Aussie wins and Aussie whines….
India bowled well again, but Aussies bowled better, and Indian batsmen – inspite of the abscence of their tormentor Brett Lee – entered a competition for the best ‘deer caught in headlights’ routine. Quite fittingly, Australia won, even bagging the second bonus point in a row. Well played India, but congrats to the Aussies.
But it is amazing to observe the whining mode in the Australian media.
“There were further signs that a summer of distraction was taking a toll on Aussie batsmen “
“RICKY PONTING has been worn down by the many controversies of this summer and it is taking a toll on his on-field performance”
All of which begs the questions: why aren’t the Australian bowlers – who IMHO have been brilliant – ‘distracted’ ? Or, why hasn’t Gilchrist or Clarke been affected ? Or, even Brad Hogg ? Doesn’t explain how Indian managed to win at Perth after all the distractions of Sydney.
I guess its tough to admit that your batting line-up sucked on the particular day on a bouncy pitch or that the young Indian bowlers had the numbers on the Australian batsmen. But why bother when you can conveniently lay the blame on monkey-gate, IPL, Pakistan tour etc.
PS – did I mention the Indian batting sucks ? Its all well and good to save runs on the fields (Indian ground fielding has improved drastically), but to what use if you can’t knock it off ?