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Glenn McGrath criticized Australian batsmen for defensive batting

December 21, 2020

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Glenn McGrath has released a scathing criticism of the Australian batsmen. He slammed them for their defensive batting on Day 2 of India vs Australia 1st Test. The hosts scored at a run rate of fewer than two runs per over for the majority of the innings. Australia took 28 balls to score their first run of the match.

In the final session, the score was 92/5 after 48 overs. McGrath could not hold back and criticized the Australian batsmen for the pace with which they were scoring runs. While discussing their performance during the tea break, McGrath stated that their defensive approach is one of the main problems today.

Glenn McGrath slams batsmen for letting Indian bowlers dominate

The Indian side bundled out quickly at the start of Day 2. Despite that, the Indian bowlers had a remarkable comeback, and they consistently troubled the Australian batsmen. All Indian bowlers had their respective moments. Many believed that the score would have been less if the Indian fielders had held onto their catches.

Bumrah and Shami were generous with their line and length. Their bowling made sure that the hosts never truly got going. The Australians were 41 with the loss of 2 wickets after 25 overs. This has been the lowest Australia since the India vs Australia Test at Nagpur in 2004. The scoreboard after the end of 40 overs read 79-4. The team has not notched up a lower score at this stage in the last 20 years.

Cricket analysts slammed the Australian Team for scoring low

Like other cricket analysts, McGrath was also miffed with the Australian team for scoring so slowly. Considering the claims by McGrath and others regarding the scoring rate, it is also important to applaud the tremendous effort put up by the bowlers from both sides. 

The leading batsman of Australia could not get anything substantial for their side. One of the finest Test batsmen, Steve Smith also had to go back after scoring just one run as Ashwin brought his A-game on the table. The hosts played 72 overs on Friday at a run rate of 2.6.

The bowlers from both teams have performed way better than the batsmen in the first two days. All the bowlers must be given credit for their outstanding performances as they have helped keep the batsmen at bay. Fifteen wickets fell on Day 2, and the visitors finished the day on 9/1 in the 2nd innings with a lead of 62 runs.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth