Legendary Australian cricketer, Glenn McGrath has claimed that the single biggest challenge for Australia is still winning a Test series in India. The Indian team will be welcoming the Aussies early next year for a four-match Test series. The Border-Gavaskar Trophy has been one of the fiercest rivalries in recent times, with the Indian team being dominant on home soil and in Australia as well recently. 2004 was the last time a touring Australian team was able to win a series in India and McGrath was part of the squad at the time.
Speaking to Cricket.com, as quoted by the ICC’s official website, Glenn McGrath claimed that the single biggest challenge for Australia would be winning a series in India. He said that the team would need to come up with good plans to trump the Indian side.
The Australian legend also went on to say that the current players that current Australian players have enough experience of playing in the Indian conditions through the IPL game. They have used the experience in their recent outings in Sri Lanka and Pakistan and it shows that they have a better understanding of playing on sub-continent wickets.
Glenn Mcgrath had said, “Obviously, the single biggest challenge for Australia is coming to India, performing well and winning the series. We were lucky enough to do it in 2004. You’ve got to come up with good plans, the batters have to learn to adapt on turning pitches and the bowlers have to learn to bowl in those conditions.”
He concluded, “I think with IPL, a lot of players have been over here (in India) regularly and have hence experienced the conditions. The current Australian team, evident from their showings in Sri Lanka and Pakistan, are starting to get a better understanding of how to play on sub-continent wickets. That being said, India is still the ultimate challenge. I think they’re up for it.”