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    ***Official Australia in India***

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    Australia tour of India, 2008/09 October 2008
    Thu 2 - Sun 5
    04:00 GMT TBC v Australians
    Venue TBC

    Thu 9 - Mon 13
    09:30 local, 04:00 GMT 1st Test - India v Australia
    M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

    Fri 17 - Tue 21
    09:30 local, 04:00 GMT 2nd Test - India v Australia
    Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

    Wed 29 - Sun 2
    09:30 local, 04:00 GMT 3rd Test - India v Australia
    Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

    November 2008
    Thu 6 - Mon 10
    09:30 local, 04:00 GMT 4th Test - India v Australia
    Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur


    Well its one test series we have all been waiting for, the rematch between Australia and India, after the two teams locked horns in a contreversy ridden series down-under last year, so would Australia be able to beat India in India and retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy, or would India be able to beat the Aussies in test series again since the epic 2001 series that took place in India.
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    Ok so the Australians have a lot of problems atm ,Hayden and Ponting are recovering from injuries, Lee is trying to make his way back from splitsville, Symonds' fishing row has caused some further problems, Australians don't have a spinner of note, Lee, Johnson and Clark are going to play their first test in India, so the experience is definitely not there in this bowling attack, so all in all the odds seem to be pretty heavily stacked against the Aussies, but can they defy the odds and still do well against a formidable Indian test team in their own backyard.

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    Just an Edit to the schedule :

    One more practise match added : 2 day game Vs Rajasthan Cricket Association's Centre of Excellence at Jaipur from September 27 to 28. Source : Cricinfo.

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    I'd say: Bring in Parmar, prepare ripper dustbowls, play 3 spinners and knock 'em out. True pitches? Whats that?


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    Australia should win this, but it will be very good, entertaining cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pnottath View Post
    I'd say: Bring in Parmar, prepare ripper dustbowls, play 3 spinners and knock 'em out. True pitches? Whats that?
    Haha yeah, let's throw a guy that's played 7 first class games into a series against the best team in the world. What could go wrong?
    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    Only a bunch of convicts having been beaten 3-0 and gone 9 tests without a win and won just 1 in 11 against England could go into the home series saying they will win. England will win in Australia again this winter as they are a better side which they have shown this summer. 3-0 doesn't lie girls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyc View Post
    Haha yeah, let's throw a guy that's played 7 first class games into a series against the best team in the world. What could go wrong?
    Reputations are bollocks. Just follow the "Best batsmen Vs Rookie spinner on debut : The Ajanta Mendis story".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakester1288 View Post
    Australia should win this, but it will be very good, entertaining cricket.
    I'd say that's optimism at it's best, especially if the tracks are rippers. Because last time when they won, they had the services of all their premier batsmen plus Warne plus McG. This time they are doubtful of Haydos, Symonds and dont have Martyn, Gillespie (yeah underrated batsman) , Langer, Gilly, etc. Plus no spinner, and No proven test quality pace bowler of the calibre of McG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pnottath View Post
    I'd say that's optimism at it's best, especially if the tracks are rippers. Because last time when they won, they had the services of all their premier batsmen plus Warne plus McG. This time they are doubtful of Haydos, Symonds and dont have Martyn, Gillespie (yeah underrated batsman) , Langer, Gilly, etc. Plus no spinner, and No proven test quality pace bowler of the calibre of McG.
    Yeah this is definitely going to be a much closer series. But I still think we have some quality batsman and if brett lee is playing some good bowlers in lee and clark. Whats going to hurt us is a lack of a decent spinner and possibly injuries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pnottath View Post
    Just an Edit to the schedule :

    One more practise match added : 2 day game Vs Rajasthan Cricket Association's Centre of Excellence at Jaipur from September 27 to 28. Source : Cricinfo.
    Yeah will do that once the schedule gets updated on cricinfo.

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    Indian journos and fans are more or less certain that India would rip apart the Aussies this time around, as there are too many chinks in the Aussie armour this time around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pup11 View Post
    Indian journos and fans are more or less certain that India would rip apart the Aussies this time around, as there are too many chinks in the Aussie armour this time around.
    I'd say that is quite overstated. But looking at the strength and weaknesses of the squads, i'd reckon India to start as favorites this time around. However, pitches will have a big big say, like last time.

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    India has several problems of its own though..


    Shame that the series seems to be happening when both teams have problems than when they were both at their best..
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    An attack like the South African one caused India serious amount of problems even on pre-dominantly spin friendly tracks, so Australia can take heart from that, Australia have two of the best test bowlers in world cricket atm, in Clark and Lee, so its upto the likes of Johnson, Casson/Bollinger, Clarke to play their part, Australian batting even with all its problems is still pretty strong and capable of playing spin.

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