Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Are Australia, the new England?

Blimey did Australia take a beating in the second test against India; I don’t think I can remember Australia taking such a thumping. I saw quite a bit of the match and the 300 run victory to India was completely deserved. India out-batted Australia and then out-bowled them. They even out-fielded them at times. Australia’s performance was that bad that it reminded me of a few of England’s – it had the classic Team England traits:

  • An ineffective first-day bowling attack that somehow gets into a ‘reasonable’ position then blows it big-time
  • An un-spinner that the opposition love facing
  • A poor batting performance on a flat track, followed by
  • The other side smashing it all around with little difficulty that makes everyone think ‘oh, this really is a magnificent batting wicket’. A fielding captain who daren’t put his un-spinner on, followed by
  • 58-5 and 195-10 in the second innings with a complete inability to hit the ball and an opener that thinks he can help by smashing the ball out of sight
So can we enjoy a winter of Aussie bashing? We will see, it was only a week ago that India had to bat all day to save the match. India was magnificent at Mohali ... can they do it again next week?

2 comments:

Straight Point said...

this is the tricky question rob...

india has had history of not turning up for game being favorite...that's why we hardly win back to back matches...

i dont know which india will turn up at delhi...i can only hope its 'mohali' india...

having beaten oz i want then to keep the foot on oz throat till the bleed to death...coz letting off the pedal can be fatal...

scorpicity said...

It depends on hayden now and India's famed inconsistency... personally we would like to stop Hayden from talking about himself in the third person LOL.