India have to be at their best to beat Australia on home soil: Michael Hussey


Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey believes that Virat Kohli’s Indian staff will have to be at their best to beat Australia once they tour Down Under. Hussey feels the return of Steve Smith and David Warner will make life troublesome for the Indians within the upcoming sequence.

India are slated to tour Australia for a grueling four-Test match sequence, set to start at the Gabba in Brisbane from December 3. The second Test will be a Day and Night affair, to be hosted by the Adelaide Oval.

Smith and Warner missed India’s historic away Test sequence win over Australia in 2018 due to their one-year bans for their involvement within the notorious ball-tampering episode in South Africa.

In the absence of the duo, India recorded their first Test sequence win Down Under in 2018-19.

“Obviously, bringing back Smith and Warner into the team is huge, but the guys that were exposed and perhaps probably weren’t quite ready at the time from two years ago, have now managed to get a number of Test matches under their belt… India are going to be up for a stiff challenge in Australia this summer,” Hussey stated in a chat present on Sony Ten’s Pit Stop.

“Put that with a world-class bowling attack in Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood and (James) Pattinson as well with Nathan Lyon…I think the team looks extremely strong, they are playing some excellent Test cricket. We know India are a world-class team, but they have to be at their best to beat the Australian team on home soil.”

Hussey additionally stated India opener Rohit Sharma has the talents to excel at the highest of the order throughout India’s tour Down Under later this yr.

“It’s going to test any batsman in the world, but I think because he’s (Rohit) played a lot of One-Day cricket batting at the top of the order, and now he’s been having some success with the red ball game as well, that’ll give him confidence coming in,” Hussey stated.

“I have no doubt in my mind that he’s got the ability and the skill and the temperament, to be able to handle it.”

Hussey, who’s at present the batting coach of CSK, hailed MS Dhoni, saying he ought to be allowed to take a name on his profession.

“He’s been an incredible person and player for CSK for so long, and India for that matter, and we hope he keeps playing for another 10 years but I’m not sure we’re going to be able to see that so hopefully he can play for as long as he can.”

Dhoni has been on a sabbatical since India’s World Cup semifinal exit in 2019 and hypothesis surrounding his profession have been rife since then.

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