India thrash Australia to level series
29/12/2020 | sport | cricket | 660
India beat Australia by eight wickets with a day to spare in the second Test in Melbourne to level the four-match series.
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29/12/2020 06:53:37 2 2
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Great turnaround from Indian, excited for the next games!
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29/12/2020 06:54:07 3 2
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Excellent performance from India. Looking forward too the next two games.
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29/12/2020 06:56:29 8 2
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Marvelous effort that!
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29/12/2020 06:56:31 1 1
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Always expected a tight series and given lack of time in middle batting collapses were inevitably going to happen.

Will make for interesting remainder of series.
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29/12/2020 06:57:15 49 5
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What depth of extra available talent India can draw on after the bizarre collapse in the first test.
It takes inspiration to come back from that knockdown humiliation and so well done India !
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29/12/2020 06:59:06 2 24
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From what i watched,the players looked disinterested.

Smith out for a duck,then clean bowled,when has that happened in his career ?

Fair play to India,but this is not to cricket IMO.
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29/12/2020 07:06:38 17 3
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I'm assuming you are Australian. How do those lemons taste?
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29/12/2020 07:34:24 7 1
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Looked like cricket to me. Is your TV okay ?
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29/12/2020 07:44:38 9 1
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Both sets of players looked to be giving it their all to me. Perhaps get your tv checked ?
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29/12/2020 08:29:04 4 1
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I think you mean uninterested - disinterested means neutral (i.e not having a vested interest in the outcome, like a Judge).
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29/12/2020 06:59:50 3 1
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After 36 all out the only way was up! And how!
Aussie batsman have done nothing so far; the excellent bowling unit can only do so much!
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29/12/2020 07:00:51 3 1
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Sets things up beautifully. Similar surfaces will guarantee results in every match. I’ll go for 2-2.
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29/12/2020 07:03:02 4 2
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Display of mental strength along with the required skills -rest of the series will be a test of the real depth of talent in India
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29/12/2020 07:03:06 17 4
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Great victory. This win is really special as Virat, Shami, Rohit, Ishant Sharma were not there in the team due to various reasons. Also last test match they lost badly. But to bounce back like this is very satisfying.Go team India for a series win.
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29/12/2020 07:05:54 20 4
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Good to see Australia beaten. Series now wide open
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29/12/2020 06:59:06 2 24
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From what i watched,the players looked disinterested.

Smith out for a duck,then clean bowled,when has that happened in his career ?

Fair play to India,but this is not to cricket IMO.
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29/12/2020 07:06:38 17 3
bbc
I'm assuming you are Australian. How do those lemons taste?
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29/12/2020 07:07:27 72 4
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Fair play to India, they've shown backbone to draw the series level. Rahane stepped up when required.
Interesting couple of tests left and both teams will know they have to start well in the 3rd test or the series could be gone.
Game on.
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29/12/2020 13:01:41 2 2
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As it is set up, 3rd test would be the most important. Might be the team winning the 3rd wins the 4th, too.
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29/12/2020 07:09:40 84 4
bbc
Amazing turnaround but shows that if Smith and Labuschane fail, Aussies are a weak batting unit.
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29/12/2020 09:07:20 45 4
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Agree. Not a great admirer of Smith after the antics you are not allowed to mention, last time I did the post was pulled. However, he is a superb batsman and when in full flow nigh on impossible to bowl to.
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29/12/2020 07:10:04 2 2
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Well played India!
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29/12/2020 07:10:42 3 2
bbc
Strange series, 2 massive thrashing.
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29/12/2020 07:14:14 3 1
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Despite the fact that batsmen forget how to bat in test matches sometimes, this has been a thrilling series so far with its swings and vacillations. Great stuff.
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29/12/2020 07:14:44 15 3
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Well done India after the humiliation of 36/10 in the first Test. It's Game On. If India play to their potential then they could take the series 3-1. Rahane might keep his captaincy.
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29/12/2020 07:29:42 10 14
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Bloody coward BCCI won't make Rahane captain as long as Kohli is in the team & don't be too optimistic this will not happen again & again .India made best use of missed catches that really worked in their favor .If & If Australia who have established lead say 250-275 match would ended in favor of hosts .You have to be happy this match stretched to fourth day unlike previous one .
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29/12/2020 13:27:27 3 2
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Always wished Kohli the player, not the captain. Kohli, despite his great captaincy record, has done some harm as well.

Had it not been for Kohli's brash decision-making, Ashwin, Rahane, Dhawan, Jadeja would have better (more stable international careers). He kept dropping everyone other than himself on the drop of a hat, demoralizing them.
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29/12/2020 17:47:32 1 0
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Let's not get carried away. Its only one of 5! Played well throughout apart from the major blip in last test.
Always happy to see anyone beat the Aussies! Removed
Calm down, you’ve left the EU. That should have satisfied your little englander angst. Removed
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29/12/2020 12:05:10 11 21
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I feel the same regarding England!
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29/12/2020 15:34:34 7 1
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As an Englishman and fervent England supporter, that only shows how good Australia have been for a very long time. India won today and deserved it, Australia won the match before and deserved it too. Looking set for a great series.
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29/12/2020 17:16:58 2 6
bbc
That'll be a helpful attitude when we go out to the brave new world with our Brexit begging bowl
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29/12/2020 07:15:35 1 8
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Better side in this test match won .Again batting first-six was matter of concern , how long this continues is matter of concern that too in their own backyard , does not mean India's batting was really superb they took missed catch as oppchunity & build good lead otherwise both sides batting not of test class .Overall it was sub standard test .Better ICC restrict test matches to four days .
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29/12/2020 08:45:02 1 1
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Your a barrel of laughs aren't you!
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29/12/2020 07:17:13 20 2
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Well played India great effort. That Siraj looks decent
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29/12/2020 07:17:24 2 32
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Predicted 3-1 to Aus at start of series so this doesn't surprise me. Hardly call it a 'thrashing'. Not like Aus thrashed India in 1st test. Normal service will be resumed shortly. India got lucky with some umpiring decisions this test. Aus to win 3-1.
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29/12/2020 07:20:07 9 1
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Just like Aus got lucky in the 1st test. Would not call Aus win in the first by the same 8 wicket margin, a thrashing either..
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29/12/2020 07:31:09 4 1
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Very lucky win by 8 wkts. Just scraped thru' then with dodgy umpiring ? Are you watching the same game. ?
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29/12/2020 07:32:36 2 1
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India got lucky? How many DRS decisions went in favour of Australia?
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29/12/2020 07:51:45 2 1
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"this doesn't surprise me"
Wow, you really are brilliant, sir. To have expected these results - remarkable!
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tc
29/12/2020 08:03:47 2 1
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ok mystic meg
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29/12/2020 08:15:11 3 1
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Surely, you mean Aus got lucky with umpiring decisions?

Look at the Paine and Rahane run out decisions. Exactly same frame by frame, yet Paine given not out and Rahane given out.

Maybe you're getting confused with the NZ v Pakistan series.
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29/12/2020 08:35:34 3 1
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Clearly a 'notts' County fan then, as you very obviously know eff all about cricket.
On a similar note I predicted all the weekend football results, including the postponements.
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29/12/2020 07:17:28 8 2
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There was many daft comments about India being home track bulkies and can't win away , those days ended long ago.
As an example the last time Pakistan won a single test match in Australia was 25 years ago , in that time India must have won 5 or 6 tests..

Sure they haven't won many series in England or South Africa but these aren't one sided matches as yesteryears hence why there icc rankings
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29/12/2020 07:19:43 29 4
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Very impressive win. India now have the mental toughness often associated with Australia. Making for a tremendous sporting contest. I was barely aware this series was coming up but it has my full attention now!
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29/12/2020 07:17:24 2 32
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Predicted 3-1 to Aus at start of series so this doesn't surprise me. Hardly call it a 'thrashing'. Not like Aus thrashed India in 1st test. Normal service will be resumed shortly. India got lucky with some umpiring decisions this test. Aus to win 3-1.
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29/12/2020 07:20:07 9 1
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Just like Aus got lucky in the 1st test. Would not call Aus win in the first by the same 8 wicket margin, a thrashing either..
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29/12/2020 07:22:21 3 2
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This is a dynamic and talented Indian team, without Kohli. S. Gill is a rising star!

Well done, skipper Rahane!

The Aussies' batting is fragile. Steve Smith has apparently lost the magic. Hopefully, it's a temporary funk.
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29/12/2020 07:28:32 19 5
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Hope not any country with an ounce of decency should never have let him or Warner anywhere near the national side after the ball tampering scandal. Lost a lot of respect for Australia after that.
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29/12/2020 07:27:56 46 3
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Well played India.
The Australian bowlers seem to be carrying the team at the moment. There is one obvious change looming; Burns is out of his depth as a Test opener. Impressed with young Green's temperament. Good bowling by India.
Can not work out why Jadeja was left out of the first test, he's top class!
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29/12/2020 08:08:03 9 2
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You may recall him getting an injury in the 1st T20i match on this tour & so obviously needed some time to recover from it.
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29/12/2020 09:37:11 4 2
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I think Jadeja adds balance to the team. very good lower order batsman and a decent bowler who can hold one end up
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30/12/2020 03:18:53 0 0
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India was missing Ishant, Sami, and great virat. Watch out for GILL - 21year old.
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29/12/2020 07:22:21 3 2
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This is a dynamic and talented Indian team, without Kohli. S. Gill is a rising star!

Well done, skipper Rahane!

The Aussies' batting is fragile. Steve Smith has apparently lost the magic. Hopefully, it's a temporary funk.
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29/12/2020 07:28:32 19 5
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Hope not any country with an ounce of decency should never have let him or Warner anywhere near the national side after the ball tampering scandal. Lost a lot of respect for Australia after that.
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29/12/2020 07:52:19 5 5
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Hope you made the same comment about Michael Atherton. Wasn't he fined for ball tampering or did that not count then.
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29/12/2020 07:54:38 2 2
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I hear you. But I am a proponent of giving people a second chance. Redemption, not condemnation.
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29/12/2020 07:55:52 1 6
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Happy with having Broad and Anderson play for England though right?
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29/12/2020 10:23:43 0 1
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Can recall same lingo used to describe Andrew Strauss. Two Ashes series, 7000 test runs and 21 centuries. Lol.
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29/12/2020 07:14:44 15 3
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Well done India after the humiliation of 36/10 in the first Test. It's Game On. If India play to their potential then they could take the series 3-1. Rahane might keep his captaincy.
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29/12/2020 07:29:42 10 14
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Bloody coward BCCI won't make Rahane captain as long as Kohli is in the team & don't be too optimistic this will not happen again & again .India made best use of missed catches that really worked in their favor .If & If Australia who have established lead say 250-275 match would ended in favor of hosts .You have to be happy this match stretched to fourth day unlike previous one .
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29/12/2020 10:40:54 0 1
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You're too harsh, India also dropped many catches off Paine and Labuschagne in the first test, India's second innings batting was uncharacteristic. India were in the driving seat and lost it.
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29/12/2020 10:55:16 4 4
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Rahane is a good man. But let us not forget Kohli created this team, instilled the confidence and he is the first one to congratulate Rahane. He came closer to win so many test matches before losing a test match in a session or so. Hats off to Rahane to stand up to the occasion.
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29/12/2020 07:17:24 2 32
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Predicted 3-1 to Aus at start of series so this doesn't surprise me. Hardly call it a 'thrashing'. Not like Aus thrashed India in 1st test. Normal service will be resumed shortly. India got lucky with some umpiring decisions this test. Aus to win 3-1.
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29/12/2020 07:31:09 4 1
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Very lucky win by 8 wkts. Just scraped thru' then with dodgy umpiring ? Are you watching the same game. ?
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29/12/2020 07:31:33 5 2
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Never give up, it is darkest before the dawn!
This Win will Inspire the defeated people to have faith in themselves and stand up once again. This is not only the win on Cricket ground but victory of never die human spirit.
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29/12/2020 07:17:24 2 32
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Predicted 3-1 to Aus at start of series so this doesn't surprise me. Hardly call it a 'thrashing'. Not like Aus thrashed India in 1st test. Normal service will be resumed shortly. India got lucky with some umpiring decisions this test. Aus to win 3-1.
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29/12/2020 07:32:36 2 1
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India got lucky? How many DRS decisions went in favour of Australia?
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29/12/2020 07:33:25 59 22
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No doubt the Aussie press will be desperately scrabbling around, looking for excuses as usual.
Have they tried to blame covid19 yet, lockdown? The increased numbers of shark attacks? They will soon come up with multiple reasons why losing wasn't really their fault.
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29/12/2020 07:40:13 128 12
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Sandpaper shortages?
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29/12/2020 07:49:41 10 1
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They already have. Go over to Fox Cricket Australia. They still maintain India is a pushover
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29/12/2020 11:51:02 11 2
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New shark repellent for you, Sammy.

Get a tattoo over your chest: "Australia can play cricket."

Not even a shark will swallow that,
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29/12/2020 13:11:15 7 1
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They have started blaming the umpiring already.

Despite several clear wickets being denied to India due the misjudgements by the on-field umpires. Many of them were out but the batter survived due to "Umpire's call" rule. Not to mention the denied run out in the first innings.
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29/12/2020 20:27:01 0 0
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Unlike the English press, who never turn on the team after any loss...
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29/12/2020 22:06:31 1 0
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Not really. Aussie press have been very fair and have lauded India. Infact they've credited Indian's performance during the first test..apart from the horror 90 mins.
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29/12/2020 06:59:06 2 24
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From what i watched,the players looked disinterested.

Smith out for a duck,then clean bowled,when has that happened in his career ?

Fair play to India,but this is not to cricket IMO.
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29/12/2020 07:34:24 7 1
bbc
Looked like cricket to me. Is your TV okay ?
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29/12/2020 07:39:09 109 3
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A great prospect of two excellent matches to come. Can't wait. Test cricket is the ultimate
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29/12/2020 07:57:19 28 5
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Top quality Test matches.
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RGK
29/12/2020 10:51:28 2 1
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very true..
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29/12/2020 13:05:47 0 12
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It sure is the ultimate when both sides average under 300 an innings - dull pitches = dull matches. Fine the grounds
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29/12/2020 07:33:25 59 22
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No doubt the Aussie press will be desperately scrabbling around, looking for excuses as usual.
Have they tried to blame covid19 yet, lockdown? The increased numbers of shark attacks? They will soon come up with multiple reasons why losing wasn't really their fault.
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29/12/2020 07:40:13 128 12
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Sandpaper shortages?
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29/12/2020 09:02:45 7 5
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Hahaha... Maybe Brexit
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29/12/2020 11:48:14 4 1
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The Jupiter and Saturn conjunction.
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29/12/2020 12:38:40 5 1
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Ah look! That's a rather abrasive comment mate!
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30/12/2020 16:20:11 0 0
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Ask Cameron Bancroft.
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29/12/2020 06:59:06 2 24
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From what i watched,the players looked disinterested.

Smith out for a duck,then clean bowled,when has that happened in his career ?

Fair play to India,but this is not to cricket IMO.
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29/12/2020 07:44:38 9 1
bbc
Both sets of players looked to be giving it their all to me. Perhaps get your tv checked ?
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tc
29/12/2020 08:05:24 4 1
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or your eyes??
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29/12/2020 07:45:32 53 12
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The Aussies lost.
Thank you for my late Xmas pressie Santa.
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ace
29/12/2020 16:10:54 2 3
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Santa had nothing to do with it - away thanks to Rahane and Siraj...
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29/12/2020 07:33:25 59 22
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No doubt the Aussie press will be desperately scrabbling around, looking for excuses as usual.
Have they tried to blame covid19 yet, lockdown? The increased numbers of shark attacks? They will soon come up with multiple reasons why losing wasn't really their fault.
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29/12/2020 07:49:41 10 1
bbc
They already have. Go over to Fox Cricket Australia. They still maintain India is a pushover
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RGK
29/12/2020 12:33:38 0 1
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very true
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29/12/2020 07:49:52 27 5
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A wonderful and fully deserved win for the Indians. It looked in question when 19-2, but Rahane walked to the crease and reinstalled calmness. He’s performed brilliantly in Kohli’s absence.
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29/12/2020 07:51:03 2 10
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Test cricket is fast resembling county cricket for days past with lack of bowling and batting depth in all the leading nations. Having said that the drop in quality has increased the excitement level with one sided series a lot less likely.
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29/12/2020 07:56:18 5 2
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Drop in quality?? You're watching the wrong channel.
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29/12/2020 07:17:24 2 32
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Predicted 3-1 to Aus at start of series so this doesn't surprise me. Hardly call it a 'thrashing'. Not like Aus thrashed India in 1st test. Normal service will be resumed shortly. India got lucky with some umpiring decisions this test. Aus to win 3-1.
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29/12/2020 07:51:45 2 1
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"this doesn't surprise me"
Wow, you really are brilliant, sir. To have expected these results - remarkable!
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29/12/2020 07:28:32 19 5
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Hope not any country with an ounce of decency should never have let him or Warner anywhere near the national side after the ball tampering scandal. Lost a lot of respect for Australia after that.
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29/12/2020 07:52:19 5 5
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Hope you made the same comment about Michael Atherton. Wasn't he fined for ball tampering or did that not count then.
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29/12/2020 08:31:17 4 1
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There is a good argument that Athers got off lightly, but that's often the case in a 'first time' issue. After that, everyone was warned what to expect. Two senior players coercing a lad to taking an artificial outside aid onto the pitch to break the laws, with probable team, management consent, was despicable.
Got what they deserved and most cricket lovers would have gladly seen the back of them.
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29/12/2020 07:54:12 2 2
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Not much use having an A Grade bowling attack if you have a D Grade batting line up
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30/12/2020 18:27:51 0 0
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The opposite: if you have a D-grade batting line-up, an A-grade bowling attack is essential, along with whizzo fielding.
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29/12/2020 07:54:27 14 3
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Well played India... thoroughly deserved...impressive to see some resilience shown by a side touring Aus for a change...
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29/12/2020 09:12:28 2 1
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Very Sporting of you Scaarn despite your cheeky little snip too. ??
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29/12/2020 07:28:32 19 5
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Hope not any country with an ounce of decency should never have let him or Warner anywhere near the national side after the ball tampering scandal. Lost a lot of respect for Australia after that.
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29/12/2020 07:54:38 2 2
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I hear you. But I am a proponent of giving people a second chance. Redemption, not condemnation.
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29/12/2020 07:28:32 19 5
bbc
Hope not any country with an ounce of decency should never have let him or Warner anywhere near the national side after the ball tampering scandal. Lost a lot of respect for Australia after that.
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29/12/2020 07:55:52 1 6
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Happy with having Broad and Anderson play for England though right?
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29/12/2020 08:50:29 4 1
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Sandpaper they bought sodding sandpaper onto the pitch nothing compares and you know this ??
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jmw
29/12/2020 07:55:55 7 6
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First test was too easy for Australia and I think they probably expected the same this time around as well, especially with India being without Kohli. Huge credit then to India for bouncing back the way they have, over to Australia now to see how they react.
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29/12/2020 08:03:54 9 2
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Not sure ?? if you followed the first test. Most part of game dominated by India except one disastrous session on day 3 which cost them the game otherwise it could have been a different result.
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29/12/2020 08:25:21 0 2
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JMW. You need to subscribe to BT Sport first, watch the match before commenting.
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29/12/2020 07:51:03 2 10
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Test cricket is fast resembling county cricket for days past with lack of bowling and batting depth in all the leading nations. Having said that the drop in quality has increased the excitement level with one sided series a lot less likely.
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29/12/2020 07:56:18 5 2
bbc
Drop in quality?? You're watching the wrong channel.
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29/12/2020 07:39:09 109 3
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A great prospect of two excellent matches to come. Can't wait. Test cricket is the ultimate
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29/12/2020 07:57:19 28 5
bbc
Top quality Test matches.
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RGK
29/12/2020 10:52:07 2 4
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Yes, The curator has to be appreciated.
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29/12/2020 07:59:49 3 1
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Very good win by India. 2 great matches to come. Our batting lineup is a bit fragile at the moment, need Smith and Fake Smith back on line.
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29/12/2020 08:23:58 1 1
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Fake Smith lol. Alan Border called his behaviour abnormal.
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29/12/2020 08:38:19 0 1
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"Fake Smith" ????...wonder why he has to mimic the "Real Smith" at every twist and turn !..best described by Alan Border as abnormal.
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29/12/2020 08:02:03 0 10
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Not a patch in the SL/SA contest ....
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29/12/2020 08:17:37 4 1
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Exactly right. This contest is far superior to that rubbish...
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29/12/2020 08:39:49 0 1
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That seems to be a batting practice with wickets thrown in, see how today goes though .
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29/12/2020 08:03:05 4 11
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Amazing how this team has fared without 'King' Kohli. He's a prima donna. They're better off getting rid of him and installing Rahanae as captain.

Without him they're a decent cricket team. With him they're just a media fest.
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GGS
29/12/2020 08:15:58 7 2
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With him and in part due to him they are playing as defending champions in this series.
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29/12/2020 08:33:48 1 1
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Echo your sentiments with one caveat. Strip him of captaincy & play him purely as a batsman & Rahane as Captain. I am an Indian cricket fan & for years Since Gavaskar, India always clings on to a prima Donna as a focal point for the team. Play the game as a team sport rather than creating these Demi gods. The only exception would be Dhoni. He combined both roles with panache & humility.
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30/12/2020 18:31:47 0 0
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I agree with your first sentence but dispute the second, as Kohli's the master batsman of his generation.
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29/12/2020 08:03:14 20 4
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If you look at the first test at adelaide too, Kohli was right, India had a bad 2 hours and were packed for 36. Else, the first two days, the Indians had put the aussies on the mat
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29/12/2020 08:29:28 23 3
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Also some allowance has to made that this was India's first ever pink ball Test played away - having only played one previously at home over two years back. On the other hand, the Aussies have been playing pink ball Tests at home regularly for many years now.
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29/12/2020 08:35:45 7 2
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To use a boxing analogy ? In Adelaide India were winning on points and the Aussies laid a knockout punch

The Aussies issues were apparent

Batting too reliant on Smith and issues at the top of the order

India similar

But what a comeback
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29/12/2020 07:17:24 2 32
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Predicted 3-1 to Aus at start of series so this doesn't surprise me. Hardly call it a 'thrashing'. Not like Aus thrashed India in 1st test. Normal service will be resumed shortly. India got lucky with some umpiring decisions this test. Aus to win 3-1.
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tc
29/12/2020 08:03:47 2 1
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ok mystic meg
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jmw
29/12/2020 07:55:55 7 6
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First test was too easy for Australia and I think they probably expected the same this time around as well, especially with India being without Kohli. Huge credit then to India for bouncing back the way they have, over to Australia now to see how they react.
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29/12/2020 08:03:54 9 2
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Not sure ?? if you followed the first test. Most part of game dominated by India except one disastrous session on day 3 which cost them the game otherwise it could have been a different result.
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29/12/2020 08:20:08 2 1
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Think you're both right to a degree, India better team throughout the 2 tests but aus will have gotten carried away by the way India were blown away.
Set up nicely for the remainder of the series.
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29/12/2020 09:33:00 0 1
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....yes, but that,s kind of how Test cricket works in all fairness.
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29/12/2020 07:44:38 9 1
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Both sets of players looked to be giving it their all to me. Perhaps get your tv checked ?
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tc
29/12/2020 08:05:24 4 1
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or your eyes??
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ACW
29/12/2020 08:05:42 8 4
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Well done India
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29/12/2020 07:27:56 46 3
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Well played India.
The Australian bowlers seem to be carrying the team at the moment. There is one obvious change looming; Burns is out of his depth as a Test opener. Impressed with young Green's temperament. Good bowling by India.
Can not work out why Jadeja was left out of the first test, he's top class!
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29/12/2020 08:08:03 9 2
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You may recall him getting an injury in the 1st T20i match on this tour & so obviously needed some time to recover from it.
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29/12/2020 19:28:01 0 0
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Oh ok may have missed that as ODIs aren't really my prime cricketing focus
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Stu
29/12/2020 08:14:08 27 2
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Great win for India. Aussie batting looked pretty fragile and India were without a front line bowler for most of their second innings so hats off to Rahane for how he managed the bowlers - very skilful.
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29/12/2020 09:38:59 10 4
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This vindicate his approach of going in with 5 bowlers instead of an extra batsman
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29/12/2020 13:17:03 5 1
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In fact, India were without four of their first choice players. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami.

Besides, Umesh Yadav, one of their main pacers, pulled a calf muscle midway during the match.
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29/12/2020 07:17:24 2 32
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Predicted 3-1 to Aus at start of series so this doesn't surprise me. Hardly call it a 'thrashing'. Not like Aus thrashed India in 1st test. Normal service will be resumed shortly. India got lucky with some umpiring decisions this test. Aus to win 3-1.
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29/12/2020 08:15:11 3 1
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Surely, you mean Aus got lucky with umpiring decisions?

Look at the Paine and Rahane run out decisions. Exactly same frame by frame, yet Paine given not out and Rahane given out.

Maybe you're getting confused with the NZ v Pakistan series.
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29/12/2020 08:15:49 40 13
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Fantastic stuff from India- always good to see the Aussies beaten.
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29/12/2020 08:34:39 17 10
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That’s jolly unsporting of you old chap!
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29/12/2020 08:57:53 1 12
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Why why have they ever done to you?
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29/12/2020 08:03:05 4 11
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Amazing how this team has fared without 'King' Kohli. He's a prima donna. They're better off getting rid of him and installing Rahanae as captain.

Without him they're a decent cricket team. With him they're just a media fest.
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29/12/2020 08:15:58 7 2
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With him and in part due to him they are playing as defending champions in this series.
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29/12/2020 08:22:04 0 1
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GGS. You maybe wasting your time with GGS.
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29/12/2020 08:02:03 0 10
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Not a patch in the SL/SA contest ....
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29/12/2020 08:17:37 4 1
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Exactly right. This contest is far superior to that rubbish...
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29/12/2020 08:18:21 26 3
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Cracking match, excellent series! Keep the intensity up for the last two matches guys ??
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29/12/2020 08:03:54 9 2
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Not sure ?? if you followed the first test. Most part of game dominated by India except one disastrous session on day 3 which cost them the game otherwise it could have been a different result.
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29/12/2020 08:20:08 2 1
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Think you're both right to a degree, India better team throughout the 2 tests but aus will have gotten carried away by the way India were blown away.
Set up nicely for the remainder of the series.
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GGS
29/12/2020 08:15:58 7 2
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With him and in part due to him they are playing as defending champions in this series.
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29/12/2020 08:22:04 0 1
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GGS. You maybe wasting your time with GGS.
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29/12/2020 07:59:49 3 1
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Very good win by India. 2 great matches to come. Our batting lineup is a bit fragile at the moment, need Smith and Fake Smith back on line.
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29/12/2020 08:23:58 1 1
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Fake Smith lol. Alan Border called his behaviour abnormal.
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29/12/2020 08:24:54 37 6
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Just as there are now some comments here mocking the Aussies, there were many similar ones mocking the Indians after the 1st Test - saying 'arrogant Kohli', 'arrogant Indian fans', 'home track bullies & useless away' etc. Even without Kohli, glad the Indian team has made a strong comeback in the series & silenced these critics!
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29/12/2020 09:08:45 31 2
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Thats very true, but the Aussies aren't slow in sharing their opinions when their team comes out on top, so its only fair!
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29/12/2020 11:58:19 1 1
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Meanwhile, for all that Kohli sometimes seems an abrasive character, he still supports Test cricket, which in part is why the ICC hasn't yet tried to completely marginalize it.

Remember he's also player of the decade, which prompts me to put in a shout for Ellyse Perry, a top performer with exceptional talent and none of the "foibles" often mentioned on these pages in relation to Australians.
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29/12/2020 08:25:04 4 3
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That should put the haters back in their place!!
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29/12/2020 08:32:48 1 1
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That will be the day. They'll sit back and wait for the next opportunity. It isn't sport it's some of the idiots who claim to support it.
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29/12/2020 07:55:55 7 6
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First test was too easy for Australia and I think they probably expected the same this time around as well, especially with India being without Kohli. Huge credit then to India for bouncing back the way they have, over to Australia now to see how they react.
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29/12/2020 08:25:21 0 2
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JMW. You need to subscribe to BT Sport first, watch the match before commenting.
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29/12/2020 08:27:08 34 5
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Well done India. Takes alot of guts and mental toughness to win from that previous defeat.

Anyway, luv watching aussies get beaten up!!!
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29/12/2020 11:22:34 2 14
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Why?
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29/12/2020 08:27:21 10 1
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Mighty impressed with India. Their first away win fielding first since 2010. I didn't expect them to come back like this, especially when they were down and out after first test loss and without many first choice players Kohli, Shami, Rohit and Hardik!! They played like a champion team against a quality bowling attack.

Long live test cricket! Bring on the remaining tests!!
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29/12/2020 06:59:06 2 24
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From what i watched,the players looked disinterested.

Smith out for a duck,then clean bowled,when has that happened in his career ?

Fair play to India,but this is not to cricket IMO.
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29/12/2020 08:29:04 4 1
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I think you mean uninterested - disinterested means neutral (i.e not having a vested interest in the outcome, like a Judge).
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29/12/2020 08:03:14 20 4
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If you look at the first test at adelaide too, Kohli was right, India had a bad 2 hours and were packed for 36. Else, the first two days, the Indians had put the aussies on the mat
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29/12/2020 08:29:28 23 3
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Also some allowance has to made that this was India's first ever pink ball Test played away - having only played one previously at home over two years back. On the other hand, the Aussies have been playing pink ball Tests at home regularly for many years now.
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29/12/2020 07:52:19 5 5
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Hope you made the same comment about Michael Atherton. Wasn't he fined for ball tampering or did that not count then.
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29/12/2020 08:31:17 4 1
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There is a good argument that Athers got off lightly, but that's often the case in a 'first time' issue. After that, everyone was warned what to expect. Two senior players coercing a lad to taking an artificial outside aid onto the pitch to break the laws, with probable team, management consent, was despicable.
Got what they deserved and most cricket lovers would have gladly seen the back of them.
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29/12/2020 10:39:34 2 1
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Yes I note your comment regarding two senior players coerced the younger player buy you don't get more senior than captain!
As you also point out it was his first offence then maybe if the punishment was more severe other incidents may not occur as frequently in the future.
Lead by example as a captain.
All of this cheating is wrong
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29/12/2020 08:32:29 4 3
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The Aussies need Warner back and their 2 best batsmen Smith and Lubuschagne to get some runs or they’ll lose the 3rd test as well!
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29/12/2020 08:25:04 4 3
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That should put the haters back in their place!!
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29/12/2020 08:32:48 1 1
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That will be the day. They'll sit back and wait for the next opportunity. It isn't sport it's some of the idiots who claim to support it.
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29/12/2020 08:03:05 4 11
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Amazing how this team has fared without 'King' Kohli. He's a prima donna. They're better off getting rid of him and installing Rahanae as captain.

Without him they're a decent cricket team. With him they're just a media fest.
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29/12/2020 08:33:48 1 1
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Echo your sentiments with one caveat. Strip him of captaincy & play him purely as a batsman & Rahane as Captain. I am an Indian cricket fan & for years Since Gavaskar, India always clings on to a prima Donna as a focal point for the team. Play the game as a team sport rather than creating these Demi gods. The only exception would be Dhoni. He combined both roles with panache & humility.
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29/12/2020 08:15:49 40 13
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Fantastic stuff from India- always good to see the Aussies beaten.
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29/12/2020 08:34:39 17 10
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That’s jolly unsporting of you old chap!
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29/12/2020 09:30:38 5 5
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What would be unsporting is not caring one way or the other about the rivalries. That's competitive sport for you, it's not all hugging and singing kumbaya.
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29/12/2020 07:17:24 2 32
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Predicted 3-1 to Aus at start of series so this doesn't surprise me. Hardly call it a 'thrashing'. Not like Aus thrashed India in 1st test. Normal service will be resumed shortly. India got lucky with some umpiring decisions this test. Aus to win 3-1.
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29/12/2020 08:35:34 3 1
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Clearly a 'notts' County fan then, as you very obviously know eff all about cricket.
On a similar note I predicted all the weekend football results, including the postponements.
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29/12/2020 08:03:14 20 4
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If you look at the first test at adelaide too, Kohli was right, India had a bad 2 hours and were packed for 36. Else, the first two days, the Indians had put the aussies on the mat
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29/12/2020 08:35:45 7 2
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To use a boxing analogy ? In Adelaide India were winning on points and the Aussies laid a knockout punch

The Aussies issues were apparent

Batting too reliant on Smith and issues at the top of the order

India similar

But what a comeback
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29/12/2020 09:40:40 4 1
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Actually, that is spot on
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30/12/2020 03:27:20 0 0
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This series will test SMITH AND LAUBUSCHANGE temperament and skills. Moving around the crease if pitch helping the bowlers, will be difficult for both batsmen
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29/12/2020 08:36:17 8 3
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Perhaps Kohli is a great batsman that India just can not afford to play.
Maybe he takes up too much room with his special status and related ego.
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29/12/2020 09:29:40 0 1
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Time will tell.....he,s certainly a dominant presence.
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29/12/2020 14:41:20 1 1
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Aus press thinks Aus team is weak without Warner ( Smith played) They ignore India has the best fast bowling unit in the world. Australian press always find some excuses.... never respect opposition... In 2018...Australia lost 2- 1 against the same opposition... This test they won with a very weak team... in the absence of Kohli, Rohit, Isanth, Shami, and Kumar and that too in Australia.. Ha ha ha
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29/12/2020 08:37:08 9 6
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time for the sandpaper
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29/12/2020 08:59:05 2 3
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The Aussies will be thinking of other ways to cheat? ??
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29/12/2020 12:55:27 1 1
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Such original wit !
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29/12/2020 07:59:49 3 1
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Very good win by India. 2 great matches to come. Our batting lineup is a bit fragile at the moment, need Smith and Fake Smith back on line.
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29/12/2020 08:38:19 0 1
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"Fake Smith" ????...wonder why he has to mimic the "Real Smith" at every twist and turn !..best described by Alan Border as abnormal.
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29/12/2020 08:38:39 8 8
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“One of the great comebacks”, what nonsense! It’s a different game for goodness sake. One of the great comebacks would have been winning the game after being bowled out for 36, what happens two weeks later is irrelevant.

Nevertheless a good win for India. They will give the Aussies a good run for their money, who look fragile without Smith firing. Looking forward to playing India ourselves.
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29/12/2020 10:33:45 1 1
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It's in the context of series not a game
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29/12/2020 08:38:42 3 2
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Well folks what a Test this has been and a turn around from the Last one.

Some Indian resilience found and out a shift in to make it happen.

Good on India for keeping that tight grip on the Aussies batting and then knocking off the runs too.

For all the comedy folks saying 36 runs lead needed to win again never mind.

So Aussies turn now to bounce back after this 8 wicket mauling.
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29/12/2020 08:02:03 0 10
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Not a patch in the SL/SA contest ....
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29/12/2020 08:39:49 0 1
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That seems to be a batting practice with wickets thrown in, see how today goes though .
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29/12/2020 08:41:44 2 6
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Australia are rubbish now. They’ve never recovered since their disgraceful cheating tactics were revealed on TV. Makes most cricket watchers wonder whether they were ever any good at all.
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29/12/2020 08:56:14 3 2
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What a ludicrous over the top statement. Please less of the cheap nationalistic Aussie bashing. Did you canvass every single cricket fan overnight to come to this riidiculous conclusion. My love of cricket is based on tge good of the game not tribal football style nonsense.
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29/12/2020 08:42:12 2 1
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For those worried about Smith and wondering what happened to his form, my guess is its labuschagne that happened to him.
No longer being the Premier batter in your unit can weigh heavily with many. The feeling of being indispensable drives many on. He's got competition now!
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29/12/2020 08:56:11 1 1
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Yes he did come in with a bang (pardon the word in context) and proved a worthy replacement.

Smiths ego is bruised with the Naughty boy tricks and Captaincy off him too but back in for him to help out.

If they worked in Tandem on batting then what a pair they would be if both firing on all cylinders.
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29/12/2020 08:42:27 2 1
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Magnificent team effort from India, surely one of the greatest comebacks in test cricket and what an advert for the five day game. Can't wait for the third test in the new year.
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29/12/2020 08:43:58 5 1
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Great comeback by India. Difficult to call the 3rd Test though. With Warner back and Smith due runs you would expect Aussie to win. Hopefully another lively surface to keep showcasing the proper form of the great game.
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29/12/2020 09:46:52 3 1
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Apparently it is still uncertain whether Warner will be back but perhaps the Aussies may well be tempted to take a little risk in rushing him back in light of their current struggles at the top of their batting order. Meanwhile Rohit Sharma should be back for India bringing much needed experience & leadership abilities to the team
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29/12/2020 07:15:35 1 8
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Better side in this test match won .Again batting first-six was matter of concern , how long this continues is matter of concern that too in their own backyard , does not mean India's batting was really superb they took missed catch as oppchunity & build good lead otherwise both sides batting not of test class .Overall it was sub standard test .Better ICC restrict test matches to four days .
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29/12/2020 08:45:02 1 1
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Your a barrel of laughs aren't you!
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29/12/2020 08:45:23 13 10
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Great win for India and good to see the series now nicely poised. This is fantastic for the 'up to 30,000 fans' who were allowed into the MCG.

On a side note, I can't work out why it's ok for the Aussies to encourage 30,000 fans to mix in an enclosed area in Melbourne but not ok for a couple of hundred backpackers to mix in the open at Bronte Beach in Sydney.

Stinks of hypocrisy to me
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29/12/2020 08:54:07 8 2
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Different strokes for different folks. Melbourne coming out of a three month lock down with no local infections while Sydney is skating on extremely thin ice with an alarming reemergence of COVID and a state government trying its best to avoid going back into lockdown. Idiots at Bronte Beach not helping out
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29/12/2020 08:54:16 0 1
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Sydney is in the middle of an outbreak, Sydney isn’t.
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29/12/2020 08:54:50 1 1
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Should have read ‘Melbourne isn’t’.
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29/12/2020 09:04:24 3 1
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Melbourne's clear and Sydney has an outbreak.

I guess it's like the tier system here in the UK?
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29/12/2020 12:42:41 1 1
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Roger , Melbourne doesn't have any active Covid cases , Sydney does . Read up fella !
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29/12/2020 08:49:23 7 2
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What a fantastic advert for test cricket. All cricketing boards/groundsmen should take note on how to prepare a test match wicket.... no more 500 plus wickets. Low scoring games are real tests on mental strength and endurance, SA/SL match looks such a bore.

The Indian conveyor belt continue to develop and churn out new talent. Hats off to Siraj and the entire Indian team, Vande Mataram! ????
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29/12/2020 08:53:28 2 1
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Yes and no to that as we need wickets for results if you get my drift ... Start getting Tests done in 4 days they be pushing for the 4 Day Test Format .

Also down to the Teams in respect as well on how they approach the game as if is a bowling track then the batsmen need to adjust their own style of play.

Yes a good win for India and moral booster too.
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29/12/2020 07:55:52 1 6
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Happy with having Broad and Anderson play for England though right?
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29/12/2020 08:50:29 4 1
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Sandpaper they bought sodding sandpaper onto the pitch nothing compares and you know this ??
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29/12/2020 08:50:29 1 1
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brillant, well done, after the last test the disappointment must of been massive, and to come back to win so convincingly and with one bowler down and a squad without Virat, Rohit, Ishant & Shami , very good, just shows what can be achieved, next Test cant wait
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29/12/2020 08:50:58 2 2
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Got my Bingo card at the ready, you know who bound to mention a certain country.
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29/12/2020 08:52:17 2 1
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Does this mean all the experts writing articles about Australia after the first test now get fired, no of course not they will still be writing rubbish and earning a good living.
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29/12/2020 10:15:35 1 1
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You bet mate. Hardly s good one to be found.