IND vs AUS 1st Test Dream11 Team Predictions: Playing XI

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IND vs AUS 1st Test Dream11 Team Predictions: Playing XI

16 Dec 2020
IND vs AUS 1st Test Dream11 Team Predictions: Playing XI
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IND vs AUS 1st Test Dream11 Team Predictions:The Test series that everyone was waiting for is finally here. Australia is all set to take on India in a 4-match Test series that is set to begin on 17th December. The buildup for this particular event has been perfect as the hosts took the ODI series but the Indians wasted no time in levelling things up with a 2-1 victory in the shortest format.

Assuming that the visitors have acclimatized to the foreign conditions, the Tests are expected to be a cracker. The first day-night test game is scheduled be held in the Adelaide Oval with the start of play at 9.30 am IST.

The Indian team have some fine memories here in the recent past and are looking to start on a high whereas the hosts are banking on an imperious home record.

India vs Australia Playing XI 

India: Virat Kohli (C), Chetaswar Pujara , Prithvi Shaw, Mayanak Agarwal, Ajinkya Rahane(VC), Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah

Australia Probable Playing XI: Joe Burns, Cameron Green, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon

NOTE: Playing XI for Team India has been declared while for Australia it is probable Playing XI.

Australia vs India 1st Test Dream11 predictions: Recommended players

Looking at every player’s recent form, the ideal eleven should have 1 Wicket-Keeper, 5 Batsmen, 1 All-rounder and 4 bowlers.

Wicket-Keeper: Tim Paine.

Batsmen: Virat Kohli, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal. 

All-rounders: R Ashwin

Bowlers: Mitchell Starc, Jasprit Bumrah, Nathan Lyon and Mohammed Shami.

IND vs AUS 1st Test Dream11 Team Predictions: Wicket Keeper

The Australian skipper and wicket-keeper Tim Paine doesn’t have a particularly favoring Test record but has been someone who has led the side in the most difficult times. Looking at his record against India, he has a healthy average of 32.45 for a wicket keeper and has affected 21 dismissals in 6 games.

Matthew Wade might be included as a pure batsman after some exceptional performances in the limited format. The left hander has 1440 runs in 55 Test innings translating to 50 points per game.

As far as India is concerned, the debate is still very much alive as to who dons the gloves in the 1st game. According to recent reports, it is expected for Wriddhiman Saha to start ahead of Pant.

Saha doesn’t have a particularly good record in Australia with an average of 18.50 in 6 innings, but that half century in one of the practice games would have helped the experienced glove man.

On the other hand, the young prodigy Rishabh Pant has improved by many folds with the gloves and has a superior batting over the Aussies. It seems that the batting contribution is overshadowed by the glove work.

Australia vs India 1st Test Dream11 Predictions: Batsmen

The Australia has a big void to fill as David Warner ruled himself out due to a groin injury in the ODI series. This meant that the onus was on Joe Burns and Marcus Harris to replace him. Joe Burns has been underperforming consistently and has no runs to back him to seal his spot.

With Will Pucovski facing an injury, we will have to wait until the toss as to who faces the new ball. On the other hand, Marcus Harris who came in for Pucovski is assured of the opening slot after good performances in the domestic circuit. Even though his Test record isn’t that great, it is time for him to make his mark in Adelaide.

There are also talks about Shaun Marsh coming in as a surprise element, but the veteran’s inconsistency and his decline has been a matter of serious discussion. 

The No.3 and No.4 pick themselves as the Smith-Labuschagne has been one of the successful partnerships in the recent times. Steve Smith is one of the best in business with an average of 62.84 and 26 tons to his name. In addition to this, he has the best average versus India along with 7 tons against one of the best bowling attacks.

On the other hand, Marnus Labuschagne who has played just 14 Tests has stamped his authority with 1500 runs and an average of 63.43. Travis Head will be coming in at No.5 for the side who has averaged 42 in Tests and has over 1000 runs in the longest format bringing additional experience to that middle order.

As far as India is concerned, Mayank Agarwal is the confirmed opener in the eleven with the other spot wide open. Looking at the practice games,

Shubman Gill did show the temperament and the technique to negotiate in tough conditions whereas Prithvi Shaw still has noticeable flaws that might work against him in the selections.

Coming back to Mayank Agarwal, he rectified the mistakes that he did in the first innings of the practice game thanks to the Indian captain Virat Kohli. Shubman Gill scored lot of runs in the practice games and is coming off a successful season in the domestic circuit that might help him grab that spot.  

The Indian No.3 would be Cheteshwar Pujara who was the star for India in the 2018/19 series after finishing as the highest aggregator. The savior has averaged 60.07 against the best attacks which includes 5 hundreds and 7 fifties.

He will be joined by the Indian skipper Virat Kohli who has been in the limelight for a month now, with the intensity he brings in the middle. He is looking to end the 2020 with a ton in one of his favorite venues where he has scored 3 tons and has averaged 71.83 in 6 innings.

Ajinkya Rahane who comes in at No.5 is looking to score as many runs as possible with a possibility of him getting captaincy after Kohli returns to India. If India were to succeed, Rahane will have to play responsibly and possibly score heaps of runs in the 4 games.

K L Rahul might not be part of the eleven in the first game but is certainly looking for an opportunity to cement his spot in the eleven. He has amassed 2006 runs in 36 Test matches.     

IND VS AUS 1st Test Dream11 predictions: All-rounders

Cameron Green has been brilliant in the first-class cricket who has taken 33 wickets in 21 games along with some useful runs coming down the order. According to Justin Langer, he is part of the eleven for the Adelaide Test.

With Sean Abbott ruled out, Moises Henriques has been called up to the side to be the backup all-rounder side. His last Test was against Sri Lanka in 2016 and is expecting to make a comeback in this series. Michael Neser might be seen as fourth pacer in the side with loads of success in the domestic circuit with the ball as well as with the bat. 

Hanuma Vihari is expected to come at No.6 with a 9-match experience and 552 runs behind him, which includes a hundred against West Indies in Sabina Park. He can also be used as an off-break bowler to give the frontline bowlers a little bit of breather.

As far as Ravindra Jadeja is concerned, he has recovered well but his availability for the day-night Test is still a bug question mark.

Ravi Ashwin has 365 wickets in 71 Tests. He can bat well and has an average of over 35 runs per match.

Australia vs India 1st Test Dream 11 predictions: Bowlers

The Australian pace attack looks lethal and dangerous with the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood firing on all cylinders. Starc is a force to deal with at home with 150 wickets at an average of 25.93.

He will be accompanied by Josh Hazlewood who is an expert in keeping the ball in the channel and bringing the odd one back to deceive the batsmen. He is closing in on 200 Test wickets and what better time to do it than against India.

Pat Cummins is a beast in Tests and is one of the best in business currently. He has taken 143 wickets in just 30 games at a jaw dropping average of 21.83. James Pattinson who is taken as a reserve is looking to cement his place in the longest format after good performances against New Zealand at home early in 2020. 

The spin department will be headed by Nathan Lyon who bowls extremely well, in home conditions. He has taken 191 wickets at home thanks to his overspin and consistently bowling at the rough. Even though there is a meek chance of a second spinner, Mitchell Swepson will be considered if such a situation arises.  

Looking at the Indian bowling attack, it was the pace bowlers who set it up nicely for the famous win in 2018-19. Jasprit Bumrah was on fire last time around as he took 21 wickets at an average of 17.00 and will be the pillar of this attack.

Mohammed Shami is someone who has the knack of picking wickets in the 2nd innings consistently and needs to find his rhythm for the side to succeed.

Given that Ishant Sharma was ruled out of this series, the third pacer will be one among Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini who have exhibited their potentials in the practice games. Looking at the spin department, India might go in with both spinners who can bowl in tandem to keep the pressure on the batting side.

Australia vs India 1st Test Dream 11 predictions: Match prediction

Looking at the prediction platforms like Bet365 and Betway, this epic clash is expected to go the Australia’s way with India needing to punch above its weight to match its 2018-19 performance down under.

Australia vs India 1st Test Dream 11 predictions: Where to watch?

The 1st Test match between Australia and India will be live telecasted on Sony Network for the Indian cricket fans. The matches will be streamed on Sony Six, Sony Ten and its HD subsidiaries apart from the Sony LIV app. 

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