India pacesetter Mohammad Siraj called the Sydney field a batting beauty, but said the twist it offers spinners has given his side a lot of hope for moving forward after Australia claimed the honor of day one in the third test. Australia was nicely placed at 166 for two by stumps on day one, while Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne looked good. This was after debutant-opener Will Pucovski hit 62 to give Australia a strong platform after a four-hour rainstorm.
“It’s a very flat wicket. Our plan was to build up pressure and not try too much as it’s a very easy wicket for the batsman. Even the bouncers don’t carry as well as in the previous games,” said Siraj , who made his debut in the previous game.
“But Test cricket is all about patience and we have to keep that in mind.”
The fast bowlers’ strange short balls did not disturb the home batsmen on opening day. Trusting in the correctness of the field, people like Smith and Labuschagne were not afraid to even step out against the spinners. But the turnaround late in the day has encouraged India for Friday.
“It’s because of the easy nature of the surface that their batsmen got out, but when they saw the ball spinning sharply late in the day, they went back to the crease,” noted Siraj.
Let’s see what happens tomorrow. The plan is to bowl in one tight channel and build up pressure. ‘
When the Indian National Anthem was played before the game, Siraj came to tears as he thought of his father, who died in November. The pacemaker had stayed in Australia to fulfill his dream of seeing him play for India.
When asked about Thursday’s emotional moment captured on camera, Siraj said: “I remembered my dad back then. I was really emotional. He wanted me to see Test cricket. I wish he could see me play for India. ”
Going back to the game and Siraj said the bowlers made a conscious effort to send a strange short bouncer to rookie Will Pucovski, who has suffered several concussions in his short career.
“Last game (the exhibition game) we were bowling and in this game we tried that while he played them and didn’t leave. So the plan was to surprise him with a strange bouncer without shifting the focus on line and length. . ”
Siraj also spoke a lot with fellow pacemaker Navdeep Saini, who makes his debut here and dismisses a well-tuned Pucovski.
“Saini and I have played a lot of games together for India A, so we have a good relationship. I just told him to do what we did in domestic cricket and India A.”
On how falling catches affect the bowler’s morale in the aftermath of Rishabh Pant chipping Pucvoski twice a day, Siraj added, “It’s part of the game and you get upset like a bowler when it happens. not much to it … It becomes important to move on and focus on the next step. “
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