CUT­TING EDGE

Mid Day - - SPORT -

Ian Chappell

IN­DIA should view their dis­ap­point­ing 1-4 se­ries loss to Eng­land as a missed op­por­tu­nity.

In­dia were highly com­pet­i­tive in the se­ries — apart from a dis­as­trous loss at Lord’s — but the squad had enough abil­ity to do bet­ter than just com­pete.

The bat­ting was dis­ap­point­ing and es­pe­cially the way they played spin bowl­ing at Trent Bridge. A great op­por­tu­nity went beg­ging when their fail­ure to be more proac­tive against Moeen Ali meant a chance to level the se­ries was squan­dered. Apart from Chetesh­war Pu­jara, no player was pre­pared to al­ter the off-spin­ner’s flight path by leav­ing the crease.

The se­ries loss is even more of a wasted op­por­tu­nity when you con­sider how well the vis­it­ing fast bowlers per­formed. In­dia now have to rely on re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing their rep­u­ta­tion in the highly-an­tic­i­pated se­ries against Aus­tralia but the bat­ting in­ad­e­qua­cies have to be ad­dressed.

While Aus­tralia’s bat­ting is ques­tion­able with their two best play­ers Steve Smith and David Warner miss­ing through sus­pen­sion, the bowl­ing at­tack is still ex­tremely strong.

If Mitchell Starc, Josh Ha­zle­wood, Pa­trick Cum­mins and Nathan Lyon re­main fit then the In­dian bats­men will be in for a chal­leng­ing time. In Eng­land, it was move­ment through the air and off the seam that cre­ated reg­u­lar

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