Australia’s chaotic and pandemic-ravaged cricket schedule this summer may only benefit India in their bid to repeat it Last tour series win.
India period of forced lockdown – with permitted training – will give the team more time to adjust to Australia’s conditions than the hasty Pre-Test schedule that tour teams typically experience.
The extra training period during lockdown gives bowlers ample opportunity to know the duration that can be applied in Australia, and to get used to batsmen with very steep bounce. Many touring batsmen have had a hard time scoring a fair amount of run off the back foot in Australia. It’s not enough just to defend against short pitched bowling in Australia, you also have to be able to score those delivery goals. Until a batsman proves that he can run regularly against that attacking style, he will continue to be peppered with short things.
Being on the receiving end of simultaneous short range attacks can make players nervous and cause their footwork to be uncertain. On the other hand, if he is able to overcome the onslaught, the bowlers will then have to use a longer attack mode and this can result in a greater chance of scoring.
This battle of desire is best summed up by the former British fast bowler John Snow who enjoy a a hugely successful Australian tour of 1970-71. When asked to describe the bouncer, Snow replied, “This is the short, bold exam paper you put on the batsman.”
Remember, if the Indian selectors have done their job right, the batsmen currently undergoing lockdown training in Sydney will be familiar with the requirements needed on a rocking pitch instead of being confused by experience.
Speaking of confusion, I’m confused with Summation of choice of Australian coaches between the incumbents Joe Burns and a new star Will Pucovski for David Warner’s opening partner work. Justin Langer said, “When men have done a really good job for us – as in this case Joe [Burns] and Davey [Warner] did it for us last summer – that kind of partnership is very important, so we shouldn’t underestimate it. “
In response, I would also say that you should not overestimate the value of a partnership. Burns’ contribution last summer was equalized a total of 256 runs at an average of 32 with two and a half centuries. It was a below average Test player performance.
If no one else is competing for the position then Burns retains its place. However, Pucovski has been banging on the door for a while now – something Langer desperately needs. Pucovski has brought a sledgehammer to the entrance by making six centuries at Shield level, three of which were doubles; two of those two hundred come this season. He has done well and really proved he is quite good at that level, so it’s time to see if he can do well on the Test arena.
If the selector is worried about his mental health, which one so far it has been a problem in his short career, then now is the right time to see if he has overcome these problems in the prestigious international competition pot. She will never have a better chance of proving herself, with her confidence at an all-time high after two consecutive centuries.
If Pucovski is elected and successful, he will form with Marnus Labuschagne, and possibly Cameron Green, the backbone of Australia’s blow when Warner and Steve Smith move. Travis Head will be another candidate if he gets the right shape to hold his place.
India also faced a selection dilemma when captain Virat Kohli headed home for the birth of his first child after the opening test. This created a huge hole in the Indian batting sequence and an opportunity for one of their talented young players to make a name for himself.
What was once an exciting tussle now has the added stimulus of a crucial selection decision. The results may depend on who is the bravest set of selectors.
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