Australia v India
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Australia appear to be starting a new era with Steve Smith taking over as captain in the absence of the injured Michael Clarke. Clarke has openly admitted his career could be over and Smith's promotion, instead of vice-captain Brad Haddin, suggests the Aussies are looking to the future.
Smith has good captaincy experience and has won trophies at state level with New South Wales. Shaun Marsh is expected to take Clarke's place at No 4. Otherwise Australia should be unchanged from the side that took a 1-0 lead with a thrilling victory in Adelaide. Nathan Lyon, the seven-wicket hero in the final innings, looks to be the final piece in the jigsaw of a potent attack.
MS Dhoni should return for India and goodness knows they need him. Dhoni will bolster a batting line-up which had its soft underbelly exposed in Adelaide. They looked assured of a draw at 242 for two but collapsed horribly.
The skipper will come in at No 7 in place of Wriddhiman Saha and that makes them look a little stronger. But they still have a problem from No 8 downwards. Karn Sharma, on debut, batted there in Adelaide and that was too high.
If Karn does not play at the Gabba - he was very expensive with the ball - then Ravi Ashwin looks certain to come in. That would be the smart choice. Ashwin will also be capable of holding up an end. Shikhar Dhawan should lose his place to the more solid Chet Pujara.
The Gabba has a first-innings average of 398 in the last ten years (nine Tests). There are signs, however, that it is not as good a batting wicket as it used to be. In four of the last six Tests, 300 has not been breached as the fast men have taken control. In three first-class matches this year it's been pretty good, however, producing scores of 472, 391 and 403. Australia should still be capable of breaching 400 and taking advantage of an India side low on confidence.
Australia are 1.664/6, India 7.413/2 and The Draw is 3.7511/4. The first thing to say is that those odds look about fair, although I suppose it could be argued the tourists should be a bigger considering their feeble collapse in south Australia.
The hosts have a fine record at The Gabba, and it is not known as The Gabbatoir for nothing. They have seven wins and two stalemates in the last ten years to their name. They have won each of those seven by massive margins.
For much of the Test the Adelaide surface looked to be given the Indians a cosy introduction to the series. If they can collapse so horribly on such a placid surface, one fears for them on a track which offers assistance to speedsters.
Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn and, of course, Mitchell Johnson have all prospered. And it won't be good news for India to hear that Lyon is actually the top wicket-taker in the last five years.
India have always been hampered by an ability to take 20 wickets away from home and there is nothing to fear for Australia here. Ishant Sharma could be a threat but he play well about once every ten Tests.
Top Australia runscorer
David Warner, who scored two tons in Adelaide, will be well backed, especially as he made three figures against England at the ground last year. He is 4.03/1. His opening partner, Chris Rogers, is a whopping 8.07/1, which seems very harsh. Brad Haddin averages 90 in the last five years and is 18.017/1. Steven Smith has one first-class ton at the Gabba from three appearances, and is 5.59/2. There are some decent funds available to play on the 'To Score a 50' market, too.
Top India runscorer
India have not played a Test at The Gabba before so there is no ground form to go on. Virat Kohli does have a half century in the last five years in an ODI. After his Adelaide heroics he is 4.47/2. Dhoni is 9.417/2, Murali Vijay, in nick, is 6.05/1. Kohli is 1.9110/11 to score a 50 in the first innings.
Australia to score 400 or more in first-innings 1.855/6