Steven Smith confirmed his playing XI ahead of the boxing day test match. As on the expected lines Ryan Harris after recovering from his quad strain will join the squad back in place of Starc. Starc failed to deliver on the pacy Brisbane track although, he redeemed himself by scoring a half century. Queensland opener Joe Burns will be making his debut tomorrow. He’ll play as a replacement for injured Mitchell Marsh.
Burns who is a top order player by nature will be made to bat at number 6, as the captain Smith prefers Shane Watson one down. Shane Watson has failed to make a mark so far but the captain has full faith in the star all rounder. It’s a good chance for Joe Burns to prove himself as he get’s this golden opportunity against our Indian side, who I personally feel are always easy on debutants and out of form players.
Indian captain hasn’t yet opened his cards hence we’ll get to know the line up only before the start of the match. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was seen bowling in nets indicating a possible inclusion in the team for the specialist swing bowler most likely in place of Aaron. It’s high time that Dhoni took some major decisions for the good of the team and drops the so-called talented batsman Rohit Sharma, giving Suresh Raina a chance. Rohit Sharma gripped in his laziness never felt like in control of his game. It’s time for India to let get of excuses and deliver as a team and making the right choices will be critical for that.
It is going to be a crucial match for Dhoni and it’s time for Dhoni to prove himself as a worthy test captain or give his place to Kohli. We have 5 interesting days of cricket to come and the question is will Dhoni help the team to rise to the occasion or will make a move towards another whitewash?