Wellington: Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami during the practice session ahead of the first Test against New Zealand at Basin Reserve cricket stadium in Wellington, New Zealand on Feb. 19, 2020. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Former England captain Mike Atherton feels India can be hopeful of doing well in Australia riding their bowling attack which has a lot of depth.

The Virat Kohli-led side are expected to tour Down Under later this year. The four Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be played at Gabba, Adelaide Oval, MCG and the SCG respectively starting December 3.

“What really should give India hope Down Under is the strength of the bowling attack. It is very difficult to win in Australia without a strong seam bowling attack,” Atherton said on Sony Network for their show Pit Stop on their Facebook page.

“And one of the great things in the last few years about Indian cricket is the sea change in terms of the quality of fast bowlers you have produced. If I go back and think of when I played in India in 1993, it was completely spin based. There were good fast bowlers then too but I don’t think the number and depth that you have now…and it shows that teams can change their style and I think going Down Under that would be the biggest reason for hope,” said the 52-year old.

Atherton also said Indian opening may not be the strongest element of the team but the likes of Rohit, Mayank Agarwal look good at the top of the order.

“I would have thought (opening) may not be the strongest element of the team but it is not a weak element of the team. And then you got back up openers like Prithvi Shaw and KL Rahul. Seems to me you are pretty well placed wherever you look. And Pujara is a fabulous player.

“That top of the order is so important in Australia. Because if you can have a solid successful start there…as soon as that Kookaburra ball loses its shine you can have some lovely batting conditions.”


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