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It will test them in different ways in India: Steve Waugh

By Nilabh -


Former Australian captain Steve Waugh reckons that the Australian team needs to go forward with the same opening partnership for the upcoming series against India. In recent times, the mighty Australians didn't have anygreat tours in the Indian subcontinent.

Talking to cricket.co.au, Waugh said, “They look like they’ve got good temperament. That’s the main thing in Test cricket. You’ve got to have the temperament to get through the tough periods, to think smartly when you’re out there in the middle and they’ve both shown they’re street-smart, which is really important."

He further elaborated, “It will test them in different ways in India – technique, conditions, and different pitches. It’s been nice timing for Australian cricket. They’ve played four Tests together, they’re winning and they’re playing well, so they’re going over there with confidence.”

Waugh has heaps of praises for Renshaw as he said, "It’s going to be very hard for selectors to drop Matt Renshaw after today so Usman Khawaja might be under pressure and what a big call that would be. It’s great to see Test cricket (played like that), that’s what it’s all about. There’s different techniques, different ways of going about the game. Dave Warner looked like he was having a practice session in the nets this morning. He was just outstanding. Every ball hit the gap and went for four and it was a really controlled innings."

Waugh concluded by talking about the unfortunate dismissal of Peter Handscomb, he said, “He’d be disappointed he got 113. I think he had 200 or 300 in mind today. It was a pleasure to watch. Then Matt Renshaw – a fantastic innings, a real Test match style innings. He worked hard for it, he was a great foil for Dave Warner. Those two have already developed a really good partnership because they complement each other so well.”