Monday, 5 January 2015

Australia vs India, 4th Test, Sydney: Preview


The After-Dhoni (AD) era in Indian Test cricket starts at the hallowed Sydney Cricket Ground with the last Test of the Border-Gavaskar series. The Test denote an enthusiastic come back to Sydney for the Australian team after the grievous occasions of November 25, 2014. While the series may have as of now been decided, the New Year's Test offers a stage to two adolescent skippers, a chance toset a point of reference. With the weight of winning the series, lifted, the Steve Smith-drove Australian side would be required to play unbridled cricket and completion with a 3-0 scoreline. While India have given a greatly improved record of themselves than they had done in 2011-12, the adolescent team has still completed second best in the vital minutes. In an unpleasant 14 months of abroad visits, the team won at Lord's and got agonizingly close in Johannesburg and Wellington. A win in Sydney could wind up being a watershed minute for India.


Youthful captain, Steven Smith confronted feedback from a few quarters for deferring the declaration in Melbourne. With the series wrapped up, Smith's Australia could bear to be more daring. They would, then again, be without Mitchell Johnson for this one, after the speedster grumbled of soreness in his right hamstring. He will be replaced by Mitchell Starc. David Warner, then, has defeat the niggle he maintained in Melbourne. Chris Rogers' come back to squad, and the fifties for Brad Haddin and Shaun Marsh would have warmed their captain's heart. The Australian think-tank would also be confident of telling commitments from Shane Watson and Joe Burns. Nathan Lyon, who didn't find the Melbourne surface to his loving, would be relied upon to improve buy from the Sydney surface.


Suresh Raina had a developed hit in the nets on the eve of the Test match. Kohli would consider drafting him into the middle-order. Raina's off-spinners and KL Rahul's horror-show in Melbourne could be elements inciting his incorporation. In the interim, the new Indian captain is additionally known to be agreeable to assaulting leg-spinners and Karn Sharma could at present join R Ashwin in a two-prong twist assault. While Kohli, Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane have imparted the main part of the batting obligations as such, they'll sincerely trust for Cheteshwar Pujara and Shikhar Dhawan to discover some structure in Sydney. Dhoni's retirement implies, Wriddhiman Saha would stroll in at No. 7 and would do well to put behind, his second innings dismissal in Adelaide. India next play a Test just in June one year from now. The Sydney Test could serve as a point of reference of things to come later on.

Pitch and Conditions:

While the pitch at SCG is traditionally known for assisting spinners, it was Ben Stokes and Ryan Harris, fast bowlers, who were the pick of the bowlers in last year's Ashes Test. However, Steve Smith reckoned that the pitch last year had more 'green' than the one to be used tomorrow. This would bring Ashwin and Lyon into the game much earlier. The forecast for Tuesday indicates a 40% chance of a shower in the morning and early afternoon. That could influence the captains to bowl first under a cloud cover.

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