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'Indian firm favourites against Aussies'

cricket Updated: Oct 06, 2008 19:58 IST

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Former New Zealand all-rounder Craig McMillan feels Australia no more have the same aura of invincibility and says India will be the firm favourites in the upcoming four-Test series beginning in Bangalore on October 9.

The captain of Indian Cricket League (ICL) Kolkata Tigers team, McMillan, said Australia were yet to fill up the big void left by Shane Warne and in the absence of a good spin attack it will be a tough series from the tourists point of view.

"The Australians have come with a big weakness. In home conditions, I feel it will be tough for them to bowl out the Indians. With the inexperienced spinners, there is a big question mark over them to take 20 wickets. India are the favourites," the 32-year-old told PTI.

Aussies' weak link in the spin department was exposed in the four-day practice match against Board President's XI when debutant off-spinner Jason Krejza finished with an economy rate of six-plus in the first innings and almost seven in the second essay.

In absence of McGain, part-time left-arm spinner Michael Clarke was no better conceding 84 runs from 17 overs and both the tweakers went wicketless.