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Jacques Kallis: 150 Tests not out

jacques_kallis_tonDecember 14, 1995 seems an age ago. Graeme Smith had just completed his Grade 8 year at King Edward Seventh High School while there was an 11-year-old starting to make a name for himself at Warmbad Primary School by the name of AB de Villiers. But on literally and figuratively a much bigger field a 20-year-old from Western Province was making his Test debut for the Proteas at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead. The youngster got off the mark with a single off the left arm spin of England's Richard Illingworth but fell soon afterwards to a catch behind the wicket off seamer Peter Martin. There was to be no second chance as both the fourth and fifth days' play were washed out.

He was omitted – the only time he was ever to be dropped – from the next Test at Axxess St. George's but was back for the final Test of the series at Sahara Park Newlands where again his contribution was an insignificant 7 runs in the first innings as the Proteas clinched the series with a 10-wicket triumph.

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India bowled out for 191 on Opening Morning of Sydney Test, Australia 116/3 in response

sehwag_fallsThe first day of the second test match between Australia and India at the SCG on Tuesday was thoroughly dominated by the hosts who demolished the ageing Indian batting side for under 200 on a good batting wicket, before wriggling their way out of a difficult predicament and ending up on 116/3 just 75 runs short of the Indian total. India, having opted to bat first, could not see through the early freshness in the wicket and therefore lost wickets in clusters to end on a paltry 191 all out. MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar made 57 and 41 respectively, the only substantial contributions in the Indian innings. Australia's reply was in tatters at 37/3 before the experienced Michael Clarke (47*) and Ponting (44*) resurrected the innings and put the hosts in command in the 2nd test.

India and Australia were greeted with clear skies and bright sunshine at the Sydney Cricket Ground for the opening day of the 2nd test of this four match series. As expected, the pitch had a good healthy covering of grass to assist the hosts' quick bowlers. India's captain MS Dhoni won an important toss on a glorious day in Sydney and opted to bat first. Both captains, showed faith in the players that played in the first test at the MCG and opted to retain the same playing XIs for this game which meant rookie batsmen Virat Kohli and Shaun Marsh got yet another opportunity to prove their mettle at this level.

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Sydney Test 2008: The Drama Revisited and the Lessons Learnt

It has been exactly 4 years since India played Australia in perhaps the most controversial test match of the last decade at the Sydney Cricket Ground, a test match which has had a huge bearing on the fortunes of these two high profile cricket sides since. That match, despite producing some enthralling cricket between possibly two of the best sides in world cricket at the time was overshadowed by claims of racism, misconduct, bad umpiring and gamesmanship that probably crossed the line.

The 2nd test, India's tour of Australia 2007-2008 @ the SCG : A Recap

After being pummelled in the first test at the MCG, the tourists led by Anil Kumble took to the field in the second test match to put up an improved performance, and they did by giving the then world champions a run for their money. After conceding 463 runs to the Australians after being asked to bowl first, India's two best batsmen against Australia, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman came to the party, making superlative hundreds under pressure and putting India in a strong position having taken a healthy first innings lead. The Australians then came out firing in the second innings and set India an improbable 333 for victory. With a little over 2 sessions left and the match heading for a tame draw, an extra-ordinary set of events led to a baffling collapse from the much famed Indian batting unit that buckled under the immense pressure put by the Aussies and conceded the match with just a few overs left.

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