SRT - observations
One - In his first 16 or so years in international cricket, he has faced a lot of fast bowlers but has always managed to play them well ... and he has never gotten hit. In the past year or two, he has gotten hit on the helmet by Shoaib Akhtar, Glenn McGrath, Nathan Bracken and Andre Nel.
Two - SRT seems to have added a stroke to his repertoire. He always played delicious cover drives on the up but that shot is showing up lesser and lesser nowadays. But in the last two tests, he has played a new shot two times - a cover drive down on one knee .... with an exaggerated follow through. Looks nice but nothing to beat the "on the up" drives he used to do at his peak.
Three - Again, SRT doubles up as he gets rapped on the pads in the second innings of the second test ... like he does nowadays so often to show the ball kept low (while the other batsmen don't find this amazing low bounce ... only SRT does). You must have seen it countless times in the past couple of years as his wickets will go tumbling behind him. This time however, hawkeye shows that the ball might have just rapped him a bit too high ... it might have missed the top of the stumps and so the umpire might not have been too accurate in handing out that decision. While that means SRT was done in by a wrong decision, it also means that the doubling up indicating the ball keeping low is indicative of getting beaten and trying to do something to cover it up.