[caption id="attachment_765413" align="alignnone" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/sourav-ganguly1.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-765413" alt="sourav ganguly" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/sourav-ganguly1.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Sourav Ganguly (IANS Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sourav-ganguly/">Sourav Ganguly</a> has equated the absence of premier Australia batsmen <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/steven-smith/">Steve Smith</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/david-warner/">David Warner</a> from their international squad akin to India missing the services of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/virat-kohli/">Virat Kohli</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rohit-sharma/">Rohit Sharma</a>. <p></p> <p></p>Smith and Warner, along with Cameron Bancroft, will miss the upcoming home Test series against India as they are serving ball-tampering bans. Although Cricket Australia is considering a demand to lift the bans with immediate effect, the prospect of the trio returning for India Tests looks highly unlikely. <p></p> <p></p>India will begin their tour of Australia later this month with a three-match T20I series followed by a four-Test series in December. Ganguly feels their absence makes it a perfect opportunity for India to record their first ever series win on Australian soil. <p></p> <p></p>"This is like the Indian team not having Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. It's a huge factor," Ganguly was quoted as saying by PTI on Wednesday. "It's a great moment for Indian cricket. This is their best opportunity to beat Australia." <p></p> <p></p>Despite facing a depleted team, the former India captain has advised India to not take the hosts lightly. "But you also have to keep in mind that Australia in Australia are a different kettle of fish. Many feel that they are a weak outfit but I don't think so," Ganguly said. <p></p> <p></p>Under Kohli's captaincy, India have already lost two overseas Test series in 2018 (in South Africa and England). The first Test against Australia starts from December 6 in Adelaide.