India tipped to beat struggling Aussies | Sunday Observer

India tipped to beat struggling Aussies

NEW DELHI AFP: Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar believes India will have their best ever chance of winning a Test series in Australia when they go there this month with home stars Steve Smith and David Warner banned.

“If you see the Australian teams which have played in the past and then you compare this one, yes we have a very good chance,” Tendulkar said in an Indian television interview broadcast late Thursday.

Virat Kohli’s side begin the tour with three Twenty20 internationals, four Tests and three one-day matches in less than three weeks with mounting home expectations boosted by the absence of Smith and Warner from the home side.

India have never won a Test series in Australia and Tendulkar told the CNN News 18 broadcaster that it was “possibly our best chance to go out there and beat them”.

Smith and Warner are serving a one-year bans for a ball-tampering scandal on tour in South Africa this year. Cameron Bancroft has been suspended for nine months.