Australia v India
I’m backing Australia to bounce back from their crushing defeat in the T20 against India. India blew them away in Adelaide with a 37 run victory, 188 didn’t seem that daunting of a total, however Australia slumped from 1-89 to 151 all out. Australia’s pace attack worried me slightly in the last game, other than Watson the other three seamers all went over ten an over. Even the Aussies struggled with the bat, I’m far from convinced by India’s bowlers. Nehra has always been hit or miss, Jadeja and Singh are only part time, Bumrah is inexperienced and even though he got two wickets, Pandya looked shocking. Hopefully Australia have learnt from the first T20 where they faced 44 dot balls, the bigger MCG will severally reduce this number. Experience is key at the MCG for both setting and defending totals, utilising the bigger outfield is a must. Maxwell could also return for Australia which is massive.
Top Batsman India
Kohli is the man at the minute, he’s an absolute gun. He smashed an unbeaten 90 in the first game from just 50 balls. In all formats of the game he’s key to India doing well, which is very daunting but something he’s thriving from. He’s a short price but realistically he’s only got two competitors to be top scorer.
Top Australian Bowler
Richardson had a good finish to the ODI series but got smashed about a bit in the first T20, he’s a better bowler than he showed. Kane Richardson will vital for closing out the innings, and if Australia manage to get past the top three there are some easy scalps on offer.
Top Australian Batsman
Chris Lynn didn’t disgrace himself in the last game but his innings lacked that power and ruggedness he showed during the Big Bash. He’s been in cracking form over the summer and you don’t just lose this overnight, he can change a game very quickly, he just needs time in the middle. He overs good value at $6.5