First morning, Adelaide

No swing. No movement. No Hilfenhaus and perfect batting conditions. Gayle and Barath committed suicide. Barath’s innings in Brisbane was most talked about last week but no one seems to have noted his tendency to play away from the body. Balls outside off stump are irresistible to Barath. He hardly got to the pitch of the ball, played away from the body and handed the ‘loud and obnoxious’ Bollinger an easy wicket.

Bollinger was trying to fill the big boots of Hilfenhaus but never looked as dangerous. Gayle couldn’t keep a short ball down and got out poorly. Gayle’s position in the test squad is to be scrutinized. People know how aggressive Sehwag is but look at his shot selection. The difference lies in the balance and shot selection. Gayle cannot keep gifting his wicket away this way and continue as test skipper. This is not the way forward for the West Indies.

 Sarwan’s cover drives, along with Mark Nicholas, Bill Lawry and Richie Benaud made my day.

Test century makers this week are Sehwag, Dilshan, Umer Akmal and Dwayne Bravo. Changing times.

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