The T20 Mode: The first T20 match between both the teams will be played tomorrow at Sydney. If we take a look at the team Aussies are strong on confidence after defeating India 4-0 whereas Indian team looks nowhere to the International standards. But in shorter forms of the game Indian cricket team can be lethal thus we can hope for a better performance from Indian players.
Indian and Australia T20 Teams: For Australia 40 years old brad hogg makes a comeback in T20 team after nearly 4 years. This comeback has been results of his strong performance in the Australian IPL i.e. Big Bash League. Fast bowler James Faulkner may mark his T20 debut if selected in playing eleven. For India it can be chance of inexperienced Rahul Sharma and Manoj Tiwary to play and offer their candidacy for the T20 world cup to be played in Sri Lanka in September this year. Suresh Raina will be back in the shorter version of the game. Aussies also got a new captain for the T20s
Below are the most probable playing eleven for both the teams for the first Twenty twenty match:
India: Vinay Kumar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni (capt, wk), Irfan Pathan, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Virat Kohli
Australia: David Hussey, George Bailey (capt), Travis Birt, Matthew Wade (wk), Brett Lee, James Faulkner, David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch, Daniel Christian, Brad Hogg
So now be prepared to switch from test match to the T20 mode of cricket.
India will play second test match of the 4 match Gavaskar Border test series (also called Boxing Day test series) tomorrow at SCG (Sydney cricket ground). According the curators the pitch conditions will be beneficial to both the teams. Its means, we can expect both Indian spinners and Australian speed bowlers to pick up wickets.
Historically this ground has been lucky or team India and they have won a couple of matches here. This is the same venue where Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Aymonds have some firing moments at the ground and allegation of racial comments etc after that. Coincidently both the players are not playing in this series. Among Indian batsmen VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar have shown excellent batting record here. Sachin has even scored a double hundred here.
Now let’s discuss something about the most awaited century. If Sachin Tendulkar scores a test hundred in this match it would be a golden not because it is the 100th test century by the little master but also because it will be scored in the 100th test match played at the Sydney cricket ground.
Let see what happens from hew hours from now.