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India vs Australia: Adam Gilchrist feels Virat Kohli and Co do not start as favourites given visitors' past record

  • FirstCricket Staff
  • November 28th, 2018
  • 15:09:20 IST

The Virat Kohli-led Indian team are being backed as favourites in the upcoming four-Test series against Australia by many, however legendary wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist played down the hype around the visitors by talking about how Indian teams in the past have struggled Down Under.

The 47 year-old said that Australia wasn't the easiest of places to tour, and that Indian and English teams in the past have struggled to win matches in this part of the world despite being backed as strong contenders to walk away series victors.

Adam Gilchrist additionally backed South Australian Alex Casey for the wicket-keeper's role this Ashes. AFP

File image of Australian wicket-keeping legend Adam Gilchrist. AFP

"I don't think I can say that India will start as favourites because history will tell you that it (Australia) is a very tough place. Some great Indian teams, some great teams from England have come here and they have had limited success," Gilchrist was quoted as saying according to Cricketnext.

India had suffered a 0-4 whitewash at the hands of the Australians just months after winning the 2011 World Cup. While they dished out a better performance in the 2014-15 tour, with Kohli scoring truckloads of runs in the series, they still couldn't get past the home team as they ended up losing the four-match series 2-0.

Australia, on the other hand, appear a weakened side as far as their batting unit is concerned in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner. The star batsmen, along with Cameron Bancroft, were banned by Cricket Australia for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal during Australia's tour of South Africa earlier this year.

While their batting unit appears handicapped, Australia enter the series with a full-strength attack comprising Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, rookie Chris Tremain and spinner Nathan Lyon.

"Bowling has been Australia's strength but their batting will be challenged in the absence of Smith and Warner, and they will have to step up. Like India, Australia too have got a wonderful opportunity and they should enjoy the challenge," added the veteran of 96 Tests and 287 one-dayers.

India and Australia lock horns in the first Test at Adelaide starting 6 December, with the series then moving to Perth (14-18 December), Melbourne (26-30 December) and Sydney (3-7 January). The two sides earlier shared the spoils of the three-T20I series 1-1, with Kohli and company pulling off a six-wicket win in the third T20I at Sydney on Sunday.

Updated Date: November 28, 2018 15:09:20 IST

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