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Old 24th February 2017, 11:34   #181
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This is why I love Test cricket. There are so many possible outcomes, scenarios. As someone said Kohli is one guy who could come back in the second innings and produce an amazing innings and help chase down a huge total.
We were given no hope before this series started, to even just put a scare into India, which I don't think the English team did when they toured, will be a bonus. To not lose as badly as the Englishmen will also be a bonus.
Regardless how it pans out I just hope there are some exciting matches played on this tour.
Best of luck to both sides.
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Old 24th February 2017, 11:47   #182
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This is why I love Test cricket. There are so many possible outcomes, scenarios. As someone said Kohli is one guy who could come back in the second innings and produce an amazing innings and help chase down a huge total.
We were given no hope before this series started, to even just put a scare into India, which I don't think the English team did when they toured, will be a bonus. To not lose as badly as the Englishmen will also be a bonus.
Regardless how it pans out I just hope there are some exciting matches played on this tour.
Best of luck to both sides.
Aside from the (perhaps) unnecessary dig at the English, I agree wholeheartedly. I had settled in for a month of Aus just being pulverized. Whatever the result of this match India are still favourites in the 3 upcoming test, I'm just glad that the prospect of a contest now seems quite likely.
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Old 24th February 2017, 12:01   #183
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Unnecessary and untrue. England had India in trouble in the first Test and could have won the game with more inventive leadership.

India appear to have screwed up here, this pitch makes even Australian spin bowlers look like worldbeaters. Don't they remember the strip on which Michael Clarke wreacked havoc all those years ago? Learn your lessons, a decent pitch allows runs to be scored while India's spinners will get more out of it than Australia's. This pitch levels that playing field.
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Old 24th February 2017, 12:16   #184
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Remember the uproar when we went to neutral umpires ? Imagine the outcry if they went one step further and also went to neutral venues !
And don't worry about the English because I am having a dig at them, they have made having a dig at every other nationality in the world an artform, and they have broad shoulders, they can handle it.
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Old 24th February 2017, 12:25   #185
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Remarkable days cricket in Pune. I think Australia have plenty of runs already.
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Old 24th February 2017, 12:30   #186
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Australia well on top. Ordinary effort from India with the bat and in the field.
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Old 24th February 2017, 12:31   #187
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Remarkable days cricket in Pune. I think Australia have plenty of runs already.
Hopefully. But Kholi scares me.
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Old 24th February 2017, 12:39   #188
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India appear to have screwed up here, this pitch makes even Australian spin bowlers look like worldbeaters. Don't they remember the strip on which Michael Clarke wreacked havoc all those years ago? Learn your lessons, a decent pitch allows runs to be scored while India's spinners will get more out of it than Australia's. This pitch levels that playing field.
O'Keefe has taken 23 wicksts @ 18.13 in FC games in India. Along with his over all record of 225 wickets @ 23.81 across a 12 year FC career. Continue to underestimate him at your peril, like India have.

India won that test. What is remarkable here is that Australia have out-performed India with the bat. We have a superior fast bowling and fielding unit, but India shouldn't be conceding a 160 run first innings lead to this Australian batting line up.
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Old 24th February 2017, 12:45   #189
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To use my favourite Strine expression, Rahul stood out there like a Bandicoot on a burnt ridge in his batting performance
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Old 24th February 2017, 13:42   #190
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He's actually a good wicketkeeper you know. Think he's gonna prove a lot of people wrong on this tour.
Has improved for sure. If he keeps improving like this, by the time he's finished he might end up a serviceable club keeper lol. Not his fault of course, you can only play to your ability, and if they keep picking you...
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Old 24th February 2017, 13:51   #191
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Happy for SOK. Been performing year after year, but always overlooked and at times it has appeared they would prefer anyone else (Beer, Doherty, Agar). Not sure why, perhaps he just doesn't look good enough (gets wickets though).

Nice to see Warne put in his place again.
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Old 24th February 2017, 13:55   #192
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Happy for SOK. Been performing year after year, but always overlooked and at times it has appeared they would prefer anyone else (Beer, Doherty, Agar). Not sure why, perhaps he just doesn't look good enough (gets wickets though).

Nice to see Warne put in his place again.
I only saw a small amount live this morning but I noted that Warne said that Lyon should have been on before him as he was a more likely wicket-taking threat, so yeah.
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Old 24th February 2017, 14:02   #193
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O'Keefe has taken 23 wicksts @ 18.13 in FC games in India. Along with his over all record of 225 wickets @ 23.81 across a 12 year FC career. Continue to underestimate him at your peril, like India have.

India won that test. What is remarkable here is that Australia have out-performed India with the bat. We have a superior fast bowling and fielding unit, but India shouldn't be conceding a 160 run first innings lead to this Australian batting line up.
Yes England dropped 18 catches and gave away over 900 runs. Useless fielding.

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Old 24th February 2017, 14:08   #194
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Good stuff from the Aussies. Bossed this game
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Old 24th February 2017, 14:22   #195
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Indeed. With so much time left in the match, anything's possible; so Australia will want to bat for as long as they can tomorrow.
Very true, remember back in 09 i think it was, india chased 380 odd to beat England, on this deck its not looking like its going to be possible and they will probably out cheaply but never give a sucker an even break, especially in their own backyard, theres plenty of time, id like to see a lead of 400+.
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Old 24th February 2017, 14:25   #196
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How good is Steve Smiths average in India of over 90! he just loves it over there.
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Old 24th February 2017, 14:37   #197
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How good is Steve Smiths average in India of over 90! he just loves it over there.
Go easy, only his fourth test over there, and he is yet to make a ton. This innings is worth a ton though, that's for sure. Very consistent, for all his perceived 'weaknesses' he still averages 41+ in every country.
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Yes England dropped 18 catches and gave away over 900 runs. Useless fielding.

Loved O'Keefe since http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Sc...59/259151.html
That's brutal. Why bother turning up? Surprised there wasn't more criticism of the fielding coach and players post series. Instead most of the blame went to the spinners who were having these catches dropped off them.
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I don't understand India preparing such a rank turner - they tried that with England a few years ago, only to discover that it back fired. If you already have world class spinners, why prepare a pitch which enables less talented spinners to make the ball turn square?
Agree. Australia has outplayed India so far, so fair enough to be in a dominant position but when you've got the better side you want a balanced wicket without too much advantage to winning the toss. Of course the collapses to 44/3 then especially of 11/7 after tea have put India in worlds of trouble but losing the toss then being rather unlucky just to take one wicket in the opening session set the position up.
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That's brutal. Why bother turning up? Surprised there wasn't more criticism of the fielding coach and players post series. Instead most of the blame went to the spinners who were having these catches dropped off them.
Half the drops to spinners and half to seamers. Bayliss was the fielding coach.
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