I was going to comment on this anyway, but I thought it would be another grudging acknowledgement of another Australian win. But as things have turned out, Australia have managed to lose their second test against India having started the match bowling their opponents out for a paltry 189 thanks to a mind-boggling 8 for 50 from spinner Nathan Lyon. Australia’s reply saw them take an 87-run lead and then restricting India to 274 in their second innings, leaving them a target of 187 to win the match. Surprisingly Lyon didn’t take a single wicket in the second innings, and it was paceman Josh Hazlewood who did the damage taking 6 for 67. Batting fourth is never easy, particularly on a spinning wicket in India, but 187 ought to have been gettable. Instead they were skittled for 112, with Captain Steve Smith – who is being accused of cheating – getting the highest score of 28.
It will be interesting to see how Australia respond from here with the series at one apiece.