Crickdose: Three Things That We Learned From The Second Test Between India and South Africa

India have won the second test against South Africa, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. This was a much more dominant performance compared to the first test, led by Virat Kohli’s double century. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the second test between India and South Africa:

1) Marvellous Mayank

Mayank Agarwal has been superb throughout this series. In the second test, he managed to score his second test century. This young player has shown that he has the ability to play well against any bowling attack. Mayank Agarwal is also improving his technique with each passing match and will be hoping to continue this form.

2) Superb Shami

Mohammad Shami was again superb with the ball. Whenever India seemed to be lacking ideas in the field, he managed to pick up a wicket. At present, Shami is the best fast bowler in the Indian test side. He manages to show great control over the ball and has been extremely consistent for his country.

3) De Bruyn Blunder

South Africa will be left wondering whether it was the right decision to play Theunis De Buryn in these conditions. He has failed with the bat in both the test matches. He has never really looked comfortable against the Indian attack. The South Africans could have chosen to play Heinrich Klassen instead.

To sum up, this match proved that India remain one of the biggest challenges for any test team. This time, the conditions have not been too difficult for the visitors. Yet, India have managed to win the series comprehensively. They will now be hoping for a clean sweep!

Crickdose: Three Things That We Learned From The First Test Between India and South Africa

The first test between India and South Africa appeared to be meandering along at a slow pace for the first three days. However, it came alive on the fourth day and India managed to sneak in a win. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the first test between India and South Africa:

1) Rohit Rampage

Rohit Sharma was opening in test matches for the first time. He managed to grab the opportunity with both hands. He scored a century in both innings, giving India the perfect start. His partnership with Mayank Agarwal in the first innings proved to be crucial for India. They will be hoping that Rohit can continue this form.

2) Rabada Rage

Kagiso Rabada is one of the finest bowlers in test cricket. The rankings show that. His abilities show that. However, he failed to perform well in this test. Yes, the conditions were tough and not supportive for the fast bowlers. But Rabada managed just one wicket in the test. This was not at all expected. He will be hoping to improve soon.

3) Piedt Fight

Dane Piedt had a forgettable match with the ball. He failed to trouble the Indian batsmen and was taken apart by Rohit Sharma. However, in the second innings, Piedt showed great fight with the bat, scoring a half-century. He did so after his team had been reduced to 70 for 8. This shows his character, and he will be hoping to turn things around with the ball as well.

To sum up, this match showed us that South Africa has the ability to challenge India on its home turf. They will need to improve their bowling, and they could fight back in this series. India will also have to bowl much better than this. All this makes for an exciting series!

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Crickdose: Three Things To Look Forward To During The India vs. South Africa Test Series

The test series between India and South Africa begins tomorrow. It is expected to be a close battle because the two teams have been doing well in test cricket. So, here are the top three things to look forward to during the India vs. South Africa test series:

1) Rohit Gamble

India have decided to take a punt on Rohit Sharma. The dashing one-day opener will be given a chance as a test opener. It is a big gamble because Rohit’s Test career has seen him achieve mixed results. Nevertheless, he will be hopeful of a good performance, as he is already 32 years of age and may not get too many more chances in test cricket.

2) Markram Potential

Aiden Markram is one of the best young players in the game. The South African opener has already shown his class by winning the Under 19 World Cup for his side in 2014. However, his performances at senior level have not been as good. He will be hoping to prove himself against India in India. If he does well, it will be a great boost for him and his side.

3) Rabada Brilliance

Kagiso Rabada is already one of the best bowlers in test cricket. He has the skills to trouble the best of batsmen. This will be a great opportunity for him to showcase his skills with the red ball. Indian pitches are not likely to be very supportive. However, he has the ability to succeed in all conditions and will hope to show his class once again.

To sum up, this series is likely to be a closely fought one. Both teams will look to start off in a strong manner. India will be hoping to make the most of their home advantage, while South Africa will look to prove themselves in the subcontinent.

Crickdose: Three Things That We Learned From The India vs. South Africa T20 Series

The first T20 between India and South Africa was washed out, and India went on to win the second one. At this stage, most people thought that South Africa are down and out. However, they managed to bounce back in style and level the series. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the India vs South Africa T20 series:

1) Dashing De Kock

Quinton De Kock was appointed as the Proteas captain for this series. What a brilliant appointment this turned out to be. Not only did De Kock lead his team well, but he also made hay with the bat. He was named the man of the series. He was absolutely superb in the final T20I, ensuring that South Africa chased down the target with ease.

2) Superb Hendricks

Another superb performer for South Africa was Beuran Hendricks. He showed great control over his line and length, especially in the last match. For his performance, he was named as the man of the match. Hendricks has been around for a while now, and he will be hoping to cement his place in the side.

3) Rohit Struggle

Rohit Sharma did not have a good series. He was expected to play a vital role for India along with Shikhar Dhawan. However, he gave his wicket away too cheaply. If he wants to be a part of India’s first XI for the T20 World Cup, he needs to step up his game. India has a lot of young players who are knocking on the door.

To sum up, this series proved that South Africa should not be underestimated under any conditions. They are a superb cricket team, and they have a wonderful ability to adapt to the situation. The test series could also be a close one, especially in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah.

Crickdose: Three Things That We Learned From The Final Ashes Test

England have managed to bounce back and draw the Ashes 2-2. Even though Australia retained the urn, there are a lot of positives for England to take home. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the final Ashes test:

1) Amazing Archer

Jofra Archer took a six-wicket haul once again. This was his second such haul in the series. He bowled with great pace and skill. The Australian batsmen were unsure of how to play him. This youngster has shown that he is a superb bowler and he could become a key component of the England test side over the next few years.

2) Dashing Denly

Joe Denly managed to score a third fifty on the trot. However, he will not be happy because he was just 6 runs away from a maiden hundred. Although the man of the match award went to Archer, Denly’s innings was equally important for England. He has certainly cemented his place in the team for the winter tours.

3) Wizard Wade

Matthew Wade scored his second century of the series and showed his class. Even though it was a lost cause, Wade battled for a long period. There was a particular spell from Archer where Wade looked in all kinds of trouble. However, he battled through it and ensured that the inevitable England win was delayed as much as possible.

To sum up, this test proved that this England side should not be underestimated, especially at home. Australia made the mistake of putting England in to bat, and they capitalised on this decision. After a long English summer, England won the World Cup after the final scores were level, and they lost the Ashes after the final scores were level. Amazing!

Crickdose: Three Things That We Learned From The Fourth Ashes Test

It’s official, Australia have retained the Ashes. Not many people expected them to bounce back after the heartbreaking loss in the third test. But they have managed to turn it around. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the fourth Ashes test:

1) Superb Smith

Steve Smith has simply proved to be the difference between the two sides in this match. His superb batting in both the innings ensured that the Aussies had a big lead and were able to set a huge target. Smith has been absolutely sensational during this series and has managed to win the hearts of all cricket fans (except the Englishmen)!

2) Denly Battle

Joe Denly scored a fifty for the second time in two matches. Although he was asked to open the batting this time, he adapted very well and played a patient innings. Even though it was not enough to scrape a draw in the end, his innings was an important one and shows that he is a wonderful player.

3) Cunning Cummins

Pat Cummins has now become the world number one bowler and also achieved his highest ever personal rating. These feats were truly deserved because he has been sensational during this series. He has managed to fox the English batsmen and lured them to play rash shots. Pat Cummins could become one of the best Aussie bowlers of all time.

To sum up, this test showed that the Aussies are now a force to be reckoned with. They have found their mojo again and have managed to retain the Ashes with one match to spare. The other teams around the world need to be wary of the Aussies once again!

Crickdose: Three Things That We Learned From India’s Test Series Win Over The Windies

The second test between India and the Windies followed a similar script as the first one. The Windies were unable to compete with India, despite showing some glimpses of their talent. So, here are the top three things that we learned from India’s test series win over the Windies:

1) Brilliant Bumrah

This series has shown us that Jasprit Bumrah is a world-class performer. He has performed well on a consistent basis, and he has the ability to adapt to the conditions very quickly. Bumrah has shown great control, and he managed to pick up a hat-trick as well. He is certainly the future of the Indian bowling attack.

2) Superb Vihari

Vihari is an underrated player who has the ability to be a consistent performer. He managed to score a century in the first innings of the second test, while also contributing a half-century in the second innings. He could be the answer to India’s middle-order woes of recent times. Vihari needs to keep up this form and show his capabilities on a consistent basis.

3) Raging Roach

The Windies had a really poor series. There was not much to write home about. However, there was one player who proved how good he is. Kemar Roach had a superb series with the ball. He could easily have got a hat-trick as well. His bowling average places him among the best pacers ever produced by the Windies.

To sum up, the test series proved to be a one-sided affair. India managed to continue their winning streak and are now leading the World Test Championship. But their next challenge could prove to be a tricky one – South Africa are looking to bounce back from a disappointing World Cup. Exciting times ahead.

Crickdose: Three Things That We Learned From India’s Test Series Win Over The Windies

The second test between India and the Windies followed a similar script as the first one. The Windies were unable to compete with India, despite showing some glimpses of their talent. So, here are the top three things that we learned from India’s test series win over the Windies:

1) Brilliant Bumrah

This series has shown us that Jasprit Bumrah is a world-class performer. He has performed well on a consistent basis, and he has the ability to adapt to the conditions very quickly. Bumrah has shown great control, and he managed to pick up a hat-trick as well. He is certainly the future of the Indian bowling attack.

2) Superb Vihari

Vihari is an underrated player who has the ability to be a consistent performer. He managed to score a century in the first innings of the second test, while also contributing a half-century in the second innings. He could be the answer to India’s middle-order woes of recent times. Vihari needs to keep up this form and show his capabilities on a consistent basis.

3) Raging Roach

The Windies had a really poor series. There was not much to write home about. However, there was one player who proved how good he is. Kemar Roach had a superb series with the ball. He could easily have got a hat-trick as well. His bowling average places him among the best pacers ever produced by the Windies.

To sum up, the test series proved to be a one-sided affair. India managed to continue their winning streak and are now leading the World Test Championship. But their next challenge could prove to be a tricky one – South Africa are looking to bounce back from a disappointing World Cup. Exciting times ahead.

Crickdose: Three Things That We Learned From The Epic Third Ashes Test

The third test of the Ashes proved to be a real spectacle (no pun intended!). While wiping his glasses, Jack Leach hung on with Ben Stokes towards the end to give England a sensational one-wicket win. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the epic third Ashes test:

1) Superb Stokes

What can be said about Ben Stokes? He was simply outstanding in this match. First, he took crucial wickets with the ball in the second innings. Then, he batted out of his skin to ensure that England chase down the biggest target in their test history. His 135* will be remembered as one of the best innings ever.

2) 67 All Out

In their first innings, England were shot out for just 67 runs. This was yet another score under 100 for the Englishmen. They have made it a habit in recent months. However, they batted much better in the second innings, and ultimately got the win. Nevertheless, they need to address these batting collapses as soon as possible.

3) Marvellous Marnus

Marnus Labuschagne was not an automatic pick for Australia in this series. But he has proved to be indispensable for them. The rest of their top order has been extremely inconsistent, but Labuschagne has continued his superb form with the bat. If Steve Smith is fit for the next test, it will be interesting to see whether Labuschagne is retained.

To sum up, the test was an epic battle that will be remembered for years to come. The way the match ebbed and flowed; it could have gone either way. But Ben Stokes was determined to win it for his team, and so he did. The Ashes is nicely poised at 1-1 with two matches to go.

Crickdose: Three Things That We Learned From The Second Ashes Test

Although the second test ended in a draw, it was one of the most exciting matches in recent times. Both teams gave it their all till the last ball. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the second Ashes test:

1) Magnificent Marnus

History was made in this test match. Marnus Labuschagne was the first player in history to be a concussion substitute. He replaced Steve Smith, who was hit on the head by a bouncer. Labuschagne proved to be an amazing replacement for Smith, scoring 59 in the second innings for his team and rescuing a draw.

2) Amazing Archer

Jofra Archer was simply superb with the ball. He was playing in his debut test, but he looked rather accomplished with the ball. He managed to pick up 3 wickets in the second innings, managing to give England a chance of a win. But Australia managed to survive the storm. Nevertheless, Archer could prove to be a great weapon for England.

3) Roy Fails

Jason Roy’s struggles in the test format have continued. The England opener failed once again. There has been a lot of talk regarding moving him down the order. But that would mean that someone else needs to open the innings. Although Roy is unlikely to be dropped, he needs to pull his socks up quickly.

To sum up, the test was a really exciting one and Australia managed to hang on for the draw. They still have a 1-0 lead and that may just prove to be crucial going into the third test. The fans simply cannot wait!