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Russel Arnold says Australia in for ‘rude shock’ in India tour

Sydney: Former all rounder Russel Arnold has warned the current Australia Test team that they might have won their last series 3-0 against Sri Lanka at home, but they will struggle to compete in their four-Test tour of India starting next month because of their lack of Test experience and spin bowling paucity.

When asked for his opinion on how Australia were placed heading into an exhausting series in difficult sub-continent conditions, Arnold said Clarke’s side might be in for a rude shock, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Arnold said lack of experience and quality spin bowling could turn out to be Australia’s major weaknesses during the Indian Test tour.

Arnold, who is a respected commentator now, said Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey retiring from the Aussie Test team has left a big hole in the middle order, adding that Clarke would have to wage a lone battle against Indian bowlers.

Arnold also claimed Australia needs more spin options apart from Nathan Lyon, whom he believes hasn’t fulfilled his the promised he showed initially. The former Sri Lankan all rounder also claimed Australia’s humbling ODI defeat to in the Adelaide ODI would have left an affect on their confidence.