The Border-Gavaskar Trophy that is played between India and Australia is one of the most coveted tournaments in international cricket. The ongoing edition of the Trophy is being hosted by Australia. After the first two exciting, intense test matches. The third test of the series is set to begin on the 7th of January 2021 at the SCG.
The series has been a huge relief for cricket fans who were starved of the sports during the global lockdown due to the pandemic. The series is being held under strict supervision and the players are living in bio-bubbles to avoid contracting the virus.
Both the teams have won one match each – and thus the third test will be a tough fight between the two prominent cricketing rivals.
The two teams have always promised viewers good cricket on the field. The first two test matches were testimony to that. It was won by Australia, which, despite not putting up a good performance with the bat, was able to restrict India to 36 in the third innings.
Consequently, they won the match by eight wickets. There was a lot of talk about whether India would be able to bounce back in the second test match. Especially after the departures of two of its key players – it’s captain and star batsman Virat Kohli and its well-known pace bowler Mohammad Shami. Ajinkya Rahane was appointed the stand-in captain, and a host of changes were brought to the playing XI. The changes paid off well. India was able to clinch the second test match due to its excellent batting and bowling performances.
Rahane led from the front and scored an excellent century in the second innings at a time when India’s top order had failed. The bowlers, especially debutante Siraj and Bumrah put up excellent performances. They allow the Australian batsmen to restrict them to 200 in both innings. India won by eight wickets, causing a lot of excitement amongst the cricketing fraternity of the world. Many other cricketers predicted a complete whitewash after its defeat in the first match. This was because the two matches have presented two entirely different results. Therefore, both the teams have been under a lot of scrutiny from the public and the press.
Therefore, there are many expectations from the third test of the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Let us have a look at the important players for the third test.
Players To Watch Out For Third Test
Both the teams boast of some of the best players in the world. India has proven itself in the second test by bouncing back after the defeat in the first test. None of the Australian batsmen were able to cross the half-century mark in the second test.
Australia would be looking at boosting their batting line-up for the Third Test with the inclusion of their swashbuckling batsman who was out of the series till now due to injuries. Reports suggest that Warner might be joining the team despite not being fully fit for the third test after the repeated failures of Joe Burns, its regular opener. Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, Australia’s other two-star batsmen have also been having a rather average series. They would certainly be looking to score well in this test.
Australia’s pace bowlers – Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood and Pat Cummins have been having a fine series and one can expect more of their magic on the pitch in the third match. On the other hand, Umesh Yadav, one of the mainstays of the Indian pace bowling has been ruled out for the rest of the series due to an injury. T Natarajan is set to replace him.
Popular batsman Rohit Sharma is set to join the squad for the remaining Border-Gavaskar series. All the fans would be expecting a good knock from him as well. Ravichandran Ashwin, the premier spinner of the Indian team has been in fine form as have been its pace bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj.
What To Look Forward To?
Both the teams are evenly placed in the series now. This Third Test match will decide the chances of the teams clinching the series. Given the recent reports, there will be changes made to the squads of both teams.
The Indian team has the upper hand now, while the Australians will be looking to bounce back. The Border-Gavaskar series match surely promises a good game of cricket and a memorable watch.