Sydney: Australia would be looking to register their second-ever win in the Indian capital, Delhi, where the pitch is expected to favour spinners, in order to salvage some pride in their ongoing four-match Test series against India, which they have already lost 3-0.
Australia has played six Tests at the venue for a single victory, which came in December 1959. The dancing feet of Neil Harvey helped the little left-hander hit 114 in Australia``s 468 and Richie Benaud spun his way to figures of 3-0 and 5-76 as the tourists claimed victory by an innings and 127 runs.
Since then, Australia`s record has been loss (1969), draw (1979), draw (1986), loss (1996), draw (2008) and the one-off Test in 1996 marked the inaugural Border-Gavaskar Trophy series. Spin`s links with the venue became even stronger when Indian spinner Anil Kumble became the second person behind England`s Jim Laker to take 10 wickets in a single innings, in Test cricket with his 10-74 against Pakistan in 1998/99.
The most recent Delhi Test was in November 2011 when India claimed a five-wicket win after bowling West Indies out for 304 and 180, and unsurprisingly off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took nine wickets in the match for India. India`s left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (17 at 18.88) is the only other bowler from either side with more than eight wickets in the series and it`s clear India will play to their strength for the Delhi Test.
Australia opener and Delhi Daredevils IPL import David Warner has told the Aussies it will be a good batting track for the first couple of days
First Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013, 14:08