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  1. Ha well Australia's subcontinent momentum never materialised after the Chittagong win. They are already 2-0 down against India and staring down the barrel of another series defeat. Meanwhile Bairstow carved up the Windies in the first ODI and might be making a case for a top order slot at the 'Gabba, per BillyJ's commentary above.
  2. Feeling a bit depressed about the whole postal survey thing. At least it looks as if Parliament will adopt more stringent restrictions on campaign material than a standard electoral process. How effective they will be in practice remains to be seen. *sigh* The wait for the result (end Nov) is going to kill me.
  3. Thread killed by a crossbow bolt! I guess my interest waned once I saw the writing on the wall for Bangladesh in the second test. Kudos to the Aussies for coming back in that series, they comprehensively outplayed the hosts in Chittagong and will take some momentum with them into the India ODI series. Lyon and Warner were rightly awarded Men of the Series. West Indies' batting faltered again in the third test with a rampant Anderson helping England seal the series. I'm guessing that the England top order will be reshuffled (perhaps quite considerably) before the 'Gabba. And after a looooong wait, Pakistan will finally host some international cricket. Hopefully the World XI series proceeds without a hitch and we see a gradual resumption of internationals in Pakistan. I think Sri Lanka has agreed to tour in the near future.
  4. Fantastic result for Bangladesh. There were some nervous moments at the end with Cummins swinging hard, but they held on to their catches and did the job against the other tail-enders. Shakib was incredible and produced one of the great all-round test performances. Australia will obviously be very disappointed, but given their track record, it's not too surprising to seem them fail to reach a reasonably difficult fourth innings target. It looks as if they are thinking about playing three spinners in the next match with SoK flying over to cover for Hazlewood. @Jeor: I think the Ashes will be the public's acid test as far as the MoU is concerned. But losing against Bangladesh will create a few headlines here, especially given that the Aussies seemed to be improving on the back of the closely contested India series.
  5. Haha well I am now eating my words as Bangladesh closes in. There's still a faint chance for the Aussies but I really hope the Tigers get up. Cummins has been in this situation before and helped Australia win!
  6. 100 runs to win and Smith is still out there...I think this is Australia's to lose now. Bangladesh will rue the missed chances and for throwing away their 150-3 in the third innings. I think Australia would have found the chase much tougher if it had started on Day 4.
  7. Some great test cricket on display at the moment - West Indies pulling off an unlikely victory at Headingly (breaking a 17-year drought in England) and Australia trying their best to win just their second match on the subcontinent for several years. It's hard to know exactly how Day 4 will play out in Dhaka. Australia has the momentum with Warner batting so well, but the conditions should be very helpful for the Tigers' spin bowling.
  8. Yeah Australia is (not for the first time) in big trouble on the subcontinent. You'd think that any lead of 200 or above would give Bangladesh a great chance, and even 150 could be a difficult chase batting last on this pitch. Australia will need quite a lot to go their way now - maybe another batting collapse from the hosts or some more dropped catches in the fourth innings.
  9. Perhaps a good thing he is not campaigning if he's in the No camp! The upcoming "survey" has seen a lot more money spent on polling the electorate and they have generally confirmed the strength of the "Yes" voice in the community. Hopefully these next few weeks of campaigning pass quickly and uneventfully, and we move towards a conscience vote ASAP.
  10. A pretty good fightback from the Windies in this series. I wasn't too surprised to see Brathwaite go big as he has been one of their most consistent test batsmen, but the emergence of Hope was unexpected and exhilarating. England responded quite well on Day 3, with someone in the top order other than Cook (finally) going past 50. But once again it will be up to Root and the lower order to pick up the pieces and set something for the West Indies to chase. Westley looks to be the next head on the chopping block. Speaking of picking up the pieces, it will be Steve Smith who is again tasked with saving Australia's bacon. After a decent all-round bowling performance, the Aussies conspired to lose three wickets in the last 7 or so overs of play. But for me the real story of the day was Bangladesh resurrecting their innings after Cummins' early feast. Some skeptics would have been writing them off completely after that start, but Shakib and Tamim made a brisk 150-run stand to restore pride.
  11. Strange day of cricket really. West Indies lurched between impressive and amateur, while England were decidedly sub-par and fortunate to reach 250. I agree with BillyJ that the continued failures of possible Australian tourists like Westley, Malan and Stoneman are a major concern, even though I still expect England to canter to victory in this series. Looking forward to the first test at Mirpur and a return to test cricket for Ashton Agar.
  12. I finished The Unholy Consult, which I thought was a return to form for Bakker after the fairly lackluster The Great Ordeal. Next on the reading list is either The Shipping News or Exit West. Yeah I think The Scar is easily his best novel. I've tried most of his other works but have never enjoyed them as much, although I would rank PSS at #2.
  13. My lack of presence on social media has some advantages in that I have (so far) managed to avoid any offensive comments on marriage equality. But this disturbed me (don't click the link if you aren't interested in seeing potentially offensive material). What a time to be alive.
  14. No surprises that this series has begun in a one-sided fashion, rather echoing what we saw in Sri Lanka recently. We may need to wait until the first Bangladesh v Australia test for some competitive international cricket. Although I'm not holding my breath! @ljkeane: I assume though that you wouldn't expect the second spinner to play at all unless Ali gets injured? ETA: Australia's Women's Ashes defence has been struck a major blow with an injury to captain and star batter Meg Lanning. Following England's recent WC win, you'd think they are well placed to regain the Ashes in Australia later this year.
  15. Kudos to Brandis for putting PH in her place today.