After Usman Khawaja and Cameron Green set the visitors in a commanding lead at Narendra Modi Stadium, Australia will resume day two of the Ahmedabad at 4-255.
On Thursday night, after taking the new ball, Khawaja and Green partnered for an unbroken 85-run total, attacking India’s seamers. By the end of play, they scored 54 runs in the last nine overs, with Green quickly approaching the 50-run mark.
Brad Haddin, a former wicketkeeper for Australia, said on Fox Cricket that India made a “mistake” by taking the second new ball.
“It allowed Green to really get some momentum back for the Australians,” Haddin said.
“The difference was his mindset — he wasn’t just looking to occupy the crease, he was looking to score runs.”
In memory of Pat Cummins’ mother Maria, who went away suddenly after a battle with cancer, the Australian team will wear black armbands on Friday.
After the second Test, the skipper went back home to be with his mother, who had been receiving palliative care while battling her illness.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Cummins told his friends and teammates the news on Friday.
The Australian Cricket team confirmed the information in a statement.
“We are deeply saddened at the passing of Maria Cummins overnight. On behalf of Australian Cricket, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Pat, the Cummins family and their friends. “The Australian Men’s team will today wear black armbands as a mark of respect.”
LEGENDS SHOCK RETIREMENT CALL FOR SMITH
Mark Waugh, an Australian Test star, claims he thinks Steve Smith might surprise everyone by calling it quits “overnight” and shocking the cricket world.
Smith made headlines this week when he indicated he was unlikely to return to India when Australia next travels the subcontinent in four years. Smith had appeared set for a big score before chopping on to Ravindra Jadeja for 38 on day one of the fourth Test.
Waugh, however, said the superstar could call time much earlier.
“It’s interesting, a few times Steve Smith has mentioned retirement on this Tour down the line. It wouldn’t surprise me if he just overnight gives up,” Waugh said on Fox Cricket.
Former Aussie keeper Brad Haddin agreed.
“I’m with you Junior. He also said it during the Australian summer,” Haddin said.
“He said it a few times, like, ‘Oh, I probably haven’t got as many games as people think left in me’. He mentioned it again before this Test match. Worrying signs.”
With David Warner and Usman Khawaja nearing the conclusion of their careers, former Australian fast bowler Brendon Julian warned that if Smith retired early, it may leave a significant vacancy in the Australian side.
“It would be (big shoes) if they both went at the same time and it looks at the moment they’re not going to be too far apart,” Waugh replied.
“Steve Smith’s already said it, so it’s not like I’m making something up. I hope he doesn’t. He’s still a great player and he’s got years in front of him. But at the end of the day, he’s a quirky character.”
Hosts are requested by Indian Great when the gamble backfires.
Sunil Gavaskar, a legendary cricketer from India, has criticised Rohit Sharma’s team after a new-ball gamble failed on the opening day of the fourth Test in Ahmedabad.
After Peter Handscomb was dismissed, Sharma decided to take the second new ball because he saw an opportunity to highlight Australia’s weak spot.
Nevertheless, it backfired as Cameron Green and Usman Khawaja led Australia to a 4-255 close.
India will be “disappointed,” according to Gavaskar, with their efforts.
“Particularly after having taken the second new ball, to concede the number of runs they did, and the number of boundaries they did,” he told Star Sports.
“It was almost as if the Australians broke free when the second new ball was taken.
The first couple of overs we saw from our new ball bowlers. That’s not what you want to see when you’ve got a brand new ball in your hand, the effort could have been better.”
India XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, KS Bharat (wk), R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami
Australia XI: Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith (c), Peter Handscomb, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, Matthew Kuhnemann
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