Australia get angry in Test fightback

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    A bit of aggressive banter goes a long way and it helped Australia rattle India’s batsmen on day two of the fourth Test in Delhi, Aussie spinner Nathan Lyon says.

    India have dominated the series and are still in a strong position to push for a four-nil sweep.

    However they were made to fight awfully hard for a first-innings advantage on Saturday, reaching 8-266 at stumps in reply to Australia’s 262.

    Bhuvneshwar Kumar will resume on Sunday on 10 with only Pragyan Ojha and Ishant Sharma for company after Lyon claimed 5-94 including the wicket of Ravi Ashwin lbw from the last ball of the day’s play.

    Five long years after the Monkeygate scandal of the 2008 Sydney Test, tensions between the two sides exploded in the 51st over on Saturday. India batsman and captain MS Dhoni appeared to be warned by the umpire for running down the pitch.

    Australia fielder David Warner became involved in a verbal spat with Dhoni and reports suggested Warner had been warned by the umpires, although an Australia team spokesman said he was unaware of any action taken against the fiery opener.

    Warner’s captain Shane Watson stepped in to have a word with his player. Watson also spoke to Dhoni as both captains attempted to calm the situation.

    It’s understood Warner gave Ravindra Jadeja a spray for taking a drinks break during the over, which led Jadeja to complain the umpires about Warner’s tactics.

    “We do wish that we did do it earlier,” Lyon said of Australia’s sledging tactics.

    “That’s a way that Australia plays its best cricket, when we’re putting the contest to the opposition.

    “And no matter who the opposition is, I think it works well.”

    Dhoni was out two overs after the incident for 24 at 6-210 but India fought back with a 44-run partnership between Jadeja (43) and Ashwin (12).

    “Yeah there was definitely a lead-up (to Dhoni’s dismissal),” Lyon said.

    “We need to have that aggression. We need to get in the contest and that led to every wicket that fell out there.

    “That was how it was with the conflict that went out there in the middle. The aggression that was going on, Dhoni fell away to Patto.”

    Dhoni’s pull shot landed in the safe hands of Watson at mid-wicket off the bowling of James Pattinson in a key blow.

    Australia had resumed on 8-231 and were bowled out for 262 including tailender Peter Siddle’s career-best 51.

    Offspinner Ravi Ashwin claimed 5-57, giving him 27 wickets for the series in a dominant performance.

    India raced to 0-59 at lunch off 14 overs. Murali Vijay (57) and Cheteshwar Pujara (52) completed half-centuries after lunch, adding 108 for the first wicket.

    However Australia’s aggression paid dividends as India lost 6-102 in a collapse before Jadeja and Ashwin made sure the home side’s tail wagged, just as Siddle and Pattinson (30) had done for Australia with a 54-run partnership for the ninth wicket.

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    • March 24th 2013 @ 5:24am
      Cskrerd said | March 24th 2013 @ 5:24am | ! Report

      Its a pity that aussies invariantly believe sledging as an inherent quality to win.And all this after just one eventful day ? Remember,india arent all out yet and second innings is not yet started,and unlike aussies,we have good,consistent spinners.

      And lyon should understand that the talkback from days of Ganguly are menial than what you shall recieve from the current crop.you better watch out when you bat,coz fella,this team doesnot bother holding back.

      • March 24th 2013 @ 2:18pm
        Matthew Skellett said | March 24th 2013 @ 2:18pm | ! Report

        Absolutely right Csk I don’t know what the Aussie team is playing at but it seems to me consistent with a long line of stupidity this dead-end road they are on

      • March 25th 2013 @ 9:46am
        nachos supreme said | March 25th 2013 @ 9:46am | ! Report

        memo to D.Warner :When your sides being flogged and you’ve scored next to no runs personally, you’re best to keep the chat to yourself.

        • March 25th 2013 @ 10:24am
          matt h said | March 25th 2013 @ 10:24am | ! Report

          That boy has a lot of maturing to do.

    • March 24th 2013 @ 6:26am
      TedS said | March 24th 2013 @ 6:26am | ! Report

      Desperation on part of Warner. But the management will look at it as him being a team player and having the passion and desire one UTK so obviously lacks. The language and cultural differences may prevent the Indians from fully retaliating, but rest assured the English will sledge right back and they got plenty of material in the aftermath of homework-gate. Looking at the test situation, a lead of 50 would have been daunting for the Aussies, but now it seems the lead will be minimal.

      • March 24th 2013 @ 10:16am
        Pradeep said | March 24th 2013 @ 10:16am | ! Report

        No doubt that UTK has been mistreated a d should be in the team but I loved Warner’s passion last night and we have a game on our hands now, I dont think UTK has anything to worry about if we lose as he hasn’t played a game this series

        • March 24th 2013 @ 10:50am
          Amith said | March 24th 2013 @ 10:50am | ! Report

          +2

      • March 24th 2013 @ 1:05pm
        ryan said | March 24th 2013 @ 1:05pm | ! Report

        Has there ever been a cricket article on this sight that doesn’t mention Khawaga within the first 5 comments? Gee Whizz get overrr ittt. I agree he should be in the side but let it go

        • March 24th 2013 @ 1:30pm
          TedS said | March 24th 2013 @ 1:30pm | ! Report

          Thats because its only the most unjust treatment of a player in modern era sports.

          • March 24th 2013 @ 2:00pm
            Pradeep said | March 24th 2013 @ 2:00pm | ! Report

            I agree, it is unjust but in saying that I am enjoy this game now that it’s even

          • March 25th 2013 @ 10:27am
            matt h said | March 25th 2013 @ 10:27am | ! Report

            That is a little over the top. The boy does not average 60. He averages just over 40 in first class cricket and has less centuries than Hughes. He averages 29 in tests off limited opportunities. He has been hard done by but he is not the messiah and this trolling is becoming ridiculous.

            Ask Stuart Law, Jamie Siddons, Martin Love, Jamie Cox and Brad Hodge if this is the most unjust treatment in modern era sports. Laughable.

    • March 24th 2013 @ 6:44am
      Allanthus said | March 24th 2013 @ 6:44am | ! Report

      The sight of Lyon yelling at one of the Indian batsmen to f off after his dismissal looked rather pathetic to me.

      I was happy to see him bowl well and take wickets but suspect the reason was because this pitch is a low turner, not because of some new “aggression policy”.

      • March 24th 2013 @ 10:44am
        adsa said | March 24th 2013 @ 10:44am | ! Report

        It was not a good look. If a bowler has the wickets to back it up it is ok, but Lyon has been poor to date.

      • March 24th 2013 @ 12:33pm
        Disco said | March 24th 2013 @ 12:33pm | ! Report

        +1

        Reminded me of when Johnson tried to play tough guy in the last Ashes series.

      • March 24th 2013 @ 1:09pm
        ryan said | March 24th 2013 @ 1:09pm | ! Report

        He wasn’t playing tough guy at all he was simply annoyed with the days play so far (duhh they were 0/108) when he finally got a wicket it was simply a release of frustration, it wasn’t directed at the batsmen which is the point i think your missing. There was a big difference between lyon telling pudjara to f*** off then warners dig at kohli

      • March 25th 2013 @ 1:02am
        Kaushik said | March 25th 2013 @ 1:02am | ! Report

        An angry Lyon looks rather like a frazzled werewolf who’s past is prime. He should stick to bowling well and leave these antics to others who can carry it off. On that topic, David Warner should shut up until he can put up some strong performances. Strong sledging does not substitute for good batting.

      • March 25th 2013 @ 10:28am
        matt h said | March 25th 2013 @ 10:28am | ! Report

        Poor old Nathan looks like a bookkeeper. He is the least intimidating cricketer I’ve seen since Ian Bell.

        • March 25th 2013 @ 10:44am
          JMW said | March 25th 2013 @ 10:44am | ! Report

          Funny mate! I always thought he looked like a frazzled bookkeeper too! Good luck to him though for his first innings bowling even if it was three tests overdue.

    • March 24th 2013 @ 6:45am
      Boomer said | March 24th 2013 @ 6:45am | ! Report

      Hopefully Warner follows up his unwarranted sledging with a decent batting display for once.

      Well bowled Lyon.

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    • March 24th 2013 @ 7:02am
      Viscount Crouchback said | March 24th 2013 @ 7:02am | ! Report

      Disgraceful antics.

      The ICC would do well to remind the Australian captain that cricket is a game for gentlemen, not corner boys.

    • March 24th 2013 @ 7:32am
      Atawhai Drive said | March 24th 2013 @ 7:32am | ! Report

      Anyone can talk. Scoring runs in a Test match requires different skills which, on the evidence so far, most of our top-order batsmen don’t have.

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