|Australian's weakness against spin was exposed at Chennai|
Australian Player Performance Analysis - read as name: TWP performance score (1st innings; 2nd innings) (DND = did not bat, * = not out, pass = 4/10)
Ed Cowan: 4/10 - (29 runs; 32 runs)
Ed Cowan is still looking to cement the opening role in the Australian team and he was one of the few Aussie batsmen who looked at relative ease when at the middle. He got starts in both innings and the fact that he threw them away must hurt him and it certainly hurt his team. He sure would be looking to make amends in the next test.
Shane Watson: 3/10 - (28 runs; 17 runs)
Shane Watson the all-rounder did not turn up in India. Instead Watson the batsman turned up due to injury and a recovery fitness program that keeps him away from bowling and Australia certainly missed his bowling and the change up variety he brings with his medium pace. Watson the batsman was aggressive and looked dangerous in the first innings but like so many others in his team he threw away a good start. In the second innings where he was promoted to open, he again got going with a flurry of boundaries before he fell. His footwork against spin is simply not there and he sure has work to do if he is to contribute to the Australian cause purely as a batsman.
David Warner: 5/10 - (59 runs; 23)
Warner in the first innings looked like he would take the game away from the Indians and played some breath-taking shots. Again with Warner as with the story of the Australian batting was his performance against spin bowling and his confidence simply wasn't there. His feet was stuck to the crease and looked all at sea.
Hughes had a forgettable match and though in the second innings he must count to be unlucky to be dismissed by a ball that behaved radically off the pitch, there's still not many excuses that can be made for just 6 runs from 2 innings.
Matthew Wade didn't have the best of times either in front of the stumps or behind it. It takes a wicket-keeper a couple matches to get used to the low bounce of the Indian tracks and he'll eventually adapt to that as a keeper. But what about the utter lack of application against the spinners? Will he able to adapt his batting to that?
|Henriques on debut saved Aussies the humiliation of an innings defeat|
Henriques debut would have been everything he would have dreamed it to be. Well almost everything considering Australia didn't win. He was a revelation and on debut managed to pick up his first test wicket, and score fifties in both innings and helped Australia salvage some pride by taking the game to the last day and making India bat again. Watching him battle the Indian spinners in a mix of caution and aggression was an absolute treat and if this performance is anything to go by, Australia might have just uncovered a gem here.
Siddle like Starc was very much uninspired and their figures might resemble if not for the lone wicket that he managed to capture. The Australian bowling failed to make any impact and Siddle along with Starc provided Pattinson no support whatsoever and they have much to think and questions to ponder over the composition and their approach.