Glenn Mitchell writes that owing to the riches they possess in their Test side and previous results, India will easily whitewash the touring Aussies come February. Since there is an air of inevitability, he suggests that the Aussies should look at the tour as an opportunity to build for the future.
"Australia is going to get hammered in India. On their last tour, in 2013, the Aussies suffered a historic whitewash, losing 4-0. There is every likelihood that the upcoming four-Test series, which starts late next month, will end with a similar scoreline. Australia’s ill-fated 2013 tour marked the start of a 19-match unbroken streak, where India has not lost a Test at home, and registered only three draws. Currently, India has an embarrassment of riches at Test level."
"When Australia lobs on their shores they will be brimming with confidence – and rightly so. For that reason Australia needs to be realistic about their chances and not necessarily look at this series but the years beyond. Following Australia’s most recent subcontinental debacle – the 3-0 loss in Sri Lanka in August – Pat Howard spoke about a change in thought process at the selection table."
"Ever since Shaun Marsh was recalled to the side for the third Test against Sri Lanka – when both Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns were dropped, and peeled off 130 and 23 – it was felt that he was definitely one of those ‘horses for courses’ players who would be first picked for the Indian tour. He launched his Test career in Sri Lanka in 2011 with scores of 141 and 81 in his first two matches. However, having been injured during the opening Test of the summer against South Africa at Perth, he has not reappeared in first-class ranks. He returned to the BBL with the Scorchers on December 27, but with little success, making scores of 8, 7, 4 and 32. Yet he is still seen by many as a strong chance to usurp Matt Renshaw at the top of the order."
Read the rest here.
Jason Holder or Bhuvneshwar Kumar? Who will take more wickets?
Since start of 2014, Holder has taken 59 wickets at an avg of 34 while Kumar has taken just 38 wickets at an avg of 43. Kumar picked 3 wickets last time he played vs WI at this ground.