International Duck Watch!

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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…

http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia-v-pakistan-2016-17/content/story/1074685.html

… meaning that I wasn’t so crazy after all! (Please see below)

https://sillypointcricketsite.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/australia-0-1-south-africa/

Cook in Command (No not that one!)

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Remember that time South Africa’s opening batsman Stephen Cook and his technique were getting torn to shreds by the Australian commentary box but he went on to score a hundred?

If you’ve forgotten then please have a perusal of the ‘just a few’ posts that kept you updated at the time below…

https://sillypointcricketsite.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/anatomy-of-trying-to-save-a-test-career-3/

https://sillypointcricketsite.wordpress.com/2016/11/26/anatomy-of-trying-to-save-a-test-career-revisited/

https://sillypointcricketsite.wordpress.com/2016/11/24/anatomy-of-trying-to-save-a-test-career/

… then have a look at this scorecard…

http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-sri-lanka-2016-17/engine/match/936147.html

… that’s centuries in back to back Tests and against 33.33recurring% (Eng, Aus and SL) of the opposition Test nations then. I’m not bragging (Really I’m not!) but I’ve got an eye for talent!

International Duck Watch!

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Where International Duck Watch is about then Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal is never far away. The inaugural International Duck Club inductee has developed a habit of helping others join the club and today Lakmal welcomed South Africa’s Keshav Mahahraj to the party by getting him to nick behind the third delivery that he faced.

In the race to be the leading ducker, Kyle Abbott, who was originally inducted when failing miserably as an overnight watchman in Australia, was run out after facing just three deliveries to get his name on the honours board for the second time.

When Sri Lanka got around to their reply Kusal Mendis levelled with Abbott by being caught behind off the bowling of… Abbott!

That’s your paddle of ducks today folks!

International Duck Watch!

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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.