Cricket 2023: 9 reasons Australia can upset India away

Australia have won a series in India in half a century but Robert Craddock believes Australia can beat India away. Here’s why.

Don’t be alarmed by the haunting stats…Australia can beat India at India.

Australia have the team and, more importantly, the mindset to join Adam Gilchrist’s relentless 2004 side as the only Australian team to have won a Test series in India since Bill Lawry’s triumph in 1969.

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Calm and relentless. That’s Australia’s new mantra under Pat Cummins, and veteran writer Bharat Sundaresan thinks it’s the perfect mindset to bring to India.

“When things get bad in India, you just can’t beat the home team because they’re so quick-tempered,” said Sundaresan. “The calm of this Australian team will do them a lot of good.”


The series will be much poorer with Indian wicket-keeper and haymaking batsman Rishabh Pant absent after a car accident last month – but it has opened a big door for Australia.

Pant averaged 68 and 58 on his two triumphant tours to Australia and when he got going, Australia had no idea where to bowl to him.

Significantly, he batted inside the top six, allowing India to play an extra bowler.


Eleven of the 18 Australians visited India on the last test tour five years ago.

experience counts. Australia almost won this series. Veteran seafarers Scott Boland and Josh Hazlewood can repeat the paltry fixture that saw Australia win in India in 2004.


India’s fast bowler champion Jasprit Bumrah, who suffers from back problems, is unlikely to take part in the series, if at all, which is a huge boost for Australia.

Bumrah was one of the main reasons why India defeated Australia twice in Australia. He is a master of his craft. He was looking forward to playing Australia for the first time in India. His team will miss him very much.


For once – and it is a significant event – Australia will not be the team under the most pressure.

India has lost one of its last 30 series of home tests. A billion adoring fans expect them to win. Australia has won once since 1969. Winning would be a bonus.


Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant’s injury drama has drawn attention away from the mysterious absence of the world’s most underrated cricketer, spin bowling all-rounder Ravi Jadeja.

Player Shane Warne, dubbed ‘The Rockstar’, has been missing from cricket for six months after knee surgery and will need to be underchallenged to take part in this series – if he actually makes it.


Most winning streaks in India contain a secret shock weapon, and Travis Head could be just that man… with a ball rather than a bat.

Look for his underrated off-spin for a Joe Root-style effect – we recommend him taking eight wickets for the series.


India has a very good batting lineup, but not a great one.

Despite all the talk about Virat Kohli’s white-ball form, he hasn’t had a Test century in three years and has failed three times in two recent Tests against Bangladesh.

Openers Shubman Gill (32) and KL Rahul (34) have modest Test averages. Australia’s attack will be a supreme test for India.


India has tendered the first Test of the series in spin-friendly Nagpur, believing it could cast a net around Australia. But are they too smart?

Sometimes extreme Turning decks can even things out instead of paying the more experienced practitioners. The course’s biggest one-inning haul is held by Aussie Jason Krejza, who scored 8-215 there in 2008.

Originally published as Robert Craddock: 9 Reasons Australia Can Angry India Abroad Cricket 2023: 9 reasons Australia can upset India away

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