The legendary spinner and all-time leading wicket-taker in Test cricket believes Virat Kohli and his men are ‘firm favourites’ to capture the four-match Border Gavaskar Trophy.
Australia will be without their prolific batting duo of Steve Smith and David Warner as they continue to serve their one-year bans from international cricket.
Despite India’s previous track record and their defeats at the hands of South Africa and England, Warne is backing the tourist to reign supreme in the Test contest.
“For the first that I can remember India come to Australia in the Test matches as favourites,” Warne said on Fox Cricket after Australia fell to a 10-run loss in the one-off T20 against South Africa.
“I think their (Australia’s) batting is in disarray in all forms of the game. They need to do something about it pretty quickly.
“India, they smell blood and they don’t fear Australia.”
India arrived in Australia on Friday for what will be full and extensive tour of the country.
The visitors will begin their campaign with a three-match T20 series which gets underway at Brisbane on November 21.
Following the T20s, Australia and India will lock horns in the much-anticipated four-match Test series with the opening clash getting underway at the Adelaide Oval on December 6.
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