• Australia vs England: Seventh one day at Perth on 06.02.11: Australia won by 57 runs

     

    Australia capped JJ Kreza for this game. He became the 187th cricketer to represent Australia in one day games. He became the 47th Australian cricketer to make one day debut against England

     

    Australia opened this innings with - BJ Haddin and TM Paine - both are specialist wicket keeper batsmen - providing the first occasion of Australia opening the innings with two specialist wicket keeper batsmen in a one day game. Perhaps this is the first occasion of a team opening its innings with two specialist wicket keeper batsmen in the annals of one day games.

     

    DJ Hussey and AC Voges scored 60 and 80 not out respectively in this game providing the 150th and 151st occasion of Australian batsman scoring fifties against England.

     

    DJ Hussey's 60 in this game represent his sixth one day half century and seventh fifty. AC Voges's 80 not out represent his second fifty. The other occasion was his 72 vs

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  • New Zealand and Pakistan: Sixth one day at Auckland on 05.02.11: New Zealand won by 57 runs

     

    New Zealand posted a total of 311 for 7 in this game providing the 370th occasion of a team posting a total of 300 plus runs in the annals of one day games. This total also provides the 30th occasion of New Zealand posting a total of 300 plus runs against various oppostions and third occasions against Pakistan. The other two occasions are - 307 for 8 at Wellington on 17.01.04 and 303 for 8 at Abu Dhabi on 06.11.09. Thus the total of 311 for 7 in this game represent New Zealand's highest team total against Pakistan in one day games

     

    This game witnessed two century partnerships by New Zealand - 123 runs for the second wicket between MJ Guptil and JD Ryder and 120 runs for the sixth wicket between SB Styris and NL McCullum providing the 111th occasion of a team posting two or more century stands in an innings.

     

    This game witnessed two century partnerships by New Zealand - 123 runs for the

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  • Innovation is the name of the game not only in batting and bowling but also in thinking and planning. A surprise tactic can throw the opposing team out of gear and can constitute a sort of guerilla warfare. Any unexpected strategy that can throw the opponents off guard could be just the kind of stuff that can turn the game around perhaps decisively.

     

    While these aspects are perhaps more applicable in the shorter versions of the game considering the limited time involved it could work wonders in Test cricket too. I well remember in this regard the Cape Town Test between India and South Africa four years ago. It was the decider with the teams being 1-1 and after four enthralling days the game was wide open going into the final day. South Africa required 211 runs for victory and off the last ball of the penultimate day they lost Hashim Amla which made them 55 for two. In overnight discussions the Indian think tank must have had the dismissal of Jacques Kallis - scheduled to come in at no

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