Pat Cummins took four wickets on the third day of the first Test against India.© AFP
Former Australian spinner Shane Warne has said the hosts will blow India away in the upcoming second test of the four-match series, which kicks off December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Skipper Virat Kohli would not be there for the visitors for the remaining three Tests, as he returned home after receiving paternity leave from the BCCI. “I think Australia will probably blow them away. That said, they have some class players like KL Rahul. Young Gill will come in. Rahane is a class act. We know what Pujara can do,” Fox Cricket quoted Warne as saying.
India will also be without pacer Mohammad Shami as the bowler broke his arm in the first Test against Australia. Shami was hit in the arm by a bouncer who was pitched in the second innings by Pat Cummins.
“Shami is also a huge loss. He’s such a quality bowler. And if you look at the bowlers for the Melbourne conditions – drop in pitches – Shami hits the seam and stands up and bowls a good length and right, ”said Warne.
The Kohli-led side may have had a 62-point lead on the third day of the first Test, but the side squandered the advantage as the batsmen failed to get the opportunity and Australia made light work of the visitors. While Josh Hazelwood scalped five wickets, Pat Cummins took four.
India stumbled to an eight wicket loss in the first Test of the series. On the third day of the first Test, India was bundled for 36 in the second innings, and Australia got a mediocre goal of 90 runs to lead 1-0. Australia chased the total comfortably within 21 overs with eight wickets in hand.
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