Tuesday, January 10, 2012

India's top order needed to fire

Perth, Australia: INDIA's underperforming top order will need to produce something special when they face Australia in the third Test at the WACA Ground starting on Friday if the tourists are to save the series.

Down 2-0 in the four-Test series and without a century so far with the bat, India could scarcely have picked a tougher venue to try to rediscover their form and resolve after an ugly streak of six away Test losses on the bounce.

Perth's WACA strip is a world away from the low and slow subcontinent pitches India's batsmen thrive on, especially after groundsman Cam Sutherland boldly declared the venue finally back to its venomous best.

Curator Cameron Sutherland rolls his green Test wicket at the WACA in Perth
Sutherland predicted it would be considerably faster and bouncier than when Australia thrashed England by 267 runs there last summer and just two of the 40 wickets fell to spin.

Australian batsman Mike Hussey
said a spicy deck would clearly favour the home side, who have been dominant so far against a disappointing India. Read More...


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