Australia v India – Fourth Test, Day 2: Lyon before the storm





Despite inglorious dismissals on Day 1 Australia has set themselves up for a big score with Paine and Green at the wicket after a fine partnership yesterday.


They have arrived! Good to see that Luke Skywalker, Hans Solo and crew have arrived at last.


The ‘Gabbatroopers’ made their initial appearance last year to celebrate 40 years of ‘Star Wars’ and the 40th birthday of the founder Tony Holznagel. The two trumpeters Jacob and Patrick are also there again complete with their fanfare tune as more of the Gabbatroopers arrive.  They had so much fun last year that they decided to make it an annual event.


As was anticipated it is very steamy out there.  Why a Test in Brisbane in January?  Money of course!


The bowlers will be toiling in the heat and Rahane is rotating his bowlers constantly.


Tim Paine on 50 helps the bowlers out by attacking Shardul only to find the edge and Green (47) helps the Indian cause even more being bowled by Washington.  Australia 7/313. They keep coming just like Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse and their boys at the Little Big Horn


“They keep coming Colonel C” – as Cummins (2) is plumb LBW to Shardul and Australia have lost 3 wickets for 4 runs and are 8/315. Why should players be allowed to seek a DRS when they know they are out? Is that ethical?


Starc and Lyon do what all tail-enders should do the took to the bowlers and put on 39 before Washington got one past Lyon (24). The centurion would have enjoyed this little cameo and he played some fine attacking shots. Australia 9/354.Another niggling partnership before Hazlewood (11) is bowled by Natarajan.


Australia all out 369 with Starc 20 not out.  The last 2 wickets put on 54 runs which could prove very handy in the end.


All the “newbies” did well for India taking three wickets each. Natarajan 3/78, Shardul 3/94 and Washington Sundar 3/89. Siraj took the other wicket.


Patrick Cummins, coming on at first change makes the early breakthrough for his team.  How often has he done that?  Gets one to move away slightly to Gill (7) and Smith takes a great mark above his head at second slip.  India 1/11.


Lyon makes his appearance at the bowling crease after 15 overs and it could be a long day for the boy from Young.  100 Test matches and 396 wickets, not a bad effort in anybody’s language.


Lyon gets his wicket when Sharma (44) with a terrible hoik out to deep wicket is caught by Starc who judged his run to the ball beautifully.  Sharma had been batting so well but this was an injudicious shot when he had the bowling at his mercy. India 2/60


Well, that was about it for Day 2 at Brisbane.  India added two more runs before rain, as only Brisbane can get, pelted down and play was abandoned for the day.


India 2/62 Pujara (8) and Rahane (2) the not out batsmen.   Lyon has 1/10 and Cummins 1/22.


Honours for the day would be about even although the terrible shot played by Rohit Sharma to get out could mean winning or losing for India.


Great fortitude by the Indians and the continue to be admired by all and sundry.



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  1. I love a Brisbane Test storm. Many examples over the years, but none better than the storm that turned day into night and saved England, 1998-99.

  2. Ta CB.

    Continuing our dialogue from day 1 re batting options, Patterson & Maddison have tallied five shield games between them this season, yet neither has managed a half century. Between their visits to the crease Patterson’s highest is 48, Maddison is 39.

    Compare them to Shaun Marsh, who has three ‘tons’ this season, averaging 97! Please, no recall for either Marsh brothers.

    Pucovski, Green are players for our long term . Who else is putting their hands up?


    Look forward to your day 3 review. Hopefully the bowlers do their job.

  3. JTH – before you were born Brisbane 1950 Aus v England. Rain got to the wicket and England declared hei irst innings at 7/68 and hoped to get Aus in their second dig. Hassett then declared at 7/32 and Australia won by 70 runs. Something wrong if it does not rain in Brisbane during the Test.
    GLEN – The cupboard is bare isn’t it? Still think that both Renshaw and Patterson deserve another chance. The talent is there just needs to be harnessed. Any thoughts on the players being overcoached? Noticed Langer giving lessons during the break yesterday. Reminds me of a well known Crows footballer (no! not PD) telling me that he could not understand what Neil Craig was trying to tell him. Craig left and that player became a star!

  4. Tim Paine’s thoughts must be similar to General George Armstrong Custer’s famous last words, “Holy mackerel here comes the f…g, Indians”, at the battle of the Little Big Horn.

  5. FISHO – I think you are getting mixed up with the Lone Ranger and Tonto when they were surrounded by Indians! Cannot repeat what Tonto said! Anyway these Indians know how to fight as well.
    Early indications show that it is going to be a long day at the Office.

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