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Aussies go into first Test without a 'safety net'

07 December, 2018, 11:16 | Author: Drew Briggs
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Australia will employ one of their least credentialed batting line-ups in almost half a century with the team's aggregate of 9209 Test runs the lowest since the first Test in 1977-78 when Australia employed six debutants to replace the World Series Cricket rebels.

Throw in Australia being without Smith and Warner, and it points to India starting as overwhelming favourites.

While the IPL Auction 2019 is around the corner, the bigger story is the start of the Test series between India and Australia. He's a terrific young player and he's looked very good in some of the most competitive net sessions I've seen for a long time in Australian cricket.

That was the last play on a day of scorching heat, leaving tail-ender Mohammed Shami on six, with Jasprit Bumrah the final batsman to resume on day two. On a day when Australia's four pacers operated as a unit, Pujara's calm application on an Adelaide wicket offering extra bounce was a sight to behold.

Pujara's 16th Test hundred and first in Australia helped India recover to 250-9 at stumps, after they had been reduced to 127-6 at one stage.

"We've bowled a fuller length and some bouncers to get them back in the crease.it is really encouraging that they are swinging the ball".

Australia's effort was held together by Travis Head who showed outstanding application and finished the day unbeaten on 61, while Mitchell Starc also remained unbeaten on eight.

Australia's bowlers will pay the price for their batsmen's sins after being boldly sent into an Adelaide heat wave without a safety net against India. The cover drive came out against the spinner, expectedly as a few more runs started flowing. The two added 62 runs for the seventh wicket before Ashwin got a peach of a delivery from Cummins that he nicked to Peter Handscomb at second slip.

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Paine said his message to the team was to keep their cool but also play to their strengths.

Asked if the poor crowd attendance had convinced him that the Adelaide Test should be day-night, Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts said: "Absolutely".

The duo batted out 20.4 overs and put on 45 runs for the second wicket, already higher than any partnership for the top-four Indian wickets.

"They got through the Ashes past year I thought and bowled a hell of a lot of overs". While Dhoni was a calm and composed customer on the field with no many altercations with the oppositions, Pant kept sledging the hosts on Day 2 of the encounter with possibly the best one coming against Usman Khawaja.

Harris fell for 26 from 57 balls when finger spinner Ravi Ashwin (3-50) got him to pop up a catch to silly mid-off with a skidding delivery.

Skipper Virat Kohli opted to bat in ideal conditions but the top-order once again failed to apply themselves against the potent pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Cummins.

Paine told reporters on the eve of the match that Harris will open the batting alongside Victoria teammate Aaron Finch, according to a Cricket Australia report.

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