India, only team with the tools to beat Australia in Australia: Vaughan

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 03, 2019 11:53 hrs
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Australia thrashed Pakistan in both T20Is and Tests as the Green Brigade looked helpless against a lethal pace attack. Speaking on their convincing show at home, former England captain Michael Vaughan felt it is only the Virat Kohli-led Indian team which can defeat the Australian unit in their own backyard.

After Australia demolished Pakistan to sweep the Test series, Vaughan has said that only India has the tools to challenge Australia Down Under at the moment.

"This Australian Team in these conditions are going to take some beating ... Only @BCCI #India have the tools to do so at this stage imo ... #AUSvPAK," Vaughan wrote on Twitter.

Since the return of Steve Smith and David Warner following the ball-tampering saga that hurt their reputation on the international scene, Australia have dominated like the Aussies of the past.

The Kangaroos retained the Ashes Urn in England and have now crushed Pakistan at home.

India, that possesses an enviable pace battery with the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, will tour Australia for a 4-Test series in December 2020. It remains to be seen if India will agree to playing a Pink ball Test in what is already a highly-anticipated Test series.

Earlier, Australia captain Paine said he is keen to play the opening Test against touring India next year-end at The Gabba in Brisbane, possibly a day-night affair.

Paine took a cheeky dig at Kohli while expressing his desire, saying he would take the latter's 'permission' for doing so.

"We'll certainly try and we'll have to run that by Virat," said Paine, provoking laughter from mediapersons during a press conference at The Gabba after Australia beat Pakistan in the first Test by an innings and 5 runs.

"We'll get an answer from him at some stage I'm sure. This is where (Brisbane) we like to start our summer and it has been so for a long, long time except for last summer.

"As I said, we'll ask Virat and see if we can get his permission to play here and maybe even get a pink ball Test if he's in a good mood. So we'll wait and see," Paine said.

The idea floated by the Aussie skipper has the backing of India opener Gautam Gambhir, who believes that Kohli and boys shouldn't back down and should take on the challenge.

"I like the way Australia skipper Tim Paine has "flighted" one for India captain Virat Kohli, challenging him to play a day-night fixture on the next tour Down Under," Gambhir wrote in the Times of India.

"Knowing Virat he is not the one to back out. And why should he? A day-night Test match between India and Australia at Brisbane or the MCG will be quite a spectacle. And you can trust Aussies to make it a truly memorable game by some smart marketing.

"I haven't seen Virat's response for Paine, but if I was him I would have straight away told him to make some late night babysitting arrangements as we were ready!!!" he added.

Reiterating his stance on pink ball Tests, Kohli said: "There has to be planning for pink-ball game. We played on home conditions. You ask Bangladesh and they'd have liked a practice game before this game. Just because we know knew conditions and our bowlers are bowling so well, we don't really feel the challenge...When we play away from home, we'd figure out what could be even more difficult playing with the pink ball.

"A good practice game before that and enough time to prepare, we're open to anything. You can't just play it on a short notice. We get enough time to prepare we're willing to do anything. We'll be quite open to it I guess."

With agency inputs