There will be some changes ahead of the first Test summer here of 2020-21. It will dictate not just on a few injury lists.
But also on a few that unfortunately out of form. And unable to convince the selectors to help tame the opposition.
It will be once again a hard task as Australia need this series back. Well they have lost it the first time back in 2018-19.
Fair to say that they were hurt by the ball tampering saga. No Dave Warner & Steve Smith at the time. But Smith back in the fold now. Though Warner suffered an injury & looks unlikely to play in Test one.
I would have liked to have Cameron Bancroft back. Then his poor Ashes run last year justified their lack of trust.
Will Pucovski would be a decent opener had he not suffer a concussion. His knows his state team-mate Marcus Harris well.
They both play for Victoria & does complements with the right (Pucovski) & left hand (Harris) combo. And both have tasted first-class & List A titles in the past.
It will not unfortunately happen for at least the first two Tests. So who will partner Marcus Harris in the middle? Marnus Labuschagne is a interesting choice.
Marnus as always is unstoppable at the first drop role. He emerged out of nowhere as a sub batter in Ashes 2019. And carried on that great form v NZ here last season.
There is no way they will drop Marnus unless he shockingly goes bad. It would be no surprise if he did go to Opener.
Top Order Batsman
Steve Smith who is also unremovable. His batting still maintains tip top that will blow the opposition away. He proved himself before anywhere in this order at 3 or 4.
And he continues to be a vital part of the Baggy Green squad. Even though he cannot be skipper right now. But his skill set and experience means everything.
Travis Head also undroppable in the No.5 spot before. He made some decent scores whenever Australia need a hand. But now at 4 he has the chance to make 150/200s.
He can help them stay ahead with the help of partnership. Plus his dynamic shot selection off his left hand. And can be a handy spin option if needed with the ball.
Middle Order Batsman
Matthew Wade does bring the big hitting factor & is a great player of spin.
He bounced back since 2018-19. First up at state/BBL form. Then he got his baggy green back with a great 19’ Ashes tour.
His numbers may not be outstanding back home last season v NZ. But Wadey has the chance to build a partnership at No.5.
Cameron Green possesses the Ben Stokes factor at 6. A tall batter who can whack runs. He can also fire up whenever the Australian frontline bowlers need a rest.
But Cameron too also suffered a concussion v India A. It will depend if he can recover on time this Thursday. Shaun Marsh will be to take his spot on standby.
Now Shaun may be age 37 who have gone past his prime. He is still fit for this sport & ready to make a statement. He proved us wrong in the 2017-18 Ashes.
Why not Shaun continue his comeback ahead of this series? His best strengths is executing these old balls. So he can at least give them a much needed 50 or 100.
The same goes for Moises Henriques. He usually is a handy batter in the middle order like Cam. But he has not necessarily translated this state/BBL form in International level so far. It will be interesting to see if he learned from his white ball lessons. And fulfill his red ball aspirations this time should Cam unable to play in Adelaide.
Tim Paine just turned age 36. But he is not slowing down anytime soon like Shaun. A traditional keeper, also a current skipper & provides gentle runs with some 50s at 7.
Bowlers/Lower Order Batsman
Pat Cummins will act as cover for Mitchell Starc & Josh Hazlewood. He will also look to bring some vital runs at the same time.
The same goes to Mitchell Starc who just came back due to personal reasons. He is nearly 31 in January. So I am sure that Mitch still has the fire under his belly.
Josh is also beginning to enter the 30s club next month. He will look to find some variety and speed to trick India’s batting.
And Nathan Lyon is undroppable as always at age 33. He is the flagship spin option for Australia. So “Garry” would come in when the pacers need a rest.