Test cricket as it should be…..

5 01 2010

The current England South Africa game is at a fascinating stage where either side could walk away with the advantage at the end of the day. England are 241-7 chasing the Boks first innings total 0f 290. I suspect that England will concede a first innings lead of around 25 setting the game up beautifully.

For a long time we have been confronted by teams consistently racking up enormous scores on flat pitches. This pitch however in my eyes is about right. A good bit in it for the bowlers yet true enough so that a batsmen that concentrates can score runs. Kallis was exceptional in the SA innings with first Cook and then Bell threatening to emulate him. Sadly for England they didn’t quite come through and still the question marks remain over Bell’s temperament in particular. My earlier prediction for Cook has been well and truly trashed I am very pleased to say!

The other encouraging sign for test cricket’s enduring health and popularity is Pakistan looking like they are going to give the Aussies a walloping in the second test in Sydney. The increasingly common sight of a collapse by Australia in the 1st innings seems to have doomed them. They are 80 runs ahead with 2 wickets in hand so fingers crossed Pakistan can wrap up a victory there sometime after lunch tomorrow.

Test cricket needs teams like the Windies and Pakistan to be competitive so it is an encouraging sign. Beyond all that I am a huge fan of any team who thrash the Aussies so for me the personal satisfaction would be great.

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