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Chappell Hadlee Game 3 - can New Zealand regain the trophy?


Game 3 begins in half an hour with a series decider thanks to a Game 2 wash-out. By rights, Australia should already have the trophy, comfortably winning Game 1 and having New Zealand in a tight spot in just 6 overs of Game 2. Nevertheless, every match starts anew and the Kiwis do have a habit of intermittently playing out of their skins against Australia. Will McCullum or Oram (or both) fire? Post your comments as the game progresses...

Posted by JC on Thu 20 Dec 119 comments
I heard a rumour that if this game is rained out then the kiwi's retain the trophy as it doesn't count as a series?

Hobart 27° A few showers, possible thunderstorms.

Either way, I'm quite nervous.. especially about pup opening.
Posted by Moses on 2007-12-20 09:59:15
Shouldn't the title read "can New Zealand RETAIN the trophy?" instead of "regain"???
Posted by Abhishek on 2007-12-20 10:26:03
Kiwi's gave away a massive 2 wides, I think this could be our undoing..

still a fairly handy start from Lee.
Posted by Moses on 2007-12-20 14:41:33
Does anybody else out there believe that Clarke actually caught that ball? It's quite surreal watching the Nine team talk about how it was caught shen the images show him grassing it.
Posted by TA on 2007-12-20 16:12:41
Result Australia won by 114 runs




Australia innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
ML Hayden c Mills b Oram 29 53 32 4 0 90.62
MJ Clarke c & b Gillespie 7 15 13 1 0 53.84
RT Ponting not out 134 198 133 10 2 100.75
MEK Hussey c How b Oram 9 31 17 1 0 52.94
A Symonds lbw b Mills 52 74 63 4 0 82.53
BJ Haddin run out (Hopkins) 26 31 25 2 1 104.00
JR Hopes run out (Vettori/Gillespie) 20 20 17 2 0 117.64
B Lee not out 0 0 0 0 -
Extras (lb 3, w 2) 5

Total (6 wickets; 50 overs) 282 (5.64 runs per over)


Did not bat GB Hogg, SW Tait, NW Bracken


Fall of wickets1-16 (Clarke, 3.2 ov), 2-56 (Hayden, 11.2 ov), 3-87 (Hussey, 19.1 ov), 4-201 (Symonds, 38.4 ov), 5-246 (Haddin, 45.4 ov), 6-280 (Hopes, 49.5 ov)



Bowling O M R W Econ
KD Mills 10 0 59 1 5.90
MR Gillespie 8 0 68 1 8.50
JDP Oram 10 1 34 2 3.40 (1w)
DL Vettori 10 0 42 0 4.20
JS Patel 8 0 58 0 7.25 (1w)
SB Styris 4 0 18 0 4.50



New Zealand innings (target: 283 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
JM How c Haddin b Lee 2 15 0 0 13.33
BB McCullum c Haddin b Lee 6 8 1 0 75.00
MS Sinclair lbw b Hopes 14 17 2 0 82.35
SB Styris b Lee 73 78 8 2 93.58
RL Taylor lbw b Tait 13 19 1 0 68.42
JDP Oram c Lee b Hopes 2 8 0 0 25.00
GJ Hopkins c Clarke b Hogg 9 26 17 1 0 52.94
DL Vettori c Haddin b Hogg 0 3 0 0 0.00
KD Mills b Tait 9 15 1 0 60.00
MR Gillespie c Symonds b Hogg 24 24 3 1 100.00
JS Patel not out 1 2 0 0 50.00
Extras (lb 5, w 8, nb 2) 15

Total (10 wickets; 34 overs) 168 (4.94 runs per over)


Fall of wickets1-7 (McCullum, 2.5 ov), 2-8 (How, 4.2 ov), 3-43 (Sinclair, 11.1 ov), 4-60 (Taylor, 14.5 ov), 5-72 (Oram, 17.3 ov), 6-88 (Hopkins, 23.3 ov), 7-88 (Vettori, 23.6 ov), 8-120 (Mills, 28.2 ov), 9-158 (Styris, 32.5 ov), 10-168 (Gillespie, 33.6 ov)



Bowling O M R W Econ
B Lee 9 0 46 3 5.11 (2nb)
NW Bracken 5 0 21 0 4.20
SW Tait 8 1 31 2 3.87 (3w)
JR Hopes 6 0 17 2 2.83
GB Hogg 6 1 48 3 8.00 (1w)


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England in Sri Lanka Test Series - 3rd Test
Sri Lanka v England 2007/08 season


Played at Galle International Stadium on 18,19,20,21,22 December 2007 (5-day match)




Sri Lanka 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
MG Vandort lbw b Sidebottom 18 51 33 2 0 54.54
WU Tharanga lbw b Harmison 16 74 42 2 0 38.09
KC Sangakkara c Panesar b Harmison 46 152 95 7 0 48.42
DPMD Jayawardene not out 213 411 25 0 51.82
LPC Silva c Bell b Harmison 1 36 26 0 0 3.84
TM Dilshan run out (Cook) 84 217 137 11 0 61.31
HAPW Jayawardene c Prior b Bopara 0 2 3 0 0 0.00
WPUJC Vaas c Vaughan b Hoggard 90 199 133 11 0 67.66
SL Malinga b Collingwood 5 16 1 0 31.25
Extras (b 1, lb 14, w 8, nb 3) 26

Total (8 wickets dec; 148.5 overs) 499 (3.35 runs per over)


Did not bat UWMBCA Welegedara, M Muralitharan


Fall of wickets1-34 (Vandort, 10.1 ov), 2-44 (Tharanga, 14.4 ov), 3-132 (Sangakkara, 45.1 ov), 4-138 (Silva, 53.2 ov), 5-287 (Dilshan, 99.1 ov), 6-287 (HAPW Jayawardene, 99.4 ov), 7-470 (Vaas, 143.5 ov), 8-499 (Malinga, 148.5 ov)



Bowling O M R W Econ
RJ Sidebottom 34 8 95 1 2.79 (1w)
MJ Hoggard 32 4 121 1 3.78 (1w)
SJ Harmison 34 4 104 3 3.05 (3nb, 2w)
MS Panesar 26 3 76 0 2.92
RS Bopara 10 1 39 1 3.90
PD Collingwood 9.5 2 38 1 3.86 (1w)
KP Pietersen 3 0 11 0 3.66



England 1st innings R B 4s 6s SR
AN Cook not out 4 8 1 0 50.00
MP Vaughan not out 1 3 0 0 33.33
Extras 0

Total (0 wickets; 1.5 overs) 5 (2.72 runs per over)


To bat IR Bell, KP Pietersen, PD Collingwood, RS Bopara, MJ Prior, RJ Sidebottom, SJ Harmison, MJ Hoggard, MS Panesar



Bowling O M R W Econ
WPUJC Vaas 1 0 4 0 4.00
SL Malinga 0.5 0 1 0 1.20
Posted by Edward on 2007-12-20 17:00:12
Well, after a summer thus far playing games against sub-standard opposition, the REAL test starts on Boxing Day. It is then we see how our side is progressing sans McGrath/Warne.
Like the look of Hopes. He makes things happen and does things with the ball, unlike Bracken who at times looks as though he's simply putting the ball into play.
My highlight today was Gillespie getting caned for three fours by Symonds and then trying to shift blame on to his fielders; and then getting struck a fearful blow on the ankle/shin. Serves him bloody well right.
Posted by Dan Tas on 2007-12-20 17:16:17
memo to DT:

I want a job like yours where I get to see Day/Day-ers...
Posted by virtualgaz on 2007-12-20 18:15:30
The perfect job is a cartoonist - I can even draw and work while watching the game, scratching out a few lines in between deliveries.
Posted by JC on 2007-12-20 19:28:35
TA,

There’s no way the next Aussie captain caught that. Even more disgraceful was the “See No Evil” cheerleading by Chappell and Healy.

It seems that, whatever the era, and whatever the match situation, some habits die hard.
Posted by Leg Break on 2007-12-21 08:12:02
Memo to VG:

Occupation = "Student"
Duties = Getting wife off to work, taking dog for a walk, studying in and around cricket.

Tough life huh? Read and weep!
Posted by Dan Tas on 2007-12-21 09:26:07
Any thoughts on state of English Cricket? I think its pathetic. To be scoring 81 on a pitch where the opposition just made 499 for 8 is embarassing. God's sake for the oldest monarchy! Someone in English cricket got to think out of the box...
Posted by AP on 2007-12-21 09:42:52
A couple of things...

If that was a Kiwi who took (well, dropped) that catch (Michael Clarke) then we would be branded cheats. The first person to call us cheats would have been... you guessed it... the Channel 9 commentary team. I like the biased Channel 9 commentary team because they bring life and personality to cricket... but Michael Slater needs to grow a pair because all he does is agree with the rest of the team (The ones who are actually good at their job)...

Second thing... Australia are well ahead of every team in the world at the moment. But, just like last years chappel hadlee series, if you lose Ricky and 1 other good player then your only as good as the rest of the world...

It was the same with the Windies years ago and it'll be the same with the next top team in the world. It is cyclic and you wont be there forever.

p.s. Im a Kiwi and I follow Aussie because they play the best cricket. Ricky is the man. But with other good players like Huss and Roy you've got a strong team. So bring on the Indian series!!
Posted by NZ Cricket on 2007-12-21 11:59:29
Well, I dont worry too much abt Clarke's cathc, it would have been nice if he said it wasnt caught, but may be he didnt really know for sure. Its all upto umpires. If umpires said its out, its out, lets move on. Umpires make mistakes occationally, they may or may not be affecting thee result, but thats life. Ask Kumar for instance.

By the way....England needs to really improve the game as well as mental power.


Paul Collingwood admits England need a "miracle" to salvage a draw after a dismal batting, bowling and fielding display on day three of the third Test.
Sri Lanka declared on 499-8, then bowled England out for 81 - their worst ever total against the hosts.

Collingwood said: "We are going to have to show guts, determination, pride, passion, all these kind of things, to salvage something from this game.

"If we can get a draw from here it will be a miraculous result for us."

What has happened today is pretty much unacceptable

Paul Collingwood

England will start the fourth day's play on 2-0 in their second innings, needing 416 to avoid an innings defeat.

"You can turn around and start making excuses but what has happened is pretty much unacceptable from the players' point of view," said Collingwood.

"There are a lot of unhappy faces but we have to bounce back. There are two days left of this Test and we really have to show some pride and passion about playing for England.

"We haven't bowled well with the new ball and we didn't hold our catches.

"They hit us hard with the new ball and we nicked a few but we hold our hands up - we didn't perform with the bat."


From the beginning I bowled in good areas and I got my reward

Chaminda Vaas

He insisted that despite a run of poor results away from home in the past couple of years, the team had been confident of doing well at the start of the tour.

"Results haven't been great but from within the dressing room we do believe we are moving in the right direction," added Collingwood.

"We felt pretty good coming into this Test match, it was not as if we were all on our last legs or anything like that.

"It is a very sapping environment to play in and it can be tiring but we were confident of pushing for a win.

"Our performances haven't been where they should be and we've got to do something about that. Certainly the desire is there."

Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene punished England's fielding errors with his fourth career double-century, and shared a seventh-wicket stand of 183 with Chaminda Vaas.

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And Vaas, who hit 90 then ripped through the England top order to take 4-28, credited spells in county cricket for his improvement in batting.

"When you play county cricket you have to deliver batting and bowling," he said.

"I improved my batting when I played for Middlesex and Worcestershire and I've been taking it seriously in the nets.

"From the beginning I bowled in good areas and I got my reward."
Posted by AP on 2007-12-21 12:10:20
AP,

Clarke would've known he didn't catch it. And the umpires went on his word.

He's a cheat; something Australians may want to bear in mind when next judging Murali.
Posted by sportsfreak on 2007-12-21 12:44:32
NZ Cricket, I have to disagree with you on one thing - I can't stand the Channel 9 cricket team. Not cause of bias but because they're so freaking dull! The ABC radio commentary is far superior. And I really like the Tasmanian guest commentator they had along - I forget who he was, he was involved in Tasmanian cricket somehow. But he was making great comments about the batsman's technique, where they should be putting their feet, etc - was fascinating stuff and I found myself learning batting technique just listening to him. I wouldn't mind if he could travel around the country as a full time ABC radio commentator.
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