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Showdowns to shape the India-Aust series

Showdowns to shape the India-Aust series

The image still burns.

Usman Khawaja reaches 50 in Australia's last Test in Australia. Without saying so in as many words, Kohli, on Wednesday (February 22), essayed complete confidence in his side regardless of how the Australians lined up in Pune. Steve Smith is aware of the plight of his team in Asia.

The off spinner will undoubtedly pose a huge threat to Australia, but Lyon hopes watching his rival closely can help him cause similar problems to the India batting line-up. Some propose that they should just do what they did in 2004: to confine spin to the periphery and instead send down 140km reverse-swingers outside off stump with men on the boundary; to impose themselves with the bat and "not let the bowlers settle"; and so on. Meanwhile, his rival Mitch Marsh had a fine match, scoring 75 with the bat and then bowling 13 overs, taking 1/45. "All the teams we played were good quality teams". Not only must they dismantle Indian batsmen who seem to put up Space Jam-like numbers, they will also bear the brunt of home consternation if they fail to do so. India are the No.1 side and they have been on a roll for a year and a half or so. "Where's our Ashwin and Jadeja?" we will inevitably ask. Jadeja bowling into the rough to the left-handers makes it so hard to play. Speaking to the Guardian, Krejza notes the major disparity between how spin is traditionally served up in both countries.

"One day before the test, this wicket looks incredibly dry". The Indians undercut the ball.

"You've still got to play well if you win a toss".

"Depending on the needs of the teams, our pitches are specifically designed for them with either English, Australian or Asian soil", the academy website explains. To earn the opportunity to bowl on an Indian spinning paradise, players must succeed with an overspinning craft that manifestly collapses in the Asian arena. Starc arguably looms as the most potent wicket-taking option in the squad, especially if he bowls as well as he did during a 3-0 loss in Sri Lanka past year. India have played some very good cricket of late, particularly at home. Yes, that can sound like "A quick five wickets and we're back in the match".

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Great players perform in the greatest stages, when their respective teams needed them the most.

"I've played with him in the IPL, I've faced him in my first two tours to Australia".

"Starc is a world-class bowler, we all know that". They have no pads on and they figure out a way to adjust. I get the impression, reading assessments from respected cricketing minds in Australia, that it is probably true.

"I haven't really seen a wicket like that before a Test match so I think it is going to take a lot of spin and potentially some up and down movement for the fast bowlers as well", Smith told Australian media in a separate media conference. Nevertheless, he recognises a number of emerging challenges for promising Australian spinners, specifically at grade, or premier, level.

Further Hazlewood also talked about the ball not getting good carry: "You expect that (nicks not carrying) to happen for most of the game from day one. I don't think this team has the belief to win in these conditions".


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