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    October 09, 2008

    First Test - Day 1 - Aussie take

    Congrats to Cameron White on his debut. While we all would have loved to see McGain there, it couldn't be, and White was the obvious choice. 

    Ponting showed us today why he is a legend of the game and destined to become it's leading run getter. I have been a bit critical of Ricky Ponting (as a captain, never a batsman) in the past and was even sceptical of his ability to lead Australia out of the current "lull" the popular press would have us believe they are in. He led from the front today.

    India were gifted the perfect start to the series with a dubious caught behind but couldn't really capitalise as Ponting and Katich lead Australia out of what could've been a disastrous opening day. So often that first over sets the tone for the entire tour, maybe Ponting and Katich just saved that.

    After Hayden's dismissal it took about 5 hours for us to be reminded how things ALWAYS even out in this game. Ponting scooped a delivery back to Kumble and should've been given out caught and bowled, but was not.  The most non-elite of the "elite" umpires, Rudi Koertzen, failed to even consult the third umpire and robbed Kumble of the scalp of his opposing number. 

    Kumble continued to appeal and plead and could infact find himself in a little hot water (maybe just luke warm water) over a slightly excessive appeal a few overs later, continuing the squeel long after Rudi had turned down the shout for Hip before Wicket ... Koertzen's blunder didn't cost India that much, as Ricky was adjudged LBW to the off spin of Harbhajan playing a sweep shot.So, I guess that's made things that bit more "even"

    Michael Clarke, now becoming a "last over bunny" it would have to be said, was then dismissed by a ripping straightener with just four balls remaining, by Zaheer Khan, finishing the day how he started, with a wicket in that final over.

    It will also be interesting to see if anything comes of Simon Katich's comments while being interviewed after the game, stating, "he wasn't quite sure how Matthew Hayden was out" - insinuating the decision was a bit bewildering, then back peddling a little, trying to cover up saying something like, "ah, I mean I wasn't sure that he hit it, I didn't really see it" - well where were you looking - you were at the other end after all?

    Australia in a good position going into Day 2, although India kept thing tight for the entire day. It's not often Australia bat for an entire day, losing only four wickets (in fact three up until the last over) and only score 250. This is a great advantage of taking an early wicket.  Now do Australia have the spinning assets to take advantage of a 5th day wicket?

    (For an even more one-eyed view, check out my posts over on STUmpcam.)

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