IND vs AUS: Already trailing 2-0 in the ongoing Border Gavaskar Trophy against India, Australia suffered a major setback on Friday. After the ouster of Hazlewood, Warner and Ashton Agar, captain Pat Cummins was also ruled out of the third Test to be held in Indore from 1 March. Cummins’s mother’s condition is serious and for this reason she has taken leave. Steve Smith will take charge of the team in his place but the biggest question is who will replace him in fast bowling? Although there is a senior player like Mitchell Starc in the team, but he is yet to fully recover. He was out in the first two matches. In the condition of his unavailability, another star pacer can enter.
This deadly pacer can debut
Scott Boland, who played the first Test, did not impress much. In such a situation, the Australian team, which came with a pacer in the form of Cummins in the Delhi Test, can try Launce Morris in place of Cummins in Indore. Morris’s strength is considered to be his pace. He can regularly bowl at a speed of 150 kmph. Not only this, before coming to India, he created a storm in the Shepherd Shield by taking 27 wickets in 5 matches. Prior to this, in the 2020 edition as well, he made the team the winner by taking 12 wickets while performing amazingly for Western Australia. Now this bowler can get the international cap in the third test. However, it will also depend on the fitness of Mitchell Starc. Because Cameron Green is also fit, who can also play the role of second pacer for the team in place of David Warner.
If Stark does not play, then the way for Morris’s debut can be cleared. Otherwise they will have to wait. If the Aussies go with a specialist pacer, there are options in the form of Starc, Morris or Boland. On the other hand, Green is a brilliant all-rounder who can handle the responsibility of middle order batsman and second pacer. In Warner’s absence, only Travis Head can open the innings with Khawaja. At the same time, Matthew Renshaw, who is running a flop in the middle order, could be included once again due to lack of players if no replacement comes. In the past, there were reports of Cameron Bancroft also joining the team. However, any official announcement is still awaited.
Australian team’s squad for Indore Test
Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Steve Smith (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Todd Murphy, Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb, Lons Morris, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland.