<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Ashes 2013-14: Rameez Raja thinks tour of India will raise Australia's confidence" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20131014100546.jpg" title="Ashes 2013-14: Rameez Raja thinks tour of India will raise Australia's confidence" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Australia are leading seven-match ODI series against India 2-1 © PTI</p> </div> <strong>Karachi: Oct 21, 2013 </strong><br /> <br /> Pakistan's former Test captain <a href="/tags/Rameez-Raja/post" target="_blank">Rameez Raja</a> has said the ongoing one-day series between <a href="/tags/India/post" target="_blank">India </a>and <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia</a> has produced quality cricket and would be of great help to the team from Down Under during the Ashes this year.<br /> <br /> "People had said that Australia should not have played this series before the Ashes but I think it is going to help them and raise their confidence for the Ashes," Rameez said on Geo Super channel on Sunday.<br /> <br /> He said the three matches of the series so far had produced some very exciting big-scoring games without sacrificing the quality of cricket. Australia will take on <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England </a>in the Ashes in December.<br /> <br /> "We have seen some quality batting and bowling but I think India's bowling is struggling a bit in the series," he said.<br /> <br /> Rameez said he was surprised when India didn't make any changes after Australia scored 360 in the second match.<br /> <br /> "Some of the Indian bowlers are struggling for form and that is allowing Australia to get big scores."<br /> <br /> The former captain, who is now a now commentator, also said that <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Pakistan-beat-South-Africa-by-7-wickets-in-1st-Test-go-1-0-up-in-2-match-series/32282" target="_blank">Pakistan's recent Test win over South Africa </a>had become essential after they lost a Test to Zimbabwe last month.<br /> <br /> "It is good to see Pakistan bouncing back strongly after the loss to Zimbabwe but they will have to play even better to win the series with one Test remaining," he added.<br /> <br /> Rameez also dispelled the impression that being well educated helped in captaining a side. He was asked whether Misbah-ul-Haq being an MBA had helped him manage the side better.<br /> <br /> "It is not necessary for one to be educated to be a good captain. Cricket is an art and one needs to be good in this to be successful. Being educated does help but I believe that what is important is that one should understand the game," he opined.