Australia eye rare Test series win in India

Posted March 25, 2017

The better it is for the batsmen, the more India need an extra bowler. It is obvious that such pitches can be there only in wonderlands. But we never who will be it by the Saturday morning when the Test starts.

Former Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has suggested the pitch in Dharamsala may assist seamers. "I don't think even Smith would bother about what the Australian media is saying".

He wants to win the series 2-1 as a major building block for Australia to go on and dominate like they did at the turn of the 21st century. But that's the game. As far as the speculations are considered India will be going into the decider with Ajinkya Rahane as their captain. The only thing - I am surprised so many people are getting affected by just one individual, so good luck to them.

"That's just ended pretty quickly for us on a few occasions where we've just rolled over", Smith said.

Johnson, 35, said that if the wicket at Dharamsala turns out to be more of an Australian kind then Bird would come in as the third quick in the Playing XI. "See they've played some really good cricket". But, Gavaskar said that the team management should decide whether Kohli's value as a player and captain makes him a must-have in the playing eleven even if he is short of full fitness.

It has been one hell of a series that has not been played in the best of spirits. "They (Australia) will be pumped after that". Honestly, I didn't expect them to do well here.

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Pujara has assumed the mantle of middle order rock and India will look to build innings around the man whom Australia have found very hard to shift.

Contrary to general belief that had brushed aside Australia's challenge even before they landed in India, Steve Smith's men have fought the hosts tooth and nail, ensuring that the final Test in Dharamsala, starting March 25, will decide the ultimate victor.

Steve O'Keefe spun the visitors to a series-opening win in Pune before the hosts levelled the series during a spiteful game in Bangalore. "It's probably come a lot more from their side than ours". Of course, they have pushed us to coming back in the series. The tourists have enormous respect for Pujara's concentration and shot selection, but also feel that a little extra bounce could be the way to defeat him.

Off the field action from the pages of Australian tabloids prompted Micheal Clarke to rubbish a report comparing Kohli with US President Donald Trump as a "load of shit". Talking about Matt Renshaw, the paceman appeared mighty impressed with the young opener.

After Australia put up 451 in the first innings, not many expected India to reach a potentially winning position. He's different but he's a lovely kid.

Australian side too tried to connect with their spiritual side as on March 24 they went to see Dalai Lama seeking help from him.