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Darren Lehmann indicated earlier this month that Australia would need a bit of luck to combat Indian captain Virat Kohli’s career-best form in the four-Test series.
As a sports broadcaster, very few things can surpass commentating cricket in India.
Malcolm Conn, post Ashes 2013 and prior to England landing in Australia for the second chapter of the back-to-back Anglo-Aussies series, made a comment on a home side’s propensity to doctor pitches.
You couldn’t meet three better blokes than Allan Border, Geoff Lawson and Gavin Robertson.
Playing against India brings out the best in Steve Smith – to an unprecedented point for an Australian.
In trying to undo Australia by serving up a rank turning pitch, the Indians only made it easier for the tourists. It is on a fairer, flatter surface that Australia would be more vulnerable, as we saw in Sri Lanka last year.
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Steve Smith’s cricket career has featured 18 Test centuries and no shortage of highlights, but his performance in Pune topped them all according to a man who has closely watched the skipper’s rise and rise.
India’s new-found resolve to use the Decision Review System (DRS) backfired spectacularly in Pune.
India is often described as the final frontier. In that respect, it is much like space in Star Trek.
The most remarkable aspect of Australia’s dominant win over India in the first Test yesterday is that their batsmen and spinners utilised better techniques for the spinning conditions than the home team.
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Sixteen years ago this week Australia was celebrating a massive victory in India.
Yesterday was a great day for Sydney-based competitors. None more so than Steve O’Keefe, Steve Smith, and the mighty Winx.
There were talks of India winning the Border–Gavaskar Trophy 4-0 in India, triumphing in the first Test in Pune by a huge margin.
The showdown between skippers Steve Smith and Virat Kohli was billed as the battle that will all but decide Australia’s bid for a boilover in India.
It has taken less than three days of play for Australia to record a Test win that, before the first ball, the world at large agreed was bordering on the impossible.
Jason Behrendorff has made a stunning return from injury and delivered the fifth best Sheffield Shield bowling figures to skittle Victoria for 117 at the WACA Ground.
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With the dust now settled from the incredible drama in Pune, much has been made of the performance of both sides.
Steven Smith has 26 international 100s, an average over 60 and he’s already well on his way to becoming one of Australia’s all-time great cricketers. At 27 we have many more years of Smith to behold, but in the first Test against India he was as good as he has ever been.
Former Indian Test spinner Harbhajan Singh has revealed that he worked hard “to earn every single wicket” of his 103-test career, and on a dustbowl pitch, “you just need to bowl fast” and “bowl in the same spot”.
The Australian cricket team, media and fans have been up in arms over the last couple of days after comments from the Indian camp regarding Steve O’Keefe’s man-of-the-match 12-wicket haul in Pune.
What a start to the series. Nobody even in their wildest dreams would have predicted such a result, that has left all cricket lovers in a shock.
Australia’s win in Pune wasn’t just incredible, it was illuminating. Here’s what we learnt from the match.
Spin it however you like, Stephen O’Keefe was the hero in Pune. His match figures of 12/70, the best by an Aussie spinner in India.
8604 days. Or 23 years, six months and 19 days.
The odds were unequivocally in their favour. The last time that India had been defeated in a Test was 19 matches ago in Galle. On home soil, one had to go back more than four years and 20 games for their previous loss.
Australia have not only surprised everyone by not being pummelled in the first Test match of the series – they actually won? And boy did they win big.
Matthew Renshaw covered himself, and the Australian dressing room toilets, in glory this week. A fine innings of 68 on debut in India was briefly interrupted by the undeniable call of nature.
So what can Australia make of the quite extraordinary outcome in Pune?
Allan Border hails from a time when men were men. Well, Queenslanders were men. Others could earn begrudging male status through feats of strength, or alcoholism.
On day two of the first Test in Pune, Australia’s Steve O’Keefe ripped through the Indian batting line-up to roll them for 105 runs and collect himself figures of 6/35.
Match result: It has taken less than three days of play for Australia to record a Test win that, before the first ball, the world at large agreed was bordering on impossible.
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New Zealand will look to continue their run of form and take a series lead against South Africa who haven’t been playing poorly, but have been below their best. Join The Roar for live scores of the third ODI in Wellington from 12pm (AEDT).
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