There were no excuses for the Indian batsmen at the Adelaide Oval on a pitch that was going to be a batsman’s paradise. It was the best of batting conditions, one could find in Australia, especially for teams from the sub-continent.
India surrendered the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the WACA Ground in Perth losing the Third Test inside the three days to suffer an innings and 37-run defeat! The batting once again failed to come good for the visitors as they got bundled out below 200 in both the innings.
Pakistani Off Spinner bagged the most number of wickets in Test matches in the Calender Year 2011. The 34-year-old who bowls a doosra with good effect had captured 50 wickets in just 8 Tests besides taking 3 five-wicket hauls and one 10-wicket haul.
As many as 15 wickets went down on the drop-in pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground today on Day 3 leaving the 1stTest right in the balance. Australia are in the lead with 230 runs with two wickets in hand and the match could go either way from here.
Its a perfect position for India as they have the Aussies under pressure at 277 for 6 by the close of the first day's play in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG. The second new ball is only 9 overs old and it has darted around pretty well for the Indians so far.
The 3-day warm-up match between Cricket Australia Chairman's XI and Indians ended in a draw today at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. Both the sides had a pre-agreement of batting for 30 overs each in their second innings.