With all the bilateral series cancelled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the fans are eyeing India’s tour of Australia later this year. While dark clouds still loom over the fate of the series, but cricketers believe the boards can pull it off. Meanwhile, Aussie legend Ian Chappell feels India will have a tough time when they visit down under this time around.
Incidentally, Virat Kohli & Co scripted history when they toured last time in 2018-19. India defeated Australia 2-1 to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy down under for the first time in history. As a result, the intensity will be high this time around when India tour for another four-match series.
However, Australia will come all guns blazing in this series which is also a part of the ICC World Test Championship. The host will have the likes of David Warner and Steve Smith in their ranks; they missed last time due to suspension. Notably, Warner and Smith had to suffer a sanction for one year due to their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in 2018.
As everyone eagerly waits for the series, legendary Australia cricketer Ian Chappell has stressed that Virat Kohli-led India need to dismiss Steve Smith and David Warner early to continue their winning run. Since their return, Smith and Warner have slotted into the team seamlessly and once again reached the heights, which they had achieved before their fall from grace.
“I am certainly looking forward to it (the Australia-India series). It will be a very interesting one. India will come with the confidence of having won last time they toured Australia,” Chappell said on the Sony Ten Pit Stop show.
“The batting last time India were here wasn’t so good. If India can keep getting Warner and Smith out cheaply, then India could win. If they don’t get Warner and Smith cheaply, Australia will win,” Chappell added.
Meanwhile, discussions have been going on to convert the four-match series into a five-match. Moreover, BCCI treasurer has also expressed that India is ready to stay in 14-days quarantine before the start of the series in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.