10 Test Matches In 21st Century That Proves That “Tests Are Still The Best”

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#2 England v Australia, Edgbaston, 2005

It has been more than 10 years since this great encounter but the final moments of this game can still give a mini heart-attack to any English, Australian or even a neutral cricket fan. For many, Australia had lost the match on the 3rd day after collapsing to 175/8 in their chase of 282 but as the cricket fans say, Aussies were yet to give up. Shane Warne and Brett Lee began a slow but steady partnership that made the English fans nervous. Warne tragically gout out hit wicket for 42 to break the ice. Australia were still 62 runs behind. It seemed all over again but Michael Kasprowicz produced the best batting performance of his career. With Lee, he almost carried Australia to an epic victory and just when they were 3 away from the target, Kasprowicz fended a Stephen Harmison bouncer to Geraint Jones who kept his calm to pouch a tricky catch. there were scenes of euphoria for the English fans who saw the second narrowest test win possible in terms of runs. In between the crazy celebration, Andrew Flintoff went to console Brett Lee who sunk down to his knees in disappointment. His commiseration for Lee summed up the essence of sportsmanship more beautifully than you can imagine.

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England’s celebrations after the 2 run win against Australia

#1 India v Australia, Kolkata, 2001

If you ever need a test match to teach a kid how not to give up ever in life then show him/her this test match. The tale of India’s comeback in this test (and later the series) is what makes test cricket the best format of the game. It was only the second time in the rich history of test cricket that a team following-on went on to win the test match. The humongous effort of VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid who batted throughout the 4th day of the test to add 376 runs for the 5th wicket keeping one of the world’s best bowling attacks wicketless for a day is one of the greatest stories of comebacks in international cricket. That partnership turned the table in India’s favor and Australia were just like a fish without water. They were shot out for 212 in the final innings and lost the test by 171 runs. It was one of the greatest wins in test history. The result of the game not only affected the series but it also affected the way Australia play their test cricket. If you look at the stats, Australia have almost stopped enforcing follow-ons. Talking about Indian cricket, it observed a rebirth through VVS Laxman’s classy 281 which gave India the will to stamp its authority on world cricket.

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VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid took the attack to the Aussies with a memorable 376 run partnership
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