India vs Australia, 2nd Test: Tough day at office for all three Mitchell's
All three Mitchell's are part of the Australian playing XI in the second Test against India in Brisbane.
New Delhi: All three Mitchell's are part of the Australian playing XI in the second Test against India in Brisbane.
However, even after having a reputation of seamer friendly track, the opening day at the Gabba emerged as a tough day for all three players – prime bowler Mitchell Johnson, all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc.
The most feared Australian bowler Johnson, failed to leave an impact on the Day 1. Throughout the day he looked a pale shadow of his former self. To say the least, he didn't even manage to pick up a single wicket, out of the four fell, even after bowling 15 overs. In fact, he leaked 64 runs at an economy of 4.26.
Marsh, who looked quite promising in the first Test at Adelaide, was bowling impressively in the morning. In fact, he was the one who gave the home side its first breakthrough in the form of opener Shikhar Dhawan. However, immediately after lunch Marsh strained his right hamstring and limped off the field. To make the situation even worse for Australia, the all-rounder won't be able to bowl in rest of the match.
Starc too looked ordinary throughout, and conceded 56 runs in the 14 overs he bowled. Scorching conditions also took a toll on the lanky seamer as he left the field during the middle session after struggling with back and rib pain.
Debutant Josh Hazlewood also battled cramps and had to leave the field just before the end of day's play.
At stumps, India were looking comfortable at 311 for four. It means, for Australia to make a comeback into the match, they will need Johnson and Starc to bowl well, especially on the first session of Day 2.