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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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“Australia have no Pujara. Australia have no momentum. Australia have no hope.”

Superb piece Ronan. He has been fantastic. Hazlewood after the game yesterday said : “To dismiss Pujara we need to be more patient than him. We haven’t succeeded in that.” I am just so happy for Test cricket when I see him bat. It defines what you can and should do when you have the time to grind the opposition down. Bradman may not have approved of his strike rate, but there is no more effective Test player today than Pujara if you leave out Kohli and Williamson (and Smith for now).

Pujara bats Australia out of fourth Test

Hahahaha

The best Test XI of 2018

Without getting into the best debate which we can leave until he retires you genuinely need to personally dislike Kohli and be blind to his cricket to label him overrated as a batsman.

The best Test XI of 2018

Good team Scott but based on 2018 there is no way Jimmy Anderson makes the team ahead of Jasprit Bumrah. The figures and the performance don’t suggest it.

The best Test XI of 2018

It’s one of my favourite Aus-Ind Test matches. Very well described of course.
Actually there were three injured bowlers. Shivlal Yadav, whose left toe was broken but Pascoe in the first innings while batting, Kapil and Doshi. Thanks for reviving the memories Kersi.

The MCG thriller of 1981

Sorry to hear that Peter. They would have had lovely stories to tell I am sure. You inherited the cricket genes? Is your last name Handscomb by any chance? ????

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

Thank you so much Chris. I for one have no problem endorsing your last point. Bishan Bedi goes a bit further and calls him a javelin thrower but then Bishan has never been once to mince his words !

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

Haha Chris. Sadly, that was the reality of the time. Home umpires were largely biased, Pakistan and New Zealand were particularly bad. I didn’t invent this, if you read cricket history it’s not a point there is too much dispute on between players across nations, not just from the sub continent.

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

It’s interesting what you say about your pitches. Some of the Indian spinners have magnificent figures there particularly Prasanna in 1967-68 but I guess that might also have to do with the less than stellar quality of batsmen at the time. But what made it tough for foreign spinners for decades was of course the wonderful home umpires! There is the story about BS Chandrasekhar appealing after bowling a Kiwi batsman out. On the puzzled umpire asking him what he was appealing for since the batsman was bowled, Chandra had one of the all time classic quips: “Yes I know he is bowled, but is he out?” ????

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

Thanks so much Elvis for pointing out that typo. Will Ask the editors to correct that. And thanks also for the bit about Grummett. Yes That’s precisely why Tiger O’Reilly refers to him as Grum in his obit.

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

That is so cool. Do feel free to send across some family stories on Clarrie. I can be reached at thecricketwriter@gmail.com

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

Thank you so much!

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

Thank you. The only ones who call me Andy are Starbucks baristas by the way ????

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

Thanks so much Paul. Glad you enjoyed it.

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

It would indeed be interesting to see how he fares the next time. Australia for most spinners on the first tour has traditionally been tough.

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

Thanks so much Pope! Appreciate the kind words. David Frith recently wrote in to say the Braddles-Grimmett fallout was indeed over Bradman’s perceived fear of McCormick’s bowling and Grimmett maintaining he got out to avoid facing McCormick.

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

That’s a lovely story Kersi! I am sure Hazare’s centuries (and I recently picked Vijay Hazare over VVS Laxman in an all time Indian team to Australia which surprised many) was immensely gratifying to Grimmett. I remain keen to see the Hazare letters to you some day. And thank you so much for your kind words.

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

With Shaw ruled out, Mayank Agarwal and Kl Rahul may open. I would however prefer Rahul back in India playing domestic cricket as of now. An interesting combination would be Mayank opening with Parthiv Patel and both Vihari and Pandya playing with Ashwin/Jadeja/Kuldeep replacing Umesh Yadav, but Kohli may not want to drop Pant. My line up above would provide enormous solidity to the batting which has been lacking.

Will history repeat in Melbourne?

Thank you so much Paul. Glad you enjoyed it. I am sure you will see him sooner rather than later and it is most likely that he will thrive on Australian pitches. His first two victims, Smith and Warner, may not be so happy however ????.

200 not out: The story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

Nice one Adam. I am hugely enjoying the stump mike picking up the banter. Nothing that’s happened thus far in this series merits the angst and hysteria among the media and a certain segment of Roarers never mind Twitter. Anyone who is upset about Kohli’s behaviour this series is surely being either hypocritical or holier than thou. I agree with you this would be a very boring series indeed if you had 22 nice politically correct grown men mucking around with a a ball and a couple of bats. It just woudn’t be cricket!

King Kohli is the gift that keeps on giving

Nice one Ryan. Can’t agree more Chris. Lyon is today at the top of his class on all wickets. When he came to india on his last tour I was still doubtful about how he was called GOAT in Australia, not having been hugely impressed before. But these intervening two years have been transformational. Just love watching him bowl. That ball that got rid of Kohli was a drifter where Kohli played for the spin and for me was the delivery of the match. For India, selecting Umesh ahead of Jadeja or Kuldeep was sheer stupidity. Not that it would make much difference that India plays with six #11 in the side (the four quicks and the openers). Well deserved Oz victory coming up in the first 30 minutes of play today.

Lyon is mauling India

Excellent piece Ronan. Bumrah has been phenomenal and Ishant and Shami have provided great support. Cummins for me has been the standout for Oz in this Test. Beautiful bowling.

On a different note. Kohli played what was arguably one of the best,grittiest innings on Australian soil in recent years with such beautiful strokes. Not a single mention on the forum (regardless of how some people dislike him) is disappointing. A lovely piece from Greg Baum today https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/talk-show-virat-kohli-and-his-bat-perform-duet-20181216-p50mlu.html

Indian quicks leave Australia battered and bruised

Nice one Kersi. I wonder if India did not misread the new pitch. I would have taken Kuldeep instead of Umesh. This Indian team does not have the batting depth of 2001-2008 so I would hesitate to back them to win this one batting second. But if they can manage a draw in this I would back them in Sydney. Not too sure about the Boxing Day Test yet. The quicka have been impressive again other than Ishant the who seems to have strained a muscle early.

How will India fare in the Perth Test?

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