India secure memorable draw in third Test
11/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 1,021
India show incredible defiance to bat out the final day in a memorable draw with Australia in the third Test.
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11/01/2021 07:41:26 14 2
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Brilliant from the India 4th string team.

Unsurprised by the crowd. Par for the course over there.
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11/01/2021 10:56:10 8 0
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Hard to imagine how this Australian side could beat the full strength Indian side.
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11/01/2021 07:42:45 9 1
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If Carlsberg did Monday mornings...
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11/01/2021 07:43:32 135 5
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First off well done India, another great advertisement for 5 day test cricket. Would have been better to have seen them win though. Well done Tim Paine, 3 great dropped catches. Couldn't have happened to a better captain. Enjoy your success India, now go on and give the Aussies a drubbing in the next test.
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11/01/2021 07:50:55 11 74
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A draw between the two best cricket teams in the world
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11/01/2021 08:48:32 7 0
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Makes the 4th test match even more interesting isn't it?
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11/01/2021 13:04:31 4 1
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Any half way decent team would have won that. Whole session to take 5 wickets? On a 5th day pitch? Lyon.... The Weasel... couldn't do it. Never reckoned him.
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11/01/2021 07:43:46 59 1
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Well played India, Im pretty sure nobody saw this result coming.

Great credit for a determined performance, test cricket at its finest
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11/01/2021 07:45:24 190 6
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Superb from India... Showed what there made of and even with some injuries came through.. Set up nicely now for the Gabba.. As for Tim Paine.. stick to taking catches and keep ya gob shut.. You are bang average
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11/01/2021 07:54:06 62 6
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I can name 15 better Captains than Tim Paine...!
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11/01/2021 16:12:26 1 0
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Captain Haddock
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11/01/2021 07:45:35 30 2
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Two matches since this was billed as the best ever Australian bowling unit....

India played superbly and reduced australia to excessive appealing, I think Tim paine and Nathan Lyon appealed about 4 times in one over, and then paine promptly puts a catch down....
They don't like it up 'em
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11/01/2021 14:08:48 7 1
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Payne teasing Ashwin who is an educated man. Then drops a catch and goes quiet. Brilliant Karma. Aus commentators protecting their jobs by not criticing. Wade..twice tried to charge the batsmen. Quiet and weak umpires. 4 decisions over turned.
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11/01/2021 15:12:14 0 1
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I know life is good with Leeds getting stuffed and Australia choking and snatching defeat from the jaws of victory!!
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12/01/2021 00:38:18 0 0
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Oh dear, how sad........, never mind.
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11/01/2021 07:46:16 105 5
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Some of those drops are just Paineful to watch...
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11/01/2021 08:46:19 72 1
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Aren't Indians grateful to Tim Payne? When he couldn't defeat India with his cricketing skills, he tried using his foul mouth. Even that he failed.
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11/01/2021 16:34:40 3 0
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But then again, if you don’t win you just look like a t**t. Or run the risk of Eddo Brandes retort.
It also helps if as a player, you have a bit of class. Unfortunately for Paine he’s done a reasonable job of restoring some calm but he’s not really worth his place.
However, there might be a shortage of volunteers to take over with Smith, Warner and Wade in there. An unpleasant trio.
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11/01/2021 07:48:11 19 2
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Vihari and Ashwin showed the kind of spirit that defines test cricket - they had to bat for three hours with no achievable run target - the only thing they could do was block the ball. Huge well done to them, especially considering Vihari's injury as well
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11/01/2021 07:48:17 44 2
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Well played, India! Great to see such a competitive series, as home advantage has been so significant in recent years. Their performances do remind you what a tough assignment England have in the forthcoming series in India, though!
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11/01/2021 08:47:27 4 29
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Depends which performance you're talking about - the heroic, rear-guard defiance needed to save today's test or the one where they got skittled out for 36...
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11/01/2021 07:48:38 284 1
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Long live test cricket!! and what a test it was of India's character. Despite all the injuries and first choice team unavailable, they played some outstanding test cricket. Australia also stuck to their task and bowled their heart out. Heartening to see both teams tried to win the game, hats off to them.

Bring on the final game, amazing entertainment for cricket lovers!!
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11/01/2021 10:05:56 74 1
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Test cricket is a unique sport, the ebb and flow over five days between two well matched and talented teams is fascinating. I am detecting a greater interest in the format the last couple of years, are others? Listening into the test, then afterwards tuning into the somewhat amateur Big Bash, makes it obvious which is the pinnacle of the game!
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11/01/2021 10:32:59 11 0
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Ashwin was superb, not only with the bat, but his response to the sledging was spot on!
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11/01/2021 15:39:49 7 0
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Apparently, today is one of India's finest test batsman (the Wall - Rahul Dravid)'s birthday. What a fitting birthday present. He must be so proud!!
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11/01/2021 17:24:11 4 0
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What witnessed was the best and worst of cricket. India overcoming all kinds of adversities and Ausies trying everything with both good cricket and unforgivable bad behavior.
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12/01/2021 11:09:00 0 0
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Pity about the bad sportsmanship from the dummy spitting Aussies a leopard never changes it’s spots,they only sing when they’re winning.
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Ha ha ha ha ha! No sandpaper available Removed
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11/01/2021 08:04:41 1 0
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Well, they used it in the 2nd innings of the 1st Test
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11/01/2021 07:49:30 4 3
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Paine is only in the team because of his good guy personality
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ace
11/01/2021 10:41:11 1 0
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He's lost that today - so now he can't catch, can't captain, can't bat and can't sledge the opposition out - absolutely useless...
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11/01/2021 07:49:53 23 1
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An incredible draw and a moral victory for the Indians. Soon as Rahane went, I thought this would be over in a hurry. This has been a terrific series and this defiant batting display typifies it, neither team is giving an inch.
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11/01/2021 07:43:32 135 5
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First off well done India, another great advertisement for 5 day test cricket. Would have been better to have seen them win though. Well done Tim Paine, 3 great dropped catches. Couldn't have happened to a better captain. Enjoy your success India, now go on and give the Aussies a drubbing in the next test.
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11/01/2021 07:50:55 11 74
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A draw between the two best cricket teams in the world
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11/01/2021 08:24:21 4 2
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Does that mean nether were good enough?
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11/01/2021 08:37:45 29 1
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"A draw between the two best cricket teams in the world"

no mate, the kiwis weren't playing.

New Zealand = the country the aussies forget when producing their 'per capita' argument
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11/01/2021 16:30:57 0 0
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????????
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12/01/2021 00:11:17 0 0
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Remember New Zealand
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11/01/2021 07:52:41 40 4
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Fantastic result for India, Vihari 23 off 161 balls is what Test cricket is all about
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11/01/2021 09:08:32 18 0
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He was batting with injury and could hardly run, they avoided taking at least 30 runs so that it doesn't get aggravated.
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11/01/2021 07:53:28 73 2
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A real Test Match - played with grit & determination, not "bish, bash, bosh" of 20 over cricket.
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11/01/2021 08:23:26 58 1
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Absolutely, also the right result in the end given Paine’s behaviour and the disgusting abuse received from so called cricket fans.
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11/01/2021 07:53:39 14 0
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They said it won't be a draw, either India or Australia will win it. And they didn't say it lightly, we just saw something amazing. ??????
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11/01/2021 07:45:24 190 6
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Superb from India... Showed what there made of and even with some injuries came through.. Set up nicely now for the Gabba.. As for Tim Paine.. stick to taking catches and keep ya gob shut.. You are bang average
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11/01/2021 07:54:06 62 6
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I can name 15 better Captains than Tim Paine...!
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11/01/2021 08:52:51 2 9
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Please do name them, everyone in HYS cant wait!!
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11/01/2021 08:55:52 6 0
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Only 15???? :)
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11/01/2021 09:13:41 5 0
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I'll see your 15 ans raise you 15 :D
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11/01/2021 09:22:02 5 0
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I'm a better captain than Tim Paine
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11/01/2021 09:39:21 11 0
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Hook...BirdsEye...Pugwash...Underpants...(don't think I can get to 15!!)
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11/01/2021 10:30:52 3 0
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Captain Pugwash
Captain Mainwaring
Captain Scarlet
Captain Caveman
Captain Morgan - a good drop
Eoin Morgan
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11/01/2021 11:21:52 8 0
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The bloke who skippered the Titanic
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11/01/2021 11:52:28 6 0
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Pretty sure Steve Smith is still the captain in all but name anyway.
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11/01/2021 16:02:05 6 0
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Ravi to short leg ''What is your name'' Paine ''Dont tell him Wade''
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11/01/2021 16:50:27 3 3
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One name that definitely won't be on that list is Joe Root. He is just about the worst captain in cricket history!
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11/01/2021 17:30:08 1 0
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Put me on the list, I qualify even though Im a useless cricketer.
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11/01/2021 21:46:44 0 0
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Captain America? Hmm. Maybe not this week....
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11/01/2021 07:54:21 83 1
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...and "that" is why Test cricket is so enthralling ! Long may it continue in it,s unadulterated form.
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11/01/2021 08:53:23 22 0
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Spot on. For it to continue in unadulterated form, it needs more honest players and teams.
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11/01/2021 07:54:21 90 3
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Those Oz TV commentators banging on about how great their fast bowlers are must feel a little chumpish in hindsight.
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11/01/2021 07:57:08 25 0
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Par for the course...
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11/01/2021 08:02:04 7 2
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I doubt it. Let's face it though and it pains me to say it, they are great fast bowlers.
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11/01/2021 08:35:14 13 0
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"Those Oz TV commentators banging on about how great their fast bowlers are"

They were banging on about how good the oz fielding had been...and then 3 dropped catches.

My Monday morning is all the more brighter :)
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11/01/2021 08:50:20 11 0
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65 runs from 45 over (260 deliveries) and they just couldn't break the partnership. Well done India.
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11/01/2021 09:49:02 5 6
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Will you feel a bit chumpish when those same fast bowlers are going through the England batting like a knife through butter in the next Ashes series?
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11/01/2021 11:13:08 6 0
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A Test Match that deserved the much missed Benaud, Greig & Lawry in the commentary box
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11/01/2021 12:28:05 0 0
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Some dodgy actions amongst their bowlers too
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11/01/2021 16:56:13 1 1
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One off day for the Aussies and all the English excitement is flooding these pages. Those same bowlers made you lot cry during the Ashes and will do so once again.
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11/01/2021 21:44:29 0 0
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The Australian bowlers are poorly coached, their efforts were admirable but the efforts were miss directed, poor coaching and bad captaincy the problem
12/01/2021 21:30:29 0 0
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IMHO they have excellent quickies. All the praise to the batsmen in the last session to keep them at bay.
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11/01/2021 07:55:05 69 0
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Australia dropped quite a lot of catches and that took the wind out of the sails.
Magnificent performance by the Indians though.
Fantastic advert for Test cricket. The only format that is real cricket!!
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11/01/2021 08:48:54 12 1
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I love cricket, test and county and one day games in all formats, but I would agree Test Matches are the best, although I do like a 20/20 too.
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11/01/2021 08:50:56 0 0
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Catches win matches. Dont they?
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11/01/2021 07:55:18 2 34
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Will we ever see an extra day to get a test winner as it was so tight that it would have been a real cliffhanger day 6 that was not to be.
You look at the score card with a sense of frustration that there was no victor.
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11/01/2021 07:59:25 20 1
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Really? Not sure you understand the fundamentals of test match cricket...the cliffhanger was two Indian lower order batsman clinging on for 3 hours against a strong seam attack...
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11/01/2021 07:59:36 7 0
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No, you don’t. Not if you understand test cricket. Incredible day and India performance.
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11/01/2021 08:00:36 7 0
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Yes but that's the beauty of test cricket.
12/01/2021 21:32:40 0 0
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Cricket was the victor.
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11/01/2021 07:57:06 65 2
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A simple math says India actually could have won this. But test cricket is not just math. After Pant characteristically attacked back there was a chance had he continued or India had Jadeja who could not play due to a dislocated thumb. It was left to an out of form Hanuman Vihari playing with a hamstring and Ashwin. And they put up a wall instead of going for the glory.Test cricket at its best.
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11/01/2021 09:01:44 26 0
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Not worth it. Remember that India lost its last 6 wickets for 49 runs in the first innings. If they had taken the risk again, they would have probably lost the match. Test match is not about boom boom blast. It is about consistency and patience.
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11/01/2021 10:47:16 9 0
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I wish Pant and Pujara had stuck around. India would have won it the way Pant was going, shame they got out. Brilliant rearguard action from Vihari and Ashwin mind.
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11/01/2021 07:54:21 90 3
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Those Oz TV commentators banging on about how great their fast bowlers are must feel a little chumpish in hindsight.
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11/01/2021 07:57:08 25 0
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Par for the course...
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11/01/2021 07:57:10 25 1
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Smith continues with his Chea. tactics (adjusting Pant's stands!) : Sledging continues (well done Ashwin, drag them onnnnn..)
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Pat
11/01/2021 07:58:56 106 0
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What an incredible result for India. Missing players, battered and bruised, abused by the crowd. Billions will be holding their heads high today very proud !
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11/01/2021 08:49:53 70 1
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along with most neutral cricket fans who care about the sports image and not pandering to cheats.
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11/01/2021 07:55:18 2 34
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Will we ever see an extra day to get a test winner as it was so tight that it would have been a real cliffhanger day 6 that was not to be.
You look at the score card with a sense of frustration that there was no victor.
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11/01/2021 07:59:25 20 1
bbc
Really? Not sure you understand the fundamentals of test match cricket...the cliffhanger was two Indian lower order batsman clinging on for 3 hours against a strong seam attack...
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11/01/2021 07:55:18 2 34
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Will we ever see an extra day to get a test winner as it was so tight that it would have been a real cliffhanger day 6 that was not to be.
You look at the score card with a sense of frustration that there was no victor.
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11/01/2021 07:59:36 7 0
bbc
No, you don’t. Not if you understand test cricket. Incredible day and India performance.
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11/01/2021 08:00:11 9 0
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Well played India - it can’t be often that Australia doesn’t manage to bowl a side out to win but India - take a bow (without Kohli too)!!
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11/01/2021 08:11:36 1 0
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What about the 3rd test of the 2019 ashes ;)
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11/01/2021 07:55:18 2 34
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Will we ever see an extra day to get a test winner as it was so tight that it would have been a real cliffhanger day 6 that was not to be.
You look at the score card with a sense of frustration that there was no victor.
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11/01/2021 08:00:36 7 0
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Yes but that's the beauty of test cricket.
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11/01/2021 08:01:30 10 0
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Well done to Ind to draw this test match, which was an inevitable Aus win.
Almost everyone expected Ind to be bowled out and the Indians showed lots of batting resilience to draw this test.
Ind will have lots of confidence going into Brisbane for the final test whereas Aus will be targeting a win there.
Excitement awaits.
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11/01/2021 08:01:37 42 0
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India needed to bat out the day to save the game and only lost 3 wickets, even allowing for some average fielding that's quite a turnaround from their earlier collapse. Well played.
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11/01/2021 08:01:43 28 0
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And the Espncricinfo website crashed... Just imagine what would have happened if India pulled off the win!
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11/01/2021 09:55:44 2 0
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Exactly! I wasn't able to load Cricinfo for a long time, wondering what happened.
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12/01/2021 00:20:14 0 0
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I guess thank god Aussies don’t have 1B+ supporters .. server would crash every time due to their winning cheating ways ;).
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11/01/2021 08:02:03 22 1
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Interesting how pitches suddenly become benign without the help of the right stuff.

Australian over confidence has led to poor fielding and questionable bowling approach in 2nd innings.

This performance sends a strong message out to Australia and some in England as well, this India team has a back bone! Onto to Brisbane, records are there to be broken....
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11/01/2021 07:54:21 90 3
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Those Oz TV commentators banging on about how great their fast bowlers are must feel a little chumpish in hindsight.
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11/01/2021 08:02:04 7 2
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I doubt it. Let's face it though and it pains me to say it, they are great fast bowlers.
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11/01/2021 08:47:18 2 1
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more about a little luck and a lot of skill from the batsmen
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11/01/2021 10:39:42 5 0
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Not great enough it seems. A sledging captain and a poor sport ex-captain and still can't win.
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11/01/2021 08:03:14 19 0
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Indian batsmen should take a bow.. they simply refused to give up inspite of half the team bruised and battered .
England will have a tough ask getting better of this team in their home soil
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11/01/2021 08:03:14 15 0
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What an outstanding performance by India that is, and Pant and Pujara showed how to bat out a final day: if you have even a faint outside chance of victory, keep being aggressive and putting the bad balls away. This forced Paine to push the field back a bit more, and suddenly edges started flying through gaps etc. Fantastic grit shown.
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11/01/2021 08:04:41 1 0
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Well, they used it in the 2nd innings of the 1st Test
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jmw
11/01/2021 08:13:38 0 0
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I take it that’s just a little joke of yours, or do you seriously believe it?
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11/01/2021 08:05:10 112 2
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To all the Australians,

“I know he is your captain but you can’t seriously like this bloke’

Karma....
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11/01/2021 08:58:58 79 2
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Paine needs to shuts the hell up and concentrate on wicket keeping..and as for that cheating clown Smith...say no more!
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11/01/2021 09:46:32 14 0
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Goes for other players too ... Warner, Smith - fantastic cricketers but I just don't understand how anyone can actually like those guys ... they act like weak little boys when caught cheating, behave like bully boy children on the field ... And as for Paine, he is a very average test cricketer ... Especially by Australian standards ...
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11/01/2021 08:05:13 2 3
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I really thought India were going to have a go with 108 needed and 22 over remaining?
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11/01/2021 08:14:48 15 0
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One batsmen with a hamstring gone, one waiting to come in with a broken and dislocated thumb and a long tail, whose compatriots have broken bones for their past bravery. India did just fine.
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ben
11/01/2021 08:05:18 14 0
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this is why tests are great, fantastic and sweaty pals, could be all out or stand for a draw, brilliant day!
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11/01/2021 08:05:36 7 4
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Flintoff words exchange with Yuvraj and Yuvraj smokes off six sixes off Broad's over !

Racist attack on the Indian players and see what outcome you get !

Well done Team India, proud supported from The GB !
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jmw
11/01/2021 08:34:14 3 0
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Are you suggesting what Flintoff said to Yuvraj was racist? I know what was said was unpleasant and should have no place in cricket, but Yuvraj has been interviewed many times and never suggested Flintoff was being racist. Or have I missed something?
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11/01/2021 08:06:00 18 0
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Fantastic resilience by the India batsmen.
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11/01/2021 08:06:32 8 2
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well done, in a hostile, prejudice environment and so fitting that its Ashwin that brings it home for India. Easily the best Test team in world, make Australia look ordinary at home.
Warner will be back
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11/01/2021 08:13:01 5 1
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"Easily best team in the world" is a somewhat ridiculous comment.

Great to see competitive matches. Real character shown by India.
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11/01/2021 08:36:22 1 0
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I thought New Zealand was the official World No1 team at the moment.
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11/01/2021 08:08:33 2 11
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Tim Paine brilliant, gentleman, class, brought some respectability to CA.
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11/01/2021 08:09:03 30 0
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Bravo India Bravo. Australia had it all to win but credit to the Indian batsman and to play with an injury too.
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11/01/2021 08:12:08 13 0
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Longest serving game in history of Australia serving for the match.
Test match cricket at its sublime best - many thanks to all the players.
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11/01/2021 08:10:21 4 3
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Well played India...to the Aussie boys, suck up the disappointment and move onto the GABBA... remember the bounce back after Headingley...
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11/01/2021 08:23:39 5 0
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True and remember the India bounce back after the 1st Test and now in this Test.

Turning about to be an interesting Series after all with plenty of twist and turns .

Good Old Test Cricket like many have said already.
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11/01/2021 08:10:21 10 2
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Australia captain Tim Paine dropped three catches behind the stumps, LOL At least he didnt cry!
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11/01/2021 09:29:41 7 0
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Maybe should've used his mouth.
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11/01/2021 08:00:11 9 0
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Well played India - it can’t be often that Australia doesn’t manage to bowl a side out to win but India - take a bow (without Kohli too)!!
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11/01/2021 08:11:36 1 0
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What about the 3rd test of the 2019 ashes ;)
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11/01/2021 08:31:00 1 0
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Haha. Lyon missing an easy run out to win the game. Sometimes cricket is truly beautiful.
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11/01/2021 08:09:03 30 0
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Bravo India Bravo. Australia had it all to win but credit to the Indian batsman and to play with an injury too.
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11/01/2021 08:12:08 13 0
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Longest serving game in history of Australia serving for the match.
Test match cricket at its sublime best - many thanks to all the players.
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11/01/2021 08:12:27 11 1
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Paine’s chatter behind the stumps has backfired on him and the team. The crowd’s racism has...well you know it...
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11/01/2021 08:12:40 6 1
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Tim Paine did go round to the local hardware store
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11/01/2021 08:15:24 4 0
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typo: Tim Paine didn't go round to the local hardware store
Well the racism didn't work for Australia this time. Maybe ball tampering would have done the trick? Removed
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11/01/2021 08:06:32 8 2
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well done, in a hostile, prejudice environment and so fitting that its Ashwin that brings it home for India. Easily the best Test team in world, make Australia look ordinary at home.
Warner will be back
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11/01/2021 08:13:01 5 1
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"Easily best team in the world" is a somewhat ridiculous comment.

Great to see competitive matches. Real character shown by India.
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11/01/2021 08:13:13 31 3
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Carry on with your sledging Aussies, it only motivates teams to beat you!!
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11/01/2021 08:38:18 3 6
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Can't wait to play the English next summer.
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11/01/2021 09:47:09 4 0
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They are a disgrace aren't they ...
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11/01/2021 08:13:36 2 31
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And the Covid deaths keep on rising. The game shouldn’t have taken place.
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jmw
11/01/2021 08:17:28 13 0
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Why? Last time I checked Australia had a pretty good handle on Covid-19. Yes they get odd hotspots but are able to react very quickly. The bubbles the players are in seem to work as well.
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11/01/2021 08:19:44 1 0
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In Australia? Lockdown in Brisbane after a single infection was found.
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11/01/2021 08:21:16 5 1
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You do realise that COVID is under control in Aus? If anything, we are overdoing measures. Bet you are fun at parties...
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11/01/2021 08:30:12 1 0
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Hi Britannia First. I reckon you are fun at parties. This match was in Australia who unlike the horror show organised by the govt here, the Aussies have Covid relatively under control. They also have strict bubbles for the players and staff. Do you and us a favour and take your negativity to another forum - perhaps Parler?
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11/01/2021 08:04:41 1 0
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Well, they used it in the 2nd innings of the 1st Test
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jmw
11/01/2021 08:13:38 0 0
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I take it that’s just a little joke of yours, or do you seriously believe it?
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11/01/2021 08:05:13 2 3
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I really thought India were going to have a go with 108 needed and 22 over remaining?
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11/01/2021 08:14:48 15 0
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One batsmen with a hamstring gone, one waiting to come in with a broken and dislocated thumb and a long tail, whose compatriots have broken bones for their past bravery. India did just fine.
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11/01/2021 08:12:40 6 1
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Tim Paine did go round to the local hardware store
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11/01/2021 08:15:24 4 0
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typo: Tim Paine didn't go round to the local hardware store
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Pat
11/01/2021 08:15:42 22 0
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Dravid was known as The Wall. Pujara is the Hoover Dam.
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11/01/2021 08:17:23 6 0
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good one
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11/01/2021 13:09:14 0 0
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Pujara's dam was - hazelwooded, unceremoniously.
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11/01/2021 08:17:01 22 0
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Well played India! As good as the draw secured at The Oval in 1979. Similar to that match there were times when India looked "on" for a win. Disappointing that after all of his good work to make his team more "user friendly" Tim Paine resorted to old, bad habits.
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Pat
11/01/2021 08:15:42 22 0
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Dravid was known as The Wall. Pujara is the Hoover Dam.
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11/01/2021 08:17:23 6 0
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good one
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11/01/2021 08:13:36 2 31
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And the Covid deaths keep on rising. The game shouldn’t have taken place.
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jmw
11/01/2021 08:17:28 13 0
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Why? Last time I checked Australia had a pretty good handle on Covid-19. Yes they get odd hotspots but are able to react very quickly. The bubbles the players are in seem to work as well.
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11/01/2021 08:21:48 1 0
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True if anything the Cricket Bubbles probably tightest as possible within the players just surroundings need to be aware.
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11/01/2021 08:18:33 291 5
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Steve Smith caught on stump camera erasing to Rishabh Pant’s batting guard marks from the crease. Once a bad sport, always a bad sport.

But brilliant grit from India to bat out 131 overs in the 4th innings. Not many teams, especially depleted ones, do that nowadays - especially in Australia.
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11/01/2021 08:34:19 171 2
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Just saw the replay of it...why an earth would you feel the need to do that as a fielder? It makes zero sense but I’m sure the all Aussie panel of umpires will shrug it off
Smith cant help it.really should not have been allowed back into test cricket.once a cheat always a cheat.you just wonder how many more times it happened without getting picked up. Removed
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11/01/2021 08:49:38 35 0
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He did that? Should have been banned for life.
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11/01/2021 09:00:24 29 0
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It is like playing very mean mind games and nagging a batsman for hardly any balls are going to land in that area. Exhibition of " Old habits die hard "
Same old Aussies - correction - Smith - always cheating................ Removed
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11/01/2021 09:01:17 59 0
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It's so counter productive, everytime he erases the guard Pant would have to take it again, eating up more time. If I was Pant I would make sure I took as long as possible establishing guard after it was erased
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11/01/2021 09:07:46 35 0
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Well if that's true (tampering with the pitch) then that's even worse than ball tampering. How come we've not heard more of that?
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11/01/2021 09:43:25 42 0
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I noticed that - and far too many Australian players hanging around the batting crease between overs - intentionally getting in the way of the batsmen and space-invading as they return to the crease for the next over. Brian Close would have decked them.
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11/01/2021 10:06:32 22 0
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Yep. Absolutely no way I would play cards, dominoes or board games against Smith!
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11/01/2021 10:44:34 14 1
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Really sad and disappointed in Smith. Great batsman, terrible sportsman.
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11/01/2021 10:52:22 14 1
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Your kind with your comment, ‘once a bad sport always a bad sport’. I would upgrade it to ‘once a cheat always a cheat’
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11/01/2021 11:05:45 20 0
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Cheats always revert to cheating when things aren't going their way. Smith is no different. No matter how much he cries and claims he's reformed - cheating is a fall back position that's hard to resist.

I'll never forget SS claiming a ridiculous catch that bounced in 2010 ashes. He knew it bounced, but ran around like he'd won the world cup. I remember at the time thinking is this guy for real?!
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11/01/2021 11:13:16 13 0
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Steve Smith just might start crying again, now that he has been caught again.
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11/01/2021 12:44:16 4 0
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is it any wonder when Justin Langer is their coach? They have form in this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afQvCaPd4t8&t=160s
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11/01/2021 12:56:33 8 0
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Australia cheating? Imagine my shock. *mock faint*
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11/01/2021 13:05:16 7 0
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What do you expect from a cheater??? Aussies will never play with the spirit of the game and it has proven time and time again that they are bunch of cheaters and now Racist abuse as well. Welcome to Australia.
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11/01/2021 14:19:26 8 0
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How on earth did he get man of the match? Should have been Pant. Smith is just a nasty petulant bully boy
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11/01/2021 15:33:11 4 0
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the old saying "leopard never changes its spots" is so apt for Steve Smith -
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11/01/2021 15:38:23 6 0
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He is a good batsman the first time despite anger I felt sorry for him. Now, he should be fined the whole match fees. He had no business to be on the pitch.
Once an Australian always a cheat. Smith will never change but the stupidity of his actions is that with cameras and microphones all around grounds it makes you wonder why he doesn't stop. Maybe a red/yellow card system should be introduced for cheating. Playing one player short would be interesting. Removed
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11/01/2021 17:22:04 4 1
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Well said.
I have also just read the article about Paine's sledging comments and I can't believe how low Australia's morals have slumped despite the ban not so long ago. Rotten to the core and shouldn't be allowed to compete on the international scene at any level.
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11/01/2021 21:28:06 0 0
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They say cheats never win. Will it all end in tears, again?
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12/01/2021 04:30:03 0 1
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Yet, Smith and Warner are given contracts by the IPL. And, they get to captain those teams. Whereas, Sreesanth is banned for alleged fixing!

Fire them from the IPL, now!

Talk about Indian "Anglophilia"!

Australia is so bereft of talent that they have to import their players from South Africa, just like England does. Ban this at once, ICC! Native talent belongs to the system that nurtured it.
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11/01/2021 08:18:41 41 1
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That's why Test Cricket is the best from of the game. Outstanding from India
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11/01/2021 08:18:43 162 4
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Australian bully boy tactics with Paine leading the nasty sledging . They might try to blame the crowd but they follow the examples set in the field
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11/01/2021 09:43:18 74 1
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And they wonder why whenever they travel to NZ they cop it big time from the crowds, no other team gets it ... And in England too from what I saw form the most recent Ashes ...
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11/01/2021 10:32:34 36 0
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As an Indian journalist said, “Very few teams take so much effort to ensure you keep hating them"
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11/01/2021 10:34:16 28 0
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Without doubt, the most disliked team in world cricket. Unless you're an Aussie you always want them to lose. What a position to be in, to be hated by everyone. Bolshy, bigheaded and arrogant
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11/01/2021 10:34:49 2 0
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We've all heard about the temporary captain! Lol
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11/01/2021 13:01:10 9 0
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After all that recent fake humility "oh yes we are much more respectful now" etc. What a bunch of chancers, like when gangsters come out of prison, claiming to be going straight, then go straight back into ropey "security consultancy" jobs. The Australia cricket team can't change who they are - it's the scorpion and the frog all over again mate.
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11/01/2021 13:05:46 1 0
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Very well said.
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11/01/2021 08:13:36 2 31
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And the Covid deaths keep on rising. The game shouldn’t have taken place.
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11/01/2021 08:19:44 1 0
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In Australia? Lockdown in Brisbane after a single infection was found.
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jmw
11/01/2021 08:20:30 8 0
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Nicely set up for the final test. Not got a clue which side will win.
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11/01/2021 08:20:46 22 4
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Well done India. The Aussies are trying 'bodyline' tactics to knock out Indian players. First Shami, now Jadeja, and nearly Pant. Hope India win the last Test match.
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11/01/2021 08:37:23 3 5
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Learn to play a short ball.
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11/01/2021 08:20:55 2 2
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India must have their tails up and rolling their sleeves up for the next test now....after that performance. Aussies on the other hand, would be not that willing..
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11/01/2021 08:13:36 2 31
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And the Covid deaths keep on rising. The game shouldn’t have taken place.
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11/01/2021 08:21:16 5 1
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You do realise that COVID is under control in Aus? If anything, we are overdoing measures. Bet you are fun at parties...
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11/01/2021 09:17:11 0 0
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Probably OK at parties, hiding behind a keyboard makes people far more brave/challenging than face to face. #keyboardmoaners
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jmw
11/01/2021 08:17:28 13 0
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Why? Last time I checked Australia had a pretty good handle on Covid-19. Yes they get odd hotspots but are able to react very quickly. The bubbles the players are in seem to work as well.
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11/01/2021 08:21:48 1 0
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True if anything the Cricket Bubbles probably tightest as possible within the players just surroundings need to be aware.
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11/01/2021 08:22:27 0 8
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Historically Aussies have sledged as a tactic to unsettle batters, but Paine Team is not know for that, maybe Smith and previous, but this Aussie Team stay within boundaries or we would of heard about by now.
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11/01/2021 08:29:55 7 2
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They were sledging for sure - just seen Paine giving it out on the news - usual bad sportsmanship from the Aussies
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11/01/2021 08:23:08 6 0
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Test cricket at it's best !! Well done India. Vihari and Pujara tribute to The Wall I guess.
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11/01/2021 08:52:28 1 0
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'The Wall' is a great album but ,personally,i prefer 'Wish You Were Here'
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Ed
11/01/2021 08:23:19 18 0
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What a performance. From injured players. Utterly heroic !
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11/01/2021 07:53:28 73 2
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A real Test Match - played with grit & determination, not "bish, bash, bosh" of 20 over cricket.
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11/01/2021 08:23:26 58 1
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Absolutely, also the right result in the end given Paine’s behaviour and the disgusting abuse received from so called cricket fans.
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11/01/2021 08:46:58 10 0
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Sore losers & sore winners. Thought the mouthing would have stopped after they were reigned in over the ball tampering scandal.
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11/01/2021 09:23:31 3 0
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These are the fans who threw full bottles at an injured Simon Jones. Or assaulted John Snow because of a bouncer. Sth they love providing it's at the opposition.
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11/01/2021 08:10:21 4 3
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Well played India...to the Aussie boys, suck up the disappointment and move onto the GABBA... remember the bounce back after Headingley...
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11/01/2021 08:23:39 5 0
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True and remember the India bounce back after the 1st Test and now in this Test.

Turning about to be an interesting Series after all with plenty of twist and turns .

Good Old Test Cricket like many have said already.
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11/01/2021 07:50:55 11 74
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A draw between the two best cricket teams in the world
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11/01/2021 08:24:21 4 2
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Does that mean nether were good enough?
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11/01/2021 08:24:32 4 2
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A lot of poor bowling from Australia today. Didn’t challenge either edge of the bat enough and didn’t challenge the 4th stump line consistently. No plans to good batters either. Should have gone 2-1 up
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jmw
11/01/2021 08:38:41 5 0
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I think they just expected the wickets to fall and to be fair that is normally what does happen 9 times out of 10 in today’s circumstances. It did mean they didn’t look to have any real plans though as you say and definitely not alternative plans when wickets weren’t falling. Still in the end it was the dropped chances that cost them.
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11/01/2021 08:43:05 0 0
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Should have....maybe.....What about.....If only....- THAT is test Cricket, and long may it be so!
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11/01/2021 08:26:52 4 0
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Fantastic Performance by Team India. Against all odds they drawn this test match. Now i am sure they should go for win in Brisbane and win the series.
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11/01/2021 08:27:51 27 2
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These same sledgers and bullboys will be like angels when they want a piece of the IPL pie and go and play in India.
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11/01/2021 08:36:18 1 10
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You have become the writer of standard comments. Shake it up.
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11/01/2021 08:27:54 18 1
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Personally thought Aussies had this covered with their Bowling attack and as we know there is a BUT .... But what a performance by India with the Bat again.

So for the mocking of the "36" by many has now shifted to resilient batting and showing just a blip like other teams do.

Super Test series and great advert for Test Cricket and 5 day Test too.
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Seems like Aus couldn't find any flesh toned sandpaper for this test... Removed
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11/01/2021 08:34:52 1 0
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Stick to the Football comments.
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11/01/2021 08:22:27 0 8
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Historically Aussies have sledged as a tactic to unsettle batters, but Paine Team is not know for that, maybe Smith and previous, but this Aussie Team stay within boundaries or we would of heard about by now.
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11/01/2021 08:29:55 7 2
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They were sledging for sure - just seen Paine giving it out on the news - usual bad sportsmanship from the Aussies
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11/01/2021 08:30:01 6 0
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This was set up for Nathan Lyon but he disappointed. Not in the same league as Ashwin and too predictable - but Paine didn't help with his dropped catches.
Can't wait for Brisbane !!
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11/01/2021 10:54:48 1 0
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Well pointed! Had Panty taken Labuschagne early on the day 2, who knows which direction the match would have gone from there. But the bloke more than made up for it. If not for his maverick knock, India may well have been out of the series. Now only if India could have Saha's keeping with Pant's batting, they would have a winner.
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11/01/2021 08:13:36 2 31
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And the Covid deaths keep on rising. The game shouldn’t have taken place.
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11/01/2021 08:30:12 1 0
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Hi Britannia First. I reckon you are fun at parties. This match was in Australia who unlike the horror show organised by the govt here, the Aussies have Covid relatively under control. They also have strict bubbles for the players and staff. Do you and us a favour and take your negativity to another forum - perhaps Parler?
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11/01/2021 08:30:57 5 3
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Well done India, new supply of sandpaper required for the Aussies
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11/01/2021 08:34:14 2 4
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Really! You are incredibly not funny.
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11/01/2021 08:36:53 1 0
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Legendary banter
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11/01/2021 08:11:36 1 0
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What about the 3rd test of the 2019 ashes ;)
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11/01/2021 08:31:00 1 0
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Haha. Lyon missing an easy run out to win the game. Sometimes cricket is truly beautiful.
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11/01/2021 08:32:48 5 1
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Note to any batsman on earth. If Cameron Green comes on to bowl, fill ya boots and enjoy an improved batting average.
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11/01/2021 08:33:01 8 0
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Incredible India, amazing draw from them. Roll on 2-1 series win for India. Disturbing the racist abuse given to India players from aussie fans!!
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11/01/2021 10:45:06 2 0
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Are we surprised?
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11/01/2021 08:33:02 4 0
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Kept me up all night, great test cricket, i think the Indian boys will go on from here and will leave Australia with a share of the spoils or even victory after the Brisbane match.
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11/01/2021 08:33:51 10 0
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Super defence from Ashwin and Vihari.
Barely a run scored in the last two hours but still excellent viewing. Another great advert for test match cricket.
Well played India.
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11/01/2021 08:05:36 7 4
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Flintoff words exchange with Yuvraj and Yuvraj smokes off six sixes off Broad's over !

Racist attack on the Indian players and see what outcome you get !

Well done Team India, proud supported from The GB !
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jmw
11/01/2021 08:34:14 3 0
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Are you suggesting what Flintoff said to Yuvraj was racist? I know what was said was unpleasant and should have no place in cricket, but Yuvraj has been interviewed many times and never suggested Flintoff was being racist. Or have I missed something?
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11/01/2021 11:07:07 1 0
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I guess he/she meant outcome of provoking the Indians, not necessarily through racist ramblings.
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11/01/2021 08:30:57 5 3
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Well done India, new supply of sandpaper required for the Aussies
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11/01/2021 08:34:14 2 4
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Really! You are incredibly not funny.
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11/01/2021 08:38:06 2 0
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I wouldn’t put it past this Aussie team, at least half seem to be brain dead
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11/01/2021 08:18:33 291 5
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Steve Smith caught on stump camera erasing to Rishabh Pant’s batting guard marks from the crease. Once a bad sport, always a bad sport.

But brilliant grit from India to bat out 131 overs in the 4th innings. Not many teams, especially depleted ones, do that nowadays - especially in Australia.
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11/01/2021 08:34:19 171 2
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Just saw the replay of it...why an earth would you feel the need to do that as a fielder? It makes zero sense but I’m sure the all Aussie panel of umpires will shrug it off
because he will cheat, and those that defended him against the grief he was receiving after his century, still want to defend his cheating? Great batsman, terrible sportsman. Removed
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11/01/2021 08:45:51 74 0
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Their true characters comes out when they are losing.
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11/01/2021 09:37:15 20 0
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Shocking! Man of the match???
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11/01/2021 12:43:08 7 0
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Disgraceful conduct from Paine and Smith. Aussie cricketers shown up in their true light when pressure applied.
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11/01/2021 13:44:37 5 0
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Probably find it amusing. Smith is a disgrace.
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12/01/2021 02:15:38 4 0
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The aussies just can't help it. It is inbred.
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12/01/2021 09:05:26 2 0
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And the blinkered Aussie fans.. Can you imagine if a non Aussie did what SS did?
Seems like Aus couldn't find any flesh toned sandpaper for this test... Removed
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11/01/2021 08:34:52 1 0
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Stick to the Football comments.
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11/01/2021 07:54:21 90 3
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Those Oz TV commentators banging on about how great their fast bowlers are must feel a little chumpish in hindsight.
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11/01/2021 08:35:14 13 0
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"Those Oz TV commentators banging on about how great their fast bowlers are"

They were banging on about how good the oz fielding had been...and then 3 dropped catches.

My Monday morning is all the more brighter :)
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11/01/2021 08:27:51 27 2
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These same sledgers and bullboys will be like angels when they want a piece of the IPL pie and go and play in India.
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11/01/2021 08:36:18 1 10
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You have become the writer of standard comments. Shake it up.
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11/01/2021 08:06:32 8 2
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well done, in a hostile, prejudice environment and so fitting that its Ashwin that brings it home for India. Easily the best Test team in world, make Australia look ordinary at home.
Warner will be back
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11/01/2021 08:36:22 1 0
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I thought New Zealand was the official World No1 team at the moment.