Australia vs India: Best XI of the Test series
While India dominated the series, there were some notable performances from Australia as well.
Published - Jan 8, 2019 3:12 pm | Updated - Jan 8, 2019 3:12 pm
The Border-Gavaskar series finally came to end and it would be fair to say that it has been a fine exhibition of Test cricket. A depleted Australian side won many hearts with their spirited display while a young Indian touring team showed that they can perform away from home and are not necessarily ‘flat track bullies’.
This series was going to be a make-or-break for quite a few players and the notable among them were KL Rahul and Murali Vijay. Both the openers of India failed miserably and they will be out of the squad for a while, by the looks of it. While many expected Virat Kohli to be the best performer the series, it was their number three, Cheteshwar Pujara who topped the charts and was instrumental in crafting the Indian wins.
The series wasn’t one-sided at all as the Aussies showed some fight every now and then and made sure that series scoreline stood as 2-1 towards the end. It was expected that the Australian batsmen would handle the Indian pace attack better than the Indian batsmen who would go up against a quick and mighty Australian pace contingent. All the four Tests included some closely packed action and made sure that the viewers were glued to their Television sets throughout the series.
It would be unfair to not give any recognition to the performances of these gentlemen and so, we have come up with a combined playing-XI of the Border-Gavaskar series 2018-19.
1. Marcus Harris
Playing his debut series, Harris surely did grab some eyeballs with his elegant and patient stay at the crease. Harris was probably Australia’s best against the new ball and his score of 79 is their highest individual effort in this series. With 258 runs from 8 innings at an average of 36.86, the left-hander was the top scorer for the hosts with the bat.
Marcus registered scores of 26,26 (Adelaide), 70,20 (Perth), 22,13 (MCG), 79 & 2*(Sydney). Harris’ job was to see off the new ball but with lack of support from the other end, the left-hander couldn’t capitalize on his starts and often ended up throwing his wicket away as the pressure was increasing on him all the time. In a series full of negatives for the home side, the 26-year-old might be one of the very few positives for them.