Australia vs India Women, Slow Race Rate, Lisa Sthalekar, Meg Lanning, Video
Lisa Sthalekar lamented India’s reluctance to pass their historic test against Australia, with the visitors fighting until day three of their four-day game on the Gold Coast.
After being sent, India beat and beat and beat in three days where the best of an entire day was lost due to heavy rains on Thursday and Friday night.
It wasn’t until the second session on the penultimate day that the tourists ended up declaring their innings, where they decided that at 8-377 they had scored enough and taken enough time out of the game.
India scored their points at 2.60 from 145 overs.
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But on the back of Smriti Mandhana’s impressive 127 out of 216 (hit rate of 58.8), India refused to continue the test with urgency or with the intention of pushing for a result without anyone to another in the top seven scoring over 50 points per 100 balls.
The first drop Punam Raut only managed 36 of 165, hitting 21.82.
Scoring rates over the three days also saw the execution rate drop, with India scoring 2.99 out of 44.1 overs on day one, 2.50 out of 57.4 overs and 1.87 out of 37 overs. opening of the third day.
Halfway through the opening session on day three, wicket goaltender hitter Allysa Healy said, “It looks like a wonderful batting wicket. I can’t wait for them to let us try.
When asked on the pitch while wearing the gloves if she was surprised at India’s lack of intent, the experienced World Cup-winning opener showed some frustration.
“It doesn’t sound like any time,” Healy said.
“We actually bowled well enough to be fair, but they don’t seem to have any intention.
“Deepti (Sharma) played two sweeping shots and that’s about all we saw today. Interesting moments.
Sthalekar – a former Australian captain and one of the game’s most respected voices – called on both teams to be courageous in trying to produce a result.
“The easiest thing for both teams to do is say, ‘you know what, we’ve lost a day, let’s draw it, two points and we’ll go into the T20s,” “Sthalekar said on Fox Cricket. .
“But if these teams are brave and if they really want to see more tryout cricket, both teams, both captains, both coaching teams, take ownership to try and see if they can move the game forward. .
“It would be a brave move on the part of both captains, but damn it, all of us sitting and watching want it.”
While the short forms of cricket – T20 and ODI – are played fairly regularly in the women’s game, testing is very rare.
Meg Lanning – one of the greatest moderns – is only playing her fifth test of her nearly ten-year career at the top.
This has led some to be lenient with slow scoring rates, with very little long-lasting domestic cricket played as well.
The multi-format series, which sees the ultimate winner determined from the results of ODI, Test and T20, has also led some to believe that the Test does not make a team fight for outright victory, especially India who is the underdog and could imagine their chances of holding the draw and winning the T20 matches.
Still, Sthalekar said it was important for both teams to play a positive brand of cricket if they were to hope to encourage broadcasters and the general public to support the test version of the game.
“You think when India is going to declare,” Sthalekar said.
“They don’t have to, to be honest they don’t, they can pull off a draw and if they actually do draw the show in Australia I’m sure this band would go, you know what, that ‘ is actually a win over a really good Australian attack.
“I know there will be people going there, why are you looking for results is because we actually want to see entertaining cricket, we want to see these women start playing the cricket test a bit more. .
“But before the dinner break Aussie pair Allysa Healy and Beth Mooney wouldn’t expect to beat unless they pick up the wickets of course.”
Veteran commentator Andrew Maher added: “I would hate to think that there were fans of the Indian cricket team who thought we were being tough on them for the way they go about it.
“The reason, I speak for myself, having seen the tour so far, they are capable, they are more than capable of bringing this game to the Australians.
“Now they could support each other to enter the T20 series two points behind, three games ahead, they could support each other to win those three to win the series, they could support each other to win two and have a win, come home, streak tied, big tick, huge ticket and let’s be honest it would.
“But if they can win this test match, what does it do for women’s cricket in India and, more specifically, what does it do for international women’s cricket.”
“Well, that’s it,” Sthalekar said.
Australia’s hopes to exert pressure and end the Indian innings were not helped by their poor capture.
The home side lost at least six catches, Lanning dropping a few tough slips while Ash Gardner reversed a single catch and throw.