Former coach Darren Lehmann believes despite the absence of batting heavyweights Steve Smith and David Warner, Australia would be “ok” against India when the two clash each other in four-Test series later this year.
Smith and Warner are currently serving a 12-month ban imposed by Cricket Australia for their involvement in the Newlands ball-tampering row.
India and Sri Lanka would be touring Australia on either side of the New Year and both the star batters would not be there. However, Lehmann says the depth in Australian cricket and the familiar conditions will hold his former charges in good stead.
“We’re going to be OK,” cricket.com.au quoted Lehmann as saying. “Obviously, Warner and Smith are great players, they’ve made a lot of runs for Australia over their careers, and Bancroft was starting to come good in the last series. You’re going to miss those players and when they’re back they’re certainly going to have an effect on the team and results because they’ll play well.”
“But our depth, it just gives another player an opportunity, a young kid coming through,” he added.
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The former Australian coach further said that there would never be any issue regarding Australia’s bowling attack.
“The bowling is never going to be an issue. When you’ve got (Mitchell) Starc, (Josh) Hazlewood, (Pat) Cummins, (Nathan) Lyon, (James) Pattinson, you’re 20 wickets aren’t going to be an issue. And that’s the first thing you need for Test match cricket. You’ve just got to keep them (fast bowlers) on the park fit and playing,” he said.
“And runs in Australia, I think we’ll bat quite well in Australia. A lot of people are writing us off in Australia. I’m not. I think we’ll bat OK. The conditions suit the way we play and bat and the young guys will stand up,” he added.
Apart from the four-Test series, India will also play three T20Is and a three-match ODI series starting November.