Nathan Bracken - Australia v India Preview
The Indians could really struggle with the pace and bounce from the Aussie bowlers.
Mon, 11 Jan, 3:42 PM
Australia v India
Confidence will be high in the Australian camp after the embarrassing win over the West Indians plus good form brought into the squad from the Big Bash. I'm getting on the Aussies to win the opening game of the series, the Indians could really struggle with the conditions at the Waca. The pitch in Perth will be prepared perfectly to suit the Australian quicks. Early wickets will be key for Australia and will allow them to control the tempo of the game.
Top Australian Batsman
George Bailey comes into this fixture brimming with confidence after a few great knocks for the Hurricanes in the Big Bash. Bailey has the superb ability to play any role needed with the willow, he can reconcile if needed or put the ball out the park at the death. He will always keep the score board ticking and will score boundaries at the right time.
Top Indian Batsman
When I'm picking out the top Indian batsman I struggle to look past Shikhar Dharwan at the top of the order. Dharwan is the sort of batsman that can adjust to any condition and will be key at the top of the order, not only because of his immense talent but being a lefty will add much needed variety.
Top Australian Bowler
Joel Paris is making his debut today, and I'm backing Scorchers man to set the Waca alight. He deserves this call up and has the distinct advantage of knowing the conditions. The in-form bowler has the ability to move the ball which will cause the Indian's problems, let's just hope he gets the right end.
Man of the Match
I'm getting on the Big Show to be Man of the Match. I don't need to tell you about Maxwell's talent, the controlled innings for the Stars the other night showed everything. When this man is up for it there aren't many better. With the IPL round the corner and potential earnings in sponsorship he will want to put on a show whilst India is watching.