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I was being nice. “ 2 runs average/wicket and Australia sits 4th on the list. ” makes no frigging sense.

Babar Azam makes Aussies sweat as fighting ton takes second Test into fifth day

Not how many they take. It was the average runs per wicket. Don’t follow your first sentence.

Babar Azam makes Aussies sweat as fighting ton takes second Test into fifth day

They’ve just put up some stats showing that Australian spin bowlers (which is pretty much only Lyon) have the worst average in the 4th innings out of the 9 serious Test playing countries over the last 5 years. It would be interesting to dig further to see whether that’s because we’ve played a disproportionately low number of games in sub-continent in that period. But it’s striking that we are below teams that don’t have good spin attacks or spin friendly wickets like NZ, Windies, SA and England, and well below NZ and Windies.

Babar Azam makes Aussies sweat as fighting ton takes second Test into fifth day

Excerpt from a recent article I did:

By the end of the full (1878) tour, which included eight extra games in Australia on return, Fred Spofforth had bowled the equivalent of almost 2000 six-ball overs since the team’s first match in New Zealand 15 months and 68 matches earlier (taking 717 wickets at 6.0!).

Spofforth’s story might help soothe the aching limbs of England fast bowler Mark Wood, who CricViz’s Ben Jones described as being “bowled into the ground” in the recent Ashes.

Wood delivered a grand total of 120 overs in the series, and 446 overs over the last 15 months since October 2020, an equivalent period to Spofforth’s tour.

More recent Ashes greats like John Snow and Dennis Lillee might also scratch their heads about Wood’s alleged plight. Snow bowled the equivalent of 301 six-ball overs in 1970-71, and 449 across the whole tour.

Lillee bowled the equivalent of 243 overs in the 1974-75 Ashes and a total of 579 in first class cricket that season. His partner in crime Jeff Thomson bowled 233 in the Tests.

Bubble, what bubble? Try the 1878 cricket tour to England

'I'm astonished by that': Cummins makes another huge call after Swepson and Starc destroy Pakistan, Aussies power ahead

Excellent comment. Hard to remember three days as successful as this in the sub-continent (except that time in Kolkata? , lol). Fine fielding an important element as happened a couple of times in the Ashes. Though Tempo above notes there were actually quite a few times post-2001 that we enforced the follow-on which we seem to have forgotten.

'I'm astonished by that': Cummins makes another huge call after Swepson and Starc destroy Pakistan, Aussies power ahead

Did the right thing? Lucky Nelson and the ANC boys were forgiving.

'I'm astonished by that': Cummins makes another huge call after Swepson and Starc destroy Pakistan, Aussies power ahead

No. I heard him a few years working in Africa. No SA accent at all.

'I'm astonished by that': Cummins makes another huge call after Swepson and Starc destroy Pakistan, Aussies power ahead

He said he was astounded. I.e. I disagree strongly.

'I'm astonished by that': Cummins makes another huge call after Swepson and Starc destroy Pakistan, Aussies power ahead

Good point about rest days. Bowlers like Snow and Lillee bowled twice as many overs in a series than the leading bowlers in some recent Ashes series. But the rest day would have helped. Although they those guys also bowled Shield and 3-day tour games in between Tests!

'I'm astonished by that': Cummins makes another huge call after Swepson and Starc destroy Pakistan, Aussies power ahead

Fair enough AMD. It’s an interesting change.

Canine conspiracies, the spirit of cricket and perspiration without inspiration: Cricket’s new laws

“There is surely no more controversial dismissal in cricket than the Mankad. Arguments about its validity generally involve invocation of the ‘spirit of cricket’.

This argument fails upon the most cursory reading of the laws. “

Your argument fails on the most cursory understanding of the term non sequitur. We always knew it was in the rules, otherwise no one would have ever gotten out Mankaded at all!

Canine conspiracies, the spirit of cricket and perspiration without inspiration: Cricket’s new laws

Could have been quicker. But best to compare with other matches on sub-continent. And may be all first innings by away teams in 450-550 bracket.

Cummins' captaincy questioned again as Australia fail to declare on Day 2

Interesting to note averages of Swepson and Agar away from home in first class cricket over the last five years are identical- 33.11 . Comparing away averages better as there can be bid differences in how home pitches play, eg WACA vs Gabba. While Agar has had a longer career with more FC games, Swepson has played nearly double the number of FC games as Agar over the last 5 years. I’d say it’s a close call between them for the next Test. Green may need to do a lot of bowling if Swepson doesn’t come off.

'Maybe Mitch Marsh', 'Swepson deserves chance': Calls for bowling revamp after stalemate

Like it!

'Maybe Mitch Marsh', 'Swepson deserves chance': Calls for bowling revamp after stalemate

“True fans recognise and prefer the purity of the balanced contest between bat and ball that only T20s can provide.“
Was starting to feel that way! But in some ways I’d rather have Pakistani pitches like this than the Indian ones where you’re dead if you don’t bat first, but probably dead anyway if you’re not India. But certainly better to watch when you’re a neutral.

The Liebke Report Card: 'Life would be pretty dull if all Test matches were exciting, right?'

Here’s a standard dictionary definition
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iconic

From 'That Ball' to 'F--- you Marlon': The ten most iconic moments of Shane Warne's legendary career

No worries, I didn’t suggest it was sensationalist. Just questioning two points. But giving information on conditions is a long way from actively affecting the outcome of a match or parts of a match for bookies. I’d be interested to hear any incidents that AB mentions where Marsh was seen as over the top unpleasant by the opposition.

Losing Marsh and Warne gives us new perspective

Marsh’s abrasiveness on the field? I don’t recall any obvious moments of bad sportsmanship or controversy, and I saw most of his career, at least in Australia. Have I forgotten something obvious? I don’t believe Warne was caught taking money for match fixing – you might want to change that.

Losing Marsh and Warne gives us new perspective

“That Australia was able to manufacture a run out at that stage, thanks to the excellent fielding of Labuschagne, was a testament to the mental fortitude of this team.“ Or maybe it was just an excellent throw from Marnus. A lot of throws go close, most miss, a few hit.

Pakistan v Australia, Day 2: Azhar Ali's 185 overshadowed on an emotional day for Australia

Won’t Hazlewood be in for Boland?

FLEM'S VERDICT: Bat hit crazy - No doubt if you win toss but quick-heavy attack can still work

They’ve taken the last two independent radio and TV stations off the air, so censorship is going to be a bit stricter at this difficult time…Oh..you were talking about the cricket!! My bad.

'Not in their category': Ian Chappell takes brutal swipe at 'legend' Langer comments

Yes we should care a lot more about other conflicts.

Time for some real perspective about Taylor's triple ton

Yep Jeff, it’s pretty mind blowing stuff, in all sorts of ways.

Time for some real perspective about Taylor's triple ton

‘Twas only a jest.

Time for some real perspective about Taylor's triple ton

Whichever lineup plays, I would like them to wear blue and yellow armbands.

Traditional, radical, bowler heavy, two spinners: Which Test line-up will Australia choose in Pakistan?

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