New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Former Australian skipper and batting legend Steve Waugh has heaped praises on the Indian fast bowling line-up, saying that the Virat Kohli-led side will have a slight advantage when they will visit Australia later this year.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Laureus Awards ceremony, the 54-year-old said that the Indian bowling line-up is bit better than their Australian counterparts and have the talent and determination to take 20 wickets in a Test match.

“India has the best fast bowling line-up in the world when cricket is played in India, but Australian fast bowlers are deadly in Australia. When India come to Australia, the Aussies will have a slight edge. But, both teams know that the personnel they have at their disposal, they can take 20 wickets,” said the former Australian skipper.

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“India have a massive advantage because every country they play in; they dominate the crowds. There are more Indians even in Australia and the Australian fans are a minority. India are in a lot of ways playing at home always,” he said.

Impressed by India’s bowling spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, Waugh said that the 26-year-old, despite his unique action, is determined to prove himself at the highest level. He further said that Bumrah has got every asset in his armoury and termed him an ‘incredible asset’ for India.

“He is exceptional. He is a unique talent. It's great that he wasn't coached styles because a lot of coaches would have told him 'you need to run in quicker, or you cannot bowl that way'. They've let him to be natural, which is fantastic,” Waugh said.

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“He is an incredible asset for India, great stamina, accuracy, pace -- he has got everything. He also seems to have pretty good temperament. He loves challenges and loves leading the attack. Virat Kohli is very lucky to have him in the attack,” he added.

(With PTI inputs)

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