Putting a Zip in it

29th October 2013

Around the World in 2 – a few occasional off-breaks

Each week for Mason & Guests I compile and broadcast a brief summary of cricket events outside the Caribbean, with a few “Did You Know, Andrew?” facts thrown in. Here’s this week’s round-up:

“The Test series between Pakistan & South Africa ended in a 1-1 draw. SA won the 2nd Test by an innings & 92 runs, built around Graeme Smith’s 234 & AB de Villiers’ 164, & Imran Tahir’s match figures of 8-130. Did You Know, Andrew that de Villiers’ innings has moved him to the top of the ICC’s Test batting rankings?

“The match was overshadowed by Faf du Plessis pleading guilty to ball tampering in Pakistan’s 2nd innings – caught on camera rubbing it across his zipper on his trousers, he was fined half his match fee. The sides now play 5 ODIs & 2 T20s.”

This week’s question: The 2nd Test between India & West Indies in Mumbai will be Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th Test & Shiv Chanderpaul’s 150th – but who was the 1st ever West Indian to play in 100 Tests?

“The Test series between Bangladesh & New Zealand ended in a dull 0-0 draw, after 2 rain effected Tests. The 1st ODI was subsequently won by Bangladesh. They now play a further 2 ODIs & a T20 international.

“Australia are leading India 2-1 in their 7-match ODI series, after 2 abandonments. The next game starts overnight in Nagpur.

“England have arrived in Australia for their Ashes tour, & start their 1st warm up game on Thursday. The 1st Test starts at Brisbane on November 21.”

The answer to this week’s quiz question: Clive Lloyd.

The Mason & Guests show is broadcast live on Tuesday’s from 6.15-8pm ECT (10.15-midnight GMT)  on Voice of Barbados 92.9fm and can be heard via numerous internet tune-in services.

David Oram


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