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    Australia vs India

    Stunning start to day one of the First Test in Adelaide, with Australia reducing India to 56-4 (or rather, 4-56 since it's on Australian soil ) by lunch.

    Those wickets were spread across all three Aussie quicks including the prize wicket of Kohli.

    All credit to Pujara though, who came in at first wicket down, steadied the ship and patiently compiled a century before being run out for 123.

    India closed on 9-250 and one would imagine it won't take too long before the Australians are batting, which should prove interesting - the batting line-up was far from a straightforward decision prior to the game and the majority of the top six can't claim to be automatic picks at this stage.
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    After a deserved win in the First Test, India are bowling to Australia on day one of test two.

    Good start by Finch and Harris, 45 so far, with some nice, sharp boundaries from Harris.

    Given both sides have very good bowling units, the feeling is that this series will be decided by the batsmen. That means maybe at least three of the Aussie top six have to show up, every innings. From an Australian point of view a strong opening stand here in Perth will go a long way to wrestling back some confidence after Adelaide.
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    Good cricket in Perth.

    Australia made a great start yesterday but India had pulled things back by the end of the day.

    Today has seen Paine and Cummins playing well and pulling Australia over the 300 mark before both were dismissed in rapid succession.

    So far, Australia passed the test I set in the previous post with three of the top six showing up. It makes a difference and however the rest of their innings pans out, they will have a total to work with.

    I'm sure I've posted before about Pat Cummins and won't hesitate again. Specialist bowlers who can bat well are a prize, probably my favourite kind of Test cricketer. I'm talking bowlers who will always be in the team on merit for their bowling skills but who could actually throw the bat around as well or play and hold down an end - they're not all-rounders as such, they just have the competence with the bat as well as the ball.

    Australia have made a thing of this over the last three decades - outstanding bowlers like McDermott, Gillespie, Lee and Johnson have all shown an ability to fire out a decent innings at bat, and it has helped them in being as successful as they have.

    There's something special about Cummins though - he's young and hopefully has years and years ahead of him in Test cricket. He's shown he can be a fiery fast bowler but he also brings something else - his 19 from 66 balls was exemplary, supporting Tim Paine and manoeuvring Australia from somewhere ambiguous to somewhere far more threatening for India.

    As I was typing this, India wrapped up the last couple of wickets! I think Australia's 326 is a good score but India rightly see themselves as the best team in the world at the moment.

    We've now got probably the best bowling foursome in the world up against a great batting side that has at least two of the ten best batsmen in the world, and in Kohli, probably the best batsman on the planet.

    Game on
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    Hazelwood takes Rahul with a sweet delivery, timely as it's one of the best I've seen this year.

    The stage is set - Pujara and Kohli at bat, the Australian quicks fresh, and several hours to go.
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    Kohli showing intent from the start, this has the makings of a great session(s).
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