Former analyst Isa Guha, a former England woman, feels that an Indian team entering the first Test looks more solid compared to the Australian side, who are still looking for their ideal starting combination.
Isa, a veteran of 113 internationals for England, feels that out of form Joe Burns will not open next to Marcus Harris in the opening Test in Adelaide from 17 December.
“India looks to have a more arranged unit compared to Australia and their bowlers have a chance to pray about that,” Isa, who will comment alongside Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne and Mark Waugh for Fox Sports, told PTI on Tuesday.
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“I don’t see Australia picking Joe Burns and we have to see if its Marcus Harris-Matthew Wade will show up. As for India, what I saw during the day / night game, I found Shubman Gill to endure better than Prithvi Shaw,” she said. said.
The absence of David Warner in the first Test and Ishant Sharma missing from the four-match series almost puts both teams on a keel, but Isa thought that once the extravagant left-hander returned to the mix, India would be the “underdogs”.
“India will be subordinate when Warner returns. I think it will be a fascinating contest. Rohit will also return to India in the last two games and their batting will also intensify, ”she feels.
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Isa also thinks that Rishabh Pant’s superior fighting skills will be preferred over Wriddhiman Saha’s better glove work.
“Simply, in terms of fighting fire against fire, I think Rishabh will be chosen. He is a batsman who can face the bowlers and take the game away. While Ravi (Shastri) said that Saha is the best guard, only in terms of batting point, Pant seems to be chosen. ”
If she were the captain, she would start with senior professional Ravichandran Ashwin in the first Test, but agreed that left arm wrist Kuldeep Yadav should be tested in Melbourne and Sydney, where it will suit his style of bowling.
“I will go with Ashwin’s experience in the first Test. Kuldeep can play in Sydney, where he has done well the last time. “Where Australia allows crowds inside the stadium in the post-hidden world, Isa is happy that fans will be able to enjoy real action in a marsh series where there would be a ‘Box Office Cricketer’ like Virat Kohli with another world-class operator like Steve Smith. In opposition .
“Credit to Australian authorities for recovering a crowd at the stadium. It’s amazing really. You know how much India appreciated the support of the crowd during their T20 victory, ”she said.
“At Adelaide, with sun setting behind Sir Donald Bradman Stand creates the best view.”