The World Champions will be no more once India are done with them over the next month. This is one of the worst Australian test teams in recent memory and they are outmatched in Indian conditions in every aspect. Matty Hayden hasn't played in over 6 months returning from injury, Ricky Ponting's struggles against the turning ball in India are well documented and he too is returning from injury, Australia's most versatile player Symonds isn't even touring and Australia are playing a spinner who should be playing club cricket not test cricket. This team are on the decline and India will expose them.
The only thing stopping India winning comfortably will be the Indian selectors, they have shown already they are not prepared to select the best XI however in the end I think it will not matter.
India to win Test Series - $2.25
I'll eat my words if Australia can retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy but it's going to take a monumental effort just to draw the series.
Just some prop bets for this series:
Katich to be leading Australian run scorer - $8.00
Great value for a player who has proven he can score heavily in the sub continent in the past having had great success at the start of this career in Australian youth squads and Australian A teams that have toured India. The selectors have shown their hand in the leadup game that he will be opening the batting with Hayden therefore meaning Jaques will be left out. Most importantly he is a quality player of spin bowling.
Clark to be leading Australian wicket taker - $3.50
With no recognised spinner, there will more emphasis on Lee and Clark to shoulder this bowling attack which they have shown he can they do after the retirement of McGrath last year. Whilst Lee and Steyn have clearly been the best fast bowlers in the world cricket over the past year, I think the sub continent conditions will reward fast bowlers who can hit a good length consistently and frustrate the Indian batsmen as the Australian pace attack did in 2004 the last time they toured in India for a test series. Clark is a McGrath clone in that respect and he too has had past success in Australian A teams that have toured India in the past, he was the leading wicket taker in the 2000 tour.
Last edited by bad gambler : 10-03-2008 at 10:36 PM.
The only way Australia can get something out of this series is by getting a 0-0 because no way do they have enough firepower to bowl the Indians out cheaply twice.
If India don't win this series, they have choked......awful Aussie team.
England will do India a couple of months later though.
Never underestimate the baggy green cap,this team has some special talents!Batting line up is pretty good but not the best atm,while the bowling there is Brett Lee one of a kind or generation/Johnson with a brilliant future/Stuart Clark is coming of age and very solid!Bollinger aint no slouch for a beginnner while Michael Clark will get a fair share of overs no doubt!
Kumble is showing shithouse captaincy at the moment. He's letting Australia get on a roll to a big first innings score. Needs to mix up the bowling attack a bit. Mind you, if a wicket falls here, Australia's middle order will collapse.