Bitter expertise bolsters Australia’s hopes for WTC title conflict with India

A fruitless fourth Take a look at on a docile Ahmedabad wicket might supply Australia a glimpse of the way to deal with India’s assault forward of their World Take a look at Championship title bout.

Australia expect considerably totally different circumstances on the Oval on Wednesday to those that greeted them in India earlier this yr.

However Pat Cummins’ males are insistent they will take some classes from the 2-1 sequence loss.

Whereas the primary three matches of that sequence have been performed on large turners and determined in two-and-a-half days, the fourth match was on a gradual wicket that ensured a draw.

Usman Khawaja and Cameron Inexperienced each posted centuries in that Take a look at, whereas Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne every scored above 50 within the second innings.

Australia additionally scored at a slower fee, capable of take a extra conservative strategy of their slowest-scoring Take a look at of the tour.

The chief threats

Crucially, it additionally gave Australia a current take a look at Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja on a flatter pitch, in a sequence the place India’s spinners took 40 of 51 wickets within the first three matches.

India are weighing up whether or not to play each spinners on the Oval, or omit Ashwin and play a fourth fast in Shardul Thakur.

“You positively study from the way you performed them over there,” Labuschagne mentioned.

“We clearly performed on a fairly good wicket the final Take a look at. If there’s a little bit of spin and bounce (we are able to take a look at that).

“There’ll in all probability be a bit extra bounce right here in England than there was in India. That’s simply one thing to consider, how they’re going to bowl.

“Ashwin’s ways would possibly change a bit bit, Jadeja’s would possibly too. It’s simply adjusting to these on the fly on the market on what they’re going to attempt to do.”

Whereas the following Ashes stay the most-hyped sequence in 16 years, Australia have firmly set their eyes on the Take a look at Championship decider.

After coaching at Kent in current days, the crew will transfer to the Oval on Monday and Tuesday.

‘You by no means know what occurs’

Josh Hazlewood is again near bowling at 100 per cent, with selectors set to weigh up whether or not to play him or Scott Boland because the third seamer in opposition to India.

Australia are adamant they will match it with India, regardless of dropping the previous 4 Border-Gavaskar Trophies to them.

The crew will stress the significance of not panicking, after conceding a poor session in each the primary and second Take a look at in March value them the latest sequence.

“Clearly it was disappointing to not win the sequence,” Labuchagne mentioned.

“However I assumed we competed very nicely. We had a few dangerous classes that in all probability value us probably profitable the sequence. That session in (the second Take a look at) in Delhi.

“We have been very shut. That modifications the entire dynamic. You go 1-1, and we go one up probably in (the third Take a look at at) Indore.

“And also you by no means know what occurs with that final recreation in the event that they wanted a victory.”

-AAP


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