3 player-battles to watch out for in IND vs AUS 3rd Test

By Daniel S

February 28, 2023

India and Australia are all set to lock horns in the third of the four-match Test series at the Holkar Stadium in Indore from tomorrow, the 1st of March. Currently, the hosts are leading the series by 2-0 with two massive and straight wins in the first and second Test; played in Nagpur and Delhi respectively.

Notably, the Australian team is in trouble as the regular skipper Pat Cummins had already flown back to the country owing to family commitments. So, the former skipper and batting superstar Steve Smith will lead the team in the Indore Test against Australia.

In the absence of skipper Pat Cummins, veteran pacer Mitchell Starc is likely to fill the void by making it to the playing XI of the Indore Test. With said that, here we’ll have a look at three much-anticipated player battles that might be seen in the penultimate fixture of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Nathan Lyon

India vs Australia

The veteran Indian batter and Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara recently played the 100th Test of his international career during the Delhi Test between India and Australia. The 35-year-old happened to finish the match and cross the line for India with the winning run in the second Test of the series.

Pujara and veteran Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon have faced off each other in 30 Test innings. There has been a very tough battle between both the Test giants; as the Indian batter has scored 532 runs with a decent average of 48.36. Whereas, Lyon has also dismissed the veteran Rajkot batter for 11 times in these face-offs. Considering this, it can be said that we can witness a very tough player battle between these two veterans in the Indore Test.