India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, 2nd day March 3, 2013

Nervous Doherty makes return

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the second day in Hyderabad

Warm-up of the day
Xavier Doherty was entitled to be a little bit nervous as he prepared to bowl his first ball in Test cricket in more than two years, his last appearance in the baggy green having come when he took 1 for 158 against England at Adelaide in December 2010. As he warmed up for his first over in this game he sent down a few practice deliveries to Peter Siddle, who was fielding at mid-off. One of them evaded Siddle and ran away towards the boundary, which could have been viewed as a discouraging omen for Doherty. But despite that, and starting his first spell with two low full tosses, he was generally tight in his return to Test cricket.

Non-DRS review of the day
On the first day of this Test, the third umpire was asked to check whether a catch was clean and in doing so discovered there was no bat involved, giving Moises Henriques a reprieve. On the second day, the on-field officials again asked for assistance to adjudicate on a catch, this time to see whether it was a bump ball. M Vijay drove Doherty to short cover where Phillip Hughes took the ball cleanly and while the initial reaction from batsman and umpire was one of disinterest, Doherty and Hughes felt it may have been a catch. Kumar Dharmasena asked for the third umpire to inspect the replay and found that it was indeed a bump ball.

Wicket of the day
That there was only one says everything about this day. Virender Sehwag's lean run continued when Siddle banged the ball in and got it to move away from Sehwag, who edged behind to Matthew Wade for 6. It was an encouraging start for the Australians. Then came the small matter of Cheteshwar Pujara and Vijay and a 294-run partnership. Back in the dressing rooms, Sehwag must have been kicking himself to miss out on the feast.

Poignant moment of the day
The morning began with both squads and the match officials lining up on the field as if they were waiting for the national anthems. But what followed was a minute's silence for the victims of the bombings in Hyderabad last month. 16 people were killed and over 100 people injured as the result of twin blasts in the Dilsukhnagar region of the city.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • James on March 4, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    It is strange to think Australia has no good spin bowlers, but it is a fact. The fast bowlers are not particularly talented, either. But no good flogging a dead horse. All Australia can do is turn up and play. Some talent will come from somewhere, some time, perhaps. I hope the dreariness of this paragraph gives a sufficient picture of the situation. The situation is not going to change unless the way to success is opened. At the moment it is blocked to a considerable degree by the manufacturing of mediocre players who might just do at a pinch. It would be better to take the trainers out of the equation and let players compete on talent. Spectators would like that. At the moment Australia is fielding blokes who are sow's ears from which it is very hard to make silk purses. All they can do is 'put their hand up', 'step up' and 'bowl in the right areas'. Through trying to be what they think they ought to be, they get bad backs.

  • JIGNESH on March 4, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    Doharty averaged 44.0 per wicket in first class cricket. How the hell he qualified for national team, I don't believe. Does really dry spin bowling in Australia after retirement of Shane Warne? After making 219 against WI, Sehwag played 37 International innings including tests, ODIs, and T20s, and made triple figure just once and over 50, only 3 times. When he made 219 in ODI, he said he is 35 now and old, and he is not gonna come for field in that match because he was tired. I don't know why the Indian board keeps selecting the man who says by himself that he is old and tired now? India has many newcomers who performed really well in last Ranji such as Jivanjyot Singh, Mandeep Singh, Manpreet Juneja, and so on, but still some of them who constantly get failing get selected. Gambhir made his last test century in January 2010. Since then he played 48 test innings without century and only 9-10 fifties-some of them near 50 runs.

  • Ashok on March 4, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    Surely the play of the day for India was 294 run partnership between Vijay & Pujara + their centuries. The play of the day for the Aussies was the only wicket of Sehwag. But the strangest aspect of the Day 2 was the so called power packed Aussie pace attack. Whilst Indian seamer Kumar took 3 Aussie wickets when he was considered to be no match to the Aussie seamers, the same wkt. taking ability was missing from the Aussie seamer on Day2. This made Clarke's declaration on Day 1 look like over confidence in his seamers. Pattinson failed to take a wkt after his fine performance in the first Test.

  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    opening sehwag is like starting batting 0/1.

  • Mullah on March 3, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Bring back Gauti, he is in good nick now and he also a aggressive team player and a fighter, Viru should go back to play for the zones to get his form back, weldone India!

  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Sehwag need not kick himself. Selectors should do that arduous job on his behalf.

    Sehwag is no Sachin to have the PATIENCE , tenacity, and work ethic to claw his way back.

    I would really give a chance in the next two tests to Gauti. Especially when I look back at his soild performance on the fast pitches of New Zealand. And, Gouti is always willing to put in the hard yards to get back in to the team. He should either step out to negate the swing, as he used to do well to negate the turn/spin of the spinners, or learn to read the swing, correctly. That is all what he need to do.

    If I was a selector, the three I will pick for the opening slot, in my 14 or 15, will be Gouti, Vijay, & Dhawan. Sehwag? No way!

  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    better to bring gambhir in place of sehwag. I am a fan of sehwag but with his glasses really wonder if he can sight the ball the way he used to. best send him to domestic cricket and see how he shapes there. Otherwise we have to see the end of sehwag in international cricket which I am sure saddens all Indian fans.

  • Sunil on March 3, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    The problem with indian cricket is that after one person scores a century in one game, they immediately think that they will be the perfect replacement for someone else. Vijay was not a good opener the first time round for india and his domestic record isn't the greatest around. Let him take this chance without everyone saying that he is now good enough to replace Sehwag/Gambhir. Personally I feel that Gambhir should replace Sehwag for the remaining two tests. Two inexperienced openers (Dhawan and Vijay) followed by a number 3 who has played 11 games is just asking for trouble. Sehwag needs to get back to the domestic tournaments to work on his game.

  • j on March 3, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Doherty is such a mediocre bowler, but because he's the best in the entire country of Australia he only serves to highlight the completely empty talent pool that Australia have. Watching his 90kph darts time and again was excruciating to watch. They might as well bring back Lyon and claim he was being 'rested' all along.

  • Akshay on March 3, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Look, Sehwag needs to go. He was India's best batsman from 2002 till 2009 and had played well both overseas and in India and led us to the No.1 test title. But he relied more on reflexes rather than technique and has probably exceeded not just ours, but his own expectations by achieving all he did and batsmen of his type who dont rely on conventional technique don't last long. Since 2010 he has been struggling but has been an honorary member of the side due to his extraordinary feats till 2009, but now I think he has exhausted that line and needs to be shown the door before the end of his career becomes any further disrespectful. Need to stop relying on tactics from Azhar's era and relics from Ganguly's area and look forward. Gautam Gambhir is only good in limited overs internationals and for the next test we should pair Dhawan with Vijay.

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