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Australia hero Shane Warne fires warning to India ahead of Boxing Day Test

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Shane Warne is confident Australia will win the Boxing Day Test against India (Picture: Getty)

Shane Warne expects Australia to ‘blow away’ India during the Boxing Day Test and move one step closer to reclaiming the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

The Baggy Greens took a 1-0 lead in the four-match series in Adelaide after bowling India out for just 36 and clinching an emphatic eight-wicket win.

India’s task has been made that bit tougher by Virat Kohli’s departure – he has returned home for paternity leave – and Mohammed Shami’s series-ending injury.

‘I think Australia will probably blow them away,’ former Australia leg-spinner Warne told Fox Sport.

‘Having said that, they have some class players to come in like KL Rahul. Young [Subnam] Gill will come in. [Ajinkya] Rahane is a class act. We know what [Cheteshwar] Pujara can do.

‘[Mohammed] Shami is a huge loss as well. He’s such a quality bowler. And if you look at bowlers for the Melbourne conditions drop in pitches Shami hits the seam and stands it up and bowls a good length and straight.’

Despite the fact India were bowled out for their lowest-ever score last week, Warne chose to praise Australia rather than criticise the tourists.

The Baggy Greens smashed India in the series opener (Picture: Getty)

‘You can have a go at the Indians but I think you would rather give credit to the Australians and how well they bowled,’ the cricket legend said.

‘They were outstanding, that bowling attack. The four bowlers plus [Cameron] Green, they have been good bowlers for a long time.

‘They are turning themselves into great bowlers now. To watch them go to work in Adelaide was fantastic.’

Warne was a part of one of Australia’s greatest-ever bowling attacks alongside Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie.

The 51-year-old believes Australia’s current crop may be even better, however, with Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon establishing themselves as the best Test attack in the world.

‘They are definitely in the conversation. They are outstanding those four bowlers and they have been for a while,’ Warne added.

‘If they continue on this form for the next four or five years going like this, then they will be in the conversation as the best bowling attack Australia maybe has ever had.’

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