So here we are, building up to the very emotional and amazing prospect of the first test at the Adelaide oval between the Auzies and the Indians. We as a SA nation are looking at this series with great interest. We like us a good test match and this is going to be cracker without a doubt. There are some issues that must be addressed before going into the test.
First of all selection issues. Dhoni is still nursing his broken thumb and thus Saha must stand in keeping wickets and Koelie takes the captaincy. Kohli captain! Licking my lips to hear what he is going to say about HIS team and HIS form. He looks to be a bit of an arrogant boy and at the helm of the ship I am sure he will entertain us on and off the field.
The Auzies look to be back to bulldozing strength, a very emotional Clarke back in the driving seat surely will be dedicating the game to his “little brother”. Watson back @ 3 makes the balance of the team look like they can float in mid air. Mitch Marsh @ 7… damn these men from down under and their depth. The Indians also are missing the experience of a mr. Khumar with the ball which might have an impact. But looking at the teams batting line ups there is nothing between them, it is with the bowling I feel that the Indians will come short.
Secondly, the emotional card. Phil Hughes will be set as 13th man on the team list, this is a recipe for a lot of emotional cricket with the prospect of a batsmen lifting his willow to the nose of either a bowler or fielder due to the fact that he was reminded about his emotional rollercoaster in such a way that tears are swapped for anger and aggression (We can only hope). Let’s be honest, in a test match when you have ammunition to fire at the opposition you will be silly not to use it and I say fire away!! This is what test cricket is about, sledging, bouncing and the thrill of the competition within the match. Little battles between individuals playing out in front of your eyes over five days! Dammit, isn’t this just a prospect that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up? I say Johnson must run up and bowl the first ball a 155 kph rip snaughter past Vijay’s nose and reminding him that cricket is a dangerous game. When the lads are going stop doing this, we will switch off our TV’s and start playing with Barbie dolls.
Thirdly the drop in pitch. Historically these wickets are not as fast and bouncy as the Gabba… but then again what is? I still believe it will be flat and good for batting taking turn on the last two days which the Auzies might want to evade so batting first for them will probably be high on the priority list. Clarke better start practicing the toss. Weather is also set fair for the match, a lekker high 20’s with minimal rain forecast.
Lastly, the projected outcome. The way things are going in test cricket these days we might have a result on day 4 with the influence of T20 and the upcoming World Cup. So let’s see, the Auzies bowling I think will dominate the Indian bowling but I’m not so sure about it dominating the Indian batting. The Auzies batting will dominate the Indian bowling, maybe not the last four sessions though. The Johnson factor will be the difference between the two teams and I think will determine who will come out top. Clarke WILL score runs and the Indians WILL struggle against the quickish bouncing ball. Ishant “the nose” Sharma and Aaron will bowl well but the Auzies know how to play on these tracks so they will be nullified. If Sharma doesn’t get any swing he will go the mile and some. So I say the Auzies with 100+ runs or a close 2-3 wicket victory on the last day.
Australia 1 Chris Rogers, 2 David Warner, 3 Shane Watson, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Steven Smith, 6 Mitchell Marsh, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Ryan Harris, 10 Peter Siddle, 11 Nathan Lyon.
India (probable) 1 M Vijay, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Rohit Sharma, 7 Wriddiman Saha (wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Varun Aaron, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Mohammad Shami.
Warm up the curry wallaby and get ice for the Forsters, it’s going to be one for the books.