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A Sports fanatic. I play some. I watch all sports, and I enjoy them. Above all, I have an opinion on them all! I can be contacted on anindya@thecricketwriter.com Twitter @cric_writer. Do visit my website www.cricketwriter.com

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1-0. Bumrah bowled at 150.6 kmph (just a wee bit faster than a couple of Bangla brothers on this forum I am told). Just saying.

Chill Australia, it can’t be worse than 2013

Very true. That Number One ranking clearly has little meaning.

Australia and the secret to winning abroad

Of course it’s satire guys! Loosen up! Too much serious cricket discussion is very bad for our health ????
I love the idea of course with every host refusing to put up serious opposition for the warm up games. The Essex team when india went to England was an absolute joke.

Australia and the secret to winning abroad

Haha precisely !

Australia and the secret to winning abroad

Kersi – I don’t think Clarke would make any difference. I agree with JamesH here – Clarke is not a great man manager. Far from it. Is he going to be able to play the kind of innings’ Simpson did? Permit me to doubt.

Chill Australia, it can’t be worse than 2013

I repeat my advice from above mate. Calm down, switch channels, stop watching Bangladesh and start watching India. Maybe you will end up making some serious comments. So you think the pitches in SA were like India? Which planet do you occupy mate?

Chill Australia, it can’t be worse than 2013

Might be time to watch some cricket.

Chill Australia, it can’t be worse than 2013

I agree actually. It will be tight and India has failed to win in the past even with the odds stacked in their favour. I hope the tongue-in-cheek didn’t entirely escape people ????

Chill Australia, it can’t be worse than 2013

145-150 typo

Chill Australia, it can’t be worse than 2013

James – You will see when they come. Other than Bhuvi who relies more on movement than the others, they are indeed consistently over 140. 145-250 sometimes and that is more Umesh and Shami.

Chill Australia, it can’t be worse than 2013

James – I admit it’s a bit full of hyperbole. After all i had written a piece here a few months ago predicting how India would be blown away giving Australia a Christmas present. So thought it’s time to restore the balance with some hyperbole on the other side ????

More seriously, I actually agree on the FC part. They should have been allowed back a bit earlier. But for international cricket, my stance has not changed – they cheated, they were made an example of, and the ban should stay. Whether the people who gave the ban are in the same positions of power are not for me are irrelevant. It’s not about who imposed the ban, but about why. Finally, should people in administration who perpetrated the culture be made responsible for their longstanding actions? Absolutely.

Chill Australia, it can’t be worse than 2013

Interesting take Kersi. Should the person at the top take responsibility? I do believe so. Teachers do drive classroom culture and when they don’t pick up on or clamp down on bad behaviour/cheating for years, and an outside inspector call it out, the teacher must go. Will they get Smith and Warner to return early? I don’t know but it would be a knock on the credibility of the country if they did, much as cricket needs a phenomenon like Smith.

Should David Peever have resigned?

Paul – Actually between these two teams even off the field I understand the relationship is very good, as it is on the field. In the South Africa series it was Much the same. I think it just might be the Aussies who bring out the worst in other teams, particularly India ????. Or maybe Kohli has matured. Losing is often an important life lesson.

How the 'Spirit of Cricket' misses the mark

Lovely read. It is indeed easier to follow the letter than the spirit of any set of rules. As someone brought up around the same time as you and being a Tragic of the sport, this truly resonates.

How the 'Spirit of Cricket' misses the mark

Thanks Rats. I am by now fairly used to Shastri’s hyperbole but this one truly took the cake I must admit! He dwells in a parallel universe for sure.

Get ready Australia - an Indian Santa is bringing Christmas early this year

I am afraid you may we’ll be right. How delusional Santa Shastri exactly was made clear when he talked about how many Tests India has won overseas under his watch. Except the one in SA and one in England they have all been either in SL or WI. If you don’t recognize a problem, you cannot find a solution.

Get ready Australia - an Indian Santa is bringing Christmas early this year

Not sure they would have minded the Gabba but the exercise of the option to refuse to play the D/N at Adelaide was well considered. Santas and Elves climb chimneys at night, they don’t play cricket. They leave that to the big boys 🙂

Get ready Australia - an Indian Santa is bringing Christmas early this year

Interesting you say that because Kohli’s successful approach through the series was to take his stance well outside his crease when facing up to the fast bowlers. It worked extremely well. But of course I agree on the rest and hence my ‘stylish trashing’ in this article as someone put it 🙂

Get ready Australia - an Indian Santa is bringing Christmas early this year

Santa Shastri is bringing you an oversized Christmas gift this year just for your vote of confidence Saurabh 🙂 Jokes aside, you may Be right, but I for one will just be ready to enjoy Kohli’s batting and the Indian pace bowlers demonstrating why Ronan has been going on about them for months. Tremendous bunch of fast bowlers the Aussies will truly appreciate.

Get ready Australia - an Indian Santa is bringing Christmas early this year

Thanks El Loco. True story! It was a wind-up indeed so a certain amount of poetic license is perhaps warranted 🙂

Get ready Australia - an Indian Santa is bringing Christmas early this year

That’s interesting Rellum and I certainly didn’t know that. I am now intrigued and will have to go back and read some of the Aussie cricket literature again. If I recall correctly Hedley Verity, Derek Underwood, Bishan Bedi have always been referred to as ‘left-arm spinners’ never as off-spinners even by batsmen like Bradman. ‘Chinaman’ I can understand because like Mankading was coined by the Aussie press, it was an unfortunate term coined on the field by less than politically correct Cricketers. In my mind I still find it truly bizarre to call a left arm spinner spinning from leg to off, an off spinner. Finger spinner, yes.

What makes a great offie?

Fair enough Nuwan. Like I said, I completely understand where you are coming from and agree with your thoughts on off spinners, I just disagree with the terminology. But that’s fine. I am not Aussie and I am rather traditional in these things, and I prefer to leave my little brain uncluttered by continuing to call left arm orthodox spinners as such ! Again, wonderful read and thanks for writing that.

What makes a great offie?

Hahaha

Get ready Australia - an Indian Santa is bringing Christmas early this year

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Get ready Australia - an Indian Santa is bringing Christmas early this year

Nuwan – Nice one on a topic very close to my heart. But I shall take issue with you clubbing Vettori and Bedi as off spinners. I understand where you are coming from in terms of looking at their left arm orthodox as a mirror image of the off spinner. But technically I would only use the term off spin for a ball that spins in from the off for a right hand batsman. Thats always been the traditional definition and I see little reason to mess with it. If we start doing this then all orthodox left arm spinners are off spinners and all Chinaman bowlers are leg spinners. I think this will cause immense confusion and perhaps takes away from the quaint traditions of the game.

What makes a great offie?