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Top 3 International Nail-Biting Test Cricket Matches

Test cricket matches have seen their fair share of nail-biting and tense finishes. Here we take a look at the top 3 international nail biting test cricket matches.

Test cricket matches have seen their fair share of nail-biting and tense finishes, the type of games in which teams are so evenly matched and the outcome is so close.


They are matches that will live long in the memory of those who witnessed them, with those who watched recalling valiant bat or ball efforts from individuals who stepped up when it was most needed.


Some of these test cricket matches are even more exciting than playing at international online casino sites, like those found here: They are simply nail-biting! Let's take a closer look at three of the most nerve-racking matches.


Australia vs England (Edgbaston, 2005)

We can't possibly compile a list like this without including at least one game from England's 2005 Ashes series against Australia. We begin at Edgbaston, where England set a target of 282 for the visitors in the second innings but had them reeling at 175-8 on the fourth day.


Shane Warne and Brett Lee moved the Baggy Green closer to their objective before Warne succumbed with the score at 220. Lee and Michael Kasprowicz, on the other hand, took over and led Australia to 279 points, just three short of a memorable victory.


Unfortunately for Australia, Kasprowicz was bowled by Steve Harmison, who wicketkeeper Geraint Jones comfortably caught, and England won by two runs in the end.

West Indies vs Australia (Adelaide, 1993)

In Adelaide in 1993, one of the greatest Tests of all time took place between an Australia squad on the rise and a West Indies team in apparent decline.


The visitors batted first and made 252 all out before restricting the Australians to 213 all out, mostly due to Merv Hughes and Steve Waugh, who each scored 42 and 43 runs.


The West Indians only made 146 the second tme around, needing 186 to beat the Baggy Green, and they were in serious trouble at 74-7. However, rookie Justin Langer dug in and was aided by No. 10 Tim May to bring their team closer together.


With the score at 144, Langer was dismissed, but May continued his innings with the support of last man Craig McDermott, and the two added 40 runs to push Australia to 184. Junior Murray caught McDermott off Courtney Walsh with only one run needed to level the game, and the visitors triumphed by one run.


It was a fantastic Test match, with the tightest margin of victory ever for a team bowling second.


South Africa vs Sri Lanka (Kandy, 2000)

In Kandy in 2000, South Africa and Sri Lanka played a fantastic match, with the Proteas winning by barely seven runs.


The tourists batted first and reached 253, but the Sri Lankans were only bowled out for 308, thus their lead heading into the second innings was not huge.


South Africa made 231 to set Sri Lanka 177 to win the second time around, and they appeared to be on track when Arjuna Ranatunga struck 88 and Russell Arnold made 40. Nicky Boje, on the other hand, wreaked havoc with his left-arm spin, dismissing both batsmen within 10 overs of one other.


Then Chaminda Vaas was run out, and Muttiah Muralitharan was dismissed from his first ball, just as the Sri Lankans appeared to be on their way home.


South Africa won by seven runs when Sri Lanka was bowled out for 169 runs.