Allan Border, a legendary Australian cricketer, selected his starting lineup for the pivotal second Test between India and the Australians and bravely left out Todd Murphy, the new spin sensation. India will welcome Australia at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on Friday, February 17, after sealing an emphatic victory in the first Test to take a 1-0 series lead.
Australia icon Allan Border offered his opinions on the individuals that ought to be in the starting XI for the Delhi Test prior to the second red-ball match. He also acknowledged that the team would have to make some risky choices, like as benching young Todd Murphy despite the quality of his performance in the Nagpur Test in favour of three seamers and one spinner.
“You’ve had to pick (Nathan) Lyon; he’s earned enough goodwill over the years to be selected first. Well done to young (Todd) Murphy; I know it will be difficult to leave him out. However, I simply believe that the key for success is three quickies and one spinner, as Border stated on SEN 1170 Breakfast.
“We might (see Warner dropped this series). Considering how wonderful he has been to us, I hesitate to say it. Simply put, we need to see more from him at the front of the order,” Border continued.
Todd Murphy, a 22-year-old bowler, had an outstanding debut performance and claimed seven wickets in the first Test.
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The ex-cricketer who now consults for Fox Cricket added that he was perplexed by the choice to bench Travis Head for the opening Test. Head scored 525 runs in seven innings while playing against the West Indies and South Africa.
Without a doubt, Border continued, “He (Travis Head) deserved the chance to play in that First Test match, I think they got that decision completely wrong.”
David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb, Cameron Green (if healthy), Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, and Josh Hazlewood make up Allan Border’s starting lineup (if fit)
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