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'They are a pretty HOT team at the moment, aren't they?'

October 05, 2017 20:36 IST

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IMAGE:Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli during the first ODI. Photograph: BCCI

Australia's middle-order let them down in the ODI series but it won't be an issue in the upcoming three-match T20 Internationals as the visitors have enough batting firepower in the shortest format, reckons former pacer Michael Kasprowicz.

 

"There isn't a lot of time for the middle-order in the T20s. You are relying on your key batsmen. And I think that is what Australia have in David Warner, Steven Smith, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, who all have got plenty of IPL experience," Kasprowicz said.

The 45-year-old said there is no major problem plaguing the Australian team which lost the ODI series 1-4, extending their abysmal away run in the 50-over format.

“There is nothing wrong with them. It is just some young players are coming in and they need more time to settle at the international level.”

"Look, 50 over format is all about adjusting your skills as per the conditions and Australia did not do that well enough," said Kasprowicz, who now works for Cricket Australia.

Asked if the same Indian team can beat Australia away from home, he said, "It is always a challenge when you play away from home. So it would be a challenge for India to play on bouncier tracks. Having said that, they are a pretty hot team at the moment, aren't they?"

Kasprowicz was also asked what he found tougher between playing cricket and becoming an MBA graduate.

"Well, let me just say that doing MBA was nearly as tough as bowling 25 overs at the Chinnaswamy Stadium," he added.

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