Australia set India 328 for victory
18/01/2021 | sport | cricket | 319
India will need to bat out the final day of the fourth Test against Australia in Brisbane to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
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18/01/2021 07:49:32 8 0
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Your Aussie second innings score is wrong
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18/01/2021 07:50:55 14 0
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Should be an interesting end to a very even and entertaining series. Australia will still be the favourites but don't count this Indian team out yet. If hitman gets into the mood, you never no! May the best team win.
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18/01/2021 07:51:26 7 1
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What a game it's been so far. May the best team win(weather permitting)
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18/01/2021 07:53:35 80 14
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Come on India beat those cheating Aussies.
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18/01/2021 07:53:43 64 0
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It's going to be a draw due to weather. Series will end 1-1 but it's probably a moral victory for India and disappointment for Aussies. They had a full strength team and won the toss 3 out of 4 times.
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18/01/2021 09:45:18 8 0
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and playing in their back year no less.
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18/01/2021 07:54:45 84 5
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It is quite remarkable that this Indian reserve team is competing so well with a strong Aussie team in Australia.

If they win or draw it will be one of the greatest cricket stories!
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18/01/2021 07:56:10 8 1
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Let's hope the weather doesn't rob the series of the finale it deserves. Clearly an Indian victory is long shot. The Aussies will be roaring in but one more inspired rearguard action could see the tourists retain the trophy which would be amazing given the relentless catalogue of injuries and absences they've faced.
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18/01/2021 07:56:47 104 8
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India deserve to keep the Border Gavaskar trophy. They have played brilliantly.
The forecast is rain so an Indian win seems unlikely. They have to hang on.
We cannot have the ungracious Aussies winning.
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18/01/2021 12:39:41 40 5
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Absolutely. Aussies live to dish out verbal, but they can't cope with losing. Very ungracious cricketers.
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Kul
19/01/2021 02:40:25 0 0
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Agree...especially given the number of marginal decisions by Australian umpires ( thanks Covid! no neutral umpires now), you know the ones that are "Umpires call" that went in favour of Australia...regardless of whether Australia was batting or bowling. Take that out of the equation and India will be up 2-1 now and heading for a win today. Reminds of the Justin-noLBW-Langer days back in the day.
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18/01/2021 07:57:04 17 0
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Good fightback by the Indians. Despite not fielding their best team, they have been more than a match for the Aussies on their patch. A good batting performance from 2 or 3 Indian batsmen will make the final day interesting.
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18/01/2021 07:58:39 19 0
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Just like today, tomorrow is expected to be another rain affected day with more disruptions & more overs lost - so India needs to be realistic & just bat out for a draw in retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
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18/01/2021 17:02:58 6 0
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Yes, Border & Gavaskar, 2 cricket greats who probably (unlike Smith) never dreamed of scuffing up batting marks of the opposition?!
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18/01/2021 08:00:32 3 0
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Anyone from Brisbane - will rain washout most of tomorrow?
India have played extremely well to keep hold off the trophy but 98 overs is a long time to bat on this kind of pitch
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18/01/2021 08:26:01 1 0
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30C, "scattered thunderstorms."
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18/01/2021 08:35:17 1 0
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It's pouring with rain at the moment, but the Gabba pitch dries quickly.
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18/01/2021 08:00:34 3 4
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What a test series this has been. And from such a depleted India side. Aussies clearly there for the taking at gone currently. Sadly can’t see England performing anywhere near as well as India are doing next winter
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18/01/2021 08:05:31 1 2
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What a series, what a test match! Still all 3 results possible for the match and for the series as well. If it doesn't rain tomorrow we are in for a nail biting finish. If India wins this match although it's highly unlikely, it will be one of the biggest series defeats for Australia apart from the 2001 defeat in India and the 2005 ashes in England.
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18/01/2021 08:42:56 3 0
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What about the home defeat in 2010/11? I would call 3-1 (three innings defeats) a bit of a shoeing.
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18/01/2021 08:07:24 4 5
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This is a very achievable target for India.
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18/01/2021 08:22:20 2 1
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No - not with the further rain disruptions expected again tomorrow!
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18/01/2021 08:10:17 5 3
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In the balance for a team that have lost every toss they’ve done well
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18/01/2021 08:20:55 3 0
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India won the toss in the 1st Test
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18/01/2021 08:14:01 28 1
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Terrific test series,shows how entertaining test cricket can still be in these white ball dominated days. May the best team win (and let's hope it's India)
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18/01/2021 08:14:22 18 2
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Come on India, you can do it, go India, go India.
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18/01/2021 08:14:34 114 5
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With what the Indian squad has had to battle against during this series they deserve something from it. I’m not sure many sides in world cricket would’ve been able to cope with so many disruptions and still be competitive. One final push for Rahane’s lads!!
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18/01/2021 14:18:39 6 10
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I feel bad for all they have had to go through but they don't deserve anything. You only deserve what you earn!
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18/01/2021 08:16:39 4 0
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Tasty finale to a great series!!!
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18/01/2021 08:16:50 7 5
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Come on the cheating, nasty, sledging Aussies!
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18/01/2021 08:17:35 226 14
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After the way Australian fans, players and coaching staff have behaved during this series, every cricket fan outside of Australia is hoping India pull this off.

Good luck tomorrow.
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18/01/2021 08:34:58 23 151
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I'd love you to expand Obi One. The series has been played in fantastic spirit. As for the crowds, there is banter and there is abuse. Ask Steve Smith about crowd abuse and behavior.
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18/01/2021 09:14:03 26 2
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I would imagine the Australians are practicing their sledging right now! The match is poised in such a way that they will believe such tactics are essential.
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18/01/2021 09:36:22 28 3
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It’s Australian mentality I am afraid , just listen to the Aussie commentators if you want to hear the most one sided bias comments .......they are a nation not in touch with the rest of the world
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18/01/2021 09:38:39 1 1
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And the best thing is they consider themselves very saintly though I am not sure about the second innings ( depending on whether they are sensing a defeat or win ) in first their innings behaviour was lot better than exhibited previously.
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18/01/2021 09:54:33 1 3
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Agree, all teams are as bad as each other with the sledging. Ever wondered why Jimmy Anderson hides his mouth when he is have a 'chat' to the batsmen. It's test cricket for crying out loud and as long as they can all have a beer afterwards I have no issues. Bring on the ashes! All would you prefer to play NZ to half empty stadiums? Ashes cricket is what we all want because of the rivalry.
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18/01/2021 10:37:32 4 0
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Yes racism is never good in a sporting arena: but how we forget, Paine was supporting Shiraj during the test. Look at the replay (fact). Who will never forget the monkey incident Symonds/Singh, to which Singh has never apologised to this day. I am Aus supporter , along with many others were appalled what happened. But to suggest that it doesn't happen in your backyard. Your kidding yourself
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18/01/2021 12:38:22 9 2
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Yes Sir. As an Englishman I want India to win or draw, and retain the Border / Gavaska Trophy. Australian Leopards do not change their spots. Especially Smith and Warner. The Sandpaper Boys. Come on India !
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18/01/2021 13:06:26 4 2
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Your comment is a bit unfair. With the exception of a few rude fans, most of them are well-behaved.

The players have, for the most part, also behaved professionally. I have been viewing every match live and I have enjoyed every moment.

May the better team win.
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18/01/2021 13:45:22 0 0
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Not
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18/01/2021 16:29:54 2 1
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Still one of my favourite clips is watching Smith start blubbing on TV because he & hsi mates got caught - always cheers me up. Probably the worst thing about that was that they made Bancroft do the dirty work! Warner will never get runs in (vs) England again, he can't handle the crowds - fantastic!
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18/01/2021 21:43:59 0 0
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It would be some rear guard action but can’t help but feel the Aussies are favourites. I hope India bat out the draw. It’s set up for a brilliant day of cricket. Better still, 130ish not too long after lunch, a total jammy biff by someone, drop catches the lot, 240-3 going into the final session. India calmly knock off the remaining runs... we can dream.
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18/01/2021 08:18:04 46 7
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Fingers crossed for India ...on the basis that I support anyone against Australia in any sport!
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18/01/2021 08:50:12 19 2
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Couldn’t agree more.
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18/01/2021 08:10:17 5 3
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In the balance for a team that have lost every toss they’ve done well
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18/01/2021 08:20:55 3 0
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India won the toss in the 1st Test
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18/01/2021 09:02:44 1 0
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Sorry I was in lockdown they turned me power off
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18/01/2021 15:33:22 0 0
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India did not win the first toss. Australia won it and put India to bat. India lost all 4 tosses.
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18/01/2021 08:07:24 4 5
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This is a very achievable target for India.
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18/01/2021 08:22:20 2 1
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No - not with the further rain disruptions expected again tomorrow!
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18/01/2021 09:13:34 1 1
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What, to retain the trophy with a draw?
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18/01/2021 08:23:04 2 15
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If India win this (which they should because Australia‘s bowling attack is one of the weakest in the world at test level) that will take them to No2 in the rankings behind England. This sets it up nicely for England’s tour of the subcontinent - which England are expected to win with their amazing spin quartet. Probably a whitewash!!
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18/01/2021 08:49:04 2 0
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You are clearly in the wrong hys, bowling averages don’t lie. Check some of the aussies out. As for Eng in India, nobody is expecting them to win except perhaps themselves. What stands against India is that through the IPL many foreign players have gained invaluable experience of country and conditions. Eng may do better than many think.
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18/01/2021 08:51:01 0 0
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I thought NZ were number 1?
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18/01/2021 08:53:54 2 0
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Any enquiries from TMS for your punditry yet Simon ?
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18/01/2021 09:31:42 1 0
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You bang on about English amazing spin quartet but aren't the Indian spinners ranked in the top twenty in test ranking compared to the English spin quartet.
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18/01/2021 08:23:33 62 4
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I'm a Pom rooting for India; I live not far from the Gabba. I decided that if I went out to garden, it would be bound to rain, to reduce the risk of an Indian loss. Sure enough, after about ten minutes, the rain came. ;-). Great display by the Indian second XI against an attack the Aussie nnedia says is the best in the world.
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18/01/2021 08:32:15 11 1
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Not sure it's just the Aussie media Faustino. And it's an opinion only, everyone has one. Personally I'd take Wagner and Boult everyday of the week.
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18/01/2021 08:40:05 4 0
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Nice to see you mate rooting for India. I am an Indian and I will also be rooting for my country. No offence but I still think this is the best bowling attack in the world.
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18/01/2021 08:55:05 9 0
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Could you please stay in the garden tomorrow? If necessary will send you a brolly and some drinks.
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18/01/2021 09:15:27 3 0
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In the last test they took just 3 wickets on the final day. Outstanding defence by India, but you’d expect the world’s best bowling attack to do a lot better, especially at home.
Will it happen again tomorrow? Surely not…. Been a great series
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18/01/2021 09:39:22 1 0
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Well said
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18/01/2021 08:00:32 3 0
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Anyone from Brisbane - will rain washout most of tomorrow?
India have played extremely well to keep hold off the trophy but 98 overs is a long time to bat on this kind of pitch
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18/01/2021 08:26:01 1 0
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30C, "scattered thunderstorms."
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18/01/2021 08:29:19 23 4
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Sitting here in SE QLD and it is teeming down. More tomorrow and as I've said since the First Test a mid January Test match in the tropics isn't going to work. Anyways ... massive congrats to India. They have showed the fighting character we love and admire. Very few do ...
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18/01/2021 08:31:41 96 3
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Whatever happens, kudos to India. What a fightback from 36 all out.
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18/01/2021 09:18:24 51 1
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Yes, and with basically a Second XI, playing now. Just think of who is missing now. Great team spirit and with Rahane, for me. looking a better tactical captain than Kohli.
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18/01/2021 08:23:33 62 4
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I'm a Pom rooting for India; I live not far from the Gabba. I decided that if I went out to garden, it would be bound to rain, to reduce the risk of an Indian loss. Sure enough, after about ten minutes, the rain came. ;-). Great display by the Indian second XI against an attack the Aussie nnedia says is the best in the world.
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18/01/2021 08:32:15 11 1
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Not sure it's just the Aussie media Faustino. And it's an opinion only, everyone has one. Personally I'd take Wagner and Boult everyday of the week.
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18/01/2021 16:40:58 1 0
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Don't forget Kyle Jamieson, seems to be next Kiwi generation of bowler along with those two
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18/01/2021 08:33:16 45 7
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Australia v India: Tourists set unlikely 328 to win fourth Test....Come on India you can do it. Nothing more beautiful that seeing the whinging Aussies beaten. Great Test cricket and India have fought valiantly with real grit.
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18/01/2021 08:17:35 226 14
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After the way Australian fans, players and coaching staff have behaved during this series, every cricket fan outside of Australia is hoping India pull this off.

Good luck tomorrow.
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18/01/2021 08:34:58 23 151
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I'd love you to expand Obi One. The series has been played in fantastic spirit. As for the crowds, there is banter and there is abuse. Ask Steve Smith about crowd abuse and behavior.
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18/01/2021 08:48:24 108 5
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No you're absolutely right, we should all just accept racism in the crowd, the Australian captain losing his rag at Ashwin, Smith 'unintentionally' scuffing up Pants mark and Langer incredulously defending Smith as "fantastic spirit".

If you'd like me to expand more on how Australian cricket is viewed outside of Australia, just ask.
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18/01/2021 08:50:56 67 2
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Other than Tim Paine being fined 15% of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct or the game being halted and members of the crowd ejected from the crowd for alleged racism or Steve Smith under investigation for cheating (Again)...yeah other than that, fantastic spirit...
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18/01/2021 09:11:55 46 4
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"The series has been played in fantastic spirit"

Apart from the sledging, dissent towards the umpire and racial abuse from the crowd*.

Your definition of 'fantastic' might be different from mine.

*Note I'm overlooking Smith's bizarre behaviour, others might not.
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Ed
18/01/2021 09:31:17 35 2
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The last day at Sydney ? A good example of why the Australian cricket team is the most disliked in international sport.
Which is odd. At work I've always found Aussies to be genial and positive. Their ex-pros make insightful and empathetic commentators (unlike many of the sour English ex-pros). So what on earth happens to these good people when they put on the baggy green capful of poison ?
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dan
18/01/2021 10:06:53 18 1
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Smith unfortunately has form, if his previous form was admirable then any abuse is looked on with distain, unfortunately he continues to try and get unfair advantages by shadow batting on a crease that isn't his to shadow bat, especially when he isn't batting again. Aussies never learn!
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18/01/2021 10:11:05 3 13
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Don’t waste your time.

You never hear these statements when the shoe is on the other foot.

Like you said, mountains out of molehills
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18/01/2021 10:47:36 4 0
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I have to agree there's more to celebrate in this series than not. The exchange here is a bit of a shame. What a fitting prospect of a last day to this excellent series.
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18/01/2021 11:58:54 7 0
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You mean 'sandpaper' Steve Smith Gabbagod? Maybe cheats shouldn't be surprised to receive crowd abuse...
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18/01/2021 12:05:12 4 1
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Disgusting sledging picked up on stump mikes are you deaf!
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18/01/2021 12:08:32 2 6
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We don't need to ask Steve Smith about crowd abuse as we know he has been on the receiving end of it, however, it was fully deserved as he was proven to be a cheat and continues to be so as his actions (roughing up the wicket while pretending to be practising his batting) prove. I have a number of English friends who live in Aus and its a well known fact that many of them are racist xenophobes.
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18/01/2021 13:19:54 6 0
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Would that be Steve 'Cry Baby' Smith who cheated at the highest level and got a 12 month ban whilst a 19 year old Pakistani fast bowler gets 5 years. A disgrace to test cricket.
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18/01/2021 16:59:23 2 0
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"Expand" Gabba? Well, check the sledging that Aussies have been caught at (stump mikes) and Smith's bizarre behaviour scuffing up the guard marks on the crease of Indian batsmen (stump cams). All this excused by the Aussie coach Langer - - who said that "Smith has been through a lot" (yes, getting caught ball-tampering and getting a ban was sooo, erm, someone else's fault??). Makes you as bad.
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18/01/2021 08:00:32 3 0
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Anyone from Brisbane - will rain washout most of tomorrow?
India have played extremely well to keep hold off the trophy but 98 overs is a long time to bat on this kind of pitch
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18/01/2021 08:35:17 1 0
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It's pouring with rain at the moment, but the Gabba pitch dries quickly.
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18/01/2021 08:23:33 62 4
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I'm a Pom rooting for India; I live not far from the Gabba. I decided that if I went out to garden, it would be bound to rain, to reduce the risk of an Indian loss. Sure enough, after about ten minutes, the rain came. ;-). Great display by the Indian second XI against an attack the Aussie nnedia says is the best in the world.
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18/01/2021 08:40:05 4 0
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Nice to see you mate rooting for India. I am an Indian and I will also be rooting for my country. No offence but I still think this is the best bowling attack in the world.
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18/01/2021 08:50:22 1 0
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Agree. An attack like that can blow anyone off the park, including India. Whether they do or not we’ll know tomorrow!
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18/01/2021 08:41:14 7 2
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It's been a superb series, lots of drama and passion, controversy - and even some excellent cricket!
I found myself thinking of the last day of the Gabba Test in 2010/11 when England had to bat out the day. Which set up that fantastic 3-1 Ashes result.
Good luck India tomorrow, grit it out - through the mud and blood to the green fields beyond.
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18/01/2021 08:05:31 1 2
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What a series, what a test match! Still all 3 results possible for the match and for the series as well. If it doesn't rain tomorrow we are in for a nail biting finish. If India wins this match although it's highly unlikely, it will be one of the biggest series defeats for Australia apart from the 2001 defeat in India and the 2005 ashes in England.
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18/01/2021 08:42:56 3 0
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What about the home defeat in 2010/11? I would call 3-1 (three innings defeats) a bit of a shoeing.
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18/01/2021 13:24:39 0 0
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Sorry mate I forgot that one, actually that would probably be on top of the list, the way Cook batted and Jimmy bowled in that series was outstanding!!
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18/01/2021 13:39:34 0 0
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Would like to tell you that I was 16 years old at the time of 2005 ashes and before that I never followed the ashes but man that series and I became an ardent follower. The way KP took on Macgrath and co., the way simon jones swung the ball, the way Freddie gave it back to the Aussies, it was just awesome. I don't know maybe it's just me but that series is still the best test series for me.
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18/01/2021 08:43:10 11 1
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It's quite difficult for modern Test teams to bat defensively for a draw for long periods because the mindset of batsmen has altered in the last 30 years and few have the skills to adapt to blocking and nurdling for hours. On the whole modern cricket is more fun but in this case India would be well served by a Boycott style 40 not out for 90+ overs from one of their top order. Or rain.
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18/01/2021 09:28:54 2 0
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Yes and No, there have been many occasions when Pujara has batted long hours and Rahane is equally capable of.
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18/01/2021 16:45:46 0 0
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Surely you mean Rahul Dravid!
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18/01/2021 08:43:28 9 7
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This B India attack is much, much better than England in Aussie conditions!
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18/01/2021 08:47:51 4 1
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Its better than Australia’s. ??
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18/01/2021 09:28:16 1 0
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Why you attacking England , They not even playing in Australia
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18/01/2021 08:46:12 2 3
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A day of converting opportunities would be nice please Aussies...something like in Adelaide will do ??
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tc
18/01/2021 09:50:38 1 0
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scratch themselves to victory??? i mean...a draw
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18/01/2021 08:43:28 9 7
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This B India attack is much, much better than England in Aussie conditions!
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18/01/2021 08:47:51 4 1
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Its better than Australia’s. ??
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18/01/2021 08:34:58 23 151
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I'd love you to expand Obi One. The series has been played in fantastic spirit. As for the crowds, there is banter and there is abuse. Ask Steve Smith about crowd abuse and behavior.
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18/01/2021 08:48:24 108 5
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No you're absolutely right, we should all just accept racism in the crowd, the Australian captain losing his rag at Ashwin, Smith 'unintentionally' scuffing up Pants mark and Langer incredulously defending Smith as "fantastic spirit".

If you'd like me to expand more on how Australian cricket is viewed outside of Australia, just ask.
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18/01/2021 09:06:36 12 68
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Mountains out of molehills. Smudge shadow batted at a drinks break when the crease is repainted and batsmen always mark again. Rohit Sharma did the same today. And JL has every right to defend that. Paine and Ashwin walked off arms around each other. It's called Test cricket or are you saying no one swears on a cricket field ? And the racism from the crowd ... Please stop the hypocrisy.
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18/01/2021 11:30:07 1 8
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... there is always a Brit willing to remind the world just how squeaky clean they are. If you want to rid of racism (yes, it does exist here in the UK ... would you like me to expand?) then for god sake grow up. There will always be a few bad apples in every crowd and people like you keep fanning the fire!
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18/01/2021 08:23:04 2 15
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If India win this (which they should because Australia‘s bowling attack is one of the weakest in the world at test level) that will take them to No2 in the rankings behind England. This sets it up nicely for England’s tour of the subcontinent - which England are expected to win with their amazing spin quartet. Probably a whitewash!!
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18/01/2021 08:49:04 2 0
bbc
You are clearly in the wrong hys, bowling averages don’t lie. Check some of the aussies out. As for Eng in India, nobody is expecting them to win except perhaps themselves. What stands against India is that through the IPL many foreign players have gained invaluable experience of country and conditions. Eng may do better than many think.
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18/01/2021 09:19:34 1 0
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He cast an obviously out of season fly on the water’s surface & yet you rose to it immediately. I’d go fishing with him...... watch & learn !
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18/01/2021 08:49:05 29 5
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Come on India !
Don’t let those boorish ones beat you
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18/01/2021 08:18:04 46 7
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Fingers crossed for India ...on the basis that I support anyone against Australia in any sport!
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18/01/2021 08:50:12 19 2
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Couldn’t agree more.
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18/01/2021 08:40:05 4 0
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Nice to see you mate rooting for India. I am an Indian and I will also be rooting for my country. No offence but I still think this is the best bowling attack in the world.
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18/01/2021 08:50:22 1 0
bbc
Agree. An attack like that can blow anyone off the park, including India. Whether they do or not we’ll know tomorrow!
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18/01/2021 08:34:58 23 151
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I'd love you to expand Obi One. The series has been played in fantastic spirit. As for the crowds, there is banter and there is abuse. Ask Steve Smith about crowd abuse and behavior.
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18/01/2021 08:50:56 67 2
bbc
Other than Tim Paine being fined 15% of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct or the game being halted and members of the crowd ejected from the crowd for alleged racism or Steve Smith under investigation for cheating (Again)...yeah other than that, fantastic spirit...
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18/01/2021 10:24:17 2 12
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Indians near those supporters heard nothing racist at all. Did you read that part of the report or choose to ignore it.
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18/01/2021 08:23:04 2 15
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If India win this (which they should because Australia‘s bowling attack is one of the weakest in the world at test level) that will take them to No2 in the rankings behind England. This sets it up nicely for England’s tour of the subcontinent - which England are expected to win with their amazing spin quartet. Probably a whitewash!!
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18/01/2021 08:51:01 0 0
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I thought NZ were number 1?
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18/01/2021 08:23:04 2 15
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If India win this (which they should because Australia‘s bowling attack is one of the weakest in the world at test level) that will take them to No2 in the rankings behind England. This sets it up nicely for England’s tour of the subcontinent - which England are expected to win with their amazing spin quartet. Probably a whitewash!!
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18/01/2021 08:53:54 2 0
bbc
Any enquiries from TMS for your punditry yet Simon ?
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18/01/2021 08:23:33 62 4
bbc
I'm a Pom rooting for India; I live not far from the Gabba. I decided that if I went out to garden, it would be bound to rain, to reduce the risk of an Indian loss. Sure enough, after about ten minutes, the rain came. ;-). Great display by the Indian second XI against an attack the Aussie nnedia says is the best in the world.
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18/01/2021 08:55:05 9 0
bbc
Could you please stay in the garden tomorrow? If necessary will send you a brolly and some drinks.
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18/01/2021 08:55:28 38 6
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If India win this with their 3rd string team, then it would rank as one of the greatest victory's of any nation.

Common India, you can do it!!!
"Victory's"?? Go back to primary school, idiot Removed
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Ash
18/01/2021 09:00:58 11 2
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Somebody ought to keep an eye on Smith. If India play for a draw, I don’t see it being likely that the Aussies will be in their best behavior. Rolling up their sleeves to play hard and fair is just not in them.
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18/01/2021 08:20:55 3 0
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India won the toss in the 1st Test
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18/01/2021 09:02:44 1 0
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Sorry I was in lockdown they turned me power off
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18/01/2021 09:02:55 0 0
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awesome standard
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18/01/2021 09:07:55 0 0
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Agreed although after the Sri Lanka come back was a bit nervy for a while but England pulled through with an awesome standard of cricket as you say.
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Stu
18/01/2021 09:05:26 19 0
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The resilience of this inexperienced Indian team has been exceptional. Rahane's leadership is terrific. Rooting for them to see this out tomorrow - it could be a great day's play. I hope the weather doesn't spoil it.

If they hold out against the odds, I reckon Paine will be "retired" by CA - he's just not good enough - big day for him.
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18/01/2021 15:11:24 2 0
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Agree re Paine - and Lyon is another who's had little impact this series
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18/01/2021 08:48:24 108 5
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No you're absolutely right, we should all just accept racism in the crowd, the Australian captain losing his rag at Ashwin, Smith 'unintentionally' scuffing up Pants mark and Langer incredulously defending Smith as "fantastic spirit".

If you'd like me to expand more on how Australian cricket is viewed outside of Australia, just ask.
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18/01/2021 09:06:36 12 68
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Mountains out of molehills. Smudge shadow batted at a drinks break when the crease is repainted and batsmen always mark again. Rohit Sharma did the same today. And JL has every right to defend that. Paine and Ashwin walked off arms around each other. It's called Test cricket or are you saying no one swears on a cricket field ? And the racism from the crowd ... Please stop the hypocrisy.
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18/01/2021 09:20:14 47 4
bbc
You know it's possible to support Australia and admit that, just maybe, there are some issues with the team? This blind defense endears no one and only serves to highlight what most cricket fans dislike about your cricket time. Please show some humility rather than the rank arrogance coming across in your posts.
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18/01/2021 09:53:27 21 1
bbc
Sharma didn't do anything today. He stood at the crease but didn't scratch. Stop making up stories Gabba. You think we're stupid?
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18/01/2021 10:48:45 14 1
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What planet are you on? This is why Aussie cricket will never move forward. No one takes ownership of the situation and once a few crocodile tears are shed on national TV they revert to their previous type. Ben Stokes said what motivated him at Headingley was the constant chirping from Warner. This was the guy who was going to change his ways. Do me a favour, great players but poor humans
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18/01/2021 13:22:07 10 0
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Lets pretend Rohit didn't try to poke fun out of Smith.

At least Rohit Sharma 1. didn't mark his guard while someone else is batting 2. Try to shadow bat left-handed. 3. Try to shadow bat during 4th innings and 4. The biggest of all, hasn't been involved and penalized for cheating. Smith did all the above
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18/01/2021 09:02:55 0 0
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awesome standard
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18/01/2021 09:07:55 0 0
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Agreed although after the Sri Lanka come back was a bit nervy for a while but England pulled through with an awesome standard of cricket as you say.
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18/01/2021 09:08:19 2 0
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How is the ball looking after 2 overs?
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18/01/2021 09:16:16 0 0
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I can only see one half.
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18/01/2021 08:55:28 38 6
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If India win this with their 3rd string team, then it would rank as one of the greatest victory's of any nation.

Common India, you can do it!!!
"Victory's"?? Go back to primary school, idiot Removed
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18/01/2021 09:11:46 3 6
bbc
Any English heritage from these indian bowlers? ECB will be scouring over the family trees as we speak ??
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18/01/2021 09:25:37 2 0
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Washington, is a good bet...
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18/01/2021 09:26:48 3 1
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Why , England have a good team they do not need any Indian reserves , your comment baffles me
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18/01/2021 10:06:28 1 0
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Yet another one who has England living rent free in head.
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18/01/2021 08:34:58 23 151
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I'd love you to expand Obi One. The series has been played in fantastic spirit. As for the crowds, there is banter and there is abuse. Ask Steve Smith about crowd abuse and behavior.
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18/01/2021 09:11:55 46 4
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"The series has been played in fantastic spirit"

Apart from the sledging, dissent towards the umpire and racial abuse from the crowd*.

Your definition of 'fantastic' might be different from mine.

*Note I'm overlooking Smith's bizarre behaviour, others might not.
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18/01/2021 09:12:48 30 1
bbc
Smith has been a bit scratcy in the middle during this series, especilally when India have been batting...
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18/01/2021 17:01:20 8 1
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Funny. Careful though, Langer (coach) said Smith had been "through a lot". Yes, getting caught ball-tampering and a resulting ban was sooooo . . . someone else's fault?
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18/01/2021 08:22:20 2 1
bbc
No - not with the further rain disruptions expected again tomorrow!
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18/01/2021 09:13:34 1 1
bbc
What, to retain the trophy with a draw?
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18/01/2021 09:13:40 9 1
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I hope India can bat the day.
I have my doubts but I wish them well.
Their injury list is more like rugby than cricket but they have shown tremendous spirit.
Good luck.
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18/01/2021 08:17:35 226 14
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After the way Australian fans, players and coaching staff have behaved during this series, every cricket fan outside of Australia is hoping India pull this off.

Good luck tomorrow.
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18/01/2021 09:14:03 26 2
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I would imagine the Australians are practicing their sledging right now! The match is poised in such a way that they will believe such tactics are essential.
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18/01/2021 09:14:15 8 0
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Great Test series. India have been magnificent. Should be a deserved drawn series, given the weather. Gives England some small hope for the Ashes. though still some way away.
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18/01/2021 08:23:33 62 4
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I'm a Pom rooting for India; I live not far from the Gabba. I decided that if I went out to garden, it would be bound to rain, to reduce the risk of an Indian loss. Sure enough, after about ten minutes, the rain came. ;-). Great display by the Indian second XI against an attack the Aussie nnedia says is the best in the world.
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18/01/2021 09:15:27 3 0
bbc
In the last test they took just 3 wickets on the final day. Outstanding defence by India, but you’d expect the world’s best bowling attack to do a lot better, especially at home.
Will it happen again tomorrow? Surely not…. Been a great series
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18/01/2021 09:08:19 2 0
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How is the ball looking after 2 overs?
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18/01/2021 09:16:16 0 0
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I can only see one half.
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18/01/2021 08:31:41 96 3
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Whatever happens, kudos to India. What a fightback from 36 all out.
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18/01/2021 09:18:24 51 1
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Yes, and with basically a Second XI, playing now. Just think of who is missing now. Great team spirit and with Rahane, for me. looking a better tactical captain than Kohli.
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18/01/2021 09:32:20 10 0
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I respect Rahane as a player and captain but I think such comparison are not necessary and can't be based on 2/3 matches. Let us not forget Kohli has injected competitive spirit in the team.
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18/01/2021 08:49:04 2 0
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You are clearly in the wrong hys, bowling averages don’t lie. Check some of the aussies out. As for Eng in India, nobody is expecting them to win except perhaps themselves. What stands against India is that through the IPL many foreign players have gained invaluable experience of country and conditions. Eng may do better than many think.
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18/01/2021 09:19:34 1 0
bbc
He cast an obviously out of season fly on the water’s surface & yet you rose to it immediately. I’d go fishing with him...... watch & learn !
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18/01/2021 09:06:36 12 68
bbc
Mountains out of molehills. Smudge shadow batted at a drinks break when the crease is repainted and batsmen always mark again. Rohit Sharma did the same today. And JL has every right to defend that. Paine and Ashwin walked off arms around each other. It's called Test cricket or are you saying no one swears on a cricket field ? And the racism from the crowd ... Please stop the hypocrisy.
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18/01/2021 09:20:14 47 4
bbc
You know it's possible to support Australia and admit that, just maybe, there are some issues with the team? This blind defense endears no one and only serves to highlight what most cricket fans dislike about your cricket time. Please show some humility rather than the rank arrogance coming across in your posts.
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18/01/2021 09:30:18 11 42
bbc
I will always call out hypocrisy. A spade is a spade. How quickly you forget English indiscretions and for an England supporter to call out poor crowd behavior is just comical. And dissent ? WC semi final ? How quickly you forget.
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18/01/2021 09:25:26 1 0
bbc
Here comes the knock out,

India does have a batting line up, though inexperienced but skilled, they don't need to win just 2.5 or 3 per over, hold it tight in the morning 1-1.5 per over, expand in the afternoon 2-3 per over and explode in the last session 3+.

India's to lose but a brilliant series bar a couple of blips and played in the spirit of the game.
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18/01/2021 09:39:19 1 0
bbc
I agree, just worried about the unpredictable bounce on the day 5 pitch. Looks like it has already started misbehaving a little.
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18/01/2021 09:11:46 3 6
bbc
Any English heritage from these indian bowlers? ECB will be scouring over the family trees as we speak ??
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18/01/2021 09:25:37 2 0
bbc
Washington, is a good bet...
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18/01/2021 09:11:46 3 6
bbc
Any English heritage from these indian bowlers? ECB will be scouring over the family trees as we speak ??
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18/01/2021 09:26:48 3 1
bbc
Why , England have a good team they do not need any Indian reserves , your comment baffles me
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18/01/2021 09:42:33 2 0
bbc
He baffles everyone hence why he has to be double checked so it can be understood ??.

Good run chase required and no quick 100 for Warner but least had a decent knock.
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18/01/2021 09:27:29 2 0
bbc
Should have declared earlier, if he had he might have saved his job with a win, a draw or loss from here he goes anyway.
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18/01/2021 09:50:48 3 0
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That's what I was thinking. Aus were in trouble at one stage. But 275 plus the lead was the time to declare. Payne is a weak leader.
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18/01/2021 09:27:44 0 0
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It deserves to be played to a conclusion. Whoever would have thought the weather in Brisbane could ruin the finale
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18/01/2021 10:06:31 1 0
bbc
If you been watching the big bash they have as much rain as an English summer , no surprise to me
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18/01/2021 10:15:02 1 1
bbc
It's wet season down here mate. This Test is 6 weeks later than normal for The Gabba and was always likely to rain. Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne are the dry, hot cities this time of year.
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18/01/2021 10:17:21 0 0
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People from Brisbane. Best way to end a drought is host a game of cricket.
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18/01/2021 08:43:28 9 7
bbc
This B India attack is much, much better than England in Aussie conditions!
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18/01/2021 09:28:16 1 0
bbc
Why you attacking England , They not even playing in Australia
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18/01/2021 08:43:10 11 1
bbc
It's quite difficult for modern Test teams to bat defensively for a draw for long periods because the mindset of batsmen has altered in the last 30 years and few have the skills to adapt to blocking and nurdling for hours. On the whole modern cricket is more fun but in this case India would be well served by a Boycott style 40 not out for 90+ overs from one of their top order. Or rain.
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18/01/2021 09:28:54 2 0
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Yes and No, there have been many occasions when Pujara has batted long hours and Rahane is equally capable of.
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18/01/2021 09:42:23 0 0
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Fair point, but how many times in the context of just blocking for a draw? The weather rules out an India victory and blocking for a whole day to save a game is a rare art these days
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18/01/2021 09:29:12 4 5
bbc
I am surprised Steve Smith is even playing and providing comments. Scuffing the wicket is bad as sand papering the cricket ball. He should have been banned for couple of years minimum. Second offence for life.
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18/01/2021 09:35:51 5 1
bbc
The wicket and popping crease are two different things. Batsmen scuff that all the time taking guard. What he did was silly and gamesmanship, but not comparable with the sandpaper incident.
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18/01/2021 09:20:14 47 4
bbc
You know it's possible to support Australia and admit that, just maybe, there are some issues with the team? This blind defense endears no one and only serves to highlight what most cricket fans dislike about your cricket time. Please show some humility rather than the rank arrogance coming across in your posts.
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18/01/2021 09:30:18 11 42
bbc
I will always call out hypocrisy. A spade is a spade. How quickly you forget English indiscretions and for an England supporter to call out poor crowd behavior is just comical. And dissent ? WC semi final ? How quickly you forget.
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18/01/2021 09:39:33 36 3
bbc
England fans hammered Warner and Smith because they cheated. Australian fans abused Indian players due to race.

If you can't see the moral distinction here then I'm afraid there's no hope for you old boy.
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18/01/2021 09:39:43 6 21
bbc
You wont win Gabbagod. Aussies are bad. English are good. And dont call them out as it is construed as criticism, arrogance or stupidity. Theyre the best and play in the true spirit all the time. Dirt in the pocket, spikes on the ball, murray mints, sub fielders, Anderson back to back dissent charges are all in the right spirit.
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18/01/2021 09:49:36 2 7
bbc
Fair play, I agree with you about English crowds. Some of the Barmy Army chants curl my toes.
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18/01/2021 09:53:18 22 0
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"How quickly you forget English indiscretions"

You've missed the point.

I wouldn't (and didn't) argue that that England have been spotless, far from it.

However you used the word 'fantastic' to describe the spirit of this series.

What ever has happened in other series (bring up bodyline if you like) most observers might beg differ with your rating of 'fantastic' for this current series.
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18/01/2021 21:07:14 0 0
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dry your eyes for goodness sake!
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18/01/2021 09:31:15 3 2
bbc
Should Australia win watch all the Aussie pundits say how great they are , they won’t take into account that it’s an India third team they are playing .......and what happened to Isa Guha has she become a Aussie loving bias commentator too .
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18/01/2021 10:19:49 1 0
bbc
Way off the Mark there Mikey. All the pundits in Australia are complimenting the way India are playing despite their injuries. Give yourself an uppercut.
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18/01/2021 08:34:58 23 151
bbc
I'd love you to expand Obi One. The series has been played in fantastic spirit. As for the crowds, there is banter and there is abuse. Ask Steve Smith about crowd abuse and behavior.
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Ed
18/01/2021 09:31:17 35 2
bbc
The last day at Sydney ? A good example of why the Australian cricket team is the most disliked in international sport.
Which is odd. At work I've always found Aussies to be genial and positive. Their ex-pros make insightful and empathetic commentators (unlike many of the sour English ex-pros). So what on earth happens to these good people when they put on the baggy green capful of poison ?
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18/01/2021 08:23:04 2 15
bbc
If India win this (which they should because Australia‘s bowling attack is one of the weakest in the world at test level) that will take them to No2 in the rankings behind England. This sets it up nicely for England’s tour of the subcontinent - which England are expected to win with their amazing spin quartet. Probably a whitewash!!
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18/01/2021 09:31:42 1 0
bbc
You bang on about English amazing spin quartet but aren't the Indian spinners ranked in the top twenty in test ranking compared to the English spin quartet.
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tc
18/01/2021 09:53:10 0 0
bbc
rehnde....england are the best team ever...watch how they beat india..in india
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18/01/2021 09:32:15 1 1
bbc
England in India: Probably 0-3, with some luck might be 1-3. (Last time it was 0-4 with a guy scoring a triple and vanishing after one year.)
India in England: With the first Indian XI should be 3-2 either way.
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18/01/2021 09:18:24 51 1
bbc
Yes, and with basically a Second XI, playing now. Just think of who is missing now. Great team spirit and with Rahane, for me. looking a better tactical captain than Kohli.
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18/01/2021 09:32:20 10 0
bbc
I respect Rahane as a player and captain but I think such comparison are not necessary and can't be based on 2/3 matches. Let us not forget Kohli has injected competitive spirit in the team.
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18/01/2021 12:30:25 3 0
bbc
I quite agree with the comment about spirit, but with tactics and field placings, I have been more impressed with Rahane than I would have thought before.
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18/01/2021 09:29:12 4 5
bbc
I am surprised Steve Smith is even playing and providing comments. Scuffing the wicket is bad as sand papering the cricket ball. He should have been banned for couple of years minimum. Second offence for life.
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18/01/2021 09:35:51 5 1
bbc
The wicket and popping crease are two different things. Batsmen scuff that all the time taking guard. What he did was silly and gamesmanship, but not comparable with the sandpaper incident.
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18/01/2021 09:48:46 5 0
bbc
The fielding team shouldn't even be allowed on the wicket aside from the bowlers sorting out run up/ footmarks etc. Smith knows he cheated again - lets just face the facts
Come on India!!
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18/01/2021 10:31:13 0 1
bbc
Not when India was batting and having a drinks break. From the stumps video, he was being very sneaky. There is no reason he needs to do groundsman work. In my book life ban ...
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18/01/2021 09:36:10 3 1
bbc
It has been a compellign series but lets be honest this is an India team missing what 4/5 key players? I'd like to see the Aussies do quite as well abroad somewhere without Smith, Labuschagne, Cummins, Hazlewood and Lyon. Well done to India, I may not like their attitude at times but can't deny they've really done well to even have a chance here.
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18/01/2021 09:40:11 3 0
bbc
Which bit of their attitude?
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18/01/2021 08:17:35 226 14
bbc
After the way Australian fans, players and coaching staff have behaved during this series, every cricket fan outside of Australia is hoping India pull this off.

Good luck tomorrow.
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18/01/2021 09:36:22 28 3
bbc
It’s Australian mentality I am afraid , just listen to the Aussie commentators if you want to hear the most one sided bias comments .......they are a nation not in touch with the rest of the world
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18/01/2021 10:25:45 0 8
bbc
Mikey
I’m going to plug my airfryer into you to make the most of all those chips on your shoulder. Time to wind ones neck in.
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18/01/2021 08:17:35 226 14
bbc
After the way Australian fans, players and coaching staff have behaved during this series, every cricket fan outside of Australia is hoping India pull this off.

Good luck tomorrow.
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18/01/2021 09:38:39 1 1
bbc
And the best thing is they consider themselves very saintly though I am not sure about the second innings ( depending on whether they are sensing a defeat or win ) in first their innings behaviour was lot better than exhibited previously.
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18/01/2021 09:25:26 1 0
bbc
Here comes the knock out,

India does have a batting line up, though inexperienced but skilled, they don't need to win just 2.5 or 3 per over, hold it tight in the morning 1-1.5 per over, expand in the afternoon 2-3 per over and explode in the last session 3+.

India's to lose but a brilliant series bar a couple of blips and played in the spirit of the game.
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18/01/2021 09:39:19 1 0
bbc
I agree, just worried about the unpredictable bounce on the day 5 pitch. Looks like it has already started misbehaving a little.
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18/01/2021 08:23:33 62 4
bbc
I'm a Pom rooting for India; I live not far from the Gabba. I decided that if I went out to garden, it would be bound to rain, to reduce the risk of an Indian loss. Sure enough, after about ten minutes, the rain came. ;-). Great display by the Indian second XI against an attack the Aussie nnedia says is the best in the world.
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18/01/2021 09:39:22 1 0
bbc
Well said
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18/01/2021 09:30:18 11 42
bbc
I will always call out hypocrisy. A spade is a spade. How quickly you forget English indiscretions and for an England supporter to call out poor crowd behavior is just comical. And dissent ? WC semi final ? How quickly you forget.
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18/01/2021 09:39:33 36 3
bbc
England fans hammered Warner and Smith because they cheated. Australian fans abused Indian players due to race.

If you can't see the moral distinction here then I'm afraid there's no hope for you old boy.
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18/01/2021 09:50:11 8 3
bbc
No and I'm happy to call a racist just that. They should never be allowed into a cricket stadium again. But that behavior is prevalent everywhere .... not just in Australia. It happened in NZ against Archer, it happened in Birmingham, it's happened everywhere.
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18/01/2021 10:00:35 1 0
bbc
Exactly
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18/01/2021 09:30:18 11 42
bbc
I will always call out hypocrisy. A spade is a spade. How quickly you forget English indiscretions and for an England supporter to call out poor crowd behavior is just comical. And dissent ? WC semi final ? How quickly you forget.
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18/01/2021 09:39:43 6 21
bbc
You wont win Gabbagod. Aussies are bad. English are good. And dont call them out as it is construed as criticism, arrogance or stupidity. Theyre the best and play in the true spirit all the time. Dirt in the pocket, spikes on the ball, murray mints, sub fielders, Anderson back to back dissent charges are all in the right spirit.
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18/01/2021 09:36:10 3 1
bbc
It has been a compellign series but lets be honest this is an India team missing what 4/5 key players? I'd like to see the Aussies do quite as well abroad somewhere without Smith, Labuschagne, Cummins, Hazlewood and Lyon. Well done to India, I may not like their attitude at times but can't deny they've really done well to even have a chance here.
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18/01/2021 09:40:11 3 0
bbc
Which bit of their attitude?
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18/01/2021 09:41:50 1 0
bbc
If Rohit Sharma gets going he can turn the tables on Aussies and there are some good batsmen to give him company. Without being over optimistic it is a 50/50 case depending on God of rain.
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18/01/2021 09:28:54 2 0
bbc
Yes and No, there have been many occasions when Pujara has batted long hours and Rahane is equally capable of.
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18/01/2021 09:42:23 0 0
bbc
Fair point, but how many times in the context of just blocking for a draw? The weather rules out an India victory and blocking for a whole day to save a game is a rare art these days
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18/01/2021 09:26:48 3 1
bbc
Why , England have a good team they do not need any Indian reserves , your comment baffles me
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18/01/2021 09:42:33 2 0
bbc
He baffles everyone hence why he has to be double checked so it can be understood ??.

Good run chase required and no quick 100 for Warner but least had a decent knock.
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18/01/2021 09:42:41 4 0
bbc
Absolutely brilliant performance by India once again, they deserve to win the series more than Australia, even though all the biased commentators keep putting India down , they seem to forget the India had been very consistent even with all the injuries to their team and best of Aussie players against them.. come on India ????
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18/01/2021 09:45:32 3 0
bbc
Warne said that India were the better team. He tries to be neutral.
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18/01/2021 07:53:43 64 0
bbc
It's going to be a draw due to weather. Series will end 1-1 but it's probably a moral victory for India and disappointment for Aussies. They had a full strength team and won the toss 3 out of 4 times.
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18/01/2021 09:45:18 8 0
bbc
and playing in their back year no less.
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18/01/2021 11:18:41 1 0
bbc
*** back yard, I meant.
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18/01/2021 09:42:41 4 0
bbc
Absolutely brilliant performance by India once again, they deserve to win the series more than Australia, even though all the biased commentators keep putting India down , they seem to forget the India had been very consistent even with all the injuries to their team and best of Aussie players against them.. come on India ????
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18/01/2021 09:45:32 3 0
bbc
Warne said that India were the better team. He tries to be neutral.
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18/01/2021 09:35:51 5 1
bbc
The wicket and popping crease are two different things. Batsmen scuff that all the time taking guard. What he did was silly and gamesmanship, but not comparable with the sandpaper incident.
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18/01/2021 09:48:46 5 0
bbc
The fielding team shouldn't even be allowed on the wicket aside from the bowlers sorting out run up/ footmarks etc. Smith knows he cheated again - lets just face the facts
Come on India!!