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