FIRST TEST, DAY FOUR

Australia declares following Justin Langer’s 23rd Test century. England set a target of 648.

UPDATE. Strauss caught hooking off Clark. England 1/29.

UPDATE II. First innings holdout Bell falls to Warne, lbw for 0. England 2/36. Warne’s first wicket of the series.

UPDATE III. Stuart Clark—sometimes described as a Glenn McGrath clone, although he’s more like a speedier Terry Alderman—is currently unplayable.

UPDATE IV. Warne has Alastair Cook caught for 43, then bowls a series of perfectly straight deliveries to Kevin Pietersen. A trap is being set. England 3/91.

UPDATE V. Great catch by the scoreboard attendant off a Paul Collingwood six hit over the wicketkeeper’s head.

UPDATE VI. Huge Pietersen/Collingwood partnership (153 runs) ended by Collingwood’s stumping. Pietersen has eluded any Warne trap; now on 78. England 4/254.

UPDATE VII. Top-edged Flintoff slog caught by Langer off Warne. Out for 16. England 5/271.

Posted by Tim B. on 11/25/2006 at 09:41 PM
    1. For the benefit of our American readers, kindly note that Australians only like sport if a single game goes for five freakin’ days.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2006 11 25 at 10:01 PM • permalink

 

    1. #1 Reckon this one will be over in four days.

      Posted by anthony_r on 2006 11 25 at 10:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. See, if the mussies assimilated more they could learn stuff like how to effectively hurl a grenade sized object at others.

      Posted by Nic on 2006 11 25 at 10:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. Augh! Cricket!

      Avert! AVERT!!

      Posted by mojo on 2006 11 25 at 10:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. What if it rains? Just because it’s about nine years since it last rained in Brisbane doesn’t mean there will not be wild storms this afternoon and tomorrow. This is cricket we are talking about. If the drought breaks in Queensland of course it will be during the Ashes Test at the ‘Gabba. With Australia way ahead. It’s the law.

      Then how astute will Ponting’s follow-on decision look?

      Posted by geoff on 2006 11 25 at 11:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. In the immortal words of my apple cheeked old Granny, “Anyone who doesn’t like cricket is probably a reffo or a communist”

      Granny had never heard of political correctness.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2006 11 25 at 11:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. England 91/2. Looking increasingly unlikely to be over in 4 days. At the risk of stating the bleeding obvious, if England dig in for a draw punter’s going to regret not enforcing the follow-on.

      Posted by Dogz on 2006 11 25 at 11:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. For the benefit of our American readers…

      Not to worry. We figured out years ago that cricket is basically baseball on valium.

      Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 2006 11 25 at 11:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. Spoke too soon. 91/3.

      Posted by Dogz on 2006 11 25 at 11:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. Dogz, keep making comments that the Poms might actually make it to the 5th day please

      Posted by Matthew Lawrence on 2006 11 25 at 11:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. re 1: ” Australians only like sport if a single game goes for five freakin’ days. “

      I don’t know 88 mins last nite seemed just fine.

      Posted by Harry Buttle on 2006 11 25 at 11:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. Geoff #5,

      Do not doubt Ponting’s decision. Now that McGrath appears to be forced into taking it easy, how would Australia cope with three front line bowlers having to bowl for two days straight? The follow-on rarely works with only four bowlers, and works even worse in warm conditions.

      Posted by Leigh on 2006 11 25 at 11:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. Bruce:
      Not to worry. We figured out years ago that cricket is basically baseball on valium.

      Just curious- how fast do basball pitchers pitch?  A max / average would be good to know.

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 11 26 at 12:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. I don’t follow baseball, but I believe that a pitcher who can throw in the mid 90s (mph) is considered good and an exceptional pitcher can break 100. Part of the problem is deciding when to measure the velocity because the ball will slow by several miles per hour between the mound and the plate. The velocity is roughly comparable to what a good bowler in cricket can produce.

      The limits on pitching speed appear to be physiological and haven’t changed much over the years.

      Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 2006 11 26 at 01:22 AM • permalink

 

    1. Is it too late for Al Gore to become a cricket fan and fly to Brisbane?

      UPDATE: The Lancet reports that Pietersen has hit a 3 to 600 off of Warne.

      Posted by Paul Zrimsek on 2006 11 26 at 01:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. #3 Nic – um, the Mussies are pretty damn good at cricket.  They even have their own rules…

      Posted by anthony_r on 2006 11 26 at 01:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hmm, Poms seem to be scoring at will.  This’ll go into day 5.  Here I was thinking the Queen will be wanting her OBEs back…

      Posted by anthony_r on 2006 11 26 at 01:43 AM • permalink

 

    1. The way the Poms are batting right now maybe it might be better if it did rain.

      Posted by geoff on 2006 11 26 at 01:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. #16: The Palestinian grannies pose a particular challenge to the scorer. Leg before wicket, head behind wicket, left arm in the stands…

      Posted by Paul Zrimsek on 2006 11 26 at 01:57 AM • permalink

 

    1. Collingwood out on 96.  With a name like that, who could complain?

      Bruce – About what I thought; arms the same for pitchers and bowlers.  Fast bowlers in cricket should be able to regularly bowl at 140km/h (about 90mph) and often get quicker ones in at the 150 km/hr mark (they do have a run-up, after all).  Occasional ones at 160km/hr (that’s the old 100 mph mark). But in cricket, you are allowed to bowl at the opponent’s head!  (But only twice every over (6 balls), I think).

      Sorry, I must defend cricket’s honour.  Yes cricket can get boring, but it goes for 4-5 days. What’s baseball’s excuse?

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 11 26 at 03:10 AM • permalink

 

    1. Oh Lordy. A Pom called Collingwood, the same name as the most reviled Aussie Rules football team in history, dismissed at 96 from a shot that would have earned a schoolboy cricketer about three hours straight in the practice nets, the Barmy Army being ferociously assaulted by the fascist Queensland Police and mercenary security guards, five wickets down and a day to play, Warney turning it sideways, a target score that would have caused Don Bradman to take up lawn bowls, the rapture just goes on.

      God is in his heaven, and all is right with the world.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2006 11 26 at 08:46 AM • permalink

 

    1. Who’s actually winning? And please don’t reply in fractions. Just a simple “Poms” or “Aussies” will suffice.

      Posted by Some0Seppo on 2006 11 26 at 08:59 AM • permalink

 

    1. SOS – please see #21. Thank-you.

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 11 26 at 09:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. Oh-oh.  Injury scares

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 11 26 at 09:22 AM • permalink

 

    1. #22

      Australia. By lots.

      Posted by Tim B. on 2006 11 26 at 09:42 AM • permalink

 

    1. What’s baseball’s excuse?

      At something just short of three hours to play a game that should take about an hour and a half, there isn’t one. Hence the joke about “baseball on valium” to describe a superficially similar game that requires six hours a day for five days. Oh, nevermind…

      Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 2006 11 26 at 10:09 AM • permalink

 

    1. Thanks for the reply, Tim. Seems that even cricket scorekeeping is indecipherable to the uninitiated.

      Oh, and good on ya, Aussie side!

      Posted by Some0Seppo on 2006 11 26 at 11:03 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ammerikan non cricket afficionados..
      “Top edge Flintoff slog caught by Langer off Warne”
      translation “English team hero Flintoff -hits a ball bowled by Shane Warne (Ostraya)-with the top edge of the cricket bat (or can’t get his bat out of the way in time).
      The ball is caught by Justin Langer,OZ fielder. Flintoff is out,gone, finished.
      Next batsman comes in to take his place.

      Posted by crash on 2006 11 26 at 11:05 AM • permalink

 

    1. Another translation for the Yanks:

      “Warney shagged your missus”: The greatest bowler in the history of the game has had more than his fair share of luck with the ladies.  Yours included.

      Posted by The_Wizard_of_WOZ on 2006 11 26 at 12:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. What will the Aussie’s 202 for 1 be worth if England manage to stick it out for the last day. Was forgiving the follow-on wise?

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2006 11 26 at 06:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. “Strauss caught hooking off Clark.”
      And your ABC ratings are still falling?

      “Top-edged Flintoff slog..”
      And up here we can get that in 30-06!  nyuk nyuk

      Posted by yojimbo on 2006 11 26 at 06:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. It’s obvious the Aussies have peaked too soon in this series. Things can only go downhill for them from here, and we (the Poms) can only improve. Looking good.

      Posted by Skeptimus on 2006 11 26 at 07:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. #25 But Tim, haven’t Ostraylia made a big mistake? There is one day left to get the Poms out. Anything could happen, it may rain. Or even the Poms bat defensively (and very boringly to be sure).

      You’re denied your deserved victory by your own folly. What does that do to morale?

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2006 11 26 at 08:34 PM • permalink

 

    1. #33 Wimpy. There is one day left to get the Poms out.

      If you take away only one lesson from the first test, let it be this.  One day is usually quite sufficient to get the Poms out.

      Or even the Poms bat defensively (and very boringly to be sure).

      It was ever thus.

      You’re denied your deserved victory by your own folly. What does that do to morale?

      Australia wins by a couple of hundred runs, before lunch.  I think the last quoted sentance is redundant.

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 11 26 at 10:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. this is freaky. it looks like english, it seems to be spelled right & all….but…but….bit it makes no sense!

      “am i the only one noticing this?? i feel like i’ve taken crazy pills!!”

      Posted by jimmy quest on 2006 11 27 at 04:35 AM • permalink

 

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