Australia name unchanged XI for the Bangalore test
Australia named an unchanged squad for the second test against India that is to be played at Bangalore from tomorrow.
Captain Steve Smith has confirmed that Australia will be unchanged for the second Test against India in Bangalore, “Same team. Based on the way we performed last week.It was a good mix of two fast bowlers, an all-rounder that bowls quick and two quality spinners as well.”
It comes as no surprise that the tourists will go with the same side which emphatically ended the top-ranked team’s 19-match unbeaten run with a 333-run hammering in Pune last week.
The Australian also revealed that they need to post a big first innings total to strengthen their position in the four-match series, “So looking at this wicket we think it’s going to be similar to those games against England. First innings runs are going to be crucial to bat long periods of time and in terms of posting a big first innings score.”
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Smith had no doubts Australia would face a backlash from the hosts, whose 19-match unbeaten streak snapped in Pune, as they seek a second successive win to be in an unbeatable position in the series at the halfway stage.
He said, “We know India are going to come back hard at us, there is no doubt about it. They play very well here at home but from our point of view we can take a lot (of positives) from the way we played last week.”
“There were some very tough conditions and the way the boys adopted to the conditions was spot on. So we are going to have to start again, start well from ball one here. We know it’s a completely different wicket.
Smith also know that Victory for Australia at M Chinnaswamy Stadium would ensure they retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with two matches to spare, “We know that we have to win one more game to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and things can happen pretty quickly here in India at certain times, particularly at the back end of the game. So we can only be a couple of sessions away from that.”
Earlier, The first Test was over inside three days after Steve O’Keefe bamboozled the India batsmen on a pitch which was rated as poor by match referee Chris Broad.
- Maksudul HAQUE, correspondent, bdcrictime