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    December 05, 2006

    A nice record to have

    So, it wasn't a draw after all!

    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 (three times) 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?

    Will Flintoff 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 and Martyn? 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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