Ronan O'Connell predicts in the blog that the Australian Test team will be soundly beaten by the Virat Kohli-led Indian team when they tour the sub-continent early in February owing to the home team's splendid form. He also feels that India has the perfect balance of youth and experience.
"No matter what happens with the Australian Test team between now and February it won’t matter – they’re destined to be mercilessly flogged on their tour of India. The Indians at home are the definition of unbeatable. While Australia still have two Tests remaining against Pakistan before heading to the subcontinent, the horrific 4-0 hammering England copped from India the past six weeks is a sign of what’s to come for the boys in baggy green."
"India now have gone 19 Tests on the trot without losing at home, a sequence which stretches back four years. That includes their famously brutal 4-0 flaying of Australia in 2013, a tour which ripped the visitors apart. By the end of that series the Australian playing group was firmly fractured, four players had received disciplinary suspensions and coach Micky Arthur was a dead man walking. Australia trialled four different top-three combinations in that series as they scrambled forlornly to address their batting collapses."
"Apart from MS Dhoni, India’s batting stars from that series are still around in Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Shikhar Dhawan. India have also added to their mix a raft of gifted newcomers. These include stylish opener KL Rahul who cracked 199 against England last week, strokemaker Karun Nair who smashed 303no against the Poms in the same match, and spinning all-rounder Jayant Yadav who averaged 74 with the bat and 29 with the ball in that series."
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