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18 Nov 2018

#IndiaInAustralia: Dean Jones backs visitors to win maiden Test series

Dean Jones feels Ashwin can dictate proceedings

Former Australian legend Dean Jones said that if India fail to beat Australia in the upcoming four-match Test series next month, then he would be surprised.

Jones feels that India have a real chance to clinch their maiden Test series victory on Australian soil.

The two nations will start proceedings on December 6 in Adelaide.

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Dean Jones feels Ashwin can dictate proceedings

'India have a good chance to beat Australia'

"India have a good chance, they've never won a Test series over here, and if they don't I would be surprised," said Jones to Cricket Country. He feels that this is India's best chance as Australia look depleted without Smith and Warner.

Dean backs Ashwin to come good

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Dean backs Ashwin to come good

Dean also heaped praise on senior Indian spinner R Ashwin.

The commentator backed the bowler to have a ripper of a series.

He said, "I'm expecting Ashwin to have a ripper of a series. He had a good series last time India were here, and had he played in that first Test in Adelaide, India might have won the series."

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Dean lays out plan to counter Ashwin and Kuldeep

"How Australia play Ashwin and Kuldeep is going to decisive, and that's why I think we have to have (Peter) Handscomb and (Aaron) Finch, who are our best players of spin, available so they can counter them," he said.

Performance

Ash could have a real say Down Under

Ashwin has 336 Test wickets and can be the difference in the bowling line-ups of the two sides.

Right now, India's bowling is one of the best in the world and the bowlers have been picking 20 wickets in a Test regularly.

And, Ash is playing an important role in it.

He picked a combined 18 Test wickets in SA and England this year.

How has Ash performed in Australia?

Ashwin has featured in 6 Test matches in Australia. He has picked 21 wickets in those matches. However, he needs to work on his bowling average. The average stands at 54.71. His best performance is 4/105, which came in January 2015 at the SCG.

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