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Depleted Aussie bowling attack not an advantage for India: Javagal Srinath

By: Cricketnext Staff

Last Updated: January 08, 2016, 11:51 IST

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Former India fast bowler Srinath said the lack of experience won't be a big factor for Australia as they will look to capitalize on the home factor.

As Team India hit the Australian shores for a series comprising five ODIs and three T20s, former India pacer Javagal Srinath has opined that this will be the best chance for MS Dhoni and his men to win their first-ever bilateral limited-overs against the Aussies.

Considering the hosts’ lack of experience in the fast bowling department with the absence of some of their big stars, Srinath feels this is one factor that India would look to take advantage off.

The Australian selectors have included uncapped fast bowlers Scott Boland and Joel Paris while South Australia paceman Kane Richardson has been recalled to their 13-man squad for the first three ODIs following injuries to front-line fast bowlers, including Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Peter Siddle.

The World champions will miss the services of injured Starc, Pat Cummins and retired Mitchell Johnson - all part of the World Cup winning squad - in the series against India and the subsequent T20 World Cup that starts in March.

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However, Srinath added that the Indian team will still be put under pressure by the Aussies despite of their lack of depth in bowling.

“I look at this series as an opportunity. But you just can’t depend on good rival players retiring or getting injured to win a series," Srinath told The Times of India on Thursday.

“You will still need to play good cricket overall. It could be a case of somebody else chipping in for the Aussies. That is the sporting culture that Australia has to offer. You’ll see somebody putting his hand up and saying if it is not Starc then it is me. This could bring the best out of them. I don’t know if it is right to think that just because the Aussie attack is a bit depleted, hence we have a good chance," he said.

Srinath said the lack of experience won’t be a big factor for Australia as they will look to capitalize on the home factor.

“It’ll be a formidable task for the Indians. Even if they are not experienced enough, playing at home will give them the advantage as there will be bounce and pace. The ODI pitches may not be as challenging as the Test pitches but the Indians will have to play the cut and pull shot well to win the matches," Srinath was quoted by TOI.

One of the best fast bowlers of his generation, Srinath who has 236 wickets in Test cricket and 315 in ODIs, also raised a doubt on Indian pacer Mohammad Shami’s effectiveness.

Shami returns to the national side following a long break due to a knee injury suffered during last year’s cricket World Cup.

“I am worried about his lack of match practice. I don’t know if he’s played any Ranji Trophy game but I feel he should have bowled good 30-35 overs in a couple of matches before heading to Australia. At least 18 overs an innings, and that is the kind of practice you need. However, he’s playing in the ODIs and at this level you should be able to come back and hit your line and length," he concluded.

The series will kick-off with the first ODI in Perth on January 12.

Australia are currently on top of the ODI rankings with 127 points with India on second spot with 114 points. An away win for India will help them close the gap to the leaders whereas a defeat could see them slip to third behind South Africa who have 112 points.

first published:January 08, 2016, 11:47 IST
last updated:January 08, 2016, 11:51 IST