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“Australia Can Win This Series”, Greg Chappell On Border Gavaskar Trophy 2023

Former Australia player Greg Chappell made a bold statement and claims that Australia can win the 4-match Tests series against India scheduled to play during the Australia tour of India 2023.

Greg Chappell On Border Gavaskar Trophy 2023

Greg Chappell also said India are “vulnerable” this time with injuries to key players like Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah.

Rishabh Pant miss the Border-Gavaskar Test 2023 following his near-fatal car crash on December 30, 2022. The BCCI stated that he was going to miss most of the 2023 cricket season because he had suffered a serious knee injury.

On the other hand, Bumrah who missed the majority of the last year’s tournament still struggles and fails to enter the Indian team.

“Australia can win this series. India are more vulnerable at home than they have been for some time due to injuries to key players like Rishbah Pant, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah. They will rely heavily on Virat Kohli,” Chappell wrote in an opinion piece for ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.

Premier spin-bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who recovered from a knee injury and made a comeback in the Ranji Trophy last month, is in the Indian squad for the Test series beginning in Nagpur on Thursday.

“Visiting teams are often fooled by a game that seems to be going nowhere but suddenly changes at a frenetic pace. The Indians are used to this, so Australia will need to adapt quickly with mind, bat and ball,” said the former India coach.

Finger spinner Ashton Agar, who is Australia’s only left-arm tweaker in the squad, should be preferred to partner Nathan Lyon on turning tracks, Chappell said.

“Should the pitches favour spin, which is more likely, I expect Ashton Agar to get the nod because finger spin is considered to be more accurate,” said the 74-year-old Chappell who scored 7110 runs from 87 Tests with an impressive average of 53.86 between 1970 and 1984.

“Anil Kumble who took 619 wickets in Test cricket, rarely strayed off the straight and narrow. His stock in trade were fast, flat leg breaks which were always threatening the stumps. Batters knew if they missed, they were in trouble. Jadeja’s stock in trade is similarly unerring.”

The first match of the Border-Gavaskar Test 2021-22 will be played on February 9 at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur.

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