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India have to address batting inadequacies before facing Australia: Chappell

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need to sort out their inadequacies in batting before standing up to an "extremely strong" attack later this year Down Under, feels former

Virat Kohli's will hope for redemption in after Test series reverses in and England.

"now have to look on rehabilitating their reputation in the highly anticipated series against but the batting inadequacies have to be addressed," Chappell wrote in 'ESPNcricinfo.com'.

"While Australia's batting is questionable, with their two best players, and David Warner, missing through suspension, the attack is still extremely strong."

India are slated to tour Australia for three T20 internationals, four Test matches and three ODIs from November 21 to January 18.

"If Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and remain fit then the Indian batsmen will be in for a challenging time. In England it was movement through the air and off the seam that created regular problems for them - apart from Virat Kohli - but it will be the extra bounce in Australia that sorts the men from the men."


India were beaten 2-0 in the four-Test series on their last tour of Australia in 2014-15.

Chappell further said, "A confident and in-form would be an ideal to bolster the batting in Australia. His authoritative horizontal bat shots are perfectly designed to cope with the testing extra bounce, but sadly Rohit has never really come to grips with batting in Test Selecting him for the tour would be a gamble."

The batting great termed India's 4-1 loss to England a "missed opportunity"

"India should view their disappointing 4-1 series loss to England as a missed opportunity. They were highly competitive in the series - apart from a disastrous loss at Lord's - but the squad had enough ability to do better than just compete.

"The batting was disappointing and especially the way they played spin in A great opportunity went begging when their failure to be more proactive against Moeen Ali meant a chance to level the series was squandered.

Apart from Cheteshwar Pujara, no was prepared to alter the offspinner's flight path by leaving his crease. The series loss is even more of a wasted opportunity when you consider how well the Indian fast bowlers performed."

He said England should also watch out for the Australians ahead of next summer's Ashes.

"If either India or England underestimate Australia because of their recent travails, they could well be punished.

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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 12:50 IST
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