Bye: Is Mason Crane the first player to make his Test debut in a city with which he shares his middle name?
Leg Bye: Have the following players misunderstood an instruction to have Don Bradman like averages?
Tom Curran: 100.00
Jake Ball: 114.33
Mason Crane: 193.00
Yet Craig Overton (37.66) doesn’t average over a ton. Go figure!
No Ball: Will Chris Lynn ever be fit?
Wide: After returning figures of 0-108 in Melbourne, has Jackson Bird played his last Test?
The ever impressive Mitchell Marsh lasted all of one delivery whilst batting at the dizzy heights of number four in Australia’s second ODI against Pakistan in Melbourne. Pat Cummins lasted triple Marsh Jnr’s crease occupation but too fell to Mohammad Amir without troubling the scorers. A comfortable six-wicket win was a long awaited victory for the tourists and sees them level the five-match series at 1-1.
South Africa have taken a 1-0 series lead in their home Test series against Sri Lanka with a comfortable win in Port Elizabeth. Dushmantha Chameera was the tourists’ sole second innings ducker but Sri Lanka still went down by 206 runs.
Meanwhile in Melbourne, Australia have assumed an unassailable 2-0 series advantage in their home Test series against Pakistan. Ducks from captain Misbah-ul-Haq, Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah didn’t help the tourists’ cause.
Moving onto the third and final Test, Australia have recalled Steve O’Keefe, who would have replaced a now rejuvenated Nathan Lyon against South Africa but for injury and have dropped Nic Maddinson (Test batting ave: 6.75), despite the young batsman registering a career best 22 in this match. Ashton Agar has also been recalled for the dead rubber third Test…
… meaning that I wasn’t so crazy after all! (Please see below)
Today’s ducklings (Or are they Turkeys?) are:
Mahmuhdullah and Mustafizur Rahman who contributed 00 as Bangladesh went down by 77 runs in the first ODI in Christchurch against New Zealand.
Away from the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’, complete duck avoidance was achieved on the premier days of Test matches in both Port Elizabeth and Melbourne.
… Australia skipper Steven Smith of all people, soon followed by teammate Mitchell Marsh in the third ODI in Melbourne as the hosts sealed a 3-0 series clean sweep courtesy of David Warner’s 156.