Thursday, January 19, 2006


After three matches, all the three sides are equally placed with a win and a loss each. There is an interesting aspect to the three matches wherein the side winning the toss finished on the losing side. First it was the turn of Sri Lanka and then South Africa turned the tables on the hosts. Today, the Sri Lankans beat the Proteas comfortably. Predictably, everyone questioned the wisdom of Graeme Smith in asking the Sri Lankans to make first use of the wicket .

The captain has to take all the flak in such a situation. Nasser Hussain was quite assertive of this fact during the rain break in the run feast in Pakistan. He reminded the decision at Brisbane where the Aussies were asked to bat first and that set the tone for a disastrous Ashes campaign. If I remember correctly, Azharuddin won the toss and put England in which resulted in Graham Gooch getting a triple in the first and a ton in the second innings.

Surely, the captain has a lot to think about.

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