wilde_oscar wrote:Australia had the edge in this match but could not capitalise and turn it into a victory.
I've also read commentators say that Australia played the better cricket and should have won or didn't turn the advantage into win and so forth. Can't say I agree. We only got 244 on day 1 when the pitch was at its best. We struggled to knock them over in their first dig. We then again didn't score quickly enough in our 2nd dig to give us enough time to knock them over, and then we didn't knock them over on the last day. I think its fair to say the teams were pretty much even the whole test match. No team ever looked like taking the match from the other team. I think its fair to say both teams were overly cautious. Neither team played agressively enough nor took the required risks to take the game away from the other team. That's how India plays its cricket so no surprises there (they would rather draw on the final day and not lose than try to chase down a total for a win). That's not how we play our cricket (we'd rather try to chase and lose rather than be negative for a draw and not lose) but at the moment we just don't have the necessary ability and experience. Obviously we have some class batsman but they don't have a whole lot of experience in India, and bowlers have virtually no experience in India. Indeed, our "spinner" was a test debutant. So we are going to be under the pump the whole series I reckon.
wilde_oscar wrote:Zaheer Khan, the man of the match, has a swipe at the Australian attack in the post match press-conference.
Meh. I read his comments and its typical. All Indian cricketers are all talk no action. Although I guess its fair to say its not their fault. They aren't brought up playing tough, take no prisoners cricket like the Aussies. Its interesting that he said we played defensive cricket. He's right but considering India never plays aggressive cricket, its a bit rich.
wilde_oscar wrote:* Haddin - who now holds the Australian record for most byes conceded (39) - especially of interest when one notes that in the 5 additional overs of the Australian inning on the fifth day 35 runs were scored. His work with the willow was, however, quite impressive even if he is no Gilchrist.
Tough deck to keep on though. Plus the bowlers didn't make it easy on him. Some of the pies down leg side they sent down, in particular Lee, were really wides, even in a test match. And there's only one Gilly. Any comparison to his batting isn't fair. There are very few batsmen in world cricket at the moment, possibly even ever, that are explosive as he was. The fact that he was also a proper keeper (not one of these batsmen first keeper second to get an extra player in the 11 type keepers) just adds to his legacy.
wilde_oscar wrote:* White - one test in and one scalp (Tendulkar's - which is not small matter). The real pressure on white and, to a lesser extent, Watson will be from the Australian press and public who are looking to these two to pick up the slack created by the retirment of some of the game's greats. Very large shoes to fill.
White's not a test cricketer. Unfortunate cause I had high hopes for him when he came on the scene but that's just the way it goes. The selectors need to settle on one specialist spinner and give him a good run. Can't expect a spinner to be settled if you keep changing them every second test. Worth noting that the greatest spinner ever (note I said spinner not chucker) took 1-150 odd on debut and it took him a few test matches before he really started to take wickets. As Watto, the less said about him the better. Actually I kinda hope he finds his feet in test match cricket cause its obvious that the selectors are going to persist with him, even if it means dropping a better player cause he went fishing.
wilde_oscar wrote: no disputation of any umpire's decision which is a very good thing indeed.
Not walking when you get caught at first slip and a half, and not walking after you get caught at cover are pretty close though. Certainly not within the spirit of the game. I'm happy to let them off the hook seeing as Punter didn't walk, although its also fair to say that there was a considerable amount of doubt in his and the ump gave him not out. However, had our batsmen not walked when obviously out (caught at first slip and cover respectively) the Indian media and players would have had said something about it. No doubt there is a double standard going on and it gets back to how the Indians play their cricket and also are treated in general off the field.
"Yous guys talk a lotta shit. I'm much more smarter than all a yous." - Samurai Jerk after being owned by the Let's Japan crew.