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Five things we witnessed in the Brisbane Test between Australia and India

By Rajdeep Saha | Last Updated: Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 08:33

Australia dominated proceedings once again as their fitting performance at the Gabba in Brisbane, continued to haunt India. The Aussies, who recorded back-to-back Test match victories, looked dominating on all fronts and handed India a four-wicket blow.

The Aussies should be hailed for the manner in which they handled the tragic loss of Phil Hughes. After a close Test win at Adelaide, they kept their shine in all three departments and the loss of Michael Clarke to injury for the rest of the series, was hardly felt here.

Australia's domination at home against India was once again highlighted and the Test match had some very good moments of cricket played on the field.

Here are five things we witnessed in the Brisbane Test.

India's batting collapse: The Indians were once again exposed to their usual batting collapse in the longer format of the game to highlight that a much-needed application hasn't been worked upon. The Indians have been very poor in their performances overseas and just like in the tour of England, their fall against Australia in both Tests have been alarming.

India lost six wickets for 77 runs in just 22.4 overs at Adelaide in the first innings of the first Test match. After losing Virat Kohli at 367/5, the entire unit were packed for 444 runs. In the second innings, from being 242 for two, India lost their way after getting themselves out for 315 and hence submitted the first Test. They had only managed 73/8 in 18.1 overs.

In Brisbane too, India's statistic show a poor number in the first innings. The scorecard suggested 87/6 in 24.1 overs after India lost their way on the second day. In their second innings, after being 71/1 at the end of day three, they managed to put just 148 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 38.3 overs.

Australia's Gabba feat: Australia made sure their domination at the Gabba, Brisbane stayed on as the record for the hosts looks highly impressive. Australia's feat in Brisbane shows an impressive tally, (Tests 26, W 19, D 7). The last time Australia lost a Test match in Brisbane was against West Indies back in 1988.

This was the second time India played at the Gabba in their last five tours dating from 1992. They drew the last Test match here in 2003-04 series under former skipper Sourav Ganguly. This time India lost the momentum from the first innings collapse itself and the Aussies mastered on the advantage from there on.

Brisbane has been a happy hunting ground for the Aussies over a long period of time and it looks like they will continue in the same fashion for years to come. Pacers over the years have done a great job here and this time too the quickies didn't disappoint.

Meanwhile, India have now lost 5 Tests in a row and their overseas worries seem to deepen further, and they are in danger of slipping down to number seven in the ICC Test rankings. This was also India's sixth consecutive Test defeat in Australia from December 2011.

Steve Smith looks marvellous as a complete player: Steve Smith was brilliant for the hosts here in Brisbane and just like in Adelaide, he got his bat to do the talking. Smith as a batsman was classy to watch as he notched up a second ton in the series. His effortless batting and handling the situation with the tail was the key moment in the game as the Aussies won the battle there, to put India on the back-foot.

Smith as a skipper, was an even better show. He handled the responsibility of a leader in the baggy green to a great extent. After taking over from the unfortunate Clarke, Smith showed his skill as a leader and his desire in marshalling his troops well.

Smith looks a natural leader who is aggressive, patient and busy. For Australian cricket that is a sign of strength. Smith has big shoes to fill in as the likes of skippers such as Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke have had their own success stories. The 25-year-old has started off well so far. Smith also became the 21st Australian to win first Test as captain.

India lack experience in pace attack: If India's batting collapsed four times in a row, their bowling too has looked poor especially in their decision making. After reducing Australia to 247/6, their decision to bowl short was paid heavily by Mitchell Johnson.

Indian bowlers also looked vulnerable to the Aussie tail and that presented a similar scenario to their bad performance in England last summer where the English tail got some vital runs in giving their side a 3-1 victory. Here too, the bowlers let the Aussies slip as the last-four added 196 runs between them.

The inexperienced Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav leaked runs to a high extent and shared just seven wickets between them in the two innings. From unnecessary verbal attack, bad line and length and very poor contribution with the bat, the Indian tail have been out of sorts in both Tests so far.

The only excpetion was Ishant Sharma, who bowled well here in Brisbane and was decent in Adelaide too.

Mitchell Johnson getting back his rhythm: The Aussie pacer who rattled the English in the 5-0 Ashes whitewash last season, looked at his emphatic best in Brisbane. He got his ball do the talking and with some lethal pace, troubled the Indian set-up in their second innings.

In Adelaide, Johnson looked short of match fitness and was under the shadow of the brilliant Nathan Lyon. But here, he got back to his best as the pitch assisted his hostile bowling. In the first innings, Johnson looked impressive but wasn't amongst the wickets surprisingly, but in the second innings he was the creator of the Aussie domination.

Johnson performed with the bat in the first innings after hitting a well made 88 and then got 4/61 to send his warning to the visitors that more such things await them in Boxing Day Test at Melbourne.

First Published: Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 18:02

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