Former England skipper, Michael Vaughan believes that only India is good enough to beat Australia on its soil. Australia on Monday completed a 2-0 series clean sweep as they beat Pakistan by an innings and 48 runs in the day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval, powered by performances from David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Starc, and Nathan Lyon.
Impressed by their domination of Pakistan, Vaughan tweeted “This Australian Team in these conditions are going to take some beating … Only @BCCI #India has the tools to do so at this stage imo”.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 2, 2019
Australia’s series win sees them close the gap on India in the World Test Championship table. While India is leading the charts with a perfect record of 360 points, Australia is second with 176 points. After retaining the Ashes with a 2-2 series draw in England, Australia began their home summer with the series whitewash against Pakistan.
Australia registered innings wins in both the matches, with David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne played a crucial role in the dominating performance. At the Adelaide Oval, Labuschagne scored his second Test century but it was Warner who stole the show with a triple-century. Mitchell Starc picked six wickets in Australia’s first innings and after they enforced the follow-on, Nathan Lyon got a five-wicket haul to give Australia the match and the series.
Australia’s next assignment is when they take on New Zealand in a three-match series at home. On the other hand, under the leadership of Virat Kohli has led India to seven consecutive wins in the longest format of the game, with the last four all being innings wins – a world record.
India’s next Test series in Australia is scheduled late in 2020.