India has not played any international cricket for close to ten months now and so India’s tour of Australia 2020-21 is highly anticipated event.
There is a lot of recent history between India and Australia that makes this series compelling.
Australia prides it’s Test record at home and was made to look very ordinary by India. It was the first time that any Asian side had won a Test Series in Australia. India came away with a 2-1 scoreline and only rain in the final Test prevented that from being 3-1.
There was also a lot of chat on the field between the two teams as the Australia Press was livid at Virat Kohli’s aggression. Needless to say, Australia is baying for blood this time around.
India’s tour to Australia begins with three ODI’s followed by three T20’s and four Tests.
There has been some very interesting selection news from both camps and the contest proves to be very tight once again.
Led by Aaron Finch in both formats, Australia will be aware that India has had a bit of an upper hand against it in white ball cricket over the last few years. Australia has lost three out of the last four ODI series it has played against India including the most recent one in Australia.
We all know that Australia is going to be hard to beat at home. Apart from the usual suspects like David Warner, Steve Smith, and Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne is another player to watch out for.
We think Matthew Wade, Glenn Maxwell, and Alex Carey will start but the pressure is going to be on every single one of them with players like Marcus Stoinis, Cameron Green, and Moises Henriques in the squad.
The batting depth is tremendous and the availability of world-class all-rounders makes this a very strong squad. A full strength bowling attack also means that Australia can afford to rotate its players without losing any effectiveness whatsoever.
The depth in the bowling attack and the all-rounders pool is going to be crucial come the test matches.
Injuries and unclear communication about the availability of some of its biggest players does not bode well for India ahead of this tough tour to Australia.
Rohit Sharma played in the IPL Playoffs but is going to be missing the ODI’s and T20’s on this tour. As India’s and one of the world’s best batsmen, this is a huge blow to the Indian hopes. Rohit Sharma has an excellent record against the short ball and scores centuries for fun.
Lokesh Rahul will be the person that takes over in his absence but how well that works out remains to be seen.
India is going to have the same top-3 for the ODI’s and the T20’s with Rahul, Dhawan, and Kohli at three. Shreyas Iyer should keep his number four spot as well. Now that KL Rahul is the wicketkeeper of choice, India can experiment with number 5-6-7 as per the conditions.
Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Aggarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, and Sanju Samson could all play in these positions. We are not sure if Hardik Pandya is going to bowl in this series but that will make a big difference to the balance of the team as well.
Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, and Navdeep Saini are expected to be the three pacers with Yuzvendra Chahal as the first choice spinner.
For the test matches, Virat Kohli is going to leave after the first test putting India at a massive disadvantage. Rohit Sharma is expected to join the squad alongside Ishant Sharma but both players are still on the injured list.
India may be missing some big names but most of its squad is the same from the time they won in Australia. That belief of winning and experience is going to play a major role in their potential success this time.
ODI Series Winner - Australia (2-1)
T20 Series Winner - Australia (2-1)
Test Series Winner - Australia (4-0)
ODI’s - Shikhar Dhawan
T20's - Virat Kohli
Test Matches - Mayank Aggarwal
ODI’s - Steve Smith
T20's - David Warner
Test Matches - Steve Smith
ODI's - Mohammad Shami
T20's - Yuzvendra Chahal
Test Matches - Jasprit Bunrah
ODI's - Mitchell Starc
T20's - Adam Zampa
Test Matches - Pat Cummins