India has never dominated Australia the way they have in the last month and a half. The Indians won the 5 match ODI series 4-1 and won the first T20 match on October 7 to put themselves in a great position to win the three match T20 series. The second T20 takes place on October 10 at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati, Assam and it is a must win game for the Aussies.
Aussies Go From Bad To Worse
While it is overwhelming to see the Aussies lose 4-1 and go 1-0 down, what is more disappointing is the fact that they haven’t really provided any competition for the Indians nor have they showcased their usual ‘fight-till-the-end’ attitude that they are known for. Aussie fans will be aghast that Steven Smith’s men have failed in all three formats of the game and have slipped in both ICC Test and ODI rankings.
Australia knows that it is a do-or-die encounter in their next T20 match. Should they lose again, the Kangaroos will be ready to leave for down under with their tail between their legs as the third match will nothing more than a dead rubber. India have fired in all three departments and have looked the superior team right throughout the tour.
Reasons For Australia’s Decline
Captain Steven Smith was ruled out of the T20 series after suffering a shoulder injury in the 5th ODI. David Warner took over the captaincy but was unable to change the string of losses. Australia are a depleted side as they are now without some of their best players as Steven Smith, and Patrick Cummins have returned home and Mitchell Starc their spearhead did not travel to India.
Australia’s middle-order looks very fragile due to a lack of experience and also because of poor form. Glen Maxwell has failed to deliver this series and Australia will be tempted to give him one more crack as he has the x-factor that can be the difference. The Aussies are also struggling to find a good wicket-keeper in all three formats as after Adam Gilchrist and Brad Haddin retired, their experiments with M Wade, T Paine and P Neville has failed.
It will be up to stand in captain David Warner and opening partner Aaron Finch to take the fight to the Indians. Should Australia lose the T20 series, they will be under immense pressure once they return home and prepare to face England for ‘The Ashes’.