An exciting series lays in front of us. It always is fun and thrilling isn’t it when the Aussies take on India, even more so when the action is at Down Under.
That said, a crop of interesting names have emerged in what’s Australia’s squad listed to take on an India powered by Kohli, Rohit, Pujara, Rahane, Bumrah, Shami and company.
This brings us immediately to the prospect that can hold the fort for Australia and is, rightly, making the right kind of noises.
The future of Australia as far as red-ball cricket is concerned is in safe hands and the amount of talented youngsters coming through the ranks has been a thing of beauty. One player in particular who has been a revelation in the Australian domestic circuit is Will Pucovski.
The 22-year-old right-hand opening bat from Victoria was selected for the first time in their home summer against Sri Lanka in 2019 but he was made to warm the bench in both the tests. He never lost the hope nor worried about not getting selected in the playing 11. He kept on piling runs in the domestic circuit and has earned another call into the Australian national setup for the 4- match Test series starting December 17.
He has been a colossal in the Sheffield Shield tournament. He has been piling up runs like no other player. He has a first class average of 55 with 6 centuries and 5 half-centuries. In the recently concluded Sheffield Shield tournament, he has amassed 495 runs in just 3 innings including a marathon inning of 255. He will be breathing down the throat of Joe Burns and in all likelihood, he will make his debut against India in the next 2 months.
Can Mitchell Swepson Be A Possible Partner-In-Crime For Nathan Lyon?
Australia is a country which doesn’t produce quality spinners in heap. They have one of the best off-spinners in the world in their ranks in the form of Nathan Lyon but he has been a lone warrior in the last decade or so but Mitchell Swepson has been rising through the ranks slowly but in a very stead manner.
The quality leg-spinner has been named in the Australian squad that will face India and his fantastic numbers in this Sheffield Shield trophy where he has picked buckets of wickets helped his cause to a great deal. He has picked twenty-three wickets in 6 innings including a 10 wicket-haul and three five-fers. Though, the wrist spinner is 27 years old, he has been a consistent performer in the domestic circuit and he might be looking to seal the spot in the Australian test squad if he gets a chance to play.
Australia rarely play two genuine spinners in their XI but a track like Sydney could pave way for that.
His first-class numbers are not bad: he’s picked 138 wickets from forty-five games.
Can Michael Neser Get A Break?
The Pretoria-born lanky all-rounder has been in and around the Australian national squad for 2 years now. His thorough consistent performances for Queensland and Adelaide Strikers in BBL earned him the national cap against England in ODIs in 2018.
He bowls at decent pace and has the ability to move the ball and more than a handy lower order batsman. These qualities are gold and any team would like to have him in their side. In fifty-eight first-class games, he has picked 191 wickets at an average of 25 runs (per wicket) to go with 1903 runs with the bat.
If that’s not interesting for a new kid on the block, then what is?
He showed great signs in this edition of the famous Sheffield Shield, where he collected 10 wickets and scored 145 runs at an average of 48. He will be hoping to get a game at least against India in the upcoming 4-match Test series.
With the upcoming series holding the prospect to unfurl- hopefully speaking- mouth-watering entertainment for fans on both parts of the globe, the onus will be on these young guns to deliver at home Down Under.