Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya (AFP Photo)

India will be missing the services of allrounder Hardik Pandya on their tour of Australia as he’s currently recovering from a lower-back injury. Pandya picked up the injury during the Asia Cup in September forcing a return midway through the tournament that also saw him missing the West Indies series at home.

Australia batting legend Michael Hussey reckons that the absence of Pandya will hurt India as his game was suited to the Australian conditions. India are scheduled to play three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs during the tour that starts from November 21.

“I think Hardik is a wonderful talent and I am sure his game style would have been suited to the Australian conditions,” Hussey told PTI. “Add to that, the balance he offers the team with his all-round abilities, yes I think his absence will hurt India.”

He though believes that the tourists have a strong chance to prosper on the tour as the home team will be without two of their premier batsmen in David Warner and Steve Smith, both currently serving ball-tampering bans.

Despite that Hussey warned India that they won’t find it easy against a ‘world-class’ Australian bowling attack. “I do think India have a good chance as they have an excellent team with some very good fast bowlers. However, I think Australia’s bowling attack is world class and will challenge the Indian team, particularly the younger players in Australian conditions. Australia always play well at home and hence will be very hard to beat,” the 43-year-old predicted.

Australia’s batting has been found wanting in recent times and against an Indian attack that has been excellent in overseas conditions, they will be tested. “The batting will be tested against an excellent Indian attack but there are some great opportunities for Australian batters to cement a place in the team with some big runs. So motivation will be high,” Hussey, who played 79 Tests, 185 ODIs and 38 T20Is for Australia, said.