India vs Australia Test preview

October 7, 2008 at 10:03 am 2 comments

With the first test between Australia and India taking place on Friday, I took a look at the two teams ahead of their clashes with England. On home soil India stand a great chance against anyone, however, the Australians remain top of the test rankings and looking to extend their lead. It promises to be an interesting Test series.

The key to winning the series could lie with the spinners. India have in their squad the usual two of Anil Kumble and Harbijan Singh. The experienced pair have played a number of times together and have claimed over 800 wickets between them. In their own country the pair have been formidable and have caused problems for all test nations. However, this is Australia, arguably the best players of spin. The India spinners must be prepared to be patient and keep plugging away as there is likely to be stubborn resistance. Australia have a huge hole in the spin bowling department after the retirement of Shane Warne, Stuart MacGill, Brad Hogg and the injury to 36 year old Brian McGain. It has been left to uncapped finger spinner Jason Krejza and leg spinner Cameron White to battle it out for the important spin bowling position. Little is known about Jason Krejza, the finger spinner has played in limited overs games for Australia A and has taken 43 first class wickets at an average of 50.09. In the test warm up game he failed to take a single wicket with figures of 0-199 off 31 overs, after being smashed around the ground by Yuvraj. A economy rate of 6.4 just doesn’t belong in the test arena and so it may be too early for his debut. Cameron White has feature for Australia, previously, and so possess the experience to be successful in the test arena. The second spinners in the line up are expected to be part timers Michael Clarke and Simon Katich. None of them possess the ability to claim 3 or 4 wickets in a innings.

In the pace bowling department, Australia are no doubt stronger. Experienced bowler Brett Lee will lead the line of fairly inexperienced test bowlers, but quality bowlers. Brett Lee will provide the main threat having played 68 test matches and claiming 289 wickets at 29.58. He has also taken 45 wickets against India in only 8 matches. Along side him will be Stuart Clarke, Michael Johnson and possibly Shane Watson in the position of all-rounder. The pace bowling will no doubt be Australia’s main form of attack and will rely upon Brett Lee and Stuart Clarke to claim early Indian wickets. The Indian pace attack is weaker but still possess some quality. Leading the line would be Munaf Patel who has been compared to McGrath and Inshant Sharma who has enjoyed a excellent start to his test career. The final pace bowler position will be filled by an inexperienced bowler whoever they select. The Indians will be relying on their spinners to claim the majority of the Australian wickets or else they would struggle.

The Australian batting order has been weakened by Symonds omission form the team for missing an team meeting session. His position is likely to be filled by explosive batsmen Shane Watson. Watson possess similar batting characteristics as Symmonds but doesn’t have the same presence on the field or the expreinced of a competitive test match, however, his bowling will provide more threat than Symmonds. The top order possess experience and quality to pressure the Indian bowlers and if the likes of Ponting and Hayden get in, it’s going to take a lot to get them out. Lower down, in vice captain Michael Clarke and Hussey, Australia have two of the best low middle order batsmen that can steady an innings or continue the attack. The experienced Indian batting line up is strong but doesn’t seem to have quality and ability to score hundreds as the Aussies, the batting line up is ageing and the likes of Tendulkar and Ganguly have struggled in recent test matches. They have called up experienced batsmen Sehwag, Ganguly, Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman. Between them they have played 540 matches with only Ganguly and Laxman averaging below 50.

Verdict: It is going to be a close series but I am going for the Australians. Even with all the injuries and retirements they still look stronger than India in all departments apart from wicketkeeper and spinner. Spin could play a large part in the series, however, Australia look like they have enough in them to win the series. They would need to keep on top of the Indian spinners and hope that their pace bowlers can cause early inroads on the Indian attack. The Indain batting line up looks a bit shaky and the yregret the move not to call up Yuvraj, who scored 2 100s in the recent warm up game.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. shaaakspsyco  |  October 8, 2008 at 8:38 am

    I don’t expect the Australian cricket team to score 350 or more in an innings even once during this series.

  • 2. shaaakspsyco  |  October 13, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Look, the Aussies aren’t winning a game this time.
    I’ll add the link once I’m back and have some time.
    Cheers, dude.


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