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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Boxing Day: round the clock cricket


A long day of cricket watching, and it's still not over yet, if (which is unlikely) I decide to stay up for the third (and deciding) South Africa- New Zealand T20.

I've spent much of the day on the couch watching, in turn, highlights of a href
="http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-pakistan-2012/content/story/598548.html"> close India - Pakistan T20 won by Pakistan then day 1 live of the href= http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia-v-sri-lanka-2012/content/story/598584.html"> second Australia - Sri Lanka Test followed by the Sydney Sixers- Hobart Hurricanes BBL match at the SCG  which  href="http://www.espncricinfo.com/big-bash-league-2012/engine/current/match/571248.html">the visitors won , thanks to 63*/52b from Ricky Ponting.
Of course the Test is my primary interest (I would say that wouldn't I?). Yet with Australia 3/150 (39ov, Warner 62) almost ahead of Sri Lanka's paltry 156 (43.4 ov, Sangakkara 58 -taking him past 10,000 runs in Tests, Johnson 4/63, the other frontliners 2 apiece) the match looks over already. I know I implied the same after D1 of the Adelaide Test , but Sri Lanka look to have too many gaps in all three departments of the game which they've not been able to plug. Bad as the batting (with Kumar Sangakkara excepted) was the fielding fell apart in the last session as both captain Clarke 20* and vice captain Watson 13* were let off, Clarke twice.

Tomorrow Australia should be able to build a substantial lead, albeit in front of a much smaller crowd than today's 65,000 or so.

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