Andy Bichel (left) says changes will favour India.
Andy Bichel (left) says changes will favour India. Blainey Woodham

Bichel backs the Aussies at home

CRICKET: Former Australia paceman Andy Bichel says the rescheduling of the Australia-India test series favours the tourists.

Ahead of his visit to the Rose City, Bichel offered his thoughts on the match-up to the Daily News.

The series was scheduled to begin in Brisbane last Thursday, however, the death of Phillip Hughes meant a change in schedule and it will instead begin on Tuesday in Adelaide.

Bichel said the new fixture could help India.

"The wicket at the Gabba is so bouncy and I think it can spook sides and dent their confidence at the start of the series," he said.

"I think that's what happened with England last year and to be honest, I think it even happened a bit to the Australians last year.

"I think the first test being in Adelaide, the Indians will draw some confidence from that and you never know, it could just kickstart them for the series.

"I think the momentum has swung a bit with the change of venue for the first match."

Despite Adelaide suiting India better with the flat pitch, Bichel said he still rated the home side favourites.

"I think Australia have to be the number one favourites," he said.

"They beat India 4-0 here last time and then lost 4-0 on the turning wickets in India last year.

"But I think having beaten India here last time, Australia should be favourites."


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