The limited-overs battle between India and Australia will begin in the second week of the New Year but there is another enticing encounter between the two modern-day rivals in prospect. That of the number one ranking. South, with 114 points, maybe the number one ranked Test team for now. (Also Read: Cricket Australia to offer multiple on-ground cuisines during India series) Also Read - South Africa Name New Captains: Dean Elgar to Lead in Tests; Temba Bavuma Gets Limited-Overs Captaincy
But with the Proteas Test team on shaky ground, India, with 110 points and Australia, with 109 points, are more than a fair pick for being one of the two teams that looks set to be the new numero uno in Test cricket. Also Read - Inside Yuvraj Singh-Hazel Keech’s Rs 64 Crore Sprawling Apartment in Mumbai- See PICS
It must be said that though at the moment, neither India, nor Australia, look like long-term kings of Test match cricket, the latter looks more potent of the two. This because of a better pace bowling arsenal. Also Read - Dale Steyn's 'PSL More Rewarding Than IPL' Statement Stirs Fresh Controversy, Twitterverse Reacts on South Africa's Pacer's Comment
No surprises here. Australia have always had a superior pace bowling attack compared to India and remember, it is the fast men that help you dominate Test cricket, more than the spinners as history suggests.
So, it is fair to assume that Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Pat Cummins and friends will overpower Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron and company in the long run. But how dearly will the Indian fans like to see this be untrue and have the Indian flag flying high at the top of the Test match ladder.