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Etienne
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Frankly I think definitive proof of his selfishness is the way he's deliberately eclipsing Shaun Pollock's thread.
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Hah, I had a bet with a friend at the end of the first day that Kallis would end up Not Out, with a Strike Rate under 50.
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Exactly, it's an unremarkable innings in itself, just so predictable (which is of course a tribute to Kallis' ability as much as his individualism).
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Heh, he even deigned to bowl against them as well. Funny how that back clears up when easy wickets are scented.

I can just picture Kallis trying to persuade Smith not to enforce the follow-on and to let him open: 'We need to shore it up, skipper; can't be too careful.' And then going on to score 60* in five hours.

More worthless Test records, runs, and wickets. It's not T20 & the IPL/ICL that will undermine Test cricket: it's farces like this.

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Oh, do drop that tiresome shit, Raskolnikov. Kallis has been bowling consistently throughout this season.
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I disagree with the second point, Rasko. Bangladesh weren't far from winning the first test, and their young players are doing well in the youth tournaments. How long did it take NZ to start winning games, but no-one claims runs scored against them in the 50s should be stricken from the record. Or Barnes and Lohmann against SA for that matter.
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Hm, well I think there is a case for 'not counting' such feats. The gulf in class has the effect of undermining many of the 'records' that cricket has for a long time valued. For instance, Hayden's 380 vs Zimbabwe, Murali's 87 wickets vs minnows, and the recent 415 opening partnership (although the previous best, 413, was also second-rate), are all tainted by being achieved against teams that are simply not of Test standard. There are really only six teams capable of playing at that level involved in the game today, and NZ or WI rejoining that group doesn't seem, in the forseeable future, particularly likely. Test cricket already struggles for an audience outside of England and Australia, and the more one-sided games there are, the less likely it is that public interest will return to the game.
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How do legislate which records may count, and which shouldn't? If you were to argue for limiting test status to six sides, then there'd be somewhere to start. But your post reads as though you were suggesting some arbitrary standard as to when records should count.

Should we disregard Chelsea's two league titles because the gulf between their resources and those of the other challengers were to big? Or award last year's FA Cup because Man Utd actually beat reasonable opposition on the way to the final, whereas Chelsea's toughest test was at home against Wycombe?

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