Prime News, International and National Sport, Cricket, Berlin (Germany), February 17:- Australia will start favourites when India travel Down Under later this year due to a full-strength batting line-up and a more settled bowling attack, former captain Steve Waugh said on Sunday.
Virat Kohli’s side scripted history by winning a Test series on the Australian soil in 2019 but the triumph came in the absence of David Warner and Steve Smith, who were then serving bans for their role in the ball-tampering scandal.
Waugh, while speaking to PTI on the sidelines of Laureus Awards ceremony here, he said he would take nothing away from India’s victory but this time it will be different.
“Australia will be the favourite I think. We know the pitches well and day night Test is going to be something relatively new for India. I like the way Virat Kohli is taking that challenge. If you want be the best side in the world, you have to win away from home as much as possible,” the 54-year-old said.
“You can’t take away from India winning last time but Australia did not have the best batsmen. Marnus Labuschagne has come out of nowhere, the bowling looks much settled now. India does not have weaknesses too, so it’s potentially to be a great series,” he added.
India is set to play a four-match Test series in Australia in December 2020-January 2021. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)