The partnership of Pujara and Vijay followed by Dravid and Laxman of even two years ago and a Tendulkar not trying to save face with shattered confidence, would have shown how much could have been scored in that first Indian innings.
When Steve Smith bats and one can see it is as if its a different track and easier bowling. With Clarke it would have been better. The other Australian who showed the value of proper footwork against the turning ball on these wickets was Starc,who sadly is also missing. This is an Aussie side with the top order having no clue on how to play spin. That has to be factored when assessing the Aussie struggle . Siddle, Starc and Smith versus Cowan, Warner and Hughes . . Is a no context and two of the first lot are tail enders
These Indians are better than these Aussies against spin but then they are facing a much inferior spin attack. These three Indian spinners against this Indian side on this track would have bundled them out fr even less than 272. That does not make the wicket unplayable . It just shows that this Indan side, barring few, is not all that good against good spin bowling. But then Swann, Monty and company have already shown us that.
So lets look at the poor quality of batting rather than scream blue murder at the groundsman every time the team totals drop to 200 levels.
Last edited by SJS; 24-03-2013 at 01:05 AM.
Unfortunately the selectors are likely to be picking the Ashes batting line up exactly like they have this series. Uzi is gone so its basically these guys plus Clarke with maybe a bolter from the final like Silk.
I'm not a fan of Cowan either but the selectors have made it clear they see Hughes as a 3 and that they like gritty 20's from a guy picked to play time and be a foil for Warner. Based on what I've seen of Watson he should not be in the team if he's not opening or bowling. Give Smith his spot and make him bowl if Warner and Cowan are unbreakable as a partnership. Which its looking like they are in the selectors minds.
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