India vs Australia 2nd Test Live
What a match at Adelaide Oval! Full credit to Australian team to swaying the result their way after tea at day 5, but heart goes out to the Indian team who never looked so positive in an away test match. Chasing a big total, they always seemed like getting it. Till the tea at day 5, team India looked easily winning it. Probably the loss of Murali Vijay and then Kohli turned tables. Hopefully we see a similar fight in 2nd test at Brisbane when Star Sports brings live streaming and telecast in India with live English and Hindi commentary.
There is a high probability that Michael Clarke may never play again. He has been in and out of the team, infact more out than in due to an injury. He believes he need to be frank enough to accept that his injury may never allow him to play cricket again. He is out of the remainder of this series. Australia has planned to replace two players from the current squad for the next three test matches.
Steven Smith the young 25 year old prolific performer has been elected as Australia's 45th test captain. He will lead the team into the second test at Brisbane where Australia hasn't lost a test since last 26 years.
For India there might be couple of changes in the playing XI. Karn Sharma who couldn't impress much on an Adelaide pitch where counterpart Lyon toon good number of wickets. He might be replaced with experienced Ashwin. Replacing Kohli as the captain, Dhoni may make a comeback. But the news aren't confirmed yet.
Yes the selectors would be highly impressed with Kohli's captaincy and hundreds in each innings, but Dhoni still may make a comeback as the captain. It seems improbable that selectors may take any harsh decision to drop Dhoni from captaincy of test before World Cup 2015.
Virat Kohli is in sparkling form and he seemed like batting at home. He became first overseas player in last 53 years to score a century in both innings in Australia. Cricket fans in India expect loads of runs again from the likes of Pujara, Kohli, Vijay, Rohit Sharma and Dhawan. Gabba would be a pitch where not only the Australian bowlers but also the Indian quickies would enjoy bowling.
Let us see how interesting the secnod test turns out to be. Australia's good record at Gabba is daunting for India but even if they manage to sneak a draw here, that would keep the series alive.
India vs Australia 1st Test
The impetus is back to cricket after the sad episode of Phil Hughes. A bouncer never seemed so threating. A broken jaw or a broke nose is what we had seen so far. But when a bouncer took Hughes life, the whole cricket world came to a standstill. Cricket fans haven't yet recovered from the shock, but ultimately the show must go on. Up in the heavens, even Phil would like to see the cricket go on. Grief stricken by his death, Australian board cancelled the second practice match. Third practice match went on and Indian team again had an upper hand. But that might not be the case when India faces the Australian side in the 1st test at Adelaide Oval. Watch full India vs Australia test series live streaming and telecast on Star Sports HD network in India. One can enjoy commentary live in English as well as Hindi. For Hindi commentary tune in to Star Sports 3.
The whole schedule has been revised after the sad demise of Phil Hughes. For revised schedule details, please click here.
Every time when India travels away for a test series, many of the Indian fans have high expectations. Especially since 2011, India's away performances have been highly disappointing. Can this tour to Australia turn fortunes for the team? We need to wait and watch.
Virat Kohli pads up during an India training session at Adelaide Oval #AUSvsIND #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/vjPhHXWXpu
— Indian Cricket Team (@IndianCricNews) November 29, 2014
The young Indian team looks highly confident under the captaincy of Virat Kohli especially after a 5-0 win over Sri Lanka in India. But that was in India. How would the players perform in Australia is a different question. Not to forget Australia and New Zealand are also the venues for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 which would also be available for Indian cricket fans through live cricket streaming and telecast on Star Sports.
Since the 1st test was postponed, there is a high probability that full time captains Michael Clarke and MS Dhoni may play at Adelaide Oval. Dhoni who kicked off his captaincy streak with lot of test wins now faces a lot of criticism for the team's away test performances. He gets another opportunity (and probably the last one as a test captain) to prove his worth. If the Indian team can clinch a test or two in Australia, that would not only add another feather in Dhoni's cap but add more confidence in the team ahead of the world cup.
Indian team can take a hint or two from Australia's performance against Pakistan. Their inability to perform against spin can add advantage to team India's plans. At the same time Indian batsmen need to cope with the pace and bounce of Australian pitches. If they can work on that probably we can see some upsets down under.
On the other hand Australian teams are back from a disappointing tour against Pakistan. After that the whole nation is still sad with the Hughes episode. A win at Adelaide will shift the focus back to cricket. The likes of Johnson would be pumped up to bowl a lot of quick ones to the Indian batsmen.
The stage is set for a high quality cricket series between India and Australia. Stay tuned for more updates on Border Gavaskar trophy.
Ind vs Aus Practice Match Live
Here comes the big one! Irrespective of whether you are already 90 odd days away from the grand World Cup 2015, a tour to Australia always matters a lot. For Australia, a tour to India has always been a 'final frontier', similarly for most of the teams around the world - a tour to Australia matters a lot. A big win down under can change fortunes of the teams for atleast a year ahead. To begin with the tour, India will play Cricket Australia XI for a two day practice match at Gliderol Stadium in Adelaide. The match begins at 10:30 am local time and 5:30 am Indian Standard Time. Don't forget to catch live streaming HD action on Star Sports and live TV telecast too in India. Live telecast available in both Hindi and English.
Indian Team arrives in Australia #IndvsAus pic.twitter.com/Vj1BpugtLC
— Cricmates (@Cricmates) November 22, 2014
India recently concluded couple of big series wins against West Indies and Sri Lanka at home. The series has brought one big change in the team's attitude and that is confidence in the youngsters. We will see a range of new comers this time playing for India in Australia. Likes of Karn Sharma are keen to give it a rip in Australia. Virat Kohli who led the team to a 5-0 win against Srilanka in ODI series has preached loads of positivity to the team. He would be the stand in captain for first test match against Australia in absence of injured MS Dhoni. He is firm to be aggressive in both the practice matches and four test series. He understands the fact that aggression would be a key down under.
Naman Ojha who smashed loads of runs playing for India A in unofficial test matches against Australia A, believes this could be the finest phase of his career. Let us see if selectors opt for him ahead of Saha in absence of wicketkeeper captain Dhoni. There are many more probables you all would love to watch down under that include Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Raina, etc.
Please click here to view the full India vs Australia 2014-15 test series schedule.
Although there is a world cup ahead of this test series, a highly difficult series win here in Australia would boost Indian team's confidence ten times! Generally the Indian team has been miserable in away test series since 2011 world cup win. They have a point to prove. With all the senior players like Laxman, Dravid, Tendulkar, etc retired; this young team can still be the best in Indian history by winning a test series down under. Let us wait and watch while India first gets accustomed to the Australian conditions through couple of warm up matches. Catch all the action on Star Sports.