International Duck Watch!

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In a Test match in Wellington…

… just when you think that you’ve got no work to do, teenage sensation Mehedi Hasan falls to the very last ball of the day, courtesy of some very composed bowling from Neil Wagner!

In a Test match in Johannesburg…

… Temba Bavuma is starting to become a regular in this column and his continued selection will surely only heighten scepticism of South Africa’s selection policy. Rather surprisingly, our loyal club member Suranga Lakmal has so far been unable to get in on the action, leaving the work to Nuwan Pradeep. Pradeep was also responsible for the fall of a runless Vernon Philander who himself was then responsible for the fall of a runless Dimuth Karunaratne

In an ODI in Brisbane…

… Steven Smith, first ball. Mohammad Amir the bowler responsible. Serial Test run struggler Matthew Wade hit a run a ball 100 not out. Following our update on Michael Carberry yesterday, here’s another example of a cancer survivor providing inspiration to many.

Oh and a little extra. Though this column isn’t called International Double-Century Watch, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan surely merits some recognition for his 217 against New Zealand, ably supported by Mushfiqur Rahim’s 159. Bangladesh seem to be holding it together a bit more in Tests at the moment than they do in the pyjama matches.

International Duck Watch!

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Suranga Lakmal just can’t keep out of the action, whether or not he’s the duckee or the inflictor of duckness. Today he lasted three deliveries before falling to Vernon Philander (4-27) in Cape Town. Nuwan Pradeep also ducked in the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka, very first ball, Philander again the man responsible.

In Art Deco Land or Napier if you prefer, a trio of ducks were spotted in the first T20I between hosts New Zealand and visitors Bangladesh. For the tourists, Imrul Kayes fell second ball and Soumya Sarkar lasted exactly half that amount of deliveries. In the Black Caps’ response Colin Munro ducketed second ball but the hosts still claimed a six-wicket victory.