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5 reasons why the Pune Test won't be a cakewalk for team India

Debdoot Das
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#4 The form of the Marsh brothers

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 29:  Brothers, Mitch Marsh and Shaun Marsh run between the wickets during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and New Zealand at Adelaide Oval on November 29, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)
The brothers in action in a Test match 

They could be the X-factors of this team. While elder brother Shaun is almost certain of a place in the playing XI, Mitchell is likely to be selected ahead of Glenn Maxwell.

Now we have not yet seen the brothers play to their full potential at the international arena, but what if they suddenly spring into life? Shaun has quite a good record in the subcontinent playing against the likes of Sri Lanka and he is by far Australia’s best player of spin.

But he hasn’t played in a Test since last November and it will be tough to get going from the outset. However, his century in the tour game might give him the much-needed confidence and if he starts to deliver he will be quite a force to reckon with.

Meanwhile, Mitchell hasn’t played a first-class game since breaking down in a South African Test last November. But if he gets going with either of the two, he has the ability to change the game in just one session.

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