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    #26
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    The inventor of the word "Trinbago" should be garrotted.

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      #27
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      Australia win the toss and Hazelwood and Siddle put the ball in the right place. NZ 51-5 after an hours play.

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        #28
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        Be interesting to see who Australia pick as their bowlers for the next test as James Pattinson is fit and ready to play. Do they drop the quick but has a wobbly radar Jackson Bird (10 overs 0/52) and play an all seam attack of Pattinson, the ever improving Josh Hazlewood (4/42) and the reliable (and in my opinion grossly under-rated) Peter Siddle (3/37)? Or do they stick with Bird and leave out one of the other three, all of whom wouldn't struggle to get into another test team?

        With Warner, Khawaja and Smith looking set in the top 4, Mitchell Marsh taking the all-rounder 6 spot and Peter Nevill looking good with bat and gloves, the only real areas of concern look to be an opening partner for Warner and the number 5 as Adam Voges indian summer isn't likely to last for much longer.

        After the 2015 Ashes in which neither team distinguished themselves overly, pretty safe to say that Australia especially are on the way back.

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          #29
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          Gangster Octopus wrote: The inventor of the word "Trinbago" should be garrotted.
          Clearly he should have gone with "Trinibago"

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            #30
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            Stunning catch by Steve Smith at second slip. NZ 23-2 and in trouble.

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              #31
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              Typical inventiveness from Smith. Warner with a helmet on in a short third slip position. Bizarre.

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                #32
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                Wish the NZ Commentators would shut the fuck up when there is an umpires call. Let's hear what the TV umpire is saying you muppets.

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                  #33
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                  NZ 32-3. Brendon McCullum in for his last test. Guard of honour. Second shot slog over the slips for four. Cracking stuff.

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                    #34
                    International Cricket Thread

                    They might be wearing whites, but Mitchell Marsh's first over goes for 21 runs. McCullum breaks the number of test 6's in the process.

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                      #35
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                      After 25 overs New Zealand are 72/3 and McCullum has scored exactly half of those in 16 balls.

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                        #36
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                        McCullum caught brilliantly by Marsh, one of the best you'll see, but off a no ball.
                        Next ball, four.

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                          #37
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                          How many great catches today? Smith has already taken two which counted.

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                            #38
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                            Aye, McCullum brings up his 50 with a six, off 34 balls.

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                              #39
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                              BOOM! Well, if you're going to quit test cricket, do it in style.

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                                #40
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                                Wow!

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                                  #41
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                                  McCullum fastest all time test hundred of all time. 54 balls, a bit ropey at times, but,my word, he can hit.
                                  At the other end Corey Anderson is 37 from 23 balls.

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                                    #42
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                                    This has to be one of the fastest century partnerships, too? 107 off 10 overs.

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                                      #43
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                                      Who cares about how ropey an innings this has been. Simply wow, truly stunning stuff.

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                                        #44
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                                        "Who writes your scripts?"

                                        Amazing to watch - if only I had. Still, the highlights were more or less the same thing.

                                        Worth remembering that New Zealand Cricket chose to reduce the series from three Tests to two, so they could fit in more pyjama games. Shame on them, as it's another full house in a series that now can't be won.

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                                          #45
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                                          I can't think of a more exciting batter to watch than McCullum. Ever.

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                                            #46
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                                            Fascinating first session, with the contrasting styles of Burnes and Smith, and Australia looking to get a clear advantage by the end of the day, despite McCullum's heroics, on a pitch doing less than before

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                                              #47
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                                              It's great stuff, and played at what looks like a Minor Counties ground. What a terrific intimate setting.

                                              McCallum kept charging down the pitch to quicks, never seen anything like it. They had two fly slips at one time.

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                                                #48
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                                                diggedy derek wrote: I can't think of a more exciting batter to watch than McCullum. Ever.
                                                IVA Richards for one. Neil Wagner by somehow pitching the ball short and being intimating manages to get 6 wickets though no more being medium pace to leave NZ trailing by 135 when they really should have been out of sight. Makes for a fun test and the Hagley Oval is a beautiful test match arena.

                                                Though it has to be said that McCullum's wonderful and inventive captaincy will definitely be missed as at least half of Wagners wickets were due to field placings and plans others could only have dreamt of.

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                                                  #49
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                                                  Gayle is the only one I can remember recently playing like McCallum. I can't imagine a batsman before Twenty20 playing like that, but clearly Richards did.

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                                                    #50
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                                                    No one in T20 bats in a cap though.

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