Excitement, thrill, action, reaction, altercation, drama, emotions; the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy played at Adelaide Oval covered all these aspects and set the tone for rest of the series.
Bouncers or not, the first Test between the touring Indian side and Australia will go ahead in Adelaide Oval on Tuesday. The match will witness the return of lion-heart Ryan Harris after an injury lay-off. And his team-mates are impressed with the fast-bowler's effort.
The pertinent question worth asking and debating at the back-drop of Hughes tragedy is – Will Australia employ the dreaded bouncers against the Indians. The last Ashes series witnessed the ferocity – with which fast bowling was once associated – revived by the likes of Mitchell Johnson
Australia were blanked 0-4 by India in their away tour last year, but their all-rounder Shane Watson on Wednesday said that his side would be hard to beat when the same opponents tour Down Under for a four-match Test series later this year.
In the eye of storm after `homework-gate`, all-rounder Shane Watson was the focus of attention during Australia`s training session at the Feroz Shah Kotla today ahead of the fourth and final cricket Test against India starting on Friday.
India`s 3-0 victory in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series is the first against Australia in their Test history. The victory here Sunday is India`s eighth in ten Tests against the visitors at home since their last defeat in Nagpur in 2004, the other two being draws.
India`s debutant opener Shikhar Dhawan said it was important for him to play his natural game as his 187 runs in the first innings helped India beat Australia by six wickets and take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the four-match Border-Gavaskar series.
The fastest Test century on debut by Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan failed to attract the fans, as not many spectators turned out to watch the scintillating innings unfold against Australia, during the third day of the third Test at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium on Monday.
Congress leader and Indian Premier League (IPL) chief Rajiv Shukla on Saturday congratulated left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan for his outstanding knock on his debut game against Australia in the third Test match in Mohali.
He did not really term Michael Clarke his bunny, keeping in mind the threat the Australian skipper could pose, but Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was more than thrilled to have taken the batsman`s wicket one more time in the ongoing Test series.
Axed Australian vice-captain, Shane Watson has cooled on retirement threats, as he has made himself available for the Ashes and is also likely to return for the fourth and final Test against India in Delhi, starting next Friday, a report in the Australian media said.