Heavy Hearts Playing For Phil

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Michael Clarke is battling a hamstring injury. Source: AAP/foxsports.com.au

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Australia v India

Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

  December 9 - 12



Australia kick off their test series with India on Tuesday less than a week after attending Phil Hughes’ funeral.

It’s hard to gauge where the Aussies are at right now mentally. With the tragedy that struck barely a fortnight ago, you wonder if they will come out firing or take a bit to get going again. Phil Hughes’ death has taken the spotlight off the question that was on everyone’s lips before the heartbreak; Michael Clarke’s hamstring injury. Pup has been a true captain over the past two weeks without stepping onto the pitch, and his leadership skills would be a welcome inclusion into the squad. Australia were fruitless in their last ODI match-up against Pakistan, losing both matches of the series by a combined total of 577 runs.

India will be coming into this series confident after a clean sweep test win when they last played Australia. When these two sides meet, home ground advantage generally proves decisive. Every test match between the two sides since 2010 has resulted in the home side winning. Both sides struggle to win on their travels, but the men in blue could change all that and add to the Baggy Greens’ woes. They may have to do it, however, without the services of captain MS Douni. The Indian wicket keeper suffered a thumb injury ahead of the series opener and remains under an injury cloud.

With no way of telling how the hosts will perform, punters aren’t betting on the opening match with a great deal of confidence. However, there have been a few single bets of around $2000 for the Aussies to win the series .




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