India 36 All Out… Or Were They?

Headlines around the world proclaim that India were dismissed for their lowest ever total in Test history when the visitors succumbed for a paltry 36 in the day/night Test in Adelaide!

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However, Mohammed Shami retired hurt (Okay, they don’t call it that anymore!) but, and you’ll have to forgive me for being pedantic… that would usually mean that India’s innings would be refered to as 36-9. I mean you just never know. Maybe Shami and Umesh Yadav were poised to record India’s highest ever 10th wicket stand in Test cricket!

Following such a humiliating defeat, it’s not an ideal time for India captain Virat Kohli to leave his team but fair enough, particularly in the current climate. Many are now predicting a whitewash and already saying “I told you so”. I do hope that India can fightback with a win… that’s what sport and particularly in cricket, character is about!

International Duck Watch!

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No paddling today, just a solitary duckling in the shape of India’a Umesh Yadav. He was one of four victims for England’s Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid (4-82) whose stock continues to rise. England finished the fourth day’s play on 87-2 (Cook 54, Hameed 25) requiring another 318 runs to win! Ben Duckett, that’s Ben DUCKett will face his first delivery first thing tomorrow following Alastair Cook’s last ball of the day dismissal.