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Old 29th December 2020, 08:09   #281
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India have clearly done excellently as a bowling unit so far and having the spin of Ashwin and Jadeja being an important cog in sealing a win is no mean feat given the usual travails of slow bowlers down under.

That said, the loss of two seamers in Shami and Yadav is quite significant and can't help feeling that is an opening that Australia's batsmen should be able to exploit a bit better. I haven't really followed Australian home matches so closely in the last few years but I thought Sydney's reputation as a spin haven was very much well into the past? I would also be amazed if the groundmen/curators (the 'strineism!) would ensure that the pitch there was that helpful for spinners given the circumstances.
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Old 29th December 2020, 08:17   #282
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India have clearly done excellently as a bowling unit so far and having the spin of Ashwin and Jadeja being an important cog in sealing a win is no mean feat given the usual travails of slow bowlers down under.

That said, the loss of two seamers in Shami and Yadav is quite significant and can't help feeling that is an opening that Australia's batsmen should be able to exploit a bit better. I haven't really followed Australian home matches so closely in the last few years but I thought Sydney's reputation as a spin haven was very much well into the past? I would also be amazed if the groundmen/curators (the 'strineism!) would ensure that the pitch there was that helpful for spinners given the circumstances.
The only thing you can count on with the SCG these days is it will be flat and there will be rain. That said, Kuldeep ran through us 2 years ago and India would have won comfortably if not for the weather.

One of the greatest comebacks of all time? After being routed for 36, many sides would have just folded and tapped out of the series from that point, but India not only bounced back minus their best player and second best bowler, but absolutely dominated from start til finish, even with two debutants. No Aus batsman made a half century across either innings at home for what must be the first time I can remember watching cricket. Great result for them and the series. Excellent captaincy by Rahane and bowling plans by the Indians. This sets up what could be the best series between the sides since 2001.
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Old 29th December 2020, 08:51   #283
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The only thing you can count on with the SCG these days is it will be flat and there will be rain. That said, Kuldeep ran through us 2 years ago and India would have won comfortably if not for the weather.

One of the greatest comebacks of all time? After being routed for 36, many sides would have just folded and tapped out of the series from that point, but India not only bounced back minus their best player and second best bowler, but absolutely dominated from start til finish, even with two debutants. No Aus batsman made a half century across either innings at home for what must be the first time I can remember watching cricket. Great result for them and the series. Excellent captaincy by Rahane and bowling plans by the Indians. This sets up what could be the best series between the sides since 2001.
I had certainly recalled that Rahane appeared to be markedly a better tactician than Kohli when he has filled in previously. Maybe he is someone who's game might actually thrive as a captain than just as a batsman? India are probably going to need someone else to stand up with the bat as well because the Australian bowling isn't going away. I'd also be very surprised if Labushcagne or Smith didn't show up with the bat at some point in the last two tests. That said, given I was somewhat of the mind that Australia were going to blow India away before the test series, never mind after the 36ao, that it is 1-1 with two remaining is definitely good stuff.
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I think one big factor has been the way how Ashwin has bowled. He usually puts in one good performance, at best, and that too in the first test of an away series. This time, though, he has been good with his plans and has had the patience and the obstinacy to stick to the plan and not try too many of his fancy variations. This has ensured that the Indian bowling attack wasn't uni-dimensional. Ashwin also has done enough to create doubts in the mind of Smith, which is a huge plus.

The Aussie bowling, though, would tip the scales in comparison to the Indian attack, but their fielders need to provide better support. Right now, the ground fielding seems fine but the catching has been very ordinary. Coupled with ordinary batting, Aussies are relying on their bowlers having exceptional days to be competitive.

I too fear that Smith and Labuschagne will find form from the next match and that Warner would be back and score a huge hundred at a quick pace that it would completely deflate our bowlers. Until those things actually happen, I would like to be quietly confident that we would do very well in the next 2 tests as well.
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Old 29th December 2020, 09:46   #285
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So, shaky opening batsmen, middle order which will need to come in early and bat long and bowlers who seem raring to go. I guess this test series might come down to whichever teams holds on to most of the catches on offer.
Must have been bleeding obvious for me to get it right.
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Old 29th December 2020, 20:20   #286
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A commendable win for India after the horrors of 36 all out. They deserve huge credit for the comeback.

However the reality is Australia remain favorites to win the series. To be 1-1 with Warner injured and Smith suffering a rare bad match is scary for India. The Aussie attack remains as potent as ever, capable of running through the Indian batting at any time.

The likely series loss will therefore leave India with losses in their last Test series in England, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. For all Ravi Shastri’s hyperbole, that is a miserable record, put into stark perspective by Pakistan and Lanka’s showings in those countries in recent years (Aus apart).
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**** me, after an historic victory, missing your captain and opening bowler, over an all but full strength Aussie side in the Boxing Day tests, you Indian fans are bloody pessimistic. Enjoy the victory!
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Old 30th December 2020, 02:04   #288
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The next test will go ahead at the SCG despite concerns over the growing covid outbreak and the fact rain and storms are predicted across the test. It also puts the GABBA test into question if they keep their borders closed to NSW. Really seems like a needless risk by CA when you had a perfect opportunity to schedule a second test at Melbourne without little fuss or concern.
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A commendable win for India after the horrors of 36 all out. They deserve huge credit for the comeback.

However the reality is Australia remain favorites to win the series. To be 1-1 with Warner injured and Smith suffering a rare bad match is scary for India. The Aussie attack remains as potent as ever, capable of running through the Indian batting at any time.

The likely series loss will therefore leave India with losses in their last Test series in England, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. For all Ravi Shastri’s hyperbole, that is a miserable record, put into stark perspective by Pakistan and Lanka’s showings in those countries in recent years (Aus apart).
Actually, I think the team under Shastri hasn't done any worse than the other Indians teams in the past. We never have been good outside the subcontinent. Having said that, I feel it isn't any longer as hopeless as it was until the 90s. Even during the days of the Fab 5, we never were great while touring. The team has gotten increasingly competitive in SA and Australia, though our record in England and New Zealand remain as woeful as ever. I don't think Shastri has done anything major, but I don't think he is doing any worse.
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Turned on for the highlights but they just had an captains interview with Nasser Hussein. Wht's going on?
Doesn't start until the 6th and it's on BT Sports, not Sky.
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Suggestions that some of the Indian team will refuse to travel to Brisbane for the fourth test if they are forced into full quarantine after playing in Sydney.
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Doesn't start until the 6th and it's on BT Sports, not Sky.
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Suggestions that some of the Indian team will refuse to travel to Brisbane for the fourth test if they are forced into full quarantine after playing in Sydney.
If the Indian players keep breaking Covid protocols, however minor, the QLD govt will probably just flat out not accept them. Seen as more safe politically to be stricter on these things than seen to be giving exceptions and half-arseing it. I suspect there'll be two tests in Sydney now with one being a pink ball match.
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Somebody needs to stand up to these spoilt brats, and I hope QLD doesn't buckle down to pressure.
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Masks now mandatory for the SCG tests with capacity reduced to 25%. I cannot actually believe that they're going ahead with crowds at all. What a messy game of covid politics and both CA & NSW are going to come out of this looking very, very bad if even a single person becomes infected as a result.
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They could have played a Test here in Perth, where Covid doesn't exist, but it was just too hard for them.
We would have had a larger capacity as well.
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Warner gone early flashing at a wide one, not sure he should be playing as he still looks troubled by his groin injury.

Pucovski has looked reasonably good so far on debut, better than Burns at least.

Rain has now delayed play, not surprising in Sydney which is the worst venue in Australia when it comes to rain delays/washouts.
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Warner nowhere close to fit. Australia seemed desperate to get him back into the team. What happens if he worsens the injury? That can't be good.
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Warner nowhere close to fit. Australia seemed desperate to get him back into the team. What happens if he worsens the injury? That can't be good.
It was silly. Rather rest him so he's 100% fit for the next test? Makes no sense.

Of course, rain delay.
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Pucovski becomes the first top six Australian batsman to reach a half-century this series. Funny what happens when you select players who actually look like test batsman.
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