Former Australian wicket-keeper Brad Haddin thinks the first day / night test was India’s best chance of winning in the ongoing series as it will be very difficult for the visitors to turn around after a demoralizing eight wicket loss in Adelaide. India was bundled for their lowest-ever Test score of 36 in their second innings when Australia claimed an eight-wicket victory in the pink-ball Test to take a 1-0 lead in the Border-Gavaskar trophy. “I don’t think they will (recover from the loss),” Haddin told SEN Radio.
The 43-year-old, who took part in 66 tests for Australia, believes conditions at the Adelaide Oval were conducive to the Indian bowling attack.
“I thought their only chance to win a test match was the first test in Adelaide.
“I thought the conditions were right for their bowling and I thought they would get enough runs. But I don’t think they can turn it around.
“You have one test in Brisbane where no one beats Australia. The next two wickets will be suitable for Indian cricket, but I don’t think they can turn it around,” Haddin added.
India made history by registering their first run of victory Down Under in 2018/19 after a deadly attack on the bowling alley.
However, the visitors are without veteran Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami, who suffered a fracture after being hit on the elbow by a short ball from Pat Cummins in India’s second innings on Saturday.
“The last time they came out here they had a great bowling attack, and now that Shami’s out with a broken arm, they don’t have enough depth to cover that,” Haddin said.
Reflecting on the Indian batter’s collapse, Haddin said, “I think it’s really concerning.”
“Yes, India was driving the game and we talked about how Australia was going to get back into it at the start of day three, but the collapse they had should leave some marks.”
With skipper Virat Kohli returning home for the birth of his child, India faces selection dilemmas.
“There were a few performances by the Indian batsmen that will be scrutinized over the next week.
“Are they going in with (Wriddhiman) Saha? Who’s going to the top order for Prithvi Shaw? Rohit Sharma is coming out of quarantine, is he getting out of the way?
“They have a lot of things to tackle in the coming week ahead of this next test,” Haddin added.
India will take on Australia in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26.
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