In the recently concluded Border-Gavasker series, Indian batsmen gave a good account of themselves, especially with regards to facing Mitchell Johnson and his mates.
Indian batsmen lived up to their reputation and surpassed expectations on most occasions in the four Test matches. Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Murali Vijay were standout performers for the visitors. However, India's bowling attack once again let them down and the hosts ran comfortable winners with a 2-0 scoreline.
England will now join India and Australia as the trio lock horns in the tri-series. The Poms come into this series with a new captain in Eoin Morgan and having been mauled by Sri Lanka 5-2 in the ODIs.
Australia demolished South Africa 4-1 in the ODIs before they changed into their whites to face India. Hence, based on form and backed by home conditions, the Aussies will clearly start as the favourites.
India failed to make the final of the last tri-series they played in Australia. However, having beaten England in the ODIs during their tour last year, the men in blue will be relatively confident of making it to the final this time around.
The key question here would be if their bowling line-up is capable of rescuing the team on a day when their batsmen fail. With a long tri-series and then a best of three final, Indian bowlers will be called into action on more than one occasion. Their performance in the Tests does not inspire much confidence.
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