It might be surprising to know that Australia did not enforce the follow-on against India in the fourth and the last Test match at the Adelaide Oval. Australia had a healthy lead of 322 runs and yet they came out to bat on the third day of the Test. Australia have done it against other countries before too – not enforcing follow-on even when they had a healthy lead.
But what was the reason for doing it this time around? Was it because they wanted their bowlers to give rest on the hot days and knew that they were capable
But there could be another reason, which potentially looks more reasonable in this context and has a reference that goes back at the most up to the last week. It is the loss of the revenue Cricket Australia (CA) has suffered in this particular series against India.
It is not only the CA who is suffering losses. Even the sponsors of the Gavaskar Border Trophy are running into losses. None of the three Tests played until now in this series have seen the fifth day. Games have got over on the third day, at the most on the fourth day of the Test match.
Giving rest to the bowlers could be one part of the strategy and giving the sponsors more of an opportunity to advertise their products could be another. The ticket sales have also taken a beating due to the early results of the prior three Test matches. It was but obvious that India could not have lasted until the fifth day, had Australia not batted for more than one full session.