Kuldeep should not replace Jadeja. It is important to find out how good or bad Ashwin's stiff back is. He could not sit down or tie his laces. That and the pitch, explains his poor performance with the ball notwithstanding the drop by Pant. It seems he opened fine and then tailed off with the ball. May have been the bad back on the old guy. What was the most important was Vihari and Ashwin's "I will not be out" thinking come what may. Brave innings amidst injuries. Three days to go to Brisbane. I hope we have fit players.
For now, my change would be Mayank for Jadeja and it may make sense to play him in the MO given his technical glitches.
So far, Gill, Pant, and Jadeja have been superb with the bat. Kohli, Rahane, and Rohit has been good. Except Sydney second innings, Pujara has gotten starts and has been okay but needs to improve. The rest have failed (again excepting Sydney 2) and need to come to the party in Brisbane given that Kohli and most likely Jadeja are out.
If both Vihari and Jadeja cannot go, then we should not get Thakur as things are being made out to be. Brisbane is a bowling wicket. We need batsmen.
Rohit, Gill, Pujara, Rahane, Pant, Mayank, Prithvi, Ashwin/Kuldeep, pacers.
Ashwin/Kuldeep based on Ashwin's bad back. If it is fine, he walks in. The three pacers are the ones who went in Sydney. An alternative would be to bring in Saha for Prithvi which will be a necessity if Pant cannot keep because of his injury. Let us see.
And, we should acknowledge the opening stand. Rohit 98 balls and Shubman 64 balls.
Australia should bring in Jhye Richardson for Brisbane. Thanks for not doing so.
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