• - Australia won the toss and elected to bat first providing the 131st occasion of Australia doing so against England. It also provides the 74th occasion of Australia doing so on home soil.

     

    - SM Katich was run out for zero in the first innings of this test providing the 195th occasion of an Australian batsman run out against England. It also provides the 27th occasion of an Australian batsman run out without scoring against England.

     

    - SM Katich was run out for zero in the first innings of this test providing the 45th occasion of an Australian opening batsman run out against England. SM Katich became the first Australian opening batsman run out without scoring against England.

     

    - SM Katich became the second Australian batsman to be run out for zero without facing a ball against England. RM Hogg is the other batsman dismissed in such a manner at Birmingham in Jul 1981.

     

    - SM Katich became the first Australian opening batsman run out for a duck without facing ball against England.

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  • Elections in any democratic society are at a fundamental level exercises in hope: Hope for the future and for the betterment of the current state and lot.

     

    November 2010 provided a cogent example in India, as the state of Bihar went to the polls to elect its state legislature. Slyly alluded to as "Darkness" in Aravind Adiga's White Tiger, Bihar as a state has long been representative of the regressive extremities of the rule of law, anarchy and divisive politics and violence - all of which have subjected the majority of the populace to abject neglect and hopelessness.

     

    Against this backdrop, the re-election of Nitish Kumar as Chief Minister appeared to reinforce the faith the people had invested in his progressive and far reaching policy decisions, which had begun to turn the tide of their lives. All of India watched, with a keen interest in seeing their faith redeemed and their hopes buttressed.

     

    Deep down south in Bengaluru, another election - albeit in the much more trifling

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  • With the Indian batting machine whirring along smoothly records have been falling left, right and centre. And, while this has been true particularly in the last decade or so, it must not be forgotten that it was Sunil Gavaskar who first showed the cricketing world that India's batsmen were second to none in running up big scores as well as possessing the traditional qualities of dedication, determination and concentration.

     

    Among the plethora of records that have gone overboard the greatest casualties have been the partnerships. Almost every year, it seems, a new partnership record is set and the fact that eight of the ten current Indian partnership records have been set since the Gavaskar era of the 70s bears testimony to the lustrous batting line-up that Indian cricket has boasted of over the last 40 years.  

     

    Under the circumstances, it is quite remarkable that two partnerships have lasted more than a half century. The first is of course Indian cricket's proudest statistical

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