Anyone interested in making predictions about leading run scorers, wicket takers etc. Shane?
On the batting front I think Hussey could be than man to dominate for the Aussies and for the Indians I'm not as sure. Laxman could easily do what he did previously and I lean more towards him than Sachin or Dravid. I do think that the lowest number of runs from a top 6 batter will be Ganguly.
I can see Lee dominating with the ball for the Aussies. Not sure how the Indians will get 20 wickets on Aussie pitches. Kumble and Singh will be important if they can adjust. Can't really see any of their medium pacers taking a bag of wickets.
Ponting, Hayden, Hussey and Clarke will be the dominant batsmen for the Aussies. On the bowling front I think all the pacemen should do well and in particular Johnson and The Wild Thing.
For India, can't see them putting up much of a show in either Melb or Perth, especially Perth where the blood bin of old looks to be back to what it nearly was 10 years ago. They should do better in Adelaide and Sydney where their spinners could be more dominant. I'd be looking at Sehwag, Dhoni and Ganguly to get amongst the runs and Tendulkar to put on a big show in Adelaide and Sydney.
Should be a 4 zip series to Australia, with Sydney the only real chance for an Indian hiccup.
I'd say they are a good chance to draw Sydney with no Warnie or MacGill in the team. Assuming no bad weather I'd say 3 zip looks good. Nice to see Sehwag back in the team with zero form or runs behind his selection. The boys will be lining up to bowl at him.
Can't wait to see Ganguly dance around the short quick stuff at Perth. The wicket looked back to form last week and Dada couldn't handle an Ashley Giles bouncer. Bring it on !!!
I have never rated the guy as a batsman and scoring runs at home against a pop gun attack on batting paradises means nothing. I'd have Tait and Lee warming up the moment he was into the attack and then place a leg side field so he knew what was coming. Give him some chin music and see how well he dances.
Lets hope its better than the NSW vs Vic pitch was. Needs to hold together for long enough to cover 4 days a be a decent wicket.
I don't mind runs and I would back the Aussies to outscore the Indians on Aussie wickets every time. I just personally prefer to see a "test", a contest, between bat and ball. So I like a pitch that offers the bowlers something early and then flattens out. As long as it doesn't become a road where anyone can score.
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