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Australia should be confident of series win over India: Waugh


While it is the popular opinion that this is India’s best chance to record a series win Down Under, the Australian legend Steve Waugh has assured his countrymen that they should be confident of a series win.

Australia should be confident of series win over India, says Waugh
Australia might spring surprise, predicts the Test great.

With the suspension over Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft decided to stay by the Cricket Australia (CA), which makes the home team’s situation look grim, but Waugh says things aren’t as bad as they seem.

India have pretty ordinary record on Australian soil, with they never being able to win an away series over Australia, and Waugh strongly believes the Australians can take inspiration from this fact, which is not going to change anytime soon.

“I think Australia might surprise actually,” Waugh said. “India, they’re talking up a good game but they’ve come off a pretty disappointing series in England … their away form is pretty ordinary over the past five or 10 years.”

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Waugh appreciated India as a side overall, and also heaped praise on Virat Kohli, but still maintained that the home side will have the better opportunity to win things for them.

“They (India) have got a very good side. They will see this as their best opportunity to win in Australia for a long time. Kohli is a great leader and a great batsman. If a couple of others follow him in and start scoring runs they are a chance.

“I think if Australia can score 350 runs in our first innings we’ll win the Test match. Our bowlers are world class and particularly in our conditions we’ll take 20 wickets. As long as we can score runs, if we get 350 in the first innings, we’ll win the series.”

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