#politeenquiries: What if Mitchell Johnson got injured?

Doubts about Graeme Smith's future, comparisons between Doolan and Boon, and whether Australia are the best team in the world at the moment, explored in inimitable style on this edition on Polite Enquiries

February 15, 2014

Posted by disco_bob on (February 18, 2014, 7:50 GMT)

@Posted by imtiazjaleel on (February 16, 2014, 11:54 GMT) you may recall many people were calling for Johnson to be rested on Adelaide's flat drop in pitch as they thought he would not have any assistance and it would be better to preserve him for Perth. It made no difference he still terrorised England with pace and agression

Posted by Dashgar on (February 18, 2014, 1:36 GMT)

@Apoorva, Australia produce the same pitches whether they're playing India, South Africa, West Indies, Pakistan or England. When India can beat Australia at home and follow it up by beating Pakistan or Sri Lanka on the same dead, low, dusty turners then I'll be impressed. India might beat Australia at home but they do so on doctored wickets. Australian pitches have barely changed since the first ever test match and any changes overtime would favour Subcontinent sides. Indian pitches change constantly to maximize their home advantage and lead to uninteresting cricket.

Posted by kepler22b on (February 17, 2014, 11:25 GMT)

Posted by Prabhakar Muthukrishnan on (February 16, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

But you didn't beat SA and look what Australia just did to them.

And NZ are about to beat you 2-0

And last time you were in Australia it was 4-0

Posted by LeeHallam on (February 17, 2014, 11:14 GMT)

At this moment in time I would expect Australia to beat any team in the world. They have Johnson and England, South Africa & India are rebuilding. But Aussie fans should make the most of it while they can, this is not the start of a new era of dominance. Haddin & Rogers are 36, Harris is 34, Watson and Clarke are injury prone 32 year olds. Most crucially Mitchell is 32, as a fast bowler, he has probably 12 to 18 months maximum at this level of performance.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

india? entertaining? u can't be serious. Only England play more dull than India in tests at the moment. Negative tactics no real fast men and only win at home, the only reason i put dem above eng is that they bat more positively than most but nothing besides that is attractive abt indian cricket.

Posted by AamirKhan-SuperStar on (February 16, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

Why and for what are we arguing here? India is the most entertaining team. You won't ever see a dull draw when India plays, even losses are spectacular so are the wins. Being an Indian i have no clue about Australia or SA so i wouldn't want to argue or compare. Just enjoy cricket.

Posted by AamirKhan-SuperStar on (February 16, 2014, 11:58 GMT)

Why and for are we arguing here? India is the most entertaining team. You won't ever see a dull draw when India plays, even losses are spectacular so are the wins. Being an Indian i have no clue about Australia or SA so i wouldn't want to argue or compare. Just enjoy cricket.

Posted by imtiazjaleel on (February 16, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

Aussies are good on Fast and Bouncy Tracks, but i am sure they will struggle in India because of two major factors one the wicket and other the weather. Even if their bowlers perform better but their batsmen will definitely cannot.

Posted by DickCam on (February 16, 2014, 10:21 GMT)

@Apoora Vijay, actually India are coming to Oz later this year to settle the argument. The good news for India is that Harris, and possibly Siddle may not be selected for that series. The bad news, Cummins, Pattinson, Starc , Hazelwood and a few other young blokes will be pushing for selection for Oz. All bowl at 140k-150k (Cummins 150k+). SA may or may not be facing a whitwash this series, however India will be facing an absolute massacre.

Posted by ModernUmpiresPlz on (February 16, 2014, 9:18 GMT)

@Prabhakar Muthukrishnan You beat an experimental lineup 4-0, not the current lineup. Let's not pretend it's the same guys who faced up in India. Our test team had Doherty, Glenn maxwell, Matthew Wade and some other horrid players who don't belong in test match cricket in it. We would have lost to Bangladesh.

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