Initially (yesterday) I thought that the wicket was too tough to bat on. But after seeing the reports today it seems that it was seaming true but was not unplayable kind of thing. They just could not apply themselves there and got out.
In all aspect it was a lot below par performance from us.
But some of the indian players were out there in SA earlier than the usual team. They should have been adjusted with the condition there. All these things have to do with the mindsets and Indians are not able to remove the past (in SA) from their mind and hence are struggling.
The players that went early also left in batches which is not how a team should be leaving since eventually it was three batches that reached South Africa. India could have got New Zealand to reduce its schedule by having only two Tests which certainly would have helped as then the tour would have finished early and the team could have had at least one first class match under their belts before the Test series began.
With Zaheer Khan missing from the lineup, India face an uphill battle from now on. The happy, hearty chant of Ole, Ole by home fans will only grow louder if India don’t come back strongly in the contest.
This is the combined score of Englands last two innings as well as the few overs they faced this morning. We are witnessing the end of the Aussies domination, but who will take their place? India top the rankings at the moment, my knowledge of Indian cricket is very limited, but am I right in thinking the team is ageing?
I think we are entering a period where no paticular team will dominate, and we can look forward to close, unpredictable battles between the top 5 or 6 teams.
The Whiteboard - Surely the most remarkable invention ever?
Yeah the current situation suggests that Australian dominance is over now. As far as taking the place is concerned I think India, England and South Africa are the real contenders. It cannot be concrete though all of them are so close these days.
but am I right in thinking the team is ageing?
Yes that is somewhat true. The three main players are having just few active years left at the most. But we have some very good replacements coming and the way they are grooming in other formats of the game it will just be a matter of time that they become regulars in Test matches also.
I think India, SA and England will be the top-3 (in no particular order) for the next few years. WI, Pak, Aus, and the Lankans will be a 2nd league of sorts, and Zim, B'desh and the Kiwis will be the bottom league.