Melbourne: With injuries to key players like Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah affecting the Indian cricket team this time, team legend Craig Chappell is confident that Australia can win the upcoming four-match Test series.
The Australian cricket team has toured India to play a 4-test series. The first Test cricket match between these two teams will start on the 9th in Nagpur. In this regard, the players from both the teams are engaged in serious net training.
For Australia captain Pat Cummins, the series is considered important. The top-ranked Test team has recently won the Ashes series against England and Test series against Pakistan, West Indies and South Africa. Being in good form, the Australian team is showing seriousness in its bid to win the Test series after 19 years on Indian soil.
The last time Australia toured India was in 2017. Then the Australian team registered a huge victory in the first Test match held in Pune. But lost the next two Tests and lost the series 1-2. India, on the other hand, have won 15 Test series at home in the last 10 years.
India’s action wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant did not play in the Test series against Australia. He was involved in a car accident and is considered doubtful for this year’s final draft. Meanwhile, leading fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of India’s squad for the first two Tests against Australia due to back pain.
The Aussies said that the absence of both of them may affect the Indian team and thus the Australian team is confident that they can win the series. Former player Craig Chappell said. He said about this.
There is hope that Australia can win the Test series against India this time. Important players like Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah have been injured in the Indian team. Therefore, this time India is more likely to suffer on their own soil than in the recent past. They will rely heavily on Virat Kohli.
Teams visiting India are often fooled by spin. However, a sudden frenzy can change that. Indians are used to it. So mentally the Australian players have to adjust themselves quickly in batting and bowling.
The pitch is more likely to favor spin. So I expect Aston Agar to feature alongside Nathan Lyon. Because finger spin is always accurate.
Anil Kumble, who has taken 619 wickets, rarely bowls straight and close. He was always a threat to attack the stumps following the pace, flat leg breaks. Batsmen know that if we miss it, we are in danger. Ravindra Jadeja can also bowl like him.
Aston Agar also needs to show his skills in the Australian team. Nathan Lyon should lead the spin attack. David Warner is not in consistent form when it comes to batting. He needs to improve his Test record in India.
Usman Khawaja, Alex Carey, Travis Head and Cameron Green will be tested against better quality spin than they faced in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Marnesh Labuschenne will face a big test in the subcontinent. And Steve Smith’s batting skills will be in focus.
It is important to take wickets at regular intervals on Indian pitches while bowling. In terms of pitches for this series, Dharamsala in Delhi will be the stronghold of the Indian team.
Nagpur is a red clay pitch. The batting will be better in the first three days unless the balls turn. Ahmedabad has red and black clay pitches. This may decide how India will take the Test series.
Australia need to take wickets with the new ball to win. When the ball becomes soft, throw it sparingly and then reverse-swing the old ball. Spin will be more of a weapon in India than in Australia. But we always have to field four great bowlers and Cameron Greene. I have seen a lot of Test matches played in India and it is a battle of mind as much as physical ability. Success in India requires planning, patience and perseverance.
This is what Craig Chappell said.