And other such euphemisms. Whatever happens tomorrow, it’s been years since Australia were bossed about like this.
They’ve lost Tests over the last few years, but those losses have often been helter skelter, chaotic affairs. This is different. Australia are being dictated to.
Ever since Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly met up on the first day with the score at 163-4, it’s been all India. They’ve set about their task at first professionally and then, come their second innings, clinically.
That was the strangest moment for us. Australia may have conceded a 200 run deficit in the first innings, but when Gambhir and Sehwag were doing whatever they wanted with no response from the fielding side, that was totally alien.
Half the fielders were on the fence. The other half were saving one. There didn’t seem to be any wicket-taking method being used, but they weren’t stopping runs either. The batsmen were scoring at five an over. Ricky Ponting just seemed to be waiting. For what?
Australia have eight batsmen who average over 40 in first-class cricket. It doesn’t feel like that though, does it? It doesn’t feel like the opposition will have to bowl until Australia tell them they can stop.