Flavour of India makes Sydney Test much more than a show about nothing for Australia

And the big questions for the Sydney Test match are… actually, there aren’t any big ones, just a bunch of small ones. Who will Australia choose to replace Cameron Green and Mitchell Starc? Will Josh Hazlewood get a game? Will it rain during game hours? How will the traffic be?

The big question isn’t in Sydney, it’s in India (where it won’t rain, and the traffic will put the complaints of Sydneysiders into perspective).

In its annual week of dead rubber, Sydney Test cricket fans will once again show they are the most unwavering in the country by flocking to a match for nothing. The ten-day ham and cake will be polished and the best cricket ground in the land will form a pleasant backdrop for a match which, due to its regular schedule at the end of the settled series, has turned into a social occasion where 22 cricketers also put up an exhibition. Context? If anyone can explain how this match affects Australia and South Africa’s chances of advancing to the World Test Championship final, the address for correspondence is below.

For Australia’s cricketing inner circle, the Sydney Test sparked a wake-up call. Someone has just realized that in five weeks the team that sailed brilliantly through their home summer will be fighting for survival in the dust of Nagpur.

After waking up, Australian breeders scoured the country in search of horses for the sub-continental courses. They found Ashton Agar and Matthew Renshaw. Captain Patrick Cummins described the ground as “like an SCG wicket of 15-20 years ago”, which is handy given that Australian curators are not preparing the surfaces to meet the needs of the home side. 15-20 years ago, the dominant bowlers in Sydney were Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee, while Shane Warne barely took a wicket (like in India), but we know what he means. In the only first-class game played at SCG this summer, the finger-spinners dominated. If he plays like an SCG wicket of six weeks ago, he will feel quite like India.

Ashton Agar training at SCG on Monday.

Ashton Agar training at SCG on Monday.Credit:Getty

The real question, which will only be settled later in the year, is whether Australia missed an opportunity by not bringing new players into the squad to boost confidence against weak visitors. Renshaw’s name has been in pencil for India for some time, but when Australia coaches could have brought him in, they found themselves locked in David Warner’s battle to salvage his career.

Warner achieved personal salvation with a double century in Melbourne. As admirable as it was, that only settled the question of whether Warner could still score big in Australia, which was a question few seriously considered. Everyone knew Warner could do that. What they didn’t know was if he could run errands in places like Nagpur and London, and they won’t know that now. Never back down against a champion who is said to be proven or even unproven.

With the visit of the West Indies and South Africa, Australia coaches have made it their immediate priority to win games in the here and now, a strategy that tends to keep football coaches in their jobs through the first half of the season. season.

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