Aussies Ready for Red-Hot Indians

The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia), December 26, 2011 | Go to article overview

Aussies Ready for Red-Hot Indians


Byline: GREG BUCKLE of AAP

TEST DEBUTANTS

Australia's 10 debutants in Test cricket in 2011 (the highest number since 15 players broke into the side in 1977 during the world series cricket era):

Michael Beer (Jan 3 v England, Sydney)

Usman Khawaja (Jan 3 v England, Sydney)

Trent Copeland (Aug 31 v Sri Lanka, Galle)

Nathan Lyon (Aug 31 v Sri Lanka, Galle)

Shaun Marsh (Sep 8 v Sri Lanka, Pallekele)

Pat Cummins (Nov 17 v South Africa, Johannesburg)

James Pattinson (Dec 1 v NZ, Brisbane)

Mitchell Starc (Dec 1 v NZ, Brisbane)

David Warner (Dec 1 v NZ, Brisbane)

Ed Cowan (Dec 26 v India, Melbourne)

Teams for Melbourne Test Co Australia: Michael Clarke (c), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitchell Starc (12th man). India (possible): MS Dhoni (c), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, VVS Laxman, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

INDIA'S imposing batting line-up casts a massive shadow over Australia's preparations for the first Test starting today at the MCG.

Two of Australia's four frontline bowlers, James Pattinson and offspinner Nathan Lyon, are first-year players.

And while both are in good form, they'll need to be against some of the game's all-time greats.

India's top five Co Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman Co boast a combined tally of 610 Tests.

Dravid is the leading Test run scorer in 2011 and second-best of all time. He trails only his fellow 38-year-old Tendulkar, who's attempting to become the first player to score 100 centuries in Tests and one-day internationals.

While Australia's bowlers are under pressure to take 20 wickets in the first Test and cut India's confidence down to size in the four-match series, Australia's batsmen also need to produce heroic deeds. …

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