India win world’s biggest game of beach cricket
In an exciting moment for beach cricket purists everywhere, India has just won the first ever beach cricket Test against Australia by a resounding eight wickets.
Long-serving batsman Sachin Tendulkar souvenired a stump and built a sand castle in the middle of the pitch in celebration, while his jubilant team-mates filled buckets and searched for crabs ahead of the presentation ceremony.
The Test was originally planned to be your standard five day affair on a grass pitch, albeit one of the dry and dusty wickets typical in India.
But on arrival at the ground five days ago, the visiting Australians encountered a strip which was clearly composed of a mixture of clay and sand from the adjacent Marina Beach, which runs for 13km along the Chennai coastline.
Players eschewed the classic beachwear of towels and sandals for much of the match, preferring traditional whites, though the Australians adopted the typical beach batting technique of swatting across the line.
This nevertheless led to their downfall, as did their failure to pick an entire team of spinners to suit the local conditions, a tactic the hosts used to great effect alongside the clever tactical ploy of appealing every single ball.
The second Test will be played in Hyderabad in the first week of March, on a pitch made of chakna, the local stew made from goat tripe, liver and kidneys.
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