Australia will be favourites but Team India’s confidence could make the difference, says Wasim Akram

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The final stages of IPL 2020 are underway in UAE and following that, Team India would soon fly down to Australia for the tour starting on November 27. The Test series will, however, start on December 17 in Adelaide which will be a Day-Night affair. The 4 Tests will conclude with the final match starting on January 15 at the Gabba in Brisbane.

While India were the winners when they lasted visited Australia in 2018, this time is expected to be a lot more challenging. Tim Paine's Australia have Steve Smith and David Warner back and also have a certain Marnus Labuschagne who has proven himself, in a year’s time, to be sheer match-winner. Moreover, the rise of Pat Cummins as the world’s best fast bowler is an absolute advantage for the hosts.

"I think Australia's contemporary fast bowling unit is the best in the world. They have Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Hazlewood. All depends on the pitches they [CA] make when India visit Australia [later this month]. When the Kookaburra ball gets old you have to think about how to keep runs down as the wickets are tough to come by,” Akram said in an interview to 'Cricket Baaz' channel on Youtube.

'Ye thode badmash ho gaye hain': Akram on India

The Pakistan bowling great has praised Team India, under Virat Kohli’s captaincy, and has stated that even though Australia will be favourites down under, India could do a lot with their confidence. Akram also heaped praises on the Jasprit Bumrah-led pace attack that could cause a close contest between the two sides down under.

“Now India’s fast bowling, too, is very good. They have Shami, Bumrah and others who can clock upto speeds of 145-150 kmph. So, it will be a close contest but I would say Australia being in Australia would be favourites.”

“However, Indian team have this new found confidence, as a team they have found this confidence. They have a changed body language now [under Virat Kohli’s captaincy]. They way we used to take the ground in the 90s [speaking about his own time in International cricket], Team India does the same now,” he added.

According to Akram, India have turned into a nasty bunch under Virat Kohli’s captaincy. A similar thing was said by former England captain Nasser Husain about Sourav Ganguly’s leadership that had changed the face of the Indian team back then.

“That’s because they believe in themselves.They believe in their hardwork they are putting in. I would say 'Indian players thode badmash ho gaye hai' and that matters in their performance, it shows,” Akram joked.

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