It’s the fifth and final day of the 1st Test here at Adelaide Oval.
Australia resume 4-104 with Travis Head and Shaun Marsh in the middle, needing 219 runs to win.
On the other hand, India needs six more wickets to win and leave Adelaide 1-0 in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Head & S.Marsh did score some handy runs this morning before India provided the breakthrough to this stand.
Travis Head couldn’t believe it thanks to the short ball play from Ishant Sharma.
His hand eye-coordination hid his right eye so Head can let his bat hit the ball.
Unfortunately, he jumped up high for the defense before Ajinkya Rahane took the catch with a safe pair of hands at Gully.
Head should’ve at least duck it or use his feet a little to help him defend properly.
Having seen Head left on 14, Australia 5-115.
Although, Shaun Marsh stayed on and ended his recent run of inconsistent scores by justifying his 50 off 146 balls.
Looks like the Adelaide Oval pitch this time around has suited him.
S. Marsh picked the right cannon-ball shots because he didn’t reach out for it and used his eyes & head well.
Also, his temperament and feet enabled him to connect the ball with soft hands which do produce plenty of power.
Hence, there’s some reason why S. Marsh should stay within the Australian Test Team.
He provides experience at the top to middle order so any uncapped Baggy Green players will get to learn from him.
Without S.Marsh, it would add further dents to any strength lost in this side alongside the big two:
- Steve Smith
- David Warner
Not long later, S.Marsh knicked straight to Rishabh Pant with the catch on 60.
Jasprit Bumrah provided with the short ball play as he captured Australia’s sixth wicket.
Tim Paine continued the baton as last held from Shaun Marsh having piled runs on the board.
As the wicket-keeper batsman/captain, Paine employed this ideal placement to his approach of batting in the mold of Ricky Ponting such as:
- Forward defense
- Straight bat shots
- Glancing bad balls
- Following on with the hand-eye coordination
As long as he doesn’t twist or reach out for the shot, that’s how Paine stayed in the middle mainly using his head & feet.
From quick singles to vital boundaries, Paine’s on the right track to try and steer Australia home with 137 runs more to win.