Triple Time for England!

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In case you missed the statistical highlight from the fifth Test in Chennai, it was, drumroll please… Moeen Ali’s 1-190 from 41 overs.

Only joking! It was Karun Nair’s 303 not out. Nair had been run out for four on Test debut earlier in the series and made 13 in his second outing. Had it not been for injuries he may not have even played this match. As it turned out he struck a maiden Test century and duly converted to into a triple… as you do!

England’s last Test triple century was Graham Gooch’s 333 way back in 1990. Since then Australia, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies have all had at least two Test triple centurions and New Zealand have had one. Only Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and England have not had an individual reach 300 in the last twenty-six years!

Whilst England may not have scored any Test triple centuries in the last twenty-six years, I’ll let Silly Point’s loyal following hazard a guess as to which nation have been the victim of the most triple tons in that time…

… yes you’ve guessed it, it’s England themselves. First Brian Lara, then Lara again followed by Hashim Amla and now Nair. Clearly England need fear any batsman with a surname consisting of only four letters!

Surely that means that Alastair Cook, Joe Root and… Adam Lyth are fabricated for Test triple tons. Cook came close with 294 against India, made 263 against Pakistan and 235 not out against Australia. Root made 254 against Pakistan having previously made 200 not out against Sri Lanka. Lyth had made 107 against New Zealand and looked destined for a Test triple ton but went and got himself run out!

England will likely have a long wait, if twenty-six years wasn’t already long enough, for another Test triple because their next Test isn’t until July, unless of course somebody strokes 300 in a day tomorrow!

50 for Dawson!

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Liam Dawson struck 66 not out on Test debut for England in the fifth Test in Chennai earlier today. Dawson put on a partnership of 108 with fellow spinner Adil Rashid (60) as England chalked up a decent 477 all out in their first innings. Moeen Ali had earlier made 146 and these performances make for great competition amongst England’s spinners ahead of home Test matches next year. Rashid may have just edged ahead of Moeen based on bowling alone but Moeen has surely earned a run in the number four spot regardless of the destination. Dawson will want to back up his maiden batting effort with an effective bowling performance and then maybe England will come out of this dark tour with some positives, namely the breeding of competition amongst their spin contingent.

International Duck Watch!

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In the fifth Test in Chennai, England batted first against India and still we don’t have any Duck Watch contributors from that match!

As speculated yesterday here at Silly Point…

https://sillypointcricketsite.wordpress.com/2016/12/15/dawson-to-debut-in-chennai/

… Hampshire’s Liam Dawson debuted for England.

On a different continent in the first Test between Australia and Pakistan, Nic Maddinson, who was dismissed for nought on his Test bow against South Africa now has a Test batting average of 0.5 after achieving a mighty one run (Having been dropped on nought, no really!) in the hosts’ first innings total of 429. Maddinson’s chances of getting another bat in the match seem slim after the tourists capitulated to a paltry 97-8 in reply and finally getting to the point, Younis Khan was dismissed first ball and therefore inducted into the International Duck Watch Hall of Fame.

Dawson to Debut in Chennai?

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Silly Point told you that Haseeb Hameed would debut in Rajkot…

https://sillypointcricketsite.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/hameed-to-debut-in-rajkot/

… and then did the same when Keaton Jennings was summoned for Mumbai…

https://sillypointcricketsite.wordpress.com/2016/12/07/jennings-to-debut-in-mumbai/

… well not wishing to put the mockers on things for Liam Dawson but the Hampshire spinner could become England Test cap number 676 in the fifth and final Test in Chennai that commences tomorrow. Aside from Silly Point jinxing things for the slow-left-armer, the aftermath of cyclone Vardah, namely a damp pitch might also cost ‘Daws’ his becoming a Test cricketer.

If Dawson does debut tomorrow, he’d probably be quite content if he claimed first innings figures of 4-134, ala the last Dawson to debut for England, former Yorkshire offie Richard ‘Dick’ Dawson (In 2001) but would prefer to finish his Test career with a not so Dawsonesque (Richard) bowling average of 61.54 which in itself is reminiscent of another former Yorkshire offie and is therefore almost a Battyesque 60.93!

International Duck Watch!

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India sealed an inevitable Test series victory against England with a comprehensive innings and 36-run victory in the third Test in Mumbai earlier today.

During England’s pitiful second innings 195 all out Chris Woakes joined yesterday’s ducklings Keaton Jennings and Moeen Ali in the bar at The Duck Club.

The teams now head to Chennai for the fifth and final Test and it’ll be interesting to see if England squad members such as Ben Duckett and Steven Finn (Both omitted from the limited overs squads) as well as the likes of Gary Ballance, Gareth Batty and the uncapped Liam Dawson are presented with a chance to salvage, or in Dawson’s case start their Test careers. You would imagine that captain Cook will want his strongest team available though as England attempt to save face and gain a consolation victory and for Cook, save his future.