India are scheduled to journey to Australia this 12 months for a 4-match Test series beginning December 2020. Led by Virat Kohli, India scripted historical past in 2019 by successful their first Test series on Australian soil. But former Aussie captain Steve Waugh believes that Australia will begin as favourites this time round. Speaking to information company PTI, the previous proper-hander mentioned that the return of David Warner and Steve Smith into the staff, who have been serving their 12-month bans for his or her position in ball-tampering scandal the last time India toured Australia, will give hosts the benefit.
“Australia will be the favourite I think. We know the pitches well and day night Test is gong to be something relatively new for India. I like the way Virat Kohli is taking that challenge. If you want be the best side in the world, you have to win away from home as much as possible,” the 54-year-previous mentioned.
“You can’t take away from India winning last time but Australia did not have the best batsmen. Marnus Labuschagne has come out of nowhere, the bowling looks much settled now. India do not have weaknesses too, so it’s potentially to be a great series,” he added. Earlier, on Sunday, the BCCI sources reportedly informed PTI that India will be enjoying in a day-night time Test this time round in Australia.
Meanwhile, Waugh additionally opened up on Aussie skipper Tim Paine and mentioned that the wicketkeeper is doing an excellent job main the staff and there’s no must make adjustments to the management. “Why we need to change the leadership, Tim Paine is doing a great job. We need to show him more respect. He has come in at a tough time. He is a captain for future, he is in his mid-30s but that does not mean he can’t captain for a few years. Asking this question means we are not paying respect to the current captain,” he mentioned.
“Smith will be in running when next captaincy role comes up but there are number of factors to be considered, like how many runs he is scoring, if he wants to be captain. There will be lot of questions asked when Tim Paine moves on,” he added.