The Test India should finally ace

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



Australia’s bowling line-up isn’t in much better shape either.

Pattinson’s high Bowling IMPACT of 6.25 (bolstered by a big match performance; which is why it is over 5
– very low sample size of matches) is too early to judge his effectiveness but if he continues to deliver on
the same level, India’s fancied batting order could find itself in trouble.

Siddle has the next-highest Bowling IMPACT of 1.66 in 13 matches, thus being the most capped bowler
for Australia in last 2 years. He will need to hold Australia’s bowling together in case Pattinson fails to
deliver.

Lyon has a low Bowling IMPACT of 1.33. This, alongside the fact that Indian batsmen are supposed to be
better players of spin bowling, means that Lyon will have to raise his game to give Australia meaningful
support in the bowling department.

Hilfenhaus has been called back into the side, only because Cummins (Bowling IMPACT 8.62 which
includes his series defining effort against South Africa) is out due to injury. His Bowling IMPACT of 1.36
does not assume threatening proportions. Australia’s bowling chart does not make great reading (for
Australians).

 

Matches

Bowling IMPACT in
the last 2
years

Top/middle
Order
Wkts
IMPACT

Lower order
Wkts
IMPACT

Pressure
Building
IMPACT

Economy
IMPACT

Efficiency
IMPACT

Pattinson

2

6.25

4.55

0.1

0.25

0.03

0.35

Siddle

13

1.66

1.56

0.15

0.04

0.01

-0.27

BHilfenhaus

8

1.36

1.4

0.08

0.02

0.09

-0.25

NJ Lyon

7

1.33

0.8

0.4

0.04

0.04

-0.11


While Pattinson shows promise at building pressure by taking quick wickets (Pressure Building IMPACT),
Hilfenhaus is good at bowling economically (Economy IMPACT).

All said, this is an uncomfortably inexperienced bowling line-up for Australia.

Captain Clarke has too much on his hands. He will hope for Shane Watson to return soon, as his inclusion
(at Cowen’s expense) will increase Australia’s Team IMPACT from 1.65 to 1.84 – he is not one of the
world’s premier all-rounders for nothing.

The relative Bench Strengths don’t bring joy for Australia either:

India – 2.47 IMPACT

(Ojha – 2.97, Saha – 0.49 and Mithun – 1.48 while Rahane, Sharma and Vinay Kumar are yet to debut)

Australia – 1.36 IMPACT

(Starc – 1.36, Christian – Yet to debut).

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