Thank you, India.
You have come to Australia with a desire to be competitive; yet, in the thick of things, that has proven to be a bit of a shaky statement.
Australia sealed victory in the second test at Brisbane on Saturday by four wickets, mainly thanks to Chris Rogers (55) in the second innings. It was, however, somewhat overshadowed by the fact the hosts were a fair way behind at the end of day two, which set the match up for a very intense finale. Continue reading
A sunny and dry Adelaide greeted Australia and India, on what was a heartfelt but heavy day for cricket. Tributes to Phil Hughes flowed pre-game, as Australian skipper Michael Clarke won the toss and confidently chose to bat.
His decision was ultimately justified by the powerful David Warner, who decided to put Indian fast bowler Varun Aaron to the boundary three times in his opening over. His very first delivery was smashed with precision timing to the cover ropes. Continue reading
It is extremely difficult – yet so easy – to understand why India is not setting the world on fire. England trounced them 3-1 in the test series after losing the second test, making them look third-class.
Let’s have a look at India’s numbers in the past 12 months in regards to international matches (Test, ODI and T20I):
26 ODIS (back to the series against Zimbabwe, July-August 2013)
11 Tests (back to the West Indies series in November 2013)
5 Twenty20 Internationals (including 2014 WT20) Continue reading
There are plenty of words to describe each test, each player, and each moment, but none more so than disappointing. Even travelling with a team that had largely not played in Indians conditions before, Australia was rolled, crushed and decimated over the past month in a way no-one expected.