And besides, was not Perth the most "Aussie" ground?
And wasn't the most hyped pace bowler returning?
All this ideally should have won the match for Australia.
And they tell us Indians are overconfident..i'm telling you,indians are a completely different side when they face the Aussies.I would have thought they might have learned their lessons after the what happened down-under but apparantly no.People have very short term memories indeed,if they put Hussey above Sachin esp after what he did last time these 2 teams faced off.
Anyway from an Indian POV,people talk debate about how the middle order might get revamped depending on the result..but what concerns me is if Tendulkar will recover in time for the series?If not who might get a look in?
I can't wait for this series to start. It has been awhile since Australia have played a test, too long actually. It looks like it will be on at a good time in Aus as well, I think 2pm- around 10 sounds very good to me.
I hope the coverage on Fox 3 is good, anyone know what commentators there will be?
Ohh yeah also do you think that some of the Aussies would want to perform particularly well in India because of the IPL, try and increase their perceived value?
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I've got alot of faith in the Australian batting lineup heading into this series, Hayden, Katich and Clarke have all done well in test cricket in India before and I have every confidence that Hussey and Haddin are capable of adapting. Ponting has a patchy record in India and Jaques' game is not really suited to the conditions and bowling he will face, however even if they have poor tours there is plenty of batting to fall back on.
The bowling is obviously the major worry, presumably Lee and Clark will continue to do well however the depth behind them is a worry and an injury to either of those two and we'd be in big trouble. Noffke is steady and capable however he has minimal experience at international level let alone in India, Johnson was pretty woeful in the West Indies and Bollinger is a bit of a wildcard.
I think Bracken could be a suprise pick given his variations with cutting the ball and the fact that there is no established spinner, I dont think he's cut out for test cricket generally however he is very versatile and reliable and could be useful on a wearing pitch.
I'd pick McGain as the only spinner in the squad as he's the only one I can realistically see having any impact at all..
If I were a selector and the squad was limited to 14 I'd bring -
My Australian 14 (or is it 15) for the series would be :
6.Andrew Symonds/ Shane Watson
7.Brad Haddin (wk)
Indians will be glad to get Bracken and Johnson bowling in tandem on a hot afternoon on a kotla pitch.
And Aussies didn't look convincing against much weaker Windies some months back, their top order collapsed frequently, memorably once for 18-5. It helped Windies didn't have much penetration in their bowling and also a let off again for Symonds. But still Aussies did well to come back and win them.
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