Foot fracture rules Mitchell Starc out of India Test series

Australia can not possibly secure the Border-Gavaskar trophy in Ranchi on Thursday without the influence of a devastating strike weapon, and with No.1 man Mitchell Starc on a plane home, Cummins suddenly arrives in a time of need holding the key to the history-defying mission in India.

Hayden was a master of conditions in India during his stellar career, sweeping his way to 549 runs in 2001, topping the batting charts for the three Test series with an average of 109.8.

The Indian team suffered a crushing defeat in the first Test in Pune, much to the surprise of many, but hit back hard in the second Test, despite a poor start.

"When you've got a caged lion you expect them to come out pretty hard, to get away", the Australian said.

CA said selectors would appoint a replacement in due course, with the third Test to kick off in Ranchi on Thursday.

Starc sparked the collapse in Pune that laid the platform for Australia's victory, and in Bangalore he also broke through with back-to-back wickets on the last day that gave his side hope of achieving a fourth-innings chase.

"I like playing against Australia because it's very hard for them to stay calm", Kohli said at the time.

The Indian team were quite vocal on the field and that seemed to have had an impact on their performance as well. In his latest dig at the Indian captain, Johnson stated that Kohli is "frustrated" at not being amongst the runs and also asked the Indian skipper to keep his aggression in control.

"But it's not really our issue". His glovework in the ongoing Test series has been relatively good.

"We know he's got a lot of pace which he will definitely bring and that's one thing we always talk about", quoted Warner as saying on Cummins' call-up.

"We know he's go that firepower".

Kohli has established a reputation as a man of many emotions and anxiety is likely to be the most dominant of them when he looks ahead to next week's third test in Ranchi, another venue making its global debut in the longest format.

"They came out a lot harder in the second Test than they did in the first".

"I probably don't use it a 100 percent of the time anymore, but I've still got it there if I need it".

  • Leroy Wright