Australia vs India 2018-19: 5 Players who established themselves with the Test series

It was a series dominated by the big names but there were those who made a mark for themselves and sealed a spot in the team as well.

Indian team
Indian team. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Team India couldn’t have asked for a better start to the new year. They have achieved a feat by ending a 71-year drought and clinching their first ever series victory in Australia. In a 4-match Test series which has concluded on January 7, the Indian team beat Australia comprehensively in every department and claimed the honours with a 2-1 margin.

For India, Cheteshwar Pujara‘s batting and Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling have been the highlights of the tour. Pujara scored three 100s and almost batted 31 hours in the entire series. It was his batting that made the difference between the two teams. Indian bowlers were sensational as the pace trio of Ishant Sharma, Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami picked 48 wickets of the total 70 wickets that fell in 4 matches.

For India, this series was all about youngsters stepping up and delivering even after being put in the deep end. Even the Australian team that is in a rebuilding phase tried a few new names. It was an opportunity for players on both sides to grab the chances and make it count. The ones who did that will be a part of the setup for a much longer duration now. Let’s take a look at the 5 players from both the sides who have potentially established their places with the show in the Test series.

1. Marcus Harris (Australia)

Marcus Harris
Marcus Harris. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Marcus Harris had a decent outing in his debut series against a fiery Indian bowling attack, and he did a considerable job as against his partner Aaron Finch who really struggled all the way through. Where things stand right now, Harris would be a definite pick in the upcoming Ashes later in 2019. Though he hasn’t scored as big as some of the Indian batsmen, his application while facing the new ball and even the way he was able to play the spinners will be a big positive for Australia.

He has the right temperament to be an opening batsman, and the 1st innings in the Sydney Test was a good display of his ability. As it is very early in his career, Harris has time in hand to improve and is undoubtedly one of the brightest spots for the Aussies in the series where not a lot went their way.

Series Numbers: 258 runs at an average of 36.85


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