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Usman Khawaja will just pip Virat Kohli: Ricky Ponting gives series' projection

ANI  |  Melbourne [Australia] 

Former Australian on Thursday gave a series projection for the forthcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy and declared that Australian top-order batsman will outscore Indian

The 43-year-old, while speaking to, not only tipped a 2-1 series result in favour of for the four-Test match campaign against India, also suggested that Khawaja will be the leading run scorer and the of the series.

"He's (Khawaja) on top of his game, his record in is outstanding. As much of a threat that the Indian fast bowlers might pose, I think he's got a game that can cope with it here in I'm going with him to be the leading run scorer and man of the series," Ponting said.

Ponting's forecast is based on history as have never won a Test series down under in 11 attempts, while they've won only five of 44 Tests in Australia. "We're talking 40 years of history with coming to Australia and not being able to win because of the fast, bouncy nature of our pitches so I'd love to see them that way."

He also noted that the new Stadium, which will host its maiden Test, has offered lively tracks for One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against England and this year.

"If it's a wicket in like I saw for the one-dayer against then I can't see making too many at all - that was a one-dayer and that (pitch) went all over the shop, with good pace and good bounce," he said.

"With being like it's been the last couple of years, having a little bit more grass in the surface (will suit Australia). I'd like to see a little bit of grass left on them for the first two and then I think Australian can put the series to bed after two Tests," he said, adding, that extra life in the surfaces will give Khawaja the upper hand over Kohli.

"Kohli will play well I'm sure because he does everywhere he goes and had a great series against Australia last time. Just where they're starting in and - if they leave something in them, Kohli is a bit more vulnerable in those conditions than and Sydney," he said.

In addition to Khawaja, Ponting also forecasted Australian bowler as the series' leading wicket-taker.

"and Perth will suit him (Hazlewood) down to the ground with the way he bowls and the way he presents the seam in those venues. Being six (foot) five or six (foot) six (tall) as well, he'll exploit the bounce that a lot of Indians won't be comfortable with," Ponting concluded.

India will start their long tour of the four-Test match series beginning on December 6 in Adelaide.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 16:05 IST