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    Is Clarke's the faster double century in test history? Got to be close. On the other hand I'm I the only one wondering why when South Africa play Australia the outcomes have to be so...surreal? 434 chased down in an ODI being an example.
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    To be honest, it's also the fact that you rarely, if ever, see 500 being taken off a half-decent attack (and let's face it half the attack was still quite decent. Morkel bowled OK today and got treated like an absolute club pie-chucker after tea) in a day. Or a double century being scored from the middle order in two sessions. Or 100 being put on in 10 overs!

    Guarantee you that a lot more people will remember today than will remember, say, one of Pattinson's brilliant spells at the MCG which took two wickets. Yeah, perhaps the latter may be better cricket from a bat vs. ball POV, but rarity has a quality of its own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andruid View Post
    Is Clarke's the faster double century in test history? Got to be close. On the other hand I'm I the only one wondering why when South Africa play Australia the outcomes have to be so...surreal? 434 chased down in an ODI being an example.
    Nathan Astle made one off about 155 balls or something, mere days after Gilchrist got the record making 204 off 210


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    Quote Originally Posted by andruid View Post
    Is Clarke's the faster double century in test history? Got to be close. On the other hand I'm I the only one wondering why when South Africa play Australia the outcomes have to be so...surreal? 434 chased down in an ODI being an example.
    Haha, not even remotely close

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvd619323 View Post
    Haven't heard anyone suggest Clarke's knock has anything on his South African one, or even the double ton up at Brisbane. Nobody's talking it up as the best 100 or 200 they've ever seen - it's more about his remarkable consistency and weight of runs in the past 12 months.

    Apart from the South African one, I reckon every big ton from Pup has some sort of caveat - India's poor attack, pitches that wouldn't be out of place on the M5 or injured South Africans - but irrespective 1200+ runs at 140 for the year is ridiculously consistent.

    I think you're leaning towards a straw man here, to be perfectly honest. Nobody has brought up Sangakkara or Jayawardene in-thread*, nobody has championed this innings ahead of Sanga's 192 in Hobart (to make but one example), and I'm pretty confident everyone here rates that knock in South Africa as Clarke's best (perhaps second to the 329 on sheer weight of runs).

    tl:dr - everyone is praising Clarke for his form this past year as a whole, not this knock in isolation.


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    Nah lots of people have been going on about what an amazing knock/day of Test cricket this has been. I brought up Sangakkara and Jayawardene myself because I'm sure no-one would go into the India in Sri Lanka thread saying that sort of stuff after one of them knocked up a double ton at the SSC. The vast majority of posts in there would be about how dead the pitch was and how bad for cricket it is, yet here we've got the same thing and it's all praise.

    Personal thing really but I find cricket on a wicket like this absolutely terrible to watch frankly and I get frustrated by the double standards that are applied to the Adelaide Oval by the Australian public.
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    it was an amazing knock/day of Test cricket though
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    I'm pretty sure Sanga and Jayawardene would be praised if they put on 500 on Day 1 on a Test. Seriously.

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    we praised them for the 600 odd stand iirc

    and yeah a couple called out the pitch. we were calling out the pitch on the first hour. and then some quite amazing performances happened.

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    really, the game after lunch never slowed down enough for us to get into a flat track debate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Nah lots of people have been going on about what an amazing knock/day of Test cricket this has been. I brought up Sangakkara and Jayawardene myself because I'm sure no-one would go into the India in Sri Lanka thread saying that sort of stuff after one of them knocked up a double ton at the SSC. The vast majority of posts in there would be about how dead the pitch was and how bad for cricket it is, yet here we've got the same thing and it's all praise.

    Personal thing really but I find cricket on a wicket like this absolutely terrible to watch frankly and I get frustrated by the double standards that are applied to the Adelaide Oval by the Australian public.
    The only people who hasn't acknowledged the roadness of this pitch has been NUFAN afaik.

    You're just making up things. If Sri Lanka make almost 500 in a day of test cricket I'm sure everyone will acknowledge it's been an extraordinary day of test cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post
    Looks a mother****ing road.
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    Not sure if serious. The pitch looks fine and very un-road like.
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    Can't you see the solid double lines up the middle?
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    What about the bounce. boi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    we praised them for the 600 odd stand iirc

    and yeah a couple called out the pitch. we were calling out the pitch on the first hour. and then some quite amazing performances happened.
    A world class batsman scored a double ton on a complete road against a depleted bowling attack. Never saw it coming!

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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post
    The only people who hasn't acknowledged the roadness of this pitch has been NUFAN afaik.

    You're just making up things. If Sri Lanka make almost 500 in a day of test cricket I'm sure everyone will acknowledge it's been an extraordinary day of test cricket.
    I guess this is one of those "everyone cares a lot more about scoring rates than I do" moments then.

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    We're not praising just the fact he scored a double ton though. We're praising the fact that he basically squeezed four and a half sessions' worth of batting into three (or two and a half if you want to be nitpicky).



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