India rest fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah for limited overs leg

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Jasprit Bumrah.

India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been rested for the upcoming one-day series in Australia and tour of New Zealand after giving it his all during the Test series in Australia.

Bumrah took 21 wickets in four Tests as India won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1, becoming the first  team from the country and Asia to win Down Under.

Virat Kohli‘s team now prepare for a three-match ODI series starting Saturday in Sydney before travelling to New Zealand for a limited-overs tour.

“Keeping in mind the workload of the bowler, it was best felt to give him adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia,” the BCCI said in statement.

Fast bowler Mohammed Siraj replaces Bumrah in the squad for Australia and the five ODIs in New Zealand starting January 23. Paceman Siddarth Kaul will play in place of Bumrah in three Twenty20s in New Zealand. India then host Australia for five ODI matches starting February 24 back home, followed by two T20 games.

Squad for ODIs: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj

Squad for NZ T20Is: Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul

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Team India gets hefty bonus for Test series win in Australia

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The Indian cricket board on Tuesday awarded cash bonuses of up to 6 million rupees (Dh300,000) to Virat Kohli and his players after the No1 Test team secured a maiden Test series win in Australia.

India won the four-match series 2-1 after the final Test in Sydney was washed out . The BCCI congratulated the Indian team and announced a bonus of 1.5 million rupees (Dh75,000) per match for each player while the reserves get half as much.

That means that Kohli and others who took part in all four Tests will get double their match fees, which stands at 1.5 million rupees per Test.

Coach Ravi Shastri and his assistants will around Dh130,000 each.

India consolidated their position at the top of the Test table after the Border-Gavaskar win, reaching 116 points – eight more than second-placed England.

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Aus v India: Pujara's batting, Indian pacers and toss among deciding factors

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India were denied a shot at victory in the fourth Test in Sydney after rain ruined play on the final two days of the match.

Even so, a 2-1 series triumph is just reward for the No1 Test team in the world after disheartening tours of South Africa and England in 2018 where they let go of winning positions and ended up losing both easily.

Here we take a look at five factors that worked in India’s favour during the Australia Test series.

Pujara’s batting

The biggest difference between the two teams. Pujara scored three centuries in four Tests. No Australian batsman even reached 80. His centuries in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney put India in winning positions and he helped bat Australia out of contention in Melbourne and Sydney.

While he was the only batsman from either team to score more than 400 runs, let alone 500 (521), it was the number of balls that Pujara faced – 1258 – which took the edge out of Australian bowling.

India’s bowling

Bumrah (r) has had a terrific debut year in Test cricket.

Bumrah (r) has had a terrific debut year in Test cricket.

As uninspiring as Australia’s batting was without Steve Smith and David Warner, the Aussies were playing at home and did have some experienced batsmen in the form of Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh.

But apart from debutant Marcus Harris and lower order bats Pat Cummins and Travis Head, to an extent, Australia couldn’t withstand the pace and accuracy of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma. Spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav took over from an injured Ravi Ashwin and made life even tougher for the hosts. Aussie batting looked bad mainly because India’s bowling was exemplary.

Toss

Winning the toss in Test cricket has become critical since the start of 2018 with pitches all across the world proving to be challenging, and almost all of them deteriorating rapidly in the second innings. Generally, batting first and watching the opposition crumble under the pressure of a fourth-innings chase has become a recipe for success. In all four Tests in Australia, the team that won the toss batted first and won the match or reached a winning position – as was the case in Sydney.

Aussie batting

The Australian team was unhappy at the nature of wickets offered during the four-Test series. They believe only Perth was conducive to their brand of cricket. However, the fact is it was spinner Nathan Lyon who won them the Perth Test. And if the conditions were too good for batting in the other three Tests, why didn’t a single Australian score a century? Why was their top score only 326?

Australia didn’t have Smith and Warner. But that shouldn’t have stopped others from scoring runs across four Tests at home. Inability to occupy the crease for long periods or score ‘ugly’ runs shows Australia’s batsmen have a lot of work to do in red-ball cricket.

Off-colour Starc and Hazlewood

Australia pacer Mitchell Starc.

Australia pacer Mitchell Starc.

India’s quicks outperformed a fully-fit Australian pace trio and that is no mean feat. Bumrah, Shami and Ishant adjusted their lines and length immediately and made Australia’s batsmen sweat it out for every run. Even on the penultimate day of the final Test in Sydney, Bumrah was bowling at nearly 150kph against Australia’s tail-enders.

On the other hand, Mitchell Starc’s radar malfunctioned and even though his pace was up, there was no rhythm or accuracy at all. Even Josh Hazlewood pulled his length back which allowed India to bat freely. Only Cummins troubled India with his accuracy. That only one Indian batsman got out lbw shows the Aussies didn’t target the stumps as much as they should have given the variable bounce on offer at all venues.

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