• Vox Pop: Intimidation x 11, Cricket’s All-Time XI

    Kersasp Shekhdar weighs in on the fan-selected ICC Dream XI:

    The I.C.C.'s so-called 'All-Time' XI is the biggest load of bollocks I have ever seen as a sports lover.  (You disagree? Okay, then 'Star Wars' and 'Wizard of Oz' are the two all-time greatest films.)  I am not going to dignify I.C.C.'s nonsense with a link to it.  It was nothing more than a case of non-serious Indians displaying their numerical might.  But that is as nothing compared to the monumental organizational folly of the I.C.C. in putting out something titled "Sports lists' All-Time biggest load of bollocks" under their name.

    Beneath, I am putting up a real All-Time XI.  Wisden and M.C.C. experts may not necessarily agree with me about my team as-is but I would challenge them to ridicule it as – no doubt – they would privately have derided the I.C.C.'s 'fan selected' purported 'All-Time XI'.  And I'd wager my soul with the Devil that my XI would crush not only any and all other elevens, but rout even a Satan's XI of

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  • (Note to readers: We will post live match updates, analysis and expert views through the course of the Lord's Test match. New updates will appear on top. Please hit the refresh button periodically.)

    Question for readers: Can India save this match?

    Dravid drives as India chase 458 to win. Dravid drives as India chase 458 to win.

    Dravid drives as India chase 458 to win.

    11.35 pm - A day of fluctuating fortunes. When England were 62-5 after Ishant's breathtaking spell, any result was possible. But Prior's brilliant hundred and his partnership with Broad has steered England to safety. Can't say that for India, who will have to bat for their lives on the final day tomorrow.

    England haven't been able to trouble Laxman and Dravid the least bit. But things can change quickly. Two quick wickets, and who knows what pressure will do to India's middle order?

    Thanks for your comments today. Please join us again tomorrow.

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    Anonymous recalls the 1979 Oval Test where Gavaskar led an astonishing chase for 438.

    In a same like this Sunil

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  • The Enemy Camp: Dravid, Broad applauded

    (Note to readers: 'The Enemy Camp' will be the tongue-in-cheek name for Yahoo! Cricket's coverage of the English press during India's tour of England.)

    Rahul Dravid scored his 33rd Test century and also passed Ricky Ponting to become the second highest run-scorer in Test cricket. Stuart Broad’s place in the England team was being questioned, but he took 4-37 to help the hosts take a 188-run first innings lead on the third day of the Lord’s Test.

    Paying tribute to Dravid’s innings, Steve James writes in The Daily Telegraph –

    While most stride out carrying blades resembling railway sleepers, Dravid prefers something much skinnier. He relies on touch rather than power, playing the ball so much later than the modern generation who generally rush at the oncoming ball like enraged bulls.

    Whereas others score runs to third man by accident, he does so intentionally- bringing joy to a batsman like me who based a whole career around the exploration of that area. Yesterday was not quite as

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