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Greg Blewett On The Australian Collapse In Delhi: “At Some Stage You Have To Defend”

Triple M Cricket’s Greg Blewett has slammed the Australian cricket team’s lack of a defensive game plan in India following a brutal collapse in the second Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test in Delhi.

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“To me, the Australian cricket team, the way that they played, they were just a one trick pony,” Blewey said on the Rush Hour with Bernie, Blewey and Jars.

“They went over to India thinking that they were gonna hit their way out of trouble, and it looked to me like complete panic stations yesterday.

“They weren’t trusting their defence, and at some stages, I don’t care whether you’re Virat Kohli, whether you’re Don Bradman, whether you’re Vivian Richards… you, in some stage at Test cricket, have to defend.

“That is the nuts and bolts of your game. You have to defend.”

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Blewett also explained the issues the Aussies had with playing the sweep shot.

“The sweep shot is a very, very good shot to have in your repertoire, particularly in India,” he said.

“But you’ve got to pick and choose your surfaces… if there’s a surface that’s a little but up and down — and in this case it was down, the variation was probably shooting a little bit lower than what they thought — then the rule in cricket, as a proper batter, is that you put your horizontal [bat] shots away.

“I used to love pulling the ball, Bern, but you had to rely on true bounce.

“If the ball wasn’t doing what you wanted to do, then you had to play straight, and that’s what they had to yesterday in defence.”

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