Finch likely to stay as opener for Sydney Test despite consistent failures

Finch likely to stay as opener for Sydney Test despite consistent failures

Finch likely to stay as opener for Sydney Test despite consistent failures

If you ask any batsman, he is one of the most risky bowlers to face. They have performed and backed up their captain well.

Paine ruefully said: "If you took Pujara and Virat out of India's side I think you would have the same conversation".

Having impressed for Lahore Qalandars, the pair of got a chance to play in Australian club cricket for Hawkesbury. It will be fascinating to watch him in Sydney; rarely has an India team, and therefore captain, been in this position in countries where victories are so sought after. "2-1 is a pretty fair reflection of how we've played the series so far". Who will likely be called upon to deliver under pressure at some point in the tournament, for even a top order consisting of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli can not fire every game. "It was the first time where I really bounced between Test matches straight into one-dayers", Cummins said of January 2018.

Waugh's captaincy successor Ricky Ponting, who became the 25th Australian cricketer to be formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame earlier this month, also believes Finch will be dropped for the series finale and Labuschagne will come into the starting side.

"We train very hard and we are used to bowling a lot of overs in Ranji Cricket, so the body is doing well", the India pacer stated.

"But he has to (open in Sydney again)".

Will Ashwin play in Sydney or won't he?

"It will be tough on this group if you make changes now".

In this particular case, Ashwin has been suffering from a left-side abdominal strain, which also forced him to sit out of the final Test against England at the Oval. "You can not make changes now", he added.

Kohli received treatment from the physio on day two of the Melbourne Test against Australia last week, appearing to be in pain just before he was out for 82 in the first innings.

Former Australia opening batsman Cameron Bancroft has been rushed back into the Perth Scorchers" squad in the domestic "Big Bash' Twenty20 competition following the expiry of his ban for ball-tampering today. The bowling unit has done tremendously well and they will need constant support from the batsmen.

"In the next few years we'll see some benefits of what's happened, but we're under no illusions we've got to work really hard".

Soon after the three-match Test series against South Africa, India will host Bangladesh as a part of the World Test Championship in November. "The wickets are good, and there is no reason why we shouldn't see that".

Australia's woeful batting in the match, which they lost by 137 runs, also focused attention on how much Smith and Warner were missed.

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