THE Australian hype machine has gone deathly quiet for the moment after the hammering Sachin Tendulkar gave Shane Warne in the tour-opener in Bombay. And as the real battles loom—in Madras, Calcutta and Bangalore—Mohammed Azharuddin, Saurav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid must be hoping to swat a softened-up Shane for good.
"Australia, we have a problem," wrote Malcolm Knox in an SOS in The Melbourne Age, describing what he called "the first time an Australian attack featuring Warne has been put away with masterly precision." As Tendulkar totted up a maiden double-ton for the Ranji champ versus the world champ, he hit all panic stations.
"If Tendulkar can repeat in the Tests the type of innings he played, the Australians can say goodbye to their hopes of winning the series and turn their thoughts to saving it," Knox added. "The question of how to dismiss him must be shuffled backwards. The immediate concern is how to contain him."
In other words: instead of hollering "Bowling Shane!" from...