Derbyshire 81-2 v Australia
Anyone think that this game will result in an exciting last day run chase? Derbyshire declare overnight, Australia forfeit their second innings and we set off in pursuit of 333 to win?
I don't. While the inexperience of the Derbyshire side suggests that we wouldn't get close anyway, I can't see Australia giving us the option. Instead, I think that we will bat on tomorrow, weather permitting, until we are all out or declare, giving their attack a handy work out. Then they will go in again for another knock, allowing those most in need of time in the middle (Michael Clarke?) a chance to do so.
All things being equal, we did not too badly today, albeit aided by twenty extras that boosted the score somewhat artificially. The attack they had out was a good one and we battled, which is what you want a side to do.
It would be good to see the rest of the batting line-up show equal willingness to graft and both Jonathan Clare and David Wainwright need some runs after failing to register with the ball yesterday. Both have endured difficult spells and deserve a good day.
Having said that, there will be neither quarter asked, nor given, against such opponents.
A nailed on draw this one, after the rain. Anything else would be a serious surprise.