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Australia ended the fourth day of the First Test with a 263 run lead and five second-innings wickets still standing.

With Stuart Clark picking up an elbow injury and unable to bowl this morning, potentially complicating the Australian attack plan for the fourth innings, the tactical imperative for the tourists was quick runs.

India, though, had other ideas, and Sharma and Harbhajan took a couple of wickets each to put Australia in trouble at 128-5. Zaheer Khan had earlier continued his key contribution to the match by making 57 not out (the top score in India’s 360 all out), and taking his sixth wicket of the match, dismissing Matthew Hayden cheaply for the second time in four days.

The picture started to improve for Ponting’s side as Brad Haddin and Shane Watson dug in, and Australia still have a good chance of victory, but a draw (despite a rapidly deteriorating pitch) seems by far the most likely outcome now.

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India have won the Second Test against Sri Lanka, levelling the series at 1-1 and ending their horrible record at Galle, mainly thanks to wickets from Harbhajan Singh and the hitherto disappointing Ishant Sharma, who restricted the Sri Lankans to 136 all out in their pursuit of 307.

Ajantha Mendis, despite losing some of his psychological advantage over India’s batsmen continued to take wickets, however, and picked up his first 10-wicket haul in only his second Test match.

All eyes (except perhaps those of English fans) will be on the deciding Test of the series, which starts on Friday.

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It’s been four months since I plucked these eleven young cricketers from various levels of obscurity and cursed them with the tag ‘ones to watch’. How have they been getting on?

  • Tamim Iqbal is over in England at the moment with Bangladesh A, but there hasn’t been much news of him recently. Hopefully there will be more to report soon.
  • Sulieman Benn has overcome the apparent West Indian anti-spin bias to show some promise whilst going for quite a lot of runs, but he needs to play more cricket against sides that aren’t Australia before he can be properly assessed.

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South Africa have been skittled out for a measly 265 runs, after having been 152 for 1. Most of the damage was done by young guns Piyush Chawla and Ishant Sharma, but Harbhajan Singh got three as well to prove that it’s not all young whippersnappers in India. The Leading Cricketer in the World got one run.

This outdated test cricket can be quite good, you know.

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After the spinners come the seamers. No real surprises

  • Tim Southee: I was going to include him anyway, but he tops the list after this. Crazed batting aside, taking 5-55 in your first Test is pretty special in and of itself.
  • Mitchell Johnson: Won acclaim in some quarters after pulling out of the IPL in order to develop his international career, and it looks like the decision may pay off. At the time of writing, he’s already taken 24 test wickets and has made an unbeaten 50 against India.
  • Ishant Sharma: Completes the stating-the-bleeding-obvious hat-trick. I’ve already mentioned Sharma, and he’s set to take the cricketing world by storm if he can distinguish himself from the seeming mass of young Indian pace bowlers.

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Apologies to the late John Lennon for the shameless pun.

India’s young pace bowler Ishant Sharma recorded career-best figures of 4-38 as Australia collapsed to 159 all out. India may have made hard work out of chasing down the meagre total, but at least they managed to complete a game without it raining.

Sharma’s figures are even more impressive when you take into account the fact that three of his four wickets were those of Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds. Just as India need new talent to come through, it seems the pace bowlers are holding up their end of the bargain. As for the batsmen, the jury is still out.

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