India vs Australia Highlights | 1st Test | Day 1
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Before we analyze the finer points of the eagerly-awaited tour opener in detail, one thing needs to be mentioned at the very start. Sixty-four summers ago, an India cricket team for the first time made the journey to Australia and expectedly returned empty handed. Generations of players have passed since then but, India’s wait for a series win Down Under continues till this day. However, this record may not stand for long.
Over the last decade or so, the rivalry between India and Australia has led to some high voltage and celebrated battles. The beauty about the Border-Gavaskar trophy is that it extracts the best out of players on both sides. While fans of Test cricket have been treated to some heart-stopping action in 2011, a Boxing Day Test at MCG with some of biggest names in the game in attendance is a mouth-watering prospect.
As of now, India and Australia look poles apart on paper. Indian is teeming with experienced players especially in the batting department, where as, Australia has been compelled to dole out Baggy Greens in numbers unheard of in their recent past. However, both teams have struggled to hit top gear. Immediately after the high of a World Cup victory, India were beaten blue and black by England. Even though they won comprehensively against lowly West Indies at home, it was no more than an audition for the current series.
Likewise, Australia under the leadership of Michael Clarke got off to a winning start in Sri Lanka. Then, Newlands happened and Australia’s confidence hit rock bottom but somehow, they redeemed themselves in the second match against South Africa to level the series. However, the worst was yet to come as they suffered their first home test defeat at the hands of New Zealand since 1985.
Australia Squad: David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (Capt), Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin (wk), Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitchell Starc, Daniel Christian.
India Squad: MS Dhoni (Capt & wk), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Virat Kohli, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Ajinkye Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Zaheer Khan, Abhimanyu Mithun, Vinay Kumar.
Australia vs India, 1st Test Match
December 26, 2011, India Tour of Australia 2011-12, Melbourne Cricket Ground
Umpires: M Erasmus (SA) and I Gould (ENG) Third Umpire: P Reiffel (AUS)
Match Referee: R Madugalle (SL)