Cricket Froth: Knowing When to Declare

Although many Australians were incensed by Steve Smith’s decision to bat on during day five, the drawn Test in Melbourne ensured that Australia regained the Border-Gavaskar trophy from India. This series win was muted by the great declaration debate.

Australia closed day four about 320 ahead. An early declaration was expected on day five, setting up a chase to win, or defend to draw, scenario for India.

It was supposed to be an exciting finale. A formidable and aggressive Indian batting line up were expected to chase around 350 off about 90 overs, a difficult but achievable task. However, the declaration did not come. Smith finally declared on lunch, 383 ahead.

On a flat, batsman-friendly-deck I believe, give or take three or four overs, it was the correct decision….

To read why the team at Cricket Froth believe Steve Smith and the Aussie brains trust got it right in Melbourne, CLICK HERE for the full article.




  1. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Totally agree !

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