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Australia 7 for 517 dec (Smith 162*, Warner 145, Clarke 128) and 5 for 290 dec (Warner 102) beat India 444 (Kohli 115, Lyon 5-134) and 315 (Kohli 141, Vijay 99, Lyon 7-152) by 48 runs

:eek: Some feisty and amazing performances on both sides as Australia draw first blood . Warner has been fined 15% of his match fee while Kohli and Dhawan have been docked 30% of theirs following squabbles between the Indian and Australian players on Friday. However this served to add spice as Kohli and Lyon took over in the second innings.

Unfortunately Michael Clarke has admitted he may never play again after chronic back and hamstring problems overtook him during the first Test against India in Adelaide after he ruled himself out of the series.

A modern batting great ..

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Whilst it wouldn't happen, now would be a good time to have a two tier test system.

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, England, Australia and South Africa could have proper 5 test series home and away.

In that time Windies , Bangladesh and Zimbabwe could be joined by developing nations and hopefully sort themselves out to show they are worthy of joining the top tier both on and off the field.

Plenty of money around to help subsidise the situation and they can always play that 20 over circus thing against the top countries to bring in more money.

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Whilst it wouldn't happen' date=' now would be a good time to have a two tier test system.

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, England, Australia and South Africa could have proper 5 test series home and away.

In that time Windies , Bangladesh and Zimbabwe could be joined by developing nations and hopefully sort themselves out to show they are worthy of joining the top tier both on and off the field.

Plenty of money around to help subsidise the situation and they can always play that 20 over circus thing against the top countries to bring in more money.[/quote']

Couldn't agree more..

Australia 505 (Smith 133, Johnson 88) and 6 for 130 (Rogers 55) beat India 408 (Vijay 144, Rahane 81) and 224 (Dhawan 81, Johnson 4-61) by four wickets

While the result was sort of expected..Johnson was certainly the difference between the sides as well as (IF comments from Dhoni about sub par practice facilities are to be believed ) India's lack of proper preparation.

Well while India may be searching for reasons for their loss, WI committed seppuku as they tried to get out of the firing line of an aggressive Steyn.

South Africa 552 for 5 dec (Amla 208, de Villiers 152, van Zyl 101*) beat West Indies 201 (Smith 35, Philander 4-29) and 131 (Steyn 6-34) by an innings and 220 runs

Then the selectors trying to one up the English decides to replace Bravo with Holder as ODI Captain..we will see how that goes..

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Sri Lanka 38 for 3 (Mathews 15*, Thirimanne 11*, Boult 3-11) trail New Zealand 441 (McCullum 195 :eek:, Neesham 85, Mathews 3-39) by 403 runs

What a batting performance -not since Martin Crowe has a batting feat performed by a Kiwi been seen (exaggeration :P)!

South Africa 260 for 2 (Elgar 121, du Plessis 99*) v West Indies

You could count on our lads helping the opposition to improve their batting average. I always think our strategy is to sucker the opposition into a false sense of security (thus raising the betting odds) and then strike later on when they are complacent..Either that or wi haven't a clue..

Australia 7 for 389 (Smith 128*, Harris 10*) v India

Are we seeing the advent of the new Aussie run machine? Against India on an overseas test tour..we will have to wait and see.

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India 8 for 462 (Kohli 169, Rahane 147) trail Australia 530 by 68 runs

Amazing performance by Kohli and Rahane- however have they scored too quickly?

Sri Lanka 138 and 293 for 5 (Karunaratne 152, Mathews 53*, Boult 3-62) (f/o) trail New Zealand 441 by ten runs

Still lots n this match..

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has retired from Test cricket, the India cricket board has announced. :eek: Spoiled Brat" Kohli will take over test captaincy duties ..

In the meantime a test match petered out in a draw

Australia 530 & 318/9d v India 465 & 174/6

Australia 530 & 318/9d v India 465 & 174/6

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has retired from Test cricket' date=' the India cricket board has announced. :eek: Spoiled Brat" Kohli will take over test captaincy duties ..

In the meantime a test match petered out in a draw

Australia 530 & 318/9d v India 465 & 174/6

Australia 530 & 318/9d v India 465 & 174/6[/quote']

I don't like players quitting, it makes me realise how old I am, it seems like Dhoni has only been around a few years.

Also a shame when great players leave the test match arena.

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He's hardly a great player or even a great captain. With his record' date=' it's a wonder he wasn't sacked first.[/quote']

Overall, Dhoni played 90 Tests in a career that began in 2005 and scored 4876 runs at an average of 38, with a high score of 224 against Australia in Chennai in 2013. As a wicketkeeper, he effected 294 dismissals, the fifth highest in Test cricket.

doesn't seem too bad to me.

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I don't like players quitting' date=' it makes me realise how old I am, it seems like Dhoni has only been around a few years.

Also a shame when great players leave the test match arena.[/quote']

lol..well his worth may have been more weighted in favor of his captaincy and the role he played to gel a team arising out of the ashes of India's golden generation.

He's hardly a great player or even a great captain. With his record' date=' it's a wonder he wasn't sacked first.[/quote']

No one can claim he was a great player based on batting stats alone. However, here's where we differ as a career should be placed within context, but lets start at stats.

Played 390 matches across all formats-third to Sanga and Jaya of Sri Lanka indicating his stamina and fitness levels especially as a wicketkeeper batsman and captain for 275 of those matches since December 2004. He's India's most successful wicketkeeper and the 5th on the most test dismissal list behind Boucher, Gilchrist, Healy and Marsh, and rises to third if you consider only wicket keeper batsmen (behind Boucher and Gilchrist). Dhoni is also India's most successful captain in Tests, ODI's and T20Is.

Now in context:

Dhoni came upon the job after Anil Kumble tenure and in the last test of Ganguly. India was going through changes as a India's golden generation began to fade. While decent at home -they were abject abroad although in spurts they showed they could compete. He acted across all formats to transition the team-and while doubters can rightfully point to India's poor away record, he has led the team manfully. His strategy of instinctive captaincy and waiting for the opposition to make mistakes would never guarantee that record would change-however taken into consideration the team that he inherited and the team he leaves as (test cricket loses luster) he has done a fine job within the India context.

Hence, solely on stats he won't make any best of the World (or maybe even a best of Asia), however history will judge him kindly as he forged a decent team in spite of the various negative influences that have plagued cricket recently. Kind of reminds me a bit of Hansie Cronje (without the match fixing) in that regard.

Overall' date=' Dhoni played 90 Tests in a career that began in 2005 and scored 4876 runs at an average of 38, with a high score of 224 against Australia in Chennai in 2013. As a wicketkeeper, he effected 294 dismissals, the fifth highest in Test cricket.

doesn't seem too bad to me.[/quote']

No does not.

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No one can claim he was a great player based on batting stats alone. However' date=' here's where we differ as a career should be placed within context, but lets start at stats.

Played 390 matches across all formats-third to Sanga and Jaya of Sri Lanka indicating his stamina and fitness levels especially as a wicketkeeper batsman and captain for 275 of those matches since December 2004. He's India's most successful wicketkeeper and the 5th on the most test dismissal list behind Boucher, Gilchrist, Healy and Marsh, and rises to third if you consider only wicket keeper batsmen (behind Boucher and Gilchrist). Dhoni is also India's most successful captain in Tests, ODI's and T20Is.[/quote']

He was/is a great one day player and captain. In Tests, he was bang average in both cases.

Now in context:

Dhoni came upon the job after Anil Kumble tenure and in the last test of Ganguly. India was going through changes as a India's golden generation began to fade. While decent at home -they were abject abroad although in spurts they showed they could compete. He acted across all formats to transition the team-and while doubters can rightfully point to India's poor away record, he has led the team manfully. His strategy of instinctive captaincy and waiting for the opposition to make mistakes would never guarantee that record would change-however taken into consideration the team that he inherited and the team he leaves as (test cricket loses luster) he has done a fine job within the India context.

That's not actually true. I'm fairly sure India's away (and by away I mean outside of Asia) record in the 5 years prior to his captaincy was a lot better than his record as captain since then. Performances got much worse and that was in part down to his style of captaincy. His style of captaincy works well for one days but comes up woefully short in tests. He's as bad as Cook in that regard.

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He was/is a great one day player and captain. In Tests' date=' he was bang average in both cases.

That's not actually true. I'm fairly sure India's away (and by away I mean outside of Asia) record in the 5 years prior to his captaincy was a lot better than his record as captain since then. Performances got much worse and that was in part down to his style of captaincy. His style of captaincy works well for one days but comes up woefully short in tests. He's as bad as Cook in that regard.[/quote']

Well his records read captain 28 tests won 6, loss 14 and drew 8 a much better record than Azharudins solitary win, Gavaskars 2, Tendulkars 0 but falls short of Ganguly's 11 wins. So in context he has done fairly well when compared to previous Indian Captains. http://www.sportskeeda.com/slideshow/cricket-india-statistical-comparison-sourav-ganguly-ms-dhoni-captain?imgid=24417

West Indies 275 for 9 (Brathwaite 106, Samuels 101, Morkel 4-69) drew with South Africa 417 for 8 dec (Elgar 121, du Plessis 103, Steyn 58)

By jove, We certainly dodged that bullet ..thanks to rain :o

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Sri Lanka 78 for 5 (Sangakkara 33*, Bracewell 3-23) trail New Zealand 221 (Williamson 69, Pradeep 4-63, Lakmal 3-71) by 143 runs

Kumar Sangakkara became only the fifth batsman to score 12000-plus runs in Tests and the fastest to the landmark, having reached it in his 223rd innings. Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting both took 247 innings.

Awesome display as in 82 Tests playing as a specialist batsman, Sangakkara has scored more than 8,800 runs with 30 centuries at an average nudging 70.

In total, 6,138 runs have been scored on home turf, with 21 fifties and 21 hundreds. His average at home is 63.27. Away from home, he's scored 5,013 runs with 24 fifties and 14 hundreds at an average of 52.76.In Australia, he averages 60.33; in New Zealand 66.80; in Pakistan 86.87 and in the UAE, 62.

South Africa 227 for 3 (Amla 55*, de Villiers 32*) trail West Indies 329 (Johnson 54, Blackwood 56, Ramdin 53, Steyn 4-78) by 102 runs

Lost opportunities

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South Africa 421 and 9 for 1 need a further 115 to beat West Indies 329 and 215 (Samuels 74' date=' Chanderpaul 50, Harmer 4-82, Steyn 3-75)

...:(:o

should of been a draw, sad to see them fold again.

[b'] New Zealand 221 & 272/5 (109.0 ov)

Sri Lanka 356 [/b]

should be interesting...

what's going on in this match?

Just as well India didn't have Dhoni in charge, could have been a bad day for them if they had that useless old man at the helm.

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Just as well India didn't have Dhoni in charge' date=' could have been a bad day for them if they had that useless old man at the helm.[/quote']

lol..Australia 2 for 348 (Warner 101, Rogers 95, Smith 82*, Watson 61*) v India

They may need Javagal Sriinath instead...

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South Africa 421 (de Villiers 148, du Plessis 68, Amla 63) and 124 for 2 (Elgar 60*) beat West Indies 329 (Blackwood 56, Johnson 54, Ramdin 53, Steyn 4-78) and 215 (Samuels 74, Chanderpaul 50, Harmer 4-82) by eight wickets

As close as the scorecard suggests...and SA are now # 1 in Tests :)

Sri Lanka 356 and 45 for 1 (Silva 20*, Craig 1-0) need another 345 runs to beat New Zealand 221 and 524 for 5 dec (Williamson 242*, Watling 142*)

Both sides still in this...too bad Sri Lanka will be doing it without Sanga

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Australia 572/7d

India 122/2 (55.0 ov)

Smith's 117 saw him match Sir Donald Bradman and Jacques Kallis's record of four hundreds in a series.

India trail by 450 runs with 8 wickets remaining in the 1st innings

but super Kohli is on strike..

Pakistan's WC squad

Misbah-ul-Haq(captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed, Younis Khan, Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Ehsan Adil, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz

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India 5 for 342 (Kohli 140*, Rahul 110, Rohit 53) trail Australia 7 for 572 dec by 230 runs

Some fine rearguard action by Kohli -wonder who will finish with the series batting record top spot-Smith or Kohli..with four centuries each for the series,

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India 5 for 342 (Kohli 140*' date=' Rahul 110, Rohit 53) trail Australia 7 for 572 dec by 230 runs

Some fine rearguard action by Kohli -wonder who will finish with the series batting record top spot-Smith or Kohli..with four centuries each for the series,[/quote']

In reply to India's 475 and a first innings lead, Australia race to 251/6 in just 40 overs, possibly leaving India a target of 350 on the final day.

I realise the series is already won but wouldn't it be good for cricket if Australia's 2nd innings attitude in trying to win the test was taken more often.

West Indies politics seems to be an ongoing issue, so sad to see.

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In reply to India's 475 and a first innings lead' date=' Australia race to 251/6 in just 40 overs, possibly leaving India a target of 350 on the final day.

I realise the series is already won but wouldn't it be good for cricket if Australia's 2nd innings attitude in trying to win the test was taken more often.

West Indies politics seems to be an ongoing issue, so sad to see.[/quote']

Australia 7 for 572 dec and 6 for 251 (Smith 71, Burns 66, Rogers 56, Ashwin 4-105) lead India 475 (Kohli 147, Rahul 110, Rohit 53, Ashwin 50, Starc 3-106) by 348 runs

This could be interesting if they get a couple partnerships going..

West Indies 168 for 6 (Gayle 77, Samuels 41, Tahir 3-28) beat South Africa 165 for 4 (Rossouw 51*, Cottrell 2-33) by four wickets

Gayle pulled it off-in spite of the best efforts off the other members of the team to lose the game. I would have dragged all the WI players and selectors to the ICC (International Criminal Court) for match fixing, spot fixing and any other fixing I could think off..

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You been following the T20 Big Bash at all arampage? Never been a cricket nut and i prefer the skill in the long form of the game but i can see why the game is so popular. Its a real festival like atmosphere, a proper exciting spectacle that kids and mums can get into easily. I love tests but you have to have plenty of time and patience on your hands to get right involved.

Oh and being from Hobart, i have got on the Hurricanes, of course :)

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You been following the T20 Big Bash at all arampage? Never been a cricket nut and i prefer the skill in the long form of the game but i can see why the game is so popular. Its a real festival like atmosphere' date=' a proper exciting spectacle that kids and mums can get into easily. I love tests but you have to have plenty of time and patience on your hands to get right involved.

Oh and being from Hobart, i have got on the Hurricanes, of course :)[/quote']

Yup -not as much as I would like though-bloody life, work and fishing gets in the way ..lol

I dunno Tests between David and Goliath teams is wearing my patience thin..and the atmosphere around T20's tend to be more electric..

Bit disappointed the Thunder were only able to put on a paltry 77 off 17 though-but you guys really put em to the sword.

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Not much to crow about but..

West Indies 236-6 (19.2 overs) beat South Africa 231-7 (20 overs) by four wickets :eek: a mixture of wayward bowling and power hitting saw WI chase and surpass a world record for the highest run chase in a T20. Kudos to Du Plessis who blasted 119 from 56 balls ..while Gayle smashed 90 from 41 balls in reply.

New Zealand 219 for 7 (Anderson 81, McCullum 51, Dilshan 2-28) beat Sri Lanka 218 for 9 (Jayawardene 104, McClenaghan 4-36) by three wickets

The Kiwis look dangerous

Australia's World Cup squad

Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey (vice-capt), David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty.

However Clarke will have to prove his fitness by February 21 if he is to lead the side.

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