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Haynes, Hoare, Lewis, at a stretch, Jack Nel. Er… thats it. The list of Desmonds in Test cricket is short but, with over 7500 runs between them, still rather splendid.That can be said of another select, though rather different, list of Test Desmonds. For out of the 55 four-Test series to date, the England-Pakistan series was only the second occasion that the scoreline ended on two-all. The only other four-match 2-2, the 1999 Frank Worrell Trophy, was a famous battle for the ages, as the accelerating Australian juggernaut was held at bay by the eminence of Brian Lara.England-Pakistan bore a number of points of similarity with that series. Off-field selection debates over a strike bowler raged, with Australia omitting Shane Warne and England leaving out James Anderson, although both bowlers protested that they were fit to play. The way the results played out also ran along similar lines: the visitors batted first and won the first Test, only to comprehensively lose the second by a huge margin, thanks to a double-century by the oppositions star. The third Test of each series saw the visitors squander a first-innings lead of over a hundred runs on their way to losing the match in the final session; however, they emphatically levelled the series in the final encounter, with their legspinner collecting five wickets. Nevertheless, despite the echoes, England-Pakistan didnt quite scale the heights of its precursor, and doesnt merit the same level of wonder. Its many thrilling passages of play ensure, however, that it goes down as one of the best to grace these shores in recent years. Few would have demurred had a fifth Test been added. There were calls for a decider.Yet a decider - something of a misnomer, since the possibility of a draw means that there would have been no guarantee that it would decide anything - would have been quite unnecessary. The Desmond has a beauty and rarity all of its own. Leave them wanting more, as the famed entertainer PT Barnum is supposed to have said, perhaps apocryphally. Regardless of the author, it can still be viewed as one of the key rules of show business.The symmetry of a 2-2 is as beguiling as it is uncommon. If one includes five- and six-match series, there have still only been 11 Desmonds in 220 series: a one-in-twenty return. The only other example this millennium, thus far, is South Africas 2003 tour of England, notable for Makhaya Ntinis Lords ten-wicket haul. It has not been possible to verify whether the MCC member who lends his name to the colloquialism was present on this occasion; it would have been particularly appropriate, assuming he was correctly attired, of course. There has only ever been one Ashes Desmond, Englands successful 1972 defence. Classic examples of the genre include the New Zealand tour to South Africa in 1961-62, which featured their first overseas Test wins. Back on Englands fields, there was the 1995 West Indies tour, an outstanding one for another Bishop (Ian, rather than arch), but a series perhaps most famous for Dominic Corks hat-trick. A mitre might have been a suitable award in the circumstances.It is certainly the case that Pakistans four-Test tour outshone all of Englands recent five-match series, including the three Ashes contests between 2013 and 2015. That also goes for Indias tour of 2014, wherein the visitors started brightly, being 1-0 up after two, but subsequently suffered three massive defeats, two being by an innings and one by 266 runs. Wisdom comes easily in hindsight, but in retrospect a four-match series would have been a better spectacle - especially when one considers that earlier in the year, Sri Lanka had only played two Tests, both of which went down to the last over.Five-match series might appeal more to a traditionalist, but outside Ashes tours, theres much to be said for making a pair of three- and four- Test series the default option during the English summer, as indeed will be the case in 2017 for the visits of South Africa and West Indies. Time, also, to dispense with the rarely satisfying two-match brace that so often is employed as an early-season warm-up. Sri Lankas aforementioned tour deserved an extra Test.While this flaw was rectified in their most recent visit, it was unfortunately after their two greatest batsmen had retired, meaning the spectacle was that much poorer and the competition that much weaker. New Zealands 2015 tour of England was a similar disappointment in duration, despite providing wonderful entertainment, and proving to be a much tighter battle than the Ashes that followed. Its possible to take PT Barnums maxim too far.On the other hand, although cricket would be blessed with more Desmonds, perhaps their rarity makes them something to cherish rather than covet. Surely the Archbishop would agree. Folorunso Fatukasi Jersey . Bjorn, who had a 36-hole total of 8-under 134, made a testing six-foot putt to save par on the 16th and a birdie on the 17th before bogeying the final hole after a misjudged approach shot. American Kevin Streelman was in second place after shooting a 69. Sam Darnold Jersey . 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LOUIS -- Rookie Tavon Austin has missed another day of practice, lessening the odds hell be ready for the St. Weve all been talking about the importance of bowling quicker on a slow Indian pitch like Kanpur. The importance of bowling quicker in the air cant be overstated because once the pitch gets slower, its considerably easier for the batsman to negate deviation off the surface. So much so that even if you misread the length and go forward to a short ball or go back to the full ball, theres time to change your shot and offer a defensive stroke. But how easy or tough is it to bowl quicker? Also, how quick must you bowl without compromising the guile in the air and accuracy on the pitch? Talking to Ashwin at the end of third day, he said while its critical to bowl quicker, its more important to know your optimum pace and how quick is not too quick for you. For Jadeja, bowling quicker isnt an issue because his action and body are tuned to bowling at a much faster pace. Thats not the case with Sodhi or Craig and therefore their attempt to bowl quicker leads to bowling either too full or too short too often.56.1 and 56.2 - Santner v VijayWe witnessed a new tactic from Williamson on day four. He had always placed a midwicket for Mitchell Santner but on the fourth day, he chose to leave the area vacant. Theres enough turn available on the pitch to challenge the batsmen to go against spin but for this plan to work, the line must stay within the stumps. In fact, it wouldnt have been a bad idea to pitch a little outside leg occasionally but keeping it on a good-length area - too short or too full would make it easier for the batsman to work it in that area. In the first 30 balls that Santner bowled, Indias batsmen left alone 11 deliveries, which shows that the line was a little outside off. But two balls changed it all: first ball of the 57th over pitched on the leg stump and spun viciously. Vijay defended the ball well but the doubts arose. Next ball was a little outside off but the turn off the previous ball prompted Vijay to plant the front foot slightly across. This one didnt spin. The ball that didnt take Vijays wicket was more important than the one that did, and it happens very often in Tests.70.3 - Pujaras dismissal On the fourth day, Sodhi went around the stumps for the first time and immediately got the scalp of Pujara. The ball pitched outside leg stump - in the footmarks of the bowlers, spun and found the outside edge of Pujaras defensive bat. The dismissal brought to the fore another interesting aspect of modern day batting. The law states that if the ball pitches outside the leg stump, you cant be given out irrespective of the fact if youve offered a shot or not. Kicking balls pitching outside leg is also a habit, which gets developed if you do it quite often. Since Pujaras defensive shhot wouldnt have produced a run, there wasnt any harm in just offering the pad.dddddddddddd. Incidentally, Pujara isnt alone - no one has employed this tactic in this match thus far. In the first three and a half days, spinners from both sides have bowled a fair amount of deliveries in the rough outside the batsmans leg stump but only three of those were offered the pad.88.4 and 88.5 - Santner to RahaneThe same sequence that happened with Vijay repeated itself but in the opposite order: straight ball followed by the one that spun. The straighter one hit the pads that led to a vociferous appeal, almost forcing Rahane to plant the leg straighter and push with hands off the following ball. Once again, the ball that led to the wicket was more important than the one that fetched the wicket. Just that its really difficult to stitch such deliveries together.The futility of yorkers without paceSince reverse swing has been missing, yorkers have been rare too. Theres been 93 overs from seamers in this match so far but weve seen only three yorkers. Wagner has bowled all three. The batsman in me was wondering the futility of such a tactic. After all, a yorker will take the pitch out of the equation completely. Thats when a chat with Zaheer cleared my d

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