It’s called stumpcam Bill

With not much noteworthy cricket to comment on over the past few days, I thought I’d recount an exchange between Ian Healy and Bill Lawry. After watching some footage (obviously from stumpcam) nicely confirming a no ball that had just been called, Bill made his cliché comment “Brilliant camerawork there.” After a few seconds of contemplation Ian suggested “Well it is stumpcam Bill, so it’s not really camera work.” Bill’s comeback was, “So you’re a cameraman now as well as a doctor.” (Not sure about the doctor reference but Healy must have had some wise words on medicine as well. Nice agro guys – the producer will be pleased.

The single subject to have dominated this test is who will play in the next Test for Australia. With both new boys (Hodge and Hussey) coming up with the goods, and the anticipated return of Langer for Adelaide, what the selectors might do was a hot subject. I will say this: Making, or staying in the national team should be about taking your opportunities. For the most part, the Australian selectors have adopted that approach. True, some people seem to receive more grace than others, but there can be valid reasons for that. Symonds will rue not taking his chance. With not much need for him to bowl in this match, he needed to impress with the bat. Running himself out was not a good idea. The other man not to have taken his chance, and who I suspect may have blown his chance is Michael Clarke. His mode of dismissal, caught at deep point, reminded me a lot of a shot played by a brash Michael in India quite some years ago. That proved to be Slater’s last shot in Test cricket for a few years.

Of course, the collapse from 0/231 to all out for 406 was rather noteworthy. If nothing else, it gave Hodge the chance to contribute something meaningful, which of course he did. If he’d made 60 out 600 with every other batsman making a century, who would really care. But as it was, he held the innings together as the rest of the batsman surrendered. On the collapse, I’ve included some scorecard extracts from the 2001-2002 summer. That was the summer where Hayden and Langer set the world on fire with three double hundred open stands. What happened after those stands with a fragile middle order is quite interesting for comparison.

Of course, congratulations to Matthew Hayden – he has scored centuries in the four consecutive Test matches – for the second time in his career.

And Bravo! Dwayne Bravo has posted a half century as he and Denesh Ramdin hold the Aussies up. Australia may even need to bat again.

dongles

Test # 1565
Trans-Tasman Trophy, 2001/02, 1st Test
Australia v New Zealand
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
8,9,10,11,12 November 2001 (5-day match)

Result: Match drawn
Series: 3-Test series level 0-0

Toss: New Zealand
Umpires: SA Bucknor (WI) and DJ Harper
TV Umpire: PD Parker
Match Referee: JL Hendriks (WI)
Man of the Match: B Lee

Close of Play:

Day 1: Australia 294/6 (Gilchrist 13*, Warne 18*, 90 overs)
Day 2: Australia 435/7 (Gilchrist 88*, Lee 60*, 119 overs)
Day 3: Australia 486/9d, New Zealand 29/0 (Richardson 10*, Bell 6*, 6.4 overs)
Day 4: New Zealand 186/5 (Astle 51*, Cairns 25*, 57 overs)
Australia 1st innings R M B 4 6
JL Langer c Vettori b McMillan 104 317 231 13 0
ML Hayden c Richardson b Cairns 136 251 195 20 2
RT Ponting c Vettori b Cairns 5 9 7 0 0
ME Waugh lbw b Astle 0 3 5 0 0
*SR Waugh c Parore b McMillan 3 31 24 0 0
DR Martyn c Vettori b McMillan 4 9 10 0 0
+AC Gilchrist c sub (L Vincent) b Cairns 118 242 158 17 1
SK Warne c Sinclair b Cairns 22 55 40 2 0
B Lee c Parore b Cairns 61 132 93 9 1
JN Gillespie not out 20 43 31 3 0
Extras (lb 4, w 1, nb 8) 13
Total (9 wickets dec, 131 overs, 550 mins) 486

DNB: GD McGrath.

FoW: 1-224 (Hayden, 62.4 ov), 2-233 (Ponting, 64.5 ov),
3-235 (ME Waugh, 65.5 ov), 4-256 (SR Waugh, 74.2 ov),
5-260 (Martyn, 76.5 ov), 6-263 (Langer, 78.6 ov),
7-302 (Warne, 92.4 ov), 8-437 (Lee, 120.3 ov),
9-486 (Gilchrist, 130.6 ov).

Test # 1571
Trans-Tasman Trophy, 2001/02, 2nd Test
Australia v New Zealand
Bellerive Oval, Hobart
22,23,24,25,26 November 2001 (5-day match)

Result: Match drawn
Series: 3-Test series level 0-0

Toss: New Zealand
Umpires: SA Bucknor (WI) and SJ Davis
TV Umpire: JH Smeaton
Match Referee: JL Hendriks (WI)
Test Debut: SE Bond (NZ).
Man of the Match: RT Ponting

Close of Play:

Day 1: Australia 411/6 (Ponting 92*, Warne 31*; 90 overs)
Day 2: Australia 558/8d
Day 3: New Zealand 71/2 (Richardson 25*, Fleming 16*; 35 overs)
Day 4: New Zealand 197/4 (Fleming 71*, McMillan 51*; 86 overs)
Australia 1st innings R M B 4 6
JL Langer c Vettori b Cairns 123 198 154 20 0
ML Hayden c Bond b Vettori 91 212 140 11 1
RT Ponting not out 157 309 218 20 1
ME Waugh b Vettori 12 15 16 2 0
*SR Waugh lbw b Bond 0 20 18 0 0
DR Martyn lbw b Vettori 0 2 1 0 0
+AC Gilchrist b Vettori 39 59 50 7 1
SK Warne b Astle 70 135 107 11 0
B Lee c McMillan b Vettori 41 59 55 5 2
Extras (b 3, lb 5, w 2, nb 15) 25
Total (8 wickets dec, 124 overs, 508 mins) 558

DNB: JN Gillespie, GD McGrath.

FoW: 1-223 (Langer, 46.2 ov), 2-238 (Hayden, 49.4 ov),
3-253 (ME Waugh, 53.5 ov), 4-266 (SR Waugh, 58.6 ov),
5-267 (Martyn, 59.3 ov), 6-336 (Gilchrist, 73.4 ov),
7-481 (Warne, 106.6 ov), 8-558 (Lee, 123.6 ov).

Test # 1582
South Africa in Australia, 2001/02, 3rd Test
Australia v South Africa
Sydney Cricket Ground
2,3,4,5 January 2002 (5-day match)

Result: Australia won by 10 wickets
Series: Australia wins the 3-Test series 3-0

Toss: Australia
Umpires: DJ Harper and DR Shepherd (Eng)
TV Umpire: SJA Taufel
Match Referee: RS Madugalle (SL)
Test Debut: JL Ontong (SA).
Men of the Match: ML Hayden and JL Langer
Man of the Series: ML Hayden

Close of Play:

Day 1: Australia 308/5 (Martyn 1*, 89.3 overs)
Day 2: Australia 554, South Africa 93/4 (McKenzie 20*, Ontong 8*, 37 overs)
Day 3: South Africa 154 and 209/2 (Kirsten 82*, Kallis 32*, 69 overs)
Australia 1st innings R M B 4 6
JL Langer c McKenzie b Boje 126 276 211 19 1
ML Hayden c Kallis b Pollock 105 240 198 14 1
RT Ponting run out (Ontong/Boucher) 14 28 19 3 0
ME Waugh c Boucher b Donald 19 80 34 3 0
*SR Waugh b Pollock 30 51 64 3 0
DR Martyn c McKenzie b Boje 117 225 166 13 0
+AC Gilchrist c Boucher b Kallis 34 63 50 3 0
SK Warne b Pollock 37 50 46 6 1
B Lee b Boje 29 63 62 4 0
SCG MacGill c Henderson b Boje 20 20 23 2 0
GD McGrath not out 1 6 2 0 0
Extras (b 4, lb 8, w 1, nb 9) 22
Total (all out, 144.2 overs, 554 mins) 554

FoW: 1-219 (Hayden, 61.3 ov), 2-247 (Ponting, 68.6 ov),
3-253 (Langer, 70.3 ov), 4-302 (SR Waugh, 84.3 ov),
5-308 (ME Waugh, 89.3 ov), 6-356 (Gilchrist, 105.4 ov),
7-439 (Warne, 118.6 ov), 8-502 (Lee, 136.5 ov),
9-542 (MacGill, 142.5 ov), 10-554 (Martyn, 144.2 ov).

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