29 October, 2020

The Best-Of-One Final

We're finally hitting our stride. And WACA will be playing on the Indians' minds.

The Best-Of-One Final
As the culmination of a month-long tournament approaches, what has gone by has little relevance. However, the satisfaction of ending the league stage with a convincing win has given us some momentum. The Perth game was crucial for two reasons. One, it was the first time in the one-day series that we prevented the Indians from building partnerships and ensured that we restricted them to a small total. Two, the WACA wicket gave Brett Lee the kind of support he needed to turn the corner after his return from injury. Brett had been working hard, keeping to himself and focusing on bowling fast. When he came to Perth, the very sight of the wicket pumped him up, and it was great to see him hit the high 150s regularly. In fact, it was pretty evident that this was the kind of wicket—hard, fast and bouncy—that we had been trying to catch India on right through the summer. So when the chance came along, our bowlers grabbed it with both hands.

Perhaps, we could have played our Tests on similar wickets as well. While it would be difficult to replicate a WACA wicket in Adelaide and...



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