Australia's former pacer, Jason Gillespie feels that Glenn Maxwell deserve a spot in Australia’s playing XI in the upcoming test match and can replace Mitchell Marsh.
Australian team completely outplayed India in the first test of a four-match Test series which began in Pune’s Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.The visitors had won a test match in India.
During an interview with EON Sports radio, Gillespie said, “I think it’d be unlikely [they’d make any changes]. I think the only guy under pressure to keep his spot will be Mitchell Marsh, who didn’t bowl in the Test and is the back-up for the seamers. I think Mitch will stay in; he made 31 in the second innings in a low-scoring game so he’s probably done enough, just, to hang on."
He further elaborated, “But if they feel they can get away with two seamers, I’d be tempted to potentially play someone like Maxwell. He’s a fine player of spin [and] I think he’s an underrated long-form player. The reason I say that is he judges length very quickly and that’s the key to batting. And I think on these surfaces he could be quite fearless and take the attack to the Indian spinners. And I think he could do a decent job.”
Australian spinner Steve O’Keefe and Nathan Lyon had done a commendable job in the first Test in Pune as the wicket was a rank turner. Talking about the conditions in Bangalore, Gillespie said, “I’d envisage in Bangalore, they’d need the back-up seam option. The wicket won’t be as bad as it was in Pune so I think Mitch’s bowling will be the real key."
The last time Australia had won a test match in India, Gillespie had played a crucial part in the test match in 2004. Talking about that series, he said, “I think it’s one of, if not the best performance by an Australian side overseas pretty much ever. With everything that was going against them, I think it’s right up there.”
India lost their last test way back in 2012 but the current Australian side has broken their unbeaten streak.
Gillespie concluded by conceding that the Indian team needs to be ultra-positive to win the series from here. He said, “India have to make the play here and take some risks and be ultra-positive. Australia just need to play, take the games deep, absorb pressure [and] put pressure on the bowlers at times. The simpler the Australian boys keep it, the longer the games go, the Indians will start to panic a little bit. They’ll start to create things when they’re not there and that’s when they mistakes will come in.”