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Saturday, 9 March 2013

Dean Jones says India would struggle more than Oz in away from 'home' conditions

Dean Jones has claimed the current Indian team would struggle more than the Australian team if both the teams play Test cricket away from their home conditions.


"What would happen if Australia and India met away from their home strongholds? Imagine possible venues such as Dhaka, Auckland, Colombo, Lahore, Dubai, Lord's, Bridgetown, Johannesburg or Harare," Jones wrote in his column for the Sydney Morning Herald.

"No doubt the subcontinent countries would favour an Indian result. The turning pitches of Dhaka, Colombo, Lahore and Dubai would play havoc with the psyche of the Australian batsmen," he added.

"What about Lord's? This famous ground is normally a home away from home for the Aussies, who have lost there twice in more than 100 years. I feel the Aussies would smash the Indians here," he further wrote.

Jones added: "I cannot see India beating Australia in Johannesburg, either. Australia have won six Tests from 11 matches as the bounce suits the quicks and the Australian batsmen."

"The Harare pitch is very similar to Johannesburg, and should definitely favour the Australian team. The altitude at both these venues plays havoc with fast bowlers' fitness. Although the Australian bowlers have had fitness problems, overall their fitness is better than the Indians. So wins to Australia on these venues," he wrote.

"If a match was to be played at Kensington Oval, Barbados, that would be a lot more interesting. This pitch favours the quicks early, but gets lower and spins from day three. India need to bat first here and bat well to win. I still feel the Australian attack would cause problems here, especially if the tide comes in when they bowl," he further mentioned.

"Playing in Auckland would also be an interesting Test. The Aussies have won four matches from seven Tests here, while India have won two from four. I still think Australia would win here, although it's India's best chance of a win outside the subcontinent," he wrote.

"It is simple really, India should win in the subcontinent. Australia should win playing outside Asia," he concluded. (ANI)

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