Hazelwood picks India-Australia combined XI ahead of the tour
Team India is scheduled to tour Australia to play three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs later this year. The BCCI has confirmed that the tour will be going ahead, despite the restrictions due to COVID-19. The Test series will be in focus more as the Virat Kohli-led side had won the series in Australian ground for the very first time.
Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood has picked his combined Test XI from current players of the two teams, ahead of the much-awaited Series. He started with the pace attack selecting himself, Pat Cummins and Jasprit Bumrah for the bowling department.
Josh Hazlewood went with Nathan Lyon and Ravi Ashwin keeping in mind their performances both home and away for the spinning department. Lyon naturally gets wickets in India while Ashwin has proved his worth.
He went with Steve Smith to bat at number three with Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara following him at number four and five by a confusing wits as there are a lot of capable batsmans between the two teams. He build a power-packed middle-order as at least one of them will score big in the game if it necessary.
The pacer picked Mayank Agarwal as an opener to partner David Warner at the top stating that he kept the future in mind. “Openers would be Mayank Agarwal – taking future in consideration – and David Warner,” Hazlewood said while speaking to WION.
In the end, for the number six position, he selected two players, Marnus Labuschagne and Rohit Sharma, while saying that one of them would play depending on their ability to change the game.
Here’s Josh Hazlewood’s India-Australia combined Test XI: Mayank Agarwal, David Warner, Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma/Marnus Labuschagne, Ravi Ashwin, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Jasprit Bumrah, Josh Hazlewood.