India destroyer O'Keefe hailed as 'superhero'

PUNE, India Australia's final-wicket pairing lasted less than an over on the second morning of the opening test as the tourists were dismissed for 260 in their first innings against India on Friday.

Starc continued where he left off in the first innings, smashing 30 from 31 before holing out to Lokesh Rahul off Ravichandran Ashwin (4-119). There was no clarity over the whereabouts and activities of the Indian team. WICKET! Starc departs. he has again played a lovely cameo. He also lauded the changes that were made to the team, with the likes of Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb being added. I thought he was outstanding in this game.

Gillespie said the reason he thinks Marsh will deliver a good performance is because of his experience on these tracks. "I'm sure the guys will bounce back strongly but the batting was more disappointing than the bowling". And I think on these surfaces he could be quite fearless and take the attack to the Indian spinners.

Steve O'Keefe and Nathan Lyon did remarkably well in the first Test in Pune as the dry pitch played in favour of the visiting spinners.

Steve O'Keefe might not strike fear into the hearts of batsman like Mitchell Johnson did at his pomp, but not since Johnson scythed through England at Adelaide Oval in 2013 has an Australian bowler dismantled the opposition as quickly as O'Keefe did on the second day in Pune. But I'd envisage in Bangalore, they'd need the back-up seam option.

"That's the mindset with which they came into this Test match as well I think - the wickets just happened", Sriram said.

Gillespie was a key part of the last Australia squad to win a Test match in India in 2004.

Even as plenty of Indian and Australian cricketers wrote them off completely, the visitors came into the series with confidence accumulated from their exhaustive training at the Center of Excellence in Brisbane and the ICC Academy in Dubai.

Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh has admitted he has "been getting trolled on social media" ever since his side capitulated in last week's first Test against Australia.

Steve Smith was a proud captain at the press conference here on Saturday. He had said, "Their batsmen have hardly blocked six balls in-a-row and that's something that we have worked on...in our defence..." Turning strips have contributed to India's recent success by remaining unbeaten in 19 Tests, but this time the hosts fell in their own trap. If you are challenging the defence and if you're able to beat the bat on both sides, you have a real good chance to take wickets on this wicket. I didn't know whether to really speak to him or not.

Sunil Gavaskar suggested India's shambolic collapses highlighted an incentive system that was pushing players towards Twenty20 cricket instead of Tests.

  • Leroy Wright