Three days ago, everyone was considering two possible outcomes of the Perth Test: an Australian victory (picture our batsmen jumping around like they've hot coals under their feet and constant pin pricks in their butts) and a draw (picture our batsmen ekeing out a draw helped by bad weather, poor umpiring and some other generous helpings of good fortune). However, at the end of day three, the third, improbable option looms large before us all - that of India winning in Perth with a day to spare.
Mind you, not that the Ozzies have been farting around. Far from it, they came back to close our first innings in a hurry after we kicked butt with Sachin and Rahul, showing why we need the 'oldies' in the team yet. Our young swing bowlers skittled out the Aussies, reminding us of what happened in the first test in South Africa last year, but yet again they came back with some super-aggressive batting from Monkey and Gilchrist.Yet, the best quality about the Indian team on this tour has been that for every counterattack, they have had a response. For every strong Aussie fightback, there's an Indian pain-in-the-parts. I'm sure RP Singh would have been called that and much worse during his fighting Test best, but it's innings like that really make watching Test Cricket a pleasure.
Who said Test Cricket is dead? It's alive and well, and matches like this one not only lower national productivity considerably, but also confirm Test Cricket's place as a still powerful form of the game.
My prediction for tomorrow: Australia 326 all out. Anyone else?