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Grab the opportunity : Dean Jones

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Former Australian batsman Dean Jones doesnt foresee the current team beating India in the upcoming Test series and feels the hosts will be better off without provoking opposition skipper Virat Kohli

Sydney: Former Australian batsman Dean Jones doesn't foresee the current team beating India in the upcoming Test series and feels the hosts will be better off without "provoking" opposition skipper Virat Kohli.

Australia are a depleted unit in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, providing India their "best" chance of winning a maiden Test series Down Under. "If India don't win this series, they will never win in Australia. India are miles better than Australia in all formats but do they have the belief, and will their fast bowlers last the distance?" Jones was quoted as saying by the 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

Despite India having a poor overseas record, Jones has backed the visitors to win the four-Test series starting December 6 at Adelaide. "With India's history, maybe this series will not be a fait accompli. I do feel the result will go India's way to the tune of a 2-0 or 3-0 result, as I just can't see Australia winning a Test anywhere.

"Normally when Australia play at home they are very hard to beat. But now there is no Steve Smith and David Warner, who consistently make 40 per cent of Australia's runs. For Australia to win, who is going to fill those shoes?" asked Jones, who played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs.

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