India’s tour of Australia has started with a blistering note as the T20 series was levelled up by 1-1 where weather played a crucial role in it. India will take on Australia for 4 match-test series from 6th December, Thursday at Adelaide Oval.
If you remember during Australia’s tour of South Africa, the ball-tampering scandal that took place at Cape Town in March earlier this year, which led the suspension of Australia’s opening batsmen Cameron Bancroft for 9 months and former captain Steven Smith and vice-captain David Warner for 12 months.
The latest decision by Cricket Australia to hold the ban for Smith, Warner and Bancroft in November which will keep them away to participate in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. It will make the Australian side look inexperienced against the No.1 side ranked in test cricket.
Here ’s a glimpse of batsmen who will be responsible to take on the runs-board.
In the current squad, Usman has the most runs in the format of 2455 from 35 matches.
He played a vital role in the draw of the first test match against Pakistan, where he scored 141 off 302 balls to deny Pakistan a win. He will be in charge to lead Australia’s batting attack in the upcoming series.
2. Shaun Marsh
The left-handed batsmen will be the man to keep going the scoreboard in the middle ordered line-up. He has a total of 2082 runs from 34 tests at an average of 35.29, Marsh has played 11 matches against India and he has scored 422 runs against them.
3. Peter Handscomb
The Victorian-born batsman is very well known to play his shots off the back foot, and play very deep into his crease, dangerously close to the stumps. He will always be remembered for his part in the Ranchi test which ended as a draw. He alongside Shaun Marsh bated together for 62 overs putting a 134-run stand between them, where Handscomb remained unbeaten for 72* ensured a draw for his side. He is more likely to play the role of Steve Smith in this series.
4. Mitchell Marsh
The newly appointed vice-captain will have the responsibility as a leader as well as a batting all-rounder of the team. Although Marsh had a poor outing in UAE against Pakistan where he only managed to make 30 runs off 4 innings. Looking at his performance in The Ashes 2017-18 played in Australia, he played a magnificent role for Aussies scoring his first two centuries of his test-career, he will be an important batsman for Australia in this tour.
5. Aaron Finch
The ODI and T20 skipper got his first call in September this year to play in the white uniform. No wonder his excellent figures in both One-day and T20 had made the selectors approach him for the new task. In his debut innings, he scored a blazing half-century off 62 runs. His addition to the squad gives Tim Paine an opening choice between him, Khawaja and debutant Marcus Harris. Finch will be a key factor for giving Australia a handy start to their innings.
So these are the batsmen from Australia that are likely to shine in the series against India.