It’s stumps on day three at Chittagong in the test series vs the Bangas, and overall you would be a bit of a jerk to say it’s not a much-improved performance from the Aussies.
The Bangas showed a lot more today than yesterday when they were just handing out singles to a heat struck Pete H. Outside of his apparent struggles with the heat, the last hour was as easy as it gets. Not so for most of today.
Warner and Handscomb started as they left off, to the point where it took them stuffing it up themselves to break the partnership. Handscomb committed suicide when his maiden sub-continent century was just waiting for him. Worst of all, it was trying to support the former woollies shelf packer, Warner, on his way to consecutive hundreds. Next time stuff him, Pete. Look after yourself. (Afterall it’s not like Warner protected you in the final overs of the previous day)
I will give Warner credit as its due. To play such a controlled hand when needed in back to back overseas test is overdue, but there is no doubt he has a long way to go before shaking the flat track bully tag.
I was interested to see Maxy and Paris at the crease together. I feel like the selectors are just itching for Paris to take Maxy’s spot at six for the Gabba test. Personally, I think Maxy deserves the whole summer. I liked his efforts this afternoon. 38 off 90-something balls showed he was playing for time at the crease. We needed someone to bat through the afternoon and well into the first session tomorrow, and it looked like he had summed up the game situation and was prepared to play the role of a genuine five. Hilton was playing some shots, but his dismissal showed plenty. Edging with his bat about a foot from his pad chasing a wide one.
I’d assume he hasn’t done enough to unseat Maxwell at this stage, but I wouldn’t even put someone else’s dollar on trying to predict what the selectors will do. After basically telling Swepson and Holland to get stuffed and picking Okeefe, any fringe player could be forgiven for looking elsewhere to ply their trade. It certainly seems like there is a glass ceiling for anyone not in the boys club. (I’m sure some will read: NSW club)
Wade can piss off. Simple. Neville was made a scapegoat for the failures of the top six, and wade was to be the answer with his superior batting. (cue tumbleweed rolling stage left to right) Neville should be reinstated asap. For those making a case for Carey from South Australia after his record breaking year, to you, I say this. It’s easy taking catches when Sayers is bending them around corners. I think he will be in the mix in another two years, but let him and Whiteman go head to head for a bit longer for the next in line tag.
As for tomorrow, hopefully, Lyon can sweep his way to a 30 and SoK can repeat his Sri Lanka brick wall impression to see us get over 100 run lead. We should have been looking well passed 150, but I’m sure we all would have taken a first innings lead after our recent history of failures.
There are few patches on the wicket for the bowlers to aim at, and we are going to need to absolutely brain them if we are going to get this done. The rain will be over our shoulders for the rest of the test, so every ball, run, and minute will be crucial.
Up the Swannies.