India vs Australia: Michael Clarke gave impression he had independent mind
It would be a different story once the Test started. The track did weigh on the Australian skipperís mind when it came to formulate his teamís bowling plan. Here, he didnít back Australiaís obvious strength and, in turn, missed a chance to exploit a perennial Indian weakness.
Several generations of Indian batsmen, including the current crop and the old masters in the commentatorís box, have grievously chased balls that head towards the slips after pitching. Itís a given that before an India game, the rivals plot to attack the off-stump, pitch it up and move the ball away. Meanwhile, the fielding coaches pay special attention to the slip cordon and wicketkeepers sweat it out as they practice holding onto fine edges.
After the second dayís play, Australiaís pace spearhead James Pattinson, who had bowled two inspired and successful spells, specifically spoke about his teamís bowling plan. But surprisingly, there was no mention of the Ďaway-going ballí, a must-have on every visiting teamís checklist when they take the flight to India.
Instead, Pattinson revealed Australiaís aim was to attack the stumps with the incoming ball. It was an unusual call as the ball heading towards the stumps is easier to block or drive, especially
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