Former English batsman Michael Vaughan has been quite vocal about his predictions for India’s tour to Australia so far. While the limited-overs series was overall fairly contested, Vaughan feels that the Border-Gavaskar series will be a ruthless one-sided affair if India succumbs to defeat in the first Test at Adelaide, which is a day-night affair.
The former Ashes skipper pinpointed the pink ball test as the key to the series. Vaughan noted that several factors are against the Indians which include the potency of the Aussie pace trio and the hosts’ impeccable record with the pink ball.
“India will have to see off that trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood and Pat Cummins, they have to nullify that the Kookaburra new ball. If not, Australia will prove to be too strong and powerful.
The pink ball Test is the key to the series. If Australia, as they generally do in the Adelaide day-night Test, they have never been beaten with the pink ball. If Australia win that Test match and then India lose Virat Kohli for the next three, this could be 4-0 for Australia,” Cricbuzz quoted Vaughan as saying.
Moreover, Vaughan also brought up the point that Australians are a much better side than the team India beat 2-1 during their last trip to the land Down Under.
The hosts immensely lacked the presence of batsmen such as David Warner, Steve Smith and Labuschagne. The in-form Indian pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami proved to be too heavy to handle for the hosts.
To conclude, Vaughan explained that with the return of the ace batsmen, an improving test captain in the form of Tim Paine will make things difficult for India after having held England to a draw in the Ashes last year in England.
India two years ago were too strong for Australia in Australian conditions. They were terrific. The bowling attack of (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammed) Shami, Ishant (Sharma) and (Ravichandran) Ashwin, the Wall (Cheteshwar) Pujara, he was the rock in the Indian batting lineup. They were just too good for the Aussies.
“The main reason I believe they were too good was that there was no Smith, no Warner, no Labuschagne. The Australians are now a better Test match team. They held on to the Ashes in England. Tim Paine is improving as a Test-match captain,” he concluded
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