Even before the start of the much-awaited 4-match Test series against India, the Australian media has sparked a controversy by taking a dig at the visiting Indian side.
An Australian tabloid has called the Team India as ‘scaredy bats’ ahead of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy opener at Adelaide Oval from Thursday, December 6.
Australian journalist, Richard Hinds took to Twitter to share the photograph of the tabloid that says India have issues with the different venues at Down Under.
Richard Hinds took a dig of Australian media by tweeting, “ Anyone else tired of the childish and predictable mocking of visiting teams by Australian media? It’s become a boorish tradition that reflects poorly on our country.”
Anyone else tired of the childish and predictable mocking of visiting teams by Australian media? It’s become a boorish tradition that reflects poorly on our country.#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/3bFgFSgaWZ
— Richard Hinds (@rdhinds) December 2, 2018
The report by Australian Media said India is ‘scared of the bounce’ in Brisbane, ‘scared of the unknown’ in Perth and ‘scared of the dark’ in Adelaide which is in reference of India’s reluctance to play day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval.
The Australian media’s jibe at Team India has invited an outrage on social media both in Australia and India and it has not gone down well with their readers itself.
With Australian cricket still reeling from the wrecking ball-tampering scandal happened in Cape-Town, India appear to have been handed a golden opportunity to secure a first test series triumph Down Under over the next month.
Steve Smith remains sidelined from international cricket along with David Warner due to the ban they received in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March.
India vs Australia Test
India is starting the four-match Test Series against Australia from Thursday, but can India really break the habit of winning just one-odd Test and claim a series win in Australia?
Though India has a real chance against possibly the one of the weakest Australian batting lineup in absence of Steve Smith and David Warner.
However, Australian pace bowling along with Nathan Lyon will try to restrict India from achieving their desired result.
Indian bowlers shone in South Africa and then in England, but it was their batsmen who let them down. So the first right step for India would be to pick the correct playing XI in the match. Notably, the visitors have already lost the young sensation, Prithvi Shaw, for the first Test to be played at Adelaide.
It would be intriguing to see as to who their choice of openers would be, who will bat at No.6 and what will be their bowling combination.
There are enough selection problems for both the teams to sort out before the start of the series.
Australia is as good as anyone at home in Test cricket. They have won 20 and lost only two Tests at home since 2013 and therefore, India must not make a mistake of taking Australia lightly.
Team India has a 21-13 record against Australia at home, while in Australia, India has won just five of 44 Tests and lost 28 over the seven decades. This is an indication of the tough task Virat Kohli faces to inscribe his name in the honour roll marked “Great Test captains.”
India has won three out of their last five Tests while Australia have lost four out of their last five Tests.
India Test squad– Virat Kohli(c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Shami, Ishant, Umesh, Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
India Vs Australia Test Matches
December 6-10 – Australia v India, Adelaide Oval, 1st Test from 11 AM.
December 14-18 – Australia v India, Perth Stadium, 2nd Test 1:20 PM
December 26-30 – Australia v India, MCG, 3rd Test ( Boxing Day Test ), 10:30 AM
January 3-7 – Australia v India, SCG, 4th Test, 10:30 AM
With good current form and the high morale of the team India in comparison to Aussies, India truly has the great opportunity to have a remarkable test series and shatter all the critiques.
Much awaited and anticipated battle between the two cricket giants is all set to take place from December 6. Hope Indian fans will have more to cherish and celebrate in this test series.
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