“In the subcontinent…”: How Australia plans to conquer India, document reveals
How the Australian cricket team plans to conquer India on a much-awaited tour of the country once called “Everest” by the former coach Justin Langer and the “final frontier” of greatness Steve Waugh – the latest behind-the-scenes documentary — Amazon Original’s second season of ‘The Test’ — promises to provide more insight into the strategies visitors will use to break a 19-year streak of failures. defeat in India. Test captain Pat Cummins recall the 2004 victory in India under Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Pontingsays that’s the benchmark his men aim for in February-March.
“They won in India, they won in England,” Cummins said in ‘The Test’, also referring to Australia’s five-term Test Ashes tour of the UK, following its mission in India.
“That Test Team (class of 2004), no matter where they (have) gone in the world, they can adapt. It’s the gold standard. It’s what you aspire to.” The documentary, which premiered on Prime Video this week, charts the Cummins team’s successes and failures from the time he was appointed captain to last summer’s Ashes campaign, for to their next trips to Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The program also provides detailed information about the players that make up the current team.
“In Australia, you keep the field with the new ball, try and make the most of it,” Cummins revealed.
“In the subcontinent it’s the opposite. The new ball has no effect, so you put the field out to prevent the ball from just hitting the club and then you hope it starts to reverse.
“Then you sense an opportunity, and that’s when you ‘voom’.” Besides Pakistan, the documentary also covers the Australian team’s Sri Lanka tour in 2016.
open veteran Usman Khawaja back to the day Australia got off to a strong start with the ball in the Opening Test at Pallekele before being fooled by the home team’s spinning players to a humiliating 0-3 defeat.
“I think we had the perfect game plan for the First Test and we should have won,” reflected Khawaja in ‘The Test’.
“The process and everything we’re doing is perfect.
“But then, when we lost the (first) game, we started doubting ourselves and had three different plans for three different matches.
“And I think we have to be really strong with our own beliefs to make the plan that we had the first time very likely the right plan.” High level fast bowler Josh Hazlewood feel unable to admit that different challenges requiring a change approach are the reason for past failures.
“Just didn’t adapt quickly enough to the conditions,” Hazlewood said of Australia’s frequent struggles on subcontinental turf.
“It’s kind of like ‘this is how I play, and this is how I’m going to play’, and it doesn’t work in Sri Lanka.” The male lead likes David Warner and Green Cameron also voiced their thoughts in ‘The Test’.
Steve Smith, who was captain before Langer was appointed after the tampering of the ball in South Africa in 2018, said: “He has left the team in a better position than when he started.” Multi-talented person Mitchell Swamp said, “Players taking ownership is one of the biggest strides we’ve made over the past six years.
“Will we be all right… time will tell.”
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