Australia announce team for first two Tests against India


The batsmen were really poor on the whole against South Africa in that match other than Maxwell who was one player to emerge with some credit so the top order especially are under increasing pressure to start performing as they may go unchanged for this first match although spinner Zampa may return. Rishabh is a youngster and batted here for the first time.

India first faltered in the field, letting Australia score 158 for four after rain shortened the contest to 17-overs-a-side affair.

The 26-year-old has been a consistent Shield performer since shifting from Western Australia to Victoria in 2016, scoring 1951 runs at 47.58.

India were cruising along at 1-83 before the good bit of work from Alex Carey with the game in the balance.

It was a morale boosting win for Australia, who have endured a dismal run of late in limited overs cricket.

Maxwell hit three consecutive sixes at one stage and hit the spidercam with another skied effort that was deemed a dead ball.

Australia, while being a lot more clinical with their victories, will be wary of the things that went wrong in their game against India.

Ignited the Australian innings, after India had got on top early, and woke up the Gabba crowd with a furious barrage of sixes.

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Harris famously shunned the mentorship of then-WA coach and now Australia boss Justin Langer when he left Perth.

India have roared into the country hell bent on ending their history of failure in Australia, India have never won a test series on Australian soil, and will see this tour as a great opportunity to end that drought.

Australia have named two uncapped players in an inexperienced squad to take on India next month in their first home series since Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for a year following the ball-tampering scandal. Australia's Test opener Khawaja who was on the panel as the third member defended it and said that batsmen need to adapt since the bowlers are getting smarter by the day. The series moves to Melbourne on Friday before the finale at the SCG on Sunday.

After losing a cliffhanger of a match, Kohli said they will learn from the mistakes and get back better.

Tossing the ball to Billy Stanlake, he was advised by the umpires that of the bowlers already used only Andrew Tye and Stoinis were available, meaning the ball was passed on to the former.

Shikhar Dhawan kept India in touch for the bulk of their pursuit, while the hosts fared far better against Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli - they managed just 24 off 28 balls between them.

Australia Innings: D'Arcy Short c Kuldeep Yadav b Ahmed 7; Aaron Finch c Ahmed b Kuldeep Yadav 27; Chris Lynn c & b Kuldeep Yadav 37; Glenn Maxwell c Kumar b Bumrah 46; Marcus Stoinis not out 33; Ben McDermott not out 2.