PREVIEW: Australia v India, Fourth test, Sydney Cricket Ground

The Border-Gavaskar trophy will be making its way back to Australia. However, even with the scoreline reading 0-2, there are a lot of talking points from India’s point of view.

A new captain.

A new number 7 batsman.

A new wicket keeper.

Ishant Sharma is the most capped Indian test player. This is the new team India.

It will be interesting to see how the new “aggressive” team India plays at the SCG. Virat Kohli’s “in-it-to-win-it” attitude in Adelaide was commendable but one has to wonder whether the series would have been different India had been able to draw the first test? Is the Shastri – Kohli combination willing to do anything to win? Will they accept a 3 – 0 scoreline in search of a win? With the history between these two teams, will Kohli cool off on the sledging front?

At the end of the day, this is the attitude that will set up 2015, a World Cup year.

Our team selection for the final test at the Syndey Cricket Ground: Read More …

Five Minutes Before Lunch on Day 3

India had just lost Murali Vijay. Mitchell Johnson was fired up. Five minutes before lunch – one of the worst times to come in to bat.

The slips opened their eyes a little wider.  The other fielders crept slightly closer to the bat. Virat Kohli, captain of India, swaggered in, took guard and looked around. Twirled his bat his bat a couple of times before settling into his stance. Read More …

#Putoutyourbats #63notout

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Not many consider cricket dangerous. I mean how dangerous could a non-contact sport be?

But it’s played with a hard ball.

Propelled at speeds faster than a speeding car.

Which hurts when you get hit (I can vouch for that).

A talented player’s life was cut tragically short on the 27th.

There was talk of him making a comeback to the Australian team for the first test at the Gabba.

Shows you how unpredictable life is.

This has just been a sad, sad week.

Spare a thought for Sean Abbot.

Hope the poor kid pulls through and plays again.

Phil Hugh bats on. 63 not out.

Watch out for that cut shot!

Play hard, play safe.