It’s been a frustrating year for sports fans everywhere, but the 2020/21 Australia vs India Test series promises to be a belter. The tourists are looking for their second consecutive series victory on Aussie soil, although superstar skipper Virat Kohli for the first of the four matches this summer. Who will come out on top this time?
A number of young guns have caught the eye in domestic cricket this summer, but none more so than Cameron Green. The 21-year-old allrounder has piled on runs for both Western Australia and Australia A, so it is no surprise to see him step into the Test squad with so many regulars out of commission. This guy could be anything.
We all know Virat Kohli is India’s top bat, but he will only be available for the first Test. Cheteshwar Pujara was the man who gave the Aussie bowlers so many headaches last time the Indians visited, and he looms as the lynchpin once again. As long as Pujara is at the crease, the tourists will never quite be out of it.
That Mitchell Starc was the odd man out when Australia retained the Ashes in 2019 speaks volumes of Australia’s bowling stocks, more than anything else. There has always been a feeling that Starc has never fulfilled his potential as a Test cricketer, but his career numbers suggest that is a harsh assessment. The NSW quick will be keen to remind everyone of his credentials with a big summer on home soil.
If this guy is out of touch or goes down injured, it is hard to see India staying competitive in this series. Jasprit Bumrah was sensational against a depleted Aussie side when he visited two years ago, but can he cause Steve Smith et al similar problems this time around? Bowlers who strive for consistent line and length tend to fare well in Australia, and that’s what Bumrah is all about.
In 2017, Australia backed up from a disappointing Test tour of Bangladesh to play five ODIs and three T20s in India. Despite some strong individual efforts from the Aussies, the hosts romped to a 4-1 win in the 50-over games. The Twenty20 series was halved, with the final match abandoned due to bad weather.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
Thursday, September 28, 2017
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur
Saturday, October 7, 2017
JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
Friday, October 13, 2017
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
Virat Kohli might be the king of Indian cricket, but it was Rohit who ruled on this occasion. The big-hitting Nagpur native blasted 296 runs at 59.20 in the ODI games, the highlight of which was a powerful 125 in the final leg of the series.
Both of Australia’s opening bats were excellent in the 50-over games, but it was Finch who edged the run count with 250 at 83.33 an innings. Most impressive of all, the Victorian played only three of the five games after returning from an injury layoff.
Kuldeep’s performance in this series showcased the impressive depth of India’s spin bowling options. The young leggy produced some genuine flight and turn to capture seven wickets in his four appearances.
With efforts like these, it is little wonder Coulter-Nile always comes into the selection equation when fit. The West Australian quick topped the charts with 10 wickets in the ODI games and another two in the T20 matches.
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