Bouncy tracks, Bowler friendly conditions, bigger grounds, and what not, Virat and Co. are certainly going to face the toughest assignment down under this December. One of the most anticipated series, the Border-Gavaskar series is one to watch out for. While Australia has not been amongst the best of sides in world cricket today, one would not deny the fact that it still takes balls to win a series at their own backyard.
Keeping the fact in mind that India haven't won a series down under, Virat Kohli and Co. will be looking to turn the tables this time. However, with all the Australian fast bowlers back and ready to showcase their prowess at home turf, Australian squad for the series looks extremely balanced on paper.
While Australia will be missing two of the most important members in the side i.e. Steve Smith and David Warner, the Kangaroos still have a lot in their armory to do much-needed damage. But, before we witness the battle, starting from 6th December, let's take a look at some of the key Australian players that India certainly need to look out and make strategies against.
1. Usman Khawaja
Given the fact that Australia will play the series without Smith and Warner, Australia's opening batsman Usman Khwaja is certainly going to play a crucial role in the upcoming series. The left-handed batsman has recently helped his side tie the first test match against Pakistan with scores of 85 and 141 in the first and second innings respectively. However, Khawaja suffered a knee injury in the second test which forced him to discontinue batting in the second innings of that test. Nonetheless, the 31-year-old batsman is recovering well and shall be ready to play the first test against India.
2. Aaron Finch
Debuted recently against Pakistan, Finch has come good with 181 runs in four innings with a healthy average of 45.25. Given his record against India, Finch will be one to look to out for in the series and it would be interesting to know how the Indian Bowlers are going to tackle the opening pair of Finch and Khawaja to deny them recording a healthy opening partnership.
3. Mitchell Starc
The Australian pace attack will be headed by their current best bowler, Mitchell Starc. The 28-year-old bowler might have not impressed in the recent test series in UAE, however, the New South Wales speedster looks completely different and immensely ferocious bowler in the home conditions. Indian Batsmen will have to fight their skin to overcome Australian bowlers in order to claim the series.
4. Josh Hazelwood
The subcontinent giants will be tackling some of the best fast bowlers in the series down-under with the likes of Starc, Hazlewood etc. to claim victory. Coming back from an injury, Hazlewood will come all guns firing to restrict India from building partnerships.
5. Mitchell Marsh
Touted as one of the best all-rounders in world cricket today, Mitchell Marsh will be one of the key players in the Australian line-up in the series against India. The right-arm batsman has taken his team of trouble on many occasions, denying the opposition victory, courtesy his hard-hitting ability, especially on Australian pitches.