The Test India should finally ace

A preview of the India-Australia Test Series like no other – through Impact Index



AUSTRALIA

 Player

Tests

Batting
IMPACT

Bowling
IMPACT

PLAYER’s IMPACT
in the last
2 years

Series-
Defining
Efforts

Warner

2

3.90

0.00

4.15

0

Cowan

0

0.00

0.00

0.00

0

Marsh

3

2.13

0.00

2.13

0

Ponting

19

1.48

0.00

1.79

0

Clarke

21

1.65

0.45

1.92

0

Hussey

21

1.79

0.55

2.06

0

Haddin

17

1.02

0.00

2.60

1

Hilfenhaus

8

0.38

1.36

1.80

0

Pattinson

2

0.50

6.25

6.25

0

Lyon

7

0.45

1.33

1.69

0

Siddle

13

0.83

1.66

2.42

0



The current Australian team depends on four senior players – Ponting, Clarke, Hussey and Haddin. All of
them have been in somewhat indifferent form lately.

None more than Ricky Ponting, whose last two years have had him struggling more often than not; this
series is being seen as his likely swan song, depending on how he does. Michael Clarke has been more
consistent but not enough if he is to be a mainstay of any team. Mike Hussey has been the best of the
lot, but a serious dip has occurred recently, which has put him on notice too. You cannot expect Brad
Haddin to bear batting responsibility right through a series; even a wicketkeeper-batsman like Adam
Gilchrist would have struggled to do that.

The new guys around them have made up to a great extent. Warner’s effort in his second match against
New Zealand (a fourth innings century in a close chase) shows promise to solve Australia’s opening
problem, a spot which has seen Hughes struggle in last 2 years (Batting IMPACT of just 1.03 in 12
matches). In Watson’s absence, Australia would want Warner to live up to his promise and Cowan, who is
yet to debut, to rise to the occasion.

Shaun Marsh is new in the international business too, with just 3 Tests behind him to generate his
promising Batting IMPACT of 2.13. Together, the combination of Warner-Cowan-Marsh is highly
inexperienced against India’s top unit of Sehwag-Gambhir-Dravid, and this could well be the key to the
batting part of the series.

Ponting and Hussey have struggled over last two years with Batting IMPACT numbers of 1.48 and 1.65
respectively which is mediocre by their standards. While many found Khawaja promising, he delivered a
Batting IMPACT of just 1.29 in his 6 matches and thus was rightly a candidate over Ponting to be dropped.

Michael Clarke
has had 2 years somewhere in between the consistency of Hussey and Ponting with a
Batting IMPACT of 1.65. Ponting, Hussey and Clarke will need to do better than their last two years’
performances to match up to India’s middle order which consists of Tendulkar and Laxman, with Kohli
sufficiently hungry to add his name to this list of threats by showing glimpses of what he has done so well
in the more forgiving ODI arena. 

Brad Haddin has had a mediocre 2 years with a Batting IMPACT of just 1.02 to show besides his
wicketkeeping role (which just about makes him a wicketkeeping all-rounder). Still, he is the only Australian player in this side to have a series-defining performance to his name in the last two years.

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