4 Quicks… Cricket – Australia vs India 3rd Test Preview

15 01 2008

I was planning on writing a highly controversial article in the lead up to the test but given India have dropped all charges against Brad Hogg, Ricky Ponting and Anil Kumble have kissed and made up, and the BCCI have withdrawn their threat to pull out of the rest of the tour, I am severely lacking in ammunition. Sadly, I have had to resort to fact instead of name calling and innuendo.

Tait - wild man…Breaking news though is that Matthew Hayden has been withdrawn from the match with Chris Rogers his replacement. It will be his test debut. Also, Shaun Tait has earned a recall to the side at the expense of Hogg. This will be the first time in 16 years Australia will play four quicks.

Of the players in the Indian side, only Tendulkar has played at the WACA previously.

A quick search shows that, of the players selected for the test, six of them are in the top 20 current test players in batting aggregate at this ground.


Number of Innings /Not Out

Number of Runs


Ricky Ponting




Adam Gilchrist




Mike Hussey




Michael Clarke




Brett Lee




Sachin Tendulkar




Given the lack of experience in the bowling ranks of both sides, it is no surprise that only two of the players on display for this test make it into the top 20 for aggregate wickets taken.



Strike Rate


Brett Lee




Stuart Clark




The WACA ground has played host to 34 tests with the home side winning 58.82%, the visiting side 20.59%, and 20.59 matches ending in draws. Average runs per wicket is 32.64, runs per over averages 3.22.

Interestingly, the highest ever successful run chase to win was 8/342, set by Australia against India in the Summer of 1977/78. The sides have only met here on two previous occasions though with Australia winning both.

In total, India have played 34 tests in Australia for just 4 wins.

Regardless of the history, I am looking forward to what should be a fantastic match. I am salivating at the prospect of the four quicks in the Australian side but they really will need to be right on the money. This Indian side, although under-performing all tour, really does have the batsmen with the ability to take the game away from Australia in a very short space of time.

Now that Ponting and Kumble have insisted this game will be played in the true cricketing spirit, it just remains for the first ball to be sent down to get things under way to see how well they can live up to their promise.

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10 responses

15 01 2008

“Sadly, I have had to resort to fact instead of name calling and innuendo”
That just demonstrates a lack of effort and resolve young man! Given that you are regularly accused of bias and, I believe earlier today, being demoted to sub-human status, surely you care allowed to indulge just this once!

15 01 2008

Rob? I didn’t write this… ’twas Brad.

And an excellent preview Brad…

Looking forward to it myself (tho’ most of it will be done via cricinfo… unless I can ‘persuade’ a bud of mine to let me use his internet-viewing account!)…

15 01 2008

Though Sachin played a heroic innings the last time he played at Perth (he scored a ton), India lost the match by 300 odd runs. The relaid pitch at the WACA promises to be quite pacy and it remains to be seen how well the Indian batting order negotiates the battery of 4 pacers. It is now reasonably clear that Sehwag will open (he is likely to replace Yuvraj). But with Jaffer, Dravid and Dhoni not exactly on song (did someone say swansong?! ouch…), one does not envy Kumble. The good news is that the Australian bowlers are also new and if Sehwag gets going, he can dent their confidence. Ganguly is down with viral fever and Dinesh Kaarthick may get a look in. Now he is a handy bat even in the middle order and can provide some much-needed stability. All told, it might again boil down to what the old firm of Sachin & Laxman can pull out of their hat. If they can put their heads down and see off the new ball attack…. who knows?

India’s bowlers too are very rough round the edges. India too may go with the doctrine of pace at Perth and replace Harbhajan with Pathan or Pankaj Singh (anyway, in Kumble they have a regular spinner, with Sachin and Sehwag to supplement him if the track does turn). The young Indian bowlers may enjoy the pacy bounce and carry that is denied them on their home grounds. RP Singh has grown from strength to strength and is nippy enough to prove a handful. And at 6′ +, Ishant Sharma’s height can make him dangerous.

As Don points out, the Aussie attack is also not vastly experienced, and they will be without Hayden. And two possible debutants in Tait and Rogers may just be the weak link….

But the X factor may well be the Indian’s overpowering desire to prove a point on the field and sometimes, such emotions endow people with amazing dollops of grit and courage.

For the sake of the millions of cricket fans around the world, I just hope the match is well-contested. Only time will tell….

15 01 2008

Sorry Anand, not me! This very well-written piece was written by Brad…
I know, gets confusing sometimes…
Tait’s no debutant tho’ – he’s been in the team before. And he’s wicked quick… only problem is, control.
I think it’d be a mistake to leave Harbhajan out, as he has a reputation for being damn good on any surface. Despite the wicket tally, I don’t think too much of Kumble as a bowler…

Should be a ripper of a test…

16 01 2008

Does anyone else find it amusing that Brett Lee is in the top 20 for BATTING average at the WACA? Great to see 4 quicks in the Aussie lineup – like the Windies teams of old especially on a hard and fast WACA strip

16 01 2008

I didn’t know he was. The above table is based solely on aggregate with no minimum number of tests or runs and is for current players only.


16 01 2008

should have realized it was Brad by the simple fact that no one was feaking out about the article and calling the author names…

16 01 2008

I really think that there’s the possibility of this match being over with a day or a day and a half to spare – should the teams play on current form.

16 01 2008

India are 186/2 just after tea, as I write this. Both Sachin and Dravid have scored fifties (and, I hope, will go on to complete their centuries). Sadly, I was not able to watch the match, being at work (though I have taken a few minutes to write this). Do people still think the match might get over with a day or so to spare?

I also think with all the hype about the fast pitch at Perth, Kumble made a gutsy decision to bat- especially as Ponting had gone on record to say that he thinks the track would become eas(ier) to bat on starting Day 3.

I hope we will have a humdinger of a match- and as always, may the better team win.


PS: Don- The comment addressed to Bharat on my blog (http://anandkrishna.wordpress.com) was in response to his comment, which was in response to something I had written lastw eek or perhaps earlier. Sorry abt the confusion.

And thanks for your comments- keep ’em coming.

3 02 2008

The WACA pitch is known to be graveyard for a many a famed batsman and so seeing Bret Lee on in top 4 is not at all amusing 🙂

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