March 2017

The stats that matter for the Australians in India

Seven months after a 3-nil series loss in Sri Lanka, Australia has gone down to 2-1 to India. Sri Lanka is ranked number seven in the world while India is a clear number one and has lost just one Test in its past 23. This latest trip to the sub-continent has indicated improvement in testing […]

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Glenn Maxwell at six could help destroy England

Glenn Maxwell came of age as a Test cricketer at Ranchi. He faced 185 deliveries in compiling 104, his maiden Test century. It was an innings built around patience and caution rather than inventiveness and gusto. It was a knock that some thought Maxwell was incapable of producing. It has all but guaranteed that he […]

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Dharamsala’s pacy pitch should suit Australia

If Australia could choose a venue for a deciding Test in India it would most likely be Dharamsala. Following a 210-over stint in the field during India’s only innings in the heat at Ranchi, the climate at Dharamsala will be a relief. The pitch may also be to Australia’s liking. This domestic season in India, […]

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It’s time for David Warner to turn around his record on the road

David Warner is a cricketing Jekyll and Hyde. On home pitches, he monsters opposing bowling attacks, averaging 59.2. Away from home his average is a modest 37.6, a drop of 21.6 runs. The stark nature of the differential between his home and away performances is mirrored also in his career century tally – 14 at […]

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Pitch perfect: Kohli’s curator influence on home pitches

Australian curators are free to go about their business unhindered by authorities. They do not receive instructions and their preparations are not monitored by anyone. They prepare a surface and are then judged on it. In India, it is a very different situation. The BCCI has a pitch committee that oversees the preparation of each […]

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Australia’s number six conundrum continues

It was unlikely Mitch Marsh was going to play the third Test. It is now a certainty. Team management has sent him back to Australia for treatment on an injured shoulder, an injury that he carried into the series. His four innings produced scores of 4, 31, 0 and 13 – albeit he received a […]

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If SOK doesn’t get you, the GOAT will

Australia is potentially one good partnership from retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. As it stands, five days of cricket may well be enough to end India’s hopes of regaining the silverware. And that Roarers, will be a magnificent achievement. India’s skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble both played down the significance of Australia’s victory at […]

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Steve Smith is a great batsman. Will he become a great captain?

Steve Smith is a great batsman. That is undeniable. If his career was to end tomorrow his record would stand up favourably against the best of all-time. His 51 Tests have produced 4888 runs at an average of 60.3. His 18 centuries have come at a rate of one every 2.8 Tests – compared to […]

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