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square leg umpire 22nd September 2018 16:20

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sir Coolerking (Post 807478)
There is an art to swing and seam bowling which involves getting the ball to do enough but not too much. The unplayable delivery rarely takes a wicket, it just beats the edge comfortably. Anderson has long since realised this, I don't think Shami has.

Probably why Anderson takes the Pavilion end at Lords when swing bowlers normally prefer the Nursery end. At he Nursery end the ball does too much and the batsman either leaves or plays and misses. At the Pavilion end it often does just enough to find the edge.

Ali TT 11th October 2018 08:40

In the recent World t20 qualifiers in Asia, Nepali legspinner Sandeep Lamichhane took 20 wickets off 17 overs at an average of...

2.05!!!

1000yardstare 14th October 2018 12:18

Jason Holder's bowling.....

At the end of 2017 his bowling average was 38.52 econ 2.58 s/r 89.2. He had taken 1 5fer in his 29 Tests.

6 Tests in 2018 with his average down to 28.30 with 4 5fers.
33 wickets at 11.87!!!

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/...ream-year-ball

1000yardstare 14th October 2018 14:22

Bowlers still bowling

565 - Anderson (36)
433 - Broad (32)
421 - Steyn (35)
417 - Harbhajan (38)
342 - Ashwin (32)
326 - Lyon (31)
261 - Sharma (30)
227 - Southee (29)
222 - Boult (29)
214 - Siddle (33)
205 - Philander (33), Al Hasan (31)
202 - Shah (32)

191 - Starc
185 - Jadeja
166 - Roach
163 - Ali
155 - Hazelwood
152 - Wagner
151 - Rabada
147 - Perera
133 - Shami
130 - Taylor
125 - Finn
121 - Lakmal
120 - Gabriel
118 - Yadav
117 - Stokes, Bishoo
107 - Amir

1000yardstare 4th November 2018 13:59

An update on ODI fast bowlers updated 14 December 2018

9 ODIs - 18 wickets at 15.27 econ 4.66 s/r 19.6 - U Khan (24)
4 ODIs - 10 wickets at 19.80 econ 5.68 s/r 20.9 - de Lange (23)
14 ODIs - 18 wickets at 20.33 econ 4.28 s/r 28.5 - Ashraf (24)
40 ODIs - 73 wickets at 20.56 econ 4.58 s/r 26.9 - Rahman (23)
32 ODIs - 56 wickets at 20.58 econ 4.55 s/r 27.1 - H Hassan (29)
44 ODIs - 78 wickets at 21.01 econ 4.44 s/r 28.3 - Bumrah (24)
75 ODIs - 145 wickets at 21.44 econ 4.95 s/r 25.9 - Starc (28)
29 ODIs - 47 wickets at 21.57 econ 5.07 s/r 25.5 - Davey (26)
38 ODIs - 73 wickets at 22.39 econ 5.23 s/r 25.6 - Hasan Ali (24)
16 ODIs - 27 wickets at 23.00 econ 5.84 s/r 26.5 - Bennett (30)
13 ODIs - 26 wickets at 23.03 econ 5.56 s/r 24.8 - Ngidi (22)
10 ODIs - 16 wickets at 23.50 econ 4.33 s/r 32.5 - Wheal (21)
22 ODIs - 46 wickets at 23.89 econ 5.78 s/r 24.7 - McCarthy (25)
6 ODIs - 11 wickets at 24.00 econ 5.07 s/r 28.3 - K Ahmed (20)
36 ODIs - 68 wickets at 25.01 econ 5.56 s/r 26.9 - Henry (26)
49 ODIs - 60 wickets at 25.03 econ 6.06 s/r 24.7 - C Anderson (26)
44 ODIs - 72 wickets at 25.15 econ 4.73 s/r 31.8 - Hazlewood (27)
14 ODIs - 22 wickets at 25.18 econ 4.84 s/r 31.1 - Pretorius (29)
69 ODIs - 126 wickets at 25.39 econ 5.15 s/r 29.5 - Boult (29)
10 ODIs - 16 wickets at 25.62 econ 5.31 s/r 28.9 - Topley (22)
121 ODIs - 192 wickets at 25.70 econ 4.87 s/r 31.6 - Steyn (35)
52 ODIs - 94 wickets at 26.05 econ 5.55 s/r 28.1 - Shami (28)
57 ODIs - 93 wickets at 26.10 econ 5.00 s/r 31.3 - Rabada (23)
12 ODIs - 7 wickets at 26.14 econ 6.10 s/r 25.7 - Shanaka (27)
22 ODIs - 38 wickets at 26.60 econ 5.36 s/r 29.7 - Coulter-Nile (31)
12 ODIs - 19 wickets at 26.73 econ 5.09 s/r 31.4 - Kulkarni (28)
58 ODIs - 83 wickets at 27.18 econ 4.77 s/r 34.1 - Rankin (34)
70 ODIs - 104 wickets at 27.30 econ 5.20 s/r 31.4 - JKhan (28)
2 ODIs - 4 wickets at 27.75 econ 7.78 s/r 21.0 - McCoy (21)
19 ODIs - 32 wickets at 27.78 econ 5.65 s/r 29.5 - Ferguson (27)
109 ODIs - 135 wickets at 28.06 econ 4.89 s/r 34.3 - Maharoof (32)
47 ODIs - 82 wickets at 28.20 econ 5.94 s/r 28.4 - McClenaghan (30)
11 ODIs - 18 wickets at 28.61 econ 6.22 s/r 27.5 - T Curran (22)
210 ODIs - 311 wickets at 28.71 econ 5.30 s/r 32.4 - Malinga (35)
19 ODIs - 25 wickets at 28.76 econ 4.90 s/r 35.1 - Alam (25)
80 ODIs - 114 wickets at 29.05 econ 5.00 s/r 34.7 - Roach (30)
65 ODIs - 94 wickets at 29.12 econ 5.64 s/r 30.9 - Parnell (27)
130 ODIs - 179 wickets at 29.34 econ 5.19 s/r 33.8 - Gul (32)
69 ODIs - 102 wickets at 29.37 econ 5.06 s/r 34.8 - Finn (28)
90 ODIs - 128 wickets at 29.53 econ 5.22 s/r 33.9 - Taylor (33)
42 ODIs - 65 wickets at 29.73 econ 5.31 s/r 33.6 - Cummins (25)
74 ODIs - 115 wickets at 29.77 econ 5.86 s/r 30.4 - Plunkett (33)
68 ODIs - 92 wickets at 29.83 econ 5.35 s/r 33.4 - Zadran (29)
29 ODIs - 42 wickets at 29.90 econ 5.07 s/r 35.3 - Hastings (31)
121 ODIs - 178 wickets at 30.13 econ 5.26 s/r 34.3 - Broad (32)
16 ODIs - 22 wickets at 30.31 econ 5.04 s/r 36.0 - Bracewell (27)
22 ODIs - 25 wickets at 30.36 econ 5.27 s/r 34.5 - Jongwe (21)
61 ODIs - 85 wickets at 30.44 econ 5.18 s/r 35.2 - Chatara (27)
145 ODIs - 163 wickets at 30.61 econ 5.82 s/r 31.5 - Perera (29)
80 ODIs - 113 wickets at 30.64 econ 5.51 s/r 33.3 - Woakes (29)
60 ODIs - 83 wickets at 30.71 econ 4.91 s/r 37.4 - Irfan (34)
34 ODIs - 43 wickets at 30.81 econ 5.74 s/r 32.1 - Phehlukwayo (22)
69 ODIs - 96 wickets at 30.85 econ 5.53 s/r 33.4 - Faulkner (27)
28 ODIs - 34 wickets at 30.91 econ 4.83 s/r 38.3 - Abbott (29)
80 ODIs - 115 wickets at 30.98 econ 5.72 s/r 32.4 - Sharma (29)
32 ODIs - 45 wickets at 31.13 econ 5.94 s/r 31.4 - T Ahmed (22)
46 ODIs - 58 wickets at 31.20 econ 4.74 s/r 39.4 - Amir (26)
43 ODIs - 53 wickets at 31.24 econ 4.50 s/r 41.6 - Murtagh (37)
202 ODIs - 258 wickets at 31.36 econ 4.80 s/r 39.1 - Mortaza (35)
13 ODIs - 19 wickets at 31.42 econ 5.37 s/r 35.0 - S Khan (32)
81 ODIs - 105 wickets at 31.62 econ 5.40 s/r 35.1 - Lakmal (31)
18 ODIs - 27 wickets at 31.62 econ 5.48 s/r 34.6 - Richardson (27)
3 ODIs - 4 wickets at 31.75 econ 4.88 s/r 39.0 - Afridi (18)
51 ODIs - 64 wickets at 32.28 econ 5.84 s/r 33.1 - Russell (28)
18 ODIs - 21 wickets at 32.66 econ 5.74 s/r 34.0 - Eranga (30)
7 ODIs - 12 wickets at 32.66 econ 6.07 s/r 32.2 - Tye (31)
95 ODIs - 121 wickets at 32.68 econ 5.60 s/r 34.9 - Rubel Hossain (28)
85 ODIs - 112 wickets at 33.05 econ 5.47 s/r 36.2 - Holder (26)
9 ODIs - 14 wickets at 33.14 econ 6.01 s/r 33.0 - Raees (26)
6 ODIs - 8 wickets at 33.62 econ 6.30 s/r 32.0 - Cottrell (28)
75 ODIs - 106 wickets a 33.63 econ 6.01 s/r 33.5 - Yadav (31)
184 ODIs - 199 wickets at 33.92 econ 4.90 s/r 41.5 - Kulasekara (34)
18 ODIs - 23 wickets at 34.00 econ 5.59 s/r 36.4 - Gabriel (29)
4 ODIs - 6 wickets at 34.00 econ 7.28 s/r 28.0 - Thomas (21)
1 ODI - 1 wicket at 34.00 econ 4.85 s/r 42.0 - Roland-Jones (29)
16 ODIs - 24 wickets at 34.08 econ 6.48 s/r 31.5 - Joseph (21)
133 ODs - 176 wickets at 34.14 econ 5.40 s/r 37.8 - Southee (29)
196 ODIs - 114 wickets at 34.21 econ 4.61 s/r 44.4 - Mathews (30)
79 ODIs - 102 wickets at 34.34 econ 5.68 s/r 36.2 - Riaz (31)
48 ODIs - 37 wickets at 34.54 econ 5.14 s/r 40.2 - Naib (27)
42 ODIs - 48 wickets at 34.68 econ 5.67 s/r 36.6 - Willey (28)
6 ODI - 9 wickets at 35.11 econ 6.44 s/r 32.6 - Wiese (30)
31 ODIs - 43 wickets at 35.37 econ 5.95 s/r 35.6 - Jordan (27)
53 ODIs - 44 wickets at 35.54 econ 5.52 s/r 38.6 - Marsh (26)
24 ODIs - 32 wickets at 35.90 econ 5.77 s/r 37.2 - Vitori (27)
5 ODIs - 6 wickets at 36.33 econ 6.08 s/r 35.8 - Thakur (26)
56 ODIs - 3 wickets at 36.41 econ 5.87 s/r 37.1 - Islam (27)
4 ODIs - 7 wickets at 36.42 econ 6.37 s/r 34.2 - Tremain (25)
7 ODIs - 7 wickets at 36.42 econ 5.79 s/r 37.7 - Mulder (20)
17 ODIs - 18 wickets at 36.44 econ 5.42 s/r 40.3 - Muzarabani (21)
14 ODIs - 18 wickets at 36.55 econ 5.81 s/r 37.7 - R Ali (27)
76 ODIs - 87 wickets at 36.90 econ 5.42 s/r 40.8 - Mpofu (31)
41 ODIs - 34 wickets at 38.02 econ 6.51 s/r 35.0 - Neesham (26)
95 ODIs - 99 wickets at 38.22 econ 4.98 s/r 45.9 - BKumar (28)
6 ODIs - 7 wickets at 38.28 econ 5.61 s/r 42.0 - Stanlake (23)
6 ODIs - 7 wickets at 38.42 econ 5.34 s/r 43.1 - Sran (23)
40 ODIs - 41 wickets at 38.56 econ 5.26 s/r 43.9 - Milne (25)
4 ODIs - 7 wickets at 38.71 econ 7.32 s/r 31.7 - Richardson (21)
23 ODIs - 33 wickets at 38.72 econ 6.67 s/r 34.7 - Chase (24)
22 ODIs - 19 wickets at 39.00 econ 5.24 s/r 44.5 - Chameera (26)
31 ODIs - 35 wickets at 39.51 econ 5.92 s/r 40.0 - Pradeep (31)
40 ODIs - 45 wickets at 40.26 econ 5.61 s/r 43.0 - Jarvis (29)
34 ODIs - 35 wickets at 40.42 econ 5.61 s/r 43.2 - Morris (30)
42 ODIs - 40 wickets at 40.95 econ 5.55 s/r 44.2 - Pandya (24)
75 ODIs - 58 wickets at 41.13 econ 6.09 s/r 40.5 - Stokes (27)
190 ODIs - 94 wickets at 41.42 econ 5.79 s/r 42.8 - Chigumbura (30)
21 ODIs - 18 wickets at 43.38 econ 6.05 s/r 43.0 - Stonis (29)
11 ODIs - 7 wickets at 43.71 econ 5.18 s/r 50.5 - Henriques (30)
9 ODIs - 9 wickets at 43.55 econ 5.85 s/r 44.6 - Gamage (29)
2 ODIs - 3 wickets at 43.66 econ 6.55 s/r 40.0 - Mennie (27)
24 ODIs - 20 wckets at 44.25 econ 5.88 s/r 45.1 - Tripano (30)
3 ODIs - 4 wickets at 45.00 econ 6.70 s/r 40.2 - Paterson (28)
2 ODIs - 2 wickets at 45.00 econ 7.50 s/r 36.0 - S Curran (20)
11 ODIs - 11 wickets at 45.27 econ 5.88 s/r 46.1 - Paul (20)
14 ODIs - 16 wickets at 45.31 econ 6.07 s/r 44.7 - Boland (27)
3 ODIs - 2 wickets at 46.00 econ 5.81 s/r 47.5 - Rajitha (25)
65 ODIs - 65 wickets at 46.52 econ 5.59 s/r 49.8 - Panyangara (30)
18 ODIs - 21 wickets at 46.66 econ 6.20 s/r 45.0 - Ball (27)
23 ODIs - 21 wickets at 47.47 econ 5.72 s/r 49.7 - Brathwaite (28)
35 ODIs - 34 wickets at 48.50 econ 5.53 s/r 52.6 - Wood (28)
22 ODIs - 13 wickets at 50.07 econ 5.16 s/r 58.1 - Grandhomme (32)
22 ODIs - 18 wickets at 52.44 econ 6.11 s/r 51.5 - A Ali (28)
11 ODIs - 9 wickets at 52.66 econ 6.32 s/r 50.0 - Cummins (27)
2 ODIs - 2 wickets at 60.00 econ 7.20 s/r 50.0 - Neser (28)
7 ODIs - 6 wickets at 60.33 econ 7.86 s/r 46.0 - Kumara (21)
4 ODIs - 3 wickets at 62.66 econ 5.52 s/r 68.00 - Williams (27)
4 ODIs - 2 wickets at 77.00 econ 5.92 s/r 78.0 - Yamin (27)
4 ODIs - 1 wicket at 97.00 econ 6.06 s/r 96.0 - Stone (25)
3 ODIs - 1 wicket at 171.00 econ 6.49 s/r 158.0 - Worrall (25)

1000yardstare 4th November 2018 17:26

Malcolm Marshall 18 April 1958 - 4 November 1999
http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine...ry/467701.html

1000yardstare 5th November 2018 15:51

A great thread to read (if you have the time, 43 pages though)

DoG's Top 100 Test Bowlers Countdown Thread 100-1

http://www.cricketweb.net/forum/cric...d-100-1-a.html

Ali TT 8th November 2018 23:18

Uttar Pradesh spinner Shiva Singh was dead balled in a match this week for doing a full, 360deg twirl during his run up. The umpire adjudged that it was a deliberate distraction to the batsman, despite protests from the bowler and his captain.

Perhaps he'll be following Graeme Swann onto the dancefloor.

aNarcHy2day 9th November 2018 08:33

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ali TT (Post 813294)
Uttar Pradesh spinner Shiva Singh was dead balled in a match this week for doing a full, 360deg twirl during his run up. The umpire adjudged that it was a deliberate distraction to the batsman, despite protests from the bowler and his captain.

Perhaps he'll be following Graeme Swann onto the dancefloor.

It's quite interesting. I haven't decided where I fall on this debate.

Sir Coolerking 9th November 2018 09:36

6 different wicket takers for England in this Test. I'm wondering if we've done that quite recently or not?

Summer of '77 9th November 2018 10:20

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sir Coolerking (Post 813327)
6 different wicket takers for England in this Test. I'm wondering if we've done that quite recently or not?

As recent as is possible. In both innings.

Sir Coolerking 9th November 2018 10:56

Quote:

Originally Posted by Summer of '77 (Post 813335)
As recent as is possible. In both innings.

Haha, I nailed that question!!

1000yardstare 10th November 2018 16:25

Wickets after the age of 30... if anyone could beat Herath's record it would be a spinner. Ashwin 143

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/eng...type=bowl ing

luckyluke 10th November 2018 17:37

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1000yardstare (Post 813505)
Wickets after the age of 30... if anyone could beat Herath's record it would be a spinner. Ashwin 143

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/eng...type=bowl ing

Jimmy could do it

1000yardstare 22nd November 2018 23:37

Saw this in Wisden taken from Cricviz
Accuracy and Movement Oct 16 to Oct 18

Accuracy (percentage of deliveries on a good line and length)
1 Hazelwood 45.2
2 Abbas 44.7
3 Philander 44.6
4 Broad 43.7
5 Anderson 43.0
6 Kumar 41.7
7 Bumrah 40.8
8 Sharma 40.0
9 Southee 38.8
10 Amir 38.5
11 Lakmal 38.2
12 Shami 37.5
13 Morkel 36.0
14 Rabada 34.5
15 Holder 33.8
16 Boult 33.6
17 Cummins 33.0
18 Gabriel 32.9
19 Yadav 31.7
20 Roach 29.9
21 Rahman 28.8
22 Riaz 28.8
23 Starc 24.5
24 Stokes 23.3
25 Wagner 16.0

Movement (average angle of swing and seam movement)
1 Sharma 1.886
2 Stokes 1.740
3 Anderson 1.737
4 Kumar 1.723
5 Philander 1.583
6 Lakmal 1.557
7 Rahman 1.535
8 Starc 1.505
9 Yadav 1.493
10 Holder 1.481
11 Rabada 1.458
12 Shami 1.453
13 Bumrah 1.450
14 Amir 1.447
15 Broad 1.414
16 Morkel 1.379
17 Roach 1.374
18 Hazelwood 1.371
19 Abbas 1.319
20 Boult 1.275
21 Southee 1.262
22 Cummins 1.197
23 Riaz 1.159
24 Gabriel 1.019
25 Wagner 1.017

aNarcHy2day 23rd November 2018 22:22

While I support India, the fact that the following two names that jumped out at me were Indian is a pure coincidence-
Props to Bumrah coz he's probably a yard or so quicker than all the bowlers around him.

Sharma's name at the top of the seam/ swing list is unexpected.

1000yardstare 23rd November 2018 23:17

Quote:

Originally Posted by aNarcHy2day (Post 814786)
While I support India, the fact that the following two names that jumped out at me were Indian is a pure coincidence-
Props to Bumrah coz he's probably a yard or so quicker than all the bowlers around him.

Sharma's name at the top of the seam/ swing list is unexpected.

Overall Sharma was No 1 for his skills - movement, accuracy and pace.

Pace
1 Starc 143.3
2 Cummins 139.35
3 Gabriel 139.20
4 Riaz 138.65
5 Yadav 137.97
6 Rabada 137.82
7 Hazelwood 137.39
8 Boult 137.32
9 Bumrah 137.19
10 Shami 136.98
11 Wagner 135.8
12 Morkel 135.76
13 Sharma 135.19
14 Amir 134.80
15 Stokes 134.54
16 Broad 134.37
17 Southee 133.20
18 Roach 133.0
19 Anderson 132.46
20 Kumar 132.12
21 Lakmal 130.04
22 Abbas 127.69
23 Rahman 127.51
24 Philander 127.40
25 Holder 125.35

1000yardstare 29th November 2018 13:14

How will the Indian bowlers get on in Australia..

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/...stralia-change

slowest_bowler 29th November 2018 18:18

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1000yardstare (Post 814644)

Movement (average angle of swing and seam movement)

I’m not at all clear how this is calculated. Is it an average over all balls bowled of how much they deviate? If so, it’s interesting, but doesn’t tell us anything about the bowlers’ ability to swing/seam one ball but not the next, which a good bowler will do deliberately. It’s easier to face a consistently moving ball than one which may or may not seam or swing.

Likewise, average speed seems a very simplistic measurement. A well disguised slower ball, or an unexpectedly fast yorker or bouncer, is surely more difficult to defend?

1000yardstare 11th December 2018 12:48

CricViz Analysis: Australia v India – The Seam Attacks
by Patrick Noone

The match was billed as a battle between two great seam attacks – arguably the two best in the world – and it did not disappoint. All six of the quick bowlers had an impact on the match, with each picking up at least two wickets as 25 of the 40 wickets in the match fell to pace.

With the new ball, India’s seam trio were more accurate than their Australian counterparts, with each of them bowling a higher percentage of deliveries on a good line and length. Ishant Sharma was the most accurate of all, a phrase that would have been unheard of not long ago; as recently as 2016, Ishant bowled just 36% of his new ball deliveries on a good line and length. To have registered a figure as high as 56% in this match is as clear an indicator as any of the improvement that he has made as a Test bowler.

However, what is also clear is that Ishant’s reinvention has made him a more versatile bowler. As he showed on Day Five with his dismissal of Travis Head, he is capable of cranking it up and getting batsmen out with vicious bouncers – Ishant had not taken a wicket with a ball as short as that (11.2m) since he bounced England out at Lord’s in 2014. To have bowlers who are able to extract wickets from nowhere in benign conditions is the difference between this India seam attack and those that have gone before it.

The conditions in Adelaide did not offer the seamers a great deal of assistance, with the 0.57°of both seam and swing the lowest seen at Adelaide Oval since 2009. Ishant massively outperformed the average in this match, finding 0.8° of swing and 0.7° of seam movement. That was significantly more than every other seamer in the match and only serves to emphasise the size of the task Australia’s batsmen have in facing this Indian seam attack.

As a collective, it was not just their new ball accuracy that defined India’s quicks. This match saw them record the fastest average speed (141.58kph) that any Indian pace attack has recorded in a SENA country Test since records began in 2006. Coupled with the fact that 48% of the balls they bowled were on a good line and length– another all-time high – it is no surprise that this attack has been talked of as the best that India has ever produced.

Australia’s seamers were actually a fraction quicker (142.59kph) than India in the Adelaide Test, but were let down by their relative lack of accuracy with 37% of their deliveries landing on a good line and length. Mitchell Starc was the quickest of all the bowlers on show, with an average speed of 145.14kph throughout the match but his length was erratic. He was unable to nail his trademark yorker with any consistency, pitching only 29% of his deliveries fuller than 6.25m from the batsman’s stumps, the sixth lowest figure he has ever recorded across a Test match.

When he did get it right, Starc was as impressive as ever, picking up three wickets from full balls and two from short balls. It was when he resorted to bowling line and length when he was at his least effective, though he was at least able to keep the run rate down when he bowled in that area. Australia would arguably be better served to use Starc as an out and out strike bowler, encouraging him to bowl either very full or very short in short bursts to maximise his effectiveness.

India have drawn first blood in the series, clinching victory in Adelaide by 31 runs, but the battle between the two seam bowling attacks is far from over. The first Test showed that there is in fact very little between the two sides in that department. Despite India’s win, Australia’s quicks recorded a better economy rate (2.49 compared to India’s 2.69), a higher dot ball percentage (80.2% compared to India’s 77.8%) and the difference in the percentage of false shots drawn was minimal with India recording 17.9% to Australia’s 16.5%.

The home side can therefore perhaps consider themselves a little unlucky to be going to Perth 1-0 down, given the respective performances of the two pace attacks. For Australia, it is a matter of making minor tweaks, such as a clearer definition of Starc’s role that could make a major difference. At this level, it does not take much to shift the balance from one side to the other and Australia could yet find a pitch at the new stadium in Perth a touch more to their liking.

Meanwhile, India will be overjoyed with the way that their seamers hit the ground running at Adelaide Oval. During the recent series in England, a lack of preparation was blamed for India being unable to perform at their best during the early part of the tour. The contrast in Adelaide was stark: this is a bowling unit who have clearly defined roles and the ability to execute them in foreign conditions. They have variation, movement and pace that will cause Australia problems throughout the series. If the hosts weren’t sure if India could match them before the series, there will be no doubts in their minds now.


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