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Old 19th January 2021, 14:40   #481
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And so ends my summer of being an Indian supporter, as a Kiwi that barracks for every team that plays Australia I'll be back to barracking for England again.

I'm already rehearsing my Barmy Army tunes for next summer, having trouble rhyming words with Labuschagne and Pucovski though.
You could try something involving "Chain" for Labuschagne and Pucovski is probably easier if you have a Northern English accent and can start with "F...offski" ?
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Old 19th January 2021, 14:42   #482
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This series result is highly unexpected, despite Australia's evident weaknesses. In the end, India were well-deserved winners and will be better for having to manage without Kohli, Ashwin, Jadeja and Ishant.

Well done Pujara, Gill, Rahane and Pant, together with Sundar and Thakur. India certainly has a depth of talent waiting in the wings.
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Old 19th January 2021, 14:50   #483
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And so ends my summer of being an Indian supporter, as a Kiwi that barracks for every team that plays Australia I'll be back to barracking for England again.

I'm already rehearsing my Barmy Army tunes for next summer, having trouble rhyming words with Labuschagne and Pucovski though.
I'd be surprised if the Barmy Army are allowed in. Doesn't look like Australia will reduce the 2 week quarantine in 2021.

I had pondered going (I've got loads of BA Avios to use) but won't be bothering this time.
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Old 19th January 2021, 14:53   #484
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Don't know why you think it is a given that India will fail so dreadfully in England. You seem to have more batting and bowling options for the series. Yes, the ball moves off the straight in a way that it tends not to in Australia but I would have thought India would have more to offer with both bat and ball.

It is not like England doesn't have frailties in all departments. On paper Australia has a more complete attack than what England does.
I thought India would do well last time we toured, and we all know how that ended. We also saw how India fared in New Zealand in 2020. So, I don't think it is time for us to feel positive about how we'll perform in England. In India, before that, I feel more positive of our chances.
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While there is a lot of talk about how Kohli's absence helped this side, but I think what he and Shastri did with the team definitely has played a part in the fighting quality within the team.
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Old 19th January 2021, 15:33   #486
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You could try something involving "Chain" for Labuschagne and Pucovski is probably easier if you have a Northern English accent and can start with "F...offski" ?
Hard to beat the old classic of "he's got the sandpaper in his hands" for Warner, the Barmy Army will be rolling that one out next summer if he's still there.

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I'd be surprised if the Barmy Army are allowed in. Doesn't look like Australia will reduce the 2 week quarantine in 2021.

I had pondered going (I've got loads of BA Avios to use) but won't be bothering this time.
The Barmy Army probably wouldn't mind a 2 week hotel quarantine if they had an outdoor bar and a pool where they could all get together and sing.

Wouldn't be much fun for the other guests there though.
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While there is a lot of talk about how Kohli's absence helped this side, but I think what he and Shastri did with the team definitely has played a part in the fighting quality within the team.
Is there talk in India about that? I wrote something flippantly here which was a not too well hidden dig at KP who was dropped although still being one of the best six batsmen because he was more trouble than he was worth with his “me me me me” attitude. Kohli strikes me as similar so maybe the sum can be greater than the parts?
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Old 19th January 2021, 15:45   #488
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Gavaskar said a big part of India's success in this series was the BCCI organising tours for the India A teams to give their young players experience in Australian conditions and other overseas conditions along with the IPL where they mix with overseas players.

That's why their young players like Gill, Siraj, Pant and Washington can come in and perform in Australia against Australian players straight away.

They are familiar with the conditions and the players and aren't intimidated like they might have been in the old days back when Sunny played.
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Gavaskar said a big part of India's success in this series was the BCCI organising tours for the India A teams to give their young players experience in Australian conditions and other overseas conditions along with the IPL where they mix with overseas players.

That's why their young players like Gill, Siraj, Pant and Washington can come in and perform in Australia against Australian players straight away.

They are familiar with the conditions and the players and aren't intimidated like they might have been in the old days back when Sunny played.
Although India still lost heavily the last time they toured England, the score line flattered England a little. Other than the Lord's test, the matches were hard fought (look at the marginal differences in first innings scores). There was a marked change in the competitiveness and toughness of the Indian side, especially the bowling, compared to 2014 and 2011. I wouldn't be surprised if the 2021 vintage emerges victorious, although the back to back nature of the two series presents a new challenge for both sides.
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Old 19th January 2021, 19:52   #490
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Great result and highly enjoyable series. Well played India.
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Old 20th January 2021, 11:28   #491
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Is there talk in India about that? I wrote something flippantly here which was a not too well hidden dig at KP who was dropped although still being one of the best six batsmen because he was more trouble than he was worth with his “me me me me” attitude. Kohli strikes me as similar so maybe the sum can be greater than the parts?
Lot of people are claiming it as a victory of Rahane's captaincy, and they are all correct in claiming that. A fair amount of them, though, do it by deriding Kohli at the same time. I am not a great fan of Kohli's captaincy, or even Shastri's coaching, but they have been working together for a while, and the bloody mindedness of the team is something which I'd attribute to Kohli and Shastri as well. Where Rahane made a change was probably in staying calm out in the middle, thereby not exerting additional pressure on the fielders and bowlers. What not many spoke about is how he flattered to deceive in most innings and just couldn't convert his starts except that one century.
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Although India still lost heavily the last time they toured England, the score line flattered England a little. Other than the Lord's test, the matches were hard fought (look at the marginal differences in first innings scores). There was a marked change in the competitiveness and toughness of the Indian side, especially the bowling, compared to 2014 and 2011. I wouldn't be surprised if the 2021 vintage emerges victorious, although the back to back nature of the two series presents a new challenge for both sides.
The fight was definitely there during our last tour, but we didn't have the skills to counter the moving ball. From the way the likes of Shaw or Gill or even Pujara, Rahane or Kohli play, I wonder if anything much has changed. If the conditions aid swing, our batting would still struggle. Our catching too has been poor, so it might provide a lot more chance for the English batsmen. That only leaves our bowlers, and thankfully we have a decent bunch these days, so that's something to feel hopeful about.
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thing is that not every pitch in England is a swinger/seamer paradise and you get a bit of variety. Think India lost one match last time by not being able to cope with Moeen's spin at the Rosebowl. I tend to agree that England have an advantage if pitch favours Anderson & Broad in particular, but dont think that will be every match by any means.
I would fancy India on a flat pitch, for example as they have greater variety in bowling attack, and more batsmen who can fill their boots
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India have provided England with a pretty handy blueprint in how to beat Australia next summer. As good as Hazelwood & Cummins are and will be, if you can blunt Lyon and attack Starc then it leaves them with too much to do. If this series went into a fifth test I think one of those two would have broken down if not played at all. On the batting front, you just need one or two who can hang around, regardless or scoring rate, and then a middle-lower order who can counter-attack and capitalize on a tiring bowling unit, which England have in Stokes/Butler etc Australia's inability to post large totals at home against a green bowling unit despite having two bats who average 60 is just kinda baffling, and will be on their minds. As spirited as India's bowlers were in that last test, surely the likes of Wood, Broad, Anderson, Archer ect will pose more questions/problems?
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