Mark Butcher feels winning in Australia will make India the best Test team in the world
India vs Australia has always been one of the most exciting contests in cricket.
Updated - Dec 13, 2018 3:00 pm
The ongoing Australia vs India series is India’s best chance of winning a Test series Down Under, because of the transitional phase Australian cricket is going through, during which they are without the services of Steve Smith and David Warner. As was expected, India won the first of the four-Test series and will be looking to seal the series in the second Test.
Virat Kohli’s boys have not lost a home series since 2012 and are the undisputed champions at home, but they have struggled outside the sub-continent for years now. Their most recent overseas Test losses were 2-1 in South Africa and 4-1 in England. A Test series victory over Australia, however, will give them a great chance to redeem their overseas reputation and make them the undisputed no. 1 Test team in the world. Former England opener Mark Butcher feels the same, but with the fact that a series win will not be a cakewalk.
“India are already the number one side in the world and the one thing that they still have to prove to everybody is that they can win away from home,” Butcher was quoted by India Today. “They had a chance to do it in South Africa, couldn’t manage it. The scoreline in England perhaps was a little bit flattering to England but still they lost 4-1. A win against Australia will be absolutely huge and they will be undisputedly the best side in the world if they do it.”
India’s very poor record in Australia
India vs Australia has always been one of the most exciting contests in cricket and beating the Kangaroos at their home is one of the biggest achievements for any team. For India, they have won only five of the last 44 Tests they have played in Australia and that explains how huge it will be to wrap the series this time around.
The second Test begins on Friday at the new Perth Stadium, where India’s quicks are likely to thrive on the green turf.