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Christmas came early for Australian cricketers on a barely believable third and crucial day of the Adelaide Test.
India’s batsmen were greeted by perfect striking conditions and cushioned by a handy first innings lead. They suffered a record-breaking brain fade that was rolled for 36 – the lowest tourist score on tests.
Winning at 90, Australian openers Matthew Wade (33) and Joe Burns (51, not eliminated) knocked off most of the goal before Wade broke off from an unlucky run-out and Marnus Labuschagne to a hasty slog, meaning Australia broke off likely losers from eight-wicket winners within 24 hours. The ease of pursuit compounded the calamity of the Indian portrayal.
After playing back Burns in similar form and parrying a chance for six to give him half a century and end the match, India had to admit it wasn’t their day.
From the beginning it was a competition dominated by bowlers. The destroyers here were Josh Hazlewood, who took 5-8 of five non-improvable overs and his 200. Test wicket secured, and Pat Cummins, his 4-21 his 150th. in tests and a possible broken forearm for Mohammed Shami, who withdrew injured to add injury to the insult to India.
Like Australia’s surrender by Stuart Broad at Trent Bridge in 2015, there was something surreal and inexplicable – pacemakers hitting the right areas, sure, but batsmen are completely losing their cool. The Indian top six are not cups. You have 61 test centuries between you. Here they seemed to share a brain.
The bowling was flawless, make no mistake. Hazlewood and Cummins barely produced a blind ball between them in three days. But, as in the case of Broad’s demolition, too many batsmen were just random when subjected to subtle movement outside the tree stump.
No one assessed the situation and decided that abstinence was the only option. At one point India lost 4-5 in five chaotic overs. It was harder to keep up with than one of Shane Warne’s monologues.
Tim Paine was given in fishing exercises by Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari and Ravi Ashwin.
Wriddhiman Saha responded to the deepening crisis by attaching a simple catch to a short mid-wicket that had just been brought into place. The frenzied journeys of batsmen to and from the pavilion gave the impression of an exploding clown car.
Most culpable was Kohli. When he got to the crease, his eye was that mischievous glimmer – the one that says he’s up for the challenge. He was not.
He was not satisfied with drawing a risky line down the gutter when his side got stuck between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., and tried again to successfully juggle the hook from the next delivery. It brought India to some defeat.
Cummins will never sway Dennis Lillee’s macho bragging rights or attempt to mentally corrode Glenn McGrath. He would rather offer friendly encouragement to an opponent than to a sled. In fact, there is something satisfying and convention-breaking about the two best quicks in the world, Cummins and Jasprit Bumrah, that spends more time smiling than growling.
But the 27-year-old Australian is now a great bowler. His test wickets averaged an astonishing 21.
Hazlewood has often bowled better, but with no luck, so would like to accept the numbers that are more common in U12 games. Poor Mitchell Starc had to watch from the field jealously after an uneventful six-over spell before the carnage.
Cummins explains his world’s best approach in the simplest possible way. The decisive ingredient is a 24-meter run-up in which he advances at 25 km / h. A sense of balance that he only focuses on when he’s chugging past the referee.
He makes it sound like he’s carrying a tray of drinks across a bar. The reality for batsmen is less pleasant, especially when his stick ball, an awkward, slanted cookie cutter, is hit on the pitch over a test length. You are never quite sure: step forward or shuffle back? Play or go?
The abbreviated nature of this competition mocked the pre-series focus on hitting subplots like Kohli’s departure, Prithvi Shaw’s picking at the expense of Shubman Gill, and the game of musical chairs, Australia’s top six populated a flood of top-notch centuries that today appear as obscure as the reasons they were made.
The reality is that it’s a battle between the two best bowling attacks in the world and a game of survival for the batsmen.
As in the first innings, Burns was dealt a winced blow – this time thanks to Jasprit Bumrah on the right forearm – after getting into an awkward position and not taking any evasive maneuvers. In its most recent state of exhausted confidence, it looked like another blow from the hammer.
But after the tea break he made authoritative moves towards the fence in front of the bowling of Bumrah and Umesh Yadav.
The Queenslander was obviously in pain but refused to leave his post and when the danger passed his shots became more expansive until he easily outperformed India’s entire team. Maybe he’ll perform in Melbourne, maybe not. But on a day when so few batsmen competed, it was a reminder that in test cricket, form and reputation often count less than courage and application.
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