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Iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar firmly believes that India have the “best chance” to win a Test series in Australia for the first time.
Given that Australia will be without Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, who are currently serving bans for their roles in the ball tampering scandal during Australia’s tour of South Africa earlier this year, Tendulkar feels that the Baggy Greens’ team will be inexperienced.
Despite this, Tendulkar warned India not to let their guard down during the four-Test series, which will start in December and conclude in January.
“Possibly our best chance to go out there and beat them,” Tendulkar told Cricketnext as quoted by ESPNcricinfo. “If you see the Australia teams in the past and compare them to this one, yes we have a very good chance.
“I mean playing cricket at the highest level, I don’t think it is at the highest level at this stage. I think they have had better sides in the past. They have had better players with more experience, this is considerably an inexperienced side.
“They are kind of getting back together and forming a solid unit. But Australians are known for being competitive and I won’t be surprised if they put up a competitive fight. To go out there and challenge them is also not going to be easy, but we have the ammunition to go out there and challenge them.
“We have good fast bowlers, quality spinners. We have good batters. You win Test matches when you score a lot of runs on the board.”
Continuing on the topic of scoring runs, Tendulkar pointed out that India’s batsmen will have to see out the new ball. Should they manage to do so, they will be in a good position to keep the scoreboard ticking at a healthy rate.
“I think when you go to Australia, especially playing with Kookaburra, it’s the first 20-25 overs that one needs to respect the hardness of the seam, the hardness of the ball,” he said. “After the ball has worn off, then the wickets are beautiful to bat on.
“I would say we need to bat the first 25 overs differently, respect the hardness of the ball. And later on, most of our guys are big shot players and they like attacking approach. Australian surfaces are perfect for that.”