Sydney, Mar 4: Australian media alongside former players have left no stones unturned in blasting team’s think tank’s high-risk selections and ill-conceived strategies during their ongoing Test series against India.
“For the second time in a week, India’s batsmen went berserk, with Murali Vijay (129) and Cheteshwar Pujara (162) knocking the stuffing out of Australia’s hapless bowlers at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium,” journalist Peter Badel wrote in his column for News.com.au.
Badel wrote: “This was not cricket. This was a carve-up. And selection boss John Inverarity should now publicly explain the bizarre selection methodology that will almost certainly cost Australia the Border-Gavaskar trophy.”
“He can start by discussing Lyon. The tweaker (4-244) took a third of Australia’s 12 wickets in the first Test, yet was axed for the spin alliance of Glenn Maxwell and Xavier Doherty, who yesterday leaked 140 runs from 36 wicketless overs,” he added.
Doherty (0-85) bowled tightly but rarely threatened, while Maxwell went for 55 runs from 10 overs as India flayed the Test debutant.
“The duo was so impotent batsmen David Warner was summoned to bowl leggies, as his one and only over went for 14 runs, and all that was missing was music from the Benny Hill Show,” he wrote.
Former Test opener Matthew Hayden yesterday criticized the Lyon axing in commentary and he found allies in ex-Indian stars Ravi Shastri and VVS Laxman.
Badel further added: “The selection panel has now erred three times in a month. First by overlooking Steve O’Keefe, the top wicket-taking spinner in the Sheffield Shield, for the tour. Second by deploying four pacemen on a spinner’s deck in Chennai, and now here in Hyderabad, where they played two spinners on a pitch in which they were entitled to back pace _ their self-confessed strength.”
“It could be argued Australia simply don’t have the cattle to beat India. But the selection panel must take some blame for high-risk selections and ill-conceived strategies that have exploded in their face,” he wrote.
“Alarm bells are ringing everywhere. Clarke must wonder if the massacre will ever end,” he concluded. (ANI)