India has to play a four-match Test series against Australia, which will begin with the Pink Ball Test to be held in Adelaide from 17 December.
The Indian team won the Test series 2–1 on their last Australian tour. Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, the team created history, winning the Test series for the first time in Australia.
This time the performance of these five players in the Test series is going to be watched.
All eyes will be on the reliable batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who performed brilliantly in the last Australian tour.
The right-handed batsman Pujara had scored 521 runs in seven innings of four matches at a tremendous average of 74.43. Meanwhile, he scored three centuries and a half-century with the best score of 193 runs.
Pujara has played a total of 16 Tests against Australia and scored 1,622 runs at an average of 60.
Steve Smith, who performed brilliantly in the ODI series, would also like to make his mark in Test cricket. He has played a total of 10 Tests against India and has scored 1,249 runs at a tremendous average of 84. Meanwhile, he has also scored seven centuries and three half-centuries with a best score of 193.
Smith was not available in the last Test series played in Australia. They were banned because of ball tempering.
The Indian team defeated Australia in their home Test series for the first time in 2018-19. Jasprit Bumrah was instrumental in this victory.
In the previous tour, Bumrah took 21 wickets in four matches at an average of 17. He was the joint highest wicket-taker in the series. Taking nine wickets for 86 runs was his best performance of a match.
Ajinkya Rahane has scored 616 runs at an average of 44 in a total of eight matches against Australia. Meanwhile, he has also scored a century and four half-centuries.
In his last Australian tour, Rahane scored 217 runs in seven innings of four matches at an average of 31. Meanwhile, he had scored two half-centuries to score the highest score of 70 runs.
After the first Test, Rahane’s role is going to be important in the absence of Virat Kohli.
In the upcoming Test series, the hosts would like to take advantage of the experience of Nathan Lyon, who has troubled the Indian batsmen.
Leon took 21 wickets at an average of 30 from four matches in the last series played at his home. He was the joint highest wicket-taker with Bumrah.
Leon has played a total of 18 Tests against India and has taken 85 wickets at an average of around 33.