Former Australian fast-bowler Stuart Clark feels that India’s overemphasis on the World Cup has put them on the verge of another overseas thrashing against Australia starting next month.
India have already lost the Test Series against South Africa, New Zealand and England in the last eleven months or so and the Border-Gavaskar trophy will be a litmus test for Dhoni to get back his Test team on track.
“I’d suggest India are very, very concerned about the World Cup 2015.
“That’s a big thing in their cricket calendar, one-day cricket and the World Cup. The Test series is big but at the end of the day if they do well in the World Cup no one will care about the Test series over there,” Clark said on Sky Sports Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast Program
Stuart Clark, a veteran of 24 Tests and 39 ODIs also expressed that he doesn’t see R Ashwin as a threat to the Australian batsmen and said that Ashwin wouldn’t be that successful here as he was during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2013, which Australia lost 4-0.
“If India are going to come out and bowl spinners at us I think we’ll come out and smash them everywhere. They’re going to Brisbane first. Other than Shane Warne, no spinner has ever really done a lot there and been overly successful.
“In Adelaide they’ll be OK, but Sydney the last couple of years has been quite pace-friendly – it’s been carrying through and seamed around everywhere.
“They’ll play Ashwin – he’s a good bowler in Indian conditions but I can’t see him being overly successful here.”
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