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Mohsin Khan feels India will be the favourites on Australia tour (AFP Photo)

Former Pakistan batsman and national coach Mohsin Khan says a much-improved pace attack combined with a weak Australian Test team makes India the favourites for the upcoming four-Test series.

On Friday, Pakistan thumped Australia by 373 runs in the second Test in Abu Dhabi to clinch the two-match series 1-0.

Mohsin played 48 Tests and 75 ODIs for Pakistan between 1977 and 1986. He expects India’s tour of Australia to be an interesting series with the visitors having the edge.

“Let’s put it this way … India will have to play very poorly to lose in Australia,” Mohsin was quoted as saying by Mid-Day on Saturday. “They certainly have the edge over Australia.”

India begin their Australia tour in November with a three-match T20I series. The Test series starts from December 6 at the Adelaide Oval to be followed by a three-ODI series.

While he does feel Austrlian pacers will be a threat in home conditions. “India in Australia is going to be a great series. The Australians are not a strong side as they were, but in their conditions, the pace bowlers will be a threat,” he said.

He further added, ” However, India are a much-improved side. What is most impressive about India is that they have some good fast bowlers and that will come in handy on the Australian tour. They have troubled sides recently and I am confident of the pacemen doing well again.”

Mohsin was all praise for Pakistan who outclassed Australia in the UAE. “They were brilliant. However, we should have won the first Test in Dubai. “It appeared that the planning was poor on all counts for that Test. Yes, Pakistan won the series 1-0, but it could well have been 2-0,” he said.