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    April 18, 2006

    A century for Gillespie and a World Cup winner gets picked

    Damien Martyn and Stuart Clark left the Australian one-day side to attend to an elbow injury and wife's baby delivery respectively.

    Their replacements are Mark Cosgrove and Brett Dorey. Cosgrove is the same chap who, according to Darren Lehmann, had the ability to win the 2007 World Cup for Australia.

    Meanwhile, Jason Gillespie has just scored his first test century, against Bangladesh in the second test. In November 2004, at the Gabba against New Zealand, he made his first test fifty, as did Glenn McGrath.

    Update: Gillespie is now just one boundary away from overtaking Tony Mann's 105 for the highest score by a nightwatchman.
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    Gillespie just scored his double century....first night watchmen to ever score 200 in test cricket.

    Do Bangladesh really have a right to be playing test cricket when this sort of thing is going on? It makes a mockery of test cricket

    By Blogger Kurt Rudder (19-Apr-2006, 12:46:00 PM)  

    kurt: Somehow no one was questioning Bangladesh's right to play test cricket last week when Australia came _very_ close to losing?

    By Blogger Jagadish (19-Apr-2006, 4:29:00 PM)  

    yes that's all well and good. Australia turn up in Bangladesh after a hard fought series victory over South Africa, including their epic victory in the 3rd test. 5 mins later they are playing on the sub continent against a minnow opponent. Ill prepared and with some complacency, Bangladesh had the better of them for a couple of days before sanity and the real Australian cricket team turned up and knocked them over.

    Now that they have acclimatised to things with a bit of a wake up call....they are playing proper cricket again and the result is the true Bangladesh...a team that lets opposition tail enders scoring double hundreds.

    No disrespect to Dizzy, scoring 200 at any level takes plenty of concentration and hard work, good on him but it must raise serious and obvious questions about the Tigers place in test cricket.

    By Blogger Kurt Rudder (20-Apr-2006, 8:22:00 AM)  

    kurt: As a world champion team you'd not expect them to fall behind Bangladesh for two whole days _and_ suffer a scare in a chase. You wouldn't expect Warne to leak 5 runs an over and take 0/112 in the first innings. I was never for Bangladesh playing test cricket, but they've been improving with almost every game, which is more than what you can say about say West Indies.

    By Blogger Jagadish (20-Apr-2006, 12:40:00 PM)  

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