An India v Australia Test series. Here we go again…

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An India v Australia Test series. Here we go again…

In episode 150 of the 81allout podcast we preview India’s upcoming Test series against Australia – the latest chapter in a storied rivalry. Australia sure have the team to pull off a series win but the panel agrees that they will still need to be at their best to hand India their first home-series defeat in nearly a decade.

Talking Points:

  • Australia’s attitude towards cricket in India over the years: from apathy to obeisance
  • The role played by Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Mike Coward and a few others in embracing India and her passion for cricket
  • The 2017 India v Australia series, and the gripping Bangalore Test
  • Can Pat Cummins replicate Glenn McGrath’s success in India?
  • The current Australian bowling attack v the 2004 attack that won in India
  • India’s fast bowling potency in home conditions (even without Jasprit Bumrah)
  • Ashwin v Smith: a rivarly with a layer of deep technical insight
  • Are we about the see the new new Virat Kohli?
  • Can Australia’s batters (especially the left-handers) tackle Ashwin?
  • The flexibility Jadeja offers this Indian line-up
  • Pant’s absence and an opening for Axar to bolster the batting
  • Our wishes for the pitches in this series: green tops and raging turners


Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee)

Mahesh Sethuraman (@cornerd)

Kartikeya Date (@cricketingview)

Ashoka (ABVan)


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  • When Australia conquered the Final Frontier – 81allout podcast rewinds to 2004
  • ‘It struck me that you can score 574, declare twice, and still lose a Test’ – Allan Border – 81allout podcast
  • How Smith’s grip is linked to tennis – Daniel Brettig – Sydney Morning Herald
  • R Ashwin: ‘I’ve always been good at assessing batsmen, but now I think I’ve taken it to another level’ – Sidharth Monga interview – The Cricket Monthly
  • Umesh Yadav’s spell v Kerala in Krishnagiri – Hotstar (access only in India)
  • How will Smith and Labuschagne bat against Ashwin and Co.? – Sridharan Sriram column – Indian Express 


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