About the Match
Dealing with grief, team Australia looks to bounce back into the cricketing arena as they take on India in the first of the 4-match test series that’s scheduled to start on 9th Dec at Adelaide. With hordes of emotional baggage, the Aussies look ahead to start a new innings as the players overcome their fears and weaknesses to get to the grind. The men in blue are a rejuvenated lot but will have to come up with a strong strategy while going up against the famed pace attack of the hosts. Australia on the other hand, will be cautious and try to restrain from the use of bouncers; it needs to be seen how their bowling performance shapes up on the field.
Michael Clarke will lead the side after recovering from injury and try to motivate his mates after last week’s tragedy that gripped Australian cricket like never before; while Phil Hughes’ absence will time and again come to haunt most of his mates in the squad, Clarke has an added responsibility of driving the players to succeed at this crucial junction. Likewise Shane Watson too makes a comeback after sitting out for the series against Pakistan; his experience and skills will be an asset in the top-order strength. David Warner, Chris Rogers, Steven Smith, Mitchell Marsh and Brad Haddin are in good nick with the bat and this batting line-up will surely test the skills of the Indian bowling contingent on home soil. Mitchell Johnson will lead the pace attack while Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris and Nathan Lyon bring variety into the attack. With Australia placed 2nd in the test rankings, they surely have done much better compared to the Indians in recent past; they need to stay focused on the game and display that they are ready to give a tough fight to the opposition starting Tuesday.
With Dhoni ruled out of the squad, Virat Kohli, who has been performing well of late and has a good track record in Australia, will captain the side that has players like Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane in the batting line-up. Pujara has proved himself a great asset in this format of the game and given a chance, he surely looks up to it to go up against the Aussie bowlers with determination. Wriddhiman Saha will take on the wicket-keeping responsibility along with showcasing his skills as a good batsman; with the world cup around the corner, this series will definitely test the capabilities of the younger lot. On the bowling front, the team has Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron and Mohammad Shami, who can be brutal against any opposition provided they find the rhythm and befitting conditions on the ground. Overall, the team is a young side and eager to do well overseas, something that is very much required at this juncture.
It’s a new start for the Aussie players and while the team will start out slowly in their path to recovery, they look quite strong and capable to bounce back at the earliest. While India is a young side, their recent record overseas doesn’t go in their favour; however, we feel that with the vibrant energy exuding in the team, the visitors are slightly better placed to emerge victorious in the opening match.
India, 6.50 @ Bet365