Virat Kohli is the energy of Indian team, believes Brad Hogg

Sherman Parsons
December 25, 2018

Earlier, Jadeja and R Ashwin were reported to be under an injury cloud ahead of the Boxing Day test against Australia, leaving the tourists with a potential selection conundrum.

Captain Tim Paine conveyed the news to Archie on his birthday and the official announcement was made a day later, on Sunday. He is also set to partner star off-spinner Nathan Lyon after his ascension to the leadership role. Paine delivered glad tidings to the bubbly youngster on his seventh birthday, on December 22.

Australian coach Justin Langer said Monday his biggest selection headache was whether to persist with middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb or recall all-rounder Mitch Marsh to ease the pressure on pace spearheads Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins. It has been made possible through Make-A-Wish Australia, which learned of Archie's circumstances and aspirations when he prepared for his most recent operation. Months later he had to fight another battle as the doctors operated to fix the irregular rhythms of the boy's heart.

"A lot was made of my battle with Virat in the second Test, and for the past few years when I haven't been playing global cricket, he was one guy I loved watching", he said in a column for Melbourne's Herald Sun. As per it, Archie has faulty valves and has undergone surgery thrice. "We've learned to take nothing for granted, and to cherish every day we have with him. They have got the experience, they have got the exposure over the last few years", expressed Shastri. "To me that was heartbreaking, even though it was a really responsible, grown-up decision to make". "Hopefully it's a much more lively wicket than the last time we played here".

Peter Handscomb failed to train in his usual slip position
Peter Handscomb failed to train in his usual slip position

"Obviously Arch has been through a really tough period and his family", Paine said. "But I would say India have the flawless chance to win a series in Australia under the aggressive captaincy of Kohli". I don't think India would have a better opportunity. He adds a bit of perspective I think.

"Pete's a very good player of spin bowling and Mitch is a pretty good player of spin bowling, too", he said. So we picked him.

Dropping Handscomb after Australia's first Test win since the Cape Town cheating scandal would be a blow to his confidence and Test career, which started with vast promise and two centuries in the space of four games.

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