December 27, 2011 by dixwah
Day One, first Test: Australia won the toss and are 6/277 in their first innings
In the strange cycle of world cricket we need to remember it was, after all, India’s petulant response to poor decisions in the SCG Test on their last tour of Australia that provoked the advanced use of available technology to assist in the decision making process.
In 2008, India cried poor after Andrew Symonds scored a match-winning 162 not out despite being obviously caught behind on 30. Steve Bucknor was sanctioned, Monkey-gate ensued, and India stamped their feet to ensure this sort of thing would never happen again.
In the current professional era, allowing India to veto the DRS for this series is antiquated. The rules should be standard throughout the ICC, and it’s in their best interests, the more transparent the decisions the fairer the contest; surely the best thing for international cricket.
Can you imagine Manly losing a close game to a poor decision and not being able to do anything because Canberra had knocked back the video referee?
Mike Hussey lucked out on day one, given out caught behind first rock despite being hit on the shoulder.
Hussey is essentially playing for his spot in the side, which relates to probably in excess of half a million baggy greens a year.
It’s big business, and for his career to rest in the hands of an umpire, without the use of readily-available technology, is dark ages stuff.
As for the rest, I still have big issues with Ricky Ponting. Ponting looked the most settled he has in a while in scoring 62, but it’s a case of leading a horse enough to water that they’ll eventually drink.
Ponting played some exquisite shots, allowing us to reminisce about times he used to score hundreds (32 innings and counting).
But it’s a bit like watching Allan Border playing beach cricket, or (heaven forbid) Matty Hayden in the Big Bash. It’s great that it reminds us of his best days, but it’s not the same.
Ponting’s band of supporters (ex-players and cricket media alike) will seek vindication when the great ex-skip eventually, and inevitably, reaches three figures again.
The fact that he could be 42 when that happens doesn’t matter to these people.
Onto Ed Cowan, and well played. 62 was a good result, and in a past era with a dominant batting side, he could have been downright unbelievable. Imagine Cowan holding up an end while Haydos, Punter (of yesteryear), M Waugh, Gilchrist etc. went bananas at the other end.
The problem with having a stodger in the current side is that the other players aren’t good enough to cash in. Unless Warner or Clarke smashes successfully, Cowan scoring runs at his pace will be enough to keep Australia in matches, but possibly not put them in front.
Well done him, certainly not his fault he’s playing within such a weak batting line-up.
Either way the Test is set for an interesting day two. Australia will want over 300, India could score over seven.