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Australia vs India 2020-21: Tim Paine Urges Spectators To Respect All Players During The Brisbane Test Match

Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine has urged the spectators coming to watch the India and Australia play the last series in Brisbane to respect all the players. His statement is the reaction to the Indian players Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah being racially abused by some crowd in Sydney Cricket Ground.

On day four of the third Test, the play was halted for about 10 minutes after Siraj complained to the on-field umpire about being racially abused by some fans when he was fielding near the rope. Following this, six people from the crowd were thrown out of the stadium.

My suggestion is you leave the abuse at the gate and just respect the players: Tim Paine

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In light of the Sydney racism row, Australia captain Tim Paine has urged the spectators to ‘leave the abuse at the gate’ when they enter the Gabba for the 4th Test in Brisbane.

“In terms of crowd behaviour – we don’t condone the abuse of anyone; let alone from the racial standpoint. So we want people to come along to the Gabba, enjoy the game of cricket, support Australia, support India. Support the umpires if you like. But my suggestion is you leave the abuse at the gate and just respect the players, respect the game and have a good time,” Paine said as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.

Mitchell Starc, Tim Paine
Tim Paine with Mitchell Starc (Photo credit – DAVID GRAY/AFP/Getty Images)

Australia has a dominant history in Brisbane. The host had last been defeated in a Test match at the Gabba 33 years ago, in 1988, while India has never won any at the venue. Tim Paine is confident that they have an advantage over visitors in the fourth match venue.

“Yeah, it [the Gabba] is right up there, no doubt about that. It’s a hard place to come and play cricket. Even for Tasmanians and Victorians to come here, it can be challenging to adjust to the different bounce and speed of the wicket. It’s something that has been to the advantage of Australian teams for a long time,” he added.

The final Test will begin on January 15.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Pat Cummins Reveals The Plan Of Australia On Day Four
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Pat Cummins Reveals The Plan Of Australia To Bundle Out India On Day Four

After bowling out India for 244 runs on day three, Australia’s bowling machine Pat Cummins reckons the host had a great day with having a big lead of 197 runs. He has revealed that Australia will be looking to bat until two sessions on day three and then have a crack at India in the last innings.

Pat Cummins’, basically, sounds to tire the visitors. If Australia successfully bats for two sessions, the Indian bowlers will be tired while the fielder’s energy will also be down by the time they come for batting in the last session.

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“It was a good day. Woke up this morning hoping that by the close of the play today we wouldn’t be bowling and then to have a lead of 200 (197 runs), it’s a great day,” Pat Cummins said on Sony Network at the end of Day 3.

“I think the runs (the lead) is probably going to be the most important. At least one and a half to two sessions tomorrow and then probably have a crack at them,” Pat Cummins added.

Pat Cummins gets the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara for the fourth time in this series:

Cheteshwar Pujara,
Cheteshwar Pujara. Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Talking about the third day of the Sydney Test, India were dominant position until the stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane gave away his wicket to Cummins. The speedster also went on to pick the wicket of India’s wall Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored his slowest fifty in Test cricket. He later than also picked the wicket of Mohammed Siraj.

Apart from Cummins, Hazlewood also got two wickets of and Mitchell Starc took one wicket. Three Indian players were run-out on Saturday to add to the team’s batting woes.

Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli.
Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli. BCCI Twitter
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Ajinkya Rahane Has To Deal With A Lot Of Challenges Ahead Of The Boxing Day Test Match

With Virat Kohli returning home, the stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane has not only the challenge to lead the team but also motivate them to move on from crippling defeat against Australia in the pink-ball Test in Adelaide. Murali Kartik, the renowned commentator, has reckoned that Rahane needs to take a good combination in the coming Test match to bounce back stronger to forget the loss of the opening match.

Cricketer-turned-commentator Murali Kartik recalled that Ajinkya Rahane approaches the game more calmly than Kohli. He had faced Rahane during Ranji Trophy, the first-class domestic tournament of India, where he noticed that Test vice-captain maintained a quiet nature in the field unlike Kohli, who always remain animated.

“He has a very quiet nature, so that will be reflected in his captaincy as well. There will not be any overt celebrations and I feel he reads the game well. When we have played Ranji Trophy against him, he is an organised person, that is what you can expect from him,” Kartik said on Sony Sports Network.

Ajinkya Rahane not only have to save the match but win the match: Murali Kartik

Australia vs India 2020-21: The Stand-in Captain Ajinkya Rahane Not Only Have To Save The Match But Win It- Murali Kartik
Ajinkya Rahane. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Apart from Kohli’s return, India’s top-order is also the cause of concern. The young opener Prithvi Shaw struggled with the bat across both the innings, being out for duck and four runs respectively.

Murali Kartik observes that Shaw is low in confidence and mentions that Ajinkya Rhane needs to infuse that in the youngsters. He awaits for what match-winning combination will Indian team management will enter to take the game forward.

“The interesting thing will be that we have lost the match, Prithvi Shaw has not looked confident in both innings and on top of that Virat Kohli is not there, so what changes they will make to the team,” he added.

“These are the kind of things Ajinkya Rahane will have to think about because confidence has to be infused now. You need to play the players who do not have the baggage, who can help you in making a comeback,” Kartik said.

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane. (Image Credit: Getty Images).

Kartik pointed out the challenges Rahane would face while captaining the Indian team in Australia. . He said that Rahane and the team management should come up with a solid plan so as to make a comeback in the series where the tourists are lagging 0-1.

“Australia is a tough place and when you are down, you need to know what sort of players you want and go with them. Their bowlers are on top, they know they can dismiss us, so you need to think about what you can do because you not only have to save the match but win the match if you have to do anything this time.

“So, that will be more important for Ajinkya Rahane and the entire team management,” opined Kartik.

After losing the first match, India will take on Australia in the second Test match scheduled to begin on December 26 in Brisbane.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Wriddhiman Saha To Be Benched; Shubman Gill And Mohammed Siraj Set To Make Debut In MCG Test- Reports
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Wriddhiman Saha To Be Benched; Shubman Gill And Mohammed Siraj Set To Make Debut In MCG – Reports

As Team India captain Virat Kohli will be missing in the Test squad for the remaining three Test matches against Australia, India is looking to enter with a strong batting line up following their embarrassing defeat in the first Test. The visitors will want to redeem in the second Test which will be hosted by Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

As per reports in India Today, Team India will go with four changes in the playing XI, which will played in pink-ball Test in Adelaide.  Wriddhiman Saha is likely to replace with Rishabh Pant and Shubman Gill will make his Test debut while KL Rahul will replace the skipper. Mohammed Shami, who has fractured his bowling arm, will be replaced with Mohammed Siraj.

Four changes in India’s playing XI:

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The wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha failed with the bat across the innings, scoring nine and four runs respectively. Although he had impressed with his stumping in the second innings, India need more support with the bat. Thus, Rishabh Pant, who had scored a century in the last tour, will be swooped in the playing XI.

Prithvi Shaw, whose technical flaws have been exposed by the Australian pacer, will be benched while in-form Shubman Gill, who had played sublime knocks in the warm-up games. On the other hand, KL Rahul is expected to get in place of Virat Kohli though at which position he will bat is not yet decided.

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Injured Mohammed Shami. Image Credit: Twitter.

On Sunday, Mohammed Shami picked up the injury during the second innings of India got the nasty blow in his right arm off Josh Hazlewood’s bowling. He left the field and was declared retired hurt. Mohammed Siraj, who was taken as the backup bowler, is likely to make a debut in MCG ground.

Meanwhile, Australia handed India a humiliating defeat in the pink-ball Test which was over in three days after a dramatic batting collapse for Virat Kohli & Co. in their second innings. They will be looking to win the second match to clinch the victory in the second Test to clinch the victory in the Test series.

Australia vs India 2020-21: It Was Heartening To See Ajinkya Rahane Being Praised For Captaincy: Sunil Gavaskar
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Picture Can Change For India: Sunil Gavaskar Reckons Inclusion Of Prithvi Shaw And Shubman Gill Will Give A Positive Turn

After India faced an embarrassing defeat against Australia in the pink-ball Test, former Indian Cricketer Sunil Gavaskar believes that India can turn the table even though they will be missing the service of Virat Kohli in the remaining three Test matches against Australia. He feels that Shumbman Gill and KL Rahul, who are likely to get the chance in the playing XI, can provide a good base to the team and India can dominate in the series.

Sunil Gavaskar shared some comforting words to India, who got the nightmare after the sudden collapse of the batting order in the second innings. India was dominating until day two and was the favourite to win the Test but the Australian bowler white-washed all the assumptions. The visitors were all out for just 36 runs, which became India’s lowest total score.

Picture Can Change For India: Sunil Gavaskar Reckons Inclusion Of Prithvi Shaw And Shubman Gill Will Give A Positive Turn
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But the former Indian cricketer reckons that India should accept the situation and move on. He feels that his countrymen can also give the taste of that drastic defeat to Australian. Gavaskar finds fault in the host batting line up and believes that India can dominate against them.

“It is natural to be disappointed after such a performance. But anything can happen in cricket. What was the situation after the second day and what happened on the third day.”

“Indian team can also turn it around and win matches. We have seen that the Australian batting is also not that confident.”

The picture can change. I am positive about that: Sunil Gavaskar

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Australian team. Image Credit: ICC.

As Virat Kohli will be leaving his team to attend the birth of his first child, Sunil Gavaskar said that KL Rahul is likely to be included in his place while Shubman Gill will replace struggling Prithvi Shaw. He opines that if the duo continues their good form in the series, India can change the picture.

“There are going to be two changes in the batting for sure. One, KL Rahul will probably come for Prithvi Shaw to open the batting. And Shubman Gill is likely to come at No.5 or No.6.”

“Their form has been quite good and if they come and give us a good start, then the picture can change. I am positive about that,” Sunil Gavaskar maintained. 

Apart from Kohli, Mohammed Shami is also likely to be ruled out because of the fractured arm, which he sustained while batting in the second innings. His exclusion will be a huge blow for India as Ishant Sharma is also not available.

Nathan Lyon
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Australia vs India 2020-21: I Don’t Approach My Bowling Differently Just Because We’re Playing Against India – Nathan Lyon

Australia’s prominent Test spinner Nathan Lyon, who is close to getting to 400 Test wickets, is confident that he is in good shape ahead of the beginning of Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2019-20.

Nathan Lyon finished as the joint highest wicket-taker with Jasprit Bumrah in the Test series 2018-19, picking 21 wickets in four matches. He has good Test records, especially against India. Talking about his overall credentials against India at home, he has notched 51 wickets, including four five-wicket hauls and one 10-wicket haul.

Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Addressing media during the virtual press, Nathan Lyon stated that he didn’t tinker with his bowling approach just because he was playing against India. He believes that his bowling has improved has constantly and thus, he has got the fruits of it.

“I don’t approach my bowling differently just because we’re playing against India. Especially over the last five years, my bowling has probably gone to a new level. I’m very confident with where my bowling’s at at the moment.

India has a fantastic attack: Nathan Lyon

Nathan Lyon, Ajinkya Rahane
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Talking about India, Nathan Lyon didn’t mince words and reckoned that the visiting nation had a fantastic attack. He is raring to take the challenge against them and do his part to the best instead of focusing on what India is planing.

“They’re a very attacking side, they’re always looking to attack us which is fantastic. I love that challenge, but to be honest, it’s more about me playing more of a role within the Australian cricket team and doing what Tim Paine has asked me to do.

“It’s about doing one percent of things and not worrying too far about what India is doing. We know the quality of cricketers they have in their squad, and we know how they come out and play their cricket,” Nathan Lyon stated.

Adelaide will mark the start of the much-awaited four-match Test series by hosting the first-ever pink ball between India and Australia. The Boxing Day Test match, which will be the second match of the series, will be played in Melbourne while Sydney and Brisbane will host the last Tests respectively.

Ajit Agarkar Leave Out Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma In His IPL 2020 Playing XI
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Australia vs India 2020-21: It’s Never Fun To See: Ajit Agarkar Points Out The Lack Of Competitiveness In The Ongoing Tour

The rivalry between India and Australia has grown to be fierce and intensive with the years passing by. Banter and verbal fights are common sights when these two teams are in the cricket field. But the same has not been seen in ongoing India’s tour of Australia. The two teams have been seen exchanging smiles and being friendly. This has not gone down well for many former cricketers of both sides.

Ajit Agarkar, former Indian pacer, has also weighed on it. Like others, he has also reasoned that the Indian Premier League (IPL), whose 13th season concluded recently, has got these players together which has alleviated the rivalry.

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KL Rahul and Aaron Finch laughed after the latter was hit on the abdomen. Image Credit: Twitter.

Ajit Agarkar revealed that Australia’s great McGrath, who was with the former Indian cricketer in the commentary box, was also disgusted to see the unusual friendly behaviour during the limited-overs leg. He iterated that there should be more competitiveness in the field.

“It seems that way,” Agarkar said on the Sony Sports Network when asked if the India-Australia series has been too friendly. “IPL has made the situation between teams better. But it’s never fun to see. Watching the white-ball leg, it was killing Glenn McGrath. I have played a series against him and although I don’t remember him sledging much, there was always some or the other form of talking. You can feel it… there doesn’t need to be many things spoken and the competitiveness could still be there.”

I don’t think there is anything wrong with a bit of chirping: Ajit Agarkar

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Ajit Agarkar reckoned that India was seen as dominant in Australia tour  2018-19 because Virat Kohli and co. were not shy to give replies and banter. He believes that verbal confrontation will lift the spirit of the tour.

“At times, it is a bit friendly. I know it’s different with every individual and what works for you, you should try and do, but you still want to see that competitiveness,” Agarkar said. “I think that’s what got India over the line in the previous series and how well they played. You could see Virat Kohli there and as long as it doesn’t get out of hands, I don’t think there is anything wrong with a bit of chirping,”Ajit Agarkar maintained. 

The much-awaited four-match Test series will begin with the pink ball Test in Adelaide on January 18 while the last three Tests will be played in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane respectively.