A nice record to have
So, it wasn't a draw
England's horrible collapse, and some toothless bowling, ensured that England now have the third highest first innings total
in a lost game. England join another club: Losing after declaring
. In fact England's 551 is the highest total on which a declaration was made and a game still lost.Paul Collingwood
joined Ricky Ponting
, Virender Sehwag
and Brian Lara
) in the list of batsmen who've made double centuries only to see their team lose. Not sure if there're any other batsmen to have this dubious distinction.
2-0 down, three more tests to go. What'll the series result be?
last out the series? What will Perth serve up? Given England are 2-0 down and there's a week to go, will the curator change the currently benign nature of the WACA pitch? Will Fletcher finally do away with Geraint Jones
(63 runs @ 15.75, 4 catches) and Ashley Giles
(74 runs @ 24.7, 3 wkts @ 87.3, econ. rate 3.2, strike rate 164)?
Will Australia rest/drop a clearly struggling and perhaps
unfit, and certainly below par, McGrath
? What about Hayden
? Will the selectors draft in youngsters? What will Australia do if Watson
isn't yet fit? Will MacGill get a go?
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