And, we are hardly a few days left for the start of an intriguing Australia vs India 2018 Test series. Both the sides have come up with decent squads to make the things spicy in the upcoming first Test at the Adelaide Oval, which begins on Thursday. Meanwhile, we figured out Australia’s predicted XI for the series opener against team India.
Here Australia’s predicted XI –
1. Marcus Harris:
The youngster might get his debut cap for Australia in the first Test against India. He has got loads of runs under his kitty in the domestic cricket, which would certainly help him get the success in international cricket. Further, he has also got the backing from the greats of the game, which makes an intriguing player to watch as well. Most probably, Harris would open the innings.
2. Aaron Finch:
Despite the thoughts from the analysts flowing in, Cricket Australia might mostly stick to Aaron Finch opening the game. He did reasonably well against Pakistan by knocking fifties to his name in the UAE. However, the team management would hope him deliver the goods against India as well. To present his case, Finch has played enough red-ball cricket in the domestic circuit.
3. Usman Khawaja:
The stylish southpaw Usman Khawaja will take the crucial number three role for Australia. They flamboyant batsman will be the pivotal player for Australia in the batting section. He is in a solid nick and can make the difference in the result as well. However, it would be interesting to see how Usman Khawaja would cope up the Indian bowlers.
4. Shaun Marsh:
The stylish southpaw will take care of the middle-order unit. Though the series against Pakistan hasn’t gone well for Shaun Marsh, he has always been at his best in Australian conditions. He would be eagerly waiting to show his dominance and cement his place in the side as well.
5. Travis Head:
Yet another left-handed batsman will be joining in the middle-order. The stylish southpaw has got a decent technique and can be the match-winner on his day. In addition to his batting, Head can be used to roll his arms to give the rest for the bowlers as well. The team management would hope him deliver the goods.
6. Mitchell Marsh:
The right-handed all-rounder is hoping to make a turnaround in his career with the series against India. He wants to prove a point and also preparing himself to do the best for Australia in Tests. Though Mitchell failed to perform for his side in the UAE, the younger Marsh is always a dangerous customer.
7. Tim Paine:
The wicketkeeping batsman and also the skipper of Australia is the certain starter of the series. He will be the cynosure of the eyes in the first Test in Adelaide. The series against India is always a pressure-filled game, and his captaincy will certainly be under the scanner. Besides it, he is in good form with his willow.
8. Pat Cummins:
The fierce, fast bowler would probably be in the playing XI. He is one of the few players for Australia, who can yield success for his side against any opposition. He has got enough fuel in him to knock down the opponent on his day. Besides his bowling, Cummins can also hand his services with his willow as well.
9. Mitchell Starc:
Yet another quality fast bowler will join the Pace attack. Starc is fit enough to take the field and will be licking his lips to deliver in the home conditions. With the wickets set to offer extra bounce, Mitchell Starc will remain in the game for the major part. Much like Cummins, Starc has decent batting record in Tests, especially, against India.
10. Nathan Lyon:
Nathan Lyon has always been the wrecker-in-chief for Australia. He would certainly be the cynosure of the eyes, as he bagged decent numbers against Indian attack. The Australian management would hope yet another fruitful series for him against India.
11. Josh Hazlewood:
The primary weapon for Australia with the new ball. Hazlewood has been splendid for Australia with his incredible consistency to deliver the ball in decent line and lengths. His natural outswinger coupled with the pitch conditions suiting fast bowlers, Hazlewood is going to be the real threat for Indians.