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Test series V India 20 - 21 3 months 1 day ago #200142

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GTR did you hear or read what the estimated audience was watching the Test yesterday back in India and overseas?
That will give you an idea of how big cricket is on a world scale and how miniscule the AFL is in world terms!

Star Sports 1 Hindi the cricket channel in India.Over the 5 days in Brisbane had a viewing audience ( hope your sitting down) 1,300,000,000...One billion 300 million.260 million watched each day..Thats just Indias figures..


Haha yeah I know mate it is mind blowing really.
That is 10 x times the population of Australia watching it per day in India alone! :ohmy:

Someone said Test Cricket was dead in India.

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Test series V India 20 - 21 3 months 1 day ago #200143

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I had a look at the bowling figures for the Australians and of the 685 overs that were bowled in the series, the 4 main bowlers delivered 630 of them or 92%. Seems abnormally high to me. Compare this to the Indians who, due to injuries mind you had a lot more load spread through their squad and were fresher and more dangerous.

Green only bowled 44 overs in 4 tests, I thought he was underused even if he is on a managed return. Surely he could have bowled more than 11 overs per test.

Starc is interesting, his figures for the whole series don't look pretty. He took 11 wickets at 40.71 with a strike rate of 74 and Economy of 3.27 an over. However after the first two tests he had taken 8 wickets at about 20 which is pretty respectable. He really fell away in Sydney and Brisbane where I suspected that he was playing through injury on both occasions. The question then has to be asked, why was he playing? Surely there was a fit fresh bowler in the squad that could have taken his place.

Hazlewood took 17 wickets at 19.35, strike rate 51, Economy 2.27 RPO, you couldnt have asked for any more than that.

Cummins was even better, 21 wickets at 20.09, strike rate 46 Economy 2.6, the outstanding individual in the series without doubt.

The major disappointment for me in the series was Lyon. He took only 9 wickets at 70, Strike rate 124.7 and Economy 3.36 RPO. India played him as effectively as I have seen and often succeeded in hitting him out of the attack. This ramped up the pressure on the other 3 bowlers to produce and somewhat broke down the ability of this bowling unit to put sustained pressure on the opposition. The result was that they were pretty much out of petrol by the end of the series. Also the batting was extremely fragile during the 4 tests and never scored 400+, which then gives the bowlers more opportunity to dominate as they normally do in Australia.

I really can't see too many changes for the South African tour for a couple of reasons
1. There has been no Sheffield Shield cricket for players outside the squad to push their claims
2. Some of the guys we are looking at such as Starc and Lyon have proven test records and probably deserve a bit of leeway for a poor series.

I think the most poignant comment I heard yesterday after India's win was that they wanted it so much more than the Australians and somehow the Aussies need to rediscover that desire, ruthlessness and will to win that they seem to be badly lacking.

One more thought about the captaincy, I agree that Paine is not a great captain tactically but it is probably a bit unfair to compare him with Rahane who is a superb leader IMO and a lot of the credit for this triumph would be due to his calm supportive but inspiring management of his team. His field placings for various batsmen were well thought out and they often worked

Hey Mike.If Rashid Khan was Australias strike spin bowler.Do you think we would of bowled India out .Day5 Sydney+Brisbane.

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Test series V India 20 - 21 3 months 1 day ago #200149

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As as much I have liked taking the piddle out of Lyon, he can bowl to left hand batsmen. He should of had Pant out in both test matches; but, for some years, cricket selectors around the world have not seen the need to encourage the best keepers.

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Test series V India 20 - 21 2 months 4 weeks ago #200206

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I had a look at the bowling figures for the Australians and of the 685 overs that were bowled in the series, the 4 main bowlers delivered 630 of them or 92%. Seems abnormally high to me. Compare this to the Indians who, due to injuries mind you had a lot more load spread through their squad and were fresher and more dangerous.

Green only bowled 44 overs in 4 tests, I thought he was underused even if he is on a managed return. Surely he could have bowled more than 11 overs per test.

Starc is interesting, his figures for the whole series don't look pretty. He took 11 wickets at 40.71 with a strike rate of 74 and Economy of 3.27 an over. However after the first two tests he had taken 8 wickets at about 20 which is pretty respectable. He really fell away in Sydney and Brisbane where I suspected that he was playing through injury on both occasions. The question then has to be asked, why was he playing? Surely there was a fit fresh bowler in the squad that could have taken his place.

Hazlewood took 17 wickets at 19.35, strike rate 51, Economy 2.27 RPO, you couldnt have asked for any more than that.

Cummins was even better, 21 wickets at 20.09, strike rate 46 Economy 2.6, the outstanding individual in the series without doubt.

The major disappointment for me in the series was Lyon. He took only 9 wickets at 70, Strike rate 124.7 and Economy 3.36 RPO. India played him as effectively as I have seen and often succeeded in hitting him out of the attack. This ramped up the pressure on the other 3 bowlers to produce and somewhat broke down the ability of this bowling unit to put sustained pressure on the opposition. The result was that they were pretty much out of petrol by the end of the series. Also the batting was extremely fragile during the 4 tests and never scored 400+, which then gives the bowlers more opportunity to dominate as they normally do in Australia.

I really can't see too many changes for the South African tour for a couple of reasons
1. There has been no Sheffield Shield cricket for players outside the squad to push their claims
2. Some of the guys we are looking at such as Starc and Lyon have proven test records and probably deserve a bit of leeway for a poor series.

I think the most poignant comment I heard yesterday after India's win was that they wanted it so much more than the Australians and somehow the Aussies need to rediscover that desire, ruthlessness and will to win that they seem to be badly lacking.

One more thought about the captaincy, I agree that Paine is not a great captain tactically but it is probably a bit unfair to compare him with Rahane who is a superb leader IMO and a lot of the credit for this triumph would be due to his calm supportive but inspiring management of his team. His field placings for various batsmen were well thought out and they often worked

Hey Mike.If Rashid Khan was Australias strike spin bowler.Do you think we would of bowled India out .Day5 Sydney+Brisbane.


Not sure GTRX. Rashid Khan is the best white ball spinner in the world but test cricket is totally different, I think he would have certainly challenged them, but whether he would have been more successful than Lyon is open to discussion

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Test series V India 20 - 21 1 month 1 week ago #201521

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Interesting to hear that those 4 points Aust got docked for a slow over rate in the MCG test between Aust & India has resulted in Aust not playing in the Test Champ final at Lord's....apparently the fella in charge of monitoring such things was away on leave, thus no one in the Aust camp on or off the field kept an eye on Aust breaching their go slow over rates....talk about amateur hour.....
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