India toured Australia on a test series 11 times but never won a series. Though history is not on their side, Kohli’s men want to win the maiden test series on Australian soil. The Border-Gavaskar tournament will commence with the Adelaide test on 6th December. Before the commencement of series, India faced a huge blow by the injury woes of Prithvi Shaw. Still, they are confident of clinching the title. Here are a few reasons why it is tough for India to bag the series. The test records of India outside subcontinent are very poor in the recent past except in New Zealand in 2009. After 2011, out of subcontinent, India won 3 test matches off 30 games in total.
- Home advantage for Australia
The Australian tour is a dream for every cricket team and India feels it is easy to clinch the title in the absence of strong players like David Warner and Steven Smith. Still, the Kangaroos have home advantage and their performances in home series are impeccable. The batting line up seems stronger with the likes of Marsh Brothers. Shaun Marsh stood as the highest scorer for the Ashes series in 2017-18 with 445 runs along with two centuries. Mitchell Marsh scored 320 runs at a whopping average of 106.6 along with two centuries. Aaron Finch, the limited-overs captain of the side slammed 181 runs off two matches and Usman Khwaja also did great in his previous series.
- Formidable bowling attack
Though the host team seems week in batting, their bowlers are known for the fiery attack. Nathan Lyon is one of the credible spinners for the team after Shane Warne and Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazelwood are in good form with averages above 30. Nathan Lyon picked 64 wickets from 14 test matches in the recent past. He is one of the constant troublemakers for India.
India never returned triumphant from the Australian soil in the quest for a test series. India toured to Australia for a test series for 11 times but never accomplished a win. Indians have memorable wins in Australia a few years ago. Kohli’s men need to strive hard to register a historic win on Australian soil. Three test series ended as a draw and a few were won by the hosts by slight margins but coming to the performance, Australians are always better than Indians in the test series. Though the experts believe that Indians are favorites for this time, it is not that easy to beat the Australians on their home soil.