India retain squad for Oz Tests


India retain squad for Oz Tests

Virat Kohli's side will play four Test matches in the series the attention during which will remain on R Ashwin, who is possibly one of the best spinners in world cricket at the moment. Batsman Abhinav Mukund, who last played Test cricket in August 2011, also kept hold of his place, but he is unlikely to feature in the first two Tests.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) met in Mumbai on Tuesday to announce the squad for the upcoming Australia Test series that begins February 23 in Pune.

Uncapped left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav replaced injured leg-spinner Amit Mishra in the squad for the Bangladesh test and he retained his place for the first two tests against the second-ranked Australians. It could be argued that the Australian batsmen failed to find the right balance between attack and defence at the time.

There have been some Indian Test pitches which have justified such a damning label.

More recently, however, Australia's tours of India have been pretty ghastly affairs - none more so than the 2012-13 campaign that resulted in a 4-0 whitewash and earned global infamy for the so-called "Homeworkgate" affair.

"For me, it is about understanding the different times of the games", Smith said.

Bangladesh, playing their first Test on Indian soil since gaining five-day status in 2000, were unable to end India's unbeaten stretch of 19 games since 2015.

Spin also had a big hand in Australia's 3-1 series win on their five-Test visit in 1969-70.

On the other hand, if India goes on to win 4-0, They will see an increase of 4 points to make it 125 whereas Australia will lose 4 points to come down to 105. He is going to be ready for me and we both have to adopt to the situation.

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The Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia is already gathering a good hype. The last time Australia played in conditions similar to India, they were whitewashed 3-0 in Sri Lanka past year.

"They've got the fast bowling attack to exploit these conditions".

"Work on the ball, the wicket's going to be abrasive and after a while it will go reverse swing".

"But once again the challenge for Australia will be spin".

"I think Starc is a brilliant bowler for the sub-continental conditions", Hussey stated on Wednesday (February 15).

"It will be hard to beat India with pace alone on these slow wickets". The great Warne backed them up. Thus, by no means are Australia the favourites going into the India series, but Smith is still hoping for the best.

Ricky Ponting, who has travelled to India on six Test tours, expects this visit to be tough for Smith's side.

"If they (individuals) want to get into a battle verbally, and that gets the best out of them then go for it", said Smith.

Sanjay Rajan has written on sport for over two decades.



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