Australia’s left-hand batsman Matthew Wade has opined that India will be a big challenge for his country in the much-awaited Test series in December this year. He also named the X-factor that India has which had made them the fierce side.
In the last tour of Australia in 2018-19, India created history under the captaincy of Virat Kohli after winning the maiden Test series in Australian soil. This year the men in blue will try to defend the trophy and silent the critics who pointed that Steve Smith and David Warner’s absence in the Australia team were the reason for India’s victory.
However, in the upcoming series, Australia would have those two-star performers. So, this would be the right opportunity for Virat Kohli led-side to prove everyone that they are the dominant side.
India is a hard team: Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade admits that the Indian team has become more competitive than ever. He said that the Australian team will have to toil hard to face the fierce Team India
“Everyone, although they might not admit it, is looking towards that Indian series,” Wade was quoted as saying Cricket Australia. “It’s going to be hard work. They (India) are a fierce team. They’re as hard a team as I’ve ever played in terms of the way they compete.”
Virat Kohli drives all those guys: Wade
Matthew Wade, who has played 32 Tests, 94 ODIs and 29 T20Is, has heaped praise on Virat Kohli’s captaincy. He appreciates the way the aggressive batsman is leading his countrymen. He, further, adds that the tour would be a great challenge for Australia.
“Led by Virat, you can see the way he goes about it on the field, you can see what it means to him and he drives all those guys, they jump on the back of him. It’s going to be as big a challenge as this team has faced for the 12 months we’ve been together,” he added.
Meanwhile, soon after playing IPL 2020 in UAE, Team India player would tour Australia where they will follow the quarantine period ahead of the series. Probably, this would be India’s first bilateral series since the coronavirus hiatus.