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Monday, December 26, 2005

Another boxing day test match...

I first came across the term Boxing Day when, in 1996, a few South Africans took it in the literal sense and boxed some of my hapless countrymen into submission. These fellow-countrymen also had pretensions of being the best XI cricketers from India. I find that the actual origin of the term is this. Wish Donald and company knew this and perhaps, we could have avoided seeing red each time we come across numbers such as 100 and 66.
The Aussies are gunning for their seventh straight victory in a Boxing Day test match. At the time of writing, Ponting is on 96 and 9 of the ten boundaries he has struck so far have been majestic, the tenth a streaky one through the open spaces that a gully fielder might have occupied. The fact that sledger Nel dropped him on 17 makes this innings even sweeter to watch. Pollock has taken all the three wickets to fall, two of those through superb first slip catches by Graeme Smith. Pre Ashes days, I might have decided to sleep through the last session, in the knowledge that the Aussies will set yet another 400+ total. But, not anymore...

PS: I was thinking of cricketing traditions and very few rival the Boxing Day Test in Australia. Do we have any such traditions in India?
And Ponting's got his 100, with the runs against who else, butter-fingers Nel. Did anyone notice the kind of dominance he had on bowlers this year?

Update: Nel devastated the Australians on Day 1 with 4 wickets in an inspired spell in the final session (Aus 239/8).


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