India host Australia in a hotly anticipated four-match Take a look at collection beginning on Thursday in Nagpur. The hosts have gained every of the final three Take a look at collection between the 2 sides, with two of them being Down Below. India gained the collection four-match collection 2-1 when Australia final toured the sub-continent nation in 2017. Each groups eye a spot within the World Take a look at Championship (WTC) remaining, which will probably be performed later this 12 months on the Oval in London. Forward of the collection opener on the Vidarbha Cricket Associations Stadium, listed below are the three key participant battles that would resolve who comes out on high in a conflict between the world’s two high cricket groups.
Virat Kohli vs Pat Cummins
Virat Kohli has triumphed over his prolonged lean patch from final 12 months and his match-up with quick bowler Pat Cummins, the Australia skipper, may mild up the collection.
The batting maestro has hit 4 tons since breaking his 1,020-day century drought in final 12 months’s T20 Asia Cup, however hasn’t been capable of carry his white-ball type into Assessments.
An exemplary chief, Cummins has then again been in the most effective Take a look at type of his profession, claiming 29 wickets in 9 Assessments over the previous 12 months.
Cummins has received Kohli out 5 occasions in Assessments, however the dwelling hero will probably be seeking to hit again in his yard.
“I am really looking forward to seeing Kohli versus Cummins. That’s a fantastic match-up,” former Aussie fast Jason Gillespie was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Instances.
“When Virat comes out to bat, I would love to see Cummins take the ball and go at him straight away. That will be great theatre, two wonderful cricketers at the top of their game.”
David Warner v Mohammed Siraj
Sparks are anticipated to fly when David Warner, an explosive left-handed opener, faces the seam and swing of rising star Mohammed Siraj.
Siraj, 28, received Warner out twice throughout his 2021 debut in Australia and went on to take 13 wickets in three matches.
He has since grown in stature to recurrently lead India’s tempo assault within the absence of the injured Jasprit Bumrah and has bagged 46 wickets in 15 Assessments.
Warner has struggled on Indian pitches, with a batting common of 24.25 in eight Assessments within the cricket-mad nation. His total Take a look at common is over 46 throughout 101 matches.
Each males have one thing to show within the coming collection and Warner mentioned final 12 months that “winning in India is key”.
Usman Khawaja v Ravichandran Ashwin
Indian spinners at dwelling are a problem for any visiting batsman, however for Australia’s in-form opener Usman Khawaja the duty could properly resolve the destiny of the collection.
The Islamabad-born Khawaja dealt with spin with aplomb in Pakistan final 12 months and led the vacationers to a 1-0 collection win together with his 496 runs, together with two centuries in three Assessments.
The 36-year-old left-hander just lately notched up his 4,000th Take a look at run in a match towards South Africa in Sydney, the place he was 195 not out.
Khawaja is very cautious of Ravichandran Ashwin, who has loved nice success towards left-handed batsmen, telling The Sydney Morning Herald: “Ashwin is a gun.
“He is very skilful, he is received a number of tough little variations, he makes use of the crease fairly properly too.”
“However it’s a kind of actually good challenges,” Khawaja added.
“The wicket’s going to show right here in some unspecified time in the future, whether or not day one, day three or day 4, and he’ll be within the sport and bowl a number of overs.”
(With AFP Inputs)
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