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The Little Tours 2014

PAKVAUS – Second Test in Tweets

This test had everything. Younis [Ed. Did I say YOUNIS?] and some bloke over 40 called Misbah who belted part of the ‘best bowling team in the world’ for the equal fastest test century ever (56 balls) and also scored a century in the first innings. It also had a junior Pakistani bowling unit who managed to skittle Australia twice, comfortably, ...

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Nov 2 – Second Test, Day 4

What a train wreck this tour is. The pointless exercise of winning the ODIs and regaining No 1 spot in ODI Rankings seems a million miles away, buried under the sand of the desert as a transient trinket in the memory. On the first day of the first test, we bound the Pakistan team up so tight they couldn’t score ...

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Nov 1 – Second Test, Day 3

Compared to the torpor of the dressing room yesterday, we were all awake early and stayed awake all day. Once play began, there was no time for stealing a quiet cat nap to settle the nerves. Wickets fell more regularly than the muezzin’s call to prayers. And rather than face east to Mecca to repent or find resolve, those of ...

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Oct 31 – Second Test, Day 2

Amid the hammering that was today, Coach2.0 took a long nap. He wasn’t any more concerned than he had been at any other time during the series. What could he do? Nothing. What hadn’t he done? Who knows? Why stay awake and watch the slow carnage unfold he thought? He could read the script. It didn’t matter who was bowling, or ...

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Oct 30 – Second Test – Day 1

The Selectors were clearly affected by the heat when they wrote up the team sheet for today. I don’t want to get personal, but putting someone in at No 3 whose average is under 10 and whose claim to fame is the ramp shot smacks of desperation. Apples took the news of his axing well, although I’ve seem him and ...

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