India Vs Australia Test Series 2017
Question in detailAustralia's tour of India 2017: Australians began playing mind game weeks before the actual confrontation between No. 1 and No. 2 Test teams. As Australia is set to tour India for a four-match Test series commencing from Feb 23rd in Pune, Australian coach Darren Lehmann has cautioned his side to play near perfect cricket if they want to tame India in India. Lehmann's concern is not groundless; it's influenced to Australia's nightmarish record in India where they haven't won a Test series for over a decade. Australia won their last Test series in India in 2004.
Lehmann also doesn't refrain from accepting the fact that India is a class Test side and is hard to be beaten on their home soil. India's ability to win the home Test series is beyond doubt but Australians believe they can do some damage. Lehmann openly states that his team needs to bat 150 overs to get over the line, a task that he believes would the most daunting. Taking 20 wickets is not something Australians should be afraid of, he added. The upcoming India Vs Australia Test series 2017 is going to be a tough affair.
As a part of their homework and preparation for the arduous Indian tour, Australian team has been analyzing videos of Indian players. Lehmann said that his team would need to be a bit more methodical in India Vs Australia Test series 2017. Also, he suggested his team to read the nature of the pitches and to be more focused on how the course of the match would go like at times. At crucial moments, Australia needs to be extra conscious. Much of Australian success in 2004 was the result of stunning performance from batsman Damien Martyn, who slammed two centuries in the four-match Test series. Lehmann believes one of the batsmen from this Australian team will have similar type of series on Australia's tour of India 2017.
Is that why Australia afraid of their tour of India 2017?