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Old 1st April 2017, 06:06   #901
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There's an argument that sticking with the front line bowlers (and bowling a fair bit of pace at good economy rates and slower over rates) gave Australia a better shot at saving the game. Did seem a bit odd to me too though.
I heard that too. But in the overs that he did bowl, Maxwell was more economical than Lyon.
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Old 1st April 2017, 11:04   #902
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I heard that too. But in the overs that he did bowl, Maxwell was more economical than Lyon.
Sample size issue, no? You'd assume in advance Lyon more likely to keep runs down and to take a wicket.
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Old 2nd April 2017, 13:37   #903
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his reluctance to use Maxwell, and to a lesser extent himself, during the third test to give the other bowlers a break was his biggest fault. I'm amazed Cummins and Lyon even got up for the 4th test. Though that they did in itself is a good sign from Cummins.
Agree with this. No wonder the tank was close to empty for the final test after O'Keefe was asked to bowl 78 overs during India's marathon innings of the third test.
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I was surprised that the Aussie bowlers manage to hold it together as well as they did for the final test. Yes, they failed to get through the Indian lower order quickly enough to be in a strong position after the first two innings but Australia lost the game in the second innings collapse as the narrow Indian lead probably just balanced out the disadvantage of batting fourth. Ended up being fairly significant looking given how few Aus got shot our for second time though.
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I was surprised that the Aussie bowlers manage to hold it together as well as they did for the final test. Yes, they failed to get through the Indian lower order quickly enough to be in a strong position after the first two innings but Australia lost the game in the second innings collapse as the narrow Indian lead probably just balanced out the disadvantage of batting fourth. Ended up being fairly significant looking given how few Aus got shot our for second time though.
They were also lucky that the first 2 tests were played in conditions unlikely to go anywhere near 5 days. I suspect they would have found it difficult if all 4 tests had been played in conditions like the 3rd test. Generally in Asia 4 bowlers is a big gamble. I suspect the Indian tail would have made a few less first innings runs in the 4th test if India had a 3rd seamer.
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Old 3rd April 2017, 00:19   #906
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I must give credit where credit is due, after the mauling we received at the hands of India in their own backyard over the winter I thought they would have too much for Aus. However the Aussies made a real go at the series and pushed the Indians right till the end and gave them some real scares along the way.
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