270 – I’ll take it, but where are the hundreds?

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March 16, 2013 by dixwah

Mohali: Stumps, day two – Australia is 7/273 (Cowan 86, Warner 71, Smith 58 not out) in their first innings

It’s a sad state of affairs when on a flat Indian deck, if someone had offered me 270-odd on day one I would have walked a mile to take it.

Add a golden duck from Michael Clarke and the homework-boys forced inclusion of Phil Hughes in his present form and we’ve actually done quite well.

Despite a brilliant start, and the Indians giving several chances, Australia (sans Clarke) remains century-less five innings into the series.

Here’s hoping Steve Smith breaks the drought today.

Smith’s selection on tour was much maligned, but his clarity of mind and sheer talent were on show in Mohali.

The 23 year-old fits the selectors ‘gamble module’, a reasonable, if inconsistent player who can win a game if he’s on song. Good to see him take his chance.

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Smith – the perfect fit for the selectors’ gamble module

Poor old Hughesy. I’m not sure what three points he wrote down for his homework, but if blocking his way back to confidence against the Indian spinners was on his list, Mickey Arthur should have sat him down.

In moving on to the opening batsmen, I’m going to have a look at the Shield games going on at the moment.

I’ve noticed that in the three games going on, only RT Ponting and DJ Hussey have reached three figures. MK Hussey could join them today. With a finals spot on the line, I know they may be playing on ‘result wickets’, but where are the tons?

Back to India, and to build a competitive total, one of the openers needed to kick on. While Cowan’s concentration is being celebrated, he now has one Test century from 27 innings.

Is this a product of our current Shield scene? Warner was thrust into Test cricket with limited long form experience, while Cowan has a first-class average under 40 for a reason. Maybe the short form has restricted our batsmen’s ability to score big hundreds.

I fear Che Pujara. He doesn’t score 80s.

Still, I dream of 400 today, and hope to see Starc swinging with bat and ball.

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