International Duck Watch!

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After a grand start to his Test career, Colin de Grandhomme is now not doing so grand. After going wicketless with the ball in Bangladesh’s grand first innings total of a grand 289, the New Zealand all-rounder lasted a grand total of just three scoreless deliveries before grandly being bowled by the grand Shakib Al Hasan.

In both second innings of the grand second Test in grand Christchurch, de Grandhomme will hope to put in a more grand performance and achieve grander results.

De Grandhomme is the grand sum of today’s grand episode of the rather grand International Duck Watch.

Yours grandly,

Silly Point.

International Duck Watch!

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There’s only one way to follow a first innings 217 and that’s a fifth ball duck. Step forward Mr Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh. Debutante Subashis Roy also ducked in the second innings. The tourists’ number eleven didn’t bat in the first innings as Bangladesh declared, a decision they may now regret. A last wicket stand might have spared them the ignominy of losing a Test match having declared on 595-8 when batting first!

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.