2017 India vs. Australia betting preview

3pmAEDTThursday,February23,2017MaharashtraCricketAssociationStadium,PuneWHOwillopenthebattingforAustralia?

Thatisthequestiononeveryoneslipsaheadoftheopeningexchangesofthe2017Border-GavaskarTrophy。

YoungMattRenshawimpressedduringtheAustralianTestsummer,closingouttheseriesagainstPakistanwithawell-constructed184inSydney。

YettheQueenslanderslackofexperienceinturningsubcontinentalconditionshasledtocallsforamoreexperiencedheadtopartnerDavidWarner。

ShaunMarshsrecordonthelow,dustywicketsofSriLankaishardtoignore,aswashisunbeatencenturyinlastweekendstourgameinMumbai。

Renshawreturnedscoresof10and11。

GiventhatMarshbattedatfour,thereisarealchancehecouldbechosenaheadofUsmanKhawaja。

Ifthatisindeedthecase,theselectorsmustalsoanswertheallrounderquestion。

MitchellMarshandGlennMaxwellaretheobviouscandidatestolineupatnumbersixamosttroublesomepositionfortheAussiesinrecentyears。

Marshmade75andtook1/45inthetourgame,whileMaxwellbowledonlysixoversandwasdismissedforonerunwhenpromotedtonumberthreeinthesecondinnings。

Theself-styledBigShowhasshownatroublingtendencytolosehisstumpsagainststraightbowling,especiallywhenattemptingtoattackspinners。

AstheMCAStadiumhasneverbeforehostedaTestmatch,itisdifficulttojudgewhetherthepitchconditionswillbettersuitMaxwellsoffspinorMitchsseamers。

MSDhonicriticisedthePunewicketafteraT20losstoSriLankainFebruary2016,claimingitwastooEnglish。

BowlingfiguresfromthehandfulofODIgamesplayedtheresuggestmediumpacemightbetheweaponofchoice。

Evenifthevisitorsgeteverythingrightonpaper,theymayhavetoplayoutoftheirskinsjusttomakeacontest。

SinceViratKohlitookchargeoftheteamin2015,Indiahavenotlostathomein13Tests。

Thatrunincludes3-0serieswinsoverSouthAfrica(fourTests)andNewZealand(threeTests),aswellasa4-0drubbingofEnglandoverfiveTests。

AgainsttheBrits,Indiapassed400inthefirstinningsoneveryoccasion。

Theywentbiggerandbetterastheseriesprogressed,finishingwith631intheopeningdigatMumbaiandamassive759atChennai。

Bothgameswerewonbyaninningsandchange。

Kohliendedtheserieswithtwocenturies,twohalf-tons,655runs,atopscoreof235andabattingaverageof109。

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Theonlyotherplayerstopass400runsonthattourwereJoeRoot(491at49。

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YetKohlimightnotevenbethebiggestthorninAustraliasside。

TheRavitwins,RavichandranAshwinandRavindraJadeja,baggedawhopping54wicketsbetweenthemwhentheEnglishcametovisit。

AshwinwasfarandawaythemostprolificTestbowlerin2016,claiming72wicketsatanaverageof23。

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ThelankyoffspinnerhasalreadylandedapsychologicalblowontheAussies,withStevenSmithpromotinghimselftofirstdropsoastobreakuptherunofleft-handbatsatthetopoftheorder。

TheIndianselectorshavemadenochangesfromthesquadthatdefeatedBangladeshinHyderabadearlierthismonth。

FastbowlerMohammedShamiandstarbatRohitSharmaarestilloutinjured,asisback-upspinnerAmitMishra。

SteveSmithbettingspecials

TopAustralianbatsman+275atBet365

Smithtopbat/Australiawin+1200atWilliamHill

Manofthematch+1400atSportsbet

Australiawillneedcaptainsknocksaplentythroughoutthisseries,andwherebettertostart?

SmithenjoyedanotherfruitfulsummeronhomesoilandheadstoIndiafirmlyentrenchedashisnationsbestbatsman。

OneofthemanythingsthatseparatestheNewSouthWelshmanfromhiscolleaguesishisabilitytoplayspinbowling。

Amongthetourists,onlyShaunMarshandtheinexperiencedPeterHandscombcomecloseinthatregard。

Hebaggedacenturyinthetourgameandwillbekeentomakeamarkstraightawayinhisnewroleatnumberthree。

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Australia1stTestmatchtips

Indiatowin-151。

52atCrownBet

Pujaratopbat/Indiawin+500atWilliamHill

ItwouldbenicetoseeAustraliastartstrongandmakearealfistofthisseriesfromtheget-go。

Eveniftheyplaywell,however,thereisnoguaranteethetouristswillenjoysomuchasasniffofvictory。

MuchwilldependonwhetherNathanLyonandSteveOKeefecanposeagenuinewicket-takingthreatwiththeirfingerspin。

ThenthereisthematterofwhetherthebatsmencanholdtheirnerveandcarvesomethingoutagainstAshwinandcompany。