Formid India captain Kris Srikkanth believes that although Australia has a formidable bout on bowling, when it comes to its batting unit, it may not be as strong. Srikkanth reckons that the crux of the Australian joke revolves around Steve Smith and David Warner, while the others account for “30 percent” of their batting strength.
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The current Australian team is made up of young and promising hitters, with little experience behind them and with Warner’s injury forcing him to skip Boxing Day Test starting Friday, the batting department takes a hit. Warner and Smith are the only two senior players on the squad, while the likes of Matthew Wade and Tim Paine showed glimpses of brilliance on the Test front.
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With Mitchell Marsh injured and brother Shaun Marsh left, Australia has a promising but inexperienced batting lineup. However, it is surprising that Srikkanth did not mention Marnus Labuschagne, who has already been tagged as a “racing car” for Australia in his short Test career so far.
“Let’s not forget that the Australians’ joke is not great. My belief is that the Aussies joke is 30% Warner, 30% Smith, all the others combined are 30%. But bowling is very good. The Australian joke isn’t very strong, ”Srikkanth told the Sydney Morning Herald.
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Srikkanth weighed on India’s performance in the first test in Adelaide, which saw them being eliminated by 36 and losing the game by eight wickets. Srikkanth admitted that India lacked intentions, but also admitted that the team has what it takes to recover even in the absence of Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami.
“I think Virat summed it up very well when he said there was no positive intent. They got more into a shell, the Indians. I think the mentality was too defensive. They have to reorganize. They must have a little more positive intent. The best way is to do it, ”added Srikkanth.
“But when you miss King Kohli, it will be difficult, let’s be honest. And Shami [as well]. But I’m sure they will go out and fight. All [in India] he is disappointed but then everyone took the opinion [to look at it] like a bad dream. “