Aussie Dominance Expected To Continue

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Australia v India


  January 6 - 10


With the series already wrapped up, only pride is to play for when Australia  host India at the SCG on Tuesday.

The Boxing Day Test in Melbourne was another dominant display by the hosts, but in the end it wasn’t enough to prevent a draw. Steve Smith did what captains are there to do, leading his side to a healthy first innings score of 530. The 25-year-old notched 192 in a devastating first innings performance, making it three centuries in as many matches this series. Smith has scored the most runs in the first innings of every test this series, and he’s to repeat that feat in Sydney this week. Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson misses the match with a hamstring injury, re-opening the door for Ashes hero Ashton Agar.

Although the draw in Melbourne ended the series competitively, India will be just as hungry to win the final test as they were ahead of the first. The last month has uncovered a true future star for the Indians in hard hitter Virat Kohli. Like his counterpart Steve Smith, the Indian captain has notched three centuries in the summer tour, the latest a staggering total of 169. Kohli’s partnership with Ajinkya Rahane gave Indian fans a chance to overlook the scoreboard and gain excitement over the future prospects. With both men aged 26, along with talented bowler Mohammed Shami, 24, expect the Men in Blue to climb the test rankings over the next few years.

Australia enter this match as the favourites again, but this time they have a bit more value about them. The quote has attracted plenty of bets around the $1500 mark, although with the series wrapped up and missing arguably their best bowler, punters aren’t jumping out of their skin to back the hosts.  




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