Dav Whatmore has said Australia will ‘have their task cut out’ when the team from Down Under takes on India in the upcoming four-match Test series.
The 62-year old, who had coached Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh in the past, said taking on India at their home is a huge test. Virat Kohli’s men are oozing with confidence after giving some phenomenal performance in the last one year or so. Their record at home is, even more, better which can send chills down the spine of opposition. In the ongoing home season, they have whitewashed New Zealand while thrashed England by 4-0.
Whatmore told reporters in Chennai
“Certainly it’s a huge test coming to India, particularly in recent times when the hosts have got incredible levels of skill and self-belief. You got a wonderful Test match team. A new captain as well and everybody is supporting each other. Australia have their work cut out.”
He further said that Ravichandran Ashwin will be key for India in the upcoming series. The Tamil Nadu spinner, who is currently the world number one bowler in Tests, has been wreaking havoc on oppositions with his off-spins and there is no denying the fact that the Aussie batsmen will have to play out of their skin to counter him.
“He is one of the most valuable players in the world. Not just with the ball but he can make a 100 at no. 6. He is a very smart boy. What an asset to have. Virat Kohli must be really happy to have him. (Muttiah) Muralitharan was absolutely world class (but) he didn’t bat as well as Ashwin can do.”
The ICC Player of the Year took 72 wickets last year apart from scoring 612 runs including two centuries and four fifties.
Whatmore also said that Australia picking up four spinners for the tour would not make a big difference.
“Not really because when you know even Shane Warne may not have got the number of wickets people expected; that’s a difficult area to measure when you have a leg-spinner in the team the confidence that it gives to everybody else they begin to measure that but it does make the difference when you have good experienced players.
“They don’t have (Glenn) McGrath or Warne, who have 1000 wickets between them, now. And they now come to India. (Their) Batsmen play spin well in Australia. But playing spin here is a kettle of fish.”
The four-match series will start on February 23 at Pune.