Former Indian batsman Vinod Kambli feels that team India will start as a strong contender and can win the Test series against Australia when they tour Down Under later this year.

Australia will miss their two batting stalwarts Steven Smith and David Warner. Both of them are serving their suspension for the involvement in the ball-tampering scandal. Not surprisingly, the current Australian side will be one of the weakest sides to take on India in recent year.

Speaking about India’s chances, Vinod Kambli seemed hopeful with Virat Kohli-led Indian side. He also urged India to take full advantage of the absence of the banned duo.

“Our chances are bright. We are going to win the series (in Australia). These two batsmen (Smith and Warner) are not there, so take full advantage,” Kambli told PTI.

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India is heading to Australia for a two-month long tour with series across formats. It includes three T20s, four Tests and three ODIs. Moreover, Vinod Kambli applauded Virat Kohli for his successive records as the talismanic run-scorer has made a habit of breaking records. Recently, he became the fastest batsman to scale 10,000 runs in ODIs going past Sachin Tendulkar.

“He (Kohli) is hungry for runs. And the hunger to do well, that is what is very good to see in him. The work ethics plus the way he is on the field, he is giving his 110 percent. So the main thing which I like about his playing and batting is the hunger for runs, he is very hungry.” Vinod Kambli added.

Recently India played some excellent cricket against Windies. They whitewashed the Windies in the Test series beating them 2-0 followed by another 3-1 series win in the ODIs. Furthermore, they have also secured a 2-0 series win the T20Is with one game still to play. The Men in Blues will play the dead rubber T20 game against Windies on November 11 (Sunday) at Chennai.

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The 46 years old Kambli also shared high praise for the young Prithvi Shaw. Shaw made his Test debut against Windies and registered his maiden hundred in the opening fixture. He was also awarded as the Man of the Series for his significant contribution.

“Shaw is a stroke player, goes after the balls and likes to get runs. In fact, he likes to play his shots,” Vinod Kambli concluded.

India will start their campaign against Australia with a T20I game on November 21 (Wednesday).