Former Pakistan speedster Waqar Younis feels India managed to win a Test series in Australia as a result of the hosts were lacking stalwarts David Warner and Steve Smith. India received their first-ever Test series Down Under by beating Tim Paine’s troops 2-1 in the 5-match series.
Warner and Smith were serving suspensions for his or her respective roles in the notorious ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. The duo were banned for one one another whereas Cameron Bancroft was handed a 9-month suspension.
Waqar believes Australia were going although a tricky time and that performed a task in India’s historic victory. He referred to India as an excellent facet however insisted the absence of star gamers did make a distinction in the series.
“I am not trying to take away any credit from India, they played well and they are a very good side. But yes at same time when they won in Australia, there is no doubt that Australian cricket was going through a turmoil and there were problems in their dressing room. And they were without Steve Smith and David Warner,” Waqar stated throughout a video convention.
Australia Test captain Tim Paine, in the meantime, additionally believes India will face a special opposition after they landing in the nation later this 12 months.
“This is a different team, no doubt their team will be slightly different as well, but it’s two high quality teams, a really anticipated series purely because of the quality of cricket, not for what’s happened before. India and Australia as a rivalry, it’s a series a bit like the Ashes that we all look forward to,” Paine was quoted as saying by ‘Cricbuzz’.
“I think you put in 15,000 Test runs with two guys alone, Steve Smith and David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne’s come on in leaps and bounds and he’s now a top three or four batsman in the world himself.”
“You put that amount of runs into a cricket side, last time we didn’t have … we know how good India’s bowling line-up is and last time we just weren’t quite good enough if we’re totally honest against that attack, whereas this time I think we’ll be a different kettle of fish. We’ve got three of the best batsmen in the world in our top six,” the captain stated.