With me missing out on some cricket action after the Commonwealth Bank Series which got over some two weeks ago,there was absolutely no option than to go in for the test matches between Sri Lanka and West Indies on one side and simultaneously the test series involving England and New Zealand on the other.
And much to my amazement,these were not boring.These test matches set up the stage for the viewers as do the test matches involving their mother land.With England winning the third test against New Zealand,it not only was a treat for England fans,but also a treat for cricket lovers,because even New Zealand came close to chasing the world record score of 553 runs set by the English batsmen.
With this fact going unnoticed by mot of the fans over the world,New Zealand's total was the highest total put up by any team in the fourth innings of a test match.the previous best being 418 by West Indies way back in 2003 against Australia.The highlight of the innings being the 40 ball 77 by T.G.Southee at the fag end of the New Zealand innings.
And not the less for England,who had found a match winning bowler in Ryan Sidebottom-who finished with a wickets tally of 24 including a rare hat-trick in the first test.And much delightment for the only spinner-Monty Panesar-who picked up 6 wickets for 126 runs.At the end,it was a great save for England,which would have been a nightmare had Southee continued his heroics for a couple of minutes.Well-is this the likely England squad for the upcomming Ashes in England coming up in a year??Lets wait and watch!!!
Must Watch Video:Ryan Sidebottom taking 7 wickets.