Home > Features >

Contrasting styles should liven up the India versus Australia series

Contrasting styles should liven up the India versus Australia series

The reliance on pace and possible reverse swing with the old ball seems to be the Australian strategy to counter the Indian battling line-up © Getty Images

By Dhananjay Devasper

The much anticipated India-Australia series gets under way in the sub-continent with the first Test match being played in Chennai. The rivalry acquired a new meaning altogether after the epic 2001 battle at Eden Gardens, which will forever be talked about when India-Australia series are discussed.

The Australians have confirmed their XI. Moises Henriques gets a place in the side, becoming the 432nd Test cricketer for Australia to do so. With only one specialist spinner in Nathan Lyon, an all-out pace attack comprising of James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc will shoulder most of the bowling attack responsibilities. The reliance on pace and possible reverse swing with the old ball seems to be the Australian strategy to counter the Indian battling line-up.

The batsmen on the other hand have tried their hand at some aggressive batting against the Indian spinners and this might be the tactic to unsettle the three or four-pronged spin attack. It might be a good ploy to ensure that the spinners don’t get the upper hand on dry and dusty tracks and continue to keep the attacking fields. A lot will depend on who draws first blood. As England have shown that the current Indian team is not only beatable, but can be comprehensively outplayed even in the own backyard. The Australian team also comes into India after a confidence-boosting home series win over Sri Lanka.

India, on the other hand have tinkered with their opening slot by dropping Gautam Gambhir. They are also gambling on Harbhajan regaining his lost magic, and in the hope that the offie will pick himself up against his old rivals. Pragyan Ojha and Ravichandran Ashwin were not as impressive as they need to be against England.

As things stand, it looks like Aussie pace machine versus the Indian spin doctors. The contrasting styles should liven up series.

Batting is India’s biggest worry. Middle-order has just not looked the part ever since Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman retired. Everything seems to hinge on how Cheteshwar Pujara anchors the innings, with everyone playing a supporting role around him, including Sachin Tendulkar. The batting has been very defensive, which resulted in the English spinners getting an upper hand. The Australian bowlers will be aggressive and a defensive counter may just not work.

The Aussies have fired the first salvo by announcing their eleven two days prior to the start of the Chennai Test. It will be interesting to see India’s squad in response.

Stay tuned…

(Dhananjay Devasper is an “IT guy” by profession and a sports fanatic at heart. He has an unbridled passion for sports and Indian achievements in sport. Extremely opinionated, he attempts offering perspectives around sports which are simple to understand and easy to relate with)

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Hamilton

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 72 runs

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

AB de Villiers praises team after win in 1st ODI

Pakistan hold advantage at stumps on Day 3 of 1st Test against Australia

Asad Shafiq emerges as dependable No 6 for Pakistan

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Mitchell Johnson shows signs of effectiveness on unhelpful surfaces

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: Vital for Brendon McCullum to find form quickly

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Duleep Trophy India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: BCCI awaits Wriddhiman Saha’s fitness report before searching for replacement

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014, 1st Test at Mirpur: Bangladesh aim to improve Test rank

Duleep Trophy 2014: Central Zone lead by 81 runs as North Zone bowled out for 457

Laxmi Ratan Shukla to lead Bengal in upcoming One-Day series

David Warner feels lucky to have equalled Don Bradman’s record

David Warner’s transformation into a dependable and effervescent batsman

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Spin hunt continues for visitors

Sarfaraz Ahmed may have trumped the Akmals as Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman across formats

Don Bradman — even if every chance he ever gave in his career was accepted, he would still remain head and shoulders above the others

Len Hutton’s hundred gets reported as illness

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

अभिनेत्री हुमा कुरैशी ओरिफ्लेम की ब्रांड एंबेसडर

Has Bigg Boss 8 made Karishma Tanna the most hated person?

Pranab Mukherjee returns home after visit to Norway, Finland

Revealed: First look of Amitabh Bachchan-Farhan Akhtar’s Do!

7 reasons why having sex during pregnancy is great for your health

Videocon Infinium Graphite with gesture control feature launched, priced at Rs 10,499

Rupee up 19 paise against dollar in early trade

Twitter introduces Audio Cards to listen to music directly from your timeline

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here