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Live cricket commentary: Australia v Sri Lanka - day three, SCG

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Australia v Sri Lanka, third Test, day three

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And that's it for today, folks, RC signing off here at Blog Central. Been a great day's cricket, a great day's entertainment, thanks for all the banter! Let's finish it off tomorrow, I'll meet you back here around 10am for the 10.30 start. Good evening to you all!

STUMPS SCORE: Sri Lanka 7/225 (Chandimal 22*, Herath 7*) SL leads by 87 runs.

WHAT HAPPENED: Sri Lanka made some good inroads into the Australian tail early on, before Wade gave the home side a decent enough lead with a brilliant hundred. Sri Lanka then challenged strongly again in its own innings, at one stage only six runs in arrears with nine wickets still in hand! But, not for the first time, it couldn't sustain the pressure, some irresponsible middle-order batting seeing it lose 6/70, its lead of 87 with only three wickets in hand not nearly enough.

WHAT IT MEANS: Australia should have this wrapped up not long after lunch tomorrow, Sri Lanka without sufficient bowling strength to put the shudders through the home side even if it does grab a few early wickets. The visitors have shown better resolve this Test, but concentration, both in the field, and particularly with the bat, remains an obvious and very large achilles heel. Aussies have got the job done, but India away and two Ashes series will require far more still than they've served up this summer.

Hello! Hussey bowled one down leg, and Wade appeals for the stumping. Only problem was batsman was in by a metre and the keeper didn't take it! And Herath takes a two off the last ball to finish things off. That's stumps. Great day's cricket, that! SL 7/225 at the finish, the lead 87 runs.

And Chandimal obviously hasn't read the script! First-ball is a juicy half-volley outside off and the keeper smacks him for four! Good way to endear yourself to the locals!

And one of the biggest cheers of the day comes as retiring champion Hussey comes on to bowl! Come on Huss, might not get a bat, so grab a wicket instead!

Mistimed pull from Herath to mid-on doesn't inspire a lot of confidence. Don't think the SL tail is one to hang around! Close shout now for LBW from Starc, comfortably missing leg, though, and rightly, no review.

Starc gets a couple to jump a bit, Bird from the other end bowling a pretty good line. Chandimal is going to have the odd swing, though, and whacks him through covers twice in a row for four. SL 7/216, lead is 78.

WICKET! Starc back into the attack, and strikes immediately. Angled away from Prasad, gets a healthy nick, Wade does the clean-up work. SL 7/202, or effectively 7/64.

There's the 200 up, the SL lead now 62. Another 150 and perhaps they're some sort of chance, Chandimal and Prasad at least digging in a little.

Nearly another one, Lyon gets an edge from Prasad, and it flies past Wade's right glove. True that his glovework has been less than razor sharp, but very early days, and I'm prepared to give him a chance or two after that knock earlier! SL 6/187.

WICKET! Jayawardene's gone! And so is Sri Lanka, you'd think. Gets a thickish edge off Siddle, and Clarke at first slip takes it low down in front. Good catch and SL in all sorts now, will be lucky to lead by 100.

WICKET! Another run out! Mathews pushes Lyon to mid-wicket, where Warner's dive stops it getting past, causes both batsmen to hesitate mid-pitch and the batsman, upon turning back, to be left at least a metre short! Disaster for Sri Lanka, only 40 runs to the good with just five wickets left now.

Anyone sensing Heals aint much of a Wade fan? Has been sloppy at times, but worth remembering they called Marsh "iron gloves" early on, too. ... SL hanging in there, 4/177, lead by 39.

Drinks break. Gatorade carts come out ... as does Jeeves at Blog Central ... think an iced tea for me, please ... but do we call you a valet or a butler?

Well, Mathews ain't going to die wondering! Already 16, comprised of four boundaries, Lyon probably not unhappy, though, will give him a chance. Siddle coming on to replace Johnson, SL 4/176.

Johnson coming around the wicket now. Jayawardene rightly pretty peeved at his middle-order colleagues, that was an absolute shocker from Samaraweera before, would be giving the skipper a wide berth in the rooms if I were him! SL 4/164, lead by 26.

WICKET! Mr Cricket takes a screamer! Lyon strikes, Samaraweera, still not off the mark, for some inexplicable reason charges down the track to the spinner. Doesn't get to the pitch, hoiks it up in the air and the retiring Hussey after running with the flight takes it safely! Great fielding, stupid batting! SL 4/158, Mathews the new man.

WICKET! Another big moment, good bouncer from Johnson, Thirimanne takes it from in front of his visor, but can't get good enough connection, and it goes down the throat of Bird at deep fine leg. SL 3/155, lead by 17.

And ... he's .... SAFE! Replay shows left-hander got a tiny inside edge before it hit his leg ... would've gone over the top as well.

WICKET! Or is it? Lyon smacks Thirimanne in front, given out LBW, but he's challenged it straight away .... let's see ...

Fifty for Jayawardene! Beautiful clip off the pads for four brings up the milestone from 89 balls. Good knock, departing skipper came in early and gave great support to Karunaratne, now he's setting the pace. SL 2/147.

Good tight bowling from the Aussies since tea, just nine runs added in half an hour along with the crucial wicket of Karunaratne. SL effectively 2/1, still plenty of scope to build a very challenging target. Incidentally, largest fourth innings target ever chased down at the SCG is just 2/288 by Australia against South Africa.

Karunaratne deserves plenty of plaudits for that knock, hadn't looked like it previously, but was terrific today, confident and aggressive from the word go. Interesting dismissal, too, no obvious hotspot, might have survived if he'd challenged, but knew he'd knicked it. Let's add good sport to the boquets as well.

WICKET! Huge moment, Bird gets Karunaratne! Little bit of movement through the air, left-hander was tempted, and fine edge flies through to keeper Wade. Massive blow for SL, massive relief for Australia, and the game swings again.

Siddle to open up from the members' end, has a great knack of getting the badly-needed breakthrough, and boy do the Aussies need it now.

Set to go again here, big session for both sides, few quick wickets and Aussies right on top again, another hour or so from this pair and you'll be able to feel the tension of the home side as the pendulum of power swings away. Going to be Bird to open up the bowling, Karunaratne on strike. Let's go!

TEA SCORE: Sri Lanka 1/130 (Karunaratne 83*, Jayawardene 38*)

That will be tea, folks. Terrific fightback from Sri Lanka here, 112 added in the session for the loss of one wicket, this stand's worth 106, Aus now leads by only eight runs, and Karunaratne is closing in what would be a terrific ton. Crucial last session coming up, join us in 15 minutes or so!

And .... he's .... SAFE! ... Hawkeye shows it would have bounced over the top of leg stump, to the jeers of the crowd. Reckon it was worth a go, though.

That's got to be close! Siddle traps Karunaratne in front, huge shout, turned down but it's going to be challenged!

There's the 100 partnership up, from just 133 balls, and the deficit is just 12 runs, game-turning stuff this!

Bang goes Karunaratne! Savage cut for four from Starc, moves to 79. He's gone from looking barely Test standard in Melbourne to a real danger man here. SL now 1/122, trailing by just 16 runs, she's game on, folks!

Jayawardene looking just as confident as his partner now, no demons in the track and bowling hasn't had too much fire about it lately. SL really working themselves back into the picture here at 1/106, Aus. lead is only 32.

Chance goes down! Good ball from Lyon, found Karunaratne's outside edge, but ball hit Wade's left glove and flew away to slip before he knew it was there! Clarke can't grab the spoils, was wrong-footed ... boy, that could be a big moment. SL 1/92.

Fifty for Karunaratne! With a six no less! Lovely lofted drive from Lyon sums up his growing confidence. This has been a really good knock, has played very confidently, obviously dominating the scoring with SL at 1/86.

There's the drinks break, good hour for the visitors despite the wicket, some really positive, attacking strokeplay, and Aussie lead is being whittled away. Players are, as they say, refuelling ... just a short black for us, thanks Jeeves.

Lyon is on for a bit of a tweak, Aussies need a breakthrough with the lead evaporating. Close shave second ball, Karunaratne hits over the top of it, but hits backs well, deposits "Gazza" through leg side for four. Now he cuts Starc for a boundary, moves on to 43, easily the best he's looked. SL 1/68.

And the SL skipper picks Siddle off his pads over square leg for a boundary. Uppish shot but totally safe, the 50 comes up, batsmen looking reasonably confident and the deficit is shrinking, Aus. 88 in front now.

Jayawardene looking comfortable enough, SL still more than 100 in arrears, though. Johnson and Siddle pressing hard for another breakthrough. This is probably the most crucial partnership for the visitors, can't rely on Australia crumbling in a fourth innings chase.

WICKET! Johnson strikes, Dilshan's gone, left-armer got the thick outside edge to third slip, and Hughes does the job. Pretty close to bouncing, and the umps have decided to send it up stairs for a look, but it will confirm Hughes got his hands cleanly underneath. He's gone, SL 1/24.

Bird from the other end, Dilshan finally gets off the mark, took him 15 deliveries to do so, big innings for him. SL 0/20.

All set to go again after a cracking first session. Uphill battle for Sri Lanka but started well in that little pre-lunch session, let's see if they can continue. It's going to be Dilshan on strike, Mitch Johnson opening the bowling, his first crack for the innings.

LUNCH SCORE: Sri Lanka 0/18 (Karunaratne 17, Dilshan 0).

And that'll be lunch, folks. Good start by SL, Karunaratne has played some positive strokes, SL still 120 runs in arrears, however, with a mountain to climb. Plenty of action indeed in that first session, the obvious highlight the brilliant hundred to Matthew Wade, capably assisted by No.11 Jackson Bird! Let's hope the lunch-tea show offers as much. See you in half-an-hour or so!

Positive start for Karunaratne, cuts Starc past point and it races away for four! Bit of swing for the left-armer, though. Too full, and opener punches him for another boundary. Sri Lanka 0/8. It's going to be Bird from the other end to Dilshan.

About to go again here. SL are going to have to face at least four if not five overs before lunch. It's Karunaratne on strike, with Starc opening the attack.

And now Australian skipper Clarke has declared at 9/432! Don't think anyone expected that, but smart move, Aussies will get three or four overs at Sri Lanka before lunch. The lead is 138 runs, with a nasty little period for the visitors coming up.

Now Wade survives a chance! Had a smash at Lakmal, got a huge top edge, and at deep fine leg is put down!

100 for Wade!! He's done it! Beautiful timing, drive through cover for four, deep fieldsman couldn't cut it off, and crowd goes mad! That's his second Test ton, from 156 balls with nine boundaries.

Smashes another one! Just short of the rope over cover, he's 95! Then gets a two ... 97 ... come on Wadey, come on, come on ... etc.!

Two more for Wade, he's on to 90! Smashing everything now, takes another single ... Bird plays it out again, and Wade's back on strike. Would be a popular ton, this!

French cuts for another two, then pushes a single, takes him to 88. Big Bird has one ball to survive in the over ... and clips a boundary off his pads! Aus. 9/418, Wade back on strike!

Great shot Wade! Field is spread, but leftie just picked the gap between deep cover and deep mid off for another four! Then repeats the does for two ... he's 85 ... come on Wadey!

And Bird gets his first runs in Test cricket to thunderous (if slightly ironic) cheers! Pushes a two into covers, Wade back on strike, 79 not out, shades of Douggie Walters and Jim Higgs more than 30 years ago!

Beautiful shot from Wade, sensing the end is nigh, opens up and lofts a cover drive off Pradeep, crashes into the fence for four. Then deflects another short ball through gully for another boundary! Can Bird hang on and help him get the ton? Wade's on 79 now.

WICKET! Now Herath's getting the rewards! Beats Lyon all ends up in flight, tailender can't resist a swing and is bowled neck and crop! This is a really good fightback by the visitors, not out of this game by a long shot! Aus. 9/392.

Here's the first drinks break of the day, plenty of action in that first hour, Aussies added 51 but lost two wickets late in the piece. Lead is 99.

WICKET! Starc's given out LBW, beaten for turn by Herath, hit on the back pad, that looks pretty out! Batsman goes the review in the hope it might have bounced over the stumps, but Hawkeye confirm it would have knocked over the castle! Sri Lanka back in the ball game! Aus. 8/387.

WICKET! Siddle's gone, caught behind to Pradeep. Nice ball, just moved off the seam, Siddle couldn't resist a swing, and a decent edge lands safely in Chandimal's gloves. Good partnership worth nearly 80, the lead is now 90. Starc's turn to provide Wade with some support.

Boy, Herath's bowled pretty well this series with absolutely no luck, and it happens again! Siddle plays and misses, then next ball gets a little edge which falls just short of slip. Wouldn't be bothering to buy a lottery ticket at the moment if I were him!

Our man Jesse Hogan says the Sri Lankans are now 4 from 16 reviews this season. Might want to do some video work with the umps after this match!

Review time! Siddle flicked at Pradeep, who's come into the attack this over, down the leg side, and there's a big shout. Didn't look like he nicked it, and umpire turned it down, but SL is desperate enough now to give it a shot ... not surprisingly, it's turned down, and that was their last review ... haven't used them that well this series, the visitors!

Fifty for Wade! Boy, not without a fright, though. Left-hander pulled Herath to mid-wicket, hard and flat, bouncing just in front of Samaraweera. Rides his luck, the new keeper, but this is proving an important stand.

Beautiful shot from Wade! Spanks a cover drive from Lakmal for four, this lead's building quickly now, partnership worth 65. Aus. 6/372.

Another run out chance! Siddle a bit slow to respond to another sharp call, and just gets his bat over the line at the strikers' end as it goes to the third umpire. He's safe ... phew! A third run out in the innings would be a disaster! Aus. 6/364.

And there's a five for Siddle! Pushes a very risky single to mid-on, the throw from close range misses, and there's no one backing up, ball racing to the fence! Lucky Bill Lawry's in the box at the moment because, yep, it's all happening! Aus. 6/360.

Spinner Herath opens up from the other end, immediately finds a nice line and length, and a bit of a mid-pitch mix-up between the batsman makes hearts flutter.

Good attacking start from Siddle. Just leans into a full-pitcher from Lakmal and it races down the ground for four. Half-shout for LBW next ball but was going way down leg side. Wade to get his turn now. Can he get the 50 out of the way first thing? Aus. 6/346.

We're all set here. It's going to be Siddle on strike, with Lakmal to open the bowling. Let's play ball!

You'd have to say Sri Lanka has really stuck to the task so far this game compared to the insipid effort in Melbourne, but more danger looms today with the lead near 50 and this pair starting to look good towards stumps last night. The track will be a factor, though, and runs in the fourth innings historically are hard to come by here.

The weather is beautiful for day three, sunny with a forecast top of 29 degrees. It's an in important day off the field, too, Jane McGrath Day, with, as usual, the SCG a sea of pink as the crowd rallies once again in the name of cancer research. It's become one of the great days on the Australian sporting calendar, this one.

Good morning everyone, RC with you here at Blog Central to take you through day three of the third Test at the SCG. Australia is handily placed but far from invincible at 6/342 with a 48-run lead on the first innings. Can they assert their authority early in the critical mid-part of this Test? Let's find out!

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  • Cricket seems a 'laughing point' when you see what's going on in Tas. Hope they're all OK.

    Till tomorrow.

    Monty

    (Nice work SES - do what you can do - we're all with you)

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    Monty
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    January 05, 2013, 6:03PM
  • Problem is not RSA but the poor ozzies that dont want to be away from home for xmas but always expect someone else to be away... Poor little darling

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    jmac
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    January 05, 2013, 5:54PM
  • Are Starc and Lyon the only bowlers that can remove the lankan tail

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    Mohin
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    January 05, 2013, 5:54PM
  • Any Mugs bought tickets for Sunday at the SCG

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    Mohin
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    January 05, 2013, 5:51PM
    • It won't be over today - you provocative so-and-so

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      Monty
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      January 05, 2013, 5:55PM
  • SL were only here because RSA didn't have the balls to show up for the Boxing Day and NY tests. This is not a test.

    Greame Smith at the SCG would be a "Test".

    Shame that RSA got delusions of grandeur an thought that a 20/20 against NZ would be preferable to Aus vs RSA at the MCG...and later at the SCG.

    Idiot SA's - I guess all the intelligent ones went and played for England.

    Seriously, why would you opt to play NZ at home when you can play Aus at the MCG and SCG?

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    monty
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    January 05, 2013, 5:26PM
    • But didn't you see the massive crowds at the Test? And what a contest!

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      Rohan Connolly
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      January 05, 2013, 5:28PM
    • Never seen the SCG so empty. It was 'allegedly' a sell out - it's not. Look at the telly.

      McGrath foundation would have raised so much more funds if RSA were here.

      No matter. You can guarantee a sell out next year. I'd stake my life on it.

      Shame. McGrath deserves better.

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      monty
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      January 05, 2013, 5:36PM
    • Monty - As long as you do bring your weather with you

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      Mohin
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      January 05, 2013, 5:40PM
    • I suppose humiliating NZ is better than losing to Aus?

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      selector 2
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      January 05, 2013, 5:49PM
    • Mohin - we'll bring the Barmy Army (and you know you want them), you bring the weather - sell out. Guaranteed.

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      Monty
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      January 05, 2013, 5:57PM
  • I wonder if NICHOLAS, CHAPPELL AND LAWRY know that they're an anagram of AHA! CANNY WORDS HELP. I'LL CLAP.

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    Gigs
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    January 05, 2013, 5:19PM
  • Is Ranatunga in next?

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    Mohin
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    January 05, 2013, 5:19PM
    • Nope he's having a biscuit?

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      selector 2
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      January 05, 2013, 5:28PM
    • No it's his little brother but no runner

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      Silent Piker
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      January 05, 2013, 5:30PM
  • Sri Lanka, a team with experience but modest talent, needed maturity to build a competitive total. They've failed. What a disappointment after 3 1/2 days of good test cricket.

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    rudy
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    January 05, 2013, 5:08PM
  • what's the odd's on a 3 day test match once again.

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    Mohin
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    January 05, 2013, 5:08PM
  • Hey Alison Keller (Vodafone). Thanks for supporting the McGrath Foundation and $36k (so far) is great but can you get your system guys to work out how I can get reception when I'm 20km out of Sydney?

    Still, good effort of the charity front. Well done.

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    Monty
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    January 05, 2013, 4:59PM
    • Well Done,

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      Mohin
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      January 05, 2013, 5:16PM
  • Why didn't the off spinner/all rounder Maxwell play? Has a team with 4 quicks done any good since the Windies heyday (and even then, they had a competent 2nd spinner in Richards)?

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    rudy
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  • Oh! That is it!

    Ch9 poll about "Should Hussey open?"

    On a **mobile** Poll?

    Give me strength!

    Commercialisation of cricket is one thing but....this is explotation.

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    Monty
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    January 05, 2013, 4:49PM
    • You got to have coverage to vote. Phone Coverage. Rules both of us out.

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      Silent Piker
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      January 05, 2013, 5:35PM
  • Nothing against HEALY, MCGRATH AND LEE but the commentary can be a bit boring. Perhaps not surprising, given that they're an anagram of THEY CHALLENGE DRAMA.

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    Gigs
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    January 05, 2013, 4:46PM
  • Random (ad) observations No. 4: "Steadfast. Strength" ... But why. Can't you talk. In complete. Sentences.

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    Rohan Connolly
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    • ...because that's all they've got.

      Let's be positive..CH9 (or "Ch(" if you get the shift button wrong) are at the bottom of the abyss. Greig out (my he RIP), Slats in.

      However, let's go forward....2 of the greatest cricketing minds of all time are on the market. If ch9 don't sign up Punter and Hussey for commentary for The Ashes on ch9 then somebody's head needs to roll.

      Bill Lawry, Punter and Hussey in the commentary box? How good would tat be? Awesome.

      I reckon the BBC will sign up Punter and Hussey. Just like they did with that awful, blonde haired spinner. Money talks.

      I only hope we can see it in Aus - at 3am in the morning

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      Monty
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      January 05, 2013, 4:45PM
  • Still of the firm belief that Mathews would be a 14% better player with an extra T in his surname.

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    Gigs
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    January 05, 2013, 4:35PM
  • How about Tweety Bird for Jackson Bird

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    sue wilson
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    January 05, 2013, 4:30PM
    • Angry Birds?

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      lonzo
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      January 05, 2013, 4:38PM
    • Just "Angry"

      On word - just like they call Nathan Lyon "Gazza"

      (Yes, I know the AFL reference - I'm not stupid - just English :-))

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      Monty
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      January 05, 2013, 4:53PM
    • "No Birds" or is that already taken by car company and the Essendon players

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      Mohin
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      January 05, 2013, 5:04PM
  • Why the hell does S'weera wake up in the morning. Keep him out of the team or let him play for England.

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    Mohin
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    January 05, 2013, 4:30PM
  • Nice catch from Bird off Johnson's bowling. Appropriately, MITCH GETS THIRAMANNE is an anagram of TEST MATCH MINI HANGER.

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    Gigs
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    January 05, 2013, 4:28PM
  • OK, starting to get worried ... time to put out an APB for Sandeep .. where are you man?

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    Rohan Connolly
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    January 05, 2013, 3:58PM
    • In training for the Ashes, call up for England I hear

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      Mohin
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      January 05, 2013, 3:59PM
    • Sandeep's just laughing. But not to loud.

      RC - you alluded to the fact at the start of the day that while Wade, Sids, even Bird!! made the tail look good, a better team than SL would take them apart.

      Aus in Ind? Wade could probably hold his own but....

      It's going to be a serious contest for Aus in Ind and I, like you, don't think they have the batting experience for sub-continental cricket.

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      Monty
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      January 05, 2013, 4:10PM
    • Or a penetrating enough spinner, I'd suggest. Don't mind Lyon, but even Herath's got him covered.

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      Rohan Connolly
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      January 05, 2013, 4:19PM
    • Not that couldn't be but there are no Indian born players in the English cricket team.

      But I wouldn't rule it out. We did it to RSA. I just wish Graeme Smith had a Grandmother from Dorset.

      Yes, I accept the criticism - I deal with it every day.

      Not that I'd put any of the Indian test side in England's **beats chest....
      "mwhahahah**

      For the record....Monty Panesar was born in Luton. He IS English.

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      Monty
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      January 05, 2013, 4:19PM
    • Quote:

      But Mum, Nasser Hussain was born in Madras
      Reply: But he is Muslim.

      From the Film: Bend it Like Beckham

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      Mohin
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      January 05, 2013, 4:24PM
    • I seem to remember RSA flogging England at home not so long ago!

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      selector 2
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      January 05, 2013, 4:31PM
  • Gigs, how ever do you do you come up with these mate? Got to say this is a great blog - thanks to RC, monty, gigs, davo, and all the other regulars. ahh and almost forgot our friend from mumbai...

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    lonzo
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    perth
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    January 05, 2013, 3:50PM
  • No Hot Spot on Karu's bat. If it was referred it would be not out. Australia is getting the rub of the green

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    Mohin
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    January 05, 2013, 3:49PM
  • Gee, I hope I get the same sort of reception as Peter Hitchener (9 News Melbourne) is getting when I go back to work on Monday...

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    Gigs
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    Far North Fitzroy
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    January 05, 2013, 3:47PM
  • I wonder if DIMUTH KARUNARATNE knows that he's an anagram of UM... HIT AND RUN KARATE.

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    Gigs
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    Far North Fitzroy
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 3:42PM
  • Random observations No. 3: There are plenty of things people will do for a good cause, but you will never, NEVER get Richie to wear a pink jacket!

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    Rohan Connolly
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    January 05, 2013, 3:38PM
    • Old Skool!

      He does a lot of other work for charity.

      And cancer means a lot to him. Him commentary yesterday included a lovely bit about 'earlobe cancer'

      Lovely.

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      Monty
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      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:51PM
    • Good on you Richie. Not all men from the country would wear Pink. Just you city folk

      Commenter
      Mohin
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:55PM
  • I flicked it to the radio before and found that 9 Perth has about a 5 second delay on the telecast. is this the case in other states? If this has been advertised as a live telecast, could this then constitute false, misleading or deceptive advertising....

    just saying....

    Commenter
    penelope
    Location
    perth
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 3:27PM
    • Transmission to satellite delay time?

      Commenter
      nmetro
      Location
      Longmont CO United States
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:34PM
    • Analog radio here in Sydney is about 5 seconds ahead of the TV. ABC digital radio in synchronized with TV.

      Commenter
      rudy
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:40PM
  • I wonder if the TEA BREAK AT THE SCG knows that it's an anagram of BATH, REST, GET A CAKE.

    Commenter
    Gigs
    Location
    Far North Fitzroy
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 3:26PM
    • Gigs, how ever do you do you come up with these mate? Got to say this is a great blog - thanks to RC, monty, gigs, davo, and all the other regulars. ahh and almost forgot our friend from mumbai...

      Commenter
      lonzo
      Location
      perth
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:44PM
    • ....our friend from Mumbai - who posted just one comment yesterday!

      I'm so looking forward to the Aus v Ind tests.

      RC - I hope the Comments section will be in action for the Border v Gav trophy - please confirm.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:56PM
  • woohoo! i just realised "Graeme Watson" is an anagram of "answer to game". he really was the one...

    Commenter
    Peter Warrington
    Location
    marrickville
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 3:25PM
  • Can someone explain why a fast bowler throws the ball to another player after fielding off their own bowling? Is there some rule that says they can't carry the ball back to start the next delivery?

    Commenter
    stevek
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 3:13PM
    • You can't get good purchase shining the ball when you're walking, whereas a bloke at mid on can rub and rub and rub.

      Commenter
      Silly Mid Off
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:39PM
    • The other player has dry hands and dries the ball for the sweating bowler.

      Commenter
      rudy
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:42PM
    • Or he's just lazy.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:43PM
    • Some teams have a dedicated ball polisher

      Commenter
      Peter Warrington
      Location
      Marrickville
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:43PM
    • Silly Mid-off: 1 + Rudy: 1
      vs
      RC - 0

      You need dry hands to rub the ball. If you're running 30m - you'll be sweating.

      But then, dry hands and AFL? You really wouldn't understand, would you RC :-)

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:49PM
    • Ahh, if only you'd seen me as the firebrand left-armer I was in my youth, Monty ... and never a drop of sweat, even off 30 paces!

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:55PM
    • John Lever, a bit of vaseline makes it shine.
      Bishan Singh Bedi 1977

      Commenter
      Mohin
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 4:10PM
    • Mohin......Murray Mints

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 4:33PM
  • Pradeep took 3 wickets reducing his strike rate from around 600 to 150. That's 100 overs to 25. Cannot see an Aussie or Pom having such a drastic improvement. Is this team of Lankans the worst bowlers to play at the SCG.

    Commenter
    Mohin
    Location
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 3:11PM
  • Looks like Hussey may get to bat after all.

    Commenter
    nmetro
    Location
    Longmont CO United States
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 2:52PM
    • Touch and Go. Sl still trails by 32 runs

      Commenter
      Mohin
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:59PM
    • Hey, Colorado, Glad to see you're still here. It's great that the Americans (well, at least one of them) are/is taking an interest in cricket. Good onya.

      One point of warning though. 'World Series" Cricket - it's already been done :-)

      Hope you're enjoying it though and you couldn't have logged on on a better day. Ask RC anything. He's pretty good like that.

      What you really need to do is log on in July this year. England vs Australia. That's when cricket matters.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:07PM
    • Monty, Hopefully the Ashes go better for the Aussies this year, then last. I will say this is an good exposure to the Cricket and it has been a very interesting test. But thank you,with the time difference, I can actually participate live. It is just about 9:30 PM here (3:30 PM in Sydney).

      Commenter
      nmetro
      Location
      Longmont CO United States
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:23PM
    • nmetro - it doesn't quite work like that. You see, I'm English. I've had the greatest privilege to live in Aus for over 10 years now. I'm even a citizen. I'll support Aussie cricket all the way.

      But, when it comes to The Ashes....I'm English!

      The real Aussies on here understand that for me not to support England would be...unAustralian

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:44PM
    • Indeed.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 4:35PM
    • Can someone check Monty's paperwork please?

      Commenter
      selector 2
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 4:40PM
  • They let Slats back in the Box!! Could it be possible for him to have had a lobotomy in 20mins?

    I hope so or we're in with some serious BS for the next 20 mins.

    God I miss Tony Greig.

    Commenter
    Monty
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 2:45PM
    • And there he goes, blabbing on about how women will actually get into the new micro-brewery. It's an artist's impression you...

      Anyway, my 16 yr old nephew, who has been watching this, and reading the comments page with amusement, has suggested the following phrase:

      "Slats - STFU"

      He's a Kiwi, so obviously knows nothing about cricket.

      "STFU"? I do hope it's not offensive. Never know with Kiwis.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:58PM
    • +1.
      I could not agree more. The difference between the likes of Tony Greig, Bill Lawry (add any commentator who hasn't played for at least 15 years) is like night and day.

      Commenter
      compton
      Location
      L.A
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:59PM
    • Kiwi's are excellent Possum deterrents. I hate Possums.

      Commenter
      Mohin
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:01PM
    • The best Slats moment I've heard was during the olympics when he was calling the female diving (yes, someone thought that was a food idea) when he saw young lady running along side the pool and said something along the lines of: "ooh look, she must be off to read that 50 shades of grey all the women are reading at the moment".
      A magical piece of insight - he really is the homer simpson of commentators.

      Commenter
      compton
      Location
      L.A
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:06PM
    • Give me slats any day particularly if it is a choice between he and Healy, what a bore, I think I know all the names of my muscles and tendons without his constant airing of his knowledge

      Commenter
      john
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:06PM
    • There is not a decent commentator at ch9. Give ABC radio a go.

      Commenter
      rudy
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:45PM
    • How do you figure that Mohin?
      Possums eat kiwis!

      Commenter
      selector 2
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 4:43PM
  • Should we get rid of the toss in favour of the visitors electing to bat or bowl. Should even out the home advantage and pitch doctoring. Still won't help SL as they still trying to figure out the referrals

    Commenter
    Mohin
    Location
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 2:39PM
    • So what do we do about spread betting and tanking?

      Commenter
      selector 2
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 5:12PM
  • Random observations No.2: So now we need a sponsor's poll to adorn a new Test player with a nickname? Gee, that's spontaneous!

    Commenter
    Rohan Connolly
    Location
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 2:38PM
  • It is so good at work all of a sudden everyone is talking about the cricket again. Long may it last.

    Commenter
    Andy
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 2:30PM
    • Unless you live in the southern suburbs of Melbourne

      Commenter
      Mohin
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:41PM
  • RC - Top English butlers, such as 'Jeeves', are partially trained in Europe. Alas, they spend little time in Australia.

    "Short black"?

    Try 'Espresso'.

    Short black indeed. Heathen.

    Or, you could have a cup of tea? Jeeves knows tea.

    Commenter
    Monty
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 2:28PM
    • Alas, my bogan upbringing betrays me! ... But IF I did have a butler, he would definitely have to be called Jeeves!

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:32PM
    • Jeeves was a valet, not a butler.

      Commenter
      bella starkey
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:43PM
    • We quibble over terms, but fair point. Let's just say I want someone, whatever they're called, to get me a drink ... immediately!

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:51PM
    • Good try Bella but:

      Both the name "Jeeves" and the character of Jeeves have come to be thought of as the quintessential name and nature of a valet or butler inspiring many similar characters (as well as the name of the Internet search engine Ask Jeeves). A "Jeeves" is now a generic term in references such as the Oxford English Dictionary.[2]

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:00PM
  • Incidentally, I think it was a bit rough of Clarke to declare when Jackson Bird looked a near-certainty for a maiden Test ton.

    Commenter
    Gigs
    Location
    Far North Fitzroy
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 2:20PM
    • ....I've worked it out.

      Gigs is actually Glenn McGrath.

      That comment cemented my theory.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:36PM
    • Pigeon referring to a Bird?

      Commenter
      Mohin
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:45PM
    • Monty, I can promise you I'm not Glenn McGrath, but I do like the fact that he's an anagram of "ran MCG length".

      Commenter
      Gigs
      Location
      Far North Fitzroy
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:54PM
    • Too good. Well done, Sir!

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:08PM
  • If wonder if the THIRD TEST, DAY THREE DRINKS knows that it's an anagram of THIRSTY AND RED. REST THE KID.

    Commenter
    Gigs
    Location
    Far North Fitzroy
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 2:18PM
  • If wonder if the THIRD TEST, DAY THREE DRINKS knows that it's an anagram of THIRSY AND RED. REST THE KID.

    Commenter
    Gigs
    Location
    Far North Fitzroy
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 2:17PM
    • I WANT that anagram maker :-)

      Much better than anything on the internet.

      Yes, I did search.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:33PM
    • And yes, that should read "THIRSTY", not "THIRSY".

      Commenter
      Gigs
      Location
      Far North Fitzroy
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:34PM
  • OK - that's enough. Gets Slats out of the commentary box.

    Talking rubbish about:

    1) Fast bowler rotation (Lowry caught him out and said that they play so much more cricket these days)

    2) David Warner not playing ODI (Lowry said, "It's ODI, it's entertainment. I want to see the most exciting player out there)

    Lowry 2 Slats 0

    (Good Lunch Time Cricket Show presenter but get. out. of. the. commentary .box....now)

    Commenter
    Monty
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 2:15PM
  • I do like he concept of the "Fizzy-pop beach" - very innovative. But do they really need two lifeguards?

    Surely one would be enough.

    Commenter
    Monty
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 2:07PM
  • The "thwacking" that Karu took from Wade while fielding @ short leg looks to have done him some good.

    Commenter
    Mohin
    Location
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 1:59PM
  • If Joel Garner's nickname is Big Bird, the surely Jackson Bird's nickname should be Big Garner.

    Commenter
    Gigs
    Location
    Far North Fitzroy
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 1:57PM
  • Hey DM, remember the time you were relating the Jock Irvine v Greg Chappell debate for SA in 69-70? Just wondered if you could recall when they picked that team - was it the end of the previous home season?

    Commenter
    Peter Warrington
    Location
    Marrickville
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 1:36PM
  • Clarke declared because Wade was in trouble and still has to keep wicket...

    Commenter
    Captain Conundrum
    Location
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 1:35PM
    • That's a good point

      RC - any news on what was wrong with Wade towards the end of his innings? I'm no doctor but he appeared to be having trouble breathing. Or just dehydrated? Must lose pints of sweat under that helmet in the midday sun.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 1:47PM
    • Some suggestion there's a bit of a tummy bug going around. Siddle disappeared briefly for a pit stop and Clarke apparently struggling a little as well.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 1:50PM
    • I sometimes think Clarke gets carried away with over confidence and likes to pump his chest out just because he feels that's what a good Aussie captain should do... But on reflection you make a far more sensible and quite plausible point!

      Commenter
      compton
      Location
      L.A
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 1:58PM
    • Ouch. Dodgy stomach while playing sport in 30C heat. (Probably hotter out in the field too).

      Reminds me of "Lasagna-gate" in English football - May '06

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:00PM
    • Drinking SL bottled water

      Commenter
      Mohin
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:00PM
    • After what we have seen today, wade a 6 and Paine keeping at 7 could be a goer. After all, Richie Robinson...

      Commenter
      Peter Warrington
      Location
      Marrickville
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:00PM
  • Random obsevrations No.1: I've never watched The Block, and I'm sure as hell not going to now after one of the most annoying ad campaigns in TV history!

    Commenter
    Rohan Connolly
    Location
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 1:27PM
    • Hear! Hear!!

      Never going to buy one of those heart attacks being over-advertised by a well known fried chicken chain either!

      Anyone else got 'Worst Advert During the Test"?

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 1:35PM
    • On the positive side, the backyard cricket advert by a well known bank is pretty cool

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 1:36PM
    • What??? But The Block is such an important part of defensive cricket!

      Commenter
      Gigs
      Location
      Far North Fitzroy
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:02PM
    • Anything to do with Redfern housing

      Commenter
      Mohin
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:04PM
    • Ha! Gigs is here with his jokes - good call.

      The only decent thing about "Mark Taylor's The Block" (It must be his considering how many times he mentions it) is that he joked that his wife was doing some renovations and changing the door locks after he called her a "Block-Head" on air.

      Mark - was she joking? I doubt it.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:20PM
  • clarke showing a lot of faith in his bowling attack here, very gutsy declaration.
    Could end up looking a bit silly if they end up chasing on a 4th/5th day wicket with herath and dilshan spinning it into the rough - but I'm sure the lankans will crumble and clarkey will end up smelling of roses. If this was an ashes test I'd be very worried at this kind of declaration!

    Commenter
    compton
    Location
    L.A
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 12:48PM
    • If Karunaratne can spend the next hour banging fours, it won't look good... But I think the possibility of a cheeky wicket before lunch on day three was worth a roll of the dice, and the same would pertain to the Ashes.

      Commenter
      Bob
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 1:18PM
    • There you go. You also have to remember, in Johnson, Bird, Starc and Lyon, there's real tail-cleaning-up chops in this Australian team. The problem is the three or four proper batsmen SL have.

      Commenter
      Bob
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 1:30PM
    • @Bob - I think the psychology aspect gets overplayed sometimes. there is nothing wrong with keeping it simple i.e score as many runs as you can and give your bowlers the chance to take 20 wickets under little pressure, there are 2.5 days left after all. If SL put a 100 on for 2 or 3 wickets then all of a sudden the pressure swings back the other way.
      The way wade was playing he could have added another 20 - 30 handy runs... all if's and but's of course ;)

      Commenter
      compton
      Location
      L.A
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 1:35PM
    • Compton, I respect your view but, seriously, how many more runs were they going to get. Bird did well but he wasn't going to put a further 50 runs (partnership) was he?

      I agree with Bob, it was worth having a 4-5 over pop before lunch. The wicket didn't come but it was worth a go.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 1:38PM
    • @Monty
      Yeah but 25 could be worth 100 on the last day of this wicket !

      Commenter
      selector 2
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:04PM
    • A single wicket before lunch on day 3 isn't anything to shout about when you think what hearth may do to the talienders on this pitch.
      As mentioned above though looks like Clarke had other reasons for declaration...maybe we should have another look at his decision to bowl first ;)

      Commenter
      compton
      Location
      L.A
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:22PM
    • If this was an ashes test we wouldn't be ahead. SL are currently the worse of the serious test playing teams with their second stream attack. England are the second best test team and playing well. Only Clark would get in their test team.

      Commenter
      Andy
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:27PM
    • Andy - Clarke definitely, but we'd have a look at Warner

      Maybe Starc.

      But yeah, thinking about it....none of the others.

      Perhaps we can get Hussey? He was awesome at Northamptonshire.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:41PM
    • @Andy - I reckon Warner would get a gig at #2 over my namesake.

      Commenter
      compton
      Location
      L.A
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:52PM
  • Poor call on the two runs to Karunaratne from the Starc 'save' last ball of the session. It looked four both live and replay, for mine. I hope it's overturned.

    Commenter
    rudy
    Location
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 12:34PM
  • Go Sri Lanka - get a quick 500 and make Australia grovel.

    Commenter
    rudy
    Location
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 12:29PM
    • The ABC commentary team hinted that decisions on LBW seem to favour the Aussies. C'mon guys Aleem Dar is from Lahore our Dad's played cricket together he will never make a mistake. Are there SL's on the commentary team I ask?

      Commenter
      Mohin
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:20PM
  • i'm not convinced by the declaration - batting last on this pitch will be very hard and that 40 odd run last wicket partnership was gold. If Sri Lanka can match their first innings run tally Australia will have a tough chase. i'd have kept trying to push for an extra 20-30 runs

    Commenter
    cam
    Location
    melbourne
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 12:22PM
    • I'm with you Cam.
      Anyway a good test of their metal!

      Commenter
      selector 2
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 12:35PM
    • Aluminium bats perhaps? Pictures of Lillee made my life so wonderful, Selector.

      Commenter
      Bob
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 12:55PM
  • Sydney crowd did their bit supporting Bird and helping Wade to ton; and they managed it without fireworks or a DJ.

    Commenter
    Waiting for Gonzo
    Location
    Newcastle
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 12:13PM
    • True sign of a global city...

      Commenter
      Peter Warrington
      Location
      Marrickville
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 12:21PM
    • Sydney won't be world-class until it's got a chairlift from the Opera House to the Harbour Bridge with a croupier in every aero-gondola. Small thinking will get you nowhere.

      Commenter
      Bob
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 12:59PM
    • Did you get your first illustrated Jules Verne book for Xmas Bob?

      Commenter
      Waiting for Gonzo
      Location
      Newcastle
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 1:24PM
    • Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Gonzo. One DJ Australia probably could have used is Hussey the Younger. Wade batted brilliantly with the tail, and Johnson, and especially Siddle and Bird were all handy, but an upper order bat like Khawaja is no straight swap for MEK. Not an insurmountable adjustment for the team, but have to work something out for India fast.

      Commenter
      Bob
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 1:46PM
    • @Bob
      Might not have to wait long , ..I think James has got the OK from Barry..!

      Commenter
      selector 2
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 1:50PM
    • Selector 2 - Do you have anything else to do in your life beyond stalking comment pages to make bumptious remarks that are relevant to three or four others? By the way, an ellipsis is three dots, not two, not ten, not eight, just three ... Otherwise it's just a meaningless succession of dots between words.

      Commenter
      Waiting for Gonzo
      Location
      Newcastle
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:11PM
    • @waiting for gonzo
      ............. No...!

      Commenter
      selector 2
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:31PM
    • @waiting for gonzo
      ..........the English language is constantly evolving if you understand me that is all that matters....
      Get over it....!

      Commenter
      selector 2
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:34PM
    • is that you, Osmond?!

      Commenter
      Peter Warrington
      Location
      marrickville
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:19PM
  • Quite a clever declaration methinks. SL were probably thinking about lunch and a bit of a rest before batting. Now they have to play for 20 mins with the opening batsmen having been run around the outfield for 1.5hrs for Wade.

    Hmmmm...impressed

    Commenter
    Monty
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 12:06PM
    • Agreed, Monty. Clarke's shown several times already he doesn't mind a surprise here and a little of the unorthodox there. Really liking his captaincy so far.

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 12:11PM
  • Where's gigs? We need a laugh. :-D

    Commenter
    lonzo
    Location
    perth
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 12:00PM
    • I'm here lonzo! Thanks for the kind words. :-)

      Commenter
      Gigs
      Location
      Far North Fitzroy
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 2:36PM
  • Seems to me that Tasmanian Cricket is some kind of vestibule that Test players must pass through. There are a few statistical anomalies (the Chappels and Victor Trumper) but as far as I can tell EVERY OTHER TEST CRICKETER has played for in/for Tasmania at some stage.

    Commenter
    Prince of Mince
    Location
    Hobart
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 11:52AM
    • Yes a bowling lineup of walker McDonald Warrington and Saunders would put the fear of bob brown into most lineups.

      Commenter
      Peter Warrington
      Location
      Marrickville
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 12:15PM
    • Oh Errol..... I wish I could be like you!

      Commenter
      selector 2
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 12:30PM
    • ..... is your sister a good kisser?

      Commenter
      selector 2
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 12:48PM
    • I'd probably open the bowling with Holding and Hadlee, and make Lillee first change just to fire him up.

      Commenter
      Prince of Mince
      Location
      Hobart
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 3:33PM
  • During the review of Starc's LBW I was stunned by the difference in height between Starc and Wade. It was like Willy Wonka standing next to an ompa-lumpa.

    For the record; Starc is 6'5" and Wade is 5'7"

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    Monty
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 11:27AM
    • Lol, classic although my husband says it reminds him more of Gandalf standing next to a hobbit.

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      Tash
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 11:56AM
  • This is more of a question. In the last test match Sri Lanka went out after 7 wickets in their 2nd innings. Is this the case this match (3rd test)? That is, If Australia keeps piling on the runs, when Sri Lanka comes up to bat, how many wickets will be required fro their disposal?

    I am trying to get an understanding of the cricket, so please excuse the question.

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    nmetro
    Location
    Longmont CO United States
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 11:12AM
    • No probs at all. In the last Test, SL had three batsmen injured, and given how far behind they were, there was little point in them going out to bat and risking further injury. Very rare for a match to leave that many casualties, though, you can count on them having to lose all 10 wickets this time!

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      Rohan Connolly
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      January 05, 2013, 11:15AM
    • Thanks! No I have a much better understanding on what happened the 2nd test. I knew there were injuries, I did not know the wickets are reduced for injured players.

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      nmetro
      Location
      Longmont CO United States
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 11:17AM
    • They only batted to 7 in the last test because of injury - usually all out = 10 because 11th can't bat by himself.

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      selector 2
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      January 05, 2013, 11:25AM
  • RC interested in your view on:

    1. Can Watson be a batsman only? are his runs reliable enough?

    2. Ed Cowan - long term opener yes/no?

    3. balance of this team for this test - too few batsmen / too many bowlers?

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    JJ
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    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 11:06AM
    • 1. I think so, but he has looked a lot more comfortable opening, which creates more problems now.

      2. Doesn't appear so at the moment.

      3. Not right for me, batting looked too thin and would surely have been found out against better sides.

       

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      Rohan Connolly
      Location
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 11:32AM
    • Watson deserves a crack as an opener only. If he fails, bye for good.

      Cowan should be dropped for his running. Good enough for Khawaja etc etc

      We made 400+ and nearly all the top order sacrificed themselves. So too early to call. But 4 quicks rather than 3 and 2 spinners was bizarre, given all of the various contexts. Marcus North...

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      Peter Warrington
      Location
      Marrickville
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 12:17PM
  • trying to remember the last time Sydney wasn't a dead rubber?

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    Peter Warrington
    Location
    marrickville
    Date and time
    January 05, 2013, 10:55AM
  • Morning RC - yes you must be soft. But thanks for the commentary, we appreciate your good work.

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    JJ
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    January 05, 2013, 10:50AM
  • Don't know if I'm getting soft in my old age, but actually don't mind the Ch9 commentators in their pink jackets and hats ... might be the new black!

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    Rohan Connolly
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    January 05, 2013, 10:26AM
    • it will be the new black when an AFL franchise is open to including it in their strip. PS I dreamed I saw St Trent Cotchin last night, alive as you and me... seriously, Cotch was in my dream. This is the Omen the TIges have been waiting for, bandwagon here we come.

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      Peter Warrington
      Location
      marrickville
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 10:33AM
    • Morning RC

      Re the jackets...hmmmm. All for a good cause though but when they're auctioned they'll be safely framed and hung on a wall. Safely out of harms way.

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      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      January 05, 2013, 10:39AM
    • @RC
      Could it be because you are a Hawthorne supporter ?

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      selector 2
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      January 05, 2013, 11:13AM
    • I know plenty of people who will get a laugh out of that comment! No, I'm actually an Essendon man.

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      Rohan Connolly
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      January 05, 2013, 11:29AM
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