By winning the second Test of the series, Team India maintained possession of the Border Gavaskar Trophy. The Australians made a strong start but were unable to capitalize since their batting collapsed in the second innings due to outstanding performances by Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. Australia has received harsh criticism from cricket experts all over the world following their poor performance. Adam Gilchrist, a former great stumper-batter for Australia, was among the experts who discussed the squad’s composition and Ashton Agar’s exclusion from the starting lineup.
Gilchrist perceived the team’s treatment of Agar, who was 29 years old, as an insult. Todd Murphy made his debut in place of Agar for the first two Test matches. “There’s been murmurings that he [Agar] might be on a flight home because he might feel like he’s surplus to requirements over there, and I can understand why, without being in the camp and knowing the finer details of why he wasn’t picked,” Gilchrist said in a chat with SEN Radio.
“But it’s a pretty big insult that I know from touring and being on a lot of tours, you felt that if you’re picked on the tour in a broader squad – unless it’s a pretty extreme like for like that has to come in – you generally expected the guys that were first reserves to step in,” he added.
Australia will seek to improve after their poor showing in the first two games, so there may be some changes to the starting Eleven. In the forthcoming games, according to Gilchrist, Matthew Renshaw might be let go from the team. “Maybe they keep the three spinners if that’s what conditions warrant and then Green comes in and adds that nice balance, it looks like Renshaw is probably the guy that would drop out of that happens because he looks like he’s a little bit scrambled as to where he fits into the picture,” Gilchrist concluded.