After a thrilling final day at Adelaide where Australia triumphed over India by 48 runs, the Border-Gavaskar bandwagon moves to The Gabba. Ahead of the second test, all eyes are on Australia’s brand new skipper Steve Smith and India’s MS Dhoni, who returns from injury and takes over the captaincy from Virat Kohli, in spite of Kohli being more attacking than MS Dhoni. Here is what in store for the second test at Brisbane that begins tomorrow.
Weather Report: According to the meteorological department, the weather in Brisbane is likely to be cloudy throughout the test match. It was also said that the venue has faced some rain in the build up to the test.
Pitch Report: The Gabba surface is well grassed and appears likely to offer plenty of pace and bounce to the pacers. With the wicket been under the cover for a long time, team winning the toss will have no hesitation in bowling first and unleash their pacers against the opposition.
Australia are yet to lose a match since their 309 run loss to South Africa at Perth in 2012. The Aussies are coming from a 0-2 loss to Pakistan at UAE and started the series in a right way with a win in the first test at Adelaide.
India are yet to win or to draw a Test since their win over England in the second Test against England at Lords.
Teams at The Gabba:
Australia are yet to lose a Test at Gabba since 1988 when they lost to the Wes Indies by 9 wickets.
India are yet to win a single Test at Gabba with the best result at the venue was a draw way back in 2003.
Team Guide: Australia
Australia are confident and will look to carry on the momentum from their win over India in the first Test. The victory will be a morale boosting win for the hosts as they came back from an situation when the visitors needed over 140 runs in the final session of the play with 8 wickets in hand. Unfortunately, the Aussies will be without their regular skipper Michael Clarke, who sustained a hamstring injury in the final day of the first test. 25 year old Steve Smith was named as a replacement for Michael Clarke ahead of Clarke’s deputy Brad Haddin. The Aussies also revealed that Josh Hazleeood will make his debut in the second test ahead of Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc comes into the team for Ryan Harris. Clarke’s absence also means Shaun Marsh too will be back in action after ten months. Mitchell Johnson and co. will be itching to get on the field at The Gabba in just over 15 hours’ time.
Confirmed Playing XI:
Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Steve Smith (capt), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.
Team Guide: India
India will look to regain momentum after losing the first test from a winning position in spite of skipper Virat Kohli’s fighting hundred. Indian pacers will look to get their act right in a wicket that has everything for them, a rarity from the wickets that is provided to them at home. They will look to grab this opportunity with both hands. India is likely to make two changes in the playing XI. Skipper MS Dhoni will come in place of Wriddhiman Saha and R Ashwin will be replacing Karn Sharma.
India, certainly won’t drop failing Rohit Sharma for Suresh Raina in the Brisbane test as he is one of the best players of tackling pace and bounce. On the other hand, playing Suresh Raina in Test matches at a bouncy wicket is like committing suicide. India will expect their opener Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane to come good in this test match.
Possible Playing XI:
M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (capt and wk), R Ashwin, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav.