Australia’s two-Test tour to India in 2010 was the shortest series since the one-off Test in 1996, which was the inaugural Border-Gavaskar clash between the two sides. Like in 2008, Australia arrived in the sub-continent with a weak bowling attack.
Australia came to India in 2008 with a strong bowling outfit but a weak bowling attack. Unfortunately for skipper Ricky Ponting, his batters did as poorly as the bowlers, as a result of which India got home to a comfortable 2-0 win.
Having gotten the better of Australia at home three years back, India must have gone into the 2003/04 series Down Under with a fair degree of confidence. That said, Australia went into the series as favourites since India hadn’t won a single Test in Australia for over two decades, leave alone a series. All that was set to change though.
Steve Waugh had termed Australia’s tour of India in 2001 as the ‘final frontier’. Cricket pundits felt this was their best chance of winning in India; they had arrived in India on a 15-match winning streak. As things transpired, Australia failed to clinch the series in spite of some inspirational performances, and an unprecedented fightback from India.
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