After India put an exciting end to the T20I series against Australia, both the teams will be focusing on Test series that starts on December 6. For India, especially Kohli this is an opportunity to create history by winning a Test series in Australia given the fact that team has never won a Test series on their home ground and if India wins it will be after more than a decade.
For Australia, things might not be that well as they will be fielding their weakest Test side of the 21st century in absence of their star batsmen David Warner and Steve Smith. That being said, there are a few players that we can see struggling during the Test series.
Finch is undisputedly one of the finest limited over players for Australia with experience of 96 ODIs and 50 T20Is under his belt. Making Test match debut for Australia in October this year at the age of 31, Finch managed to get 181 runs in two Tests he played against Pakistan.
He is not known for his skills in the first-class matches. Most probably Finch will be opening for Australia in the Adelaide Test. With India having one of the strongest bowling lineups in recent times with likes of Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami, Finch might have a hard time playing against the guests.
Most successful spinner for India at the moment in World Cricket, Ashwin has struggled in overseas conditions. If we look at his records on the subcontinent pitches, it has been phenomenal but during his tours to Australia, South Africa and England he fails to create the same count.
In the past, Ashwin has played 6 Test matches in Australia and picked 21 wickets at an average of 54.71. His best figure stands at 4/105 but overall his strike rate is poor at 97.05. During his last visit to Australia, he failed to deliver his best picking 12 wickets at a strike rate of 86. As Australian conditions are known not to favour spinners, things can get really difficult for Ashwin.
In a career that has spanned over a decade, Rohit Sharma has played 25 Tests for India. However, his tally in Tests is not on par with his ODI performance in which he has amassed seven 150+ totals. Rohit has struggled in the longer version of the game with only 3 hundreds in 43 innings.
All his big knocks in a Test were in India and his performance overseas has been really awful. Playing 15 away Tests so far, he has managed to score 710 at an average of 25.36 that points out his inability to play moving balls.
With no 100 and only 4 fifties in away Tests, Rohit Sharma has to prove his worth in Test team because this might be his last chance to do so.