Welcome to information.com.au’s protection of the primary Check between Australia and India.
The four-match collection will get underway in Nagpur immediately as Australia seeks to win its first collection in India since a star-studded Aussie facet received there again in 2004.
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Australia has solely received two collection in India within the final 60 years, however there’s perception Pat Cummins’ skilled facet has what it takes to win arguably the hardest tour in world cricket.
India claimed victory within the final two collection in Australia and has held the Border-Gavaskar trophy since 2017. The hosts will go in as favourites.
Play is scheduled to start at 3pm AEDT (9.30am native), with the toss scheduled at 2.30pm AEDT. Comply with beneath for dwell updates.
8.20pm – Aussies six-year low amid brutal collapse
Australia had excessive hopes of getting over the 200-mark on a tough Nagpur wicket however have fallen quick after India wrapped up the Aussie innings shortly after tea.
It took 3.5 overs for the Indian spinners to scrub up the Aussie tail for simply three extra runs, as Ravi Jadeja took 5/47.
The spinners bowled 47.5 of the 63.5 overs bowled within the Aussie innings as Jadeja and Ravi Ashwin (3/42) dominated the Aussies.
The questions of a doctored pitch nonetheless grasp over the match after all however whether or not 177 is a aggressive rating on a pitch Brett Lee referred to as a “day seven” pitch earlier than play will stay to be as soon as India have batted.
Australia had been sitting fairly at 2/84 however the fast wickets of Marnus Labuschagne, Matthew Renshaw and Steve Smith noticed Australia lose 3/25.
Whereas Peter Handscomb and Alex Carey salvaged the afternoon with a 53-run stand, the ultimate 5 wickets fell for simply 15 runs as Australia slumped from 5/162 to 177 all out.
7:40pm – Australia on wrestle road as India rip by center order
Tea has been taken, with Australia in deep trouble at 174/8 on day one.
Fox’s session-by-session evaluation has the spoils shared at one session apiece, however it’s the Indians that will be strolling off with larger smiles on their faces, with no Australians capable of go 50 thus far.
Brett Lee on Fox Cricket’s protection, mentioned a lot of the wickets had been the results of “some respectable bowling”, barring the wicket of David Warner, as soon as once more undone by a right-arm fast coming across the wicket angling into his stumps.
The Australians head into the ultimate session on 174/8, and shall be hoping to outlive the day’s play and take as a lot time as potential out of the sport.
Nathan Lyon has simply arrived on the crease and holds the Check document for many runs with out ever scoring a fifty, while Scott Boland is but to bat and has a first-class fifty to his title.
7:25pm – Australia’s tail falters as Cummins and Murphy depart
Ravi Ashwin has struck once more, eradicating Pat Cummins because the final of Australia’s in a position tailenders, drawing the skipper right into a feeble poke and an edge into the grateful arms of Virat Kohli at first slip, who doesn’t make the identical mistake he made off Steve Smith earlier immediately.
“It is likely one of the longest tails ever in an Australian lineup, there’s not plenty of high quality there,” says Matthew Hayden on commentary.
It brings Todd Murphy to the crease on Check debut, becoming a member of Peter Handscomb who has remained resolutely up to now, just for the bespectacled offspinner to depart for a fourth-ball duck, trapped in entrance to turn into Jadeja’s fourth sufferer.
Australia are in dire straits, with the rating at 173/8.
7:10pm – Carey counter half-baked as Ashwin takes 450th Check wicket
Alex Carey’s counterpunching rearguard has come to an finish.
The South Australian’s flamboyant reverse-sweeping took him to a fast 36 and compelled two bowling modifications from India as they regarded for the breakthrough, however it was as soon as once more spin that was his undoing.
Making an attempt to reverse sweep a ball that was sliding throughout him down leg, Carey backside edged onto his stumps, ending a partnership of 53 with Peter Handscomb.
It’s Ashwin’s 450th Check wicket, and coming in simply 89 matches, makes him the second-fastest man in historical past to the milestone, achieved by solely eight males earlier than him.
Ashwin sits 10 wickets behind Nathan Lyon on the all-time males’s Check wicket-takers listing.
5:55pm – Saviour Smith departs, Jadeja has his third
Ravindra Jadeja is India’s man, eradicating Steve Smith to take his third wicket of the innings.
Smith poked ahead at a full supply from Jadeja, enjoying for flip and anticipating it to seize on Nagpur’s dry floor.
Sadly for Smith, the flip by no means got here, as he was crushed on his inside edge and bowled comprehensively.
It takes Australia to 109/5, and with the arrival of the left-handed Carey to the crease, comes Ravichandran Ashwin.
Along with his first supply, Carey reverse sweeps Ashwin by a vacant third man area, however it’s not confidence inspiring within the slightest.
9’s Michael Atkinson has famous that Australia’s three left-handers within the prime six have fallen for a complete of three runs, saying that pre-series issues over the state of the Nagpur pitch “seem actual”, with India seemingly focusing on Australia’s battery of lefties, figuring out that they’ve none of their very own.
5:55pm – Australia as soon as once more in disarray as Jadeja strikes, on a hat-trick
Ravindra Jadeja has struck twice in two balls to ship Australia as soon as once more into an entire mess, first tempting Labuschagne out of his crease to get him stumped earlier than trapping a lead-footed Matthew Renshaw in entrance together with his first supply.
Marnus Labuschagne has missed out on a maiden Indian half-century, combating valiantly over the past two hours, and getting Australia by to lunch solely two down after early chaos noticed Australia 2-2.
Peter Handscomb, chosen for his means in Asia and towards spin, involves the crease however will escape the hat-trick ball with the over concluding.
5:00pm – Australia survive early scare by to lunch
Australia have survived two early wickets and the lack of David Warne and Usman Khawaja to get by to lunch in any other case unscathed, because of some positivity and metal from Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne.
Labuschagne, enjoying in his first Indian Check innings, heads into the break unbeaten on 47, wanting by far the extra fluent of the pair.
His footwork has been constructive and managed, and he’s discovered the gaps with aplomb.
Smith has comparatively regarded much less managed, struggling to 19 from 74 deliveries.
Extraordinarily robust software from the duo see Australia in a a lot better place than those that noticed the primary a part of the day’s play would have imagined – demonstrative of what clear batting plans to spin can do.
Axar Patel appears to be like the choose of India’s spinners, focusing on Smith off a superb size.
Ravi Ashwin is but to enter the assault, with Australia at 76/2.
4:10pm – Smith dropped by Virat!
Axar Patel has been robbed of a prized Check scalp as Virat Kohli sensationally drops Steve Smith at first slip.
Driving exhausting at a flighted half-volley outdoors off, Patel caught Smith’s outdoors edge, low on the bat and rising exhausting at Kohli, who appeared caught on his heels.
Snatching on the ball in entrance of him with an outstretched proper hand, Kohli was by no means in with an opportunity of taking an opportunity that he prides himself on usually taking.
Kohli is taken into account one in every of world cricket’s higher fielders, and has 104 catches in Check cricket to his title.
Two balls later, Patel bought one to leap up at Smith, revealing a number of the demons within the pitch for the primary time this collection.
Smith and Labuschagne’s partnership sits at 38, with Australia at 40/2.
4:00pm – Smith and Labuschagne regular the ship
The introduction of Axar Patel into the assault marks a turning level in what has been a busy first 10 overs of play.
Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne have consolidated Australia’s shaky begin, absorbing the stress coming relentlessly from Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj, and seeing a change of bowler consequently.
Patel has 47 wickets in simply eight profession Assessments, and if he reaches 50, will turn into the third-fastest bowler (by matches) in historical past to the milestone.
3:13pm – Warner departs for 1, bowled Shami
This might be critically, critically grim for the Aussies.
Mohammed Shami has simply despatched David Warner’s off stump cartwheeling with a powerful inswinger, clipping the pad on the best way by.
Maybe he ought to have batted right-handed.
He departs for simply 1, with Australia at 2-2 with solely 13 balls bowled within the collection.
It brings Steve Smith to the crease, who averages 60 in India.
3:00pm – Usman Khawaja gone early! India draw first blood
David Warner’s first ball from Mohammed Shami, a large half-volley over the wicket throughout the left-hander, has barely made it to Srikar Bharat behind the stumps.
We might be in for a really, very lengthy collection.
Usman Khawaja, going through simply his second supply from Mohammed Siraj, has gone early, lacking a full inswinger to be dismissed LBW for 1.
It seemed to be sliding down, with Khawaja motioning to Warner that he thought the ball was happening leg, and sending the ball upstairs instantly.
Social media is blowing up over ball-tracking, with the Sydney Morning Herald’s Andrew Wu selecting to stay diplomatic and calling it “attention-grabbing”.
2:30pm – Australia win toss and bat, drop Head in choice shock
Australia have received the toss and can bat in Nagpur, with Pat Cummins dropping extra main choice bombshells alongside Todd Murphy’s debut.
Travis Head, Australia’s greatest batter this summer time gone having averaged greater than 50 in Check cricket for the reason that begin of 2021-22, has been dropped with Matthew Renshaw and Peter Handscomb returning to the facet.
Head averages 21.30 in Asia.
Ashton Agar, Australia’s solely left-arm spinner, has additionally been dropped for debutant Todd Murphy.
India have named two debutants, with white-ball revelation Suryakumar Yadav and KS Bharat additionally making their Check nods.
AAP’s Scott Bailey wrote: “Huge name by Australia to drop Travis Head. Finest participant of dwelling summer time, however the message out of Sri Lanka final July was that performances on Australian wickets can be irrelevant for subcontinent picks. They’ve caught to that greater than anybody thought potential.”
ABC’s Daniel Garb wrote: “The one believable purpose for Head’s omission have to be a priority about his means towards spin. Can’t be the lefty situation as Renshaw is in. Controversial name.”
Australian XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Renshaw, Peter Handscomb, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Todd Murphy, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland
Indian XI: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj
2:20pm – India title two debutants as Lyon presents Murphy with cap
Nathan Lyon has offered Todd Murphy with male Check cap No. 465 within the conventional pre-match ceremony, as India additionally title two debutants.
Suryakumar Yadav and KS Bharat make their Check debuts for India.
1:50pm – Aussie bolter set for shock debut
Australia’s custom of capping debutants in India is ready to proceed immediately with Todd Murphy anticipated to make his Check debut as Australia’s 465th male Check cricketer.
It caps a outstanding rise for Murphy, who solely picked up the artwork of offspin six years in the past whereas “stuffing round” close to his hometown of Moama, on the NSW-VIC border.
SEN’s Bharat Sundaresan noticed Murphy marking out his run-up in Nagpur forward of play on day one, suggesting the conjecture round his choice might be put to relaxation.
The Victorian has seen a fast rise to the Check squad, with just one first-class match to his title at first of final summer time.
The 22-year-old bamboozled batters across the nation within the Sheffield Protect this summer time, snaring 14 wickets from simply 4 matches at a median of 17.71, on prime of spinning Victoria to victory towards New South Wales in a thriller, to catapult himself into the nationwide body.
Murphy was named as one in every of 4 strike spinners in Australia’s 18-man squad for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, however was not anticipated to play, behind the already-capped Mitchell Swepson and Ashton Agar.
Steve O’Keefe, the final Australian spinner to have any success in India, taking 19 wickets on the 2017 tour at a median of 23.26, says Murphy is “pretty much as good an off-spinner as I’ve seen since Nathan Lyon”.
Murphy joins an extended line of Australian spinners to make their debut in India that dates again to Jason Krejza in 2008.
Since Nathan Lyon’s emergence because the nation’s premier tweaker, none have constantly partnered him within the subcontinent, and never a single fellow offspinner has even taken the sphere alongside him.
Indian circumstances will not be utterly overseas to the bespectacled Murphy, having been despatched alongside a bunch of rising spinners by Cricket Australia to Chennai’s MRF Academy on prime of being chosen within the Australia A squad to tour Asia final 12 months.
10.30am – Warner’s daring batting ploy
The doctoring of the Nagpur pitch towards Australia’s left-hander heavy line-up has David Warner critically contemplating batting right-handed through the Check.
The veteran opener was seen practising batting right-handed within the nets and would most certainly deliver out the celebration trick within the second innings of the Check when the wicket breaks down and turns into much more of a nightmare for left handers.
Warner has proven he’s greater than able to “switch-hitting” within the shorter types of the video games, however batting for lengthy intervals in a Check proper handed would definitely be an odd sight.
9.30am — Pitch to wreak havoc, Aussie bolter set to make debut
The pitch in Nagpur is anticipated to be a spinner’s paradise after photos emerged of the wicket being ready particularly to wreak havoc on Australia’s batting line-up full of left-handers.
5 members of Australia’s seemingly prime seven — Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Travis Head, Matthew Renshaw, and Alex Carey — bat left handed.
The state of the pitch may see right-handed Peter Handscomb enter the body to be picked to bat at No. 6 over Renshaw.
Australia is but to call its last XI however uncapped spinner Todd Murphy is anticipated to be picked to make his Check debut, alongside veteran spinner Nathan Lyon.
With Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc dominated out of the primary Check and all-rounder Cameron Inexperienced nonetheless below an damage cloud, Australia’s bowling assault isn’t at full energy.
Cummins will seemingly be joined within the assault by Scott Boland, and no less than two spinners.