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Australia

Video: Test cricket is ready for the battle at Perth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2u01TGTn-8 Test cricket witnessed a cracker of a contest at Adelaide. Now it's time for Perth to witness the same. India and Australia would face each other on Friday. Deep Dasgupta, Jason Dasey, Arunabha Sengupta and Abhishek Mukherjee discuss...

Since its advent Border-Gavaskar Trophy has been the greatest of cricketing showdowns

Rivalling The Ashes is impossible, given the historical associations with the ancient Anglo-Australian encounters. The Indo-Australian face-offs took a while to rev up to the current stature. But, since the advent of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the rivalry has been...
Adelaide

Video: India draw first blood at Adelaide

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OERFCvNgPe8 The final day at Adelaide Oval transformed into a thrilling contest as the Australian tail decided not to surrender meekly. The game went down the wire, but in the end, Virat Kohli and his men had the last...
Australia

Nathan Lyon’s spirited all-round display shows steely Australian nerves in the face of adversity

"The entire Australian team should draw inspiration from Nathan Lyon's performance"  Nathan Lyon has been seen going down on his haunches on the cricket field probably many times in his career.  That sight is pretty common, not only with Lyon,...
Australia

Australia’s top-order should take a leaf out of their tail-enders’ resolve

"While that never materialized, the tenacity of the tail-enders augers well for Australia going forward in the series" “They have a red-hot crack for every single ball. That’s what we’re building to, that’s the style of cricket we want to...
India

Ajinkya Rahane a vital part of India’s overseas victories this year despite his inconsistent...

"India consider Ajinkya Rahane as too valuable an asset to lose. It's high time that he realized that as well"  Ajinkya Rahane has an overall Test batting average of 31.05 this year—the lowest in a year since his debut—with 528...
Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin and defensive spin bowling from trenches

"He laid siege long enough to ensure his team won on points. Fittingly, he finished things off" Ravichandran Ashwin had bowled a 75-over-old ball slow through the air in the first innings. It had landed on off-stump, or probably off-and-middle,...
Australia

Glimpses of hope from recent and past history, but Australia will need a miracle...

There have been encouraging instances of 300-plus chases. One from the recent past and one from distant history. But the bowling attack the Australians are up against is perhaps the best in Indian history.... Travis Head remembers enough to know...
India

KL Rahul-Murali Vijay opening stand a temporary respite for India

The Rahul-Vijay partnership gave India a cautious start on Day 3, but still, the doubts remain...... Australia handed India a slender 15-run lead after they were bowled out for 235 on Day Three of the first Test at Adelaide. Once...
India

Murali Vijay: End of the Road?

The recent numbers of Murali Vijay are quite atrocious and he is not getting any younger. Time is surely running out for him, a commodity that he, in any case, does not really have in abundance at this stage of...
India

With Kookaburra Indian bowlers face daunting task in Australia

"Hence, it is crystal clear that unlike their previous tours on favourable conditions, here the Indian bowlers have to raise their game and make things happen in order to be part of their country's first-ever Test series winning team...
India

Ashwin completes chapter one in the Lyon lesson

"Ashwin has improved by ages and the competition he talked of has already begun" Ravichandran Ashwin is a wily old fox. Rubbishing opinions that he should try and learn from Lyon, Ashwin had flaunted his tempestuous self in front of...
Australia

Travis Head should bat higher in the batting order

During his short career, Travis Head has shown enough indications of being, if not literally the head, at least the neck or shoulder of the Australian batting order. It was quite an affront to his skills to be pushed...
India

The importance of Day 1

On too many past occasions have an entire series been lost due to a bad first day. The opening days of such high profile series are that important. And hence, the superb resistance by Cheteshwar Pujara was not only...
Australia

Australian bowlers put their team on top at Adelaide, or did they?

"Australia are very much in control of the game after Day One. But one can only predict the outcome of the match once the hosts too have batted their innings out" After being asked to field first, Australia will be...
India

Cheteshwar Pujara shows intent amidst India’s top order collapse

“Pujara has now given India a chance to mend their mistakes in this match” It was yet another overseas Test match and yet another batting collapse as the Indian top-order departed one after another, in quick succession, on the very...
India

Video: Adelaide waits for Clash of the Titans

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZKEOcKldJw The most eagerly awaited Test series of the year is finally ready to unleash at Adelaide Oval. A strong Indian unit would face an Australian unit without their star performers - Steve Smith and David Warner. Maybe the Australian...
Australia

India does not really start the favourites

Not really the weakest side... The names Peter Toohey, Gary Cosier, Wayne Clark, Sam Gannon are not really etched with letters of gold on the landscape of Test cricket. Or even Australian cricket. None of them really had distinguished international...
Australia

Australia need to play the Australian-brand of cricket

The Australians need to play cricket aggressively...... It all went downhill for Australia when every single channel, TV show and discussion revolved around Cameron Bancroft tucking a yellow colour substance down his pants during a Test match. A confession from...
Prithvi Shaw

India’s meticulous planning hit by Shaw blow

"There are loopholes aplenty to fill but much of this tour could depend on starts and India aren’t off to a great one with Shaw being ruled out" Day 1 of the only warm-up India managed ahead of their big...

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