Australia's Test Wins Overshadowed by Concerns Ahead of India Series

Australia's Test Wins Overshadowed by Concerns Ahead of India Series

Australia's thrilling chase in Christchurch capped off a successful southern hemisphere summer, where they emerged victorious in six out of seven Tests, including both matches in New Zealand. However, despite their impressive record, concerns linger about the team's performance and the challenges they may face in their upcoming series against India.

One of the most pressing issues is the performance of Steven Smith as an opener. While he produced an exceptional 91 not out in Brisbane, his subsequent returns have been underwhelming. Coach Andrew McDonald has defended Smith, arguing that he needs more time to adjust to his new role. However, Smith's struggles against the new ball have raised questions about his suitability as an opener.

The batting unit as a whole has also faced criticism. They have only passed 300 once in six completed innings and have relied heavily on lower-order contributions. McDonald acknowledges the need for improvement but believes they have the best seven batters in the country.

Another concern is the workload of the "big three" bowlers: Cummins, Hazlewood, and Starc. They have played seven consecutive Tests this summer and 10 out of 11 ODIs at the World Cup. While the pitches this summer have been favorable, the selectors will need to consider their long-term fitness ahead of the India series.

The back-up bowlers remain Scott Boland and Michael Neser, with hopes that Lance Morris and Jhye Richardson can return to full fitness. However, Richardson's injury troubles remain a major concern.

On a positive note, Australia's bowlers have made significant contributions with the bat in New Zealand, which has been a major win for the team.

Nathan Lyon's performance against India looms as a key battle. While he has been excellent in New Zealand, his record against India at home has not been as impressive. However, he will be coming off a full County Championship season with Lancashire and will hope to thrive on surfaces that offer extra bounce.

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