Steve Smith, David Warner
Steve Smith, David Warner

Mumbai: India will not win the Test series in Australia later this year if they fail to dismiss seasoned run machines Steve Smith and David Warner early, the great Ian Chappell said on Friday.

Should the much-anticipated series goes ahead as scheduled with the COVID-19 pandemic being brought under control in the best-case scenario, the duo's presence will put the hosts at an advantage, according to the former Australian captain. "I am certainly looking forward to it (the India-Australia series).

It will be a very interesting one. India will come with the confidence of having won last time they toured Australia," Chappell said on the 'Sony Ten Pit Stop' show. The 76-year-old added, "It will be a bit harder this time (for India) with Smith and Warner in the Australian side.

But India are well equipped to handle Australian conditions." Chappell heaped praise on current India skipper Virat Kohli, saying he is the best at the moment when it comes to playing all the three formats, reiterating a point he made recently.

"India has had some pretty good batsmen, but the comment I made was over the three formats. I was basically asked Steve Smith or Virat Kohli and I said - over the three formats, you can't pick anyone ahead of Kohli.

"I mean his records in all three formats is incredible and how he averages over 50 in T20 cricket, I think it's a tremendous feat. "So, he (Kohli) in my opinion, if you are taking about all three formats, Kohli is the best batsman at the moment," said the legendary Australian player.

Under Virat Kohli, India created history when they earned their maiden Test series triumph Down Under in 2018-19, after trying for seven decades. However, at that time, Australia did not have the services of the swashbuckling batting duo of Warner and Smith, who were serving bans for ball-tampering

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