Fightback shows Aussies how hard tourists are to beat

Graham Swann at Lord's Cricket Ground 20th Jul...

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Sometimes pitches can really make a monkey out of you. The first Test was a classic example. Before the match everyone was convinced it was a case of “win the toss and bat first”. It turned out that the first day was the worst time to be batting. Only two wickets fell on the last two days. That pitch was a bit of a mystery. I can’t remember seeing one like it at Brisbane before, or anywhere else in Australia for that matter. The next Test is at Adelaide, a venue where it should be possible for the batsmen to score big totals if they get in, but where there is normally a little help on offer for the bowlers as well. The ball should nip around and the spinners should be able to get some turn. There should be a bit more balance to the contest.

That said, after what happened at Brisbane it will be interesting to see what kind of wicket we get at Adelaide. Are the pitches in this series going to play how we expect them to? Or will they be more unpredictable? Either way, at the moment both sides will be thinking about the effectiveness of their bowling attacks. Once the pitch flattened out at The Gabba, both teams lacked penetration.

Full story: The Guardian

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