Gabba Test, Australia v India – Day Three : The Generation Gap

A crowd of 27,676 at the Big Bash in Adelaide last night again indicated the popularity of the Adelaide Oval.

Compare that with the 8,966 at the Gabba and you can see why cricket authorities throughout the world love the short game. They are the bean counter’s delight. So far on this third day at 10.30 in the morning there would be lucky to be 2,000 people in attendance. Fortunately the crowd started to come in and by the end of the day there were 9,394 in attendance.

They can’t say it is slow or poor cricket. In fact, the cricket has been superb and to the cricket lover you could not want for more.

So what keeps people away from the greatest game in the world?

No doubt the world has changed and the pace of life rather dictates what people do in their leisure time – that’s if they even take leisure time. To me there is more to it than that. There seems to be selfish approach to life by the ‘X’ and ‘Y’ generations that says ‘we want, we want, we need, we must have’ that dictates their lives. That pace of life dictates everything they do. One day they will wake up and realise that a leisurely day at the cricket is all the therapy they need. That’s it from a grumpy old man.

India start the day in fine style and Mitch Marsh (11) becomes the first player to be bowled when he offers no shot to a little inswinger from Ishant Sharma. Australia 5-232.

Brad Haddin, in need of runs, did not do his cause any good with an easy wicket to Vernon Aaron for six.

Australia 6-247 and Australia will need Steve Smith and Mitchell Johnson to resurrect the score. The Indians seem to be tormenting Johnson and he replies with some great strokes. He had taken them on and was winning. He continues to counter attack. He reaches 50 of 37 balls with some very controlled hitting all around the ground.

Interestingly that while Johnson is dominating the game his skipper has gone into his shell and was lucky to survive an LBW appeal from Ashwin.

Smith finally got his century with a beautiful square cut. The emotions that followed certainly said it all with the skipper looking to the heavens and shouting in a Lleyton Hewitt type way. He had led by example and he was demonstrating it as well with his actions. Wonderful response from India’s Sharwan whose clapping continued for some time after the others had finished.   Smith’s century came off 147 balls with 10 fours and two sixes.

The game had got away from the Indians and the century partnership came off 88 balls with Johnson dominating the contest.

Spent lunch time looking at who were the best Queensland players ever, and we came up with the “top six”: (in order)

1.Matthew Hayden
2. Craig McDermott
3. Don Tallon
4. Mitchell Johnson
5. A.W.T.Grout
6. Peter Burge.

(Honourable mentions: Andrew Symons, Ron Archer with Andy Bichel (12th man))

Mitchell Johnson (88) was the first to go after lunch when he flashed at one from Ishant Sharma and was taken by Dhoni. 7-395 a partnership of 148 and Smith and Johnson had got the Aussies out of trouble.

Smith (133) after a magnificent captain’s knock played on shortly after to Ishant Sharma. 8-398 and the skipper had put his team within 10 of the opposition.

The Australian tail continued to wag with Lyon and Starc putting on 56 before Lyon (23) holed out to Rohat Sharma from Aaron.  9-454. Starc and Hazelwood continued on with the carnage and they were still there at tea time, having added 49 for the last wicket and the score at 9-503

Only two more runs added after tea with Ashwin bowling Starc for 52. Hazelwood remained 32 not-out and Australia all out for 505. The last four wickets adding 258 runs, compared with India who added just 23.

India’s lack of a fifth player who could bowl was shown out, with their four main line bowlers all going for over 100 runs each. Yadav and Sharma where the best with three each. After such a great start to the morning’s play the Indian bowling deteriorated with their propensity to bowl short. The latter batsmen had done a great job and the lead of 97 would prove very handy later in the match.

If you love statistics, both sides battered for 109.4 overs.

Johnson, needing wickets, opened the bowling at a fiery pace with plenty of bounce, as did Hazelwood but the Indians – like the Australians – attacked the bowling.

The batsman looked comfortable until Vijay on 27, let one go from Starc leaving India at 1-41. Starc, after a great 52, was fired up. Thank you Shane Warne.

The game became pedestrian for the next hour with Dhawan and Pujara playing watchful cricket.

Good news for Australia was that Watson bowled a superb spell without much luck. That means if Mitchell Marsh is unavailable, then a fresh batsman might be selected. On form, the West Australian captain Adam Voges should be selected but will the selectors go for youth?

Good captaincy by Steve Smith kept India from making up the deficit by the end of the day. They still need another 26 runs to force Australia to bat again. Australia won the day but will have to stop India from taking control in the first session tomorrow if they are to feel secure. The cracks in the pitch will be wide and inviting by Sunday, and favour the Indian bowlers.

At stumps: India 1-71, Dhawan 26, Pujara 15.   Starc 1-10

Another great day of test cricket and yet another day that the X and Y generation have missed. Oh well, they will probably sit back in their lounge chairs tonight in their theatre room, and the watch fast food game.

No wonder we have an obesity problem in Oz.


About Bob Utber

At 84 years of age Citrus Bob is doing what he has always done since growing up on a small farm at Lang Lang. Talking, watching and writing sport and in recent years writing books. He lives in Mildura with his very considerate wife (Jenny) and a groodle named 'Chloe on Flinders' and can be found at Deakin 27 every day.


  1. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Spot on , Bob give me the ebbs and flows and tactical game of test cricket over 20 20 crap all the time , he’ll the number of clowns today saying , Ludeman has got to be in the test team for goodness sake ( his stats at shield level more than suggest he should bat no higher than 7 at shield level ! ) he has a long way to go
    Spot on re gen y wanting every thing now . Crowds in Brisbane have been falling for a while over all now which is a huge concern over all for the game . Voges on form is the middle order player who should be picked intact he should have played before ,
    S Marsh , Ferguson started the year off well but has not done enough in the last few games . Your desciption of M Marsh dismissal is a lot more accurate than , Terry Alderman on the abc the old sandgroper bias was well and truly out great effort by Smith and Johnson and the whole aussie tail has the game interestingly poised

  2. I think it’s likely Gen X and Y would have burned more calories than you did at the Gabba…and taken on less calories v the wealth and spread of healthy eating options at the cricket….it’s not like a baby boomer to tar all with the same brush…what a load of tosh…

  3. 50/50 at this stage we will wait for the postal votes to arrive.

  4. Peter Schumacher says

    As far as I am concerned you can stick this 20/20 nonsense and all of the artificial hype that goes with it. “Cooooooo eeeeeeeeee.” And the sycophants scream back. I lost interest in basketball for the same sort of reason

  5. Thank you Peter. Perhaps we should start “A Pura Cricket Supporters Club”? Pardon the commercial pun. Some postal votes have arrived courtesy of the print media. Pure cricket 70 per cent commercial 30 per cent. “Two party preferred ” Antony Green.

  6. Mark Duffett says

    All is not lost yet. I’d wager there’ll be considerably more at the SCG for the first day of the Test there than appear to be at Stadium Australia tonight for Lime vs Cyan.

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