Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh bashes Australia's performance in ODI series

Sport360 staff 23:37 27/09/2017
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Harbhajan equated Smith's men to Sri Lanka in yellow clothing.

The woes of the Australian limited-overs side continue. Steve Smith’s men have been comprehensively outplayed by the Indians in the ongoing five-match ODI series which the hosts lead 3-0.

After Michael Clarke and Rodney Hogg, it is now the turn of former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh to take a potshot at the Aussies.

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Singh, who has been the nemesis of the Australians on many an occasion in the past, was speaking on Indian new channel Aaj Tak’s YouTube platform, Sportstak.

“The kind of cricket Australia is playing it appears as if Sri Lankans are playing in yellow clothing. I haven’t seen that Australian thing from them here. And whatever I know of Virat and his team they will be looking for nothing less than 5-0,” the 37-year-old quipped.

The sly dig refers to Sri Lanka’s 5-0 whitewash at the hands of Virat Kohli’s men prior to India taking on the Aussies.

The islanders were drubbed in a completely one-sided contest are in turmoil of their own with fan fury and allegations of match-fixing surrounding their recent losses.

India had recently blanked Sri Lanka 5-0 in an ODI series.

India had recently blanked Sri Lanka 5-0 in an ODI series.

Singh, who is the third highest wicket-taker for India, remarked that the current visiting side paled in comparisons to the strong Aussie sides of old which he had faced during the peak of his career.

“Look its obvious the Australian side that I competed against, the top seven or eight blokes were all match winners. Anyone could come in and win a match in his own right or score a hundred. They had that ability.

“I don’t think in this Australian side anyone other than Finch or Warner or to some degree Steve Smith can take the team forward. The middle order does not know to rotate the strike. When they go for big shots, they do it taking big risks. This team is not a shadow of that Australian side,” he added.

Former Aussie skipper Michael Clarke had recently said the Smith’s captaincy should be questioned if the current run of losses continue.

Australia have lost their last 11 overseas ODIs now after their loss to India in the third ODI at Kolkata.

Former Aussie pacer Rodney Hogg had even gone as far to say that Smith has displayed favouritism towards his personal mates.

Singh had earlier taken another dig at the Aussies when he had tweeted Clarke to come out of retirement to save the blushes of the floundering team.

The visitors will take on India in the fourth match of the series at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium at Bengaluru on Thursday.

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