28 November 2010

Any chance of a result?

After an excellent batting display on day 4, it would seem that of the two sides England are now the more likely to push for victory on day 5. But whether either side can even get close seems unlikely if the wicket plays as it has done over the last 2 days. There's still the (hopefully small) chance that England will suffer a collapse and Australia will be able to to set up a run chase from mid-afternoon. But with a lead of 88 overnight England may well be looking to get to a lead of 250+ and then give Australia a tough few overs before the tea interval.

Annoyingly, the idiotic bad light laws mean that any chance of a sensational win for either side has been reduced as the match is running 17 overs behind. Despite starting half an hour early, it's got to be odds on that the umpires will want to take the players off early at the end of the day. If either side pulls off a victory then it really will be a sensational one, beating the Adelaide Test in the last Ashes tour....

1 comment:

Ed said...

Just to add to my 'bad' light annoyance, I caught the highlights of the India v New Zealand ODI match and when Gambir caught the catch for the 9th wicket just when it looked like the Kiwis might pull off an unlikely victory, the commentators emphasised the quality of the catch because it was 'pretty dark'.

One rule for ODIs and Twenty20s, and another for Tests.