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Adam Gilchrist Says, India Start As Favourites For This Test series As They Have A Reasonable Idea Of Their Team Composition

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| November 27 , 2018 , 15:24 IST

Indian captain Virat Kohli, who led his team to a win in Sydney T20I on Sunday and eventually resulted in levelling the series against the hosts Australia, will now shift his focus on the four-match Test series starting on December 6 in Adelaide.

Former Australia wicketkeeper and legendary batsman Adam Gilchrist on Tuesday revealed that the Indian skipper who already has an impressive outing but will require a "team effort" to clinch the coveted Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

It is learnt that team India when last toured Australia, under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, they had to suffer a 2-0 defeat in the four-match Test series. But a lot has happened since then.

In 2014, Kohli scored loads of runs in Australia as he smashed 694 runs in four Tests. According to media reports Gilchrist believes, he will repeat the heroics when India take the field in the first Test on December 6.

Speaking to media Adam Gilchrist said, "Going ahead into the Test series, I expect Virat Kohli will have another imperious outing like he did in 2014 (694 runs in 4 Tests at average 86.50). I have spoken with him these last few days, seen his confidence, and seeing the way he batted in Sydney, I will be very surprised if he doesn't."

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"The key for India winning this series though will be batsmen around him. Will they support him enough to allow India to get enough runs and give their good bowling attack enough opportunity to defend or even bowl Australia twice in a Test?" he added.

The Kangaroos are set to miss services of former captain Steve Smith and David Warner in their tough home series, Gilchrist conceded that India will start favourites. "India start as favourites for this Test series mainly because they have a reasonable idea of their team composition. They have a strong understanding what combination they want to play with".

"Maybe 1-2 spots will be up for grabs but otherwise their playing eleven is very much set. I think India have a stable Test team. Whereas if you look at Australia, I don't think their selectors are quite sure about the line-up or team balance. This is a new phase for Australian cricket," he said.

However, the 47-year-old added that the Aussies will try to get the best of home advantage. "Having said that, I think either side can win the series. It won't take much for Australia to be confident in their own conditions and start dominating the series. We have seen this happen in the past as well."

"Both teams have top-drawer bowling attacks, so it will come down to which batting line-up can eliminate collapses. Kohli talked about India's tour of England and said that when they were poor, they were really poor, and hence lost. India have only batted reasonably well in patches in both South Africa and England. They are favourites, but they also have to be honest with themselves."

Gilchrist also expressed disappointment over the current state of Australian cricket, adversely affected due to their involvement in the ball-tampering, both Smith and Warner were given one-year long bans by Cricket Australia.

"Smith and Warner have scored a lion's share of Australia's runs over the last couple years or so, and this is a huge loss, no doubt. They are clearly going to miss them, especially Smith because he is in the same space as Kohli," Gilchrist said.

"He is the best batsman in the world across formats but until the ban Smith was right up there, particularly in Test cricket. Warner can be very damaging and this is a massive hole. Their absence makes it a more open series for India and all the more difficult for Australia," he said.