Australia vs India, 3rd Test Day 1, Preview, squads & tv Channels

Cricket News: Australia vs India , 3rd Test Day 1, Preview, squads news & Pitch report


David Warner had already finished a lengthy stint in all four nets at the SCG by then. He’d then even picked up a spare wanger and chucked a few deliveries at some of his other teammates. And now he was back for another hit with Sridharan Sriram, his throwdown specialist of choice. For a moment, it looked like Warner wasn’t completely sure of whether he wanted to face spin or pace. He muttered a few words under his breath and asked Sriram to toss his arm guard over before running across and getting it himself. The decision had been made.

Warner faced just under two dozen deliveries off Sriram, with his left foot at times getting right outside off-stump while going back and across, focusing mainly on pushing length balls through the covers or rocking back and cross-batting the same length through mid-wicket. He got a couple of “played Daveys” too from Sriram, which he acknowledged with a nod. Warner eventually finished this late-shift net by getting his front-foot out to a slightly fuller delivery and driving it with full intensity past Sriram. He then went out and resumed his wanging duties to his potential opening partner Will Pucovski.

Incidentally, Rohit Sharma would finish his final net stint with a very similar shot to a very similar delivery towards the exact same location later in the day. That too had come on the back of a long session for the Indian opener, where he mainly faced the new-ball in two separate nets, giving the spinners a miss. Rohit had started out facing R Sridhar, Raghu and Dayanand Garani, each armed with a new-ball, replicating in some way the Australian pace attack. There were a few plays and misses again and Rohit kept encouraging them to keep pitching it on a length and not short, so that he could get into rhythm for what he’d be facing over the next five days at the SCG.

In many ways, both Warner and Rohit will return to their respective sides to not just bolster the batting but also to add that extra dollop of world-class quality to the contest. They are after all two of the biggest names in their generation. For the longest though, Warner is what India have always longed for Rohit to become. A fiend against the white-ball who then matures into a class Test batsman. Unlike the Australian dynamo, who’s now among the greatest ever openers his country has produced, Rohit, despite his reputation and now the vice-captaincy, is still a fair distance from being pulled into the same conversation with respect to his own country.

Their arrival on the scene only adds more intrigue to an already fascinating Test series that is currently poised at 1-1 after India’s dramatic turnaround win at the MCG. Not to forget the off-field ramblings over the fourth Test that captain Tim Paine has already said might add some fire to their first Test of the year.

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Match Facts:

Match: Australia vs India
Series: India tour of Australia, 2020-21
Date: Thursday, January 07, 2021 – Monday, January 11, 2021
Time: 10:30 local / 11:30 GMT / 04:30 PST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney


Weather and Pitch Conditions:

The one major question regarding the pitch going into the SCG Test this time was whether the curator had been asked to prepare another one – in case the Brisbane Test was shifted. It was only when Adam Lewis insisted he hadn’t that the focus shifted to the surface that the two teams will do battle on over the next five days. Unlike its reputation, the SCG hasn’t always been in total favour of the spinners and if anything has been a wicket that sums up the many characteristics of all the various Test venues around Australia.

The extra amount of grass that Lewis revealed to have left, and the lack of sun that the pitch has had in the last few days, could mean some extra bounce. But the pitch should slow down once the ball gets older. And it could well be a pitch that will get both batsmen and bowlers to work for their runs and wickets respectively. The outfield here though is the quickest around the country, thanks to the very evident slope. There has been quite a bit of rain around Sydney in recent weeks but the forecast for the Test has improved drastically in the last two days and we might well end up with some rain interruptions only on the opening day.

Today’s Playing XI:


David Warner, Will Pucovski, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (c & wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.


Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj.


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