Okay, I don’t normally do “Live” blogging – but IS ANYONE ELSE WATCHING THIS AUSTRALIA-SOUTH AFRICA MATCH? As I type this, Herschelle Gibbs is just out, having taken SA to 299 for 4 in 31.5 overs, chasing Australia’s world record 434. That dismissal might just spoil the party for SA (I’m not predicting anything) but whatever the result there will almost certainly be over 800 runs scored in a single day. I don’t usually get excited about batsmen-vs-batsmen contests on disgracefully flat pitches, but this is bloody special.
Anyway, this has to be among the best one-day series ever - possibly the best if your criterion is that the scoreline be tied 2-2 after four matches and the decider be a match with all the drama of a Lagaan.
(And while on cricket, got up this morning and switched the TV on just in time to see Lara out first ball at Auckland. Like I said to Chandrahas on the phone later in the day, the man’s initial movement as he shapes up to play a ball can be so graceful to watch it can make your day – even when he ends up losing his wicket.)