Michael Clarke: Put yourself in a tough position ahead of Delhi Test against Australia

Australia lost the opening Test of the four-match Test series against India in Nagpur by an enormous margin of an innings and 132 runs because they were comprehensively outplayed. Several veteran cricketers harshly attacked Pat Cummins’ squad for their team selection in the first match after their humbling loss. The debates over the ideal playing XI for the Australian team are still ongoing, even though the second Test is only three days away.

The first Test lineup was not chosen well, according to former Australian captain Michael Clarke, who felt that Matt Renshaw should have been chosen before Travis Head. He continued by saying that the defence of Australia’s selection errors by head coach Andrew McDonald has made things harder for his team moving forward.of the Delhi second Test.

When asked about Travis Head at No. 5, Clarke remarked on Sky Sports Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast, If you start with him and it doesn’t work, then you can make a change. Now, if they drop Matthew Renshaw, they could be shooting themselves in the foot because they would be saying, Okay, we made a mistake, while Andrew McDonald has publicly stated, “We haven’t made a mistake.

I believe they have put themselves in a position where changing the team is very challenging. They are nearly cornered, and I don’t see how they can change anything unless they receive some injury relief, such as Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green returning.It appears that either A; there has been a significant overreaction to what transpired in the first game, or, two; they are unable to recognise that they were mistaken.

Mitchell Swepson is replaced by Matthew Kuhnemann on the Australian team.
In the meantime, Australia has replaced wrist-spinner Mitchell Swepson, who had to return home for the birth of his first child, with left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann in their team. However, it is extremely doubtful that Kuhneman will get to make his debut in Delhi given Todd Murphy’s impressive debut in the first Test, where he picked up a seven-fer, and Nathan Lyon’s expertise in the field.

I’ve seen a little of Kuhnemann’s domestic cricket bowling. He bowls fairly well.Moreover, he would require a lot of labour and provides some diversity. However, doing so forces you to either play three spinners (which I’m not convinced they’ll do) or exclude Nathan Lyon. They won’t do that, I’m very sure,”remarked Clarke.

India, on the other hand, will want to build on its winning streak in the second Test. To advance to the ICC World Test Championship final, they must win at least three of the series’ games. If India defeats Australia in three Tests, they will go ahead of Australia in the ICC Test team rankings.

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