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Thursday, 3 January 2019

The tactic that let Australia down on day one


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Test great Ian Chappell says Australia’s lack of variation with the ball hurt the homeside on day one of the fourth Test in Sydney, yet another stellar performance by Cheteshwar Pujara “has been the difference between the two teams”.

Pujara finished 130 not out at stumps, in what was his highest score of a career-best series significantly boosting India's bid for a maiden Test series win in Australia. Pujara has scored 439 runs for the series so far after scoring 123 in Adelaide and 106 in Melbourne.

He reached his century in 199 balls and joined Virat Kohli and Sunil Gavaskar as the only Indians to score three hundreds in a Test series on Australian soil.

The Australians tried to start the match in a dominant fasion and looked to inject plenty of short pitch bowling into their attack. Early on, it seemed to get the desired results with Agarwal struggling with the aggressive tactics adopted by the home team.

Even Hazlewood temporarily unsettled Pujara late in the morning session with a bouncer that struck the back of the helmet, while Starc left a bruise on his arm late in the final session.

While the tactic worked to Australia’s advantage early in proceedings, the tourists adapted to the approach according to Chappell.

“I though the wicket was pretty good and gave everybody a chance and perhaps the Australians went to the short pitch stuff a bit too soon,” Chappell told Wide World of Sports.

“It’s alright to do it occasionally, I thought there was enough in the pitch when you kept the ball up to keep going with that a bit longer.

“They troubled Agarwal with the short stuff but the trouble is when you keep doing it all the time the bloke can get used to it.,” he added.

“I think he was lucky to survive early on then he tended to get used to it. The fact that he looked so awkward with it is what encouraged Australia to keep it going.”

Chappell said India was its own worst enemy on day one, with the series’ leaders throwing wickets away when just when it started to assert its dominance.

Kohli's ongoing battle with fans at the  SCG continued with the India skipper copping heavy boos from Sydneysiders, prompting former Australia captain Ricky Ponting to slam fans as "disrespectful".

Chappell says he can’t understand why the crowd would want to give such a determined player like Kohli any sort of motivation.

“I don’t know why they’re booing Kohli as far as I'm concerned he hasn’t done anything to deserve it,” Chappell said.

“I think it could be a bad move because he’s that sort of determined cricketer he’s only going to play better if you annoy him”.

It's not the first Kohli has copped it from Sydney fans. On his maiden tour of Australia in 2012 when he was in the field and gave some hecklers the middle finger.

The skipper was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for flipping the bird.

Test great Ian Chappell says Australia’s lack of variation with the ball hurt the homeside on day one of the fourth Test in Sydney, yet another stellar performance by Cheteshwar Pujara “has been the difference between the two teams”.

Pujara finished 130 not out at stumps, in what was his highest score of a career-best series significantly boosting India's bid for a maiden Test series win in Australia. Pujara has scored 439 runs for the series so far after scoring 123 in Adelaide and 106 in Melbourne.

He reached his century in 199 balls and joined Virat Kohli and Sunil Gavaskar as the only Indians to score three hundreds in a Test series on Australian soil.

The Australians tried to start the match in a dominant fasion and looked to inject plenty of short pitch bowling into their attack. Early on, it seemed to get the desired results with Agarwal struggling with the aggressive tactics adopted by the home team.

Even Hazlewood temporarily unsettled Pujara late in the morning session with a bouncer that struck the back of the helmet, while Starc left a bruise on his arm late in the final session.

While the tactic worked to Australia’s advantage early in proceedings, the tourists adapted to the approach according to Chappell.

“I though the wicket was pretty good and gave everybody a chance and perhaps the Australians went to the short pitch stuff a bit too soon,” Chappell told Wide World of Sports.

“It’s alright to do it occasionally, I thought there was enough in the pitch when you kept the ball up to keep going with that a bit longer.

“They troubled Agarwal with the short stuff but the trouble is when you keep doing it all the time the bloke can get used to it.,” he added.

“I think he was lucky to survive early on then he tended to get used to it. The fact that he looked so awkward with it is what encouraged Australia to keep it going.”

Chappell said India was its own worst enemy on day one, with the series’ leaders throwing wickets away when just when it started to assert its dominance.

Kohli's ongoing battle with fans at the  SCG continued with the India skipper copping heavy boos from Sydneysiders, prompting former Australia captain Ricky Ponting to slam fans as "disrespectful".

Chappell says he can’t understand why the crowd would want to give such a determined player like Kohli any sort of motivation.

“I don’t know why they’re booing Kohli as far as I'm concerned he hasn’t done anything to deserve it,” Chappell said.

“I think it could be a bad move because he’s that sort of determined cricketer he’s only going to play better if you annoy him”.

It's not the first Kohli has copped it from Sydney fans. On his maiden tour of Australia in 2012 when he was in the field and gave some hecklers the middle finger.

The skipper was fined 50 per cent of his match fee for flipping the bird.

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