India to win
This should be treated with caution, but 4/1 is just an enormous price for a team of India’s class to win a single Test match.
They won a series down under just two years ago, and still have match-winners Che Pujara, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravi Ashwin and others available to them.
As their 36 all out in the first Test proved, getting through the new ball is vital for their chances, so replacing Prithvi Shaw with Shubman Gill at the top of the order should give them a better chance here.
Marnus Labuschagne to score over 33.5 first-innings runs
Labuschagne’s first innings record is absolutely phenomenal.
He has passed this mark in the first innings of all nine Test matches that he has played since breaking into the team during the 2019 Ashes, with four centuries and a lowest score of 47.
Josh Hazlewood to be Australia’s leading first-innings wicket-taker
Hazlewood blew India away with figures of 5/8 in the second innings of the first Test.
As the outsider of Australia’s three pace options, but by no means worse than the others, he is the natural pick here.
Che Pujara to be India’s leading first-innings run-scorer
In the absence of Virat Kohli, Pujara is India’s best batsman.
He chiselled out 43 in the first innings of the first Test, only losing to Kohli in this market, and hit centuries in the first innings of three of India’s four Tests in Australia two years ago.
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