Second Test 1990/91

Australia v India

St Peter’s College, Adelaide: 2nd – 5th February 1991

In a bid to bolster the bowling stocks for the second Test, Australia included new quick bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick. Shubhangi Kulkarni again won the toss and this time elected to bat. It was not a good advertisement for Test cricket. At the end of day one, India had painstakingly nudged their way to 7/122.

Early on the second day the Aussies took the final three wickets and the Indians were all out for 141 from 124.3 overs.

Captain Lyn Larsen promoted herself in the batting order, but it was purely an academic inclusion. The same top four from the previous Test, Belinda Haggett, Belinda Clark, Denise Annetts and Zoe Goss were unleashed and murdered the attack.

Clark was particularly busy, first out for 65 when Australia had just passed the century. Haggett top scored with 73 while Annetts was 53 not out when Larsen declared 4/237. It was a more aggressive declaration than in the first Test, but given the dead bats the Indians were playing, she knew she needed plenty of time.

We bowled well but it is hard to take wickets when no shots are being played. I hated the negativity and how our game was being perceived and reported. Hard to argue with those comments when that is what was dished up.”

Larsen had made the right decision. Despite a long and slow time in the field, the Indian players managed just 162 runs from 136.3 overs. It left Australia just 67 to win and the two Belindas scored the runs in a canter, Australia victors by 10 wickets.

India 141 (Gupta 25, Moffat 3-21, Broadbent 2-25, Wilson 2-32) and 162 (Argawal 33, Wilson 3-51, Moffat 2-18) lost to Australia 4/237 (Haggett 71, Clark 63, Annetts 53*, Goss 43) and 0/67 by 10 wickets