India’s best chance to beat Australia in Australia: Harbhajan Singh

first_imgHarbhajan Singh believes Virat Kohli’s India are well placed to create history when they begin their two-month tour of Australia. The two teams will face off in a T20I series starting November 21 before squaring off in four-Test series from December 6.Australia will also play India in three ODIs in January.This has been a tough year for India, who have toured and lost Test series in South Africa and England. Barring Virat Kohli, the other batsmen have failed to stand up in tough conditions. The team management is happy with the bowlers but the captain has firmly asked his batsmen to do better.Also read – Don’t like our batsmen, leave! Is Kohli too impulsive as a captain?And there could be bo better chance than the upcoming tour for India to assert complete domination over Australia.Without Steve Smith and David Warner, the Australian batting lacks the depth and experience needed against a potent Indian bowling attack. Led by Tim Paine, Australia have been under pressure to change their style and improve team culture. The batting line-up looks unsettled and Paine was recently removed as ODI captain, paving the way for Aaron Finch to take over.Also read – Virat Kohli promises to give it back if Australia are aggressiveWithout the leadership of Smith and Warner, the Australian team is in disarray and Harbhajan feels India can exploit the obvious weakness against their hosts.”I would say the way we have been playing and the way Australia are going about their cricket, I believe we can beat them. This is one of their weakest teams and one of our strongest to tour there. I am really looking forward to this series,” Harbhajan told India Today.advertisementAlso read – Australia brace for a summer of battle against Virat KohliIndia have never won a Test series in Australia and the last time they won a Test match there was back in 2007-08. However, India will draw inspiration from their T20I series victory over Australia in 2016 after losing the ODI series 1-4.In 2014-15, India had fought hard but still lost the Test series 0-2. On their return Test tour, Australia shocked India win a resounding victory in Pune before the hosts bounced back to win in Bengaluru and Dharamsala to claim the series in a dominant home season.Also read – Bowlers are in a great space but batsmen need to step up in Australia: Virat KohliHarbhajan feels India’s batsmen will be too hot to handle for Australia’s pace attack, which by the way, remains extremely strong, at least on paper.”The kind of records India’s batsmen have – it’s easy to see why they are favourites. Australia will struggle against such quality batsmen.. This is the best chance India have but they have still have to play good cricket there. Even if they play to 70 per cent of their potential, India will win,” he said.Also read – Watch out Australia! Virat Kohli is coming and he is not aloneBut Harbhajan felt it would be better series if Cricket Australia reduced the ban periods for Smith and Warner. The two along with Cameron Bancroft were punished for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal; while Warner and Smith were banned for a year, Bancroft was handed a nine-month ban.”There is no fun playing versus Australia if they do not have a quality side. Smith and Warner…. if they come back for the series, it will be an even bigger a series than it is now,” he said.last_img read more

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