Glenn McGrath: Australia will beat India 4-0 in Tests
Glenn McGrath, the former Australian fast-bowler, has predicted a 4-0 whitewash of India when they travel Down Under for a Test series. India have been woeful overseas since the tour to England in 2011. Despite taking the lead in England earlier this year, they lost the series 1-3. McGrath believes this summer will witness an encore of India’s previous visit, where they were beaten 4-0.
McGrath was quoted by Sydney Morning Herald, “I have no issues with saying I think it’ll be 4-0. The way the Australian team played last season over here, they were awesome. If they can get anywhere near that, they’ll win and win quite convincingly. I saw India play the last three Test matches in the UK and by the end of it, they were a bit of a rabble.”
McGrath said that India may have a good side in the limited overs formats, but they have some distance to go before they become a good Test unit away from home. He said, “They’re still a quality one-day and T20 team but they’ve got a bit of work to do at Test level, especially on the bouncy wickets over here. Historically they’ve never played well with a bit of bounce and seam. They’re going to have their work cut out for them. They’re going to have to lift their game comparative to where they were in the UK.”
The great fast bowler also believes that teams will hold on to their home advantage. McGrath said, “They’ve got to turn things around big time otherwise they’re going to get thumped over here as we did in India. It’s been a one-sided recent series. We won 4-0 over here (in Australia), they won 4-0 over there (in India). Potentially, I think, it’s going to be exactly the same when they come here.”
McGrath is famous for making predictions before any Test series. Normally, he backs Australia to do well and in the past, he has predicted whitewashes on a few occasions. India do have their work cut-out with the first Test starting on December 4 at the Gabba in Brisbane. Virat Kohli will be leading India in that Test as MS Dhoni is out injured.