Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Sport | By Matt Richards

Australian cricket selection at its lowest: Ganguly

Australian cricket selection at its lowest: Ganguly

It is not clear whether they include an additional spinner in the form of Ravichandran Ashwin, if fully fit, or Kuldeep Yadav to befuddle the Australian batsmen struggling to find form.

However, Finch could yet be demoted down the order as Langer and Tim Paine discuss the best plan for Australia to avoid suffering their first Test series loss at home to India.

Australia is set to rest its fast-bowling trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazzlewood for the first three ODIs against India in a bid to manage their workload ahead of a busy global calender.

"What we generally have is a bit of a green tinge on days one and two favouring the batsmen a little bit".

"We just got to stay in this contest".

"I can't really think what else they can do". And probably more suited to those conditions.

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Asked about the interview, Langer told reporters: "I feel like the director of a soap opera". India put up a big total and then put pressure on Australia. "I think you don't want to be changing too much", Paine said in Sydney.

"It's the great conundrum for us, how we manage our bowlers", Justin Langer said. "We know how good a cricketer he is, he's really skilled in all facets of the game". The wicket's pretty dry. Paine suggested that Labuschagne's all-round abilities and Handscomb's command of foot movement and scoring options against spin made them strong options for the SCG.

"A huge advantage", Cummins said of Marsh. "We'll be looking to pick the best XI that we think is the best combination to win this Test and the wicket will play a part in that".

Cummins, however, did not rule out the possibility of appointing a fast bowler as the captain and in such a scenario has backed Josh Hazlewood for the vice captain's role.

Kohli has so far scored 259 runs including a fluent 123 on a hard pitch in Perth in the second Test.

India needed 4.3 overs to take the final two wickets as Jasprit Bumrah (3/53) finished with a score of 9 for 86.

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"That's a real area I feel I need to get better at, just adapting between the formats. It meant that we come into this Test not feeling too overdone".

Not long afterwards, a BCCI release naming India's squad of 13 for the SCG Test stated that "the team management will take a final decision on R Ashwin's availability on the morning of the Test match".

Virat Kohli's side leads the four-match Test series 2-1.

"The art of batting, we've got some work to do", Langer added.

"The guys have almost finished their bans and almost done their time, so I think it's time we started focusing on the fact that they're coming back and from that there are some real positives", he said after defeat at the MCG.

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