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Australia have assumed an unassailable 3-1 lead in their ODI series at home against Pakistan. The hosts totalled a formidable 353-6 (Warner 130, Maxwell 78, Head 51) then dismissed the tourists 86 runs short of their total, despite Sharjeel Khan’s 74 from 47 deliveries at the top of the order.

Our sole duckee at the Sydney Cricket Ground was Junaid Khan, the last wicket to fall as Josh Hazlewood (3-54) wrapped up victory. Spin bowler Adam Zampa, who has been omitted from Australia’s Test squad to tour India because the selectors accuse him of being a defensive bowler, claimed figures of 3-55 from his full allocation. Zampa now has 33 wickets in 20 ODIs at a very healthy average of just 26.93 but he’s too defensive for Test cricket so the selectors picked Mitchell Swepson instead. Well you can never have enough Mitchells!

Meanwhile in Johannesburg, Sri Lanka have levelled their 3-match T20I series against hosts South Africa. Skipper Angelo Mathews’ 54 not out was the deciding factor and only South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo merits a mention in today’s edition of IDW.

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Ten10 Anybody?

That’s what South Africa and Sri Lanka got up to today after rain prevented any possibility of playing a full-on Twenty20 international.

Sri Lanka’s Thikshila de Silva was our one and only duckee, as the victors fell 19 runs short of the hosts’ total of 126-5.

See you next time for more duck adventures here at IDW 2017!

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There’s only one way to follow a first innings 217 and that’s a fifth ball duck. Step forward Mr Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh. Debutante Subashis Roy also ducked in the second innings. The tourists’ number eleven didn’t bat in the first innings as Bangladesh declared, a decision they may now regret. A last wicket stand might have spared them the ignominy of losing a Test match having declared on 595-8 when batting first!

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The ever impressive Mitchell Marsh lasted all of one delivery whilst batting at the dizzy heights of number four in Australia’s second ODI against Pakistan in Melbourne. Pat Cummins lasted triple Marsh Jnr’s crease occupation but too fell to Mohammad Amir without troubling the scorers. A comfortable six-wicket win was a long awaited victory for the tourists and sees them level the five-match series at 1-1.

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Silva by name, golden by nature. Sri Lanka’s Kaushal Silva was caught behind first ball as Sri Lanka went down by an innings in the third Test in Johannesburg. Lahiru Kumara later followed for a silver duck as South Africa wrapped up a comprehensive 3-0 series victory.

Dislcaimer: Please accept my apologies but due to a lack of resources here at Silly Point and despite my desire for the game to spread globally, I’m unable to commit to International Duck Watch incorporating the Desert T20 Challenge. Having said that, Hong Kong opener Aizaz Khan was run out without facing a ball and that surely merits a mention. Also, If I was doing Big Bash Duck Watch, Perth Scorchers Ian Bell would get a shiny, golden mention!

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In a Test match in Wellington…

… just when you think that you’ve got no work to do, teenage sensation Mehedi Hasan falls to the very last ball of the day, courtesy of some very composed bowling from Neil Wagner!

In a Test match in Johannesburg…

… Temba Bavuma is starting to become a regular in this column and his continued selection will surely only heighten scepticism of South Africa’s selection policy. Rather surprisingly, our loyal club member Suranga Lakmal has so far been unable to get in on the action, leaving the work to Nuwan Pradeep. Pradeep was also responsible for the fall of a runless Vernon Philander who himself was then responsible for the fall of a runless Dimuth Karunaratne

In an ODI in Brisbane…

… Steven Smith, first ball. Mohammad Amir the bowler responsible. Serial Test run struggler Matthew Wade hit a run a ball 100 not out. Following our update on Michael Carberry yesterday, here’s another example of a cancer survivor providing inspiration to many.

Oh and a little extra. Though this column isn’t called International Double-Century Watch, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan surely merits some recognition for his 217 against New Zealand, ably supported by Mushfiqur Rahim’s 159. Bangladesh seem to be holding it together a bit more in Tests at the moment than they do in the pyjama matches.

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Imran Khan, Imran Can’t more like! The Pakistan number eleven lasted all of two deliveries in the third Test against Australia in Sydney before being bowled by Josh Hazlewood.

Pakistan are currently 55-1 with another almighty 410 runs required to avoid a 3-0 series whitewash.

Meanwhile trans Tasman in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand’s Luke Ronchi was dismissed to the very first ball of his side’s T20I against Bangladesh. In the tourists’ reply another opener, Imrul Kayes, technically did worse given the format of the match by using up three deliveries in accumulating exactly no runs.

New Zealand eased home by 47 runs and have so taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series as they attempt to repeat the scoreline from the ODI series that preceded the T20I affair.

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In the third Test in Sydney, Babar Azam was the sole duckee as Pakistan commenced their pursuit of Australia’s first innings total of 538-8 declared. The tourists finished the day on 126-2 so still trailing by 412 runs.

In Cape Town, South Africa look destined for a comfortable win against Sri Lanka despite ducks from serial form lackers Hashim Amla and Temba Bavuma. Our good friend Suranga Lakmal was the man responsible for Amla’s dismissal whilst Temba Bavuma committed the perennial Test match sin of being run out.

We’ll be back tomorrow but only if Emilio Estevez can find us some more Mighty Ducks!