Best 4th Innings(batting) temparament amongst current test team
March 24, 2013 10:04am CST
Coming straight to the point...which amongst the current test team has the best 4th innings temparament to WIN a match BATTING, if they are in a position to win and have time in their hand, and to DRAW a match BATTING, if its almost impossible to win( less overs, more runs to score in given time, etc.)...Most of the teams would crumble under pressure Looking at the current series going on and a few series ago...South Africa did manage to save the test match against Australia, India did bat it out on 3 occassions to win 3 tests in the current series.. I think SA has got the edge in batting well in 4th innings...no other comes close to them and hence are the current number1 in test matches.
24 Mar 13
Surely SA are ahead of other teams as they have talented and exprienced players who can perform in any conditions,England too have such players.Actually when young players learn fast and their temperament is developed well ,then team automatically excels.For example India got some new players after World Cup 1996 debacle and later those young players turned out to great players who no only won matches for the team but escorted the team out of trouble too.Due to these players like Ganguly,Dravid,VVS,Zak and some other match winners like Sachin and Kumble,India not only won at home but won in Eng,WI,NZ,Pak too.Currently SA and England both have some experienced players with good temperament and skills hence according to me they are most likely to do well under pressure in 4th innings.India have a young team still they did chase out successfully on broken pitches is a good sign, however big test will be when they tour next year .
25 Mar 13
Only champion sides so well in the final innings of a test. India has shown it at home, particularly in the ODIs. They have chased scores in excess of 300 quite a few times. In the tests they have done well in the 4th innings on a few occasions, in the recent past. In the past we chased a target of 400+ successfully in 1976. Then Sunil gavaskar almost single handedly pulled of a 400+ chase against England. As of now India is not far behind SA, unbelievable as it may sound. The transition is happening well as Sandeep Patil and Co. have bravely gone ahead and made some changes. Sachin may well have played his last test in India and looks unlikely to make it to the squad that will tour SA. With his exit the transition phase will get over. One thing that remains to be done is to choose a new test captain so that Dhoni can focus on ODI world cup 2015 and T-20 sucess. The likely candidates are Ashwin, Pujara and Kohli. Kohli may seem to be having an edge but the other two have performed well in tests. Pujara has shown the maturity and adaptability for the leadership post.
26 Mar 13
Yes, I perfectly do agree with you. It requires a lot of talent and courage to withstand the fourth innings especially if you are in a position between defeat and draw. For example India recently won all the four test matches batting in the fourth innings. But for all those test matches India required only a few runs which any team can score if they batted sensibly and patiently. But for South Africa they saved the test match from the edge of defeat against Australia. Definitely South Africa deserves to be no:1.
25 Mar 13
While I have not been observing cricket much over last few years, from what I have read, South Africa looks the best in terms of batting out in the fourth innings. And perhaps, the English team has also improved on this count. Australia also was good in this respect till a few years back, yet I am not much aware of the current situation, since they have not been winning that much, except for a few wins some time back, courtesy Michael Clarke.