Neither Buck-nor LuckI wake up early in the morning and switch to the cricket (parents wake up even earlier!). It's a surprise: not the 2 wickets in the left column (Aussie-style), but the fact that here is Mr. Bucknor at one end. Though it is Mark Benson who first gets a couple wrong, by the end of the day it's India's most favourite (!) wicket-taker from the land of nod who has left his mark. Give Benson the benefit of the doubt - it's just the company he's keeping right now.
It's naive to blame an entire day's outcome on one man, but the Indians and Steve Bucknor just don't get along, especially in Tests in Australia. In 2004, some of his decisions in Sydney may have cost India the Test and the series. Everyone knows you need some luck to win against Australia, but enter Mr. Bucknor and luck takes a vacation. The Indians could justifiably take a day off, ruing the loss of Zaheer and later the missed chances.But back they've got to be the next day: it ain't over yet.
Putting on Nielsen's hat, he must be worried at the sudden fragility of his middle-order. This is the worst shot I have seen Michael Clarke not offer. R.P.Singh got the best of all the left-handers he bowled to, but Hogg, once again, showed the way. I like this George Bradley - like many late Aussie bloomers before him, especially fellow-Hs Hussey and Hodge, he's doin' it when he's been given a chance.