An exuberant Steve Smith has been handed the reins to skipper his beloved country, Australia during the rest of the Test series against India after the cataclysmic injury of Michael Clarke.
Smith has been toiling away for a while now and he has been dubbed a number of times as a future Australian skipper. His leadership qualities are of the highest quality and that opportunity has come earlier than expected.
Steve has grown years beyond his age and his maturity is to be treasured by the Australian cricket team because he is only 25 years of age and has shown magnificent consistency of late in the long form of the game.
Obviously picked as a long-term option with Clarke’s fragile body, picked over Brad Haddin (due to Haddin’s fading career), Smith has said that “It has been a whirlwind 18 months for me personally, and for the team as well. For this to come up so quickly is an amazing thrill, something I’ve always dreamt of doing.”
Steve has only played only 23 Test matches but has already been selected for the top job. His batting has certainly matured in recent times. He now averages 46 from 44 Test match innings for Australia.
While Australia will be kicking themselves over the injury of their skipper, they will be happy about giving Smith a chance to show everyone what he’s got for the near future, if Clarke returns.
He, Smith, showed elation under his selection but knows that he has to get down and dirty for business, while he said that he would be taking advice from both vice-captain Brad Haddin and injured skipper Michael Clarke.
Tomorrow, in the second Test match between India and Australia at the historical Gabba in Brisbane, Smith will lead his troops out on to the arena to do battle under their new skipper, the 45th person to captain the Australian Test team.
An unfortunate and devastating hamstring injury to Australian skipper Michael Clarke has marred Nathan Lyon’s gobsmackingly amazing bowling during the first Test between Australia and India.
On the fifth and final day of what was proving to be a stunning Test match, Australia declared overnight and sent the Indians in to face some extreme heat from Mitchell Johnson.
After losing the early wicket of Shikhar Dhawan with a dodgy caught behind dismissal, India responded with class. Nathan Lyon was giving ‘em a big rip out of the rough and putting some doubt in the Indians minds.
A massive L.B.W. decision was turned down early on when Murali Vijay was on about 20, and everyone in the cricket world took off their glasses and had another look at it, before declaring it the ‘plumbest appeal in history.’
Anyway, life moved on and Cheteshwar Pujara went soon after, which brought that man to the crease, Virat Kohli. Ready to fight fire with fire, Kohli came in and was pure class, bringing up yet another big score.
Virat came in and swept Nathan Lyon with confidence and found success. A big partnership was brewing and the total of 364 that India had been set was starting to feel closer and closer for the Aussies.
However, when it mattered most, with Murali Vijay riding his luck on 99, he missed a straight one which cannoned into his pad straight in front. This time, Marius Erasmus had the index finger raised and Vijay was trudging back to the sheds for one short of a ton.
With a new batsman in at the crease, Nathan Lyon fired up and started to get on a role. Ajinkya Rahane came straight in and went straight back to the pavillion, which ‘quack, quack’ echoing in his head.
Lyon had picked up his third for the day, and we had a match on our hands by all means. India were coming, there was no doubt there, but Australia were ready to fight the Indian batsmen with some great bowling.
Michael Clarke left the field with yet another injury, this time a different hamstring. On the way back on the plane from Adelaide, Clarke should be wrapped in ‘WARNING! FRAGILE’ tape to prevent him from injury!
But Australia would fight on and Nathan Lyon would continue to prosper. A magnificent catch with one-hand from Dave Warner got Lyon yet another wicket and sent Rohit Sharma packing. Australia were clawing back when India seemed to be on top.
Australia were doing even better when they nabbed Virat Kohli straight after, with a magnificent innings from the little maestro. A spectacular 141 and a twin hundred wasn’t enough to get the Indians through, because a fierce late collapse won Australia a magnificent Test match, by only 48 runs.
Nathan Lyon finished with, yes, you did read this properly, seven wickets for the innings and 12 for the match. His spot is no longer in jeopardy after this groundbreaking performance on a ‘batsman’s paradise’, the ground he used to look after.
It was Test cricket at his finest and hats off to Australia, let alone Nathan Lyon. They won this emotional match for Phil Hughes and it will remain that way forever.
Michael Clarke is in serious doubt for the remainder of the series, which is such a shame. However, he has ‘no regrets’ on playing this match for his ‘little brother’ and he will always remember this match.
As Nathan Lyon picked up the man of the match award, Adelaide took a bow for hosting a brilliant rescheduled Test match, before we now head into Brisbane for the second match just on Wednesday!
Australia have set up a big lead to be followed up by a massive bowling effort on what will be the final day of the first Test match between Australia and India at Adelaide, on day four.
We were continuing on from the third day of the Test, where Australia declared overnight and sent India in to bat. Cheteshwar Pujara shone with 73 while Virat Kohli was on fire with 115.
On the morning of the penultimate day, Nathan Lyon outdid India with a five-wicket haul to skittle the Indians for 444, in reply to Australia’s 517/7 declared.
The rapid Aussie openers went out there knowing they had a lead of 73 already, and hit some runs quickly, while steadying when wickets fell. Chris Rogers was looking good, but he had to go early for 21.
Shane Watson came out to the crease and hit a marvellous 33 but couldn’t convert it into a bigger score. He witnessed a brutal innings from David Warner, who followed up his 1st innings ton with another big score.
After being recalled, because he was clean bowled, only to find out it was a massive no-ball, Warner rode his luck and even got in the face of the bowler.
Warner had a few chances, and was very lucky. However, he made it a big one. Smashing 102, Warner hit twin centuries for the second time in his illustrious, short career.
With Steve Smith coming in and hitting a creative 52 not out, which was followed by a rampage from Mitch Marsh, who hit a quick-fire 40 from 26 balls, Australia were on track for a good lead.
After Marsh took 24 from one Karn Sharma over, Australia finished with a lead of 363, looking to probably declare overnight and bowl India out on the final day.
But, once again India were very slow with the over rate and missed seven overs, so a penalty has to come in the next few days because that hasn’t been the first time that’s happened.
It will be a very interesting last day and we could see some savage bursts of pace from the likes of Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle so tune in for the result!