Test series against India going to be mouth-watering: Tim Paine

Written by Vipin Darwade

After his side thrashed Pakistan and New Zealand in the Test series at home, Australia skipper Tim Paine is now eagerly waiting for his side’s clash against the top-ranked Test side India, which he believes is going to be a “mouth-watering” series.

After defeating Pakistan by more than an innings margin in the 2-Test series, Australia whitewashed New Zealand 3-0 in a one-sided contest. The hosts won the third Test in Sydney by a margin of 279 runs as they once again finished the match inside 4 days.

After their dominant show at the SCG, Australia have also jumped to 296 points on the World Championship Table and have closed the gap with India, who sit on the top of the table with 360 points. The top two Test sides will be involved in a 4-match Test series in November this year but before that Australia will play Bangladesh for two Tests in June.

The last time India toured Australia for Tests, they registered a historic win 2-1 series victory after the hosts escaped with a draw at SCG. However, Tim Paine believes the current Australian side is a different one from what India played the last time.

“We are certainly a different side from what they played against last year and there’s more at stake with Test Championship points,” Paine said after his side’s series win over the Kiwis.

“If we can continue our upward trend from the last 12 months, then you are looking at two of the best sides, so it will be an awesome series. They showed last year they have a pace battery that can be every bit as threatening as ours so it will be one to watch.”

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