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'Favourable schedule can help India'

cricket Updated: Dec 11, 2007 18:52 IST

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Former Australian captain Steve Waugh feels a favourable schedule can work to India's advantage when they tour Down Under for the four-Test series starting later this month.

Waugh said India has a "pretty good" programme with two of the Tests at spin-friendly venues in Adelaide and Sydney.

"They have got a pretty good draw really," Waugh said.

"I think there is some hope (of an Indian victory) because they are playing at two spinner-friendly venues, Adelaide and Sydney. They will have three good spinners in their squad and that will give them the chance to take 20 wickets," the World-Cup winning captain was quoted as saying by 'Herald Sun'.

"It seems in the past decade in Australia they haven't been able to take 20 wickets. It doesn't matter how many good batters they have got, they can't win a Test unless they can take 20 wickets," Waugh said.

"They have to pick a team capable of taking 20 wickets otherwise they'll get thrashed" he opined.

"It really depends on how the bowlers go. I think their batters have got enough experience to get them runs. If they bring an attack capable of taking wickets they are a chance," he said.

Waugh said the tourists had to play to their strength and use three spinners in the second Test in Sydney and fourth match in Adelaide.

He said the tourists were lucky the series did not begin in Perth on a pitch renowned for pace and bounce.

"It's lucky they are not going to the WACA first. They have got time to adjust," he said.

Perth will stage the third Test of the series.

India has had four victories from 32 Tests in Australia, the last coming in 2003-04 when it led 1-0 after a win in Adelaide.

Waugh doesn't expect any drawn Tests in the series.

"I don't think it's possible to play a draw against Australia, you either win or lose," he said.