Sreesanth said, "Next ball he was beaten and I said, 'is this the King Charles Lara? Who is this impostor, moving around nervously? I should have kept my mouth shut for the next ball - mind you, it was a length ball - Lara just pulled it over the church beyond the boundary! He is a true legend."
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Pah, if England couldn't dismiss a tailender in 20-odd overs they don't deserve to be doing anything other than losing a series.
Edwards discredited then. Sure thing.
TBF, while Edwards does naturally deserve great credit for his batting in that knock, I've always viewed it more as a failure of England's bowlers than anything. Whereas with him and Collymore in 2006 it was truly a great last-pair escape-act.
IMO Morkel's second escape in SA was a failure of South Africa's. Morkel didn't make him play enough IIRC.
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Favorite XI: WG Grace, VT Trumper, IVA Richards, DCS Compton, FMM Worrell (c), AC Gilchrist (wk), CL Cairns, SK Warne, FS Trueman, SE Bond, T Richardson 12th man: H Larwood
Ponting's 156 at Old Trafford, 2005.
Laxman 281 @ Eden against Australia.
Like Botham at Headingly, I'd have thought you'd have nothing to lose - may as well just bat and have a crack. I suppose the pressure would have built as the day went on though, when all of a sudden the prospect of saving the game became a reality, then the chance the game could be won..
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When Laxman actually came in (obviously, at first-drop), although defeat would've seemed near-inevitable, it was a home Test series, defeat there tends to be near-unthinkable for India, and there was still the remote possibility of it being saved. As his knock went on that possibility became stronger and stronger.
As for Laxman's place, it was far from assured at that point. Very far indeed.
Whether he felt any great pressure or just batted as if he had nothing to lose, only he could tell you.
That it's one of the greatest against-the-odds innings' you'll ever see is beyond question though.
And as for the comparisons to Botham at Headingley, well, we know beyond doubt and always have that Botham just said to Graham Dilley "may as well have some fun". We don't know, UIMM, what Laxman's attitude was but Botham's play was coherant with his known attitude. But from what I've always seen of Laxman's knock (I didn't watch it ball-by-ball) it seems he just came in and batted absolutely normally.
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