As a painting rises from the brushstrokes, so did Laxman's innings from his elegant batsman-ship that day. Neville Cardus once said that "a true batsman should in most of his strokes tell the truth about himself". This given day, the Australians found a lot about Laxman.
The consistency of performances, the pressure of being an international cricketer and the expectations associated with it and even poor discipline to name a few. But mark my words, these young cricketers will be the next superstars of the game.
My first time as a supporting commentator at the NSW Kingsgrove Sports T20 game on the weekend and I have learnt a great deal. Yes, it was only a grade cricket match. And yes, there were only a handful of cricket lovers in attendance. But to do commentary for the radio, you need to be flamboyant, knowledgeable, have interesting cricketing stories and topics to fill up the dead air and most importantly have the correct score. I discovered that the hard way.
There has never been a period in Australian cricket history such as the one they are faced with today. The substandard results on the pitch by the men's cricket team and the absolute shambles off it have made Australian cricket a laughing stock.