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SCG gets to 100 before Tendulkar
January 2, 2012 11:22 AM   Subscribe

When Australia and India take the field today, the Sydney Cricket Ground will be playing host to a Test Match for the 100th time. Naturally, there have been some memorable games.
posted by vidur (18 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
And hopefully one hundred one hundreds for Tandukar.
posted by mattoxic at 2:56 PM on January 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Personally, I'm really looking forward to seeing Tendulkar score his 100th century against whatever team they're playing after Australia.
posted by fonetik at 4:10 PM on January 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


Tendulkar has an average in the 200s at the SCG, and has made a century in the first test he's played in the new year going back 3 or 4 years. If I was a betting man....
posted by Hello, I'm David McGahan at 5:50 PM on January 2, 2012


well that dind't work out well for them did it? 191 all out at tea.
posted by wilful at 9:20 PM on January 2, 2012


There is no sport in the world as good as test match cricket. I hope it survives the threat from the 20/20 version of the game.
posted by MT at 9:38 PM on January 2, 2012


I hope it survives the threat from the 20/20 version of the game.

Oh, it will. What's doomed is the 50 over format.
posted by Wolof at 11:03 PM on January 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


Hmm, with any luck we can get rid of the 50-over game, play double-header 20/20s, and use the extra time to play longer test series. I'm sick of seeing New Zealand play two-test series (and I bet the Aussies would have played a 3rd test after Hobart, if they'd had the chance).
posted by Infinite Jest at 12:15 AM on January 3, 2012


I hope it survives the threat from the 20/20 version of the game.

Oh, it will. What's doomed is the 50 over format.


Indeed. I've never understood the idea that we'd end up with 20/20 and one day, with tests dying. One dayers were the populist money spinner, which have been completely superseded by 20/20. Test is the thing that traditionalists and most of the players love, and contain nearly a couple of centuries of history.
posted by rodgerd at 12:37 AM on January 3, 2012


The threat to Test cricket comes not from the 20/20 format itself (and the economics of the whole thing), but from the kind of players the shorter format produces. Already, the new generation batsmen don't seem to be able to "hang in there" and feel compelled to play deliveries that should have been left well alone. Unless the 50/50 is put to sleep soon and we start seeing more Test matches being played, I am afraid we are going to end up with Test matches that are little more than an extended version of 20/20.

And if they kill 50/50 now, India can continue to claim to be world champions forever and ever!
posted by vidur at 1:36 AM on January 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wow - unexpectedly one sided test match. Classic innings from Clarke and Ponting and inept captaincy from Dhoni have Australia in a commanding position.
posted by chris88 at 3:54 PM on January 4, 2012


I hope it survives the threat from the 20/20 version of the game.

Here's a fantastic article on test cricket and the 20-20 threat, and buddhism among other things...
posted by dhruva at 11:56 AM on January 5, 2012


That was great, dhruva. Thanks.
posted by vidur at 2:24 PM on January 5, 2012


Pretty great innings by Clarke there. Third highest Australian total (I don't count Hayden's against Zim)
posted by wilful at 3:28 PM on January 5, 2012


'Memorable games' indeed...
posted by pompomtom at 8:37 PM on January 5, 2012


Here's former Oz PM, 82-year-old Bob Hawke, sculling a beer at the game.
posted by Wolof at 12:33 AM on January 8, 2012


Fucken LEGEND!
posted by pompomtom at 3:16 AM on January 8, 2012


Looks like another innings defeat on the way for India in Perth. And this is Day One.
posted by Wolof at 5:14 AM on January 13, 2012


Fourth Test, Adelaide, Day One. Australia are at 3/335, with Clarke on 140 n.o. and Ponting on 137 n.o.

Australia by 8 wickets on the morning of Day Four.
posted by Wolof at 3:16 AM on January 24, 2012


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