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Old 9th January 2021, 00:05   #321
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India need to start closing the gap on the lead here or they're going to find themselves 5 down and still way behind in the game. Would like to see Pujara rotate the strike a bit more and Vihari given license to counter-attack.
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Old 9th January 2021, 00:42   #322
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Is it Mark Taylor on commentary who keeps saying that a dot ball puts pressure on the batting side? I think he is mistaking this for one-day cricket. In test cricket I suspect that that kind of pressure is all in his head.

Ooops, Vihari run out! See, that doesn't happen unless you try for a run ...

Nice to hear this on commentary on digital radio in the UK. Particularly refreshing are the news bulletins during the rain breaks ... Not only is the UK not presented as the centre, raison d'etre, and rightful ruler of the universe, but it is not even mentioned ... there was an item about the EU ...
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Old 9th January 2021, 03:16   #323
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Is it Mark Taylor on commentary who keeps saying that a dot ball puts pressure on the batting side? I think he is mistaking this for one-day cricket. In test cricket I suspect that that kind of pressure is all in his head.

Ooops, Vihari run out! See, that doesn't happen unless you try for a run ...

Nice to hear this on commentary on digital radio in the UK. Particularly refreshing are the news bulletins during the rain breaks ... Not only is the UK not presented as the centre, raison d'etre, and rightful ruler of the universe, but it is not even mentioned ... there was an item about the EU ...


Taylors isn't doing commentary at the moment I don't believe? I'm not sure what feed you're getting (ABC grandstand, 7, Fox, SEN?) but Slater of the ex-Nine crew who all sound like eachother was droning on about Pujara's strike rate at various points. That run out by Hazelwood was nuts, I don't think he even thought he had that in him.
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Old 9th January 2021, 04:24   #324
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Terrible session for India, bowled out for 244 after being 4/180 at lunch, they are up against it now conceding a lead of almost 100 and batting last.
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Old 9th January 2021, 05:46   #325
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Pitch really isn't doing too much other than some variable bounce and a touch of seam movement when the new ball, but it still should be very good for batting today and into tomorrow. However it seems that a bit of variable bounce is enough for two good bowling attacks to really unsettle two very shakey batting lineups. India probably don't want to be chasing anything above 250 here.
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Old 9th January 2021, 05:55   #326
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India knocking over Pucovski and Warner cheaply, if they can knock over Smith cheaply they will be back in the game.
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Old 9th January 2021, 06:48   #327
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Pathetic conceding three runouts like that from India. Donít get me wrong, that it was excellent fielding from Australia, but rubbish running and that should be the match.
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Old 9th January 2021, 07:30   #328
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Pathetic conceding three runouts like that from India. Don’t get me wrong, that it was excellent fielding from Australia, but rubbish running and that should be the match.
While I agree losing 3 wickets to run-outs is unforgiveable in a single test match innings, the fielding to execute them was exceptional and probably won't be repeated. I think Pujara and Rahane putting the breaks on in the morning session, as good as the bowling was, probably cost India a chance of getting within a 50 run deficit even with the run-outs. They needed keep the score ticking over.
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While I agree losing 3 wickets to run-outs is unforgiveable in a single test match innings, the fielding to execute them was exceptional and probably won't be repeated. I think Pujara and Rahane putting the breaks on in the morning session, as good as the bowling was, probably cost India a chance of getting within a 50 run deficit even with the run-outs. They needed keep the score ticking over.
I watched the first half hour and gave up. I wondered at the time if the lack of urgency would cost them, set the wrong mindset.

It's been a while since Pujara has really changed the course of a match with his batting. I'm not sure what Vihari does at all.
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Old 9th January 2021, 09:59   #330
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A distasteful incident in Sydney today:

Australia vs India: Indian officials furious over alleged racist abuse from SCG crowd
The Sydney Test has taken a dramatic turn at the end of day three with furious Indian officials accusing members of the SCG crowd of racially abusing players.


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Taylors isn't doing commentary at the moment I don't believe? I'm not sure what feed you're getting (ABC grandstand, 7, Fox, SEN?) but Slater of the ex-Nine crew who all sound like each other was droning on about Pujara's strike rate at various points ...
Thanks ... probably Slater then ...

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... I think Pujara and Rahane putting the breaks on in the morning session, as good as the bowling was, probably cost India a chance of getting within a 50 run deficit even with the run-outs. They needed keep the score ticking over.
I never can understand this kind of reasoning. Surely if India could go back and change a few things they would change the needless wickets rather than changing some of the dot balls into 1s or 2s? Then it would not just be a question of having a smaller first-innings deficit; they could have been bossing the game by now.

I suspect that the disdain for defensive batting is a bit like the love for super-fast bowling -- i.e., it has far more to do with the viewer's experience than with the likelihood of winning the game. I've been reading some of the county match reports in my dad's old Wisdens and it is noticeable that the writers purr over positive batting almost irregardless of the match situation or result.
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Old 9th January 2021, 23:08   #332
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They're banging on about it again now, bagging Pujara ... but surely he did better than anyone else in the Indian team? OK yes it would have been better if he had faced the same number of balls and scored more runs, but that's true of every player in every innings.
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Vihari's place must be in doubt for the 4th test, dropped a sitter off Labuschagne in the first over of the day and hasn't made any decent scores with the bat.

Labuschagne has just been dismissed but Australia are likely to have a lead of over 300 now which should be enough to win the match.
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Don't think India will be chasing whatever Australia put up for them at this point. Looking at having to bat out 4+ sessions to save the game now. Will be a tough ask. As much as the coaches and selectors love him, Wade is not a viable test batsman averaging sub-30. I still don't think he'll lose his place, nor is Head worth persisting with. It won't happen but I would love for Glenn Maxwell to get given an extended opportunity in the test side until an obviously better candidate presents itself in the middle order. He could not do any worse and his potential upside is enormous. How does a player of his talents get 'blacklisted' from selection when the likes of Wade, Mmarsh, Smarsh, Burns, Bancroft, Head etc get given chance after chance? I'll never understand it.
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Well, on to the next match then. Let's see if we can have a fit XI for that.
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Imagine being a grown adult man, in 2021, who is lucky enough to obtain ticket to a sold out event, during covid, and decide it's a good idea to abuse a touring player? The shame of being escorted out by police on national television isn't enough. Life bans. So embarrassing. Just unacceptable.
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India up against it now, facing a deficit of over 400 with Pant and Jadeja injured and needing to bat 4 sessions for a draw.

They will need their top 4 to play some big innings to be any chance of a draw, could be over quickly if they lose early wickets.

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Well, on to the next match then. Let's see if we can have a fit XI for that.
India have had terrible luck with their injuries in this series, a similar thing happened to NZ last summer when we fielded a half strength team by the 3rd test.

Hard enough to beat Australia at home even with a full strength team, when you cop so many injuries it makes it nigh on impossible.
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Imagine being a grown adult man, in 2021, who is lucky enough to obtain ticket to a sold out event, during covid, and decide it's a good idea to abuse a touring player? The shame of being escorted out by police on national television isn't enough. Life bans. So embarrassing. Just unacceptable.
It's stupid to racially abuse a player even when there are full crowds, even more stupid in a 25% capacity crowd where it is easier to be picked out.

Good on Siraj for pointing the culprits out and getting them booted out, no place for that sort of stuff in cricket or anywhere for that matter.
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Still some hope for India with Pujara and Rahane still at the crease at stumps, they will probably need to bat for two sessions for India to draw this

Nice 50 from Rohit Sharma, played some sparkling shots and then threw his wicket away with a reckless hook shot, probably why he has played so few tests.
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