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Adelaide capitulation bad news for Indian batsmen in Melbourne

The truncated Adelaide Test match will play into the hands of the Australian fast bowlers, who will be raring to go once again in the Boxing Day Test.

That’s the view of former captain Mark Taylor, who noted that the Australian team spent just 93 overs in the field in Adelaide, only slightly more than a normal day’s play.

With the match finishing inside three days, the bowling attack enjoyed an extra two days off before the Melbourne match.

That extra rest will be invaluable in such a condensed series, with the third Test set to start on January 7, followed eight days later by the fourth Test.

It’s a perfect storm for India, and a dream scenario for Australia, the quicks didn’t bowl too many overs in Adelaide and they all took wickets,” Taylor told Wide World of Sports.

“The three quicks are in good form and rested, so that’s not a good sign for India.

“The other positive for Australia is they’ve now blooded Cameron Green, which is great for the balance of the Australian side.”

The other positive for the home side out of the first Test was an unbeaten 51 in the second innings for out of form opener Joe Burns.

The right-hander had managed just 70 runs in 10 first-class innings prior to that, a run that had many questioning his spot in the side.

And while the state of the Adelaide game means he’s unlikely to score many easier Test match half-centuries, Taylor explained that the time in the middle would have been invaluable.

“No doubt, a fifty is a fifty, especially when you’re struggling, but obviously, he needs to keep scoring runs,” he said.

“If he can make a century on Boxing Day that would silence all the critics, and obviously cement his position for some time.

“These are the opportunities for people like Burns, Travis Head, even Matthew Wade and Cameron Green. It’s a chance to make a sizeable contribution in a big match.

Taylor noted that with both David Warner and Will Pucovski sidelined, selectors faced a conundrum later in the series.

“Warner will definitely return, and I imagine Pucovski will come into consideration at some point as well,” the former captain explained.

“You’ve got one opener who will certainly come back, and another who probably would have debuted in Adelaide if it wasn’t for concussion.

“There’s one, maybe two batsmen who have to be squeezed in very shortly, so the competition is heating up.”

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