India Tour Of Australia 2020: As the IPL comes to an end, the first international assignment for India would be the tour of Australia where they would be playing a much-anticipated Test series.
The last time India went on the tour of Australia, it was historical as India beat Australia in a Test series in their own backyard for the first time ever, but the Australian team, while playing in that series, didn’t have the services of two of their best batsmen David Warner and Steve Smith.
However, Warner and Smith are back now and they have played a considerable amount of Test cricket since their comeback as well, and not just Warner and Smith, Australia has unearthed another charismatic top-order batsman in Marnus Labuschagne.
So, India will have to bowl extremely well to make sure they go anywhere close to achieving the feat that they achieved down under a couple of years back in 2018. Fast bowling is going to be a very crucial department and while some of the fast bowlers are automatic selections for India, a couple of spots are up for grabs.
Jasprit Bumrah has not played any red-ball cricket since his comeback
India currently has two premier fast bowlers in Test cricket – Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma and if they are fit, there is no doubt about their selection for the Test series in Australia.
Jasprit Bumrah played right through India’s last overseas cycle and although he was the pick of the bowlers, he suffered a stress fracture which not only kept him out of the Test matches back home in India, he remained away from limited-overs cricket as well for a long, long time.
Although Bumrah is back and roaring at the moment in IPL, he has not played any red-ball cricket since his comeback. He had to prove his fitness in a first-class game earlier this year, but he requested the board to allow him to skip the first-class game. So, there is not enough clarity if Bumrah is ready for Test cricket in Australia just yet because it will take a lot of toll on his body.
A couple of other options that India has for the Test series against Australia are Navdeep Saini and Prasidh Krishna. None of the two has played Test cricket for India before, but Saini has been in and around the group and he has been bowling brilliantly for India in white-ball cricket for the last 12 months or so.
While the performance in white-ball cricket can’t be the basis of selection in Test cricket, what must be noted is that Saini has a wonderful first-class record too and it was on the basis of his first-class performances that he had caught the eyes of the Indian selectors.
What goes in Saini’s favor for the tour of Australia is that he is tall and can generate extra bounce from a length which is the key in Australian conditions and pretty much the same applies to Prasidh as well.
Prasidh’s natural length is probably a tad shorter than that of Saini, but he has got a high arm action and if he is in rhythm, he will prove to be a really tricky prospect for the Australian batsmen.
The Indian selectors might consider the names of Saini and Prasidh alongside Bumrah, Shami, and Ishant to form the fast bowling combination of India for the upcoming Australia tour.
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