Spin Exam— Aussies cultural trend
Whenever Australia visited India they have to face spinners all the time and its difficult for them to handle for last 10 years. Likes of ShivRamaKrishan, Bishansingh Bedi, Harbhajan Singh (took hattrick), Anil kumble, Amit Mishra (took 5 wickets on debut against Aus), P. Ojha, R.Ashwin and R. Jadeja have bowled excellently against the power packed batting side likes of Ponting, Hayden, Gilchrist, Waugh brothers,Hussey, Clarke, Martyn etc.
After Australia’s whitewash against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka (2016), few questions were raised about their players of playing ability against spin on the sub continental soil. Australia also lost to South Africa at home (2016–17). Because of this Australia’s selection committee was forced to do the changes in the team. There was huge responsibility on the senior players like Warner, S.Marsh and the captain himself Steven Smith, since the huge task was coming against India in India itself. Players like Peter Nevil, Joe Burns and Adam Voges were excluded from the squad in the final and third test of the series against South Africa; they won it, avoided the whitewash and retain the pride. Australia also won against Pakistan in their home soil and cleaned them up with 3–0 win over them and Australia’s fans were seen the rise of new generation and hope.
Australia’s squad against India:
David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith(c), Peter Handscomb, Steve O’Keefe, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Jackson Bird, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Swepson, Ashton Agar, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc
It’s a new Australian side, 10 players from the squad have not played a single test match in India. We will quick look on the players and their stats against India and in India.
D.Warner- He has huge experience in playing in Indian conditions as he is leading his team in IPL. But the longer format needs different type of game.
-Warner has played 4 Matches India and he averages 24.38
-In 8 innings he has played he got out to spinners 5 times
-Scored two 50s in 4 matches
-In Australia, he averages 49.5 vs India
-In Sri Lanka he averages 27.17 with a single 50 in 3 matches
-Got out to spinners 5 times out of 6 against Lanka
-Averages 59.75 against Pakistan in UAE
-Got out to spinners 3 times out of 4-got out to spinners most of the times outside asia
M.Renshaw- A Left handed opening batsman, 20 years of age set to play against India in India after a great show against Pakistan. It will be a real test for this young lad to show the temperament. Australian fans would like to see him bat as how Haseeb Hameed of England played against India.
-Averages 63 in 4 Matches
U.Khwaja- A technically sound batsman and a Pakistani born cricketer likely to lead the top-middle order as he is having experience in IPL.
S.Smith ©- Some of the players like to play against India and Steven Smith is one of them. As he is Australia’s Virat kohli, this will be toughest series for him out of all that he has lead.
-Averages 128 vs India in Aus
-Averages 40.25 vs India in India
-Got out to spinners 3 times out of 4 vs India in India
-Got out to spinners 6 times in 6 innings he played against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka
-R. Herath dismissed him 5 times (Jadeja will be happy to see this)
P.Handscomb- A 25 years old, made an impressive series debut against Pakistan in Australia.
-Averages 99.75 in 4 matches
-scored 50 in each game he has played
-scored 2 100s and 2 50s
S.Marsh- Australia will be hoping big from another senior player. His batting position might be a middle order as he has said that he is ready to bat at any position.
-averages merely 22.58 in 7 matches with 271 runs vs India in Aus
-averages 78.60 vs Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka and scored 2 centuries against them
Glen Maxwell- An aggressive player will play his second series against India in India.
-Averages 9.75 vs India in India
-Got out to spinners in all the innings that he has played (4)
-Jadeja got him 3 times out of 4
Matthew Wade (wk)- A wicketkeeper batsman will be a key man as he has to hold the middle-lower order batting lineup in the team.
-averages 18.83 in 3 matches vs India in India
-he got out to spinners in each of the inning he has played (6)
M.Marsh- A younger brother of Shaun Marsh has to prove his all-round performance to perform well.
-Averages 32 with the bat vs India in Aus
M.Starc- Starc will be the lead man in the bowling department. He has bowled well in Sri Lanka where conditions were not ideally suited for the fast bowlers. He will be key man with the new ball for swinf and the old one for the reverse swing.
-11 wickets in 3 matches vs India in Aus
-2 wickets vs India in India, bowled 59 overs in 2 matches
J.Hazlewood- He is the bowler to look out for after Starc. As he is showing an impressive performance with the ball in last 14–15 months.
-took 8 wickets against India in Aus in 3 matches
-bowling average 29 vs India
N.Lyon- An off-spinner, is the lone experience spinner in the team has to carry the standards of spin high in Australia. Australia will be hoping for same or better performance that he showed against India in last couple of series.
-Took 30 wickets in 4 matches at an average of 36 in Aus
-Took 15 wickets in 3 matches at an average of 37 in India
After analyzing above stats of the current squad, most of the batsmen has got out to spinners on subcontinental soil, so it will be very difficult for young batsmen like Handscomb (to maintain the average of 99) and Renshaw to stood against the quality Indian spinners.