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Thankfully, fourth Test wasn't a decider

Despite the two-day gripping drama, Mumbai Test was like watching 22 low-grade clubbies going round a local park, writes Ian Healy.
PTI | By Ian Healy (PTI)
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2004 05:10 PM IST

Australians of all types loved it, I even had text messages from people renewing their faith in Test cricket because for two days they could not leave their seats or cars wherever they were witnessing the gripping spectacle which was the fourth Test.

However, if I wanted to see a two-day hit and giggle, I would rather watch 22 low grade clubbies go round the local park. I simply can't come to grips with the fact that one of the world's best stadiums resembled that very park which could not even be trusted by the amateurs.

Players who have participated at this level know that this was a stuff up of the highest order and thankfully the fourth Test wasn't a decider.

India fought back well not only from the series loss but also a tough first innings batting and finally threw the shackles away to play reasonably naturally. Laxman at three and Tendulkar, took control of the high class Aussies for just long enough in the second innings.

If ever the Indian team are to be world class they must learn to play like this when a win is crucial especially against the champs. They can start again now against the South Africans in a bid to become better cricketers.

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