- Updates from the Aus vs Ind series decider at the Gabba
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14th over: Australia 53-0 (Harris 18, Warner 30) Natarajan had a bad habit in the first innings of overstepping the front line with the first ball of an over. He does it again here, and sprays it, and Harris helps it to fine leg for four. The next ball is even further down leg and this time Harris can’t get a touch on it but neither can Pant. Four byes. Finally the bowler gets to the other side of the stumps, but it’s too wide and it’s short and Harris can lay into a cut shot for four more! The fifty partnership comes up in no time, and another single means 14 from the over.
11th over: Australia 39-0 (Harris 9, Warner 30) It looks like Warner is moving well now to Siraj. On his toes and playing the ball down into the gully, which is one of the variations of Warner’s pet shot. No run that time but he was confidently into position. Siraj completes a maiden.
Matt Harris emails in. “What’s your sense of what winning/retaining the Border-Gavaskar trophy means to the teams, compared with winning the series? For example, I’m sure Australia or England would be happy to play for a draw to retain the Ashes at the expense of a possible series win. A drawn series in which one retains the Ashes is a success. But I assume the relative importance of holding the trophy vs winning the series is variable depending on the esteem in which the trophy is held. Would the teams be thinking about custody of the B-G trophy, or just the outcome of the series?”