Australia’s quest for a primary Take a look at collection in India in 19 years will go on till no less than till 2027 after the hosts retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for a fourth consecutive time.
The Aussies arrived in India because the world’s No1-ranked Take a look at group however any hopes of emulating the category of 2004 vanished inside six days of cricket.
Vanquished by an innings and 132 runs in Nagpur within the opening Take a look at after shedding 10 wickets in a single session of their second dig, Australia managed to lose nine in the identical session in Delhi as they crumbled to a six-wicket loss.
The vacationers quelled fears of a whitewash with a famous nine-wicket win on a rank turner in Indore, changing into solely the third group to win a Take a look at in India within the final decade.
A comparatively uninteresting draw within the ultimate Take a look at in Ahmedabad was made memorable by Usman Khawaja’s gorgeous 180 and by Cameron Inexperienced’s maiden Take a look at century.
India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the fourth consecutive time after beating Australia 2-1 on Monday
Australia stand-in skipper Steve Smith and India captain Rohit Sharma (proper) shook palms because the fourth Take a look at in Ahmedabad resulted in a draw
The Aussies sealed a well-known nine-wicket win within the third Take a look at in Indore final week
It wasn’t sufficient for Australia to turn into the primary group to keep away from a collection loss in India since England in 2012, however their win in Indore sealed their spot within the World Take a look at Championship ultimate at The Oval in June.
Their opponent? However why, India after all.
Right here, Each day Mail Australia charges and slates the vacationers after 4 rollercoaster Checks over six engrossing weeks.
David Warner – 1
Constructive omens have been few and much between as Warner arrived in India having handed 50 simply twice in his earlier 21 innings.
Any residual hope his gritty double-ton on the MCG would mark the beginning of a resurgence evaporated inside 5 balls of the primary Take a look at, as Mohammed Shami rearranged his off-stump.
Warner’s return of 1, 10 and 15 solely succeeded in reducing his already paltry 24.25 common in India, earlier than a concussion and a fractured elbow prematurely ended his series after the second Test.
The veteran opener has insisted he needs to play in The Ashes, however he averages a modest 26.04 in 25 innings in England and that call might now not be as much as him.
David Warner profession is at risk of really fizzling out after the veteran opener made simply 26 runs in three innings earlier than departing with a fractured elbow
Usman Khawaja – 9
Khawaja peeled off 333 runs at a median of 47.57 to complete prime as the highest run-scorer within the collection.
The epic, 10-hour marathon 180 in Ahmedabad rightly earned loads of headlines however, given the circumstances, his 60 within the first innings in Indore was simply as essential because it arrange the platform for a well-known win.
Arguably Australia’s participant of the collection, Khawaja has now scored six centuries since being recalled to Take a look at aspect two years in the past. Which begs the query as to why he was dropped to start with.
Usman Khawaja was arguably Australia’s participant of the collection, scoring 333 runs at 47.57
Marnus Labuschagne – 6
That Labuschangne solely 50 of the collection arrived within the second innings of the ultimate Take a look at says as a lot about his performances over the previous month than it does concerning the pitches in India.
Obtained off to good begins in Nagpur and Delhi however could not capitalise as Indian spinners repeatedly had his quantity. He’ll undoubtedly have learnt some beneficial classes forward of his subsequent collection in India.
Travis Head – 8
Australia might have already got a ready-made alternative for David Warner in Travis Head. Surprisingly omitted for the opening Take a look at in Nagpur, the South Australian changed Warner on the prime of the order within the second innings in Delhi and by no means regarded again.
His 43 off 46 deliveries on a turning pitch confirmed the type of composure and objective that abandoned his teammates, whereas his unbeaten 49 within the second innings in Indore sealed Australia’s solely win of the collection.
Fell simply wanting a deserved ton in Ahmedabad however has made himself virtually undroppable.
Travis Head batted brilliantly after being recalled into the group for the second Take a look at
Steve Smith – 5.5
Smith’s collection might be cut up in two. He dropped a straightforward catch within the first innings of the second Take a look at and was bamboozled into playing an ill-advised sweep shot by Ravindra Jadeja, which by his personal admission left him livid.
However he grew into the collection and was brilliant as stand-in captain for Pat Cummins within the ultimate two Checks, taking an all-time nice catch to dismiss Cheteshwar Pujara in Indore.
For the primary time in his profession, nevertheless, Smith didn’t make a half century in a Take a look at collection by which he performed no less than three innings, ending with a excessive rating of 38 and 145 runs at 29.
His 2017 heroics with the bat when he peeled off three tons in India have been a distant reminiscence and he is unlikely to be a part of the 2027 tour.
Cameron Inexperienced 7.5
Inexperienced’s 21 within the first innings in Indore was much more assured than the crude numbers recommend and he then made the a lot of the wicket in Ahmedabad, compiling a beautiful maiden Take a look at ton.
He bowled simply 20 overs and went for 104 runs at 5.20, however Indian wickets are notoriously hostile to seamers. One wonders how the collection might have panned out had he been fit for the first two Tests.
Cameron Inexperienced made a maiden Take a look at ton in Ahmedabad after lacking the primary two matches
Peter Handscomb – 5.5
Handscomb confirmed resilience and composure in making very good 72 not out on a difficult deck within the first innings in Delhi, regardless of a irritating lack of assist.
He didn’t money in on a batter-friendly floor within the fourth Take a look at and completed the collection with 145 runs at 29.
Matt Renshaw – 1
Making his return to the Take a look at area after six years, the Queenslander did not precisely seize his alternative.
Dropped after making 0 and a pair of in Nagpur, Renshaw was again within the group for the second innings in Delhi as concussion substitute for Warner, solely to be trapped LBW for two by Ravi Ashwin.
Omitted for the ultimate two matches, it is not past the realm of potentialities that his Take a look at profession might have reached its finish.
Matt Renshaw scored simply 4 runs in three innings in his first return to Take a look at cricket in six years
Alex Carey – 6.5
A combined bag of a collection for the wicket-keeper, whose sterling glovework was tarnished by a dearth of runs.
Carey completed with 4 catches and two stumpings, however made simply 56 runs at a median of 9.33. It was a very disappointing return given his brisk 36 within the opening Take a look at in Nagpur had hinted at a far greater contribution.
Nathan Lyon – 8.5
If it wasn’t for Khawaja, Lyon would have a legit declare to be Australia’s man of the collection.
After an detached begin in Nagpur, Australia’s star spinner took seven wickets in Delhi after which ripped through India’s batting line-up to take 11 in the match because the vacationers sealed a well-known nine-wicket in Indore.
Lyon completed with 22 wickets at 22.36 apiece and now has extra wickets in India than another Australian bowler in historical past.
Nathan Lyon claimed 22 wickets within the collection, half of which got here in Indore within the third Take a look at
Todd Murphy – 8
If Lyon continues to be the current of Australian spin, Murphy confirmed over the previous 4 weeks why he could be the long run.
The bespectacled Victorian completed with 14 wickets at 25.21, which included a shocking seven-wicket haul on debut in Nagpur.
Murphy’s cricket intelligence belies his 22-year-old as Virat Kohli discovered 4 instances all through the collection. Take a look at cricket can be seeing lots extra of him sooner or later.
Todd Murphy impressed in his first Take a look at collection, ending with 14 wickets at 25.21
Matt Kuhnemann – 7
A shock inclusion within the group after Australia capitulated within the opening Take a look at, Kuhnemann acquainted himself nicely in notoriously troublesome circumstances for left-arm spinners.
The Queenslander completed with 9 wickets at 31.11 and supplied greater than ample assist to Lyon and Murphy.
His probabilities to impress at residence, nevertheless, could also be restricted because it’s onerous to envisage Australia selecting an assault containing three spinners anyplace bar India and Pakistan.
Pat Cummins – 4.5
Cricket was sadly mere an afterthought for Cummins as returned to Sydney after the second Take a look at to be together with his gravely sick mom Maria, who died on Friday.
Previous to returning to Australia, Cummins had come under fire for some uncharacteristically undecisive captaincy.
He bowled simply 13 overs within the first innings of the second Take a look at as India recovered from 4-87 at lunch and 7-139 within the second session to 262 and did not bowl in any respect within the second dig.
He completed with three wickets in two innings at 39.66.
Pat Cummins struggled all through the primary two Take a look at matches earlier than returning to Australia to be together with his gravely sick mom Maria, who handed away final week
Scott Boland – 3
It is onerous to guage Boland’s collection, as he bowled simply 17 overs within the first Take a look at in Nagpur after which watched from the sidelines as Australia opted for a spin-heavy assault.
Saved it tight however not often regarded threatening when he bowled.
Mitchell Starc – 4.5
Like Inexperienced, Starc would have began the primary two Checks had he been match.
Not like his youthful colleague, nevertheless, he had a restricted impression within the two matches he performed, claiming simply two wickets in three innings at a really costly common of 66.
Admittedly, the surfaces in Indore and Ahmedabad did little to assist him.