After the enthralling T20 International series, the focus now shifts to the four-match Test series against India and Australia. Both the teams will square off against each other in the first match on December 6.
The Indian team will be looking to make the most of Steve Smith and David Warner’s absence, former Australian captain Ian Chappell believes that the bowling unit of the Kangaroos, led by pacer Mitchell Starc, will be keen to show the visitors that they are really tough to beat in the home conditions.
However, he also made it clear that Australia’s depleted batting line-up will cause some problems for the home team.
Chappell said, “Australia should not be underestimated. They have a top-class attack, headed by three excellent bowlers in Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Patrick Cummins. As a result of three suspensions, Australia will field a depleted batting line-up, which means their bowlers will be more determined to limit the opposition’s scoring.”
Rohit Sharma’s amazing performance in the shorter formats of the game has been rewarded with a place in the Test squad for the upcoming series. The former great of the Aussie national team also backed Rohit to be drafted into the playing XI as that will give Virat Kohli the advantage of having one more superb batsman in the team who feels really comfortable in playing the short balls.
“The Indian top three should be aware that the Australian paceman will be seeking early scalps in order to get the redoubtable Virat Kohli in while the ball is still shiny. This leads to a selection conundrum. Do India bat the dogged Cheteshwar Pujara at three and hope he will wear the quickies down or do they gamble on Rohit Sharma who is technically well-equipped to tackle in the short-pitched stuff aggressively?
He added, “Kohli showed on the last tour of Australia that he is extremely good at dealing with short-pitched deliveries but it would be of great benefit to provide him with an ally in this confrontation.”
India lost the Test series 2-0 when they were in Australia the last time, though current Indian skipper made his presence felt with a plethora of runs. A lot will depend on him once again if the Indian team has to win the series.
The first match will be played at the Adelaide Oval.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar