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Indian stars will find it tough against Aussie fast bowlers: Marsh

Melbourne, Dec 23 (UNI) Former Australian opener Geoff Marsh has predicted a clean sweep for Australia in the four-Test series against India saying that visitors will find it hard facing the home side's rampaging fast bowlers.

Marsh took pot shot at what he called the ''ageing stars'' forming the Indian batting line up saying they will struggle to stand up to the home team's pacers.

''The bowling from Lee and Tait in the one-dayers (against New Zealand) was unbelievable. That's going back to the old days of Lillee and Thomson, it was frightening,'' he said and added that Indians will not be able to score big despite the star studded batting line up and will struggle to take 20 wickets.

''They won't win a Test. They won't make enough runs and they won't take 20 wickets in a match,'' Marsh told ''The Sunday Mail''.

''While India has some very good players, they are getting on. I'd like to think it will be a competitive series but at their age they will struggle against our quicks,'' Marsh, who made his debut and played his farewell Tests against India.

The former Australian coach said ''in the whole series the Boxing Day Test would be the best opportunity for India to challenge the hosts.

''The big mistake India has made is playing just the one tour game to prepare for the (first) Test. Our bowling attack is stronger than it was this time last year. Guys like Shaun Tait, Brett Lee and Mitch Johnson have taken another step forward.'' ''India's best chance is in the first Test. Traditionally, if the opposition out here doesn't get off to a good start that's it, we'll be over them,''he added.


Story first published: Sunday, December 23, 2007, 18:03 [IST]
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