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Don’t misjudge India after Test loss: Hussey

Don’t misjudge India after Test loss: Hussey
Former Australian batsman Michael Hussey warned teams against underestimating India after their 0-2 loss in the Test series and said the visitors will be a confident side when they start their title defence in next month’s WC.

“The big positive for India is that they have already been in Australia for the last two months. They are now well versed with the conditions here, the pace and bounce of pitches. They also have a tri-series coming up involving England. So they have a good run before the World Cup starts and nobody should underestimate them because of the Test results. Don’t read too much into the 2-0 scoreline because not only did India compete hard in the Test series but they are a completely different outfit in limited-overs. They are very confident in that mode,” Hussey said. 

India lost the four-Test series against Australia after going down in the first two matches. Talking about India’s performance, Hussey said the visitors’ batting line did well but the bowling lacked disciplined. “Well the batting has completely changed and they have done well. Virat Kohli is a fantastic player and he has just scored runs by the heaps. I think this will continue for him going forward,” said Hussey, who was in Australia team during India’s 2011 tour.

“But then there have been others too, like Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane, giving support to Kohli. Something like that was missing in the 2011 tour. Not to mention they have been able to unearth a talent like KL Rahul. It is quite an achievement for a youngster to come to Australia and get a maiden Test ton. I dare say that this Indian attack looks better than the one in 2011 and they are all good bowlers individually.

But there is a difference between being a good bowler and bowling good. And they have bowled poorly, lacking in discipline throughout the series. However I also do believe that this series will serve as great exposure for them and they can learn a lot from this tour for the future.” The ODI season in Australia is about to begin this week with the tri-series against India and England starting on January 16. With the ODI World Cup only a month away, the clock on Duncan Fletcher’s reign as Indian coach is slowly ticking down.

When asked if he would indeed be interested should the BCCI contact him at a later time, Hussey replied: “I haven’t thought about it at all. I am still playing cricket actively in Big Bash League and of course in IPL as well. So I am not thinking about it at the moment,” Hussey said.
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