January 03, 2004


The incredible Indian run machine is advancing on 500, for the loss of only three wickets. Laxman (159) and Tendulkar (149) are building on a 301-run partnership. How much further can India go? Following is the all-time list of high scores against Australia, with Indian innings highlighted:

903-7d England The Oval 1938
705-7d India Sydney 2003/4
658-8d England Nottingham 1938
657-7d India Kolkata 2000/01
636 England Sydney 1928/29
633-5d India Kolkata 1997/98
627-9d England Manchester 1934
624 Pakistan Adelaide 1983/84
622-9d South Africa Durban 1969/70
620 South Africa Johannesburg 1966/67
616 West Indies Adelaide 1968/69
611 England Manchester 1964
606 West Indies Sydney 1992/93
600-4d India Sydney 1985/86
595-5d England Birmingham 1985
595 South Africa Adelaide 1963/64
592-8d England Perth 1986/87
589 England Melbourne 1911/12
585 West Indies Perth 1975/76
580-9d Pakistan Peshawar 1998/99
577 England Sydney 1903/04
576 England The Oval 1899
574-8d Pakistan Melbourne 1972/73
573 West Indies Bridgetown 1964/65
569 West Indies Georgetown 1990/91
553-7d New Zealand Brisbane 1985/86
558 England Melbourne 1965/66
551 England Sydney 1897/98
548 England Melbourne 1924/25
547-8d Sri Lanka Colombo 1992
538 England The Oval 1975
537 Pakistan Rawalpindi 1994/95
536-9d West Indies Bridgetown 1990/91
534-9d New Zealand Perth 2001/02
533 England Leeds 1985
529 England Melbourne 1974/75
524 England Sydney 1932/33
523 India Adelaide 2003/04
521 England Brisbane 1928/29
520 India Adelaide 1985/86
519 England Melbourne 1928/29
517-5d India Mumbai 1986/87
517 South Africa Adelaide 1997/98
510-7d India Delhi 1979/80
510 West Indies Bridgetown 1954/55
509 West Indies Bridgetown 1983/84
506 South Africa Melbourne 1910/11
501-6d Pakistan Faisalabad 1982/83
501 England Adelaide 1911/12
501 India Chennai 2000/01
500-8d Pakistan Melbourne 1981/82

(List updated)

Posted by Tim Blair at January 3, 2004 02:45 PM

Um... what?

Posted by: Wonderduck at January 3, 2004 at 03:39 PM

Looks like my prediction for 2004 could turn out to be correct - Brett Lee's international career will be over this year.

If he keeps bowling these pies it certainly will be.

Posted by: Mike Hunt at January 3, 2004 at 03:57 PM

India is 650/5 at stumps of day 2 with Tendulkar 220 not-out. Its pretty sure that this innings will be number two of the list (atleast).

Posted by: Rezwan at January 3, 2004 at 05:26 PM

Err, diagonal counter-rabbit!

(cricket? rugby? curling? enlighten us ingorant non-Commonwealth citizens)

Posted by: Sam at January 3, 2004 at 05:46 PM

I'm surprised you didn't go to the game Tim.

Posted by: Scott Wickstein at January 3, 2004 at 06:19 PM

Hmm...that looks like...hmmm...that looks like...damn, I don't know what the hell any of that means. Hmmm...

Posted by: Kyle at January 3, 2004 at 08:58 PM

Guys please I was at the game and it was not pretty. Hopefully I will see Steve Waugh bat tomorrow and who knows it might be a draw. An Aussie win is not really on the cards now, the indians have yet to declare.

Oh yeah - Bring back Warnie, Bring back Pigeon - if you must know what people were chanting. Bring on the Beer Wenches I say - not too shabby at all!

Posted by: Rob at January 4, 2004 at 12:14 AM

What a fitting send off for Waugh. A duck from him tomorrow would be icing on the cake.

Posted by: Robert at January 4, 2004 at 12:56 AM

Hi, Sam.

It's cricket. We're playing the Indians. They're grinding us into the ground.

Posted by: David Blue at January 4, 2004 at 02:25 AM

"What a fitting send off for Waugh. A duck from him tomorrow would be icing on the cake."

...a duck? The hell? As a Mallard-American, I take offense to this characterization of the duck meaning a poor performance.

Um... unless that's not what it means. In which case, I take offense to the characterization, period.

I swear, your Cricket language is incomprehensible... and this is coming from someone who wants to learn it!

Posted by: Wonderduck at January 4, 2004 at 03:20 AM

Seriously, this sport sounds like something a baseball fan would like to learn about. Is there a book or a website a complete neophyte could turn to for a basic education in it?

Posted by: Phil at January 4, 2004 at 03:36 AM

Sheesh, what the hell happened? Was somebody slipping amphetimines into their curry or something?
650 is freakin ridiculous.

I see a Bradman-esque final bat for Waugh (ie a duck)

Posted by: Quentin George at January 4, 2004 at 07:31 AM

Here's an explanatin of cricket for you Merrikuns:
You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in the side that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out. When they are all out, the side that's out comes in and the side thats been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who stay all out all the time and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game!

I prefer the other in and out game!

Posted by: slatts at January 4, 2004 at 10:48 AM

Umm..... go USC [University of Southern California]Trojans! - there's an equally obscure reference for you. Seriously, you haven't lived until you've seen a guy dressed as a Roman centurion (or Trojan) marching down the center of Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, CA on the morning of the Rose Bowl football game.

Posted by: Alice at January 4, 2004 at 12:17 PM

Hi, Wonderduck.

"...a duck? The hell? As a Mallard-American, I take offense to this characterization of the duck meaning a poor performance."

A duck's egg is round, like a zero. When a batsman is out for a duck, that means they got zero, the worst possible score.

Posted by: David Blue at January 4, 2004 at 02:56 PM

Hola, David!

You've confirmed my fears. Australia is prejudiced against waterfowl in general, and ducks in particular... and making fun of our means of reproduction, to boot! You... you... SCOUNDRELS!!! BLACKGUARDS!!! BASHI-BAZOUKS! Colocynths! Rhizopods! Pithecanthropic mountebanks! You... you... BOLLARDS!!!!!

Slatts, a question to you: how does one that is in go out?

Alice, I'm more partial to the University of California - Santa Cruz team, and their mascot: The Fighting Banana Slug (team cheer: "Go you slugs!").

Posted by: Wonderduck at January 4, 2004 at 05:03 PM

Do we have to use the deeply unsound spellings of "Mumbai" (Bombay) and "Kolkata" (Calcutta)in the otherwise very interesting hit parade? Next we'll be calling Germany "Deutschland".

Posted by: Alex at January 4, 2004 at 06:15 PM

Alex, I'm sure residents of Mumbai and Kolkata would find characterization of their city names as "deeply unsound" interesting.

And deeply unsound.

Or is it just that they're wogs, and what THEY call their cities doesn't matter?

Posted by: Wonderduck at January 5, 2004 at 02:08 AM