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70th over: West Indies 184-5 (Hodge 59, da Silva 61) Lyon hunts for that outside edge to Hodge. Josh da Silva has been collecting singles really well the last few overs, just keeps ticking. Hodge can’t find the gaps as easily against Lyon.

69th over: West Indies 183-5 (Hodge 59, da Silva 60) More defending, more dodging, then Hodge finishes the over perfectly. Too full from Cummins, Hodge steps into it and checks his cover drive, no follow through to speak of, just holds the bat in that pose for a couple of satisfying seconds as he watches the ball speed for four. Gallops down the pitch in excitement to chat to his partner at the end of the over.

68th over: West Indies 178-5 (Hodge 55, da Silva 59) I reckon Hodge is tiring. He’s keeping the ball out but doesn’t seem to have much of a plan for how to score. He’s vocal though, chatting to himself as he punches Lyon to cover for none.

67th over: West Indies 177-5 (Hodge 55, da Silva 58) A really tight over from Cummins, hard on the stumps. There’s not much going for the bowlers though, no swing and precious little seam. They’re still 13 overs from the new ball, it’s a bit too far away to be playing for that.

66th over: West Indies 176-5 (Hodge 55, da Silva 57) Looking comfortable against the spin, da Silva drives Lyon for one down the ground. Hodge is being very decisive with his footwork and determined in defence, looks very suspicious of everything in that over.

65th over: West Indies 175-5 (Hodge 55, da Silva 56) Edged by Hodge! But Cummins no longer has a second slip. Smith flies across but it’s too wide for even one of his trademark right-handed hangers. Hodge has earned that gap in the cordon by batting for this long. Gets four. Smith moves wider in the cordon.

Stokes out for 70 in India, England 246, and Tom Hartley has just been launches for two sixes in his first over in Test cricket.

64th over: West Indies 171-5 (Hodge 51, da Silva 56) Hodge has been quiet since reaching 50, but after da Silva turns over strike he heaves at a pull shot when Lyon drops short. Only one.

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63rd over: West Indies 169-5 (Hodge 50, da Silva 55) Cummins is back. It’s logical but it’s also kind of crazy that Australia’s bowling attack tonight is made up of the four highest wicket-takers in day-night Tests.

Starc has 64, Lyon 38, Cummins 34 and Hazlewood 33.

A run for da Silva behind point, worked away.

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62nd over: West Indies 168-5 (Hodge 50, da Silva 54) Steps right back, does da Silva, to work Lyon off his pads and down past short leg to rotate strike. Lyon wicketless having conceded 43 runs into his 13th over. A good ball next up, slipping on past the outside edge as Hodge pushes. Lyon is over the wicket for that line. The pink ball shining in the spotlights. It does tend to skid at night, we’ve seen him take quick wickets in these evening sessions before.

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61st over: West Indies 167-5 (Hodge 50, da Silva 53) Once more the pull shot, Green the bowler this time as da Silva places it better in front of square and picks up two. It’s not exactly a worry for Australia yet, they would be confident of cleaning up the remaining batters for about 50 more runs should a wicket fall. But if these two get the score to 200 they will at least have something to work with. Another pull, another run, this time behind square.

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60th over: West Indies 164-5 (Hodge 50, da Silva 50) Matching fifties, and in mathematically apt style that raises a century partnership for the pair. Lyon comes back on, Joshua da Silva drives him with restraint through the covers for four, placement more than power, to move to 49, then turns a run square for the milestone. His fourth in Tests, plus one ton.

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Half century! Hodge 50 from 118 balls

59th over: West Indies 159-5 (Hodge 50, da Silva 45) Green bowls outside off stump, and Hodge reaches his first Test fifty in fortuitous style! Only playing his second Test of course, debuted in Adelaide. Not a young player but inexperienced at this level. Drives at Green and gets a thick edge but it dies in front of Marsh at gully, giving him an awkward half volley that he deflects for a run. Then Green angles in and moves the ball away, beating the edge nicely.

Stokes and Leach batting together in Hyderabad. Seen that one before.

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58th over: West Indies 157-5 (Hodge 49, da Silva 44) Hodge wants a run as he shovels Hazlewood towards mid on, da Silva says no. Nicely flicks the yorker next ball though behind square for one. Another pull for da Silva, to deep square, one more. Smart cricket from Hodge then as he waits for a slower ball and times his drive through cover, three runs. That’s the one that sits forward in Hazlewood’s fingers and just floats out at low speed. Back to full pace and da Silva defends.

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57th over: West Indies 152-5 (Hodge 45, da Silva 43) Furious with himself, da Silva! Swishes his hands at a good lifter from Green, similar to the Starc ball that sucked in Hodge earlier. The bounce takes it over the edge of the slightly angled bat, and luck goes with West Indies on that one. But da Silva is tilting his head back and yelling in frustration before the ball even reaches the keeper’s gloves. Keeps out an underpitched yorker attempt unconvincingly, leading edge back down the pitch. Nearly gets runs from the last ball, guides it sweetly behind point, but Marsh at gully flies across and takes it one-handed, and Green pretends to celebrate a wicket. It was on the bounce. Great fielding though. Scoreless over.

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56th over: West Indies 152-5 (Hodge 45, da Silva 43) Hazlewood goes searching with the yorker, trying to burrow through but Hodge gets down and keeps it out as it angles in. Similar shot next ball. Hazlewood has a 5-4 field only slightly in favour of the odd side, so that suggests he’ll target the stumps. Hodge gets a thick outside edge along the ground to gully but can’t score, a loud “Wait!”

Two out for the hook, plus a midwicket and mid on, but he manages to get the next ball squarer and take a run. Same line of attack to da Silva, same scoring method.

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55th over: West Indies 150-5 (Hodge 44, da Silva 42) Beautiful sunset over the Gabba now, suitably mango coloured and vibrant for Queensland. No doubt about da Silva’s next shot, as he punches Green behind point for four, fine of Lyon at backward. Green’s bouncers have had no menace today, he loops another one well over the batter’s height, and wide of off stump.

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54th over: West Indies 146-5 (Hodge 44, da Silva 38) My nerves can’t take this. Hazlewood opening up after the break, drops short, da Silva pulls again. Every time he plays that shot it’s anxiety inducing. Plays that one well though, only gets one run for it with the fielder back square. Risk-reward doesn’t tally for me, for a guy who got out cheaply twice to the shot in Adelaide.

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Meanwhile in Hyderabad, England are currently 215 for 8, with Ben Stokes partway into a decent innings and Mark Wood offering support. We’ve got coverage of that one for you too.

Tea or dinner or whatever we call it – West Indies 145 for 5

A great recovery from this pair. They’ve put on 81 together now, been disciplined for the most part against the faster bowlers, they’ve picked off scoring chances when those have come along, and they’ve dug their team out of real trouble at 64 for 5.

Of course it still won’t be much of a score if these two fall soon after the break, so they have to reset themselves for another session of batting after this.

53rd over: West Indies 145-5 (Hodge 44, da Silva 37) The cliches of captaincy. Get a part-time spinner on for one over before a break. Marnus on his home ground sets his field meticulously. A half ring on the off side. Deep point, two deep on the leg side, with a mid on and a slip.

Gets a bit of turn, Marnus, but too short and whipped square by da Silva for a run. Hodge wants to cut but the bounce fools him, under edge. Leaves the next, a solid leg break that dips and spins from a good length. Defends one floated towards the toes, and another. That is that.

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52nd over: West Indies 144-5 (Hodge 44, da Silva 36) Bustling up, Cummins, in what should be the last over before the second break. Hodge leaves, leaves, sways away from the short ball like a tree in high wind. Then gets forward and drives the overpitched ball for four! A low full toss by the time he makes contact, decisive footwork. Classy.

We’ll get one more over. Labuschagne.

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51st over: West Indies 140-5 (Hodge 40, da Silva 36) Gorgeous from Hodge! Gets the fuller ball and drives it sweetly down the ground, right past the bowler’s boots for four. Goes back ahead of his partner on the scoreboard.

Gorgeous from Starc in the comeback delivery, getting one to left from a length and deck away. Hodge can’t resist following it, has to play the initial line and then his gloves are pulled magnetically to following it. Luckily for him there’s no edge. Mistimes a drive next ball but clunkily hits through extra cover for a run, straight of the fielder.

Joshua da Silva can’t help a hook shot but misses it. Wish he would put that away.

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50th over: West Indies 135-5 (Hodge 35, da Silva 36) A tight leave from Hodge facing Cummins, could have been curtains had that ball decked in as Cummins deliveries on that line are wont to do. Hodge leaves as many as he can, ducks the bouncer, and jams out a single to leg from the last ball. This is great temperament so far.

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49th over: West Indies 134-5 (Hodge 34, da Silva 36) Much more circumspect over for da Silva facing Starc after Hodge drives a single.

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48th over: West Indies 133-5 (Hodge 33, da Silva 36) Cummins gets himself back on. This is the danger point for West Indies, so often he’s the one to get a wicket on returning. Keeps low and hits da Silva on the gloves trying to pull, down into the ground, da Silva has to come down on the ball. Then he’s hit in the solar plexus, ball jagging back in. Drops to his knees for a moment, Cummins just turns and walks back to bowl. Finally da Silva gets onto a pull shot square, though it only brings him one. Hodge gets one squeezed off his pad via the edge.

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47th over: West Indies 131-5 (Hodge 32, da Silva 35) Now suddenly da Silva is off and going again. Starc comes on and the bowling change suits him, driving an overpitched delivery first up for four, then driving for two more thanks to an overthrow that followed a slow first run. He forces one more off the back foot through cover, a productive over and he’s gone past Hodge’s score. The stand is worth 67.

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46th over: West Indies 124-5 (Hodge 32, da Silva 28) Just the one from Lyon, da Silva finally moving off 27 with a leg-side nudge.

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45th over: West Indies 123-5 (Hodge 32, da Silva 27) Green bowls on as evening encroaches, Hodge happy to prop forward and block. The sun is close to dipping behind the roof of the stadium. The whole playing surface is in shadow now, just some of the seats getting some final golden rays. Mitch Marsh is back on the field after going off earlier. Hodge thinks about hooking a bouncer but bails out, huge lift from Green going miles over the bat. No run from the over.

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44th over: West Indies 123-5 (Hodge 32, da Silva 27) Lyon to continue, over the wicket to the right-handed Hodge, giving them some loop. Hodge is respectful when the line is straighter, but when Lyon slips too wide he throws the bat and strikes it square through point for four. Lyon switches to around the wicket immediately, wanting to keep that suffocating line at the stumps. Slip, leg slip, short leg waiting as Hodge drives a run to long on.

Another position passed on now that David Warner is gone: it’s now the age of Two Hats Khawaja. He’s doing it his own way, wearing Alex Carey’s cap backwards over his own cap with the brim forwards, as Carey dons the helmet keeping up to the stumps.

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43rd over: West Indies 118-5 (Hodge 27, da Silva 27) Green is just placing the ball outside off stump at the moment, well fielded by Lyon at point diving across after da Silva’s back-foot punch. That’s after a bouncer gets called wide for height. It’s the only run from the over.

The crowd figure is given as 22,398 – a Gabba record for Day 1 against West Indies.

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42nd over: West Indies 117-5 (Hodge 27, da Silva 27) Thanks Jim. This is a nice recovery for the Windies now, the partnership up to 53 as Hodge back-cuts Lyon to the rope after a couple of singles.

West Indies’ Kavem Hodge cuts to the boundary on day one of the second Test at The Gabba.
West Indies’ Kavem Hodge cuts to the boundary on day one of the second Test at The Gabba. Photograph: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

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41st over: West Indies 111-5 (Hodge 22, da Silva 26) No wickets for Green so his solo celebration will have to wait. Loins girded for that one. A couple of runs to Da Silva and my work here is done, Geoff Lemon is here to guide you into the gloaming…

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40th over: West Indies 109-5 (Hodge 22, da Silva 24) Lyon whirls away after drinks. Da Silva tucks him down to mid-on for a single. Ah, now Cameron Green is coming into the attack. He’s got the ’rona poor chap and must be having a weird experience out there as he’s doing some half impression of isolating whilst very much playing in a Test match. If he gets a wicket he’ll be left to celebrate on his toddle?

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39th over: West Indies 107-5 (Hodge 21, da Silva 23) A fifth maiden for Hazlewood, Da Silva reining in his attacking attentions and showcasing some stout defence. Shadows getting chunkier at the Gabba and it is time for a drink.

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38th over: West Indies 107-5 (Hodge 21, da Silva 23) Two runs off Lyon. This has been a battling last hour for West Indies.

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37th over: West Indies 105-5 (Hodge 20, da Silva 21) Hazlewood stitches together his fourth maiden. He has 1-14 from his ten overs. My front room is slightly more eventful as the toddler refuses to put trousers on and starts a a bare buttocked stomp of protest. Such fun.

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36th over: West Indies 105-5 (Hodge 20, da Silva 22) Double change – Nathan Lyon is summoned for a sundown twirl. A slip, leg slip, and a short leg crowding the bat. Da Silva rocks back in his crease and flicks a single.

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35th over: West Indies 104-5 (Hodge 20, da Silva 21) Hazlewood returns and is miserly as per. Da Silva takes on a short ball but doesn’t get a good piece of it, the ball dropping in the turf and allowing a single to be scampered.

Australia’s Josh Hazlewood bowls on day one of the Second Test v West Indies at The Gabba.
Australia’s Josh Hazlewood bowls on day one of the Second Test v West Indies at The Gabba. Photograph: Chris Hyde/CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images

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34th over: West Indies 103-5 (Hodge 20, da Silva 19) Just a single off Marsh. Sun beginning to bid farewell in Brisbane. The bins are being emptied in the murk outside my window in London. I’m glad I’m not me.

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Over in Hyderabad… play that Jonny!

33rd over: West Indies 101-5 (Hodge 20, da Silva 19) Cummins is going to go for some shock and awe, but with three fielders placed out on the rope the former is pretty well signposted. One particularly wild delivery is just hauled in by Alex Carey above his head and called a wide by the umpire. If West Indies can deprive Australia of wickets and build partnerships then they can frustrate and build a semi-decent total. At the minute they are still in the skittling danger zone. Hodge drives for two to bring the ton up for West Indies.

Kavem Hodge tried to rebuild the West Indies innings on day one of the Second Test at the Gabba.
Kavem Hodge tried to rebuild West Indies’ innings on day one of the Second Test at the Gabba. Photograph: Jono Searle/AAP

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32nd over: West Indies 97-5 (Hodge 18, da Silva 18) Marsh thunders in, he’s one of life’s reluctant bowlers, somewhere in the mould of Jacques Kallis. I think he admitted as much when he was mic’d up during the Adelaide Test. He gives it his all though and is on the moolah from the off. Da Silva works off his pads for a single, the only action of the over.

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31st over: West Indies 96-5 (Hodge 18, da Silva 17) Cummins reels off his eight over, he hasn’t been as dangerous as Starc and Hazlewood so far today. Still, he’s tidy enough, just a single off the over as the shadows begin to elongate across the outfield. Mitch Marsh and his splendidly feathered mullet are coming on for a bowl.

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30th over: West Indies 95-5 (Hodge 18, da Silva 16) More positive intent from West Indies after the break, they are having a decent thirty minutes here. Starc slams one into the middle of the pitch and Hodge decides to take it on, getting the swivel pull out and executing it very well – the ball soaring into the coloured seats. Sixer!

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29th over: West Indies 87-5 (Hodge 11, da Silva 15) QuickDaSilva! Back to back boundaries for the keeper-batter, off Pat Cummins no less. A bouncer is smashed away on the pull shot and the following full ball is driven powerfully back down the ground for four more. Counterpunch, lovely stuff.

Josh Da Silva leads West Indies fightback on day one of the second Test against Australia at the Gabba.
Josh Da Silva leads West Indies fightback on day one of the second Test against Australia at the Gabba. Photograph: Pat Hoelscher/AFP/Getty Images

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28th over: West Indies 79-5 (Hodge 11, da Silva 7) Mitch Starc nearly adds to his haul – Hodge fences at a steepling ball and just manages to get it wide of the gargantuan Green in the gully and away for four. Cummins has put two slips and two gullies in place and Hodge plops one just short of the latter – another short ball – another spliced edge but somehow lands safe.

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27th over: West Indies 72-5 (Hodge 3, da Silva 6) Pat Cummins hurtles in to Da Silva who goes back and across and gets a thick edge wide of Green prowling in the gully. The visitors pick up three runs.

More good news from Brisbane, with now only a 40% chance of rain on Saturday and the estimated rainfall amount for Sunday decreasing. Should be plenty of time for a result. It wasn’t looking good earlier in the week. #ausvwi

— Rory Burnside (@RoryBurnside) January 25, 2024

The forecasters piling in on West Indies now too is it?

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26th over: West Indies 69-5 (Hodge 5, da Silva 3) Here come the players after some scran – Mitch Starc has four balls left in the over. West Indies need their tail to wag like a happily hopped up Hungarian Puli. Joshua da Silva is the new batter and he’s off the mark right away with a lean into the covers. Starc goes full off the next ball and Da Silva mis-times a drive down the ground but still comes back for two.

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Lunch/tea time reading/plugging:

“Not right away of course, but the game had him in its clutches. Anyone who has ever tossed themselves an apple from the fruit bowl and imagined that they’ve just held a skier at the SCG or spun a nectarine from one hand to the other a la Shane Warne at the top of his mark will recognise what came next. Joseph bowled with anything he could get his hands on. At first this was lemons, limes and guava, later it was ad hoc games with a ball made of tightly wound tape.”

Arf Arf.

Right, I’ll be back soon. Time to get my Catherine Zeta Jones in Entrapment* on and sneak past my sleeping toddler’s bedroom to brew some strong coffee. Wish me luck.

Feel free to drop me a line if you are tuning in. We might well be here for a good time rather than a long time judging by the last few hours. I’m on email and Twitter/ X and will have a sift through the OBO mailbag ‘pon my caffeinated return.

*Whaddya mean that’s not a very current pop culture reference?

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Afternoon Tea/Dinner Break – West Indies 64-5

Pat Cummins, sporting Judge Dredd style shades, gives a brief interview whilst leaving the pitch. Fair to say he’s pleased with the last few hours’ work. He’s full of praise for Mr 350 – Mitchell Starc:

350, that’s a lot. He was so impressive there. He is the most resilient bowler, always wants to play, even sometimes when he shouldn’t”

WICKET! Greaves c Khawaja b Starc 6 (West Indies 64-5)

Starc has another on the stroke of the afternoon tea break! Greaves offering a low edge that is well scooped by Khawaja at first slip. That’s five edges and five catches in the first session and Australia stride off the Gabba turf in full control of this match. The visitors will have to dig in under lights (if they even make it to sun down) later on to make a fist of this.

Mitchell Starc takes his third wicket, Justin Greaves for six, on day one of the Second Test v West Indies.
Mitchell Starc takes his third wicket, Justin Greaves for six, on day one of the Second Test v West Indies.
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25th over: West Indies 64-4 (Hodge 3, Greaves 6) Josh Hazlewood would have had his fourth maiden of the morning but for overstepping with his size 11s to give away a no ball. He has 1-13 off his eight overs so far. Tidy.

24th over: West Indies 63-4 (Hodge 3, Greaves 6) West Indies really can’t afford to lose another before the interval, they’ve got a couple of overs to cling on. They’ve still got the tricky gloaming period to encounter a bit later on too. Greaves eases a couple in front of point off Starc.

23rd over: West Indies 61-4 (Hodge 3, Greaves 4) Hazelwood. You guessed it. Maiden.

350 magic moments* for Mitchell Starc:

*One for the Perry Como ultras out there.

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22nd over: West Indies 61-4 (Hodge 3, Greaves 4) Justin Greaves – a fellow debutant with Shamar Joseph at Adelaide – joins Hodge in the middle. Shot! Greaves plays the shot of the morning so far to his very first ball, driving Starc elegantly through the covers for an emphatic four. Starc has a rueful grin on his face, he takes his baggy green from the umpire and lomps down to fine leg where he receives a hearty cheer from the Gabba faithful.

WICKET! Alick Athanaze c Carey b Starc 8 (West Indies 57-4)

Mitch Starc racks up his 350th Test wicket! Alick Athanaze the unfortunate milestone man, prodding at a length ball and getting a big ol’ snick through to Carey. The Aussie players mob Starc, a lovely moment for the big leftie.

Mitchell Starc takes the wicket of Alick Athanaze as West Indies slump on Day 1 of the Second Test.
Mitchell Starc takes the wicket of Alick Athanaze as West Indies slump on Day 1 of the Second Test. Photograph: Darren England/AAP

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21st over: West Indies 57-3 (Athanaze 8, Hodge 3) Josh Hazlewood is a master. He puts together a devilish maiden, targeting pads, stumps and the outside edge. Giving Hodge’s technique the interrogation treatment.

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