Watch: The Eye-Popping Distance Aussie Bowlers Covered In Melbourne As Indian Batsmen Made Them Toil Hard
Australia bowlers had to toil hard on the first two days of the ongoing third Test against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. With the pitch not offering much to the bowlers, Mitchell Starc & Co. were sent on a leather-hunt by the Indian batsmen. On the first day of the game, the hosts had managed to take just a couple of wickets with both being taken by Pat Cummins. The only thing that went Australia’s was was that India could not score at a good rate. On day one, the visitors could managed just 215 runs.
Australia’s struggles with the ball continued on day two too as overnight batsmen Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara did not let them get any wicket in the first session. In that very session, Pujara reached his ton in that very first session while Kohli reached his fifty. Australia finally managed to take a wicket when Virat Kohli hit a short delivery from Mitchell Starc straight to the fielder at third man. But there was still no respite for the hosts as Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten fifty to help India post a massive 443 for 7.
There was some respite for the hosts in the second innings as Pat Cummins ran riot with the new ball. Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal added only 28 runs before the former was sent back by Cummins. And even before India could add one more run to the 28-run opening stand, they lost Cheteshwar Pujara and most importantly Virat Kohli. Both the batsmen fell for duck with Cummins accounting for both of them. Four runs later, Cummins dismissed Ajinkya Rahane to reduce India to 32 for 4. India eventually ended the day on 51 for 5.
And now data collected by Australia’s strength and conditioning coach Aaron Kellett, and released by broadcasters 7 Cricket has showed how hard the Australian bowlers worked.
The information captured by GPS tracking devices that players carry in their shirts shows that Cummins (38.3km), Mitchell Starc (31.2km) and Nathan Lyon (36.8km) all completed nearly the distance which a runner covers in a standard marathon. Even all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who sent down a Test-career high 26 overs in Australia’s bowling stint, covered 36.6km.
Here is the clip from 7 Cricket:
Some 👀 popping numbers on distance covered by the Australian bowlers 😮
— #7Cricket (@7Cricket) December 28, 2018
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