Odds Are Stacked Against The Australian Cricket Team
16:03, Feb 22, 2017
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Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon has insisted that his team are ready for the "big challenge" which they would face in the four-match Test series against India beginning Thursday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium. In Australia, you get good bounce most of the games; you are not going to get that here and have to look at getting five wickets in other ways; whether it's through reverse swing, or cutters on wickets that can spin and grip as well.
Harbhajan, who last played a Test in 2015, thinks that the touring Australian side will do well to draw at least one of the four matches, with a series whitewash by the home side the most likely outcome. Australia finally win under Ricky Ponting, in 2004-05 by a similar margin.
Prior to the start of the series, former player Michael Hussey had warned Australia not to sledge Kohli with David Warner also confirming his team's plan not to needle the in-form India batsman.
Australia started their only tour game before the first Test impressively, amassing a total of 7 (dec)-469. Coming in his 42nd Test, the West Indies were Kohli's first victims - putting them to the sword in a comprehensive innings-and-92-run win. "I have been watching a lot of footage of Ashwin, the way he goes about it, his different release points". It showed the team's character. We are not treating the series as too different from what we have done in the past. We'd like to keep it that way rather than look at the series.
Marsh has an incredible average of 91 against spin bowlers in Tests in Asia, well clear of Australia's second-best performer, captain Steve Smith who averages 38.2.
It should mean Jayant Yadav will come back into the side at the expense of either Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Ishant Sharma.
Any changes to the Indian combination will depend on the pitch's final appearance.
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The pitches slowly changed, though, ranging from typical Indian tracks to ones that began to turn on day two. The toss-up for the final place in the Indian eleven could be between Yadav and Karun Nair, who was dropped against Bangladesh despite scoring a triple hundred in his last test appearance at Chennai. "Hopefully put them in practice this week".
Under the aggressive leadership of Virat Kohli India grind out results with ruthless efficiency, they bat deep and have the top two bowlers in Test cricket in their ranks in the form of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. They have been functioning for a long time now as a well oiled machine and they should be able to steamroll Australia, notch up yet another series victory and continue their triumphant march.
In fact, it's on the spin-friendly pitches in the Caribbean and Sri Lanka where Starc has proven most effective, with 36 wickets in six Tests.
You could argue that he's only being pragmatic - India have been as dominant a force as they come over the previous year, they are rulers at home.
Opener Matt Renshaw laboured in that match, with scores of 11 and 10.
Mitchell Marsh is set to play the first Test, with the fast bowling all-rounder expected to be picked ahead of Glenn Maxwell.
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