April 22, 2006

Australian cricket

Double trouble for Bangladesh? Or ... not?

Jason Gillespie's double ton, coming as it did from a nightwatchman, was something of a shock. Paul Daffey, in The Age newspaper, looks at another century by a nightwatchman, Tony Mann - the first Australian to that feat in 1977.

Gillespie’s innings was certainly impressive, writes Richard Hinds in The Sydney Morning Herald, but it was hardly a miracle. To find out what led him to this conclusion, read the full article here.

Writing in the same paper, Phillip Derriman wonders what the after-effects of the feat will be – and how many favours it has done Bangladesh. Andrew Miller also considers how Bangladesh will now fare.

Charlie Davis, a cricket statistician, pays a stats tribute to Gillespie. "One might begin (for those who suggest that extreme performances against Bangladesh are meaningless) by noting that Bangladesh had gone throught their previous ten Tests without conceding a double-century," writes Davis.

Also read Davis's article titled the myth of the nightwatchman. The nighwatchman tactic fails more than twice as often as it succeeds, asserts Davis.


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