India favourites to beat Australia: Shane Warne
Shane Warne feels India can register their maiden Test series win in Australia. (Getty Iamges)

Former Australia legspinner Shane Warne has picked his favourite for the 2018-19 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. And surprisingly, for the first time ever, the spin wizard has his bets placed on India. The second-most wicket-taker in the history of Test cricket, Warne, feels India have a strong chance of beating Australia considering the shambles their batting is in, and firmly believes that Virat Kohli s India can create history.

“For the first that I can remember India come to Australia in the Test matches as favourites,” Warne said on Fox Cricket. “I think their (Australia s) batting is in disarray in all forms of the game. They need to do something about it pretty quickly.

“India, they smell blood and they don t fear Australia.”

Warne s commends come in the wake of Australia s defeat to South Africa in the one-off T20 match on Saturday, which the home team lost by 21 runs. Having already come up with strong revelations in his upcoming book, Warne has been extremely vocal about the chaos that has been transpiring in Cricket Australia and did not hold back from commenting on how poor Australia’s batting currently looks.

“It s been poor, hasn t it. Leading to the shot selection, there s been no awareness of the game situation, that s why it s even more disappointing,” Warne said. “There has to be a reason why they continue to play the wrong shot and the (poor) match awareness. There has to be a reason for that.

“Why suddenly in Australian cricket are the batsmen making these wrong decisions consistently in games in tough situations? They just make the wrong choice with shot selection, just not summing up the game.”

Australia have struggled in all three formats ever since the ball tampering scandal broke out that resulted in bans to tow of their premier batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner. Since March, Australia have lost an ODI series to England 0-5, lost to Pakistan 0-1 in Tests, whitewashed by them again in T20Is, and took a 1-2 beating at the hands of South Africa earlier this week.

India have never won a series in Australia, with arguably their best performance coming in 2003 where they drew the Test series 1-1. And although they are coming off Test series defeats in South Africa and England, India have been backed by many former cricketers to seal their maiden Test series win Down Under when the first Test begins in Adelaide on December 6.

Warne has also offered advice to chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav to excel in Australian conditions. “I have always followed Shane Warne. I had a chat with Warne a few days ago. He asked me to meet him and advised me to bowl normally, changing the angle (over the wicket to round the wicket). There will be bounce on Australian wickets and I can use that in my favour. If spinners perform well, we will get success,” Kuldeep told IndiaTV.