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Australia bullish once more

After Australia's compelling 122-run win against India at the MCG, Greg Baum, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald , says the Test team has seemingly got their killer instinct back.

Dustin Silgardo
25-Feb-2013
After Australia's compelling 122-run win against India at the MCG, Greg Baum, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, says the Test team has seemingly got their killer instinct back.
In the first week of this year, Australian cricket was a humiliated entity. Since then, it has submitted to three reviews and spilled every position and structure. It has played nine Tests in three countries, beaten Sri Lanka, South Africa and now India, but also lost to New Zealand. It has made as few as 47 and as many as 488 in an innings. It mounted a record run chase against South Africa, but failed in a modest one against the Kiwis. It has tried 18 players, some of whom were uncertain that the cap fitted, others unsure that it still did. But, oddly enough, the spinner was a constant. Yesterday, it finished this most tumultuous of calendar years with a thumping victory over cricket's powerhouse, witnessed over four days by the biggest crowd for an India Test in this country. Teams being rebuilt are mercurial, but this one at least can believe that its best is good enough.
Sourav Ganguly, writing in the same paper, says Michael Clark deserves a lot of credit for the win.
One can see a good camaraderie between Ponting and Clarke, and that's a big thumbs-up to the skipper. A lot of teams have leaders who look to keep the past captain away as they want their own boys and own group, but Clarke has showed enormous maturity in that department. That will really stand him in good stead with his tenure as captain. You can see that in the way Ponting and Hussey bailed him out of trouble at the crucial juncture.
Peter Siddle and James Pattinson, who played important roles in Australia's victory, started out at a small cricket club in the suburb of Dandenong in Melbourne. Rohit Bhaskar of the Hindustan Times finds out about their younger days from the people a the club who watched over their growth.
It is not just India's performance which was amiss at Melbourne, but tactics and motivation too, says Ayaz Memon, writing in India Today.
The abject surrender in the first Test - and especially the second innings - not only belies expectations of a first-ever series win Down Under, but throws up several new stringent queries, the most pertinent being whether MS Dhoni's team has not been hyped way beyond its abilities.

Dustin Silgardo is a former sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo