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    December 26, 2006

    Deja vu all over again? - part V

    Your team's main bowler injures his ankle in a freak accident a few minutes before the toss of the second test of the series. Even then, you opt to bowl first.

    Replace the word 'bowler' with 'batsman', 'ankle in a freak accident' with 'back' and 'bowl' with 'bat'. Graeme Smith has just opted to do exactly that.

    I suppose we'll only know when the fat lady sings if his decision was right, especially given that the pitch and conditions would be assisting the bowlers for a while.

    Zaheer Khan also gave us a deja vu moment, with a Steve Harmison-like wide way outside off-stump. It didn't go as far as second slip though. Perhaps thats an indictment of England's wicket-keeper and first slip!

    Deja vu all over again history.

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    I feel you can look at this in another way. Smith trying to follow what Dravid did in the first test. Opting to bat even though he knew that the conditions would suit the bowlers. (All about sending a message). It would be worse if he had asked India to bat and they were treated to a Sehwag special.
    One way or the other, the test is bound to have a result unless the weather gods intervene.

    By Anonymous Ramki (26-Dec-2006, 3:06:00 PM)  

    Possible. But [and I'm not comparing the two batsmen here] you could make a reasonable case for India opting to not bat first if Dravid or Tendulkar were ruled out a few minutes before the toss. While I think India would take 67/3 at lunch, South Africa shouldn't be allowed to score anything in excess of 200.

    By Blogger Jagadish (26-Dec-2006, 4:07:00 PM)  

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