Let me start by congratulating the Indian team on a clean sweep of the series. They played fantastic cricket through all four matches and when the games were in the balance throughout the series they won the key moments. In this match, the bowling of Ashwin in the first innings and Jadeja in the second was outstanding.
Once again in this match, Australia’s batsman did not capitalise on the opportunity presented to them by the bowlers. I thought bowling out the Indian team in the first innings for 272 and restricting the lead to just 10 runs was an excellent effort and really set the game up for the Australian team to put some pressure on the Indian batting order.
Having to bat last on a wicket that was turning a lot and playing tricks would have been extremely difficult if Australia had got a lead of 200 plus. Unfortunately a lead of 154 was not enough for the bowlers to really put a lot of pressure on India. Cheteshwar Pujara’s aggressive knock was just what India needed to wipe out the deficit needed to win the match.
It has been a common theme throughout this series but Australia’s batters needed to step up and once again they left it to the bowlers to put runs on the board. Peter Siddle’s effort in becoming the first number 9 in Test history to score 50 in each innings was a fantastic effort, even more so on a turning wicket.
He showed what could be done and came of the back of the last Test match when another of the bowlers Mitchell Starc was Australia’s top run scorer. This series certainly showed the vulnerability of Australia’s batting, and it is an area that will need to be greatly improved before the Ashes in a few months.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom however with the Aussies. I thought Nathan Lyon’s effort in getting seven wickets in India’s first innings was fantastic and hopefully it was what he needs for him to becoming a more confident bowler as part of the Australian bowling attack.
I also thought Steve Smith showed enough in the two matches he played to show he could become a big part of Australia’s middle order for the future. He showed he could hang around and build an innings under pressure where in the past he has probably got himself out playing a rash shot.
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