[videourl mediaid=" wIpvEQdG" url="https://mum-videostream.s3.amazonaws.com/cricketcountry/2018/12DEC/04/Rahane.mp4"] <p></p> <p></p>India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane reiterated that Australia are firm favourties when the four-Test series gets under with the first Test on Thursday purely due to their bowling strength. <p></p> <p></p>Due to the absence of two of their batting mainstays Steve Smith and David Warner serving 12-month suspension, experts have India tipped to script a historic series win Down Under for the first time in 70 years. <p></p> <p></p>Rahane, however, didn t want to take the pressure of expectation and threw it back at the hosts. Not really. I feel that any team that plays at home, they feel really good, and I feel that Australia are still the favourites to win the series, he said on Tuesday. <p></p> <p></p> We are not going to take them lightly at all. Yes, they (will) miss Steve Smith and David Warner but I don t think they are vulnerable. <p></p> <p></p> You see their bowling attack, they ve got a really good bowling attack, and I think to win Test matches, you need to have a really good bowling attack. So I feel that Australia are really still the favourites.