April 14, 2006

Commentary

Cracks in batting

Sriram Veera

Ponting's genius fails to obscure cracks in batting, writes Chloe Saltau in the Age.

They might have escaped embarrassment in Dhaka, but the spluttering form of most of Australia's batsmen means the world's No. 1 team can no longer be backed with such certainty to dig itself out of trouble.

Andrew Stevenson, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, believes Bangladesh's brave fightback has showed that they're no longer cannon fodder.

Beaten, Bangladesh still managed to look like winners. Or, if not quite like winners, Test cricket's 10th-ranked side - with a single victory to their name - had seen enough fear in the faces of their supposedly invincible adversary to know they had arrived as players and as a team.

The New Age, a Dhaka-based daily, eulogised the fighting spirit of Bangladesh players in its editorial.

Salacious debates of a rat killing a rhino began all over the world because Australian cricket is considered far above the game that most other nations play. In the end, the predicted ‘accident’ did not happen but we do not have any reason to be distressed either because our boys have shown that they can even take the best for a tough ride on a good day.

Harsha Bhogle, who was there at Fatullah commentating on the game, feels that it all came down to Australia knowing how to win.

Sriram Veera is a former staff writer at ESPNcricinfo

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