Australian batsmen Steve Smith and Joe Burns have so far failed to find their form in the ongoing Test series against India. The Indian bowlers have dominated the majority of the Australian batting line up in the two Tests so far, Steve Smith, in particular, has had to bear the brunt of not getting a fine touch with the bat in the series.
Joe Burns, on the other hand, was doubtful for the series. However, due to injuries piling up, Burns got a massive breakthrough in the Australian squad for the first two Tests. However, after failing to perform in both the matches, he has been the target of a lot of criticism from cricket fans and experts alike.
Cricket Australia even expelled Burns from the Australian team for the last two Tests. David Warner and Will Pucovski have made their return for the final two games against India.
New Zealand Fan Tears Apart Steve Smith And Joe Burns With His Jibe
The New Zealand cricket team is currently taking on Pakistan in the two-match Test series. In the second Test, a fan in New Zealand was spotted holding a placard which rather seemed out of place. In the placard, he wrote, “Cricket Bats For Sale, Barely Used. Call Steve Smith, Joe Burns.”
R Ashwin has got the better of Smith a couple of times so far in this series. Jasprit Bumrah has also dismissed him once in the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Smith has just managed to score 10 runs in the four innings that he has played so far. The Australian batting, on the whole, has collapsed more often than not in this series.
India To Take On Australia In The Third Test In Sydney
Now, India and Australia will collide in the third Test from January 7 at Sydney. Star Indian opener, Rohit Sharma will join the side from the third Test. Australian opener David Warner will also join the side from the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar trophy. T Natarajan looks a definite addition to the side too.
Steve Smith will now look to regain his lost form in the last two Tests. Australian opener David Warner will also prove to be a major roadblock for the Indian bowling attack. However, the worrying news for the Australian team is the fact that Warner isn’t fully fit for the third Test.