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India vs Australia 1st Test Preview: Rohit Sharma, Hanuma Vihari to fight for No. 6 spot as India look for first series win Down Under

India tour of Australia 2018
India tour of Australia 2018 India captain Virat Kohli with Australia skipper Tim Paine. (Supply: BCCI/Twitter)

India have simplest received 5 of 44 Checks in Australia and that abysmal file may just neatly glance extra first rate with the impending 4 fit sequence, beginning Thursday (December 6) in Adelaide. For India, this can be a quest to finish their tag of horrible travellers after dropping the sequence in opposition to South Africa (1-2) and England (1-Four) with Australia posing a chance for Virat Kohli and co. to win first Check sequence Down Beneath in 70 years.

A lot of the point of interest has been Kohli and the problem he poses for the Australian bowling coupled along with his aggression at the box. However, for lots of, a win within the sequence might be his legacy as a captain. Traditionally, in 70 years and unfold over 11 excursions, India have very best of 2 drawn sequence, below Sunil Gavaskar in 1980-81 and Sourav Ganguly in 2003-04 which is mirrored image of Indian aspects’ temperament reasonably than high quality.

Absence of Hardik Pandya has created the one level of competition within the Indian 12-man squad that was once introduced on Wednesday. With the allrounder lacking, India must take a decision on whether or not to play specialist batsman in Rohit Sharma or allrounder Hanuma Vihari.

Rohit remaining performed Check cricket in South Africa and a terrible sequence for him noticed simply 78 runs in 4 innings whilst batting at quantity 5. It supposed he was once now not picked for the sequence in opposition to England and at house to West Indies. Then again, he’s again within the combine at the again of limited-overs’ shape, and his talent to play horizontal bat pictures neatly. Vihari made a excellent case of himself in England via scoring a positive maiden half-century.

The underlying level being made via crew control and Kohli himself after the excursions of South Africa and England has been that the 2 scorelines aren’t essentially true reflections of the contests with India doing neatly in periods however now not sufficient to win particular Checks. Will that development proceed in Australia, continues to be observed.

Going via the file in South Africa and England, India have two problems to iron out and triumph over in Australia – a neatly rounded batting effort and a excellent begin to an inning.

With the exception of Kohli, who scored 286 runs in 3 Checks in opposition to South Africa, subsequent very best batsman was once Pandya with 119 of which 93 got here in a single inning. Cheteshwar Pujara controlled simplest 100 runs within the 3 Checks, whilst Murali Vijay (102 runs) and KL Rahul (30 runs in two Checks) additionally got here a cropper.

On the best of the order, opening problems continued for India in England. After simplest 26 runs in two Checks, Vijay was once despatched house. Rahul stepped forward to attain 299 runs in 5 Checks however 149 of the ones got here within the ultimate innings of the sequence on the Oval. His earlier 9 innings at the excursion had yielded simplest 150 runs and 37 was once his best ranking. Shikhar Dhawan, now not a part of the Check squad to stand Australia, scored 162 runs in 4 Checks. Prithvi Shaw was once touted to open the innings however picked up an ankle harm within the observe fit and is out for the primary two Checks. Around the 8 Checks, India used 4 opening pairings together with Parthiv Patel along Vijay. General, the hole pairs moderate 18.16 runs in 3 Checks in South Africa and 23.70 in sequence in England.

Pujara and Rahane lacked contact for the huge phase till scoring in a single or two innings to raised their combination tally. Pujara took it to 278 runs in 4 Checks in England and Rahane to 257 in 5 Checks.

Within the bowling division, India don’t have a wonder part with Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and R Ashwin making up four-pronged line-up. It’ll pass head-to-head with Australia’s equivalent foursome of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazelwood and Nathan Lyon.


India (12): Virat Kohli (capt), KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami.

Australia (taking part in 11): Tim Paine (capt & wk), Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood,

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