Mike Hussey believes the hostile Australian conditions are bound to test any batsmen in the world, but the former cricketer has no doubts about the “ability and temperament” of Rohit Sharma, who according to him has the skills to excel at the top of the order during India’s tour Down Under later this year.
India is set to tour Australia for a four-match Test series, starting December 3 at Gabba, Brisbane.
“It’s going to test any batsman in the world, but I think because he’s (Rohit) played a lot of One-Day cricket batting at the top of the order, and now he’s been having some success with the red ball game as well, that’ll give him confidence coming in,” Hussey said.
“I have no doubt in my mind that he’s got the ability and the skill and the temperament, to be able to handle it.”
The former Australia left-handed batsman said the key for Rohit would be adaptability to the Australian conditions.
“I think he would adapt. No, worries at all of his batting at the top of the order. It will be challenging in Australian conditions against the top quality bowling attack with pace and bounce,” Hussey said.
The 45-year-old left-handed batsman feels the return of the disgraced duo of Steve Smith and David Warner will make life difficult for the Indians in the upcoming series.
Smith and Warner missed India’s historic away Test series win over Australia in 2018 because of their one-year bans for their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering episode in South Africa.
In the absence of the duo, India recorded their first Test series win Down Under in 2018-19.
“Obviously, bringing back Smith and Warner into the team is huge, but the guys that were exposed and perhaps probably weren’t quite ready at the time from two years ago, have now managed to get a number of Test matches under their belt… India is going to be up for a stiff challenge in Australia this summer,” Hussey said in a chat show on Sony Ten’s Pit Stop.
“Put that with a world-class bowling attack in Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood and (James) Pattinson as well with Nathan Lyon…I think the team looks extremely strong, they are playing some excellent Test cricket. We know India is a world-class team, but they have to be at their best to beat the Australian team on home soil.”