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Usman Khawaja feels closed-door games would give Australia advantage over India2 min read

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Usman Khawaja feels playing against India in high action test series which will be going to happen at the end of the year behind closed doors would be a great advantage for the home team.

cricket Australia is highly anticipated for the series which is scheduled for December and January.

India has said that they are fully prepared for the upcoming series against Australia and they are prepared to spend two weeks in quarantine if that can help to make this series happen. Spectators and fans are still not allowed due to social distancing reasons.

Khawaja thinks that the absence of the crowd will help the home team due to the fact that how much noise Australia’s significant South Asian community makes when India plays in Australia in different venues.

Khawaja told Fox Sports News“It’s definitely an advantage for the home team with a laugh. “I remember the last time when the Indian team came for a one-day series in Australia, the roar and the support for the Indian team was much bigger.

“Especially in Melbourne, the number of ex-pats they have over there, they flock in. And when India’s on top and playing good cricket they really let you know it with their noise.

“It’s a really weird feeling. When you’re in India, you expect to be outnumbered massively due to the larger Indian fans but you can be outnumbered in Melbourne, as well as Sydney to some extent also.”

India won their first-ever Test series on their last tour to Australia in the 2018-19 season under the leadership of Virat Kohli.

That series was played without their two great players who are the backbone of the Australian team, Steve Smith and David Warner. Smith and Warner have been banned due to their part in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal, and Khawaja said that it would be a different game when they are back in the team for the upcoming series which will be going to schedule at the end of this year.

He further added“They were clearly the better team when they last toured Australia, we have tried our best and hung in there but Pujara was outstanding and Kohli, as usual, phenomenal with his captaincy and led the team from the front.

“Their bowling unit was impressive and it would not be wrong if I say they have the best Indian bowling unit of all time, they really went toe-to-toe with our bowlers.

“Our bowlers are still in great form, and this time Steve Smith and David Warner will be back in the side too, so a little bit of difference in the batting line-up.”

Usman Khawaja played all four tests against India in the 2018-19 series but he is unable to show his performance throughout the series and in the end, India clinched the series with 2-1.

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