Nathan Lyon was one of few Australian players to have actually improved as a result of his three ‘Homeworkgate’ dot points. Image: ABC Grandstand
The final Tea break chat of the India-Australia series saw me discussing the highs and lows of the Australians this series for one last time.
With Ryan O’Connell missing on an overseas jaunt, Cam Rose filled in admirably again, and we wonder just how many lessons were actually learned during ‘Homeworkgate’, we bemoan the Australian top order footwork – again – and we speculate on just how many current tourists might miss the plane to England in June.
All in all, it’s been a whole lot of fun being part of the inaugural broadcasts of The Roar Live Radio, and I truly hope this is something we can all do more of. And hearing Glenn Mitchell back calling cricket has been a thrill on it’s own, never mind that I tenuously shared the airwaves with him. Most enjoyable on all fronts.
Michael Clarke reacts to news that this was Ryan O’Connell’s and my last chat for the Test. Image: ABC News
For the final time in the 3rd Test between India and Australia in Mohali, I was once again joined for the Tea break chat on The Roar Live Radio by my esteemed colleague, Ryan O’Connell, who was surprisingly available after a weekend of events and socialising.
This time ’round, with the Test result heading only in the direction of and Indian win, we turned our attention to the possible make-up of the Australian side for the 4th Test, which starts in Delhi on Friday.
You can hear our final chat for the Test below, and before you hear us, I’ve included a wonderful intro from Geoff Lemon and former ABC cricket commentator Glenn Mitchell, which started off nice, but seemed to turn on me by the time they were done. I suppose it’s the sort of thing you can get away with when no-one’s in the same city..
Don’t mention the ‘A’ word – Mitchell Starc in batsman mode. He was out agonisingly for 99 on Day 3 of the 3rd Test in Mohali. Image: ABC Grandstand
Day 3 in Mohali should have been the time where Ryan O’Connell and myself waxed lyrical about the Australian performances with bat and ball, but by the time we spoke in the Tea break, it was already apparent that Indian openers, Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan, were having a day out at the expense of the Aussie bowlers.
Just before we came on, in fact, Dhawan had brought up his 100 off just 85 balls, the fastest century on debut in the history of Test Cricket. And he wasn’t done, either…
Anyway, in this chat, we still managed to wax lyrical about the Australian lower order batting, including the general agreement that we shouldn’t get carried away with any use of the word ‘allrounder’ in relation to Mitchell Starc.