The legendary Australian spinner carefully weighed both the sides before arriving at this verdict on the outcome which is indeed surprising although not completely unimaginable.
The men in blue are already in Australia for their upcoming planned schedule against the hosts. The duo would lock horns starting with the shortest format on November 21. It would be immediately followed by the Border Gavaskar trophy and the ODI series as well. With so much of cricket in store, the teams have their own strategies to challenge the opposition.
The Indian team looks quite balanced and experienced relative to the freshly composed Australian team devoid of the services of the regular players. Many cricketing experts have voiced out their views on the outcome of this mega clash between the two best sides in the world.
Legendary Australian spinner, Shane Warne also has his say on the same. However, he has clearly given his verdict on the outcome of the series in favour of the visitors without giving any credits to the hosts.
Shane Warne was a key member of the side during his time when he demolished the batsmen with the magic of his wrists. He mentioned that there was that time when the Australian side was most feared by any opposition. But the current batting as well as bowling line up sees many new faces who don’t have such remarkable achievements in World cricket and hence don’t pose much threats.
The recent results of the team have been highly unsatisfactory which is in dire contrast to the visitors’ surging form that make India the favourites for this series undoubtedly according to Warne.
Team India has had a bad history when it comes to playing in pace and bouncy conditions. They struggle with those and Australia always took advantage of the weakness to push them to the back foot. But things have changed over the years as India have a well equipped batting line up to counter these challenges efficiently, Warne added.
“They (India) have an all round team with all bases covered. Usually, when India used to come to Australia in the past when I was playing, they would struggle on those fast, bouncy pitches.”
Warne also lauded the pace bowling unit of the men in blue and claimed it to be the best till date. Usually they relied on their major weapon- spin but their pace attack has evolved to a great extent and stand at par with their spin bowling attack, he added.
“Their fast bowling was ok but not as good as their spin. Now we are seeing some of their fast bowlers are as good as any in the world. So on those fast and bouncy pitches, Virat (Kohli) does not have to concentrate on just spin, they also have some excellent fast bowlers.”
Warne concluded with the verdict that for the very first time the Indian team looked promising enough to seal the series in Australia. With the absence of services of Smith and Warner who are facing a one year ban, the Australian batting is in disarray which is a matter of grave concern and must be checked at the earliest, Warne advised.
“They are a proven side. I think India for the first time especially with no (Steve) Smith and (David) Warner will go in as favourites in a long time, if not ever against Australia, later in the year. I think their (Australia’s) batting is in disarray in all forms of the game. They need to do something about it pretty quickly. India, they smell blood and they don’t fear Australia.”