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Sunday Tasmanian - - News - JU­LIAN LIN­DEN

AUS­TRALIA’S re­serve pace­men, led by Jhye Richard­son, left, have stunned In­dia’s top or­der in the open­ing ODI of the se­ries in Syd­ney.

AUS­TRALIA gave In­dia a lit­tle taste of the tor­ture they have been go­ing through for the past nine months when they pulled off a stun­ning vic­tory at the Syd­ney Cricket Ground last night.

Slammed re­lent­lessly on and off the field since the ball tam­per­ing scan­dal, the Aus­tralians showed how quickly for­tunes change when the blow­torch is taken off them and turned on their op­po­nents.

But be­fore Aus­tralia gets car­ried away, Shane Warne and Mark Waugh have called for Glenn Maxwell to be pro­moted up the or­der af­ter the Aussies al­most blew the deal.

Aus­tralia pinched the se­ries opener by 34 runs af­ter an in­spired bowl­ing per­for­mance by rookie pace­man Jhye Richard­son (4-26) and debu­tant quick Ja­son Behren­dorff (2-39) but al­most threw it all away un­til Maxwell took a catch in the deep to re­move the dan­ger­ous Ro­hit Sharma (133).

Maxwell faced five de­liv­er­ies af­ter com­ing to the crease in the 48th over, bat­ting at No. 7 and while he made a quick 11 not out, ev­ery­one was left guess­ing what he could have got if he had more time.

“Maxwell should have faced more than five balls in a one­day in­ter­na­tional. He’s so dan­ger­ous,” Warne told Fox Cricket.

Waugh, also com­men­tat­ing on Fox Cricket, agreed with his for­mer team­mate: “I don’t know about this bat­ting or­der.”

Aus­tralia’s mid­dle or­der made runs but none went on to make the big score that Sharma showed was pos­si­ble when you take a few cal­cu­lated risks.

Pe­ter Hand­scomb (73), Us­man Khawaja (59), Shaun Marsh (54) and Mar­cus Stoi­nis (47no) en­sured their own sur­vival at a time self-preser­va­tion is the or­der of the day amid the con­stant chop­ping and chang­ing of se­lec­tions.

Aus­tralia did not hit a six un­til the 44th over and fin­ished with just four for the in­nings, while Sharma cleared the ropes six times af­ter MS Dhoni made a pedes­trian 51 off 96 balls.

A week ago Vi­rat Kohli’s men were danc­ing on the same hal­lowed turf, but are now em­broiled in their own firestorm.

Two In­dian play­ers, Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul, have been sus­pended for mak­ing sex­ist re­marks about women on a TV chat show.

In­dian cricket of­fi­cials have been ac­cused in the past of be­ing too le­nient on star play­ers but acted swiftly this time by boot­ing the pair home to face charges of mis­con­duct and in­dis­ci­pline.

In­dia’s com­bat­ive skip­per moved quickly to dis­tance him­self from his dis­graced team­mates.

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