Test Cricket: 2018-19 Domain Test Series: 2nd Test of Australia v India at Perth Stadium, Day 1 Evening Session Review

After the 20-minute tea break, Australia resumed on 3-145 with Peter Handscomb & Shaun Marsh in the crease.

Unfortunately, Australia’s performance this afternoon continued to suffer as Handscomb left on seven.

Yes, Handscomb tried to create that gap to trick the 2nd & 3rd slip position into the rope.

It’s nothing wrong about his head placement having followed through well.

But if he moved a bit, then that would be fine giving the fielders some difficulty in stopping the ball.

Instead, Handscomb played that cut up high and not down low.

Plus his front foot slipped away when played on the back foot, losing some balance.

And that extra bounce Ishant Sharma produced paid off thanks to the sensational one-hand catch from Virat Kohli at 2nd slip.

S. Marsh & Travis Head batted on & produced a 50 run partnership plus the 200-run mark for Australia.

But again, S. Marsh copied Handscomb’s exact mistake with the cut shot on 45.

S. Marsh played it early and tried to confuse Rishabh Pant & Virat Kohli into the gap for four.

Instead, it’s another sensational catch from Ajinkya Rahane at slip which gifted Hanuma Vihari his second wicket.

It doesn’t mean Travis Head’s innings was over when he scored his 3rd Test 50.

Forget about the big-hitting sixes right now.

However, it’s all about starting from scratch and remaining patient whenever the bad balls come to him.

Five fours aren’t harmful to justify Head’s half-knock as like Harris well established at Sheffield Shield level.

Although, not long later, Head didn’t move his feet at all when Mohammed Shami caught him at third man.

When Ishant Sharma got his 2nd wicket, it’s another short and full ball play as Head left on 58.

At the end of Day 1, Tim Paine & Pat Cummins fired off and stayed at 16 & 11 not out respectively.

Stumps Day 1: Australia 6-277


India may have a wicket-less time at the start of this morning.

But they managed to regroup together after lunch with a change of tactics and variety.

Hence, India’s ability to produce some spice and bounce paid off both seam and spin.

To leave six wickets ticked off conveyed that India’s well up front.

And should they wrap up Australia’s 1st innings spell as early as they can, India can think about building a big 400 plus run stand.

On the other hand, Australia quiet with Aaron Finch & Marcus Harris each scoring 50s.

But as soon as both of them leave, it didn’t work the same way as hoped for in the last two sessions.

Again, hesitation & hesitation.

Nothing shots with minimal foot movement plus reaching out far from the ball shows plenty of impatience.

Plus these two viewpoints just said above doesn’t guarantee runs made or produce maximum power past the rope.

Just playing every shot when they can whenever the ball lands which isn’t necessary.

Usman Khawaja thought he could adjust and be flexible regarding his shot selection.

But Khawaja cut wrong up high having failed to escape Virat Kohli at slip.

Better for him to leave out or at least use plenty of straight bat shots next time.

Peter Handscomb may have found his new technique after winning his recall to the Baggy Green by scoring many runs for Victoria.

But he’s the same old self as seen when he first played for Australia two years ago.

So safe to say, Handscomb hasn’t hit the charts as hoped.

If this persists, then it’s best for Mitchell Marsh to come back by Boxing Day in Melbourne.

And if Paine & Cummins can stay at least after lunch & each score 50s, Australia will reach 400 plus and set India a harsh response to escape past their fast bowling cartel & Nathan Lyon.

For now, that’s it for the 1st Day of the 2nd Test in the four-match 2018/19 Domain Test Series v India at Perth Stadium.

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