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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

Australia v India 2018/19: Best batsmen down under over past 70 years

Ahead of the first Test in Adelaide on Thursday, Chitrabhanu Kadalayil looks at the batsmen who excelled on Australia's notoriously difficult pitches

Australia is considered one of the most difficult countries, if not the most difficult country, for overseas batsmen to thrive in – especially in Test matches.

When India have batted well in both innings of a game, they have usually gone on to win, or at least force a draw. The tours in 1977/78 (when India won two Tests) and 2003/04 (when they won one and drew one) are examples of the benefits of good Indian batting performances. There have been exceptions, such as the Melbourne Test of 1980/81, which India won despite batting well in just one innings.

Sunil Gavaskar, Gundappa Viswanath and Mohinder Amarnath were India’s batting heroes of the 1970s. The quintet of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag shone brightly in the 2000s.

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Australia’s batsmen have shown the way on how to succeed in the conditions, which is to take the attack to the opposition bowlers. Over the years Michael Slater, Mark Waugh, Matthew Hayden and most recently David Warner have made a habit of providing quickfire starts to lay the foundation for the middle-order batsmen to rack up winning totals.

This photo gallery gives you an idea of the batsmen who have succeeded over repeated series between the two sides on Australian soil. The good news for India is that Virat Kohli is the only batsman in the list who is still playing.

To see Chitrabhanu Kadalayil's list, check out the photo gallery above. To move on to the next image, click on the arrows, or if using a mobile device simply swipe.

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Updated: December 4, 2018 12:43 PM

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