Can Kangaroo’s trouble India?
Former Skipper Sourav Ganguly felt India could win the series 4-0. Harbhajan Singh said that he won’t be surprised if India wins the series 3-0. In general Aussies are always offensive before the tour. But they are defensive on this tour. They themselves are considering as Underdogs. First of the four test series between India and Australia will commence from tomorrow at Pune. This test is Historic as the venue is making test debut.
Aussies last won a test in India in 2001. Since then Aussies haven’t tasted a victory in India. How can they anticipate a series win this scenario? Aussies were Juggernaut in International cricket back then. Then team consisted of legends like Glen McGrath, Shane Warne, Pointing, Adam Gilchrist. Australia last visited India to play a test was in 2013. They lost all the four tests they played. Recently Aussies were defeated against Srilanka, which were attenuated in strength after many of their senior players retired. They ended up winless on that tour also. Even legends from Australia felt this series will be an Herculean task for them.
Five Spinners included
Never like before, Australia have picked five spinners in their squad. Especially they have included four specialists. Nathon Lyon is the only one experienced in the four. Steve O Keefe and Ashton Agar have minimal experience only. Mitch Swepson is set make debut. Glenn Maxwell is the part time Spinner. Swepson is the recent find for them in the Big bash. Lyon was partly successful when Aussies last toured India in 2013. Starc and Hazlewood are the front line bowlers for them. Jackson Bird and Mitch Marsh are the other two in the pace department.
They are highly relied on David Warner and Steve Smith. Both have very good record against India and also experience playing in India. Khawaja who evolved as integral part of Australia side, Maxwell, Shaun Marsh are also key players in the side