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    Most under-rated test innings?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sQpV...eature=related

    I remember this knock and it was an absolute treat to watch but I have never ever seen people discuss or talk about this knock, to me its one of those under-rated gems that people tend to forget after it happened.

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    Pakistan vs Sri Lanka doesn't tend to be the most high-profile of series, no - if that knock had been made against Australia, India or England it might well have been lauded to the treetops.

    Another knock that's massively underrated is Michael Vaughan's 76 against West Indies at Headingley in 2000.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Pakistan vs Sri Lanka doesn't tend to be the most high-profile of series, no - if that knock had been made against Australia, India or England it might well have been lauded to the treetops.

    Another knock that's massively underrated is Michael Vaughan's 76 against West Indies at Headingley in 2000.
    The things this knock had going in its favor.

    1) It was not a road as seen by the sub par scores in the first innings

    2) The bowling attack he was facing was quite decent. (Remember Sami was still 150+ while Kaneria was going through his best period and then add a fit Shoaib to the mix.)

    3) The innings had it all some good solid batting in the first half and then typical Jaya's ruthless aggression in the latter half. He add 101 for the 9th wicket with Dilhara whose contribution was 0

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    Its got to be Dravid's century in the partnership with VVS's 281.
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    Atherton's 185 and Russells 20 odd.

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    akmals 100 in that karachi test

    wonder where that is in the wisden list

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    Mark Waugh's 120-odd in Port Elizabeth.

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    Ponting's 118* against Bangladesh in this Test:

    http://content-aus.cricinfo.com/stat...ch/238171.html

    Facing a hugely embarassing loss...Ponting stood up while most of the team fell around him on what was changing into a pretty difficult track...Chasing over 300 which is never easy in a Test either. The pressure on him must've been enormous. I have little doubt that there would've been calls for his head as captain if we'd lost that Test (There were calls for his head after we won 16 straight ffs). Gilchrist's in the first innings needs a huge mention too.
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    How about Nafees' ton too? Fair attack Australia put out in that match.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sideshowtim View Post
    Ponting's 118* against Bangladesh in this Test:

    http://content-aus.cricinfo.com/stat...ch/238171.html

    Facing a hugely embarassing loss...Ponting stood up while most of the team fell around him on what was changing into a pretty difficult track...Chasing over 300 which is never easy in a Test either. The pressure on him must've been enormous. I have little doubt that there would've been calls for his head as captain if we'd lost that Test (There were calls for his head after we won 16 straight ffs). Gilchrist's in the first innings needs a huge mention too.
    If anything, I would consider Gilly's innings above Ponting's. And the following performance in the 4th innings above Ponting's and Gilly's both :-

    http://content-www.cricinfo.com/stat...tch/64045.html

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    it has to be Inzi's triple century against New zealand. No one talks about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sideshowtim View Post
    Ponting's 118* against Bangladesh in this Test:

    http://content-aus.cricinfo.com/stat...ch/238171.html

    Facing a hugely embarassing loss...Ponting stood up while most of the team fell around him on what was changing into a pretty difficult track...Chasing over 300 which is never easy in a Test either. The pressure on him must've been enormous. I have little doubt that there would've been calls for his head as captain if we'd lost that Test (There were calls for his head after we won 16 straight ffs). Gilchrist's in the first innings needs a huge mention too.
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    If anything, I would consider Gilly's innings above Ponting's. And the following performance in the 4th innings above Ponting's and Gilly's both :-

    http://content-www.cricinfo.com/stat...tch/64045.html
    Excellent performances, but maybe if those games deserved Test status we could consider them a little more seriously.

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    Surely as a fan of Atherton his 185* against a hostile South African attack must be on the list for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Excellent performances, but maybe if those games deserved Test status we could consider them a little more seriously.

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    It's an impossible question to answer with any pretence at authority because there must be literally dozens of gutsy knocks from the early days of cricket than posterity, fickle mistress that she is, hasn't seen fit to garland.

    Of the games I've seen I'd say that Alec Stewart's monumentally brave 9* in the abandoned test at Sabina in 98 is worthy of recognition way above & beyond the runs scored. Ambrose & Walsh were charging in on a pitch that was disintegrating almost from the first ball. Alec must've been hit three or four times but typically didn't flinch.
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