Tail-end Wicket’s Frustrating wait

Tail-end batsmen often known as 9,10 & Jack & can often provide a stubborn resistance. Generally the Stubborn type of Tail enders can require extremely hard yards to be dislodged which require absolutely solid shoes something as mentioned below.

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The Indian bowling attack outside of India has found extremely difficult to dislodging tail enders in recent years. Sometimes these valuable runs can often make a difference between winning & loosing. In a evenly fought contest, this is definitely a game-changer. Below is an example where they have struggled in the past with tail-enders.

https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket/story/india-vs-new-zealand-1st-test-bowling-tail-enders-most-balls-ishant-1649164-2020-02-23

Tactics used by Fielding Captain

The Bowling attack after doing massive effort by dislodging the top & middle order would sometimes mentally relax with tail enders at the crease. Teams apply short ball tactic, some of them look to entice the tail ender to have big-old slog. Some captains spread the field out to the Settled batsmen & attack the tail-ender. This can also prolong the stay at the crease for the team.

Current Bowling Attacks with Tail-end Batsmen

Below Visual will show the total number of runs which the no. 9,10 & 11 score on an average before the bowler gets his wicket. For India the below is away from home record & for Australia, these are home records.

Australian bowlers Wrapping the tail much quicker than Indians

It clearly Shows that the Aussie Bowlers spend much lesser runs before mopping up the tail, compared to the Indians to fetch the illusive tail ender wicket. On an Average Australian attack spends between 16 to 23 runs in total between tail-end batsmen.

The Indian Attack which played the 1st test in Adelaide spend between 25 to 40 runs for the last 3 batsmen which is where close contests can be turned quickly. even with spin record of Ashwin which is ever- improving from the previous trips mentioned below.

Conclusion

Unless Indian Attack which would be missing Shami going forward, doesn’t stop letting the tail-wag, they would continue to slip the advantage away. It would be interesting to see how they approach the tail enders in rest of the series. The tactics of Rahane the captain will now be tested.

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