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Crowe: NZ should have enforced follow-on

New Zealand chose to bat again despite taking a lead of 301 in the first innings, and their subsequent collapse for 105 has given India an outside chance of victory. Martin Crowe analyses a dramatic third day

February 8, 2014

Posted by Oscar465 on (February 8, 2014, 20:32 GMT)

Great analysis, and it has been so good listening to Martin Crowe on NZ radio commentary.

He mentioned in his latest book 'Raw' that cricket had made him ill. Thankfully, that seems to have passed, because NZ cricket without Martin Crowe is unwell.

Its something that our rugby team the All Blacks do so well - constant respect for their past and a desire to honour it. That has been missing, from what I can see in our cricket, but recent moves suggest that is changing. Finally.

Posted by topspeed55 on (February 8, 2014, 20:26 GMT)

Is Martin Crowe still surprised why Jadeja was preferred before Ashwin in this test?

Posted by NoBull on (February 8, 2014, 19:23 GMT)

I think Pujara dropping anchor and Dhawan playing through the first session would seal the deal. If not, India are back over relying on Kohli's miracles. However, never count Dhoni out in a big stakes high drama setting either !!!

Posted by   on (February 8, 2014, 18:36 GMT)

Great views there by Crowe! Frank and to the point; he doesn't get biased in his opinions nor does he go on praising the visitors... overall a very crisp recap of the day's play!

Posted by mensan on (February 8, 2014, 18:30 GMT)

Poor captaincy. India was on floor. NZ let them stand up.

Posted by Nampally on (February 8, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

Indeed an outside chance rather than No chance at all! McCullum's under estimation of the Indian bowlers has really back fired. However the bowling would have remained ineffective but for the brilliance of Jadeja on the field. He first took a hot catch at silly extra cover, followed by a brilliant diving catch inches off the ground & turned McCullum's over confidence into a Run out. A beauty from Shami bowled Anderson. If only India had an extra fast bowler in the field rather than on the bench, NZ would have been skittled for <50. An over exerted Shami was tiring after 10 over opening spell. India has the batting to chase 400. But the question is have they the Patience & Discipline? Already the NZ is firing at pujara wide of the off stump hoping he would make the same blunder again. Pujara has to keep leaving the balls outside the off & avoid going after short pitched balls. Indian hopes mainly rest on taking their time to chase 400 total in a safe manner. They have 2 full days!

Posted by Batmanian on (February 8, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

Yep, how could the bowlers be tired after bundling India out for nothing? The Indian bowlers evidently weren't that tired after the long opening innings and the short rest during theirs! It seems to be an imitation of Clarke's practice of not enforcing, but there's a lot more to Clarke's decisions than a blanket rule of thumb (even though it may seem that way, superficially). Of course, NZ shouldn't lose this, but India's batting is good enough to pull it off, when it clicks. It's only one big knock and some support gigs, really.

I really thought McCallum seemed in a good headspace when he said it was his best knock if they won - it may have acknowledged he was contemplating failure, but also that he was contemplating what is needed for success. Come on Kiwis, win despite your desperate fear of success!

Posted by NALINWIJ on (February 8, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

I agree with Martin Crowe. There seem to be the mentality of thou shalt not enforce the follow on. Risk of enforcing the follow on is that there has been 3losses after enforcing follow on in test history all by Australia once in 19th century, once in 20th and once in 21st century. Reason for not enforcing follow on is 1.tired bowlers 2.deterioration of pitch. Neither was the case in this match and the ball was swinging and India was worried. Giving the opponent what they do not want is the instinct of captaincy.

Posted by wapuser on (February 8, 2014, 12:53 GMT)

Thats the mistake Nz will regreat i think india got great chance to pull this one off . But lot wil depend on pujara and kohli

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