Having gotten the better of Australia at home three years back, India must have gone into the 2003/04 series Down Under with a fair degree of confidence. That said, Australia went into the series as favourites since India hadn’t won a single Test in Australia for over two decades, leave alone a series. All that was set to change though.
The 1999/2000 series in Australia was a disastrous tour for the Indians. Led by Sachin Tendulkar, they lost all the three Tests without putting up much of a fight. India’s inability to cope with conditions abroad came to the fore again.
During the second day of the Galle Test against Pakistan, Kumar Sangakkara remained unbeaten on 199 as Sri Lanka were bowled out. Sangakkara played an awesome knock, which took Lanka to 472 and put them in command in the Test.
Born on June 2nd today are the Australian greats Steve Waugh and Mark Waugh who delighted cricket fans mostly during the 1990s. Steve Waugh and Mark Waugh are twin brothers. Mark Waugh is the younger of the two born four minutes after Steve.
Although India failed to show the intensity with the bat and hence lost the first Test against Australia by 122 runs, the on-field rivalry with players from both sides rubbing each other the wrong was very much there.