Australia’s batters in focus
- Australia’s batting line-up will need to counter India’s spin trio
- Shreyas Iyer set to return for India
India will have one of their best Test batters in recent times, Shreyas Iyer, back in the XI for the second Test in Delhi. With another turning track in the offing, India’s chances look rosy for the second Test. India have odds of 1.45 to win the Test.
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Australia are also set to welcome back Mitchell Starc for this Test. While that could help with reverse swing, it does not considerably boost Australia’s chances. The batters will still need to ward off the massive spin threat. Australia have odds of 4.02 to win this match.
India’s all-round spin trio
India have Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel in the same XI. While they pose a huge threat as spinners, they are also all-rounders who contribute lower down the order as we saw in Nagpur.
Our pick: India’s threatening bowling attack no match for Australia. Back India at 1.45 to win the Test!
Australia will hopefully bring back Travis Head to the middle-order after he was dropped in Nagpur rather unfairly. David Warner’s poor form also puts the focus on him in terms of selection…
Keep an eye on…
Todd Murphy had dream debut and was impressive with his control. He could once again threaten the Indian batting line-up, especially if there’s more bounce than at Nagpur.
Rohit Sharma returned to the Test side with a ton and has a ridiculously good record at home. India will once again want Rohit to set the template early on, especially with a shaky middle-order.