Once again cricinfo is hyperventilating about the pitch... saying it will be slow and low... instead of one with turn and bounce... because India are afraid of Lyon...
Lyon is in a bad way.. his spinning finger is raw and hurting...this was the norm for guys like Lance Gibbs...who gave it a massive rip... Ashwin is more subtle and has many more variations so his fingers are not as worn...though he has bowled a lot this season...
If Pat Cummins is picked instead of Jason Bird... the Aussie selectors must be questioned... why did they not pick Cummins in the first place? Was Bird simply a drinks waiter/net bowler?
Looks like Vijay will be back. Hope he is fully fit and can give India a better start than the hapless Mukund...
for both sides this is a chance to make the series safe (can't lose the series if they win this match)... India still have to win in Dharamshala if they want the B-G trophy back...as currently it is with Australia and a drawn series will not suffice.
But the absence of Kohli as captain out in the middle was palpable... Australia wiggled out of tight spot after Kohli left and Smith and Maxwell, who I said could supply the X-factor that Aussies are missing after the absence of Mitchell Starc. played the patience game and slowly built the advantage..
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