Perth Test

India won the Perth Test. Australia could not create a record of winning 17 Tests consecutively.

Australia missed Matthew Hayden. India made two changes. Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh were dropped. Virender Sehwag and Irfan Pathan were in. Rahul Dravid played at no. 3 in the first innings and scored 93. In the second innings he batted at no. 4 and scored 3. Rahul Dravid is best at no. 3.

Steve Bucknor was not there. He said he was dropped for making two mistakes. His mistakes were too many and his anti-India decisions started in 1992.

Before the 2007-2008 India – Australia Test series began one Australian player predicted that India would lose 0-4. That did not happen and now India is 1-2.

Match-fixers had planned India to lose 0-4. The events during Sydney Test and guilty verdict in case of Harbhajan Singh caused national outrage. Match-fixers could not proceed with their plan.

I do not know why Brad Hogg was let off. Australian players have used bad language since the time of Ian Chappell if not earlier. During the 1974-75 series umpires had warned Dennis Lillee for using bad language against Dennis Amiss. Crawford White, a British sports journalist, had mentioned this in a report. One Indian batsman during the time of Sunil Gavaskar did not have problem with bad language because he did not understand what Australian players said.

Team for ODIs and 2020 is announced. Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and V. V. S. Laxman are dropped. Sourav Ganguly’s dropping has caused outrage in Calcutta. Rahul Dravid was hoping to make a comeback to ODI side. V. V. S. Laxman was not in ODI side. It takes new players selected some time to adjust to the pitches of Australia. If the emphasis was on youth Sachin Tendulkar should have been dropped.

Updated: July 4, 2014 — 8:16 pm

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