Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Australian Media on Border Gavaskar Series

The Australian coach Tim Nielsen backed Ricky Ponting for using his part time bowlers for pacing up the slow over rate. But the Australians atleast the media wasn't in a mood to oblige.

Remember the 2005 Ashes?

He clearly made an error by attempting to increase the over rate last night in Nagpur when he should have been using his best bowlers at a point in the match where the test could be won.

Alan Border was dumbstruck and many former players have shaken their heads in amazement that he seemed more interested in avoiding a one match ban than winning the test.

The country awaits Ponting’s response.

The Australian
November 10, 2008

Although there were words of praise for the debutant spinner Jason Krejza who wove magic(although costly) and almost spun the whole Indian side in the first innings of the fourth test at Nagpur. There were praises for the selectors and Ricky Ponting for bringing him at the right time, but the stones kept pelting on the rest of bowling attack. Here is an excerpt from The Australian.

"If he had played in the first or second Test match with that level of play, he may well have found himself not playing now and struggling to work out the game.

"A little bit of patience from the selectors and Ricky Ponting using him really well in this Test match has meant that he has had some great success and I am sure we will see him play more in the future."

It is an indictment of Australia's attack that it managed to take just 57 of a possible 80 Indian wickets, with two run outs, and Krejza took 12 of those wickets in his first Test.

Of greatest concern was the poor performance of experienced new-ball pair Brett Lee and Stuart Clark, who were rated four and two respectively on the International Cricket Council's player rankings heading into this series... Lee was the major disappointment after a brilliant summer at home... He needs only three wickets to become just the fourth Australian to claim 300 Test wickets and will surely do it at the Gabba against New Zealand later this month

The Australian

Malcolm Conn, Nagpur | November 11, 2008

Steve Waugh's criticism (on cricinfo.com)

"I am sure Ricky would regret the decision," Waugh told the Herald Sun. "Winning the Test match is what mattered. You have just spent six weeks in the subcontinent. You just don't take your foot off the gas."

After the match Ponting was fined because Australia were behind on their overs but they had hustled enough for him to avoid a possible suspension for the first Test against New Zealand next week. But Waugh had some sympathy for Ponting and said everyone involved in Test cricket needed to keep the game moving quickly.

cricinfo.com (By : cricinfo staff)

For know its raining champagne and accolades for M S Dhoni and Co and lets hope it stays much after the 2011 world cup.

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