Ponting's dismissal. Was bizarre
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I'd love to see Clarke get to 400 tomorrow... especially if this is going to turn out to be a drab draw like I'm expecting. Aussies still have to take 20 wickets on that road.
Still, one of the best days of test cricket I've seen.
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Pretty sad to see how clown-like his batting has become. It's funny as well how he has seemingly been on the end of yet another superb delivery. Sensing a trend here...
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Who should Tsotsobe and Parnell play instead?
I wonder if PEWS will say Waca, Waca, Waca should Clarke make a double in Perth...
Having said that, his average will take a nice dip when he plays us next month.
Bingle was a good riddance for Clarkey. He is in just so awesome form since that incident.
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I actually heard a few people say that the bit of extra grass would be good for the pitch but it'll just ensure that it doesn't turn in the second innings like it did for Swann or get variable like the old Adelaide Oval myths will tell you it will. I'll wait and see what actually happens later in the game before going on about it even more, but I think this could well be the flattest pitch I've ever seen that wasn't Antigua.
We in Australia love to poo-poo the records of Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Samaraweera etc for scoring massive runs at the SSC and I definitely see the point of that at times, but we can't then turn around and beat our chests about Clarke knocking off a quick double in Adelaide, a ground which is just as bad if not actually worse in this case, and call it great Test cricket. It's rubbish cricket.
People can quote stats from the last twenty years all you like but the vast majority of that time was occupied by all-conquering Australian team that could've won on any surface. That was one of the best lineups of all time. There have been a few exceptions to that where Australia actually even lost like the last Ashes (on a pitch that I didn't think was that bad, actually) but overall this has been a joke wicket. Furthermore, if we get a result on this one because both teams progress the game scoring ~5rpo while racking up their huge scores then it doesn't make it a good cricket wicket just because it gets us a result. You need to provide a relatively even contest between bat and ball to be a good wicket. Obviously you need variety a little bit one way or the other but Adelaide is a complete joke, just like Antigua was a joke and the SSC is a joke, and it's true that I might be a bit of a sour **** but I didn't enjoy today's play at all, tbh.
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Surely one of the more demoralizing first days play endured by a top side in recent years. Carnage
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Why I kept thinking the Ashes was last year throughout that post is beyond me, but point stands.
Sure a close contest is more entertaining but to call it actual 'rubbish cricket'? You're not being sour, you're being ridiculous.
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