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Monday, Nov 29, 2021
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Captain's Knock

It's Even, Stephen

The Indians made us pay for our lapses. A 1-1 result was the best we could hope for.

It's Even, Stephen
It's Even, Stephen
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The 1-1 scoreline that we came to Sydney with remained, and after a point, it was obvious that this was the best result we could hope for. We were pretty disappointed with the cricket we played in the final Test, and with the pitch holding up so well, a better bowling performance in the first innings could have seen us win the Test even though we had to bat fourth.

The bowling was struggling a bit with both Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie returning from injury. However, it must be added that the fielding was way below our normal standards, with catches going down at important points in the game. Brett started off well with the new ball in both innings, but a mix of indiscipline and bad luck saw him get wickets of no-balls. Catches were also dropped, and after that, his subsequent spells were a lot less sharp. The young fast bowler is coming back from injury and it was imperative that we backed him up with some good fielding, but unfortunately, we let him and the team down.

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