India-Australia third Test will be played in Indore from March 1
Australia did not express confidence in its strength in the current series
Australia won the test series 19 years ago on the strength of fast bowlers
New Delhi. The Australian team led by Pat Cummins came on the tour of India as the No. 1 Test team. But, his kingdom came to an end within 5 days. Australia lost the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy played in Nagpur in two and a half days. After this, the kangaroo team in Delhi got destroyed within a day. That is, within 5 days his number-1 status went away. After winning the Delhi Test, India became number-1 in Tests as well.
Now Australia is in danger of a clean sweep in the series. If Australia fails to return in the next 2 Tests i.e. 10 days, then its dream of winning the World Test Championship i.e. Test World Cup can also be shattered. Because if Australia loses the next 2 tests, then its way to reach the final of the World Test Championship can be difficult. After all why India tour has become so challenging for Australia. One of the major reasons for this is that Australia does not have confidence in its own strength. How come they tell.
Australia won on the basis of fast bowlers in 2004
Australia last won the Test series in India in 2004. Since then 19 years have passed and Australia’s dream of defeating India in India has not been fulfilled. In 2004, the Kangaroo team won the 4 Test series in India under the captaincy of Adam Gilchrist. Then Australia was won by its fast bowlers and this has always been Australia’s strength, on which it does not see confidence in this tour.
In 2004, Australia’s 3 fast bowlers Jason Gillespie, Glenn McGrath and Mike Kasprowicz took a total of 43 wickets in the Border-Gavaskar series of 4 Tests, while Australia’s spin bowlers led by Shane Warne took a total of 25 wickets on that tour. Means half of the fast bowlers.
If you look at the record of Indian bowlers in this 2004 series, it is completely opposite to Australia. Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Murali Karthik took a total of 60 wickets in the entire series. Whereas only 13 wickets came in the account of fast bowlers. It is clear from this that India’s strength at home is spin bowling, while pace attack has always been Australia’s strength. But, on the current tour, Australia did not express much confidence in their pace attack. In the Nagpur Test, Australia landed with only 4 bowlers. Out of this, 2 were fast bowlers.
Indian fast bowlers were better than Australian pacers
Where the spin bowlers bowled 96 overs in the Nagpur Test. At the same time, the fast bowlers bowled only 37 overs. Australia could have landed in this test with 3 pacers. Only Pat Cummins played in Delhi. Australia landed with 3 spin bowlers. This strategy of Australia did not work for him. Because Indian fast bowlers performed well in both Delhi and Nagpur Tests. Indian fast bowlers averaged 20.12 in the first 2 Tests while Pat Cummins and Scott Boland averaged 51.
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Have to show confidence in pace attack for comeback
Now if Australia has to return to the Test series and maintain its hopes of making the final of the World Test Championship, then it will have to rely on its strength ie the pace attack. Only then the Kangaroo team will be able to make a comeback in the Test series. Australia may get a chance to do so in Indore. Because here the fast bowlers always get bounce on the wicket.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : February 26, 2023, 06:47 IST