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    Battle of the Test Matches

    With CW well and truly suffering from battle-itis, I thought I'd throw another which I've never seen on here into the mix. Battle of the Test Matches. It's exactly as it sounds, we nominate our favourite Tests, then they battle against each other.

    I'm happy to run it, but if I chose the matches myself, they'd all be England victories. So I'll just nominate two that someone else would nominate in no time anyway, and my own personal fave

    England V Australia, Headingley 81
    England V Australia, Edgbaston 05
    India V England, Mumbai 06

    Cheers. Nominations please. I'll probably have 48 in the first round, or 32 if there's not that much interest

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    Aus v Ind 2001 Kolkata
    Ind vs SA 2006
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    Both tied Tests.
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    Aust v WI (1999) The Test where BCL chased down the target. (Trinidad?)


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    Some selections involving Australia from the recent past:

    Australia vs England, Adelaide 2006
    Australia vs Pakistan, Hobart 1999
    Sri Lanka vs Australia, Kandy 2004
    South Africa vs Australia, Port Elizabeth 1997
    Australia vs West Indies, Adelaide 1992
    Australia vs South Africa, Sydney 1994

    And some older ones.

    Australia vs West Indies, Brisbane 1960
    Australia vs England, Melbourne 1937
    India vs Australia, Madras 1986

    They're the best ones I can think of offhand. Should have the other Ashes test where England won after following on in there too, but I can't remember what year it was.
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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj
    Aust v WI (1999) The Test where BCL chased down the target. (Trinidad?)
    Bridgetown I think. Good nomination anyway.

    How about that Chennai test in 1999 between India and Pakistan? The test earlier this year where Bangaldesh nearly beat Australia deserves mention as well. Exciting the whole way through.

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    India vs England Oval 1971

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    Some good selections here people. I'm adding them all in, then if we get too many we can decide which ones to take out.

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    Throw in India vs Pakistan at Chennai in 1999, and also Sri Lanka vs South Africa at Colombo this year.

    Just had a look at the closest results in tests, and found an odd thing. If you combine all results which are tied or wins by 15 or less runs, only two of them don't involve Australia. There's a few one wicket wins that don't include Australia though.

    I'd also suggest the South Africa vs England test where Atherton saved it against Donald. Someone else will probably know the year and ground. Old Trafford in the 2005 Ashes probably deserves mention too in terms of exciting draws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad

    I'd also suggest the South Africa vs England test where Atherton saved it against Donald. Someone else will probably know the year and ground. .
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    WI - India 2006 4th Test....Dravid at his best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker
    WI - India 2006 4th Test....Dravid at his best.
    Was going to nominate that one and the Chennai 99 test, good to see both have been mentioned.

    I'll have a think and return to this thread.
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    Australia vs England, 4th Test in 1982 (England won by 3 runs)

    http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1...30DEC1982.html

    And Australia vs WI, 4th test 1993 (WI won by 1 run)

    http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1...26JAN1993.html
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    39 for 6 in the first hour of the test match yet you still win the game by 341 runs…

    http://uk.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/20...02FEB2006.html

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