastered this spin bowling just yet.
  8. waiopehu oldboy Tim Horan (67)

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    SL effectively 163/5 at Tea on Day 4, if they can push past 220 I reckon your blokes will struggle against Herath & Co. on Day 5.
  9. The_Brown_Hornet Michael Lynagh (62)

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    Can't see us winning it now. SL are 6 down and about 230 in front. Pretty much the only results possible are an SL win or a draw.
  10. waiopehu oldboy Tim Horan (67)

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    Yeah, if you're Steve Smith you're almost at the point of wanting to keep SL out there as long as possible so they don't have enough time to take 10 wickets. Unless Starc goes nuts with the new ball & keeps the lead under 250 I'd agree you're next to no chance.
  11. The_Brown_Hornet Michael Lynagh (62)

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    Yeah we have nothing to gain tomorrow at this rate. Bowl to restrict them and don't leave them enough time to bowl us out again. That said, with the way we've batted in this series it'll only take a session.
  12. Quick Hands David Wilson (68)

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    Sri Lanka 8/312 at stumps day 4, a lead of 288. Suggest that Sri Lanka should declare overnight - possible that could bat on to get a lead of 300, but would be a misguided decision.

    Difficult to see us getting 288 on the 5th day - or even surviving the day.
  13. Strewthcobber Mark Ella (57)

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    Davey and Smarsh almost survive the first session. Still playing some shots
  14. Strewthcobber Mark Ella (57)

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    And unsurprisingly our team full of batsmen who can't play spin, all rounders who don't bowl and can't play spin, a keeper who can't play spin and a tail who can't play spin are folding now
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  15. Quick Hands David Wilson (68)

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    Didn't take long did it?

    160 all out - Sri Lanka win the test by 163 runs.
  16. Lindommer Andrew Slack (58)

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    Not good enough.
  17. Quick Hands David Wilson (68)

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    Would have liked to have seen a bit more grit and determination to hold out.
  18. Strewthcobber Mark Ella (57)

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    Not so upset this time with the effort.

    The wrong players are there

    Normally I'm a bit of an apologist for the selectors cause I can at least see what they are trying to do but this is the such a terrible batting lineup we've put out.

    We have 4 no 8s and 3 no 11s
  19. The torpedo Chilla Wilson (44)

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    Good god that was disgraceful.

    Why not just block every shot possible a la Faf du Plessis at Adelaide 2012?

    Openers were the only ones who did okay in the 2nd innings (Warner 68 & Marsh's dismissal was because of the catch of the year). Entire middle order (Smith to M.Marsh) was pathetic. Middle order total = 22. Starc = 23.

    Also, a bit OT but jeez the Saffas have fallen. They were 1st in the world last year - now 7th. Also the Pakis have risen spectacularly, now 2nd in the world (India on top now). Australia now 3rd.
  20. Strewthcobber Mark Ella (57)

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    Herath - 28 wickets at 12.75. What a series.

    Most wickets by a left arm bowler in a 3 test series.
    Best bowling this test by a SL against Australia.

    More wickets than Shane Warne after the same amount of tests.

    And 38 years old.

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