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Ponting says Khawaja will outscore Kohli, predicts Australian win

Press Trust of India  |  Melbourne 

Former Australian Thursday boldly stated that will outscore and backed the hosts to prevail over an optimistic Indian team eyeing its first Test series win Down Under.

Speaking to, the former Test said will not only be the leading run scorer against India, but also the of the series.

"He's on top of his game, his record in is outstanding," said of

"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."

The four-Test series starts in on December 6.

has tipped a 2-1 series result in favour of the home side for the four-match Test campaign while suggesting and will be the two standout performers.

Kohli's four centuries and 692 runs at 86.50 on India's last Test tour to four years ago was topped only by Steve Smith, but Ponting believes Khawaja's superb recent campaign against has him primed to take a further leap in Smith and David Warner's absence.

"(Khawaja) will just pip Kohli," said Ponting.

"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, is a bit more vulnerable in those conditions than and "

He believed the home team's batsmen will fare better against the Indian pacers.

"Basically, it comes down to whichever team bats the best," said Ponting.

"Both fast attacks are good but I think our batsmen will play better against their quicks than their batters will play against ours.

"need to get off to a really good start (in the series). If they get behind the eight ball if those first two games then they might fight back and win one or Melbourne, but it will be too late.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 22:25 IST