Hyderabad: A morale-boosting win clinched in the opening Test, a confident India will look to consolidate their position by putting up another dominant performance in the second cricket Test against Australia starting from Saturday.

Schedule for India-Australia Test series

Ind-Aus in Hyderabad: PICS
After putting the visitors on the mat, riding on Mahendra Singh Dhoni's individual brilliance and an equally impressive show from off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, the home team would aim to guard against complacency having learnt their lesson the hard way from the England series.
Dhoni and his men would be determined to ensure that Australians aren't let off the hook like Alastair Cook's England, who rallied to win the previous Test series 2-1.
The Indian captain's superlative effort in Chennai could well turn into a series defining knock and his leading from the front is the shot in the arm that the team required as it was not performing as per expectations in the longer format.

The last time India played at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Uppal, they inflicted a humiliating innings and 115-run defeat on New Zealand with Ashwin grabbing 12 for 85.

"Dhoni's batting reflected on his captaincy" - Ashwin

Team India will certainly not deviate from their 'turning track template' and Ashwin and co will certainly have a huge role to play again as the hosts look to go for the kill.

"We need to play aggressively to beat India" - Shane Watson

A 2-0 lead will not only push the Aussies back to the wall but it will also ensure that making a comeback in the four-Test series will be practically impossible for the visitors.

The Indian captain has never been a firm believer in too much of chopping and changing and might just like to go in with the winning combination. 
Bowling combination is one area where Dhoni will need to put in some thought. While Ojha is a far better left-arm spinner than Ravindra Jadeja, the Saurashtra all-rounder did his cause no harm by picking five wickets in the first Test and complementing Ashwin well.

"We feel totally safe in Hyderabad" - David Warner

The Australians, on the other hand, will certainly be tempted to a play a second specialist spinner but even skipper Michael Clarke knows it all too well that neither Nathan Lyon is of Graeme Swann's class nor does left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty possess the calibre of a Monty Panesar.


Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar


Michael Clarke (capt), Ed Cowan, David Warner, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Moises Henriques, James Pattinson, Xavier Doherty, Jackson Bird, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith



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