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Punter fails and North scores

The Ashes Australia
by jakepeg (U13666622) 26 September 2010
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SR Watson b Chawla 115 257 balls faced
SM Katich retired hurt 104 240
RT Ponting* b Ojha 42 143 91
MJ Clarke c Rahane b Ojha 44
MJ North not out 124 165
TD Paine† c †Saha b Sreesanth 45 171 SPD Smith lbw b Sreesanth 5 18
MG Johnson b Dhawan 1 5 3
NM Hauritz not out 6 27 22
BW Hilfenhaus lbw b Dhawan 0 18 13
PR George c Yadav b 1

Total (8 wickets dec; 144.3 overs; 597 mins) 505 (3.49 runs per over)

Recent posts on Aussie side of this site, have suggested the weight of opinion is rather anti North, but on this evidence scored not only well but faster than other 2 century makers.
Punter still not in runs and slow!!

Good, long may that last, well till after we tour!

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posted Sep 27, 2010

Line, relax, not as if Watto hit Zaheer and Bhajji. smiley As for punter making big score, common you know even he himself can't count on that anymore. laugh Don't know where pup saw him 'hitting the ball as good as he can'. His bowled by Ojha was a sorry sight. Doubt even Bhaji got him so bamboozled any time.

But yes I do agree Watson is in as good nick he can get in India. I think Watson, Clarke and probably Hussey to do well. Not really sure about others. And I certainly think you guys are going to miss Gilly, not just in front of the stumps but behind it too.

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posted Sep 27, 2010

Nothing wrong with spending time at the crease at the start of a tour. He doesnt need to score, its not like we need a result.

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posted Sep 27, 2010

Soul Curry

Actually I am a bit worried. Maybe this is not the real attack but so what? Australian batsmen have performed very well.

Actually Harbhajan was not impressive in his Sri Lanka tour. Sreesanth has not done too well in this match. Ishant has been struggling to establish ( ok... reestablish himself ) for the past couple of years. Munaf is not even in the team. So too is Abhimanyu Mithun. Old warhorse Zaheer is the one left for us to turn to. By the way I always felt Mishra should have been given more chances and I can't get why Ojha keeps getting the nod. Ojha looks like a percentage bowler - he could probably tie down one end but I am not sure about the wickets.

Watson,Katich and North are in ominous form. Mitchell & Co are getting into stride. Australia are certainly looking impressive and I simply can't understand why many look at it as an inexperienced team.

COME ON INDIA - WAKE UP.
YOu have a fight on your hands.

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posted Sep 27, 2010

ha ha soul, you know me...I'm a pretty relaxed person. Should be a good few weeks and I'm looking forward to it all.

Yes, stazz. I think Watson, Katich and North will do ok in the tests. Clarke a maybe. Don't forget the Huss. Punter - he'll need to find something special to break to hoodoo.

Our bowlers look fine...still worried about Johnson but maybe he does take a little time to find his line and length. Haven't seen any footage of the warm-up match. Hauritz may be canon fodder at first but I feel someone else (Kato, North, Clarke) might chime in to take some pressure off him...then he'll get a few.

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posted Sep 27, 2010

stazz, Its typical of any series in India. Practice match is where the opponents do very well, only with some false sense of confidence and security going into the series. Very rarely BPXI or Ranji winners have won against touring sides, especially as good as Australia, SA.
A series against Australia should be enough for bhajj to get motivated and back on track. Zaheer although coming out of injury and not in a very good form, yet he and bhajji in tandem do quite well. Sreesanth actually did very well in Australia's first innings and in second didn't bowl much. Ishant is going to be a worry no doubt. Only if an opponent like Australia can make him reinvent himself, needs to be seen. I wouldn't want Munaf in team. Bad character, lousy fielder and not very good with the ball either.

I agree Mishra could have been a good call. Last time the Aussies couldn't understand him at all.

However good Aussies looked in practice match, do we really see them better than our batting lot?

All we need is now to drop being lazy in the first test of a series. This being just a 2 test series, India needs to understand they have to go for win right from first test.

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posted Sep 27, 2010

Soul
There could be a false sense of security generally but in this case Aussies seem serious. Like you said it is only 2 Tests - we need to be on our toes right from start.
The main worry has been bowling - in Sri Lanka it has been ineffectual. With Zaheer back, maybe we are better but we still have to worry about Harbhajan's form. And India does not believe in building up a pace attack for the future. It is all select and drop strategy. Give a youngster 2 or 3 Tests, then drop him. Tyagi. Mithun.....
Sometimes I wish Sreekanth and the other selectors would have the courage to come on these public forums. We can take them apart.

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posted Sep 27, 2010

We will see their form when 1st test starts...

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posted Sep 27, 2010

174 - 0 winkeye

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posted Sep 27, 2010

they look in good form, but the ashes has a way of playing with people's form, and as Nige pointed out 174-0, bowlers don't look in great form biggrin

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comment by Rex (U13749301)

posted Sep 27, 2010

The bowlers took it easy in the 2nd innings. Besides- they did all the hard work in the 1st innings and dismissed the BP XI for 177, and also injured Gambhir in the process.

I'd say Aus had a good practise match. As for India, the big plus is the Test bowlers- Sree and Ojha had a good time while Ponting is still left struggling.
That Sree wasn't spanked around shows he has gotten more disciplined- he bowled 22 overs for only 51 runs in the 1st innings- pretty miserly even for an FC match.
Also, Rahane and Pujara reminded what Sehwag and Gambhir can do if the bowlers relax just a bit.

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