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Former Australia pace bowler Stuart Clark believes that India are more concerned about the 2015 World Cup than the upcoming four-Test series against the Baggy Greens.
Clark’s comments come after India decided to rest captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the first Test against Australia in Brisbane due to a hairline crack at the base of his right thumb.
“I’d suggest India are very, very concerned about the World Cup,” Clark was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald. “That’s a big thing in their cricket calendar, one-day cricket and the World Cup. The Test series is big but at the end of the day if they do well in the World Cup no one will care about the Test series over there.”
Clark also noted that India should not be relying on their spinners to win them the series.
“If India are going to come out and bowl spinners at us I think we’ll come out and smash them everywhere,” Clark said. “They’re going to Brisbane first. Other than Shane Warne, no spinner has ever really done a lot there and been overly successful. In Adelaide they’ll be OK, but Sydney the last couple of years has been quite pace-friendly – it’s been carrying through and seamed around everywhere.
“They’ll play Ashwin – he’s a good bowler in Indian conditions but I can’t see him being overly successful here.”