Thursday, October 5, 2023

IND versus AUS second Test: Australia have no safeguard

India romped to a six-wicket win with more than two days to spare, taking a 2-0 series lead, but Australia batters cut a sorry figure on a third day pitch that had no demons in the second Test

Ravindra Jadeja is brilliant. India are unstoppable. But just how bad are Australia? As the visitors lost the Delhi Test inside three days, the image of the famed Australian fighting spirit stood shattered.

This isn’t an Australian team that fights. Rather, this is a team that rolls over and lets the opposition breeze past. They had ended Day 2 on 61/1 in 12 overs with Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne putting together a fine, positive partnership.

Day 3, however, proved to be very different. They lost Head off the last ball of the first over of the day and then proceeded to lose a wicket every 9.25 balls. You can’t call it a great collapse as there was nothing great about this, pitiful seems to be a far better fit.

Australia’s last eight wickets fell for 28 runs in the space of 74 balls as Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin ran through the batting in quick time. No one expected batting to be easy but in being dismissed for 113 (31.1 overs), they earned the stamp of ineptness that is usually very hard to acquire.

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