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Speaking of national election, Shakib has emerged as an MP from Magura, representing the ruling party. Another ex captain Mashrafee won his 2nd term from Narail, also in the south West.

Forget about the 'captain's knock', bring on the 'captain's spell': Seven of the best bowling outings by Aussie Test skippers

Normally, I return to work after new year on the 2nd. This year got an extra week off due to natinal election. I hope I have used it well.

Forget about the 'captain's knock', bring on the 'captain's spell': Seven of the best bowling outings by Aussie Test skippers

During my young days, I recall many old timer talking about that test against WI, I think it was a matting wicket.
Its a piety that Fazal never played a test in Aus, he was selected for the 1947-48 tour with India, but he had already made up his mind that his future would be with Pak.

Forget about the 'captain's knock', bring on the 'captain's spell': Seven of the best bowling outings by Aussie Test skippers

Sir Don took 2 test wickets with his leg spin, at 36 apiece; quite acceptable. But, none of those came when he was the captain.

Forget about the 'captain's knock', bring on the 'captain's spell': Seven of the best bowling outings by Aussie Test skippers

I think Green is a great prospect, but comparison with Kallis seems a bit far fetched.

Four sight: Callous critics need to realise 'something special' factor can turn Green into Australia's Jacques Kallis

https://www.espncricinfo.com/records/best-figures-in-a-innings-by-a-captain-283939
Here is the list of for the best bowling figures for skippers (all countries).
Interestingly, the Kapil effort came for a losing cause. The Paks selectors seem most flexible regarding picking captains: Fazal, Intikhab, Imran, Wasim, Waqar all led Paks in tests. Bit surprised to see Wasim so low in the list. Also, Abdul Qadir led them in ODI, but not in tests.
Among the WI quickies, Courtney Walsh had couple of spells as captain, although his reign ended with a humiliating whitewash in Pak.

Forget about the 'captain's knock', bring on the 'captain's spell': Seven of the best bowling outings by Aussie Test skippers

Thanks. Richie was always going to be no 1. Bit of a dilemma over 2 and 3. At the end I felt that the Windies batting in 1989 was considerably stronger than the current Pak batting line up.

Forget about the 'captain's knock', bring on the 'captain's spell': Seven of the best bowling outings by Aussie Test skippers

Great article. I fully agree with your views on T20 Leagues emerging like mushrooms. Soon enough, only a few will survive.
I grew up during the heydays of ODI cricket, and in about a decade time, people got bored with the overdose.

How Test cricket can shake off five stages of grief to not only survive but soldier on for another 150 years

I have checked and indeed it was Majid.
https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/majid-s-floppy-crown-703439

'Consequential, controversial and possibly most infamous of all time': Revisiting Australia-Pakistan rivalry from 1979

Asif Iqbal and Kim Hughes were fairly similar. Neither can be termed great batsman, btu both knew when to raise their game.

'Consequential, controversial and possibly most infamous of all time': Revisiting Australia-Pakistan rivalry from 1979

Very nice article to start with. The Paks were very competitive in Aus for roughly 2 decades starting in the 1970s. Although they lost 3 nil in 1972-73 the score wont tell the whole story.
It was during that series, one Pak batsman said to Lillee, if you can knock the cap off my head, you can keep it.
I am not 100% sure who it was, my guess it was Majid, but it can be Sadiq or Asif as well. anyone here can give me very definite answer?

'Consequential, controversial and possibly most infamous of all time': Revisiting Australia-Pakistan rivalry from 1979

Off topic
2nd test Ban-NZ at Dhaka.
Ban unchanged. Nz Santner in for Sodhi.
Tigers win the toss and decide to bat first. Obviously , they are relying on their spinners again.
The match starts in less than half an hour. Interestingly, its very hazy here in Dhaka this morning. Ideal conditions for Swing bowling, Southee can be a handful in these conditions.

The secret to Australia's World Cup success: Rating the best-ever partnerships by position

Small correction:
Walters- Gilmour actually put on 55*.
Sorry about that; it wasn’t even a typo. Just a simple Arithmetic mistake.
(I think almost relentless chess playing at Chess.com taking its toll).

The secret to Australia's World Cup success: Rating the best-ever partnerships by position

Thanks a lot for the comments.

The secret to Australia's World Cup success: Rating the best-ever partnerships by position

Off Topic:
At Sylhet Ban 9-310 against NZ.
A number of batters throwing away good stats.
Hoping for Mitchell hundred tomorrow.
Whenever he scores a ton, the Kiwis loses the match.

World Cup stars reject nagging question ahead of Test summer

Thanks for the comment. It was basically a coin toss for me between Kohli-Rahul and Head-Marnus. I just got the feeling (may be I am wrong) watching India on the field, that they gave up too early. Their score was at least a 100 short of what they were expecting.

Kohli and Rahul, not Head and Marnus - ranking the best CWC partnerships by batting position

Great Read.

Team of the Month: A November-born World Cricket XI

We can safely say that it wont be broken.

Kohli and Rahul, not Head and Marnus - ranking the best CWC partnerships by batting position

So the Aus top 3 is fixed. But should it be SS or Labu at no 4. I prefer Labu.

Marsh clubs century as Aussies surge into WC semis on seven-win streak despite 'Herschelle Gibbs 2.0' drama

If it makes anyone feel better;
Allan Border’s Aussies lsot five successvie matches before going to the 1987 WC; 3 Against Eng, 1 against Pak, 1 against Indiia.

Wallabies warning signs for Aussie cricketers after fifth straight loss in worrying slump before World Cup

Interestingly there was the Australasia cup . it was held in Sharjah; Paks won all three events. India were Runners up in 1986 and 1994; the Aus in 1990.
I actaully thought there was good prospect for the event, but then Sharjah cricket suffered a blow with the match fixing allegations.

Cricket's Asia Cup: An undersold tournament in search of meaning

As for the current event, it hasnt really caught much attention here in Dhaka; but it may change a bit with the Tigers now qualifying for the Super 4.

Cricket's Asia Cup: An undersold tournament in search of meaning

Interesting that there will be an article on Asia cup here.
Ever since the start of the event in 1984, it has seen boycott, postponement, change of venues etc to undermine its value.
I thought about writing about its history, but I dont think this is the right place.

Cricket's Asia Cup: An undersold tournament in search of meaning

Ciummins & Goings
(Aus on the final day).

English bitter: 'Pathetic' Poms accused of dodging post-match beer in aftermath of tense Ashes series

Back in 1987 I saw the series Bodyline and enjoyed it thoroughly.
Surely there is going to be a series on this exctiitng series.
Let’s call it ‘The Bazball’.
Here are some of the episodes
The Stokes’ Gambit (opening day)
A walk too far (Jonny at Lord’s)
Rain Keeps falling (old Trafford)
No Beer, no Cheer
etc.

English bitter: 'Pathetic' Poms accused of dodging post-match beer in aftermath of tense Ashes series

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