The element of unpredictability is profound whenever Australia and India series happen, and the ongoing one is no exception either. India romped home in the first test while Australia made a strong comeback in the subsequent test to level the series 1-1. In both cases, the outcomes belittled the common anticipations, leaving cricket enthusiasts bewildered. With the third test on the cards, everybody is trying to guess the outcome. However, fantasy leaguers like you are least bothered about the outcome, rather your primary concern is to put together a combination that can help win big. So, here are few proven strategies to keep you profitable.
Tip 1: Select as many top order batsmen as you can.
Top order batsmen are expected to keep the crease occupied for longer duration vis-à-vis the lower order ones. So, select as many top order batsmen as your credits allow.
India has a replacement in form of Mayank Agarwal, who is expected to open the innings in Melbourne. A technically sound batsman going cheap, he can be considered ahead of off-color Rahul, Murali and Finch.
Kohli deserves an inclusion even if he costs you a fortune. Although Pujara had a quiet test in Perth, he has the resilience to bounce back in the upcoming one.
Usman Khawaja is a superb talent and his partnership with captain Tim Paine proved to be decisive in the Perth Test. So, including them both in your team makes perfect sense.
For their experience and class, Shaun Marsh and Rahane should feature in your team.
Tip 2: Choose your captain wisely.
Since your captain’s performance will fetch you double the points, go for someone who can deliver with bat and ball. In absence of Ashwin, Travis Head can be considered if you have faith in his bowling, or else go for Kohli or Khawaja who are in good form. Being agile on the field, they can fetch you valuable bonus points as well.
Tip 3: Include a specialist spinner.
Since Melbourne pitch is not as hard and bouncy as other Australian pitches, a quality spinner is indispensable. Ashwin is the best bet provided he is fit. In his absence, Nathan Lyon fits the bill. You can also experiment with Kuldeep Yadav if he gets a game.
Tip 4: Go for 4 pacers
Given the conditions, going with at least 4 pacers is advisable. Take you pick from Sami, Ishant, Bumrah, Mitchell Strac and Pat Cummings. Hazelwood can also be considered.
Below is the list of batsmen for this match who should be part of your fantasy cricket team.
|PLAYERS TO WATCH – BATSMEN|
Below is the list of bowlers for this match who should be part of your fantasy cricket team.
|PLAYERS TO WATCH – BOWLERS|
You can also check details for last few Australia vs. India matches to get an idea which team would be the winner in this upcoming match.
|SERIES/TOURNAMENT||DATE||LAST FIVE MATCHES|
|India tour of Australia 2018/19||14-Dec-18||AUS(Winner) Vs India|
|India tour of Australia 2018/19||6-Dec-18||AUS Vs India(Winner)|
|Australia tour of India 2016/17||25-Mar-17||AUS Vs India(Winner)|
|Australia tour of India 2016/17||16-Mar-17||AUS Vs India(Drew)|
|Australia tour of India 2016/17||4-Mar-17||AUS Vs India(Winner)|