Rain stopped play at 5.10pm.
Australia are 547 - 3. Boon 118no, Border 52no.
|> Rain stopped play at 5.10pm.
I suppose England should pray for a lot more of that this season! At the
moment that looks like the only power that can prevent a tennis score! This is
going to be tough on Border - whether he should declare overnight or bat on to
make 600. Both has it's adavantages and dis-advantages. If he declares
over-night at 547-3, he might land up a few runs short of imposing a follow-on
and that would almost certainly mean a draw. However, if he bats on for some
more time, he ends up saving more time for England. Personally I think he
should go for a slog on the 3rd day, bat for an hour or so and put on 80-85
more runs and declare. That way he can be almost sure of getting a follow-on
at least. What is the nature of the wicket? is it taking turn?
|> Australia are 547 - 3. Boon 118no, Border 52no.
: |> Rain stopped play at 5.10pm.
: I suppose England should pray for a lot more of that this season! At the
: moment that looks like the only power that can prevent a tennis score! This is
: going to be tough on Border - whether he should declare overnight or bat on to
: make 600.
As you may have heard by now, play did resume about 15 minutes later, and
Australia ended the day at 592/4. Border was the man out after he had scored
77. I think Australia should shoot for another 100-150 during the first sess-
ion of the third day, thus giving their bowlers about 16 hours to get England
out twice. More importantly, it makes England score over 500 just to avoid a
Of course, if there are chances of rain interfering, I'd play it safe and
declare within an hour of the third day (say at drinks interval).
Sure hope that the English batsmen apply themselves to the task of batting for
three straight days . . .
Ah. Some hope of England saving the match. Maybe, in consultation with the
weather bureau, they could name Mr Rain in their squad in future matches :-)
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