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Indian offspinner Ravi Ashwin triggered a middle-order collapse before tailender Peter Siddle hit a career-best 47 not out to guide the tourists to 8-231 on day one of the fourth Test.
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Michael Clarke will miss the fourth Test in Delhi with a back injury as Australia look to avoid a clean sweep under the captaincy of Shane Watson. Follow the action live on Roar Radio from 2.30pm AEDT.
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It was closer than it should’ve been, but in the end India chased down the 133 set by Australia with six wickets to spare.
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Australia’s unlikely pair of Steve Smith (92) and tail-ender Mitchell Starc (99) put on 97 runs for the eighth wicket in the Mohali Test against India yesterday. Thanks to this late order resistance Australia totalled 408.
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Australia are confident they can put a competitive total on the board as they resume on Saturday’s third day of the third Test against India at 7-273 in their first innings.
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The Roar begins live radio commentary of Australian cricket matches today, starting with the third Test against India in Mohali. Join our live coverage this afternoon and every day for the rest of the series.
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India’s victory in the second Test against Australia, while currently overshadowed by Shane Watson’s early departure from the tour, saw another statistical plume attached to the already-crowded crown the Indian captain wears.
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Being beaten, or even annihilated, in India shouldn’t bother us. They beat us there, and we beat them here. That is the usual scenario.
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Beg, steal or borrow anything that packs a diversionary punch and clutch it tight for the next three weeks.
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It is time we all face facts – Australian cricket is at a modern-day nadir. We can blame the selectors, we can blame Indian pitches, we can blame the alignment of the planets.
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That wasn’t just a loss. It was a flogging from the First Fleet era. As it unfurled, its Antipodean witnesses began a many-voiced wail of lamentation that continues today.
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In the doom and gloom of Australia’s humiliating defeats in the first two Tests against India, one beam of light, one glimmer of hope, was their skipper Michael Clarke.
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Australia’s woeful, humiliating, and backyard grade defeat to India has highlighted that quite frankly, the Australian Test team just doesn’t cut it anymore on the big stage.
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There’s been one standout in India’s successive eight-wicket, innings and 35 maulings of Australia – Ravi Ashwin.
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Some sporting records appear written in stone, unlikely ever to be surpassed – Cal Ripken’s 2632 consecutive games in US Major League Baseball and St George’s 11 consecutive rugby league titles are an example.
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In the aftermath of Australia being handed an eight wicket drubbing in the first Test, a simple question has to be asked; is it possible for any team to go to India and win a series with just one recognised spin bowler in the team?
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Previewing the Chennai Test for The Roar, I wrote, “Australia has selected her XI as if the Test was to be played in Brisbane or Perth rather than in Chennai. What, three quickies and only one spinner, I asked myself in horror?
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Australia can’t say they weren’t warned. Long before this 2013 Border/Gavaskar Test series commenced, pundits were pointing out the visitors needed to be wary of the spin threat – ‘trial by spin’ was a common refrain.
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Australian captain Michael Clarke warned his players before the first Test that starts must not be wasted and specialist batsmen need to get big scores once they have settled in on a difficult pitch.
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If Australia believes picking an extra spinner is the solution to overcome Indian batting order, they are a long way off the mark.
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