Ever since Australia won the Melbourne test it's been blithely - and stupidly in my opinion - predicted they would carry the momentum through to victory in Sydney and thus reclaim the Sunny AB Trophy.
Today, with India at first day stumps 3/284, Trevor Marshallsea keeps up the nonsense:
The result, thankfully for cricket-lovers, was yet another compelling, tight day's drama, which has set this most enthralling series up for a gripping conclusion over the next four days.
First off, yesterday's play was boring.
Second, it ignores something I said after the Adelaide test - we won't bowl India out four times to win both tests and reclaim the trophy.
Straya did it twice in Melbourne courtesy of some Indian lower order incompetance. Don't expect them to do it again.
UPDATE: Not expecting India to be quickly rolled, I've just been watching Triple H and the Heartbreak Kid in a fantastic WWE title stoush and I've just turned on the cricket with India well out of sight on 3/446.
Tubbsworth Taylor is already postulating on a declaration. Fortunately Mark Nicholas is there to set Tubby right by suggesting India - if Straya don't get them out - are likely to bat on forever and thus completely put the Aussies out of the game.
Why? Because India do not have to win in Sydney. All they need do is draw and they will keep the trophy. This will result in them be feted as national heroes on return to India. I suspect that if India were one test down they would still do the same.
Ganguly - a hard headed captain - will make India bat on as long as possible in the knowledge that their weakened bowling attack is unlikely to bowl Straya out twice.
Unless Rahul Dravid's statement comes into play:
"We play to Australia's arrogance."
It happened in Adelaide. It also happened twice in India in 2001 and it happened against New Zealand in 2001/2002. Significantly India's coach is a Kiwi.
The bowlers wait for the Aussie batsmen to get themselves out. Hayden and Gilchrist have extra fielders on the square leg boundary, Martin has an extra gully. The batsmen then keep hitting it down the throats of the ready set fieldsmen.
This test will likely be drawn, the only other result is an Indian win. That's possible if Australia chase fast runs.
PS: I'm not convinced McGrath and Warne would have made a significant difference. Warne has never presented India with a problem and New Zealand showed the best way to play McGrath is to discipline yourself to leave alone balls in the "corridor of uncertainty" and make him bowl more at the stumps and then pick him off through leg.
It's seemed to me for a while now that other teams are starting to work Australia out. Australia are still the best side when they knuckle down to the task, but this series - and New Zealand in 2001 - is a sign they need to become less cavalier and more pragmatic when the occasion warrants. Batting like clowns in Adelaide has put them behind the eight ball in a shortened series.
I've always said Steve Waugh doesn't know when to change gear, I wonder how Ricky Ponting will address this "problem" in Aussie cricket.