The final Test

Sounds like something from some sort of quest, but no, it's just the end of a cricket series.

England face India tomorrow needing a win to tie the series and protect their really-quite-impressive home record of recent years. India, for their part, will be desperate for at least a draw to improve their really-quite-staggeringly-lamentable away record.

We're just hoping for good weather, because this is the last Test cricket until December. That's right - December. Rubbish, eh?

Sure, there's plenty of cricket, just not Test cricket. With the summer meteorologically just beginning, Test cricket takes a back seat and the increasingly redundant one-day game comes to the fore.

There are no fewer than seven one-day internationals between England and India coming up. That's too many. The last time England and India played seven one-day internationals, in April last year, we were forced to draft a letter mid-way through the series promising India ALL of the Transformers, if they laid off poor, beleaguered England.

Generously, India cancelled the next match due to an unsuitable pitch. At the time 'not taking the field of play' was quite a result for England.

But enough of that. There's a Test tomorrow.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2012


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2 Comments:

Blogger Gana said...

Quote "India, for their part, will be desperate for at least a draw to improve their really-quite-staggeringly-lamentable away record."

That's just a cliche now. Check out India's records in last few years. India has won more away test matches expect Australia. All other including England have a poor record.!

11:58 am  
Anonymous Blue and Brown said...

Pakistan 2003-2004 and West Indies 2006 are India's only series wins of note since they beat Sri Lanka in 1993-94.

India REALLY should be doing better than that.

You're right though, they've been winning individual Tests at a decent rate. The next step is to convert that into success in a series.

Here would be a good start.

12:21 pm  

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