Third Test between India and Australia from March 1 in Indore
Australia is hoping to return on the basis of two players
New Delhi. Army of injured players, batsmen battered, … the Australian team that came on the tour of India is struggling with all these questions. The Australian team led by Pat Cummins has lost the first 2 Tests of the Border-Gavaskar series. The third match is in Indore from March 1. There is a lot of pressure on Australia to come back. But, the injured players have increased the tension of the Kangaroo team. Who to choose and who not to. The Australian camp will be in this turmoil. Now Australia is dreaming of comeback through 2 players.
The interesting thing is that one of the players through whom Australia is hoping to make a comeback, has not played Test in India and the other has not seen both edge and pace in India. The name of one player is Cameron Green and the other is Mitchell Starc. Both could not play the first 2 Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against India due to injury. But, both these players are expected to be fully fit before the Indore Test. That is, Green and Stark are expected to return to Australia’s playing-XI in the Indore Test.
Green didn’t even play Test in India
23-year-old all-rounder Cameron Green has played 18 Tests so far. In this, he has taken 23 wickets along with scoring 806 runs. But, Green has not played a single Test in India. He can be included in the playing-XI in place of Matt Renshaw in the Indore Test.
This tour has not been very good for Renshaw. In such a situation, how will Australia’s boat cross the trust of Green, who is going to play Test in India for the first time? This will be a matter to be seen. Green played the last Test against South Africa in Melbourne in December. In that match, he scored a half-century with a broken finger. It will not be easy for him to play Test in India. The way the rest of Australia’s batsmen were tested by the Indian spin bowlers. Green will also have to be prepared for the same test.
Starc ready to return after recovering from injury
Left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc did not play the first 2 Tests against India due to injury. If Australia expresses confidence in its strength, then Mitchell Starc captain Pat Cummins can be seen bowling with the new ball in the Indore Test. However, if Green plays then it will be difficult for Cummins to play. Because in that case Australia can go with 3 spinners.
Anyway, Stark’s record in India is not very good. He has played 4 Tests in India so far and has taken 7 wickets at an average of 50. On the 2017 tour of India, Stark took a total of 5 wickets in 2 Tests. That is, the 2 players who Australia is dreaming of returning on their own, they also do not seem to live up to the standards of experience and performance of playing in India.
FIRST PUBLISHED : February 22, 2023, 08:43 IST