In the second warm-up match played against Australia A with a pink ball, India will be eyeing spinner Kuldeep Yadav or extra batsman Hanuma Vihari. The match will be like a ‘dress rehearsal’ for the first Test of Day-Night starting on 17 December in Adelaide.
This day-night match at the Sydney Cricket Ground will be a good opportunity to prepare for the first Test. However, the flat pitch of SCG is completely different from the pitch of Adelaide Oval. According to Ian Chappell, the grass will be frozen on the pitch in Adelaide. Virat Kohli may not play in this match, who has indicated that he will separately prepare for the Test series. It can also be part of the strategy so that Australia does not get a clue of their preparation for the Test match.
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Kohli is difficult to play
Kohli said after the T20 series was over, ‘I believe in playing the entire match. I will talk to the physio and decide about my preparation. ‘ Australia’s newly emerging player Cameron Green will have another chance to impress the team management. At the same time, Mitchell Swapson will be hoping that he gets a chance in the third Test on the SCG next year.
Last chance to decide team combination
Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara played well in the first innings and Wriddhiman Saha in the second innings for India in the first practice match but apart from them the batsmen were disappointed. This is the last chance for India to decide the team combination.
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Rahul will get a chance?
It remains to be seen whether KL Rahul, who has played 36 Tests, gets the preference as Mayank Agarwal is scheduled to play as an opener. Prithvi Sau’s weak technique in front of good seam and swing bowling opens up. At the same time, Shubman Gill could not establish himself at the top level.
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Kuldeep’s experience of playing with pink ball
In such a situation, Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri may prefer experience. There is also a question whether the Indian team will field five specialist bowlers in the Test, with Kuldeep as the additional spinner. Kuldeep has more experience playing with pink balls and can be a problem for batsmen playing in pink light with pink Kookaburra balls.
Eye on pant
India’s domestic batsmen have seen that form of Kuldeep in the first match of Day-Night in Duleep Trophy in Greater Noida in 2016-17. Who will land at number six out of Saha and Rishabh Pant, it remains to be seen. Shastri had said in New Zealand that he has an eye on Pant’s batting abroad but Pant has been in poor form since then.
India can come down with 4 bowlers
Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and R Ashwin are scheduled to play on landing with four bowlers. In such a situation, Hanuma Vihari can be trusted who is an irregular off-break bowler.
India: Virah Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha.
Australia A: Joe Burns, Alex Kari (captain), Harry Conway, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Nick Medinson, Ben McDermott, Mark Steketee, Will Sutherland, Michelle Svepson, Jack Wildermuth and Sean Abbott