Australia will win the series against India

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    Nobody gave Australia the ghost of a chance to beat India in India, but it’s now a reality thanks to Steve Smith.

    Not only has the Australian skipper shown the way with the bat, but he’s got right up the nose of his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli who is having his worst ever series.

    Ler’s not forget India is ranked the world’s best Test team by a considerable margin – India 121, Australia second with 109, but hard pressed by South Africa’s 107.

    There have been only four centuries scored in this series, Smith has two.

    His scorecard reads 27, 109, 8, 28, and 178* for 340 runs at an average of 85 well above his world class career average of 61.46. His powers of concentration and patience shine through in facing 758 deliveries.

    It is an incredible transformation from a career that began with Smith batting 8, 9, 8, 8, 6. 6. 6. 6. 7, and 7 in his first ten digs that netted 267 runs at 29.67 – a very healthy average for a tailender.

    Now he’s the world’s premier Test batsman, and has been for sometime, with 19 centuries to his credit and a lot more in store.

    Cheteshwar Pujera, ranked sixth in the world, is keeping India in the hunt after a slow start with 6, 31, 17, 92, and 130* for 276 at 68, well above his career average of 49.90, facing 736 deliveries.

    But Kohli, ranked four, and David Warner, ranked five, have been well below their normal firepower.

    Kohli’s 0, 13. 12, 15, and 6 for 46 at 9.38 has come as a shock to everyone, while Warner’s in much the same boat with 38, 10, 33, 17, and 19 for 117 at 23.40.

    Australia's David Warner and Steve Smith

    Yet he’s managed a start in every innings, but hasn’t gone on with it – very un-Warner-like.

    But a rarely mentioned stat has the Australians in control

    They have scored 1384 runs in this series to average 27.68 a dismissal, compared to India’s 1035 at 22.50.

    But apart from Steve Smith’s superb batting, the rebirth of expressman Pat Cummins after a litany of injuries has been spectacular, and welcomed, after a break of five and half years since his debut in Johannesburg.

    For the then 18-year-old to win the man of the match award, after grabbed 6-79 off 29, and hit the winning runs in the 310-run chase.

    Cummins’ figures were not only impressive, but his scalps were right up there with the best – Jacques Rudolph (24), Jacques Kallis (2). AB de Villiers (73), Vernon Philander (23), Dale Steyn (41), and Morne Morkel for a duck.

    Yesterday the now 23-year-old, in only his second Test, grabbed 4-59 off 25 in another impressive display.

    This Test is heading for a draw, leaving the fourth and final Test at Dharamsala as the series decider.

    Expect Steve Smith and Pat Cummins to steer the baggy greens home.

    David Lord
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    • March 19th 2017 @ 7:05am
      Peebo said | March 19th 2017 @ 7:05am | ! Report

      For the sake of syntax, grammar and plain ole logic, here goes again

      “Nobody gave Australia the ghost of a chance to beat India in India, but it’s now a reality thanks to Steve Smith.”

      *a* ghost of a chance, not ‘the’. And perhaps ‘*of*beating India in India’ as opposed to *to* beat … the way you had it was clunky. Also, so now it’s a ‘reality’ that we have a ‘ghost of a chance’? We’ve been through these non-sequiturs of yours before David. Clauses of sentences have to tie in. You started with a ‘ghost of a chance’, and you didn’t see that through. Instead, you have the second clause contextualizing a plain old chance. But you forgot to introduce that into the mix. So maybe ‘”Nobody gave Australia a ghost of a chance of beating India in India, but now there’s a real likelihood of an upset thanks to Steve Smith” would have been better.

      “His powers of concentration and patience shine through in facing 758 deliveries.” Um, the way you have that, Smith is caught in a perpetual world of facing 758 deliveries. Perhaps, ‘His blah blah blah have *shone* through in the 758 deliveries he’s faced thus far in the series.’

      “For the then 18-year-old to win the man of the match award, after grabbed 6-79 off 29, and hit the winning runs in the 310-run chase.”

      For the then … what? Was it amazing? Was it astonishing? Um, you forget the superlative.

      Maybe, “For the then 18-year-old to go on and win the man of the match award, was amazing.” (The 6 for 79 and match winning hit clutters it. Bung that elsewhere, me thinks.)

      “Cummins’ figures were not only impressive, but his scalps were right up there with the best …”

      You love your ‘buts’ don’t you? Problem is you have no idea how to use them. That should read ‘Cummins’ figures were not only impressive, they included scalps which were right up there with the best.’

      No need to have a clause on Cummins impressive figures when they included Kallis and co. Save it when he takes tailenders in a Michellle five-fer i.e ‘Cummins figures of 6-79 may have appeared impressive, *but* they including Dilip Doshi, Jim Higgs and digitally challenged Azeem Hafeez.’

      As for the rest of this … thing … lose all the drab ‘balls faced’ and ‘overs bowled’ stuff. We only need those stats when hundreds are scored of 30 balls, and 50 overs are bowled by a tireless bowler in a day (Unless, of course, you need em in to get your word count up towards a contractual obligation?)

      • March 19th 2017 @ 8:24am
        Rod said | March 19th 2017 @ 8:24am | ! Report

        Me, fail Eniglish? But that’s unpossibble!

      • March 19th 2017 @ 10:15am
        AdrianK said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:15am | ! Report

        If you want to a grammar-police pedant, why don’t you head over to a Donald Trump supporters thread, or maybe One Nation – they need it more – probably rather keep this thread for comments about cricket.

        • March 19th 2017 @ 10:48am
          Peebo said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:48am | ! Report

          Who says I don’t? And am I being a pedant? I’m not picking on David for twee stuff. He’s getting a blowtorch for being incompetent. Much the same way he puts his blowtorch on the cricketers he’s biased against.

          • March 19th 2017 @ 1:08pm
            Art vanderay said | March 19th 2017 @ 1:08pm | ! Report

            I don’t like the (supposed imo) humour of Ben Pobje and Dan Liebke and my response to this is to not read their articles. I could I suppose do as you do and stalk them with my withering criticisms, thus proving my superiority over them from the warm anonymity of my loungeroom.

            I presume Peebo, that you are simply a humble man with much to be humble about…

            • March 19th 2017 @ 8:04pm
              George said | March 19th 2017 @ 8:04pm | ! Report

              I agree. To each their own, but I also avoid said ‘funny’ articles.

            • March 20th 2017 @ 7:03am
              Peebo said | March 20th 2017 @ 7:03am | ! Report

              Well Art, could it be that you have a superiority complex for attacking me for having a supposed superiority complex? You’re sounding all superior to my supposed issues, so what does that make you?

              David slings mud in a public arena and revels in putting noses out of joint. Mine has been one of them. I don’t like the smug way he attacks Glen Maxwell. If he’s gonna criticize Maxy for reverse sweeps and being a ‘cowboy’ (to quote him), I’m gonna throw mud back. Simple as that.

              And on my criticisms, unlike your issues with Dan and Ben, it’s not a ‘taste’ thing. My problem with him is that he has no regard for the *rules* of writing, let alone good prose. There’s a big difference in not liking a punchline and not liking someone who betrays our beautiful language. Especially when that betrayer parades as a journo.

              Finally, why read him when I don’t like him? I see the click bait styled titles to his pieces and get sucked in every time. Blame it on the Roars editors if I can’t help reading a Lordy piece titled, “Glen Maxwell is an alien and I want to have his baby.”

              • March 20th 2017 @ 1:38pm
                Art Vanderlay said | March 20th 2017 @ 1:38pm | ! Report

                So not only humble but with poor impulse control I see…

                P.S. Under the “rules of writing” just what does *___* represent?

              • March 20th 2017 @ 5:36pm
                Peebo said | March 20th 2017 @ 5:36pm | ! Report

                * – *, is italics if you can’t engage the italics tool.

                And you still have a superior air about you! Me? I’m a do-gooder: I’m trying to to do my bit to rid the world of incompetents.

              • March 20th 2017 @ 9:38pm
                Tom said | March 20th 2017 @ 9:38pm | ! Report

                Your final par is missing an apostrophe. Reprehensible.

              • March 21st 2017 @ 7:16pm
                Art Vanderlay said | March 21st 2017 @ 7:16pm | ! Report

                So not actually a “rule of writing”…

                Although asterisk can be used to mean a minor or insignificant person or thing.

                Both small and humble with lots to be small and humble about.

                Please accept my apologies for missing the small part of your character.

          • March 19th 2017 @ 1:28pm
            AdrianK said | March 19th 2017 @ 1:28pm | ! Report

            Fair enough.
            Adrian out 🙂

    • March 19th 2017 @ 8:08am
      Ted said | March 19th 2017 @ 8:08am | ! Report

      Ouch.

    • March 19th 2017 @ 9:13am
      Carl said | March 19th 2017 @ 9:13am | ! Report

      In the year of our Lord ( 19/3/2017 ) he said Australia will win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against India.

      So congratulations India, you deserved the victory against a tenacious Australian team.

      • March 19th 2017 @ 10:09am
        twodogs said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:09am | ! Report

        Well Carl, he could be wrong in his prediction. Most of Ronans are! 😆
        As is nearly every roarer.

    • March 19th 2017 @ 10:51am
      Chui said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:51am | ! Report

      There’s the kiss of death

    • March 19th 2017 @ 12:05pm
      jamesb said | March 19th 2017 @ 12:05pm | ! Report

      Congrats India.

    • March 19th 2017 @ 12:52pm
      Bee bee said | March 19th 2017 @ 12:52pm | ! Report

      “Cummins and Smith to steer us home.” Are you forgetting that Smith’s impressive average is actually second now in this series. David, who has a better average than Smith? David….., Are you there?
      Here is a hint. His first name rhymes with pen.
      Here’s another cryptic hint. You could say he smacks well.

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