Australia’s spinners punished in Chennai

By Greg Buckle,


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    Uncapped India Board XI batsman Ambati Rayudu belted 71 not out in a stubborn display as Australia’s spinners were punished on Wednesday.

    The home side recovered from 6-132 to reach 6-171 at tea on day two of the two-day game in reply to Australia’s first innings of 241.

    Spinners Nathan Lyon (2-53 off 11 overs), Glenn Maxwell (1-20 off four) and Steve Smith (0-34 off four) all struggled to keep things tight on the small oval and fast outfield at Chennai’s Guru Nanak College Ground.

    While Maxwell, with a wicket and a brilliant catch, helped push his case for selection as allrounder in the first Test on February 22, seam-bowling allrounder Moises Henriques gave an impressive performance by claiming 2-7 from seven overs.

    Parvel Rassol was 14 not out at tea, after sharing an unbeaten seventh-wicket partnership of 39 with Rayudu who hit eight fours and three sixes from 96 deliveries.

    Lyon made the initial breakthrough for the tourists on day two when Robin Uthappa (24) was brilliantly caught by Maxwell at mid-wicket.

    Henriques highlighted the variable bounce on offer by removing Mandeep Singh (3) caught behind from a hook shot and bowling Abinhav Mukund (21) with a delivery that appeared to keep low.

    Lyon’s second wicket came in the first over after the interval when Kedar Jadhav (1) was caught behind attempting a cut shot at 4-61.

    Maxwell, after making a duck in Australia’s first innings, took a wicket in his first over by trapping former Test wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel lbw for 23 at 5-102.

    Paceman James Pattinson crashed through Stuart Binny’s defences for five at 6-132.

    Australia’s Michael Clarke jogged laps of the oval and without any apparent concerns in an encouraging sign that the skipper can overcome a sore hamstring for the first Test starting on February 22.

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    • February 14th 2013 @ 4:40am
      Frankie Hughes said | February 14th 2013 @ 4:40am | ! Report

      Hardly surprising as Lyon is a club bowler. Maxwell is even worst.

      The worst of the lot Steve Smith, his bowling is nothing more than charity.

      And to thing Doherty will play the next warm up match…

      The joy…

      • February 14th 2013 @ 10:04am
        jameswm said | February 14th 2013 @ 10:04am | ! Report

        In 19 tests, Lyon has 61 test wickets at 32 with an economy rate of 2.88.

        Not beating down the house figures, but certainly solid.

        Claiming he’s a club bowler is absurd. Lyon is a test bowler, and a reasonable one.

        • February 14th 2013 @ 10:06am
          jamesb said | February 14th 2013 @ 10:06am | ! Report

          He could’ve had a few more wickets, had Wade held on to a few chances.

        • February 14th 2013 @ 10:08am
          Frankie Hughes said | February 14th 2013 @ 10:08am | ! Report

          The beginners luck has run out with Lyon.

          He was toothless against SA.

          He basically bowling darts.

          • February 14th 2013 @ 11:23am
            Roger said | February 14th 2013 @ 11:23am | ! Report

            Lyon is a must for the first test but not Maxwell, he can neither bowl or bat at test level. I would go with Watson and Warner at the top, Khawaja at 4, Henriquest at 6 and Lyon as the only spinner for the first test. Warner, Clarke and Khawaja can bowl 10-15 overs of spin between them.

    • February 14th 2013 @ 5:40am
      Red Kev said | February 14th 2013 @ 5:40am | ! Report

      Lyon is far better than a club bowler. Indians play spin well and he still got them out.
      Lyon finished with 3-69 off 13, Henriques with 4-12 off 9.3, Bird with 0-10 off 10.
      Maxwell does not possess the temperament or technique to succeed in test matches and his presence is a disgrace.

      • February 14th 2013 @ 8:40am
        Frankie Hughes said | February 14th 2013 @ 8:40am | ! Report

        3-69 of 13 overs is exactly the point.

        Good figures for a club bowler.

        Going at 5 an over is hardly gonna help Pup in the Test series.

        • February 14th 2013 @ 8:46am
          Red Kev said | February 14th 2013 @ 8:46am | ! Report

          Getting three wickets is more than Pattinson Bird and Siddle did combined.
          Getting three wickets is going to help Australia.

          • February 14th 2013 @ 8:52am
            Frankie Hughes said | February 14th 2013 @ 8:52am | ! Report

            3 wickets against players not close to the Indian Test side…

            Yeah you go with it.

            Sehwag Pujara Kolhi will be pounding the final nails in Lyon’s lucky stint in the Test side.

            • February 14th 2013 @ 9:52am
              Red Kev said | February 14th 2013 @ 9:52am | ! Report

              Again Pattinson, Bird and Siddle combined for a massive one wicket against batsmen not good enough to make the test side.

              • February 14th 2013 @ 10:03am
                jamesb said | February 14th 2013 @ 10:03am | ! Report

                I can see you point Red Kev, but our fast bowlers didn’t bowl too many overs either. I think it was only 10 or 12 overs each. All of our fast bowlers economy rates were good.

                That could be a good balance, especially if Lyon is expensive.

              • February 14th 2013 @ 10:07am
                jameswm said | February 14th 2013 @ 10:07am | ! Report

                I want to know how Lyon got his wickets. Did he get them from slogs, or pressure from good bowling? At 5 an over, I don’t know how much of the latter it was. All 3 were caught, one by Wade.

                The batsmen may have been given a directive from higher up to after Lyon at every opportunity. He’s sort of the most crucial cog in the team in India, in many ways.

                If it was a dustbowl, it shows that medium pacers can work.

                By the way Agar bowled 8 overs 1 for 27, getting out the no.8 who was well set. Better figures (by a fair margin) than Maxwell or Smith.

              • February 14th 2013 @ 10:25am
                Matt F said | February 14th 2013 @ 10:25am | ! Report

                It’s not too surprising that Agar did better than Smith or Maxwell. Maxwell is a batting all-rounder (and the term all-rounder is very debatable in his case) while Smith was picked as the back up batsman according to the selectors and he barely bowls for NSW anymore. Agar should be bowling better than them.

            • February 14th 2013 @ 11:30am
              Ian Whitchurch said | February 14th 2013 @ 11:30am | ! Report

              One of the problems with once-a-generation players like Warne, Gilchrist or Botham is fans expect that every player of the same style that follows them will eb that good.

              Lyon’s about an average offspinner. Yeah, he doesnt turn it that much, and bowls a lot of darts. Guess what – thats normal.

              Similarly, most legspinners are pretty inaccurate, and will bowl half-trackers and four balls, in between wicket-taking deliveries. Thats normal too.

              And Mr Hughes’ reaction – thats normal for fans that have been spoiled by once-in-a-generation players as well.

              • February 14th 2013 @ 11:36am
                Matt F said | February 14th 2013 @ 11:36am | ! Report

                Very true. Lyon’s record stacks up well compared to most off-spinners that have played for Australia

              • February 14th 2013 @ 12:18pm
                Frankie Hughes said | February 14th 2013 @ 12:18pm | ! Report

                I sorry but I haven’t been mesmerised by one in a lifetime bowlers.

                I can’t see how Lyon ever leapfrogged Hauritz.

                Hauritz’s averaged pushed out after the last series in India.

                After this series, it more than likely, that Lyon’s stats will be worst than Hauritz.

                Therefore we will be back to square one.

                Hauritz could at least bat and field as well.

            • February 14th 2013 @ 2:08pm
              Brendon said | February 14th 2013 @ 2:08pm | ! Report

              You got any better ideas for our number one spinner Frankie? Please tell us

              • February 14th 2013 @ 5:55pm
                Frankie Hughes said | February 14th 2013 @ 5:55pm | ! Report


    • February 14th 2013 @ 9:20am
      Whitestar said | February 14th 2013 @ 9:20am | ! Report

      As an aside – despite not really liking the format, last night I changed the channel to watch some of the WI/Aus 20/20…..
      It was 7.30 (West Aus time), and after listening to part of it on the radio earlier in the arvo I knew Australia would be halfway through their innings…..but no…..I was greeted with the telecast just beginning! To make matters worse, it began with three ch 9 presenters doing the f$&king Gangnam dance……
      It’d be funny if it wasn’t so completely unfathomable I suppose. They must take all cricket followers to be imbeciles.
      And don’t start me on the (insert chicken company name here) ads…..
      Suffice to say I immediately turned it off and read a book. Pfffffttt.

      • February 14th 2013 @ 7:43pm
        JohnB said | February 14th 2013 @ 7:43pm | ! Report

        White – if you were in PNG you’d have had the weird situation of the channel 9 feed which they take from Perth for some reason having the cricket on delay starting at 9 or 9:30pm local time (same as Aust Eastern Std Time) while it was being telecast live (and thus well into the run chase) on the local channel (and it’s been similar for the ODIs). I can only assume if you live in Perth you might get it live on Gem? They must get ratings of about 3 men and a dog for the 9 broadcast in Perth.

      • February 15th 2013 @ 1:14pm
        Talisman said | February 15th 2013 @ 1:14pm | ! Report

        Whitestar, the ads, promos (I swear I’ll NEVER watch the Block), subliminal ads DURING an over, commentators doing ads during an over got my blood boiling. James Brayshaw better learn quick smart that cricket viewers are not blind & do know something about the game. He carries on incessantly as if viewers are stupid – maybe I am, but it was the worst summer of cricket broadcast I’ve suffered through.

    • February 14th 2013 @ 9:49am
      Jeffrey Atkins said | February 14th 2013 @ 9:49am | ! Report

      Maxwell got a duck first innings. Moises ended with 4-12 off 9….

    • February 14th 2013 @ 10:05am
      jamesb said | February 14th 2013 @ 10:05am | ! Report

      Moises did well picking up four wickets, but I get the feeling, the selectors will go with the Big Show.

      • February 14th 2013 @ 10:13am
        Red Kev said | February 14th 2013 @ 10:13am | ! Report

        Of course they will, that is why he opened in the second innings – his 14* will be treated like a double-ton.

        • February 14th 2013 @ 11:13am
          Brian said | February 14th 2013 @ 11:13am | ! Report

          I can’t see how Henriques can be considered, he’s bowling well but his batting is in the realm of Starc, Johnson & Pattinson – you might as well play one of the latter instead.

          • February 14th 2013 @ 11:17am
            Red Kev said | February 14th 2013 @ 11:17am | ! Report

            I would play Henriques instead of a “quick”. Medium pacers will be more useful than pace in my opinion. Watson would have been great on India’s pitches. Copeland too.

            • February 14th 2013 @ 1:01pm
              Brian said | February 14th 2013 @ 1:01pm | ! Report

              Than pick Bird & Siddle and still add one of the aforementioned ahead of Moises.

        • February 14th 2013 @ 11:25am
          Roger said | February 14th 2013 @ 11:25am | ! Report

          If only Maxwell had 30 more minutes he could have slogged a 50 and then Arthur would have made it look like the best 50 ever. Arthur said in an interview yesterday that the makeup of the batting lineup is still in the air with the openers still to be decided so Watson and Cowan will fight it out in the second warm up game. He also talked up Khawaja’s chances to come in for the first test but a good score from him will help his case alot. Henriques did his chances no harm whereas Maxwell went down the pecking order. My gut feel is that both Watson and Khawaja will be playing in the first test but it will really depend on how these guys go in Saturday’s match. And what about Ashton Agar, looks like a very good talent, one to watch out for in the coming years.

          • February 14th 2013 @ 7:45pm
            JohnB said | February 14th 2013 @ 7:45pm | ! Report

            Strange thing was, he did have another 30 minutes. They called it off early, which seems bizarre to me given the only point of the game is getting a bit of practice.

    • February 14th 2013 @ 11:21am
      Roger said | February 14th 2013 @ 11:21am | ! Report

      Impressive return from Henriques and tidy for Lyon too. Bag Lyon all you like his results continue to speak for themselves. Pleasing to hear the we found some reverse, this has been a big difference between Aust and Indian quicks on recent tours, good signs from the tour match, solid start to the tour. If Henriques gets another hit out and can show he’s good for a few then I guess Doherty’s a strong chance, One thing you can say for Lyon is that he doesn’t generally get milked, I think Doherty will be lucky to hold up an end, hopefully he can surprise us. Khawaja got a start with a 30 odd but expect a big one from him in the second warm up game as he is a must in the top 6. I am not convinced with Ed and would have Watson opening. Encouraging start for Bird in India too!