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    NZ and AUS to both whitewash SL and WI, respectively.
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    Australia win the toss and will bat first. Expect them to score about 500. This could be a really, really disheartening day for the Windies and their cricket culture in general.
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    Five overs gone and Australia are 36-0. Really poor bowling this from the Windies. Burns just struck three boundaries in three balls.
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    Wasn't really expecting anything else from WI, to be honest.

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    Excellent day for Australia, to be honest. Obviously, they are expected to run through this Windies side, but they are playing with such confidence and assurance. It's hard to see Windies having any resistance to a series whitewash.

    They bowled so poorly in the opening two sessions - in which only 50 overs were bowled, and you'd imagine they'll face repercussions. That said, they remarkably had two wickets for their toil. I thought Burns batted really well, but got out to a lovely ball through the gate from Shannon Gabriel.

    Gabriel's injury looks really bad news for the Windies, but even he wouldn't have been able to do anything with Voges and Marsh in that sort of form. Both players scored their third Test century respectively, and it was fitting they did so with the Windies so confident that the Aussies' middle order would be their weak point during the series.

    But, let's be fair, this is an absolute mismatch. They should have allowed SL and Windies to play each other, and NZ/Australia could have met in an elongated Test series.
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    Voges on point
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    Yeah, Voges played really well. I'm shocked that it's only his third century, and Marsh's too.

    As for NZ, they really paid the price for a poor final session. Having only lost one wicket at lunch, they proceeded to lose six in the final session and that has brought SL back into the match and helped address the imbalance.

    Guptill scored his first Test century in three years. That's a terrible record. McCullum was so good when he came into the crease, though. He blasted a half-century off 53 balls, and Williamson impressed too.

    The lack of atmosphere was disappointing, though, in truth.
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    West Indies facing a hopeless situation, already 438 has been scored in 90 overs, with Australia looking to score 600 and then bowl West Indies out enforcing the follow on, a very disheartening situation for the West Indies.

    While New Zealand have brought Sri Lanka back into the match.

    West Indies just cannot find good enough bowlers, the Tino Best's, Taylor's , Roach's, Fidel Edward's are not cutting it for them. Batting seems ok, however their bowling needs to be sorted out.
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    (Original post by Drax101)
    West Indies facing a hopeless situation, already 438 has been scored in 90 overs, with Australia looking to score 600 and then bowl West Indies out enforcing the follow on, a very disheartening situation for the West Indies.

    While New Zealand have brought Sri Lanka back into the match.
    Windies were always going to struggle as soon as they lost the toss. You've got to feel for SL, too. They won the toss and opted to bat, with Mathews presumably trying to shield and shelter his relatively inexperienced batting line-up from the NZ attack.

    I thought Chameera was the pick of the SL bowlers, and he caused problems.
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    In light of Andrew Gale getting a strict punishment for his racial abuse of Ashwell Prince few years ago, Somerset's Craig Overton got away with it very lightly in comparison. He's a young player, he seems to be denying it but better off accepting, apologising and moving on.
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    (Original post by Aky786UK)
    In light of Andrew Gale getting a strict punishment for his racial abuse of Ashwell Prince few years ago, Somerset's Craig Overton got away with it very lightly in comparison. He's a young player, he seems to be denying it but better off accepting, apologising and moving on.
    The defence was bizarre. Effectively, they said Overton could have been referring to his Australia team-mate. Despite the Aussie in question being nowhere near him on the pitch...
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    West Indies should only play T20s as that's the only format their top players such as Gayle, Bravo, Pollard and Sammy care about.
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    (Original post by The_K1NG)
    West Indies should only play T20s as that's the only format their top players such as Gayle, Bravo, Pollard and Sammy care about.
    But it's no surprise. Red-ball cricket doesn't interest the higher echelons of the Windies cricket board. That's why they've only played in Australia six times in 15 years. No wonder Gayle wants a payday.
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    I remember Pollard and Bravo missed the 2015 world cup because they put IPL before their country and that's why these two players were not selected.

    Such as shame on WI cricket, they have Bravo, Samuels, Gayle and all other players who can make WI team a great team with patience. Unfortunately, these guys have been around for long, so can't see them in the cricket circuit for 3-4 more years.
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    That Ben Stokes Christmas Cricket advert though... exited! :ahee:

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    ABDV to take up the role of wicket-keeper in the SA series with England, while Cook reckons his side can take advantage of Amla and co, because they are in 'transition'. Hm. A lot will do with how settled the England batting order is, in truth.

    In Cook and Compton’s nine Tests together in 2012 and 2013 they averaged 57 runs for the first wicket – the highest by an English opening pair in the past 53 years.

    Hales is favourite though, you'd imagine.
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    Australia should just declare, they have more than enough runs to play with.
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    The fact that the new WI opener Chandrika has a first class average of 25 and he is the first choice shows the sorry state of WI cricket.

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    Lyon and Hazlewood have both bowled really well. The latter's presence and ability just makes the call-up of Coulter-Nile, who has played no Shield red-ball cricket whatsoever this season thus far, absolutely laughable. The Australian selectors have prioritised pace over ability, but as proven by Lyon's performance today, you don't even need absurd pace like Starc's to skittle out this Windies side.
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    A very sorry position for the West Indies. Hope some of their new guys can show some promise which WI can take away positively.
 
 
 
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