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India look to pounce on weakened Aussies 

Brisbane, November 20

An Australia in turmoil, both on and off the field, has made India the firm favourites in the compelling rivalry’s latest battle which begins with a T20I series here on Wednesday.

In a bid to assert themselves as favourites for the Test series, which starts on December 6 in Adelaide, India would be hoping to dominate the three T20Is. The touring side have won their previous seven T20I series dating back to November 2017, and their last defeat in the format was against West Indies in July last year.

On their last visit here, the Men in Blue won the T20I series 3-0. So, they will be riding high on a wave of confidence and eager to make an early mark on this trip.

Australian cricket, in contrast, has been dogged by structural reforms in the wake of the ball-tampering saga in South Africa in March and it has resulted in turbulence on the field as well.

In the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, Australia’s results have fallen. They are yet to win a T20I series against an opposition of note since March. They lost to England in a one-off game in June, lost to Pakistan in the T20I tri-series final in Zimbabwe, lost 3-0 to Pakistan in the bilateral series in the UAE and lost to South Africa in a rain-curtailed one-off match on Saturday. It remains to be seen whether being on home turf would raise the spirits of the Aussies.

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