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Test Cricket: Australia v India 1st Test Preview
The first test of the Australian summer will take place this Thursday at 11am (AEDT) at the Adelaide Oval, when Australia will host India.
India has never won a Test series on Australian soil, while the Australian side has had a horror 2018, with the ball tampering scandal followed by a 3-1 series loss to South Africa and a 1-0 series loss to Pakistan. 9 of Australia’s last 20 Test innings has seen them fail to score more than 250 runs.
Australia: Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazelwood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Chris Tremain.
India: Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, Cheteshwar Pujara, Lokesh Rahul, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav.
At the very top of the list is Indian superstar Virat Kohli. Kohli has a massive price tag of $22,600. Kohli has a stunning batting average of 54.58 and has hit 19 fifties and 24 Test tons. His average is a similarly impressive 50.85 against Australia, however against Australia in Australia he has a stunning average of 62, from 16 innings, scoring 5 centuries. He is expensive, but the numbers are so compelling, he’ll be hard to ignore.
The most expensive Australian batsmen at DraftStars is Usman Khawaja at a reasonable price of $14,100. Khawaja has a Test average of almost 44, but has yet to play against India. Khawaja is one of the best Australian batsmen against spin, while also possessing a stunning average of 59.38 on home soil.
When looking at budget options in the batting order, the experienced Indian opening batsman Murali Vijay is worth $9,800 and has a batting average of 39.73. He may well get picked in the first Test to add some experience to the Indian side.
Australian all-rounder Mitch Marsh is quite cheap at $9,600. He has an average of 26.09 with the bat and 42.46 with the ball.
Ravindra Jadeja is a left arm spinner for India with 185 Test wickets at 23.50. He also has a very good batting average of 32.44, which explains why he has the high price tag of $20,500.
Pat Cummins who is valued at $18,900 and Mitchell Starc at $15,500 are Australia’s highest priced bowlers and will likely be the home sides opening bowlers. Cummins has an impressive averages of 23.82 with the ball and 20.28 with the bat, while Starc has an average of 28.52 and 21.28 with the bat, making them even better value and hard to ignore.
Travis Head at $9,600 could well make his Test debut this series and is a batting all-rounder, while Hanuma Vihari at $8,100 is a very good all-rounder who made his Test debut against England in September.
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