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EXCLUSIVE - Even Without Smith and Warner, Australia Competitive at Home: Anil Kumble

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 21, 2018, 5:06 PM IST

Gaurav Kalra: Let's just reflect on Australians as well. Their problems have been well-documented but when two players of this stature get out of your playing unit can this actually bring you closer as a team? There are people who believe Australia has never been weaker. There are a lot of players who have been introduced into the set up. Do you think they can genuinely come out as a team and contest in the series?

Anil Kumble: They can, because they are playing at home. So that is something Australia don't really do well when they are under pressure. Especially in this kind of situation where two of their best batsman have scored literally 50 percent of their runs for Australia are not a part of the playing eleven and they haven't really done well since they have left Test cricket. Since they are playing at home, I foresee they will be a lot more closer, and they will be able to combine forces to really score. If they can get to 300 or 350 against India then I think they will be very competitive. Because they have the bowling attack to dent India's batting line up. But I don't see it really happening. It won't be easy, Adelaide as I mentioned is a good batting surface but if you look at that top seven, I mean you add up the Test matches all of them played it will be less than what Pujara and Kohli have played in their careers. So there is hardly any experience in top seven, so that will be a factor they will be worried about. So for India to be really effective if they can get a good start when they bowl against Australia, then Australia will be under serious pressure.

First Published: December 6, 2018, 1:30 AM IST

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