Needless to say, what happened in the week gone by has been emotionally and physically draining for the Aussies, but wait a second, we are talking about Australia – one of the hardest and roughest in the business.
It was India who retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy recently, but the Aussies, in home conditions, will leave no stone unturned to regain it in convincing fashion and make sure Phillip Hughes gets a fitting tribute.
Pace holds key
Australia, to achieve this feat, will surely bank on their pace department. Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson and as of writing this, Ryan Harris too was raring to go.
Last time around, when India toured Australia, the pace trio of Ben Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle and James Pattinson shared 61 scalps among each other. And it is not a secret that Indian top order is relatively inexperienced, and is surely not used to the kind of bowling they will face Down Under. The idea for Aussie quicks would be to bowl short to the young batsmen; wait for mistakes.
The Warner way
In Batting, David Warner has to be aggressive. He had hurt the ego of the Indian bowlers at Perth, three years back, with a 69-ball ton and must not let go the scare tactics among the likes of Ishant, Umesh and Varun Aaron who have an uncanny knack of erratic bowling in adverse situations.
Chris Rogers, expected to be his opening partner, has been good in patches. He must keep the flow of runs. A good solid partnership at the top is a strict no-no by any opposition.
In the middle-order, Shane Watson‘s services could be well utilised. The team think-tank must not shy away from promoting him up the order if required. Watson knows when to shift the gears as per requirement. In absence of Clarke, he is their best bet.
An injured Michael Clarke is very much in the scheme of the things and fans know why. Looking at his stats and experience he will be the pivotal character for the young Aussies who are raring to go. If he plays, India should be mentally prepared to stand a little longer under the sun.
Brad Haddin can’t be ruled out as the man not only knows how to keep wickets but how to execute plans under pressure.Will be crucial for finishing off things in case of an early declaration.
Test-match cricket needs 20 wickets to be picked up. With the abundance of talent in the pace department, it is not difficult to say, the distressed boys need just one good session, and from there on they are expected to do what they have done to so many oppositions: demolish them.