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Cricket: Industrial Action Edition

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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.

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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!

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Great win for Bangladesh! I'm really glad they got it.

Will be really interesting to see how the media and the Australian public take it. As I said after the deal was concluded, if the team doesn't win after getting this big pay rise (and being perceived to be the holdouts) who knows what will happen.

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So damn happy right now. A great step in the right direction for Bangladesh. They would've got a lot of self belief and confidence from the England and India series at home. And to beat Australia would give them a huge boost. Winning at home is the first step to becoming a stable test side and I am glad they seem to be heading in that direction.

Waited a good decade for this :D:love::grouphug:

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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.

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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.

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16 hours ago, Paxter said:

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.

Apparently Bayliss was commenting that he didn't think there would be any players on the Ashes tour who haven't been playing for England in the last year or so, so I'm not sure how different the top order will be. Stoneman and Malan probably did enough in the series that it would be a bit harsh to drop them, especially when there's a lack of obvious alternatives.

I might be a bit tempted to move some of the all-rounders up the order a bit, even if that means a specialist batsman coming it at 7, I'd say Bairstow is a better number 5 than Malan.

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