Australia vs India: Dale Steyn places his bet for the winner of the Test series
Steyn had made a correct prediction when India toured England.
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The Australia vs India Test series starts in less than a week and hence every expert and cricketer is making their prediction for the final outcome. While the history and previous record is against the Indian team, their recent evolution, form and Australia’s troubles suggest otherwise. South African pacer Dale Steyn who recently made a comeback to ODI cricket has also predicted the winner.
Not a lot of analysts have given Australia without Steve Smith and David Warner a chance against this Indian team led by their herculean captain Virat Kohli. They possess a pace attack that will come hard at the undercooked Aussie batsmen and thus gives them a higher probability of success. However, Steyn doesn’t agree.
Steyn places his bet on Australia
He wants to go with Australia given the history of the rivalry. He also thinks the Indian team that travelled to South Africa and England this year would be tired and thus might find it difficult to produce a favourable result.
“I’d probably go with Australia, just in terms of history against India. The amount of touring they (India) have had this year, the guys might be a bit tired,” Steyn told cricket.com.au.
They lost 3-1 to South Africa and 4-1 to England after coming really close but couldn’t get over the line. Ahead of the England tour while most thought the home team will struggle to sustain Steyn had put his money on the hosts. He did admit that he was surprised by the quality in their pace attack.
“Even in England, I put my money on England to beat India in England, but India pushed them. I thought that England’s bowling would be the thing that pipped India, but India’s bowling really surprised me and if they continue in that vein they could cause some trouble down here,” Steyn said.
He placed the emphasis on skipper Kohli to score the runs for the team to do well and the South African great is certain he will.
“It’s going to be an interesting Test series, and if Virat (Kohli) scores runs and we know Virat always scores runs — India will do well,” he said.