Former Australian bowling great Glenn McGrath feels Australians are favourites to win the upcoming four-match Test series against India despite the absence of former Aussie skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner.
Glenn McGrath also predicted that Australia would clinch the Test series against Virat Kohli’s team by a comprehensive margin of 4-0.
“The hole that Steve Smith and David Warner have left will be tough to fill. But it is a great opportunity for any young batsmen, if they can perform well they can cement their place in the Australian squad. It will be an interesting series, but I think Australia will still win 4-0,” India Today quoted McGrath as saying.
McGrath also said the absence of Smith and Warner would impact Australia’s performance.
“But seriously, without Smith and Warner, it will be a close series. Australia will have to play very, very well if they have to win,” McGrath added.
The Indian side are slated to play a three-match T20I series against Australia starting November 21. The T20I series will be followed by four-match Test series and then three-match One Day International (ODI) series against the same opponent.
Speaking to media at the pre-departure press-conference, Virat Kohli had said he expected the team’s batting lineup to come good.
“We are focused on how the batsmen can bat well together and not just individually. Bowlers are in a good space and after a long time we have an attack which is capable of picking 20 wickets,” Virat Kohli has told reporters in Mumbai.