How often do Australia lose at home?

Anil Kumble celebrates a good tight overAustralia win at home. That’s the way it is. They play to their strengths and they beat everyone. Well not today.

India outplayed Australia and they did it via their seam bowlers and at the WACA no less. RP Singh bowled beautifully and Irfan Pathan took wickets with the new ball in both innings as well as hitting a valuable 46 as nightwatchman.

India can improve. They could have imposed themselves more when on top. They kept the field spread and allowed Australia’s tail-enders to settle in the second innings and with a smaller lead, that might have cost them. But it didn’t cost them. They had a big enough lead that they could make mistakes and still win by 72 runs.

Teams often talk of playing absolutely at the top of their games and making no mistakes when they play Australia. This paints the Aussies as some sort of relentless, invincible force. This is palpably bollocks. You need to play really well to beat Australia, but it’s not like you have to be flawless.

Thinking like that’s counter-productive. If Australia get ahead, you think that you can’t recover because you’ve already made that one mistake. You can see players composing their post-match quotes on days one and two as they stand around in the field, sulking.

This is a good result anyway. Most non-Australians will be delighted that the mighty Australians have ‘fallen’ but we’re just pleased that there’s an element of doubt about the results of Test matches where they’re involved.

We don’t watch cricket to see a display. We watch it for the intrigue of competition.

The relentless Aussie victory’s a hackneyed plot. Hopefully we’ll get some more sophisticated scripts now, with twists and turns.

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5 Appeals

  1. its not often that aussies gets beaten inside four days…away or at home…

    its also very rare that they get beaten in their own den perth…their real home…and got the taste of their own medicine…

    Great win India !!

  2. About once every time India tour.

  3. It was surely a pleasure to watch the Aussies being outplayed as it is not a common sight in International cricket.But Yeah the Indians should have completed the formalities quite sooner as it would have been a disaster had one of their middle order batsman stayed longer.

    But as it goes,anything can happen in the game of cricket.This would certainly hurt the Aussies as they were thoroughly outplayed in all the departments barring fielding…

  4. And as for Uncle J Rod’s comment it should rather be when ever Indians play the Aussies when they are on a winning streak… lol…

  5. This is a largely untested Australian side when it comes to responding to defeats. Adelaide will be fun to watch

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