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India is “no hope” of fighting back to win this summer’s Test series against Australia according to former Aussie batsman Mark Waugh, who’s now predicting the visitors to go down in a 4-0 whitewash.
The Aussies head into the Boxing Day clash in Melbourne – the second of four Tests between the two nations – off the back of an emphatic eight-wicket victory in Adelaide that was punctuated by dismissing India for a paltry 36 in the third innings of the match.
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India now faces a tough task to get back into the series after superstar captain Virat Kohli flew home to be with his pregnant wife and gun paceman Mohammed Shami ruled out for the rest of India’s tour of Australia due to a forearm fracture.
Asked on Fox Cricket whether India could bounce back after its awful performance in the first Test, Waugh said: “No hope, no hope.
“I thought Adelaide was the Test that they could win on paper and with Virat Kohli here for just the one Test. I thought the conditions would suit them.
“I just can’t see how they can bounce back (after) Australia whitewashed them on the third day.
“So ‘no’ is the answer – four-nil to Australia.”
Former star wicket-keeper Brad Haddin agreed the Indians would struggle across the remaining three Tests, claiming their line-up was best suited to the Adelaide Oval surface.
Haddin said it was crucial the Indians now approached the remaining Tests with vigour in the absence of Kohli, adding a player like Rohit Sharma would be a valuable inclusion.
Sharma has been sidelined in recent weeks due to a hamstring injury but the BCCI is hopeful he’ll be available for the final two Tests.
“If they are going to get back into the game, what I want to know is where they’re going to get their energy from,” Haddin said on Fox Cricket. “Virat Kohli is gone now and a lot of the energy comes off the back of what he does. He’s a world-class player, he’s their leader.
“I would have a look at bringing someone in like Rohit Sharma. If he comes out of quarantine and he’s in good knick and he’s fit enough to play, I’d put him straight in because I think they need a senior player like that to take the anxiety out of everything and just get everyone thinking about cricket again.”