Ian Chappell Backs India to Win Maiden Test Series Down Under
Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell believes the bans on Steven Smith and David Warner could open the doors for India to clinch their first Test series win in Australia.
Cricket Australia handed both Warner and Smith 12 month bans after the ball-tampering scandal. It meant the duo will not return to the national team at least till March.
India are scheduled to tour Australia in December for a four-match Test series. Despite the feisty encounters between the sides in the 2000s, the Indian team could not deliver well so far in this decade.
Ian Chappell predicts the series would be India’s. However, he was reluctant to predict the exact margin of the series victory.
“If I was predicting, it would be an Indian victory,” he told the International Cricket Council’s official website. “I don’t know if they will win comfortably, but India will win. It is certainly India’s best opportunity.
“You need good pace bowling there. I think that the fact that they’ve got some wrist spinners will help them too, because wrist spinners if they bowl well, perform well there.”
Australian bowlers need to compensate for batsmen
The legendary cricketer always insists the bowlers need to take 20 wickets. India has arguably the best batting lineup in Test cricket at the moment, which makes the task tougher for Aussie quicks.
“Australia will still be hard to beat because they have a good bowling attack,” he said. “To get 20 wickets is the hardest part of the game. I think the Australian bowling attack will have to start thinking like Andy Roberts. During the World Series Cricket period, he said.
“It doesn’t matter what they bowl us out for; we will bowl them out for less. The Australian bowling attack will have to think along those lines because it won’t have so many runs to bowl with.”
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