We can’t waste this start. If we lose both set batsmen in quick succession then we are back behind the 8-ball. Ideally we’d like a 1st innings lead, but more important than that is taking time out of the game. If we get to stumps no more than 3 down then our chances of saving the game are pretty good. I don’t think a win is a realistic goal, but being competitive and hard to defeat is definitely attainable…
I told you all Finch was a dud
spent so much time in the shiel threads hadn’t even checked the score until now. wow, huge start for australia. Usman 72 runs so far on a spinners deck, that is some effort
considering you guys had to bowl first on that pitch, a draw should be seen as a win. Would be a massive effort
It reveals how much a of a road it is that both Finch and Khawaja didn’t often seem overly troubled. That’s not me putting them down they both batted well and have deserved that start especially against good spin side.
2 wickets is quick succession. S.Marsh going for an expansive drive through cover with the spin out of some footmarks, out for 7. 2/161. M.Marsh now at the crease. Khawaja 81*.
And another gone. May be a different team, but same collapses.
Mitch Marsh dropped by Yasir Shah off his own bowling. Firmly struck back at him and got him in the chest region. A batting collapse looks inevitable now…
Will be lucky if they make 200.
Head out without scoring in similar fashion to Marsh trying to drive out of the footmarks.
4/171 after being 0/142. Marnus comes to the crease…
Aaaaaand that was an even shorter stay. Labuschagne out 2nd ball, caught at bat-pad.
Wow. No one ever saw this coming.
I was too genorous with 200
well there you go
33 year old debutante with 59 first class wickets just ripped through our top order. Good times.
These blokes just don’t have the ticker to knuckle down
Mitch Marsh and Tim Paine will save us.
Of course there was a cover up. If the TV viewers can see what Bancroft was doing to the ball, then the rest if the team sees the same.
Guessing you haven’t played much/any cricket. I can assure you that when you are spending a full day in the field you rarely pay attention to the ball or what is happening to it in between deliveries, unless you are the designated one to look after it.
Mitch out, 200 looking distant