The Test series between Australia and India is evenly poised at one Test apiece after the third match was drawn this week.
It sets up a thrilling finish to the series and in this week’s At The Bar, Michael ‘Speedy’ Stratton and The Area News’ Ben Jaffrey discuss the series before venturing into the topic of coaching in the NRL.
Ben: Have you been keeping up with the latest Test against India, mate?
Speedy: I have been watching it very closely.
Ben: We snagged a draw thanks to Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb.
Speedy: The Aussies, I thought we were gone, fair dinkum.
Ben: When we lost those two wickets on the fourth afternoon, it didn’t look good but how about that ball that Jadeja got Warner out with?
Speedy: That ball reminded me of the Gatting Ball. I couldn’t believe it cut back so far.
Ben: It almost came back at a right angle – ridiculous. Warner hasn’t had the best series but anyone who says they’d hit that is kidding themselves.
Speedy: That would have got Don Bradman out. The rest of the batsmen did well to get out of it, though.
Ben: For sure. After India batted we had no chance of winning so a draw was a good result. The Smith-Kohli feud continued as well. What are your thoughts on that?
Speedy: That’s cricket. It happens all the time. I’d love to have a microphone strapped to Kohli so we can pick up on his comments. I reckon there’d be some beauties.
Ben: There’s been a couple things said out there that anyone can easily lip read.
Speedy: I’m more a fan of the witty stuff. But Australia are known for it, too.
Ben: You get as good as you give.
Speedy: As long as you leave it on the field. It’s like rugby league – give it to each other out there and then leave it.
Ben: Spot on.
Speedy: Kohli’s got stuck into Smith hasn’t he? And vice-versa.
Ben: There’s no love lost between them. But as far as talking with the bat goes, Smith is miles in front of his counterpart.
Speedy: No doubt.
Ben: He’s got two tons now. From what I’ve read, he’s only one of a handful to get two centuries in a Test series over there.
Speedy: Where Kohli hasn’t done anything. But just getting away from that for a moment. Jason Taylor got the sack.
Ben: Three games in, that’s early but the writing was on the wall after the Tigers last two efforts.
Speedy: Let’s be fair dinkum. The closest the poor, old Tigers got was when they shook hands with the Raiders before they ran out. But coaches, players, everyone plays a part in that.