(478)…Test batting: Staying and batting deep into innings

“Bat a while” – The usual mantra from Australian captain to his players, especially in sub-continent. If a player is able to bat whole session than he can be credited as a decent Test batsman. It is a good benchmark irrespective … Continue reading

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(476)…Nathan Lyon

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Australia in trying to save the series have opted to pick 4 spinners in the ongoing 2nd Test match at Chittagong. Nathan Lyon opened the bowling with Pat Cummins, and in the 10th over got the break through. This was … Continue reading

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(475)…Significance of first Test match

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Since Oct’98 Australia are playing their 70th test series (including one-off test match) of which they have won 47. They have lost their first test in ongoing 2-test(70th series)in Bangladesh, hence they do not have any chance of winning the … Continue reading

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(474)…Improved partnership in test cricket under Holder’s leadership

WestIndies posted their 3rd Test win under Jason Holder’s leadership. In Oct 2015 he was appointed their 36th captain, and second youngest to lead a test team. The success rate under him is very little(3 games), nevertheless they have managed to … Continue reading

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(473)…Australia’s winning trend in Asia (Oct-98-2017)

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    Below table is a brief trend analysis of Australia’s test performance in Asia and thorough explanation of those stats.   Result: Won 30.23 %, Lost 44.18%, Drawn 25.58%. Their success rate of not losing(win + draw) is 55.81%, … Continue reading

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(472)…Ravi Ashwin

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Since his comeback from injury in June this year Ravi Ashwin’s bowling performance in all format has been less effective. Has he recovered enough to play ? or he is trying too many different things in Test cricket in particular. … Continue reading

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(471)…Batting positioning (Basil D ‘Oliveira series-SA v Eng -2017)

England won Basil D ‘Oliveira series 3-1. It was not a easy victory, they had to work hard to win the series, particularly after losing the 2nd test match which leveled the series 1-1. This was one of the rare … Continue reading

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(467)…History beckons Zimbabwe

The success in one-day series in Sri Lanka has bought great deal of confidence for Zimbabwe team. Now they are on the verge of winning a historic test match in Sri Lanka. They are defending a 388 runs in approximate … Continue reading

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(465).. Game will evolve when margin of wins is high between two equally strong teams.

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I think game of any sport will evolve when margin of wins is high between  two teams that are equally strong or have less gap in their skills – As Zimbabwe created history by winning their first ever ODI bilateral … Continue reading

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(453)…Fortress breached-Australia have showed the path-II.

The Border-Gavaskar series analysis. This series was so intense that every player from both teams were tactical and technical challenged by the pitch. The demands of these challenges resulted in verbal battle between teams. The first test loss riled India so … Continue reading

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(451)…Border-Gavaskar series -The bounce(height)so far.

A brief stats look at comparison of bounce that pitch had in Border-Gavaskar series. Ranchi(the 3rd test) had more bounce than Pune and Bangalore, and was less uneven!. In previous games the bounce > waist Pune was  1.43% of total … Continue reading

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(449)…Border-Gavaskar series: India(HV-play)

Border-Gavaskar test series :End of 2nd Test, India have scored 675 runs in 242.3 overs, and lost 40 wickets. Their run rate is slightly high at 2.78 and strike rate is poor at 36.37(balls per wicket)!. It was much lower … Continue reading

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(448)…Border-Gavaskar series: Australia(HV-play)

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Test series – Border Gavaskar series. End of 2nd Test, Australians have scored 933 runs in 340.1 overs, and lost 40 wickets. Their run rate is low at 2.74 and strike rate is 51(balls per wicket)although if one has to … Continue reading

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(446)…Border-Gavaskar Trophy (1st Test)-Detrimental surface!.

In terms of market value and popularity Border-Gavaskar trophy is the most sought out test series in recent times, more than the Ashes.. However unlike Ashes the surface is lopsided when Test matches is played in India. This is also … Continue reading

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(445)…Fortress to breach: Take the game deep into the test match-Part I

As India take on Australia in 4- Test Border-Gavaskar Trophy.  Here are some thoughts on how tourist should operate. Recently when New Zealand and England toured India, the host started slowly and than went on to win the series convincingly. … Continue reading

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