India won't win in Australia if they can't fire Smith, Warner early: Chappell

MUMBAI: India will not win the Test series in Australia later this year if you don't rule out experienced treadmills Steve Smith and David Warner early the great Ian Chappell he said Friday.

In case the long-awaited series continues as scheduled with the COVID-19 According to the former Australian captain, the pandemic will be controlled at best, the duo's presence will put the hosts at an advantage.

I am certainly looking forward to it (the India-Australia series). It will be very interesting. India will come with the confidence of having won the last time they traveled through Australia, Chappell said on the 'Pit Stop' program.

The 76-year-old added, "It will be a bit harder this time (for India) with Smith and Warner in the Australian side. But India are well equipped to handle Australian conditions."

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Below Virat Kohli , India created history when they earned their maiden Test series triumph Down Below in 2018-19, after trying for seven decades.

However, at that time, Australia did not have the services of the swashbuckling batting duo of Warner and Smith, who were serving bans for ball-tampering.

"Australia are pretty hard to beat at home and particularly with the attack that they have got at the moment, it is a very, very strong attack.

"The batting last time India were here wasn't so good. If India can keep getting Warner and Smith out cheaply, then India could win. If they don't get Warner and Smith cheaply, Australia will win," said Chappell.

Chappell heaped praise on current India skipper Virat Kohli , saying he is the best at the moment when it comes to playing all the three formats, reiterating a point he made recently.

"India has had some pretty good batsmen, but the comment I made was over the three formats. I was basically asked between Steve Smith and Virat Kohli and I said – over the three formats, you can't pick anyone ahead of Kohli.

"I mean his records in all three formats is incredible and how he averages over 50 in T20 cricket, I think it's a tremendous feat.

So he (Kohli) in my opinion, if you're talking about all three formats, Kohli is the best hitter right now, said the legendary Australian player.

According to Chappell, cricket will be different in the post COVID-19 world, but he also stressed that the game is strong enough to survive it.

"It will certainly be different and I am not 100 per cent sure in what ways it will be different. But the game continues to evolve and I am sure it is strong enough that it will survive this.

"You would hope that the administrators have taken this time to think about the game and where it's going to go and where it can improve, so hopefully it might even come back stronger," added Chappell, who is also a noted commentator.

He also said that India adapted well to the changes the game has seen over the years.