Former Australian cricketer Tom Moody has reflected on Australia’s fruitful third day of the third Test against India. Australia ended the day on a high, leading by 197 runs after bowling India out for 225. Even though Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne stretched the lead after losing two wickets, the hosts had their bowling attack to thank for. Tom Moody heaped praises on his countrymen’s relentless display of bowling.
Australia’s bowlers continued their excellent work from day two and stretched the same to day three by bowling tight lines and constricted India’s scoring rates. Pat Cummins was the star of the home side’s bowling unit, picking up four wickets, including dismissing India’s ace batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. The hosts took an invaluable lead of 94 and raised it to 197.
Tom Moody highlighted that the key to bowling in Test cricket is by bowling in partnerships. The 55-year old agrees that there are ways to be proactive as a batting unit and score freely; however, he praised Australia’s bowlers for being relentless and hardly letting the Indian batsmen off the leash.
“It’s really important we do give it a balance because it’s really good lining up the batsmen saying getting stuck at the crease and not scoring freely. You can only score when things run-off. Yes, there’s a different way you can be proactive as batting unit, but you’re absolutely right. The key to bowling successfully in Test cricket is by bowling in partnerships,” Tom Moody told ESPN Cricinfo.
Tom Moody also praises a wicketless Nathan Lyon:
The South Australian remained awestruck with the way Australia bowled in partnerships as he felt every bowler complemented each other well. Nathan Lyon, who bowled 31 wicketless overs for 89 runs, also drew admirations from Moody for keeping the pressure up. He backed the veteran off-spinner to come good in the fourth innings as there would be a lot more assistance off the pitch.
“I think the way Australia managed to nick those partnerships as a bowling unit was very very impressive. Even though Nathan Lyon did not take a wicket, he bowled 31 overs of a lot of pressure bowling which was bowling to the other end. Lyon is the one who could be taking the wickets since there will be a little bit of turn and more in there for him in the second innings,” he added.