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Nice one…. But I reckon you’ve left out Wriddhiman Saha…. Remember Rishabh Pant in the last Australian Test series came in as a replacement of Saha, who suffered from injury by that time… So it’s going to be Saha or Rahul who is going to sport the glove…

Meet the Indian Test XI that will face the Aussies this summer

Top notch article.But I think Australia is way ahead of England in the coming Ashes series.
About the India- Australia series.. I felt India is slightly overrated… With Smith and Warner in the Australian side, the hosts are going to be the favorites in that series too.

With the home condition advantage it’s going to be a right opportunity for the Australian team to bring back their dominant style in Tests.

India could hold the keys to the next Ashes series

But Bernie, there are many players who make outstanding contributions to their sides in T20.

Smithy needs time to settle, but this T20 format is not allowing it for him and I reckon that’s the reason why he hasn’t done enough in the T20 format.

Steve Smith vs Virat Kohli: Cricket's biggest rivalry

Kohli struggles against swing bowling? Really?? Kohli was the highest run scorer in the 2018 England series, managing 593 in 10 innings, averaging 59.30. This was in the swing paradise.
Before that, he made 286 in 6 innings, averaging 47.66 in South Africa, known for the conditions that favor pace and seam movement.
And do you still think that he struggles against swing bowling.?

Steve Smith vs Virat Kohli: Cricket's biggest rivalry

And most importantly the 2016 T20 world cup. Playing against Pakistan is always a big game for India and Kohli made the match winning 55 (37) while chasing against the top class bowling. And then he went on to score 82 (51) against Australia in a must win match for India. Above all, in the semi final match against the Windies, Kohli pulled off the stunner by scoring 89 off 47.

Steve Smith vs Virat Kohli: Cricket's biggest rivalry

But still, as Bernie mentioned Steve Smith is a big game player with sound technique. There is no doubt that Smithy will pull off in color jerseys. I hope the rivalry will exist in ODIs in future between these two.

Steve Smith vs Virat Kohli: Cricket's biggest rivalry

When did India congratulate only the captain for winning the world cup? what are you talking?

Steve Smith vs Virat Kohli: Cricket's biggest rivalry

Rivalry doesn’t need to be head to head.. It’s about two individuals competing for the same objective. In this case they both like to fight for their side from the front and to etch their names in the record books. .

Steve Smith vs Virat Kohli: Cricket's biggest rivalry

I am not underrating Smith, What I meant is, for a player with extraordinary talent like Smith could have scored many centuries in away conditions. He has only three to his name in the 67 innings, he has batted and that is definitely lesser than what we expect from him.

Steve Smith vs Virat Kohli: Cricket's biggest rivalry

Making these contributions won’t be much of a burden for Smith in home conditions. If he had done this in away conditions, then what you’re saying is right.

Steve Smith vs Virat Kohli: Cricket's biggest rivalry

Even at home conditions, he had five top run scorers above him in that tournament.

Steve Smith vs Virat Kohli: Cricket's biggest rivalry

“”Batting is quite simple. Batsmen need to move their bodies into a position that best allows them to hit a cricket ball effectively.” You’re completely wrong Paul. Even a slight change in their technique would impact a lot in the results they produce. Batting is never simple, it was made to look simple by players like these two. If it was so simple, like you said, then many would have become the fluent run scorers of this game. Especially in Test cricket, the execution part is so important. And the way we look only at the results is not a healthy way to follow cricket.
If you think Smith hasn’t played much, then his average must speak, right. I donno why Steve Smith’s average in white ball cricket hasn’t been looked closer when you guys speak about average in every other debate.

Steve Smith vs Virat Kohli: Cricket's biggest rivalry

I reckon this is a perfect explanation for NZ’s loss.

Ben Stokes: The technical side of the perfect all-rounder

The Australian team during Border’s era was astonishing. I think that is the real attitude of an Australian team, who never wants to lose. And the attitude was the main reason why Australia won those three nail biting finishes. I am not aware of the strengths of the Australian team that played before Border’s. But after Ricky Ponting’s departure from the side, Australia has lost that winning attitude. Even though they had won the world cup in 2015 and retained the Ashes in 2019, the attitude is still missing in the team in yellow.

Why are we so terrible in nail biters?

Atlast someone spoke about the writing. 😂

Those words means a lot for a budding writer like me 👍

Ben Stokes: The technical side of the perfect all-rounder

Love for the player who added more value to the game.

Ben Stokes: The technical side of the perfect all-rounder

Depends on the way we look at this issue. If you’re blaming the batsman for a poor decision made by the umpire, it’s also fair to blame the opposition captain who didn’t make right use of the offer made by the technology.

Bad decisions are part and parcel of this game. And that cannot overshadow a player’s performance under pressure.

Ben Stokes: The technical side of the perfect all-rounder

The bad decisions at Headingley. Come on, we are in the era in which the decisions are hugely dependent on DRS. It was the bad review Tim Paine took against Jake Leach that has to be blamed. The Australian team failed to make correct use of the DRS in that match. Even if it was given out, it would have still been a great innings by Ben, taking his team close to the impossible target when he was left alone with No. 11.

Ben Stokes: The technical side of the perfect all-rounder

Speaking of CWC 2019, the whole 84(98) * in a word cup final chase, won’t come under luck. Yes of course the six runs that came by the overthrow can be considered as luck. Maybe it was the reward for the way he pulled the innings to the end of the innings. Ben could have played like Jos Buttler or other English tails, who threw their wickets cheaply in the process of making runs. But Ben chose to be in the middle to finish the game.

Coming to the luck factor, yes luck plays a huge role in cricket. Without luck, England wouldn’t have won the Sydney semifinal in 1992 and Australia’s tie against South Africa in a semifinal of 1999 wouldn’t have sent Australians to the final of the tournament. We were the ones who enjoyed these luck factors when these things came into action in the name of ICC rules. Likewise, Ben Stokes’ controversial six runs through the overthrow would obviously come under the rules of the same ICC. So there is no point to blame ‘the luck factor’ as the only reason for England’s win in the 2019 CWC.

The bad decisions at Headingley. Come on, we are in the era in which the decisions are hugely dependent on DRS. It was the bad review Tim Paine took against Jake Leach that has to be blamed. The Australian team failed to make correct use of the DRS in that match. Even if it was given out, it would have still been a great innings by Ben, taking his team close to the impossible target when he was left alone with No. 11.

Ben Stokes: The technical side of the perfect all-rounder