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Ganguly expects Australia’s tough times to continue
Even after all the media attention India received after whitewashing Australia 4-0 during their recent home series, it seems the Australians are still susceptible to ridicule as former India captain Sourav Ganguly branded Michael Clarke’s side as the worst Australian team to have ever toured India.
Ganguly was shocked at India’s 4-0 victory and Australia’s lack of fighting spirit, which they are typically known for, throughout the series.
“They don’t have the batsmen to play spinners and spinners to take wickets here,” Ganguly said. “I don’t want to rate the side but having seen the Aussies since 1996, I think this team is the worst-performing on Indian soil.”
Ganguly was also disappointed at Australia’s team management for axing Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson midway through the series after they failed to complete an assignment set by coach Mickey Arthur.
“No matter how disciplined you are, skill is the most important to be successful,” Ganguly said. “Australia lack skill on this tour.
“I read somewhere about (former coach) John Buchanan lauding the decision (to sack the four). Just unbelievable, what can I say!”
The former Indian captain also expects Australia to have an equally tough time facing England during the back-to-back Ashes series, which gets underway in July.
“They (England) have been doing well,” Ganguly added. “I won’t be surprised England win 3-0 in the five-match series.”