india national cricket team
Brendon McCullum thinks Australian batting isn’t strong enough to face Indian bowling (AFP Photo)

With just a couple of days to remaining before the first India vs Australia Test gets underway at the Adelaide Oval, predictions from all corners are flying thick and fast. Hosts Australia have traditionally been a tough proposition, especially in home conditions but absence of premier players and a fragile batting weakens their threat against world’s top-ranked Test team.

Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum feels Virat Kohli-led India are the stronger of the two teams and reckons the tourists have a great chance to win their maiden Test series on Australian soil.

The current Test series is Australia’s first at home since the ball-tampering scandal earlier this year. Following that, they have undergone massive change both at the team and the administrative level. A wide-ranging public outcry over the behaviour of their players and unfavourable results have also added to the issues facing Australia which have dented their confidence.

“They [Australia] are under a bit of pressure for sure and they are low on confidence too,” McCullum told India Today. “India is flying under Virat Kohli. He has got them playing brilliantly well. And perhaps this is a great chance to try and get a win down there. Australia in their own conditions are tough but at the moment they are a wounded line up and they will have to discover a bit of class in the next few weeks otherwise I would say India looks a bit too strong.”

As has been the case on their recent overseas tours, captain Kohli is expected to be at the centre of Australian team’s strategy to counter the threat posed by India. His previous record on these shores has been excellent – 692 runs across four Tests the last time India were in Australia for a Test tour.

McCullum, who has played under the captaincy of Kohli in IPL, expects him to be continue his excellent form in the upcoming four-Test series as well.

“He [Kohli] is massive,” McCullum said. “The best player in the world by a fair bit across formats and absolute superstar in the game as well. And the position that he is in with captaining India with such a support base behind and what cricket means to the Indian people, it sits on his shoulders pretty comfortably. He plays the game in his manner and he is a brilliant world class player. I am pretty sure he will perform in this tour as well.”

While Australian batting is still unsettled, their bowling attack is still world-class. It boasts the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon.

However, McCullum doesn’t feel the Tim Paine-led team will have an edge over India because of their bowlers as India have have a strong attack of their own. “I do not think so. Australia’s bowling is pretty strong but India’s bowling is suited to those conditions as well. I am not sure Australia’s batting line up is strong enough to be able to handle that,” he said.