Pat Cummins and Australia puzzle over lack of old-ball help

Sherman Parsons
January 3, 2019

Ashwin suffered the injury during the first Test where he picked up six wickets and scored 30 runs.

India will make at least one change due to batsman Rohit Sharma returning home following the birth of his first child. That would be a defensive move.

Finally, the administrative mess in the Board of Control for Cricket in India could get resolved with elections expected to take place this year.

After a good show in the first innings in Melbourne, they faltered in the second and that was a wake-up call.

Apart from the selection, Australia's other worry is how do they handle Jasprit Bumrah?

Intrigue over Australia's inability to extract reverse swing this summer continues as in-form paceman Pat Cummins made it clear he and his fellow quicks were determined to provide plenty of movement in the upcoming Sydney Test as Australia look to level the series.

Cummins, however, also said that a fast bowler could become captain despite the workload.

"It [my analysis] may be different for everyone else, but that's how I watch the game".

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"Pujara has been the difference between the two sides".

"When he's batting in the sheds he is always watching and thinking things through".

"If you have world-class players who aren't in the team, are they going to add to our team?"

Come to think of it, Shaun Marsh is 35 and played 37 Tests, Usman Khawaja, 32, played 38 Tests and Mitch Marsh, 27, played 31 Tests. They were seen bowling to Kohli at the nets and even clicked pictures with the Indian captain.

The 2019 edition of IPL is likely to commence from March and get over by the mid of May in a bid to give the players some breather ahead of the premier cricketing event.

Recalling Rahul would allow Hanuma Vihari, who failed to fire in Melbourne after being promoted to open, to return to the middle order. India will face every single team once in the league stage, and if they finish in the top-4, they will qualify for the semis.

"If you look at the Ashes series we've just played, they reverse swung the ball in almost all of those Test matches, sometimes in conditions where you wouldn't expect the ball to reverse", Broad said. "As long as the Indian team is winning that's what I look for", he said. But the segregation was opposed by many states in a democratic set-up.

"Most of our batters knocking on the door are averaging in the 30s (in the Sheffield Shield)". The people are now talking about the virtues of India's domestic cricket. He has 2,361 and 342 wickets in the longest format of the game with the best figures of seven for 59. India has never won a series in Australia and never has an Indian pace bowling battery been so potent on the bouncy Australian surfaces.

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