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    But it also runs the risk of having to bat 2-3 days for a draw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    But it also runs the risk of having to bat 2-3 days for a draw.
    Given the speed at which we've lost games over the last 2 years, I'd take a couple of draws and maybe sneak in a win here and there.

    Our batting has just eroded massively, I don't care who says what that Mumbai pitch wasn't as bad as it was made out to be by our batsmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contra View Post
    Given the speed at which we've lost games over the last 2 years, I'd take a couple of draws and maybe sneak in a win here and there.

    Our batting has just eroded massively, I don't care who says what that Mumbai pitch wasn't as bad as it was made out to be by our batsmen.
    We will gain nothing from that.
    If we dont have Yadav and Zaheer I cannot see how anyone can think we should play a slow deck. Our pace bowlers will get owned.

    Play a Mumbai-esque turner, back the fact that we won't be up against the quality of Panesar and Swann as a duo (even if you think Lyon can be better than those two, no way Doherty/Maxwell/Clarke is as good as that duo) and win the ****ing series.

    I swear if we play a slow deck, lose the toss and bowl first with no Yadav and no Zaheer we will be in the field for 2.5 days.


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    India has a poor record at Mumbai due to the bounce and carry, more than the turn. When it turns along with the bounce and quick carry, darters become effective and Indian batsman struggling against the extra carry compared to those touring even when facing seamers neutralizes the advantage.

    India's best bet is turn with low/uneven bounce, imo. Like the one we defeated SA on in the last match a few years ago. Smith was moaning and the Match referee reported it but they can suck it.

    Other then that the slow grinding surface like the Ahmedabad test is the second best bet. But a no to a Mumbai type bouncy/turny track which is due to the Red Soil there anyway.
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    Well that'd being particularly specific, which is fair enough. But I am saying in general big turning bunsen > slow and low. Yeah it reduces our chances of losing, but fmd it could seriously be 0-0 after 4 if Ishant and Dinda are our pace bowlers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    We will gain nothing from that.
    Um.. our batsmen can do with some time in the middle, more than anything, it's the confidence level of our batsmen that's at all all time low, they just need runs, even if on flat decks in boring draws. Once they have the benefit of some runs behind them then we can really judge who should be discarded and who shouldn't.

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    Haha this thread is great, lived up to all my expectations of extreme pessimism
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    Quote Originally Posted by Contra View Post
    Um.. our batsmen can do with some time in the middle, more than anything, it's the confidence level of our batsmen that's at all all time low, they just need runs, even if on flat decks in boring draws. Once they have the benefit of some runs behind them then we can really judge who should be discarded and who shouldn't.
    That is weird logic, don't test our batsman at all, and then when the ones who are good at scoring when they are not being tested score runs, it will make ti easier to know who to keep.


















    Sounds good to me.

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    the difference in pace bowling attack for this series is ridiculous.

    Have they picked B Kumar?

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    I'd pick the following team if I were India.

    Rahane
    Sehwag
    Pujara
    TEndulkar
    Kohli
    Rohit
    Dhoni
    Ojha
    Harbhajan
    Shami
    Ishant

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    Jadeja
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    I think Rahane is a good long term bet as test opener - can't understand why he keeps getting picked in the wrong formats and personally feel Rohit will come good
    for India. I think there's more chance of him getting runs againt Siddle, Pattinson, Johnson than Raina - he is a very good player of fast bowling and the Aussies know that.
    I can see the batting getting runs against Australia if they stay patient and wear down the Aussie quicks.
    The Aussie spinners are nowhere near as good as England's.

    India's bowling looks very suspect tho - Umesh's injury is a massive blow. I think he could have really troubled Australia with his speed and swing. I like the look of Shami though - think he's the best option with Zak and Umesh out.

    The spinners don't look inspiring but you never know. If they get some early success, then they may kick on and really have a good series.

    Will be a close series I think - will hinge quite heavily on how India bat against the Aussie fast men.
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    Harbhajan over Ashwin is just bizarre. Harbhajan's been junk for years.

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    Pretty sure B Kumar will debut and it'll be a straight swap between him and Chawla from the last test against England. Yadav being injured is probably about the worst thing that could have happened to our bowling attack.
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    This is such an unknown thing, this tour

    Could be a thrashing either way

    Could be a nail-biter
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