Australia hosted the 4 match Test series between India and Australia, which began on December 9, 2014 at Adelaide and ended on January 10, 2015 at Sydney. While the Australians were at the top after back to back victories in the first 2 Tests, the visitors pulled things back with defiant draws in the next two. Here is a recap of the test series
The Indian team, too, had its own share of experiences during the tour – especially after Mahendra Singh Dhoni unexpectedly stepped down from captaincy after the third Test in Melbourne, and the baton was handed over to the aggressive Virat Kohli.
The visitors’ batting department found some much required solidity at the top of order, with Murali Vijay managing to stay among the runs throughout the series and Virat Kohli backing up his talk with 4 centuries. Ajinkya Rahane came out as a vital cog in the wheel of the Indian middle order, whils K.L. Rahul’s impressive century in Sydney indicated good future prospects for this youngster. Cheteshwar Pujara’s dip in form and his subsequent elimination from the team in Sydney might be a concern for the Indians, although the team would strongly hope to see Pujara back at his best very soon.
The Indian bowling on the other hand struggled to come to terms with the conditions in Australia and produced a below par show. Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav in particular were very inconsistent and were unable to make any significant impact even after getting the top five batsmen out.
Steven Smith came out as the find of the series for the hosts, as the skipper set things p for his team with four top class centuries. Josh Hazlewood and Chris Rogers, too, showed impressive skills with consistent displays with ball and bat respectively. Australia was hampered by the picthes and the fact that Mitchell Johnson appeared to struggle to reach his peak performance.
The Australians, however, found mixed form from their all rounder Shane Watson, whose contributions at the top of the order were patchy throughout the 4 Tests. Ryan Harris managed to keep things tight from his end, but was not explosive enough to run through sides.
For more information on how the India v Australia Test series happened, click on the licks to the day-by-day analysis which are given below –
1st Test, Adelaide, Dec 9 -13, 2014 – Preview, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5
2nd Test, Brisbane, Dec 17-20, 2014 – Preview, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4
3rd Test, Melbourne, Dec 26-30, 2014 – Preview, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5
4th Test, Sydney, Jan 6-10, 2015 – Preview, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5