Cricket-India stand a chance in Australia even with Smith and Warner back – Pujara

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Nov. 17 (Reuters) – India are able to repeat their exploits on their successful 2018-19 test tour in Australia, although the hosts are stronger this time around with the return of batsmen David Warner and Steve Smith, Cheteshwar said Pujara from India.

Warner and Smith were unavailable for Australia as they served 12-month ball tampering bans as India won their first round of Down Under tests, beating the hosts 2-1 in four matches.

Warner and Smith have scored more than 14,000 tries between them, but Pujara said the Indian bowlers are able to take the wickets to give them “every chance of winning” the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

“(The Australian batting team) will be a bit stronger than they were in 2018-19, but wins are not easy,” Pujara told PTI.

“There is no doubt that Smith, Warner and Marnus Labuschagne are great players. But the good part of our current generation of bowlers is that most of them play in the same series and neither will our bowling unit. not much different from what it was in 2018-19.

“They know how to be successful in Australia because they have had success there in the past. They have their game plans in place and if we can execute them well, they are able to get Smith, Warner and Labuschagne out quickly.”

Pujara said they would, however, face a “different challenge” in the series opener in Adelaide when India play their second day-night test with the pink ball, having played with him only once against the Bangladesh at home.

“We will play with the pink Kookaburra in Australia, it will be a little different,” added Pujara, the series’ top scorer on his last visit.

“You have to understand and accept and get used to it (pink ball and lights) as soon as possible … The twilight period is more difficult than the other periods.”

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