Former Australian batsman Dean Jones does not foresee the present team beating India in the upcoming Test series and believes the hosts will probably be better off without “sparking” opposition skipper Virat Kohli.
Australia is a unit in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, supplying India their “greatest” possibility of winning a maiden Test series Down Under.
“If India does not win this show, they won’t ever triumph in Australia.
Despite India with a poor overseas album, Jones has supported the visitors to acquire the four-Test series starting December 6 in Adelaide.
“With India’s background, maybe this series won’t be a fait accompli. I really do feel the outcome will go India’s way to the song of a 2-0 or 3-0 outcome, as I just cannot see Australia winning a Test anyplace.
The Australian gamers’ on-field behavior has been in focus in aftermath of their ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. They’ve been criticized for toning the quintessential “Australian aggression” but Jones said not engaging Kohli in a verbal battle will serve them well.
“Don’t speak or provoke him. Make him your very best mate.”
On how to contain Kohli the batsman, Jones added: “Attempting to find a weakness in Kohli’s game is similar to trying to find something wrong with the Mona Lisa. Teams need to stop his cover drive and bowl in various areas.
“At the start of Kohli’s innings, quicks will need to bowl at a fourth-stump line and make him perform on the rear foot. Do not give him length and width outdoors off-stump.
“The players didn’t fret about the resistance a lot of, they simply looked within and concerned about themselves. Border and Simpson privately spoke to every player and helped each individual organize their game strategy.”
“Within months, the group was very much dedicated, with match plans sorted, as they had the total support from the coach and captain. We all needed to do, was implemented,” Jones added.
Australia had drawn the Test series back and dropped 2-3 in ODIs.