The test series between India and Australia will be crucial for the visitors in many contexts since they never won a test series on Australian soil for many decades. The team needs to secure their top position in the ICC test ratings as well. Since the world cup season is nearing, to boost their confidence levels, the Indian team needs to focus on all the series they have to play. Here are a few mistakes India should avoid to win the Australian test series.
In the absence of crucial players like David Warner and Steven Smith, the international records of Australia seem very poor but they have home advantage in the current series. In fact, Australians dropped to the sixth position in the ICC ratings after the ball-tampering scandal. But, India needs to work on the following issues to perform consistently in the test series.
- Underrating the lower middle order of the Australian lineup
In the series against England, Indians performed really well but they did not have proper plans to tackle the lower middle order of the hosts. They had to compensate at a higher level for their mistakes since the bowlers were tired by the time the English lower middle-order batsmen came to bat. Hence, Indians need to come up with different plans to work against Australian batsmen until the end to clinch the series.
- Open with KL Rahul
Though Lokesh Rahul is famous as the test specialist, he is fighting poor form. In the practice match against CA XI, he was dismissed at a score of 3 runs. India might opt for KL Rahul as the second opener but it is better to choose Murali Vijay instead of KL Rahul to open the game. Murali Vijay has a consistent record as an opener for India and after his exclusion from the team in the recent past, he played an impressive role in the county cricket.
- Over Aggression while batting
After the T20 format gained popularity, most of the batsmen are trying over-aggression which will be venomous in the test format. Most of the Indian openers are confined to old style batting like playing towards off-stump and are losing wickets earlier in many instances. Indian batsmen, mainly top-order players should be cautious while playing on bouncy pitches of Australia to hand a good score to the team. Otherwise, the team has to pay a huge compensation for the mistakes due to aggressive batting.