The contest was over for me once Ganguly and Tendulkar were out early in India's reply, although we witnessed an excellent rearguard from Rahul Dravid. We in Australia all knew he had an innings of this calibre in him. He is a class act and in this innings he was positive and aggressive, as was necessary, and really played an excellent knock. Once he was dismissed, the rest of the batting, as usual, fell away badly - or should I say, blown away by some seriously good fast bowling from Brett Lee. If this young fast bowler doesn't end up a superstar in the game, then I'm a bad judge.
As far as one-day cricket contests go, this was a massacre. These things happen from time to time but the bottom line is that the whole summer has been a disaster for India. Once the Indians return home, I suggest a lot of soul searching. I am totally amazed by India's overseas test and one day record. Basically it is abysmal. It seems extraordinary in a country with such a big population and a fanatical love of cricket that a team of players can't be put together that can come to terms with conditions overseas. Australia has been through the doldrums themselves and, from India's point of view, there needs to be a major think tank to work out how they are going to overcome the 'travel bug' and start producing the goods away from home. For a start, they need to have a more positive approach and a bit more 'junkyard dog' attitude.
Basically, the Australians have too much firepower for the Indians. Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee present a fast and fiery combination. The backup bowling has heaps of variety and Stuart MacGill has provided excellent coverage for an injured Shane Warne.
The final series is now almost certain to be between Australia and Pakistan. My genuine wish now is for India to finish with two strong performances in Perth and go home with something to build on.
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