Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Life&Culture | By Ted Wilson

India vs Australia: Closely-guarded Ranchi pitch leaves Aussies miffed


Both have enjoyed considerable success. India won the second Test in Bangalore to leave the series tantalisingly poised at 1-1 but simmering tensions boiled over when the hosts' captain accused his opposite number of abusing the decision review system (DRS). He said Richardson made it clear he expected both sides to play within the boundaries of the game so that "cricket was the victor in this Test". I think it's good for everybody that everyone moves on because you'll always have two sides of the coin; one side will say one thing the other side will say another and that just takes the focus away from the game that we all are sitting here because of.

"As a spinner, we bowl with our shoulder, and in the old school, the shoulder follows the ball, the body follows the shoulder, and that's the follow-through". But explosive opener David Warner's tentativeness against Ashwin is hurting them big time. We saw Josh Hazlewood take six wickets and Mitchell Starc did what he did in the second innings.

But Henriques said bowling in the subcontinent was a much more bruising task than on home soil, particularly in the aggressive environment created in the first two Tests.

"He was giving a send-off to just about every player, which you've got to be very careful with". Lyon is a good example...he's got most of his wickets on good wickets.

Obviously, coach Anil Kumble was asked about it in the build-up to this Test.

"As I said, two sides to the coin, I could be speaking about it again, and things are not going to move forward". Stoinis and Cummins have been brought in as replacements and both are expected to make it to the team. With the pitch likely to favour the spinners, the Indian think-tank will be tempted to play Jayant Yadav or Kuldeep Yadav as the third spinner.

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"He has the mind of a captain, has great cricketing intelligence and is fearless", he added. Everyone said we were going to lose 4-nil, they're no good. "I think these are contests that are created to get more excitement around the series which is fair but we individuals focus on what we need to do in certain sessions to win games for Team India". You got to beat the batsman in the air or you got to beat the batsman off the pitch. After the pitch for the first Test in Pune was deemed as "poor" by the International Cricket Council (ICC), match referee Chris Broad reported that the surface for the second Test in Bangalore was "below average".

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"Ashwin is an intelligent bowler".

Some ex and current Australian players have also had issues with India's naked aggression. "I am confident he is capable of succeeding there, but that will be his litmus test", Bedi says. That frenzied fourth afternoon should not dissuade the Australians from maintaining their disciplined and focused approach in Ranchi, because over the course of a long Test series, skill will invariably hold up better than emotion.

Sanjay Rajan has written on sport for over two decades.

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